Age of surgeon does not affect cataract surgery outcome

Should a patient undergoing cataract surgery be concerned if the ophthalmologist performing surgery is advanced in years? Researchers poured over almost 500,000 cataract operations performed in Ontario, Canada between 2009 and 2013 to try and determine if older surgeons performing cataract surgery were linked to a higher incidence of adverse post-operative complications. The cases that […]

Taking a look at diabetic retinopathy

Diabetics can develop an eye disease known as diabetic retinopathy, which is caused by damage to blood vessels in the retina due to high blood sugar. The damaged blood vessels either swell and leak or they close up preventing blood from passing through. In some case, abnormal blood vessels grown on the retina. Any of […]

Retinal detachment linked to certain antibiotics

Antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones must now carry a warning that the drugs may cause retinal detachment, says the Canadian Health Department. The decision comes after researchers at the University of British Columbia determined that the risk of retinal detachment is five times more likely among patients taking a fluoroquinolone. Researchers had first raised the concern […]

Details are in the Dilated Eye Exam

While many people dread getting their eyes dilated as part of their complete eye exam, those special eyedrops reveal much about the health of their eyes. When the eyes are dilated, the pupil is widened so that the retina and optic nerve at the back of the eye can be more easily observed. A dilated […]

Presidents who had vision problems

It is fairly well known that George Washington suffered from dental problems but did you know that three of our past presidents had vision problems? Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson all suffered from different eye problems. Abraham Lincoln was afflicted with strabismus which is a misalignment of the eyes causing them to point […]

Certain antibiotics linked to retinal detachment

A recent study identifies the antibiotic class of fluoroquinolones as being associated with a higher risk of retinal detachment. Fluoroquinolones include the name brands of Cipro and Levaquin. Fluoroquinolones had been previously identified as being toxic to connective tissue and cartilage and specifically linked to damage to the Achilles tendon and shoulder tendons. Researchers evaluated […]

Eye injections have low risk of retinal detachment

Patients with retinal disease who are treated with intravitreal anti-VEGF injections have a lower incidence of retinal detachment according to a recent study

Renowned ophthalmologist, Dr. Arnall Patz passes away

Renowned ophthalmologist, Dr. Arnall Patz, has passed away at the age of 89. Dr. Patz’s groundbreaking research led to the discovery that high doses of oxygen administered to premature infants could cause a form of blindness now known as retinopathy of prematurity (R.O.P.).