New hope for those with optic nerve damage

Researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital were able to restore some visual function in mice that had optic nerve damage by using a combination of gene therapy and a channel-blocking drug. This is the first therapy that has been successful that can viably be used in a clinical setting. Other tested therapies could only be done […]

Were David Bowie’s eyes different colors?

Contrary to the popular perception that his eyes were a different color, he actually had a condition called anisocoria. Anisocoria is an unequal size in a person’s pupils. David Bowie’s left pupil was permanently dilated due to fisticuffs with a friend that resulted in his left eye being scratched and paralyzing the muscles that contract […]

Kids who play outside become less nearsighted

With today’s youth spending more and more time on digital devices and computers, many of them are spending less time outdoors. A new study suggests that spending more time outdoors helps to slow down the onset of myopia (nearsightedness). The study is published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and it finds that […]

Colorblind fans struggle with watching football games

The NFL is trying out bright color schemes this year as an alternative to the Home Team wearing colors and visitors wearing light-colored uniforms, a vestigial acquiescence to black and white television broadcasts. Dr. Krawitz’s favorite home team, the Buffalo Bills, wore bright red uniforms this past Thursday night, while the New York Jets wore bright […]

Know these 4 Facts about Online Vision Tests

There isn’t much you can’t buy or do via the internet these days and that even includes having your vision tested online to get prescription eyeglasses. Just because online vision testing is available does not necessarily mean that it’s recommended for everyone. The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) does offer some guidelines for those considering […]

Scary decorative contact lenses for Halloween

If you are looking to add a spookier touch to your Halloween costume by wearing decorative contacts, you might want to think again. A whole host of ghoulish things can happen to your eyes if you do. The possible problems range from infection, corneal scratching, ulcers, allergic reaction and scariest of all, vision loss. Decorative […]

Senator Harry Reid reveals he’s permanently blind in right eye

For years, Dr. Krawitz has warned his patients about the dangers of ricochet injuries when items on stretch break or become unhinged. The classic example is bungee cords, in which a taught elastic rope is fixed at both ends with a metal hook. People who strap down luggage with bungee cords make the mistake of drawing […]

Endophthalmitis risk greater with intravitreal steroid injections

Endophthalmitis, an inflammation of the internal eye, is a possible complication with any intraocular procedure including intravitreal steroid injections and anti-VEGF injections. A new study found that the risk for developing endophthalmitis after intravitreal steroid injections is nearly seven times greater than the risk after anti-VEGF injections. Prior to the advent of anti-VEGF injections, intravitreal […]

Higher risk of AMD in women who are vitamin D deficient

The August online edition of JAMA Opthalmology published results of a study that point to a higher risk of AMD in women who are deficient in vitamin D and who have two genetic risk markers for the disease. University of Buffalo researchers evaluated data on 913 women between the ages of 54 and 74 who […]

ObamaCare Causing People to Mistrust Government Health Coverage

On September 1, 2015, Vitamin Science sent a survey of health care costs to its subscriber users of eye health vitamins. Hundreds of people responded, including a majority stating that they did not favor universal government-funded healthcare. The responses below are unedited. Seems as though any time government gets involved price goes up. Health ins. is […]