Protect Those Peepers
Recent Canadian National Institute for the Blind studies statistics have found that 3 out of 5 workers with serious eye injuries were not wearing eye protection at the time of their accident. Of those who were wearing protection, 40% were wearing the wrong protection. Accidents can happen in the garden, playing a sport or at home. If you have only one good eye you need to wear protection all the time. Please ask about the right eye protection for you.
The Clear K Laser
Stay tuned for new AMD treatments:
Update on the LEAD study from the University of Melbourne using the 2RT and CPV lasers
Exciting news! The LEAD Study, published recently in the journal of Ophthalmology , confirms the value and safety of using the Clear K laser as a means of arresting progression of macular degeneration.
This study indicates that the Clear K laser could be used in those candidates with intermediate AMD without clinically significant reticular pseudo drusen. In the study treated patients were 4x less likely to progress than controls with 12 spot treatments in one eye.
This treatment is still in its early stages of trial but there is the potential for superior outcomes as the number of laser treatment spots are increased and as it is used in both eyes.
The Eye Deciphered
Harvard researchers were very excited to demonstrate that the retina holds the majority of the 20,000 genes in the human body! Not surprising, as we already know that the eye is a complex organ carrying more than 60 types of cell. These discoveries will help researchers find the cause of inherited diseases caused by genetic mutations, and provide gene therapy for diseases such as Retinitis pigmentosa.
Omega - 3 Oils and the Eye
Interesting research at the Geriatrics Institute, Sherbrooke found that incubating Retinal Pigment Epithelial cells in vegetable oils and then incorporating them into retinal cells, caused the cells to have beneficial effects. It seems that the vegetable oils increased membrane fluidity, which further facilitates light transmission through the eye. The investigators concluded that a diet low in trans unsaturated fats and high in both omega - 3 fatty acids and olive oil can reduce the risk of the eye developing retinopathies. The researchers further suggested that eye drops should all contain oil with biological properties rather that a neutral oil.