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Eye surgery to remove the lens shows promise for treating early glaucoma

Lens extraction, a procedure usually used to remove cataracts, could be a better first choice for some people with one type of glaucoma than laser treatment. Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions which damage the optic nerve and eventually lead to blindness. Commonly the pressure within the eye is raised and nerve damage can ...

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Wearing a patch after a scratch to the eye probably makes no difference to healing

After a scratch or minor damage to the outer layer of the eye (corneal abrasion), wearing an eye patch is unlikely to reduce pain at 24 hours and might not lead to quicker healing after 24 hours. Patching the eye was compared to leaving the eye uncovered. Eye patches did not significantly affect symptoms such ...

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A third of people with dementia have treatable vision problems

New data shows that around a third of people with dementia have serious vision problems, such as cataracts or short sightedness, more than the general population of that age. Levels are higher still for people with dementia in care homes – about half have vision problems. Yet this study showed that many of the people ...

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Optometrists are cautious, but may be as good as ophthalmologists at monitoring a common cause of blindness

Optometrists seem to be as good as ophthalmologists at correctly classifying wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Wet AMD is a condition where new blood vessels develop at the back of the eye to supply the damaged macula, responsible for central vision. It can cause permanent vision loss if not treated quickly. Monthly follow-up in specialist ...

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New tests by a technician in glaucoma clinics could free up specialist appointments

Reorganising glaucoma clinics to include new imaging tests undertaken by technicians appeared to have potential for releasing specialist time compared to usual care. However, the practicalities of adding the tests to current pathways of care in eye clinics will need further assessment. Four strategies included imaging of the back of the eye plus standard eyesight ...

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Regular monthly and “as needed” injections for wet age-related macular degeneration are similar in effect

This review did not find evidence for a meaningful difference in outcomes between monthly and as-needed injections of vascular endothelial growth factor inhibitors (anti-VEGF) for wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Patients may prefer the treatment-as-needed approach, because it generally leads to fewer injections. After two years, people receiving injections as needed had 8.4 fewer injections ...

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