No, Blue Light From Your Smartphone Is Not Blinding You

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Blue light from electronic screens is not making you blind. A recently released study has been creating both concern in the public and alarmist headlines from news outlets worldwide. But experts are cautioning that the news reports are leaping to unfounded conclusions about the potential effects of blue light on the eye. This laboratory research is not a reason to …

Retina Scan May Give Early Warning of Alzheimer’s Disease

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A new study shows that an eye scan may be a relatively easy, inexpensive way to test for early Alzheimer’s disease. The study builds on research showing that closely examining the retina might help detect Alzheimer’s in its early stages. The retina is made up of brain tissue. Retinas are connected to the brain via the optic nerve. Changes in …

October is Home Eye Safety Month

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Each year, nearly 50 percent of eye injuries occur at home; that’s more injuries than occur in school and at the workplace – combined. From cleaning and cooking to mowing and repairing, eye injuries occur every day while performing routine activities. When completing these daily tasks in and around the home, we often become complacent and do not take proper …

Can using beauty products make a cataract worse?

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Question: Can wearing eye makeup, perfume, hairspray, nail polish or other beauty products worsen a pre-existing cortical cataract? I was recently diagnosed and I want to know which products to avoid that could make it worse. Answer: Most common beauty products are very unlikely to cause or worsen cataract if used properly. Products designed to be used on the eyelids …

Intel Introduces Smart Glasses That Look Normal

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Verge.com wrote about new Smart Glasses from Intel … Exclusive first look at Vaunt, which uses retinal projection to put a display in your eyeball The most important parts of Intel’s new Vaunt smart glasses are the pieces that were left out. There is no camera to creep people out, no button to push, no gesture area to swipe, no …

FDA approves gene therapy for rare form of blindness

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WASHINGTON — U.S. health officials approved the nation’s first gene therapy for an inherited disease, a treatment that improves the sight of patients with a rare form of blindness. It marks another major advance for the emerging field of genetic medicine. The approval for Spark Therapeutics offers a life-changing intervention for a small group of patients with a vision-destroying genetic mutation and …

Yes, people tattoo their eyes. And no, it isn’t safe.

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A woman from Ontario, Canada, had the white of her right eye tattooed purple in September. The eye tattoo, however, went horribly wrong. Following is an article that tells the story.   Eye Tattoo Gone Wrong Places Model At Risk Of Losing Her Eyeball: Will The Procedure Be Banned? A model is at risk of losing her eyeball after an …

Make this a really Happy Mother’s Day!

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Don’t forget … Mother’s Day is May 14th. We have a special offer : $50 off any complete pair of prescription eye glasses (including frames and lens) and all sunglasses.   This offer is available the entire week before Mother’s Day – May 8th-12th. Including these great brands and more.     This is a great chance to let Mom know how much you …

Why Do Humans Have Eyebrows and Eyelashes?

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As humans have evolved, our body hair and facial hair have diminished over time. But eyebrows and eyelashes remained a core part of our features. They are our foremost eye accessories, and we wax, tweeze and even dye them. But is there a biological or functional reason we have hair above and around our eyes? Researchers and ophthalmologists believe there …

Protect your young children’s eyes from laundry packets

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The following article is from CNN (link). If you use laundry detergent packets, please be sure to store them where kids can’t reach, and look for the new locking containers.   Laundry packet poisonings increase in kids Children continue to eat a dangerously large number of laundry detergent packets, new data show. Calls to poison control centers increased 17% from …

Your Blue Eyes Aren’t Really Blue

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Brown eyes get their color from melanin, the same pigment that colors your skin. But blue eyes don’t have any blue pigment in them. Blue eyes get their color the same way water and the sky get their blue color. They scatter light so that more blue light reflects back out. The colored part of the eye is called the …

Facts About Tears

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A happy ending to a story, a sad break-up, an onion chopped into pieces—they all can trigger your tears. Tears serve many purposes, and your eyes produce them all the time. In fact, you make 15 to 30 gallons of tears each year. You Have More Than One Type of Tear Tears are essential to help you see clearly and …

Be Careful: Eyebrow and Eyelash Coloring Could Harm Your Vision

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Having your eyebrows and eyelashes tinted in a salon may seem like an easy way to avoid having to use an eye pencil for a month or two. But experts warn these treatments may not be safe. The Food and Drug Administration has not approved any color additives for permanent dyeing or tinting of eyelashes and eyebrows. The agency says …

Snap (formerly Snapchat) now selling camera-embedded sunglasses

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Snap Inc. — formerly known as Snapchat — is now selling camera-embedded sunglasses, hoping its wearable technology can succeed where Google Glass failed. The Spectacles sunglasses allow people to record 10-second video clips, with the point-of-view videos uploaded wirelessly to the Snapchat app on the person’s phone. It’s the first move into the physical world for Snap, which was renamed in …

Check out the latest fitness tracker in a pair of glasses

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Google Glass failed to win consumers, partly because of the design that made the augmented eyewear stand out in a crowd. VSP Global’s innovation lab, The Shop, which built custom frames for Glass, wants to approach eyewear tech from a different angle. The Shop has partnered with the University of Southern California (USC) Center for Body Computing to develop the …

An Eye Test for Early Alzheimer’s Detection?

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A picture of the retina may one day help diagnose people with Alzheimer’s before they show any symptoms. A study published in Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science showed that the technique could identify Alzheimer’s in mice. The procedure will be tested in humans next. Researchers at the University of Minnesota Center for Drug Design were able to identify Alzheimer’s from detailed color …

Can Reading a Smartphone With One Eye Lead to Temporary Blindness?

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A recent report of two women who temporarily lost sight in one eye after reading their smartphones while lying in bed shouldn’t cause alarm, experts say. But the incidents do point to the importance of using digital devices smartly to avoid eye strain. The women lost vision for up to 20 minutes in one eye after reading their phones in …