FDA permits Swiss attempt to study benefits of CXL

In a first research of its kind, the Swiss-based Peschke Meditrade GmbH has initiated a investigation to study the benefits of corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL) in subjects with progressive keratoconus and corneal ectasia after prior refractive surgery. Presently keratoconus is treated through eyeglasses, hard contact lenses, and a newer treatment, INTACS plastic rings inserted into the mid layer of the cornea to flatten it, changing the shape and location of the cone.In 15-20% of the cases, cornea transplant surgery is necessary.

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California doctors ordered not to perform Lasik surgery

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UK takes steps to fasten eye treatment

UK Health Minister Edwina Hart announced to establish nine eye treatment centers will be established across Wales. This is an attempt to fight wet age-related macular degeneration, which is the primary cause of sight loss in the UK.

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Patients have to wait long for cataract surgery

Dr Foster, an online provider of health information, finds cataract patients in the St Albans hospital wait an average of 152 days, compared to a national average of 95 days. The number is a sharp increase in comparison to those in the Luton and Dunstable Hospital.

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$8.5 million plan to reduce surgery waiting lists in Tasmania

Tasmania's Health Minister Lara Giddings has launched a $8.5 million plan to reduce the elective surgery waiting list by 1,500 operations. The plan is likely to activate by next year.

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A life without glasses

Since its inception some 17 years ago, the LASIK surgery has come a long way and experienced a lot changes. It has opened many doors to those who were once told that better vision through LASIK surgery was not an option for them. A comprehensive refractive surgeon can perform all aspects of vision correction including cornea remodeling and cataract surgery.

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River blindness engulfs Côte d’Ivoire

Côte d’Ivoire people are suffering a rare form of eye diseases called river blindness. The number of patients suffering from the disease has increased and likely to increase further. Up to half a million people are believed to be now at risk.

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Face blindness remains a mystery yet

Face blindness is a rare form of disease that where the patient can not distinguish face. Researchers are yet to find the reasons behind the disease. However, the disease may be of two types: acquired and inherited.

Cibu Thomas, a neuroscientist who led the study while at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, said that people who develop the condition later in life are usually those who have suffered a stroke or an injury in a brain region important for facial recognition, called the fusiformgyrus.

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Middle east patients likely to be a part of breakthrough eye trial

British researchers announced the results of the first clinical trial to test a revolutionary gene therapy treatment for a type of inherited blindness.The results, published earlier this year, showed that the experimental treatment was safe and could improve sight.

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Will ‘face blindness’ mystery be disclosed?

Blindness is one of of the common diseases worldwide. Perhaps there is no one who has not come across persons who can not see. But, how many of us have heard about the term 'face blindness'.

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