Category Archives: New Advances in Optometry

Next-Generation Contact Lenses May Help Monitor Health

On its website, KDKA-TV  Pittsburgh (1/12) reported that next-generation contact lenses, “called ‘smart lenses’…are packed with circuits, sensors and wireless technology — all designed to keep an eye on your health.” Researchers are now testing contact lenses that may someday “replace the standard blood test,” pointing out that “biomarkers found in the blood — such as cholesterol, sodium, potassium and glucose — can also be found on the surface of the eye.” Currently, one type of smart contact lens already out on the market in Europe monitors eye pressure over the course of a day. Called the Trigger Fish, it can diagnose glaucoma. Contact lenses still in the developmental stage may one day slowly release eye medication over a long period of time.

 

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OCT May Trump MRI For Measuring MS Effects In Nervous System

MedPage Today Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (6/7, Gever) reported, “A common retinal imaging technology could eventually supplement or even replace MRI for tracking multiple sclerosis (MS) severity and progression.” MedPage Today added, “In analyses presented at the annual meeting of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers, distinctive changes to the optic nerve were seen in MS patients imaged with optical coherence tomography (OCT) that correlated with MRI-based markers of disease activity.” And, “with additional studies, OCT may prove to be a better tool than MRI for directly measuring the effects of MS in the nervous system, several researchers said.”

This is an example of why a true, comprehensive eye exam is so much more than just getting your prescription. F.E.

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Researchers theorize microsaccades may be necessary for normal vision

The UK’s Press Association (2/13) reports that, according to a study published in the journal Science, “unconscious flickering eye movements,” known as microsaccades, “once thought to be random ‘motor noise’ may in fact be necessary to stop us going blind.” For the study, researchers from the Salk Institute in California “focused on the superior colliculus, the ‘command center’ in the brain responsible for eye-tracking,” and found that “the brain region played an integral part in the neural mechanism that controlled microsaccades.” The team now believes that “microsaccades provide a vital function by ‘refreshing’ images on the retina which would otherwise fade away,” a function that is “necessary for normal vision.”

Allergan to soon offer prescription eyelash-enhancing drug.

The Chicago Tribune (2/8, Metz) reported that “next month, the drug company Allergan — the folks who brought us Botox (botulinum toxin type A) — will begin offering a product called Latisse (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution). When applied to the upper lash line daily, the drug has been shown to lengthen and thicken eyelashes.” Latisse “contains the same active ingredients as the drug Lumigan (bimatoprost ophthalmic), an eyedrop that’s used to treat a specific type of glaucoma. Over the years, patients using Lumigan reported increased eyelash growth as a side effect.” A “one-month supply” will cost $120, and “will be packaged with small brushes that” are to be dipped “in the solution and then” applied “on the base of the lashes.” Latisse will be available “by prescription only. Even if you have a plastic surgeon or dermatologist, see an ophthalmologist first,” because “certain eye conditions could mean you’re not a candidate,” the article advised.