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2010-06-01 08:30:00

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Lafe Thompson, an Ohio based iron worker, had all but given up hope that the life that he knew would ever be the same. Diagnosed with Keratoconus, a devastating degenerative eye disease that weakens the cornea, Thompson underwent traditional surgeries to correct the problem, only to find his vision continuing to fail. Unable to drive or perform ordinary tasks, Lafe eventually lost his job in ironwork along with his ability to support his family....

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2010-05-20 14:40:20

Donor corneas are a rarity: In Germany alone, each year roughly 7,000 patients wait for that miniscule piece of tissue. An implant made of plastic may soon offer patients "“ especially those facing their last resort "“ with the chance to see again. For many patients who become blind after an accident or illness, a corneal transplantation could restore the ability to see. Each year, 40,000 people in Europe "“ in Germany, about 7,000 "“ await the opportunity to be able...

2010-04-08 09:25:00

DENVER, April 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Improving nerve regeneration after corneal surgery, preventing psychotic disorders in those at high risk for them and reducing cellular aging are three emerging benefits of the omega-3 fatty acids found in seafood, according to milestone research described in the April 2010 PUFA Newsletter and Fats of Life online publications for health professionals and consumers, respectively. One study showed that after corneal surgery, such as LASIK, treating eyes with...

2010-04-06 08:19:17

Study shows therapeutic swings for autism-spectrum disorder patients pose danger The presence of metallic foreign bodies in the eye is an uncommon injury in children, so much so that two children with autism presenting with this injury led to detective work by two physicians that found the common cause. An article published in the current issue of the Journal of AAPOS, the Official Publication of the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, documents how a physician...

2010-03-01 10:18:48

Initially high cell loss in Descemet's stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty tapers quickly One year post-surgery, patients who underwent Descemet's stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK) experienced greater cell loss overall compared to those who underwent penetrating keratoplasty (PKP), according to a new analysis of data collected from the Cornea Donor Study (CDS) Investigator Group's 2008 Specular Microscopy Ancillary Study (SMAS). However, the study, published in the...

2010-02-22 16:28:26

Initially high cell loss in Descemet's stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty tapers quickly One year post-surgery, patients who underwent Descemet's stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK) experienced greater cell loss overall compared to those who underwent penetrating keratoplasty (PKP), according to a new analysis of data collected from the Cornea Donor Study (CDS) Investigator Group's 2008 Specular Microscopy Ancillary Study (SMAS). However, the study, published in the...

2010-02-18 18:06:00

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Feb. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- According to the Boxer Wachler Vision Institute, U.S. bobsled Capt. Steve Holcomb may do more than just bring home gold at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. The story of how Holcomb went from going blind due to a degenerative eye condition called Keratoconus to having his vision restored with a breakthrough new medical procedure called C3-R is raising global awareness of the C3-R treatment. (Photo:...

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2010-02-09 07:27:52

Does not appear to affect vision Swelling commonly occurs in the corneas of mountain climbers, but does not appear to affect vision at altitudes of up to 6,300 meters (about 20,670 feet), according to a report in the February issue of Archives of Ophthalmology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. "High-altitude mountaineering is a popular recreational sport among healthy lowlanders," the authors write as background information in the article. "As a consequence of the exposure to hypobaric...

2010-01-11 19:46:33

Cornea donor study investigator group finds preoperative cell density not a factor in success A new predictor of cornea transplant success has been identified by the Cornea Donor Study (CDS) Investigator Group. New analysis of data from the 2008 Specular Microscopy Ancillary Study (SMAS), a subset of the CDS, found that the preoperative donor cell count of endothelial cells, previously considered to be an important predictor of a successful transplant, did not correlate with graft success....

2009-12-21 07:40:00

CARLSBAD, Calif., Dec. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- CONNECT(R), one of the nation's most successful organizations dedicated to creating and sustaining the growth of innovative technology and life science businesses, announced SynergEyes, Inc., the high Dk hybrid contact lens manufacturer, as the winner of its 22nd annual Most Innovative New Product (MIP) Award for 2009. SynergEyes won the award in the medical products category for ClearKone(TM), its patent-pending advanced hybrid contact lens design...


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