Sudan: Chinese Help Hundreds of Sudanese Regain Sight, for Free
[SudaNow] A Chinese medical team that landed in Khartoum last week, is now helping hundreds of Sudanese people, mostly from poor background, to regain sight, as they carry out cataract operations, for free, on over two hundred patients. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 6, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Reduce your risk of macular degeneration by a whopping 61% just by eating oranges
(Natural News) In the U.S., more people lose their vision because of age-related macular degeneration than glaucoma and cataracts combined, says the National Institute of Health (NIH). This makes the condition the leading cause of blindness among people older than 60. Macular degeneration is irreversible, but there are steps you can take to lower your... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

‘Breakthrough’ eye-pressure sensor trial begins in Germany
(Image courtesy of Implandata) Implandata Ophthalmic Products announced that the first patient in its international, multi-center, ARGOS-SC01 clinical study has been successfully implanted with its novel pressure sensor. This first-in-human clinical study is being conducted to validate the suprachoroidally placed Eyemate-SC, a sensor implant for continual monitoring of intraocular pressure (IOP). While Implandata’s already CE-marked Eyemate-IO intraocular sensor implant is intended for use in glaucoma patients undergoing cataract surgery, the Eyemate-SC device allows implantation in glaucoma patients not indicated fo...
Source: Mass Device - December 3, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Nancy Crotti Tags: Blog Optical/Ophthalmic Research & Development Implandata Ophthalmic Products Source Type: news

How changing labs revealed a chemical reaction key to cataract formation
(American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) Researchers working to understand the biochemistry of cataracts have made a surprising finding: A protein that was long believed to be inert actually has an important chemical function that protects the lens of the eye from cataract formation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

An examination of driving exposure, habits and harsh braking events in older drivers with bilateral cataract using naturalistic driving data - Agramunt S, Meuleners L, Fraser M, Chow K, Ng JQ, Raja V, Morlet N.
The aim of this study was to examine driving exposure, habits and harsh braking events in older drivers with bilateral cataract using naturalistic driving data. Ninety six older drivers aged 55+ years were assessed in the month prior to first eye cataract ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Google ’s Verily spikes glucose-sensing lens project with Novartis’ Alcon
Google (NSDQ:GOOG) life sciences company Verily said late last week that it is putting its joint project with Novartis (NYSE:NVS) unit Alcon to develop a glucose-sensing contact lens on hold due to difficulties in obtaining reliable tear glucose readings. The project, which began in 2014, aimed to develop a contact lens that could measure glucose levels for individuals living with diabetes, according to a blog post from Verily chief technical officer Brian Otis. But measuring glucose levels from tear glucose has proven to be unreliable, according to the blog posting. “Our clinical work on the gluc...
Source: Mass Device - November 19, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Diabetes Optical/Ophthalmic Research & Development Alcon google Novartis Verily Source Type: news

Alphabet's Verily shelves glucose-sensing contact lens project with Novartis
Two more smart contact lenses, for presbyopia and cataract surgery recovery, are still in the works. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - November 16, 2018 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Here are some natural interventions that slow down (and sometimes even reverse) cataracts
(Natural News) Regardless of your actual age, your eyes are often the last thing that stays young. However, this is only possible if you regularly follow a healthy diet. Preventing and reversing cataracts While cataracts are linked to poorer eyesight and even blindness, they are believed to be an inevitable part of aging. However, certain... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Putting the wrong lens in during a cataract op is one of the NHS's most common surgical blunders
A report by the UK's Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch found the wrong artificial lenses were put into patients' eyes 21 times in 2016/17, and urged the NHS to stop it happening. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Blocking 'secondary cataracts'
(University of Delaware) Cataracts surgery is a modern-day medical marvel, but even 10 years after a procedure, so-called secondary cataracts can form. UD researchers are identifying what's behind that and how to stop it. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: Chinese Medical Team Performs Free Cataract Surgery in Kenema
[Concord] Charles Jusu, who is over 60, has finally regained his complete eyesight. He is one of the beneficiaries of free cataract surgery being conducted by a team of Chinese medical experts from Hunan Province. His two eyes were almost rendered useless after being affected by cataract for the past years. But with the intervention of the medical team, his eyesight has been revived. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 9, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

OCT Screening Before Cataract Surgery Can Improve Outcomes OCT Screening Before Cataract Surgery Can Improve Outcomes
Routine screening with optical coherence tomography (OCT) before cataract surgery can identify overlooked pathologies, researchers say, but cost might be an issue.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ophthalmology News Source Type: news

Impact of blindness due to cataract in elderly fallers: findings from a cross-sectional study in Andhra Pradesh, South India - Krishnaiah S, Ramanathan RV.
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the prevalence of falls, frequency of falls, injury due to falls and to explore the relationship between cataract-related blindness and falls in older patients above or equal to 50  years of age. RESULTS: A cross-sectional st... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 2, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Nearly 200 UCLA volunteers treat the uninsured at the annual Care Harbor free clinic
When Andre Buchanan was 12, he fell from a tree and destroyed a front tooth. Although a dentist fixed the tooth at the time, it deteriorated over the many years since and  two years ago the now adult Buchanan had only a nub for a tooth.Each year at family events, his mother would nag him about the tooth. “Boy,” she’d tell him, “you ain’t fixed that tooth yet?’”Then Andre heard about the annual Care Harbor clinic in downtown Los Angeles that provides free health, dental and eye care to people who don ’t have access to it. He emerged with a perfect new tooth that he p...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - November 1, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Staar Surgical shares jump on Q3 Beat
Shares in Staar Surgical (NSDQ:STAA) have risen in after-hours trading today after the medical device maker beat expectations on Wall Street with its third quarter results. The Monrovia, Calif.-based company posted profits of approximately $1.5 million, or 3¢ per share, on sales of approximately $31.8 million for the three months ended September 28, for bottom-line growth of 24.4% on sales growth of 35.3% compared with the same period during the previous year. Adjusted to exclude one time items, earnings per share were 7¢, well ahead of the 3¢ loss-per-share expectation on Wall Street, where analysts ex...
Source: Mass Device - October 31, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News MassDevice Earnings Roundup Wall Street Beat STAAR Surgical Co Source Type: news

Cataract Surgery, Hearing Aids May Curb Cognitive Decline Cataract Surgery, Hearing Aids May Curb Cognitive Decline
Sensory deprivation is a risk factor for cognitive decline and dementia, but will correcting impaired hearing and vision prevent these outcomes? Yes, these studies suggest.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Philips board backs reappointment of CEO van Houten, CFO Bhattacharya | Personnel Moves – October 29, 2018
Royal Philips (NYSE:PHG) said today that its board of directors is backing the re-appointment of Frans van Houten as its president and CEO and Abhijit Bhattacharya as chief financial officer and board member. CEO van Houten has been at the head of Philips since 2011, while Bhattacharya joined the company in 2015, Amsterdam-based Philips said. During his time in the corner office, van Houten led the initial public offering for Philips Lighting in May 2016 and has increased R&D investments and led acquisitions including Volcano, Spectranetics, Wellcentive and VitalHealth. Board members will officially vote on a new ...
Source: Mass Device - October 29, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Featured aligntechnology Bovie Medical Corp. Clearside Biomedical cromsource Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Harvard Bioscience Inc. Ra Medical RenovaCare royalphilips Sight Sciences Source Type: news

Diabetes No Barrier to Cataract Surgery
(MedPage Today) -- Procedure shouldn't be delayed solely on basis of HbA1c levels, researcher says (Source: MedPage Today Endocrinology)
Source: MedPage Today Endocrinology - October 28, 2018 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Side effects of asthma treatment? Cataracts found to be 50% more likely in long-term sufferers that used steroids
(Natural News) As people age, our cells naturally die due to oxidative stress. The effects of cell death include aging-related neurodegenerative disorders as well as general physical weakness. One of these aging side effects include cataracts – a clouding of the eye lens which affect vision. While most cataracts are related to aging, people who... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Surgeon Age Doesn't Affect Cataract Surgery Outcomes Surgeon Age Doesn't Affect Cataract Surgery Outcomes
Late-career surgeons perform a large proportion of cataract operations, and they do it with an overall low rate of adverse events, a Canadian study suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Ophthalmology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Ophthalmology Headlines - October 26, 2018 Category: Opthalmology Tags: Ophthalmology News Source Type: news

Health Tip: Understanding Cataract Symptoms
-- A cataract is a clouding of the eye's lens that will affect vision if left untreated. Half of Americans will have had a cataract by the time they are 80, the American Eye Institute says. Risk factors for cataracts include diabetes, smoking,... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - October 26, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Health Tip: Understanding Cataract Symptoms
Title: Health Tip: Understanding Cataract SymptomsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/26/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/26/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Eyesight General)
Source: MedicineNet Eyesight General - October 26, 2018 Category: Opthalmology Source Type: news

Surgeon age doesn't affect cataract surgery outcomes
(Reuters Health) - Late-career surgeons perform a large proportion of cataract operations, and they do it with an overall low rate of adverse events, a Canadian study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Nigeria:Samsung Heavy Industries Supports Eye Surgery for 102 Nigerian
[Guardian] With the assistance of Samsung Heavy Industries of Nigeria (SHIN), 102 Nigerian patients with cataracts and at risk of blindness have successfully recovered their eyesight with Vision Care, an organisation under the World Health Organisation (WHO). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 24, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Carl Zeiss Meditec buys cataract surgery device maker IanTech
Carl Zeiss Meditec (ETR:AFX) said today it inked a deal to acquire micro-interventional cataract surgery tech dev IanTech for an undisclosed amount. Reno, Nev.-based IanTech designed and developed the miLOOP device intended for micro-interventional cataract surgery. The system uses thin, super-elastic, self-expanding nitinol filament technology and is intended to allow the user to achieve full thickness lens fragmentation for any grade cataract to reduce intraocular ultrasonic vibrations and phase power, according to the company’s website. “We expect that IanTech will complement our leading portfolio of eq...
Source: Mass Device - October 23, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Featured Mergers & Acquisitions Optical/Ophthalmic Carl Zeiss Meditec iantech Source Type: news

Alcon to Develop SMART Suite Digital Health Platform for Cataract Surgery
Alcon, the global leader in eye care and a division of Novartis, today announced plans to develop the SMART Suite by Alcon, an innovative, digital platform that is designed to streamline, simplify and improve cataract surgery for surgeons and patients. (Source: eHealth News EU)
Source: eHealth News EU - October 23, 2018 Category: Information Technology Tags: Featured Industry Business and Industry Source Type: news

Alcon to develop SMART Suite digital health platform for cataract surgery
Alcon, the global leader in eye care and a division of Novartis, today announced plans to develop the SMART Suite by Alcon, an innovative, digital platform that is designed to streamline, simplify and improve cataract surgery for surgeons and patients. (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - October 23, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured Novartis Business and Industry Source Type: news

Don't Overlook Ocular Surface Disease Before Cataract Surgery Don't Overlook Ocular Surface Disease Before Cataract Surgery
Dr Sumit (Sam) Garg on the risks of failing to preoperatively diagnose this highly prevalent condition.Medscape Ophthalmology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ophthalmology Viewpoint Source Type: news

Cataract Surgery, Hearing Aid May Help Aging Brain
Researchers studying cognitive health related to hearing and vision found that the rate of mental decline was halved after cataract surgery and was 75 percent lower after people got a hearing aid. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - October 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New eye health companies gain funders ’ focus
Photo by Victor Freitas on Unsplash Startups pioneering less-invasive technologies to treat common eye diseases are changing the outlook for both patients and the industry. A new study by CB Insights revealed that investors have been pouring money into smaller companies in 2017 and 2018, with some FDA approvals to begin marketing their technologies and treatments. These firms are eyeing conditions common among those age 40+, including refractive errors (e.g. near- or farsightedness), cataracts, and retinal diseases like diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration. Get the full story on our sister site, Medical Design &am...
Source: Mass Device - October 17, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Nancy Crotti Tags: Blog Featured Funding Roundup Optical/Ophthalmic Vision AcuFocus Inc. azura CB Insights google Ivantis lensgen rxsight tearfilminnovations Source Type: news

Cataract Surgery, Hearing Aid May Boost the Aging Brain
Title: Cataract Surgery, Hearing Aid May Boost the Aging BrainCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/16/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/17/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Senior Health General)
Source: MedicineNet Senior Health General - October 17, 2018 Category: Geriatrics Source Type: news

Cataract Surgery, Hearing Aid May Boost the Aging Brain
TUESDAY, Oct. 16, 2018 -- You won't jump for joy when you're told you need hearing aids or cataract surgery. But get this: Both appear to slow mental decline in older adults. That's what researchers concluded after studying more than 2,000 people... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - October 16, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Cataract Surgery for Senior Drivers Tied to Reduced Car Crash Risk, Costs Cataract Surgery for Senior Drivers Tied to Reduced Car Crash Risk, Costs
Cataract surgery can significantly reduce car crashes involving senior drivers and the cost of those accidents to the community, researchers say.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ophthalmology News Source Type: news

Cataract Surgery Tied to Drop in Cognitive Decline in Seniors
MONDAY, Oct. 15, 2018 -- Cataract surgery is associated with a reduction in the rate of cognitive decline among older adults, according to a study published online Oct. 11 in PLOS ONE. Asri Maharani, M.D., Ph.D., from the University of Manchester in... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - October 15, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Cataract surgery for senior drivers tied to reduced car crash risk, costs
(Reuters Health) - Cataract surgery can significantly reduce car crashes involving senior drivers and the cost of those accidents to the community, researchers say. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Hearing aids and cataract surgery may prevent dementia
Researchers from Manchester University believe that retaining sight and hearing keeps a person physically active and socially engaged. This may reduced their risk of the disease. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The impact of first- and second-eye cataract surgery on motor vehicle crashes and associated costs - Meuleners LB, Brameld K, Fraser ML, Chow K.
OBJECTIVE: to evaluate the association between first- and second-eye cataract surgery and motor vehicle crashes for older drivers and the associated costs to the community. DESIGN: retrospective population-based cohort study. SUBJECTS: a total of 2... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Placing a Bypass Stent During Cataract Surgery Cuts Need for Glaucoma Eyedrops Placing a Bypass Stent During Cataract Surgery Cuts Need for Glaucoma Eyedrops
Implantation of the iStent Trabecular Micro-Bypass in conjunction with cataract surgery is associated with reduced need for glaucoma eyedrops, according to a new study.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - October 5, 2018 Category: Surgery Tags: Ophthalmology News Source Type: news

Cataracts surgery: How to know if you need treatment and what the operation involves
CATARACTS surgery may be recommended for people whose vision is affected by cloudy patches. Eye surgery can be daunting, so it ’s good to know what procedures involve. Here’s what to look out for to determine if you need cataract surgery and how treatment works. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - October 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

68 people left BLIND after botched cataract cure was injected into their eyeballs
The patients in Dallas had all been promised clear eyesight from the medication, designed to be a permanent alternative for eye drops. But now, most of them are blind in at least one eye. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Swiss Advanced Vision launches Harmonis customizable IOL
Swiss Advanced Vision said yesterday it launched its Harmonis customizable intraocular lens system designed for cataract surgery. The newly launched system features advanced extended depth of focus optical technology, the Neuchatel, Switzerland-based company said, and a web-based configurator ophthalmologists can use prior to surgery to select optimal lens parameters. The web-based configurator offers selectable parameters for light ditribution ratios of near, intermediate and distance vision, reading distance and extended depth of focus, Swiss Advanced Vision said. “By expanding our product portfolio with the launch...
Source: Mass Device - September 7, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Optical/Ophthalmic Swiss Advanced Vision Source Type: news

EyePoint nabs CMS reimbursement for Dexycu cataract surgery drug
EyePoint Pharmaceuticals (NSDQ:EYPT) said this week that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved transitional pass-through status and reimbursement of its dexamethasone intraocular suspension, Dexycu. The FDA-approved product is designed to treat inflammation following cataract surgery using a single, intraocular dose of long-acting dexamethasone. Get the full story at our sister site, Drug Delivery Business News. The post EyePoint nabs CMS reimbursement for Dexycu cataract surgery drug appeared first on MassDevice. (Source: Mass Device)
Source: Mass Device - September 7, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Drug-Device Combinations Optical/Ophthalmic Pain Management Pharmaceuticals Regulatory/Compliance Wall Street Beat eyepointpharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Cataract Surgery Not Tied to Longer Life for Women, After All Cataract Surgery Not Tied to Longer Life for Women, After All
While older women may have a better quality of life and better vision after surgery to remove cataracts, newly reanalyzed data suggest they shouldn't base their decision to have the surgery on whether it will help them live longer.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - September 5, 2018 Category: Surgery Tags: Ophthalmology News Source Type: news

Mathematical modellers focus on mouse lens
EU-funded researchers have created the first-ever full simulation of the growth of the lens within the eye of a mouse. It has given insights into how the lens develops and the formation of cataracts. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - September 4, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Eye damage due to cosmetic ultrasound treatment: a case report - Chen Y, Shi Z, Shen Y.
BACKGROUND: Rejuvenation of aging eyelids is one of cosmetic changes to the individual to create the appearance of youth. Tightening treatment of eyelid by ultrasonic heat could possibly develop acute eye injury, including acute increase of IOP, cataract a... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 1, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Home and Consumer Product Safety Source Type: news

Cataract surgery not tied to longer life for women, after all
(Reuters Health) - While older women may have a better quality of life and better vision after surgery to remove cataracts, newly reanalyzed data suggest they shouldn't base their decision to have the surgery on whether it will help them live longer. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Alcon Announces Voluntary Global Market Withdrawal of CyPass Micro-Stent for Surgical Glaucoma
Reflecting its uncompromising commitment to patient safety, Alcon today announced an immediate, voluntary market withdrawal of the CyPass Micro-Stent from the global market. In addition, Alcon advises surgeons to immediately cease further implantation with the CyPass Micro-Stent and to return any unused devices to Alcon. This decision and corresponding recommendation is based on an analysis of five-year post-surgery data from the COMPASS-XT long-term safety study. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the CyPass Micro-Stent in July 2016 for use in conjunction with cataract surgery in adult patients with mild-...
Source: Food and Drug Administration - August 31, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Alcon Pulls CyPass Micro-Stent from Market Based on Long-Term Safety
One company's loss is another company's gain today in the increasingly competitive microinvasive glaucoma surgical (MIGS) market.  Alcon, a division of Novartis, said it is voluntarily removing all versions of the Cypass Micro-Stent from the global market based on a new analysis of five-year post-surgery data. The COMPASS-XT long-term safety data showed that at five years, patients in the CyPass Micro-Stent group experienced statistically significant endothelial cell loss compared to patients who underwent cataract surgery alone. The news sent shares of Glaukos, one of the main competitors in the MI...
Source: MDDI - August 29, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Implants Source Type: news

Factors associated with falls in older adults with cataracts - Paz LPDS, Borges LL, Mar ães VRFDS, Gomes MMF, Bachion MM, Menezes RL.
The aim of the present study was to evaluate factors associated with falls in community-dwelling older adults diagnosed with cataracts. An analytical, cross-sectional study was conducted with a sample of community-dwelling older adults residing in the Fede... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 25, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news