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iPad Screenings Detect Early Signs of Glaucoma

iPad Screenings Detect Early Signs of Glaucoma
Using a tablet screening app could prove to be an effective method to aid in the effort to reduce the incidence of avoidable blindness in populations at high-risk for glaucoma with limited access to healthcare, according to a study released yesterday at AAO 2014, the 118th annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. In this study, researchers from the University of Iowa, the University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Michigan, and the Tilganga Eye Institute in Nepal used a free peripheral vision assessment app to screen approximately 200 patients in Nepal for glaucoma using an iPad. The results show promise for screening populations that have limited or no access to traditional eye care and certain ethnic groups that have a high risk of developing the disease. Early Signs of Glaucoma Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness worldwide, affecting more than 60.5 million people. The disease can...
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Remedy to be Reading Glasses Free?

Remedy to be Reading Glasses Free
A thin ring inserted into the eye could soon offer a reading glasses free remedy for presbyopia the blurriness in near vision experienced by many people older than the age of 40, according to a study released by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. A corneal inlay device currently undergoing clinical review in the United States improved near vision well enough for 80 percent of the participating patients to read a newspaper without disturbing far distance vision needed for daily activities like driving. Presbyopia affects more than 1 billion people worldwide. As people age, the cornea becomes less flexible and bends in such a way that it becomes difficult to see up close. Although the most common remedy is wearing reading glasses, a host of new corneal inlay products are in development to treat the condition, with three types currently under review by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The theoretical advantage...
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