How to Protect Your Eyes Against Computer Vision Syndrome
Most of us use the computer a few hours a day or more. Intense computer viewing may result in eye symptoms known as computer vision syndrome (CVS).
If symptoms still persist, you should consult with an eye doctor -- optometrist or ophthalmologist – as you may need a dedicated pair of computer glasses. “A progressive lens that functions as a distance, reading and computer pair of glasses may help,” said Dr. Rosenthal. “There may also be the need for glare control, which may include an anti-glare coating for the lenses.”
For more information on computer vision syndrome, visit Lighthouse.org.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration Clue Found
Researchers from the University of Kentucky have found a potential breakthrough in figuring out one of the leading causes of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The study, which was published in the journal Nature, found that an enzyme known as DICER1 was less active in the retina of people with dry AMD. “This causes the accumulation of Alu RNA in the retina and effectively begins to destroy the macula if not removed,” said Dr. Bruce Rosenthal, Chief of Low Vision Programs at Lighthouse International. “The end result, if not stopped, is the dry or atrophic form of macular degeneration, which affects almost 85 to 90 percent of people diagnosed with AMD.”
While this discovery will not help patients immediately, it may open the doors to new treatments in the future. “It is hoped that clinical trials can begin in humans at the end of the year to validate whether vision can be retained,” said Dr. Rosenthal.
For more information on AMD, visit Lighthouse.org.
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