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Tired of Eye Drops?

Long term non surgical glaucoma treatment is on the horizon. Sustained released medications have long improved patient compliance by delivering medication slowly. Research on micro practical injections of Dorzolamide may allow twice yearly glaucoma treatment. Research for Johns Hopkins in Baltimore has shown long term success in treating rabbit glaucoma. (Mol Pharm. 2016 Sep 6;13(9);2987-95…. Read More

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Revolutionary Approach to Treating Genetic Disease

This month, therapy for human genetic disease entered a new era. In Dravet syndrome, a defective gene causes insufficient production of a needed protein product, leading to seizures by age one year and high risk of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). Treatments to control these seizures have limited success; Dravet syndrome became the first disease for… Read More

Coughing Complications

“I wanted to be left alone, so whenever someone came close, I started coughing.” That sounds like a pretty aggressive way to establish social distancing, but clearly an effective strategy. What is a cough, exactly?  And when is cough more than just a cough? Basically, a cough consists of three main parts: Stimulation of respiratory… Read More

How Good is Doctor YouTube?

Doctor Google will see you now!   The Internet, particularly Google and YouTube, have become the primary sources of medical information for patients as well as medical professionals.   On balance, this proliferation of freely accessible material is a huge benefit to humanity.  But how good is the information posted online?  Of particular interest, how accurate is… Read More

Blue light filters: fact vs. myth?

I get questions about blue light glasses every day. Are they a good idea?  The answer depends on what problem you think they solve. On the one hand, blue wavelengths are known to cause oxidative damage to retinal cells, and a lifetime of exposure does appear to contribute to cataract formation and the development of… Read More

Intense Pulsed Light: Put the Best Face on It

Are your eyes red and burning?  The problem may extend past your eyelids.  Many skin conditions affect the eyelids and ocular surface, especially oil gland and blood vessel problems like rosacea.  Often this may cause a minor eye nuisance, easily managed with relatively simple intervention, like an occasional artificial tear drop. When the eye issues… Read More

Should Doctors be Paid More for Better Results?

The idea seems straightforward and logical: doctors, medical groups and hospitals who achieve better clinical results for their patients should be rewarded — financially.This “pay for performance” idea (P4P) intuitively jibes with other aspects of capitalist society.  After all, there’s a reason why Lebron James is paid more than Lauri Markkanen. Such a system in… Read More

“Can’t You Just Transplant My Eye?” One Step Closer

While transplants of human corneas and artificial intraocular lens implants are commonplace, the back portions of the eye — in particular, the optic nerve and retina — have not lent themselves to transplantation.  The retina consists of 12 layers with an enormous number of photoreceptors (120 million rod cells and 6 million cone cells) connecting… Read More

How to Prevent Your Kids’ Glasses From Getting Thicker

Strategies to Reduce Myopic Progression Or How to Prevent Your Kids’ Glasses From Getting Thicker   Close to 30% of the world’s population has myopia, or near-sightedness.  That’s almost 2 billion people!  In many communities the prevalence is much higher; 80-90% of high school graduates in East Asian countries are estimated to be myopic (British… Read More