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Every Fourth of July, families, friends, and communities come together throughout the country to view firework displays. And every year, we encourage the public to leave the fireworks to the professionals and go to a public display. At the same time, fireworks sales have spiked as much as 400…

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By age 65, one in three Americans will have a vision-impairing eye disease. Many sight-robbing conditions can be effectively treated if detected early enough, in many cases limiting or eliminating the damage to eyesight. During the month of May, Windy City Retina joins the American Academy of Ophthalmology in sharing valuable…

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New research suggests living in a city with poor air quality increases your chance of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD)—a leading cause of blindness. The study, published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology, found that residents of highly polluted areas were at least 8% more likely to be diagnosed with AMD than residents…

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New research shows that about 30,000 people in the U.S. go to emergency departments each year with sports-related eye injuries, a substantially higher estimate than previously reported. This April during Sports Eye Safety Month, Windy City Retina and the American Academy of Ophthalmology remind the public that the right protective eyewear…

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Research found that the average office worker spends 1,700 hours per year in front of a computer screen. And that doesn’t include our addiction to phones and other digital devices. All this screen time has led to an increase in complaints of eye strain, dry eye, headaches and insomnia. During Workplace Eye Wellness Month…

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For most of us, as we grow, our visual health tends to decline. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is an example of visual decline that causes permanent, severe vision loss for individuals over the age of 60. It happens as a result of a wear down of the macula which…

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Even though Marlene Klein was having trouble recognizing familiar faces and began to mistake her fingers for carrots as she chopped vegetables, she had no idea she was slowly losing her vision to a leading cause of blindness, age-related macular degeneration (AMD). That’s because her brain was compensating for…

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Two kinds of eyedrops Presbyopia occurs when the clear lens of the eye stiffens over time and loses flexibility. This makes it hard to focus on words on a page or smartphone. Two types of eye drops — each with unique mechanisms – are under development to address this. Miotic drops…

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Tepezza was approved in January 2020 as the first nonsurgical treatment for thyroid eye disease (TED), a condition that causes eye bulging and vision problems. The new drug is delivered through an IV and accomplishes what surgery often cannot, experts say.  “This is an exciting milestone for the treatment of this debilitating disease,” said…

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Sildenafil, sold under the brand name Viagra, is considered safe for men with erectile dysfunction. But at high doses, the drug can have lasting effects on vision. That’s the upshot of a report published this month in the journal Frontiers in Neurology. The report describes 17 healthy men who sought medical care after taking the drug for the…

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