Daily treatment with a medication called pirenzepine can slow the rate of progressive myopia, or nearsightedness, in children, reports a study in the August issue of the Journal of AAPOS (American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus). Led by Dr. R. Michael Stiatkowski of Dean McGee Eye Institute/University of Oklahoma Department of Ophthalmology, the researchers evaluated the effects of pirenzepine in children with myopia.
Medication Slows Nearsightedness In Children
Daily treatment with pirenzepine can slow the rate of progressive myopia in children, according to an article published on August 26, 2008 in the Journal of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS). When someone is myopic, or nearsighted, he is able to focus on objects that are close to the eye but objects that are more distant appear blurry.
Blind Spot And Eyeball Reflexes Keep Out Intruders
Electronic fingerprinting, iris scans, and signature recognition software are all becoming commonplace biometrics for user authentication and security. However, they all suffer from one major drawback - they can be spoofed by a sufficiently sophisticated intruder. Writing in the International Journal of Biometrics, Japanese researchers describe a new approach based on a person's reflexes that could never be copied, forged, or spoofed.
IAEA Raises Awareness Of Radiation Risks Among Heart Doctors
Patients are not the only ones at risk during cardiac procedures. Doctors performing heart surgery also face health risks, namely to their eyes. The IAEA is helping to raise awareness of threats, through training in radiation protection related to medical uses of X-ray imaging systems.
Justice For Thousands Facing Blindness
Guidance published yesterday by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) will save the sight of thousands affected by the UK's leading cause of blindness, says the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB). The long awaited final guidance on anti-VEGF drugs means that patients in England and Wales with wet
Optical Regulator Wins Case Against Illegal Online Contact Lens Sales
An Internet retailer was ordered to pay over Â£60,000 as the General Optical Council (GOC) successfully concluded a criminal prosecution for illegal sales of contact lenses. Vision Direct pleaded guilty to six offences of selling contact lenses without a valid specification and without the supervision of a registered doctor or optician. Sale and supply of optical appliances are regulated under the Opticians Act.
Keep Eyes Safely On The Ball
Noah was seven years old when an errant paintball smashed into his left eye and sent him from the sidelines of his brothers' game to the emergency room. "I remember being very dizzy and I couldn't stop vomiting," said Noah. "I had to wait in the hospital for my eye pressure to go down and for all the blood to drain out of my eye.
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