Not only does cataract surgery (replacing clouded natural lenses with clear artificial ones) enable people to see more clearly, there is also evidence of an added benefit. New research shows that people who undergo cataract surgery have a 16% reduced risk of hip fracture during the year after the procedure. In cases of individuals with… Read More »

  • Posted on: Apr 18 2013
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The first tests involving the use of embryonic stem cells in humans indicates that they may one day be used to help treat blindness. This possibility arises from treatment of two legally blind individuals, one with the “dry” form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and the other with Stargradt disease that causes serious vision loss.… Read More »

  • Posted on: Sep 5 2012
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Some older people have a grey ring at the outer edge of their corneas, called a “corneal arcus,” that usually develops symmetrically but may begin as an incomplete ring. It can be yellow, white, or gray in color and is composed of lipids (fats) that have infiltrated the cornea. While this cloudy ring at the… Read More »

  • Posted on: Aug 6 2012
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Bone Drugs May Hurt Eyes

Woman who are taking drugs to prevent bone-thinning osteoporosis should be aware that they may be at increased risk for developing serious inflammatory eye disease.  Researchers have found that women taking bisphosphonates for the first time had a 45 percent increased risk of developing uveitis and scleritis. (Uveitis is inflammation of the middle layer of… Read More »

  • Posted on: Jul 20 2012
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  Because the eye is the only organ that allows a non-invasive glimpse of its interior, it may seem a simple matter to assess its health. Not all ophthalmic conditions, diseases, and circumstances lend themselves to easy inspection.  Fortunately, the ophthalmic ultrasound has emerged as an important non-invasive tool for visualizing structures of the inner… Read More »

  • Posted on: Jul 11 2012
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There is certainly more to good vision than simply looking straight ahead with sufficient clarity. This is why a comprehensive eye exam is so important. Among the many aspects of vision that the ophthalmologist will want to carefully assess is “peripheral vision,” or side vision. Peripheral vision is instrumental in ensuring driving safety by helping… Read More »

  • Posted on: Jul 9 2012
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The Sun: Friend or Foe

Summertime presents a great opportunity for outdoor sports, cookouts, and sunbathing.  Despite the warmth of the sun, the sun can cause damage to skin and eyes.  In the past 30 years, the incidence of skin cancer exceeds all other cancers.1   Eyelids are particular susceptible to skin cancer. Excessive sun exposure can also lead to… Read More »

  • Posted on: Jul 6 2012
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While health experts have wondered what might trigger age-related conditions such as insomnia, memory loss, and even depression, few suspected that the eyes would be to blame. New research indicates that the gradual yellowing of the eye lens and narrowing of the pupil , which occur with age, disturb the body’s “circadian rhythm,” or body… Read More »

  • Posted on: Jul 2 2012
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Spring 2012 Newsletter Dr. Keamy Boston Area

Help! Why is the small print so blurry? Many of my patients have  no eye complaints until they turn age 45.  A common problem is how blurry small print has become. Many people get alarmed and wonder if they have some new eye diseases. Most often, the development of blurry near vision is simple presbyopia. Presbyopia… Read More »

  • Posted on: Mar 28 2012
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