October 28, 2014

A new study, published in the JAMA Ophthalmology, has found that patients who experience macular degeneration in one eye often suffer accelerated progression of this vision stealing disease in the other eye as well. Looking at retinal scans from over 4,300 patients, the authors of this study found that in nearly all instances, the severity of macular degeneration in one eye impacted the acceleration and severity of the disease in the other. According to the study’s authors, “Our model demonstrated the effect of one eye on the incidence and progression of AMD in its fellow eye across the entire continuum...

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October 16, 2014

It has long been believed that vitamin E and selenium were helpful in the prevention of cataracts. However, a new study conducted by Brigham & Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School have found this may not be the case for men.

11,267 men over the age of 55 participated in this 5.6-year study – during the course of which 389 men developed cataracts. More than 52 percent of these cataracts developed in men who were taking a selenium supplement. Just over 50 percent occurred in men who were taking a vitamin E supplement. These findings led researchers to conclude that vitamin E and selenium...

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September 28, 2014

Northeastern Eye Institute has been voted Best Eye Center by readers of the Scranton Times-Tribune. The experienced ophthalmologists at our multiple Northeastern Pennsylvania locations are honored by this award and look forward to many more years serving the communities we call home.

About Northeastern Eye Institute

Established in 1984, Northeastern Eye Institute is the largest eye care center in Northeastern Pennsylvania. We offer a...

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September 08, 2014

It is likely that your child receives a vision screening through his or her school district every year. However, relying solely on these in-school examinations is not always a good idea.

Vision changes rapidly during childhood, sometimes radically during various developmental stages. Children who do not need glasses one year may find them necessary the next – and those who currently wear glasses may need prescription changes with greater frequency than adults. This makes annual vision screenings from an experienced eye doctor very important for school-aged children.

Children who are experiencing...

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August 28, 2014

A thinning retina may serve as an early warning sign for frontotemporal dementia, particularly for individuals with a genetic disposition to the disease. Scientists at the Gladstone Institutes and University of California, San Francisco have found that cell loss in the retina occurs long before cognitive signs of dementia are apparent.

This discovery may allow for changes in the retina to be monitored when determining the efficacy of treatments for dementia. It may also allow for early treatment of dementia based on little more than an eye examination.

There are a number of reasons to visit your eye doctor on a regular basis...

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August 19, 2014

Researchers at the University of California Berkley believe they have found a way for people with refractive errors to view smartphones, tablets, and computers without using prescriptive eyewear. By using algorithms that compensate for vision difficulties, developers believe screens can be individually modified to adapt to a specific user’s needs. So far, vision correcting displays for farsighted individuals have proven effective. Researchers are continuing to develop display algorithms for nearsightedness and presbyopia, which they hope will lead to solutions for more complex vision problems as...

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July 18, 2014

If you’re considering corrective vision surgery, you’ve probably heard of LASIK and PRK. Both procedures improve your vision and reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contacts. And both take place in our office and require only 60-90 minutes of your time. But there are some key differences you should understand when making your choice.

PRK, which stands for photorefractive keratectomy, and LASIK, or Laser-Assisted in situ Keratomileusis, are surgical procedures in which lasers reshape the cornea. In LASIK, our...

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July 11, 2014

Glaucoma is an eye disease that involves a build-up of fluid pressure in your eye. If this pressure becomes too great, it can permanently damage your optic nerve, leading to serious visual impairment or even blindness. Diagnosing and controlling the disease early is important in order to prevent vision problems, but according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, around 2 million people in the United States are not even aware they have glaucoma.

No test can replace a professional evaluation performed by an experienced ophthalmologist, but the FDA has recently approved an at-home...

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June 26, 2014

Glaucoma is the collective name for several related eye conditions, and it is the leading cause of preventable blindness worldwide. Glaucoma is caused by elevated intraocular pressure, which is the pressure of the tissue within the eye.

Open-angle glaucoma is the most common form of the condition, and it gradually degrades peripheral vision. The progression of open-angle glaucoma is so slow that most patients aren’t even aware of it until permanent damage has already occurred. Left untreated, open-angle glaucoma can cause tunnel vision and blindness. See our ...

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June 16, 2014

Perhaps you’ve been told that wearing glasses makes your eyes weaker. Although there’s no basis for such claims, the myth remains stubbornly persistent. Corrective lenses not only help you see, they also improve your safety and quality of life. The Lackawanna eyeglasses experts at Northeastern Eye Institute have been improving our patients’ eyesight for years and are ready to help you see clearly, too.

According to a recent story from the BBC, worldwide surveys indicated that anywhere from 30 to 69 percent of people believe that wearing glasses can damage your eyes, even including medical professionals in some...

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