Category: Eye and Ear Research

Check out blog posts and articles about ophthalmology and otolaryngology research at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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Researchers Develop a Promising New Test for Early Diagnosis of ‘Alzheimer’s of the Eye’

What would you think if words started disappearing suddenly from the books and news articles you were reading? Or you started noticing dark spots on the screen while watching a show on Netflix? Or you suddenly had difficulty recognizing faces? While you might start thinking that your mind is playing tricks on you, in the […]

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Researchers Recommend New Eye Exam Screening for Patients with Type 1 Diabetes: Five Things to Know

Treatment guidelines for patients with type 1 diabetes have long called for yearly eye exams. But is there an alternative to this one-size-fits-all approach that could reduce patient burden and costs while providing a quicker diagnosis? Findings from a recent study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, lend insight into a possible new eye […]

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Patients with High Risk Macular Degeneration Show Improvement with High Dose Statin Treatment

The study found that intensive doses of statins carried the potential for clearing up the soft, lipid materials in the eye that can lead to vision impairment in patients with the dry form of AMD. Joan W. Miller, MD, chief of ophthalmology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Massachusetts General Hospital, is corresponding author of […]

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Patients with High-Risk Macular Degeneration Show Improvement with High-Dose Statin Treatment

Although effective treatments are available for the wet form of AMD, they are currently lacking for the more prevalent dry form. The researchers found evidence that treatment with high-dose atorvastatin (80mg) is associated with regression of lipid deposits and improvement in visual acuity, without progression to advanced disease, in high-risk AMD patients. Their findings were published in EBioMedicine — […]

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