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Eclipse viewing 101

Categories: News

On Monday, August 21, a pretty rare phenomenon will take place in the sky over North America — a total eclipse of the sun. And while San Antonio won’t be within the path of totality (where it will be completely dark), it will still be a pretty cool thing to witness — if you do it safely. “Eclipse watchers risk permanent loss of vision if they look directly at the sun during an eclipse,” said Dr. Daniel A. Johnson, chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at UT Health. The only safe way to look directly at the phenomenon is through …Read More >

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Saving eyesight from a distance

Categories: Diabetes  /  News  /  Technology

Of all the potential complications of diabetes, blindness is certainly among the most devastating for patients. Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of vision impairment and blindness among working-age adults. The tiny blood vessels in the retina — the light-sensitive layer at the back of the eye — become weakened by high blood sugar and leaky over time. The good news is, early detection and treatment can reduce the risk of blindness by 95 percent. However, that requires regular eye exams — a simple and painless screening that many people with diabetes neglect. To make it easier, University Health System …Read More >

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Saving precious sight

Categories: Children's Health  /  News  /  NICU  /  Pregnancy  /  Research  /  Technology

It’s among the happiest moments for new parents, when their baby makes eye contact and smiles in recognition. But for very premature babies, a common and potentially blinding eye disease can rob families of that moment. More than half of all infants born 10 or more weeks prematurely have some level of retinopathy of prematurity, or ROP — a disease in which blood vessels in the back of the eye grow abnormally. That can lead to scarring and detachment of the retina. About 5 to 8 percent require treatment, which involves destroying the abnormal blood vessels with lasers or a …Read More >

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