THURSDAY, Aug. 3, 2017 -- More than 36 million people worldwide are blind, while 217 million more have moderate to severe vision loss, and experts now report that they expect those numbers to surge.
By 2050, the researchers said, the number of blind people is likely to hit 115 million, with 588 million more having limited sight. The burden is greatest in developing nations, according to a study of data from 188 countries.
THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 -- A laser treatment can reduce spots in people's vision known as "floaters," a new study finds.
"Floaters often arise as the vitreous -- a gel-like substance that fills the eye -- contracts and pulls away from the back of the eye," explained ophthalmologist Dr. Naomi Goldberg, who reviewed the new research. She works at the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital in New York City.
WEDNESDAY, July 5, 2017 -- Soft contact lenses are as safe for children and teens as they are for adults, a new review finds.
"In the past decade, there has been increasing interest in fitting children with contact lenses," said review author Mark Bullimore, an adjunct professor at the University of Houston College of Optometry.