Dr. Gary Hirshfield, MD

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  • American Academy of Ophthalmology

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  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Infectious Disease:

    THURSDAY, April 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A small number of dogs and cats across the United States have been infected by a roundworm parasite that targets the eye, according to a new report.

    While the condition isn't fatal, researchers say vets and owners should be aware of the outbrea...Full Article

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    TUESDAY, April 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The way the brain organizes its visual sense is the same in people who are blind from birth and sighted people, a new study shows.

    The findings challenge the long-held belief that the brain's visual cortex -- which handles the sense of sight -- ...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Ophthalmology:

    TUESDAY, April 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Applying pencil eyeliner to the inner eyelid increases the risk that particles will get into the eye and cause vision problems, a new study warns.

    Volunteers first applied glitter eyeliner outside the lash line and then...Full Article

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    THURSDAY, April 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research in rats suggests a special compass might one day help blind people navigate their physical environments.

    Using a head-mounted device, Japanese scientists attached a microstimulator and a digital compass to the brains of blind rats, ...Full Article

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    TUESDAY, March 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A number of nutrients can help keep your eyes healthy, and some may even improve your eyesight, an eye doctor says.

    It's particularly important to eat a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, said Dr. James McDonnell, a pediatric ophthalmologis...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Pediatric Ophthalmology:

    FRIDAY, Feb. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In the midst of the current resurgence of measles across the United States, many people may still believe it's a harmless, transient disease.

    But experts warn that even before the telltale skin rash appears, the infection typically shows up in the...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Ophthalmology:

    THURSDAY, Feb. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Glaucoma patients are more likely to take medications to treat their eye disease if they're prescribed generic drugs, a new study finds.

    More than half of Americans with glaucoma do not take their medications as prescribed, which is one of the b...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Ophthalmology:

    WEDNESDAY, Feb. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A vision-robbing condition called diabetic macular edema can strike people with diabetes.

    Now, a new study compared three leading drugs for the condition -- Avastin, Eylea and Lucentis -- and found that Eylea came out on top, at least for pati...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Neurology:

    WEDNESDAY, Feb. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The eye's optic nerve may provide clues to a stroke patient's survival, a new study indicates.

    The research focuses on the sheath surrounding the optic nerve, which connects the eye and the brain. Using ultrasound to measure the thickness of t...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Family Medicine:

    THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new eye-tracking method might help determine the severity of concussions, researchers report.

    They said the simple approach can be used in emergency departments and, perhaps one day, on the sidelines at sporting events.

    "Concussion is ...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Ophthalmology:

    WEDNESDAY, Jan. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Long-term high blood pressure may increase the risk of the eye disease glaucoma, according to a new study.

    The researchers said their findings suggest that doctors should consider a patient's blood pressure when managing glaucoma, the second lea...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Psychology:

    THURSDAY, Jan. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Some people who are blind develop an alternate sense -- called echolocation -- to help them "see," a new study indicates.

    In addition to relying on their other senses, people who are blind may also use echoes to detect the position of surrounding...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Optometry:

    FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- All children should have their eyesight checked between the ages of 3 and 6, preferably every year, eye experts say.

    The new vision-screening guidelines for preschool-aged children are from an expert panel of the U.S. National Center for Children'...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Ophthalmology:

    THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Prostaglandin analogue eye drops -- a common form of glaucoma drug -- significantly reduce the risk of vision loss in patients with the eye disease, a new study finds.

    British researchers led by David Garway-Heath, of the Moorfields Eye Hospital...Full Article

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    FRIDAY, Dec. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Taking a statin to lower your cholesterol may raise your risk of developing cataracts, Canadian researchers report.

    While statins such as Zocor, Crestor and Lipitor protect many people from heart attack and stroke, they may raise the odds of develo...Full Article