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News & Articles


Recent Studies and Articles



Below are some great articles from the ophthalmology community and related studies. My goal is to provide resources and knowledge, to help you learn more about the causes of dry eyes, glaucoma, and cataracts, and methods science is showing to prevent through nutrition, lifestyle changes, and natural treatments.

Should you have any questions, always feel free to contact Dr. Burress.




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Stem Cell Treatment for Dry AMD Moves Closer to Human Trials


Some 80% of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in seniors is of the dry type, for which there is no treatment available. However, recent animal studies have demonstrated success in using plurpotent stem cells to stimulate cell growth.

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Fireworks Eye Safety


With the Fourth of July approaching. thoughts may well turn to celebration with fireworks, which in turn brings up the subject of safety and injuries. A recent report stated there were eight deaths and nearly 13,000 injuries from fireworks in 2017.

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Bruised Retina

How Did James Harden Get a Bruised Retina?


This news is very appropriate during NBA playoff time. Sports injuries are common, and this certainly applies to the NBA. A well-known NBA star, James Harden, recently suffered a bruised retina in a game against Golden State. Fortunately more serious damage did not occur.

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Breakfast

How Important is Breakfast, Really?


I recently came across the summary of an article from a cardiology journal which stated that skipping breakfast increased the risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke and death. This made me wonder about this study, for what about intermittent fasting, which has so many health benefits and which I do quite often.

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Alzheimers Disease

Alzheimer's disease: An eye test could provide early warning


What if there were a way to detect early changes in the brain suggesting cognitive decline through a special non-invasive technique examining retinal blood vessels? Perhaps we don't need expensive tests or iinvasive procedures to obtain the same information. This article gives much information about Alzheimer's.

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Eye Disease Statistics

Eye Disease Statistics


The tables presented here summarize the causes of visual impairment and also legal blindness in the US, both categories broken down to show prevalence the major diseases in each of the three main races.

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The Sun, UV Radiation and Your Eyes

The Sun, UV Radiation and Your Eyes


As summer draws near with more days of sunshine, we must be cautioned that too much exposure of the eyes to UV light from the sun increases the risk of disease.

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Get an Eye Disease Screening at 40

Get an Eye Disease Screening at 40


It should be emphasized that it is very important to schedule a screening eye exam by an ophthalmologist when you reach 40 years of age.

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Show Your Eyes Some Love This Valentine’s Day, With Dark Chocolate?

Show Your Eyes Some Love This Valentine’s Day, With Dark Chocolate


We have known for some time that dark chocolate has health benefits, by increasing blood flow in arteries.

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What is the status of marijuana use for glaucoma?

What is the status of marijuana use for glaucoma?


I highly recommend you review and take heed to precautions outlined in this excellent summary article put out just recently by our national eye academy.

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Do You Have Glaucoma?

Do You Have Glaucoma?


If so, I strongly recommend you heed these lifestyle changes which, in addition to medication and/or surgery, will help to preserve vision.

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Flashes of Light might be a warning sign of issues in the retina?

Flashes of Light: A Warning Sign?


I highly recommend you review this article about seeing flashes of light and thier possible significance indicating a problem in the retina.

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What Is Shingles?

What Is Shingles?


Shingles is a viral disease caused by the same organism that results in chicken pox. If you are exposed to the shingles virus, you will not contract shingles if you already have had chicken pox, UNLESS your immune system is compromised.

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Conjunctivitis: What Is Pink Eye?

Conjunctivitis: What Is Pink Eye?


Conjunctivitis (often called plnk eye) is inflammation of the thin transparent layer that covers the white part of the eye (sclera).

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Contact Lens Care: You’re Probably Doing It Wrong

Contact Lens Care: You’re Probably Doing It Wrong


Contact lens wear comes with inherent risks, particularly infection, but any risks may be minimized by taking the necessary precautions in contact lens care.

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Choosing Safe Toys for the Holidays

Top Tips for Choosing Safe Toys this Holiday


When shopping gifts for children, always keep in mind that some toys have the inherent risk of causing eye injuries. Such risks depend to some degree on the age and maturity of the child. Toys with projectiles might be dangerous in the wrong hands.

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Pollutants in the Air

Small-Particle Air Pollution May Raise Glaucoma Risk in Some


Air pollution dangers, especially in those with certain health issues, is accepted knowledge to most. But a recent study indicates black carbon particles such as in auto emissions may be a glaucoma risk factor.

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Reduce Your Cataracts Risk With Antioxidants


Studies from United States, Japan, and Sweden show a correlation between vision loss and a antioxidants rich diet.

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Hormonal Changes and Vision

Hormonal Changes and Alterations of Vision


Did you know that hormonal changes in the body can result in alterations of vision?

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Sulforaphane Guards Against Age-related Macular Degeneration

Sulforaphane Guards Against Age-related Macular Degeneration


Johns Hopkins University Medical School announced a recent study that showed sulforaphane has a protective effect on retinal cells in the eye.

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Eating a Mediterranean Diet May Keep AMD at Bay

Eating a Mediterranean Diet May Keep AMD at Bay


The Mediterranean diet has recently shown in two overseas studies to decrease the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD) or possibly prevent its worsening.

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