4 Important Developments in Ophthalmology Research and Eye Health

Park 05-23016 ID-100308655 Tuomas_LehtinenEarly this month, more than 11,000 researchers gathered in Seattle to learn about the latest developments in treatment and technology related to eye health. Dr. Beth R. Friedland  monitors this newest research so she can bring the best treatment options to her patients at Park Ophthalmology. In addition to treating patients, Beth R. Friedland M.D. is very active in research and teaching at UNC Chapel Hill. Within the Ophthalmology field, her expertise grows with the current and latest trends and advances.

Park Ophthalmology offers four intriguing study abstracts presented at the 2016 Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology:

  • Blue light:Sleep is one of the important aspects of eye health; we believe that too many people spend their time in front of a computer, tablet or smartphone. These devices emit more wavelengths of blue light, which interferes with the body’s natural sleep cycle. Researchers found that study participants slept longer and reported higher quality of sleep when they wore blue light-blocking glasses from sunset to bedtime.
  • Alzheimer’s detection: A new type of eye scan can reveal the buildup of substances in the eye that indicate the development of Alzheimer’s disease even before an individual has any visible symptoms. As with many conditions, earlier diagnosis means effective treatment can begin sooner.
  • Blueberries and dry eye: Inflammation can be a contributor to dry eye disease, but a substance in blueberries could help prevent the condition. Researchers have found that pterostilbene, a component of blueberries, reduced damage and inflammation in human corneal cells.
  • AMD treatment: A study of about 650 people with age-related macular degeneration found that newly developed drugs prevented vision loss. When injected into the eye, the drugs prevent growth of a protein that causes AMD. After five years, half of the study patients had vision of 20/40 or better, a result that “would have been unimaginable about 10 years ago,” according to researchers.

Science continues to develop new options in Ophthalmology. It is important to know if Triangle patients can benefit from these latest advances in technology. If it’s been a while since the last eye exam, call Park Ophthalmology today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Friedland. Our staff is always ready to assist new and established patients with eye health needs.


Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!

This article about the vision care is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.


Park Ophthalmology

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

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Raleigh, NC 27615

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