Monday, April 27, 2015

About Ocular Melanoma Eye Cancer

What to Know About Ocular Melanoma Eye Cancer
While many of us are quite aware of the different types of cancer that can affect us throughout life, relatively few are aware of the most common type of eye cancer-called Ocular Melanoma (OM). Approximately 2,500 American adults are diagnosed with ocular melanoma (OM) annually in the United States.

What is Ocular Melanoma (OM)?
OM is an aggressive malignant cancer that starts in the pigment cells of the eye that produce eye color. In general, OM tends to occur in people with light skin pigmentation and more typically, blue or green eyes and who are over age 50. However, OM also can occur in individuals of every race and at any age. For about 50 percent of individuals diagnosed with OM, the cancer may be fatal, because it metastasizes and spreads to other parts of the body. OM is considered a silent killer. There are no early warning signs, and it is difficult to see when studying your eyes in the mirror.

Diagnosis, Signs & Symptoms of Ocular Melanoma (OM)
Often, during a routine eye exam through a dilated pupil, it is possible for eye doctors to detect OM, reinforcing the importance of scheduling regular eye exam appointments. Once OM has developed, people may experience blurred vision, a change in the shape of the pupil, flashing lights in their vision, loss of vision in the affected eye or a dark spot on the iris. Researchers have discovered that people with OM tend to have certain gene mutations, which could suggest there is a strong genetic component to the disease. However, scientists have not concluded that these abnormalities are the cause. They believe there may be a connection between the development of OM and prolonged exposure to sunlight or artificial light, such as from tanning beds, but there is not significant research confirming this link.

If you or someone you know is concerned about their risk of Ocular Melanoma (OM) or has any family member who has been diagnosed with Ocular Melanoma, please be sure to call Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland, Maine 04102 at 888-374-2020, visit Eyecare Medical Group or to schedule an eye exam appointment.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Association Between Early Cataracts & Cancer Early Cataracts May Indicate Cancer Risk

We have known that the early onset of cataracts is linked to insufficient antioxidative activity in one’s metabolism. We also know that insufficient antioxidative activity is a risk factor for developing cancer. Researchers investigated whether there was an association between the early onset of cataracts-in patients under 55 years old and the potential risk for developing cancer.

Research on Early Cataracts & Cancer Risk
Researchers reporting the journal Cancer Science, the official journal of the Japanese Cancer Association investigated the risk of cancer after being diagnosed with early onset cataract. The researchers examined claims from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD) of patients with early onset cataract, aged 20-55 and also compared it to a group of the same age range without cataracts. By using powerful statistical analysis they found that the overall incidence rate of all cancers was 2.19-fold higher in the early onset cataract group as compared to those without cataracts.  Further they were able to analyze where these patients were at greatest risk of developing cancer and found head and neck areas highest, followed by liver cancer and then breast cancer. This study suggests that patients with early onset cataract are at an increased risk of being diagnosed with cancer in subsequent years.

If you or someone you know is concerned about early cataract development and risk of cancer or needs a regular eye exam where do a routine cataract screening and exam, please share this information with them and ask them to call Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland, Maine 04102 at 888-374-2020, visit Eyecare Medical Group or to schedule an appointment.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Help for Dry Eyes with Diet Supplements

Dry eye problems affect many people we see at Eyecare Medical Group. Depending on the cause of the dry eye problems, we are fortunate to be able to help dry eye symptoms and complaints with specially formulated artificial tears, ointments, microscopic punctual plugs we can insert into the tear drainage canals, anti-inflammatory eye drops, oral antibiotics and even prescription eye drops called Restasis that help you make more of your own natural tears. Research now suggests that certain diet supplements may also be useful in helping dry eye symptoms and problems.

 Research on Diet Supplements & Dry Eye
According to researchers reporting in Clinical Ophthalmology taking dietary supplements that contain a combination of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and antioxidants can be helpful in the treatment of dry eye symptoms. A study was conducted to understand the effectiveness and tolerability of dietary supplements containing a combination of omega-3 essential fatty acids and antioxidants for help for dry eye symptoms and complaints. The researchers wanted to know if the dry eye diet supplements helped scratchy and stinging sensation in the eyes, eye redness, grittiness, painful eyes, tired eyes, grating sensation, and blurry vision. After 12 weeks of taking the supplements all individual symptoms improved significantly from an average rating of 11.9 to 6.8 indicating that dietary supplementation with a combination of omega-3 essential fatty acids and antioxidants was an effective treatment for dry eye.

If you or someone you know has questions about dry eye help with diet supplements please feel free to call Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland, Maine 04102 at 888-374-2020, visit EyecareMedical Group or to schedule an appointment.