Optometrists are lobbying for more leeway to treat patients — and physicians' groups are pushing back. But it's more than a turf war, both sides say, as they explain why patients' vision is at stake.
Our ability to see colors develops in the womb. Now scientists have replicated that process, which could help accelerate efforts to cure colorblindness and lead to new treatments for diseases.
Up to 16 million people in the U.S. have undiagnosed or uncorrected vision errors that could be helped by glasses, contact lenses or surgery. But many health plans don't include routine vision care.
The insurer says it is not usually medically necessary to have an anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist on hand most of the time during the common surgery.
Most people seem to have heeded the warning not to look at August's total eclipse without eye protection. But an unlucky few suffered serious injury, and doctors could see changes at a cellular level.
An eye doctor was surprised when some of her colleagues questioned whether a man dying of cancer should have cataract surgery. Was it justified when he could "use" those new lenses just a few weeks?
Senators cited ProPublica reporting that found drug companies have been making patients pay for oversize eyedrops and more liquid cancer medications than they need.
When eyedrops dribble down your face, it's not your fault. Drugmakers have long known that their drops of medicine exceed the capacity of the human eye. Why didn't companies make the drops smaller?
Dr. Abdulkhalek Dabaa, the only remaining ophthalmologist in the besieged Syrian city, attends to about 85 patients a day — who are seeking care for everything from eye infections to shrapnel wounds.