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Rods and Cones are Not Alone

Cheryl G. Murphy | Posted 07.01.2015 | Science
Cheryl G. Murphy

There are approximately 120 million rods and 6 million cones in the retina which help us to see, but did you know there is another type of light sensitive cell there? Intrinsically photoreceptive retinal ganglion cells are a type of cell in our retina that has nothing to do with our vision.

Why Do I See Patterns When I Close My Eyes?

Cheryl G. Murphy | Posted 06.24.2015 | Science
Cheryl G. Murphy

Even when we close our eyes, they are active. They are buzzing with the metabolism and regeneration of visual pigments. You can think of it as the TV not being shut off, but changed to a fuzzy picture.

How Do Night Vision Goggles Work?

Cheryl G. Murphy | Posted 06.24.2015 | Science
Cheryl G. Murphy

Ever wonder how night vision goggles work? Most work by detecting and amplifying infrared light. We can't see infrared light but it's there. Trees and buildings give off low levels of infrared light. Humans and animals emit more.

Why Do Car Wheels Appear to Spin Backwards in Movies?

Cheryl G. Murphy | Posted 06.15.2015 | Science
Cheryl G. Murphy

Ever notice how they sometimes seemingly spin backwards? What's up with that? Well, I did a little digging and found that the phenomenon of car wheels appearing to spin backwards in movies is dubbed "The Wagon Wheel Effect."

9 Surprising Treatments to Combat Dry Eye

Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler | Posted 09.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler

I've heard my patients claim that they thought this is just a normal part of the aging process; however, nothing could be farther from the truth. In fact, dry eyes are about as normal as chronic headaches, toothaches or loss of bowel control.

U.S. Telemedicine Initiative Tackles Diabetes Epidemic in Libya

Ethan Chorin | Posted 04.26.2014 | Impact
Ethan Chorin

This past week 11 Libyan physicians, including diabetes specialists, ophthalmologists and pharmacists, participated in an intensive three-day certificate program in 'Retinopathy Screening for Primary Care,' in Istanbul, Turkey.

Beltway Battle Over Patients' Rights to Integrative Medicine and Health

John Weeks | Posted 10.12.2013 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

At stake is the meaning and potential revocation of "non-discrimination in health care," Section 2706 of the Affordable Care Act. The requirement is due to become law in January 2014.

New Technique Could Restore Near Vision Without Glasses

Posted 04.01.2013 | Fifty

After 40, most people start to experience changes in their eyesight that impact their work and enjoyment of life. If you already wear prescription gla...

Former Cowboy Provides Free Medical Care To World's Poor

Posted 04.10.2012 | Impact

The costs of medical attention can be exorbitant for a low-income family or an unemployed person -- even if the needs are the same. That's why Stan...

Curtis M. Wong

Scotsman Provides Eyeglasses In Developing Nations

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 11.20.2011 | Impact

Shaun Paterson wants the world to know that it's possible to be both a man of style as well as a dedicated humanitarian. "I always thought that my...

"The Eyes Have It"

Jerry Zezima | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Jerry Zezima

I have always viewed myself as a farsighted person, a visionary who, like a great leader, could clearly see the world around me. However, I now know I'm a nearsighted person.