Well, here we are already, at the end of the first month of 2010! Anybody else feel like New Year’s was just yesterday? Before we know it, we’ll be spring cleaning and trading our warm hats and gloves for sunglasses and sandals…

(If you can’t tell, I’m trying to stay optimistic as I huddle here in my heavy sweater and scarf).

It’s Friday again, and that means it’s time for another look at what’s new in the world of vision. Let’s start out with some basic eye info for those of you in need of a little education:

The Parts of the Eye: Some medical articles can be extremely confusing and overly difficult to digest. This site does a great job of putting the anatomy of the eye in terms you don’t have to have a medical degree to understand. Up for a more scientific exploration of the eye? Check out this description of how vision works – it has a nifty animation of what happens when light hits the eye.

Here’s something cool. You’ve probably heard about the power of music to change your mood, reduce stress, or even help with pain. But did you know music has the power to restore eyesight in stroke victims? A study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that patients who had lost half of their spatial awareness due to stroke had their vision improve while listening to music they liked. Amazing!

And here’s your strange and slightly creepy news for the week: Just before the holidays, this man went to his ophthalmologist with what he thought was a case of red eye. The real problem? His pet tarantula. Apparently the Chilean Rose tarantula has a defense mechanism where it releases a mist of hairs at its enemies. The hairs, complete with tiny barbs on the end,  had gotten into the man’s eye and worked their vicious way back to his retina. Just another reason not to own any kind of spider. Ever.

Ugh. It still makes me cringe. That’s all for today, folks. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! By the way – if there are any issues or questions connected to eye care that you would like to see explored on this blog, please feel free to leave us a comment! We’re always looking for input from our readers.

Happy Almost-February!