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Scientists identify a possible new treatment for diabetic retinopathy
About 1 in 3 diabetic patients develops diabetic retinopathy (DR), which can impair vision and lead to blindness. (2019-09-19)
Cause of congenital nystagmus found
Researchers from the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience have overturned the long held view that congenital nystagmus, a condition where eyes make repetitive involuntary movements, is a brain disorder by showing that its cause is actually retinal. (2019-09-12)
Sound-shape associations depend on early visual experiences
Data from individuals with different types of severe visual impairment suggest that the associations we make between sounds and shapes -- a 'smooth' b or a 'spiky' k -- may form during a sensitive period of visual development in early childhood. (2019-09-09)
Success of gene therapy for a form of inherited blindness depends on timing
An FDA-approved gene therapy for Leber congenital amaurosis, an inherited vision disorder with a childhood onset and progressive nature, has improved patients' sight. (2019-09-09)
The brain processes words placed on the right side of a screen more quickly
When reading words on a screen, the human brain comprehends words placed on the right side of the screen faster. (2019-09-03)
Poor diet can lead to blindness
An extreme case of 'fussy' or 'picky' eating caused a young patient's blindness, according to a new case report published today [2 Sep 2019] in Annals of Internal Medicine. (2019-09-02)
Australian researchers reveal new insights into retina's genetic code
Australian scientists have led the development of the world's most detailed gene map of the human retina, providing new insights which will help future research to prevent and treat blindness. (2019-08-25)
Optic nerve stimulation to aid the blind
EPFL scientists are investigating new ways to provide visual signals to the blind by directly stimulating the optic nerve. (2019-08-19)
Study finds older adults less distracted by negative information
USC researchers looked at 'emotion-induced blindness,' which refers to distractions caused by emotionally arousing stimuli. (2019-08-12)
Scientists make major breakthrough in understanding common eye disease
Scientists at Trinity College Dublin today announced a major breakthrough with important implications for sufferers of a common eye disease -- dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD) -- which can cause total blindness in sufferers, and for which there are currently no approved therapies. (2019-08-08)
Expert panel in macular degeneration recommends paradigm shift for future directions
A panel of investigators assembled by the National Advisory Eye Council (NAEC) calls for large-scale collaborative research to address dry macular degeneration -- the leading cause of blindness among the elderly -- for which there is currently no effective treatment. (2019-07-26)
Regenerating human retinal ganglion cells in the dish to inform glaucoma treatment
People have a limited ability to regenerate nerves after injury or illness. (2019-07-02)
VINO's O2Amp Oxy-Iso glasses ineffective at curing colour-blindness
In their new study, they find that the O2Amp 'Oxy-Iso' glasses, marketed by the US company VINO Optics, neither improve the color vision of people with color-blindness nor correct their color-blindness. (2019-06-17)
To save biodiversity and feed the future, first cure 'plant blindness'
From the urban jungle -- even the leafier parts of suburbia -- we often have a tough time naming the last plant we saw. (2019-05-24)
In mice, fast-acting compounds accelerate treatment of tropical parasitic worms
Two compounds, from among 300,000 candidates screened, kill parasite-supporting bacteria after a single dose in mouse models of filarial diseases -- one of the biggest contributors to disability and poverty in the developing world. (2019-05-08)
How blindness shapes sound processing
Adults who lost their vision at an early age have more refined auditory cortex responses to simple sounds than sighted individuals, according to new neuroimaging research published in JNeurosci. (2019-04-22)
Brains of blind people adapt to sharpen sense of hearing, study shows
Research from the University of Washington uses functional MRI to identify two differences in the brains of blind individuals -- differences that might be responsible for their abilities to make better use of auditory information. (2019-04-22)
Nature could provide the answer for blindness caused by diabetes, say experts
Mother Nature could have the answer to treating several causes of blindness, according to a ground-breaking study involving scientists from the University of Surrey and the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute at Indiana University School of Medicine in the USA. (2019-04-09)
A soft spot for stem cells helps cornea healing
New research led by scientists at Newcastle University reveals a potential revolutionary way to treat eye injuries and prevent blindness -- by softening the tissue hosting the stem cells which then helps repair wounds, inside the body. (2019-04-03)
Research into tropical eye worm yields new tests to assess safety of anti-filarial drugs
Researchers at the LSTM's Centre for Drugs and Diagnostics, and University of Buea, Cameroon have developed new models of the tropical eye worm, Loa loa for the development of new drugs against filariasis. (2019-03-29)
Study examines calcium intake, age-related macular degeneration progression risk
This study looked at the association of calcium intake (dietary and supplementation) with the risk and progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of blindness. (2019-03-21)
USPSTF recommendation statement on prevention of gonococcal eye infections in newborns
The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) reaffirms its recommendation for the use of an antibiotic ointment to prevent gonococcal eye infections in all newborns, a gonorrhea infection that is transmitted from the mother to the newborn during delivery. (2019-01-29)
New mutations causing inherited deaf-blindness have been discovered
A team of scientists from Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University (MSMU) together with their colleagues from leading scientific centers of Moscow and India described a number of genetic mutations causing Usher syndrome (inherited deaf-blindness). (2019-01-22)
300 blind mice uncover genetic causes of eye disease
Hundreds of new genes linked to blindness and other vision disorders have been identified in a screen of mouse strains. (2018-12-21)
How the brain reacts to loss of vision
If mice lose their vision immediately after birth due to a genetic defect, this has a considerable impact, both on the organisation of the cerebral cortex and on memory ability. (2018-12-19)
Childhood blindness therapy shows 'very promising' results
A new therapy aimed at improving the sight of people with one of the most common forms of childhood blindness, has shown 'very promising' initial results, according to a study involving UCL researchers. (2018-12-18)
Video game players frequently exposed to graphic content may see world differently
Disturbing imagery disrupts perception, but not as much among violent video game players, UNSW Sydney psychologists have shown. (2018-12-13)
Blocking 'secondary cataracts'
Cataracts surgery is a modern-day medical marvel, but even 10 years after a procedure, so-called secondary cataracts can form. (2018-11-13)
Combination therapy promising against blindness-causing bacterial keratitis
Multidrug-resistant bacterial infections of the cornea are a leading cause of blindness and cannot be effectively managed with current ophthalmic antibiotics. (2018-11-12)
Spectrum of cardiovascular toxicities with immune checkpoint inhibitors revealed
The study, published online Nov. 12 in The Lancet Oncology, augments previous work by Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) researchers who first reported in 2016 rare but fatal cardiac side effects from the most widely prescribed class of immunotherapies. (2018-11-12)
Traditional glaucoma test can miss severity of disease
The most common test for glaucoma can underestimate the severity of the condition by not detecting the presence of central vision loss, also known as macular degeneration, according to a new Columbia University study. (2018-11-08)
Scientists from the University of Granada debunk the effectiveness of glasses for colorblind people
The EnChroma® glasses, commercialized by a North American company, do not improve color vision for color blind people or correct their color blindness, and their effect is similar to that of other glasses such as the ones used for hunting. (2018-10-26)
Researchers develop new devices to test retinal cells
Researchers at Utah State University have developed new devices to better understand the triggers of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) by mechanically stressing cells. (2018-10-24)
$5.1 million grant will fund research to develop a stem cell-based therapy for blinding eye condition
Scientists at the UCLA Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research and the Stein Eye Institute have been awarded a $5.1 million grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine to advance the development of a novel therapy for blinding retinal conditions. (2018-10-18)
Widespread errors in 'proofreading' cause inherited blindness
Research has shown that mistakes in 'proofreading' the genetic code of retinal cells is the cause of a form of inherited blindness, retinitis pigmentosa (RP) with splicing factor defects, which affects up to 2.5 million people worldwide. (2018-10-12)
Human retinas grown in a dish explain how color vision develops
Biologists grew human retina tissue from scratch to determine how cells that allow people to see in color are made. (2018-10-11)
Thyroid hormone regulates development of color vision
By growing human retinal tissue from stem cells, researchers have determined how the various types of cells that enable people to see colors develop. (2018-10-11)
Risk of blindness among premature babies with low levels of blood platelets
Premature babies with low levels of platelets (thrombocytes) in their blood run a greatly increased risk of being afflicted with a severe variation of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), an eye disease that can cause blindness, according to a study from Sweden and US published in the journal JCI Insight. (2018-10-10)
Counting (on) sheep? Promising gene therapy for visually impaired sheep now safe for human trials
A promising gene therapy for visually impaired sheep is now safe for human trials. (2018-09-17)
Attention network plays key role in restoring vision after brain damage
About one-third of patients who have suffered a stroke end up with low vision, losing up to half of their visual field. (2018-09-04)
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