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More than meets the eye
New findings reframe the traditional view of face blindness as a disorder arising strictly from deficits in visual perception of facial features. (2020-07-10)
Machine learning helps grow artificial organs
Researchers from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Ivannikov Institute for System Programming, and the Harvard Medical School-affiliated Schepens Eye Research Institute have developed a neural network capable of recognizing retinal tissues during the process of their differentiation in a dish. (2020-07-07)
Nanotechnology applied to medicine: The first liquid retina prosthesis
Researchers at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia has led to the development of an artificial liquid retinal prosthesis to counteract the effects of diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa and age-related macular degeneration that cause the progressive degeneration of photoreceptors of the retina, resulting in blindness. (2020-06-29)
Scientists rescue mini retinas from eye disease via new gene therapy approach
Scientists have developed a new gene therapy approach that offers tremendous promise for one day treating an eye disease that leads to blindness and affects thousands of people across the globe. (2020-06-11)
Retinitis pigmentosa research probes role of the enzyme DHDDS in this genetic disease
Researchers who made a knock-in mouse-model of the genetic disorder retinitis pigmentosa 59, or RP59, expected to see retinal degeneration and retinal thinning. (2020-06-11)
Restoring vision by gene therapy
Latest scientific findings give hope for people with incurable retinal degeneration. (2020-06-04)
Vision loss influences perception of sound
People with severe vision loss can less accurately judge the distance of nearby sounds, potentially putting them more at risk of injury. (2020-06-03)
Gene variants that protect against glaucoma identified, opening therapeutic possibilities
An international research collaboration led by researchers from the University of Helsinki and Stanford University has identified rare changes in a gene called ANGPTL7 that lower intraocular pressure and significantly reduce the risk of glaucoma. (2020-05-05)
AI-supported test for very early signs of glaucoma progression
A new test can detect glaucoma progression 18 months earlier than the current gold standard method, according to results from a UCL-sponsored clinical trial. (2020-05-03)
Researchers pinpoint potential new therapeutic target for eye disease
Multi-disciplinary work led by researchers from Trinity College Dublin has pinpointed a potential new therapeutic target for treating retinal degeneration. (2020-04-20)
CNIC scientists identify an immunological regulatory circuit that may play a central role in ocular diseases
The study, published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, opens new perspectives on the study and treatment of vascular diseases of the retina and inflammatory disorders that affect the eye choroid. (2020-03-20)
Disturbed retinal gene function underlying canine blindness
A canine study carried out at the University of Helsinki has described a gene variant in the regulatory region of the retina resulting in the abnormal function of retinal genes and, eventually, in the loss of vision in dogs. (2020-03-10)
Ultra-wide field retinal imaging techniques cannot be used interchangeably
For the evaluation and treatment of diabetic eye disease, research from the Joslin Diabetes Center's Beetham Eye Institute has now shown that one technique, UFW fluorescein angiography, detects over three times more microaneurysms than UWF color imaging. (2020-03-05)
New study shows vision rehab treatment effective for stroke and injury related blindness
Jose Romano, Chief of the Stroke Division at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, co-authored a recently published international study that shows that visual rehabilitation is effective for patients who have suffered vision loss related to stroke or traumatic brain injury. (2020-02-24)
New discovery has important implications for treating common eye disease
Scientists from Trinity College Dublin have made an important discovery with implications for those living with a common, debilitating eye disease (age-related macular degeneration, AMD) that can cause blindness. (2020-02-20)
Scientists pinpoint brain coordinates for face blindness
Danish and Norwegian researchers have moved one step closer to understanding where face blindness stems from in the brain. (2020-02-17)
New glaucoma test to help prevent blindness
Researchers have identified 107 genes that increase a person's risk of developing the eye disease glaucoma, and now developed a genetic test to detect those at risk of going blind from it. (2020-01-21)
Faster, cheaper tests for myopia possible
The world's most common vision problem myopia or short/near sightedness, which causes damage to the eye and even blindness, just got easier to assess. (2020-01-15)
A simple twist of cell fate
U-M researchers are shedding new light on the ways in which two omnipresent proteins -- p53 and WRD5 -- can influence the fate of stem cells during development, with exciting implications for research and health. (2020-01-14)
Brain pressure controls eye pressure, revealing new avenues for glaucoma treatment
Neuroscientists have discovered that eye and brain pressure are physiologically connected. (2020-01-13)
Team's fabricated corneal tissue allows closer look at how eyes heal
University of Texas at Dallas researchers have demonstrated a technique in the lab for fabricating tiny strands of collagen called fibrils to facilitate further research on the eye's repair process. (2020-01-09)
UNH researchers solve protein structure associated with inherited retinal diseases
UNH Researchers have reported the first structural model for a key enzyme, and its activating protein, that can play a role in some genetically inherited eye diseases like retinitis pigmentosa and night blindness. (2020-01-08)
Herpes's Achilles heel
Scientists have used the gene-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 to disrupt both latent reservoirs of the herpes simplex virus and actively replicating virus in human fibroblast cells. (2019-12-12)
Air pollution linked to higher glaucoma risk
Living in a more polluted area is associated with a greater likelihood of having glaucoma, a debilitating eye condition that can cause blindness, finds a new UCL-led study in the UK. (2019-11-25)
'Face blindness' may involve a failed brain network, and could shed light on autism
Face blindness often becomes apparent in early childhood, but people occasionally acquire it from a brain injury later in life. (2019-11-19)
Clearing damaged cells out of the body helps heal diabetics' blood vessels
Research published today in Experimental Physiology shows that ramping up one of the body's waste disposal system, called autophagy, helps heal the blood vessels of diabetics. (2019-11-17)
Revised criteria lead to more accurate screening for eye disease in premature infants
A multicenter group of 41 hospitals led by researchers at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has confirmed that an improved method for predicting retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), a leading cause of blindness in children, was able to reduce the number of babies having invasive diagnostic examinations by nearly a third, while raising disease detection up to 100 percent. (2019-11-14)
Treatments for leading cause of blindness generate $0.9 to $3 billion
A new economic study, published in JAMA Ophthalmology and conducted by USC researchers at the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics, the Ginsburg Institute for Biomedical Therapeutics, and the Roski Eye Institute, quantifies the benefits of treatment for wAMD. (2019-11-14)
Protective microparticles shield and deliver micronutrients to people
A team of scientists has created a new microparticle-based platform that can preserve, protect and deliver micronutrients such as iron to rodents and human volunteers. (2019-11-13)
Zooming into cilia sheds light into blinding diseases
A new study reveals an unprecedented close-up view of cilia linked to blindness. (2019-11-05)
Discovery in monkeys could lead to treatment for blindness-causing syndrome
A genetic mutation that leads to a rare, but devastating blindness-causing condition called Bardet-Biedl Syndrome has been discovered in monkeys for the first time. (2019-10-25)
Using AI to screen for diabetic eye disease feasible in the real world
New research shows that an automated, artificial intelligence (AI) screening system accurately detects diabetic retinopathy 95.5 percent of the time. (2019-10-15)
Sleep apnea linked to blinding eye disease in people with diabetes
New research from Taiwan shows that severe sleep apnea is a risk factor for developing diabetic macular edema, a complication of diabetes that can cause vision loss or blindness. (2019-10-14)
In-office gene therapy for wet age-related macular degeneration is coming
Gene therapy is showing promise for one of the most common causes of blindness. (2019-10-11)
NSU professor's research underpins World Health Organization first ever report on vision
Dr. Janet Leasher, optometrist and professor of health policy, economics and public health at Nova Southeastern University's (NSU) College of Optometry was the only optometrist from the United States who is part of the core Vision Loss Expert Group which provided the estimates on the numbers of persons affected around the world with blindness and vision impairment. (2019-10-09)
Black and ethnic minority people face inequality in diabetes treatment
Black and ethnic minority people are not as likely to be prescribed newer medication for Type 2 diabetes and they experience less adequate monitoring of their condition compared to their white peers, new collaborative research from the University of Surrey and Eli Lilly and Company Limited finds. (2019-10-07)
Identifying a gene for canine night blindness
An international team of researchers led by the University of Pennsylvania's Keiko Miyadera has identified the gene mutation responsible for a form of night blindness in dogs. (2019-10-03)
How nasty Toxoplasma parasite damages the human eye
An international study used human retinal cells to demonstrate how the Toxoplasma parasite creates a characteristic eye lesion that can help doctors diagnose the infection. (2019-09-29)
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)
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