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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)
Induced changes to political attitude can last over time
Cognitive scientists at Lund University and Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have demonstrated that experimentally induced changes in political attitudes can last over time. (2018-09-03)
New urine dipstick test detects cause of disease that blinds millions
Scientists at Scripps Research have developed a urine diagnostic to detect the parasitic worms that cause river blindness, also called onchocerciasis, a tropical disease that afflicts 18 to 120 million people worldwide. (2018-08-27)
Ethiopian 7-year trial finds that childhood eye infection increases after antibiotic program ends
Continuous mass distribution of azithromycin in northern Ethiopia, where the childhood eye infection trachoma is a major cause of blindness, is effective in preventing recurrence of trachoma but does not eliminate the infection entirely, according to a new study in PLOS Medicine by Jeremy Keenan and colleagues from the University of California in San Francisco, USA and the Carter Center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Georgia, USA. (2018-08-14)
UToledo chemists discover how blue light speeds blindness
Blue light from digital devices and the sun transforms vital molecules in the eye's retina into cell killers, according to optical chemistry research at The University of Toledo. (2018-08-08)
Blindness gene discovered
Researchers from UNIGE have investigated a recessive genetic disorder that destroys the eyes from developing and results in childhood blindness. (2018-07-23)
Variations of a single gene drive diverse pigeon feather patterns
In a new study, a team led by University of Utah biologists has discovered that different versions of a single gene, called NDP (Norrie Disease Protein), have unexpected links between color patterns in pigeons, and vision defects in humans. (2018-07-17)
CHOP researchers develop easy-to-implement predictive screening tool for retinopathy
A multi-hospital collaboration led by researchers at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has found a simple method of determining which premature infants should be screened for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). (2018-07-12)
Inability to recognize faces linked to broader visual recognition problems
Imagine that you're supposed to meet colleagues for dinner, only you can't remember what their faces look like. (2018-06-25)
New approach in VR redirected walking to be presented at SIGGRAPH 2018
In the burgeoning world of virtual reality (VR) technology, it remains a challenge to provide users with a realistic perception of infinite space and natural walking capabilities in the virtual environment. (2018-06-18)
Researchers found novel structure in the 'antennae' of light-sensing neurons
Antennae-like structures on photoreceptors have a unique feature not observed in the 'antennae' or cilia of other types of cells, that helps explain non-syndromic blindness. (2018-06-13)
Distracted people can be 'smell blind' -- according to new University of Sussex study
'Inattentional smell blindness,' or inattentional anosmia, has been proven to exist in a study from the University of Sussex. (2018-06-05)
Blame the mother's gene: Discovery for a blinding canine eye disease
A new gene for canine congenital eye disease has been identified by a collaborative research led by Professor Hannes Lohi's research group in the University of Helsinki. (2018-05-29)
First 3D-printed human corneas
The first human corneas have been 3D printed by scientists at Newcastle University, UK. (2018-05-29)
AI better than most human experts at detecting cause of preemie blindness
An algorithm that uses artificial intelligence can automatically and more accurately diagnose a potentially devastating cause of childhood blindness than most expert physicians, a paper in JAMA Ophthalmology suggests. (2018-05-02)
Strategy prevents blindness in mice with retinal degeneration
New research published in Nature Communications outlines a strategy that in mouse models significantly delayed the onset of blindness from inherited retinal degeneration such as retinitis pigmentosa. (2018-05-01)
Researchers develop new tools in the fight against diabetic blindness
Estimates are that 600 million people will have some sort of diabetic retinopathy by 2040. (2018-04-25)
A cosmic gorilla effect could blind the detection of aliens
A well-known experiment with young people bouncing a ball showed that when an observer focuses on counting the passes, he does not detect if someone crosses the stage disguised as a gorilla. (2018-04-10)
Telemedicine provides accurate diagnosis of rare cause of blindness in preemies
Accurately detecting a rare, but devastating cause of blindness in premature babies can be done as effectively with telemedicine as with traditional, in-person eye exams, a study published in JAMA Ophthalmology suggests.The finding could enable more blindness-preventing treatment for infants born in rural and other areas where there are few ophthalmologists trained to detect the condition, called retinopathy of prematurity, or ROP. (2018-04-06)
Macular degeneration linked to aging immune cells
Studying mice and cells from patients, vision researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. (2018-04-05)
Diabetes awareness 'major concern' for UK Asians
South Asians living in the UK feel cut off and excluded from education or self-help programmes, preventing them from managing their diabetes properly, according to new research published in the journal Ethnicity and Health. (2018-04-04)
Post-Ebola cataract surgery can safely restore vision
Cataract surgery can be safely performed on Ebola virus disease survivors with impaired vision, Emory Eye Center ophthalmologists and 40 colleagues around the world report. (2018-04-04)
Half of vision impairment in first world is preventable
Around half of vision impairment in Western Europe is preventable, according to a new study published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology. (2018-03-26)
Overlooked cell key player in preventing age-related vision loss
Researchers have pinpointed a new therapeutic target for macular degeneration, an eye disease that affects over 10 million Americans and is the leading cause of blindness in adults over 60. (2018-03-06)
In effort to treat rare blinding disease, researchers turn stem cells into blood vessels
People with a mutated ATF6 gene have a malformed or missing fovea, the eye region responsible for detailed vision. (2018-02-13)
Diabetes doubles chance of developing cataract
People with diabetes are twice as likely to develop cataract as the general population and the relative risk is highest in those aged between 45 and 54, according to a new study published in the journal Eye. (2018-02-05)
Weight loss surgery improves microvascular complications in obese diabetic patients
In a BJS (British Journal of Surgery) analysis of published studies in obese patients with type 2 diabetes, researchers found that weight loss surgery helps prevent the development of microvascular complications--which affect small blood vessels--better than medical treatment. (2018-02-05)
Study finds genetic link between thinner corneas and increased risk of glaucoma
Genetic studies in mice point to a protein called POU6F2, which can modulate corneal thickness, as a possible risk factor for glaucoma in humans, report Eldon Geisert of Emory University, and colleagues, Jan. (2018-01-25)
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