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Arthritis drug "shows promise for AMD patients"

A drug commonly used to treat arthritis sufferers may also be effective in tackling dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a new report has claimed.

Although there are several medications for patients with vision-threatening wet AMD there are no effective treatments for advanced dry... Read more


Diabetes "may not lead to eye disease"

Diabetes sufferers may not necessarily have an increased risk of developing eye disease, despite general medical opinion suggesting so.

That is a according to a new study led by Dr Jennifer Sun, at the Beetham Eye Institute at Joslin Diabetes Center, which claims that diabetes sufferers may... Read more


Low blood pressure "may lead to glaucoma"

Having low diastolic blood pressure may be a risk factor for glaucoma in people suffering from migraine, a new report has suggested.

Dr Yury Astakhov, of Pavlov Medical University, St Petersburg, studied how blood pressure levels may be related to the development of glaucoma in people who... Read more


New eye disease therapies "do not increase heart risk"

A range of new treatments for eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) do not appear to increase the risk of heart complications, it has been claimed.

According to a new study led by Dr Lesley Curtis, and colleagues at the Duke University School of Medicine, North... Read more


Deaf people "have super vision"

Deaf people benefit from far better vision then those with five fully-functioning senses, experts have found.

For years, it has been suggested that people who have an impaired sense benefit from improvements in others, but until now this has not been explained.

However, specialists... Read more


New test "can identify river blindness"

A team of experts in the US have developed a new test which they believe can accurately help to diagnose river blindness, or onchocerciasis, a condition which affects 37 million people worldwide.

The condition is caused by a parasite which grows in the eye and can be debilitating, but... Read more


Blind people "use the visual brain to feel and touch"

People who have been blind from birth use the "visual" part of their brain in order to enhance their sensation of sound and touch, a new study has suggested.

Researchers at the Georgetown University Medical Center in the US claim that blind people use specialised modules in the visual... Read more


Key nutrient "can prevent cataracts"

Experts have found that a key nutrient may be able to prevent cataracts, offering hope to the millions of people worldwide who suffer from the eye condition.

Eye specialists at the University of East Anglia (UEA) have published research in the American Journal of Physiology - Regulatory,... Read more


Can photoscreening detect lazy eyes?

The largest, longest study of the use of photoscreening to detect amblyopia, or a lazy eye, in children aged six months to six years has found that the process may more effective than any other.

Over 147,000 children were screened over a 9 year period in collaboration between the KidSight... Read more


AMD drugs "have no difference"

There is no difference between leading drugs used to combat age-related macular degeneration (AMD), according to a new study.

Research carried out by experts from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and the VA Boston Healthcare System failed to show a difference in efficacy between... Read more

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