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Experts identify cause of pink eye

Specialists in the US have identified a portion of the virus which causes viral keratoconjunctivitis, also known as pink eye.

Until now the condition, which can force people into isolation for up to two weeks, has had no known effective treatment, but experts at Howe Laboratory of the... Read more


New procedure "may stop blindness"

A new procedure may be able to save the sight of children with eye cancer, experts have claimed.

Dr J William Harbour, an ophthalmologist at Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, Missouri, has been implanting radioactive discs in the eyes of children with a rare cancer in an... Read more


Vitamin E contact lenses "could improve glaucoma treatment"

Contact lenses could be the key to improving glaucoma treatment, according to new research.

A study by scientists at the University of Florida in Gainesville found that specially medicated contact lenses loaded with the dietary supplement vitamin E can keep glaucoma medicine near the eye,... Read more


New genes associated with AMD

A recent study has linked additional genes with the onset of age-related macular degeneration, one of the main causes of blindness among adults.

According to the research, conducted the National Eye Institute and published online in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of... Read more


Age "not a factor" in corneal transplant success

The age of the donor is not a factor in the success of corneal transplants, a recent study has found.

Research carried out by experts at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and published in the Archives of Ophthalmology showed that neither the age of the donor nor the length of time or... Read more


Migraine sufferers" vision "aided by silence"

People suffering from migraines often head to a dark and quiet room when the symptoms of the condition are particularly severe, and a group of experts in Scotland have found that the reason for this may be a combination of the light and sound factor.

According to specialists at Scotland"s... Read more


Majority of exotropia sufferers "will become near-sighted"

The vast majority of people suffering from the eye condition exotropia, a form of strabismus, will become near-sighted within the next 20 years, according to new research.

A study published in a recent issue of the American Journal of Ophthalmology and conducted by researchers from the... Read more


Gene therapy "may prevent blindness"

A new study has revealed that gene therapy may be used to prevent an eye condition which can lead to future blindness.

According to a report by researchers from the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, and the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, the rare condition leber... Read more


Eye condition linked to breathing disorder

A new UK study has established a link between the breathing disorder sleep apnoea and a hard-to-diagnose condition known as floppy eye syndrome (FES).

In a study published in the journal Ophthalmology, researchers led by Dr Daniel Ezra, from Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, concluded that... Read more


Vitamin E contact lenses could help glaucoma treatment

>Contact lenses with vitamin E could help deliver medication to treat glaucoma as they would effectively extend the amount of time a medication bathes an afflicted eye.

Normally, the condition is treated with eye drops, but as a... Read more

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