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Johns Hopkins Successfully Grows Retinal Nerve Cells in Lab
A method to turn human stem cells into retinal ganglion cells has been developed by researchers at John Hopkins University. These cells, which are located within the eye's retina, are responsible for transmitting images from the eye to the brain. Conditions like glaucoma and multiple sclerosis... Read more
Ultra Widefield Scanning Technology Can Improve Detection of Diabetic Retinopathy
In a clinical trial led by Joslin Diabetes Center's Beetham Eye Institute new Ultra Widefield (UWF) scanning technology has been demonstrated to drastically increase the ability for doctors to identify diabetic retinopathy in patients, and help determine if the condition is bad enough to refer... Read more
High Ozone and Low Humidity May Contribute to Dry Eye Disease
Research carried out by Dong Hyun Kim, M.D., of Gachon University Gil Medical Center, Incheon, Korea and colleagues has shown a link between outdoor air pollution and dry eye disease. The study is published online by JAMA Ophthalmology.
There are many health risks posed by air pollution,... Read more
Colour blindness linked to eye cells, not brain
Research undertaken by a team of scientists in Australia at The Vision Centre and The University of Sydney has suggested that colour blindness is in fact linked to eye cells rather than the brain.
Professor Paul Martin commented that in congenital or inherited colour blindness, the vision... Read more
Mathematical simulations to aid glaucoma treatment
A team of researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine has partnered with mathematicians in order to develop a mathematical modelling method to analyse glaucoma.
Majority of glaucoma care costs "split between small groups"
Every year, thousands of people are diagnosed with glaucoma, but fortunately for many this occurs at an early enough stage that they are able to receive treatment to halt or slow the progression of the debilitating condition. However, this therapy does not come cheap and a new study has highlighted... Read more
Proteins in cornea "protect against bacterial infection"
It is a well-known fact among healthcare professionals that exposed tissue surfaces including skin and mucous membranes are under constant threat of attack from microorganisms in the environment.
Atorvastatin Shown to be Effective in Treating Macular
Phase I and II clinical trials have been conducted, at both the Massachusetts Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School and the University of Crete, on the efficacy of certain cholesterol-lowering medication in the treatment of patients with dry macular degeneration.
Macular degeneration (AMD)... Read more
Trifocal lenses to help cataract surgery patients
One of the most common treatments of cataracts is the insertion of lens implants.
Using Gene Therapy to Restore Eye Sight to the Blind
RetroSense Therapeutics in Ann Arbor, Michigan are pioneering a method of genetic manipulation that could give back sight to people affected by retinal degenerative conditions, including retinitis pigmentosa (RP) and dry macular degeneration (AMD).
Photoreceptors in the back of our eyes,... Read more
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