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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


New contact lens "can be worn for 22 days"

A new type of contact lens can be worn for 22 days without the wearer suffering from any incidence of microbial keratitis.

The study found that patients wearing Menicon Z rigid gas-permeable contact... Read more


FDA approves Ozurdex for eye treatment

Allergan has announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved its Ozurdex formula for the treatment of non-infectious ocular inflammation, or uveitis, which affects the posterior segment of the eye.
Clinical trials showed that, after a single injection of Ozurdex, the... Read more


New driving aid "may help blind people"

The technology behind a new type of device to assist people when they are driving could also be used to help blind pedestrians, it has been suggested.

According to experts at the University of Utah, their latest creation, which helps drivers to navigate through touch-based directional... Read more


Study to explore safety of CXL

A new study will explore the safety and effectiveness of corneal collagen crosslinking (CXL) using Riboflavin/Dextran and Hypotonic Riboflavin in patients with progressive keratoconus and corneal ectasia.

The research is being carried out by the Cornea and Laser Eye Institute, with Dr Peter... Read more


Could glasses and contact lenses soon be things of the past?

Scientists have discovered a gene that is thought to cause short-sightedness, potentially paving the way for curative treatments to put an end to one of the world"s most-common eye disorders. So, could this condemn glasses and contact lenses to the... Read more

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