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Computer technique "may improve partial sightedness"

A new technique may be able to improve the vision of people who have been left partially sighted after suffering a brain injury or stroke, according to experts.

New research has found that a computer-based technique developed and assessed by Durham University improved partially-sighted... Read more


Gas-permeable lenses "can help keratoconus patients"

A new type of contact lenses may be effective in improving vision in people who cannot usually wear them, according to a new study.

A report published by the French Society of Ophthalmology claims that gas-permeable scleral contact lenses could benefit keratoconus patients who are... Read more


Computers "can detect diabetes-related eye problems"

New computer technology can help with the detection of eye problems linked to diabetes, according to experts.

Specialists at the University of Iowa claim that cost-effective computerised systems to detect early eye problems related to diabetes can help meet the screening need.

A... Read more


New technique enables rapid eye pathogen detection

A new technique to detect eye pathogens has been developed by experts in Japan, which may lead to new diagnosis procedures and quicker ways of treating patients.

Dr Motoki Itahashi, and colleagues at Kinki University School of Medicine, Osaka-Sayama, Japan claim that a laboratory technique... Read more


New "eye colour genes" discovered

New genes which have an impact on eye colour have been discovered, according to experts in the Netherlands.

The study, led by Manfred Kayser of the Erasmus University Medical Center Rotterdam and published in the open-access journal PLoS Genetics, reveals that three new genetic loci have... Read more


Asian people "just as vulnerable" to AMD

People of Asian origin may be just as susceptible to age-related macular degeneration (AMD) as caucasians, despite previous suggestions that they had a lower risk, according to a recent study.

A report carried out by Dr Tien Yi Wong and Singapore Eye Research Institute colleagues found that... Read more


Gene mutations "lead to Usher syndrome"

A new investigation has established a link between certain gene mutations and a condition which affects both the sight and hearing.

Usher syndrome, a genetic disorder characterised by congenital deafness and gradual vision loss, is the leading cause of deafblindness in the world, but... Read more


"Stage is set" for blindness treatments

The stage is set for the development of new treatments for inherited blindness, according to one expert.

Veterinary vision scientists at the University of Pennsylvania have successfully used a viral vector in targeting a class of photoreceptors of the retina called rods.

According... Read more


Strategy "will help treat retinopathy"

A new strategy to help doctors determine when to treat the potentially-blinding condition retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) has been developed.

The research, which is published in an online issue of Archives of Ophthalmology and was supported by the National Eye Institute, shows that through... Read more


AMD medication "may help diabetics"

A medication commonly used to treat people with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) may also be beneficial in treating people with a common form of diabetic retinopathy, according to new research.

The Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network study, published in Ophthalmology... Read more

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