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Perfect contact lenses "a distinct possibility"

The creation of new contact lenses which could help to provide people with perfect vision is now a distinct possibility, according to researchers from St Andrews University.

Specialists at the facility have developed a new technique which... Read more


Exposure to lead "may cure blindness"

Exposure to lead may help to prevent and even reverse blindness, according to a new study on mouse models.

According to Professor Donald Fox, from the University of Houston"s College of Optometry, his team"s findings suggest that a new drug that acts like lead could transform human... Read more


Corneal inlays "sharpen near vision"

Corneal inlays provide short-sighted people with an effective way of improving their vision, it has been claimed.

In research presented at the Scientific Programme of a Joint Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Middle East-Africa Council of Ophthalmology, experts claimed... Read more


Blurry vision "is not inevitable"

It is not inevitable that people with presbyopia suffer from blurry vision, it has been claimed.

From the age of 40 onwards the eye"s lenses gradually lose the ability to focus on close-up objects, and by the 50s or 60s almost everyone experiences blurry near vision, despite distance... Read more


Corneal lens implants "safe and effective"

Corneal lens implants to improve deteriorating vision have been described as "safe and effective" by experts in Greece.

According to Dr Ioannis G Pallikaris, from the University Hospital of Crete, a new type of micro-lens called the Flexivue, which was implanted in the corneas of 15... Read more


Cataract surgery "reduces car crashes"

Cataract surgery can potentially help to save lives by reducing the number of car crashes, a new study has indicated.

A team led by Dr Jonathon Ng, based at based at Curtin University and the Eye & Vision Epidemiology Research Group in Australia, notes that cataract surgery reduced the... Read more


Beta carotene "effective in combating RP"

A new study has found that beta carotene can help to improve vision in people suffering from the retinal disease retinitis pigmentosa (RP).

The condition can result in incurable blindness and its symptoms include night blindness in childhood and loss of peripheral vision, but experts from... Read more


Genetic screening "may improve glaucoma care"

Genetic screening could help to catch glaucoma early on so patients can be tracked and treated in time to save their sight, a new study has found.

Experts led by Dr Janey Wiggs at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary said genetic testing is currently able to indicate the presence of risk... Read more


iPhone images "could be used by medical professionals"

Medical professionals could use iPhone images in order to identify eye problems, a recent study has suggested.

Experts from the University of Pittsburgh Eye Center evaluated three aspects of diabetic retinopathy by reviewing both the standard computer monitor and iPhone images for 55... Read more


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

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