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Scientists restore sight to blind mice

The nursery rhyme Three Blind Mice may soon be redundant, following new scientific developments which have proved that experts can restore sight to blind rodents.

It has been pioneered by Dr Sheila Nirenberg, from Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, who revealed that the technique... Read more


Rare Eye Disease Could Be Treatable With Gene Therapy.

People suffering from choroideremia, a rare degenerative eye disease, may soon have a way of improving their vision by means of gene therapy.

The disease, which affects more males than females, is caused by defects in a single gene on the X chromosome, which leads to blindness, and is... Read more


New artificial retina "could restore vision"

The fight against blindness has been raging for centuries, with many developments coming and going, but a new one appears to offer hope to people who are losing their vision.

For the first time, experts have been able to decipher the retina's neural code for brain communication to create... Read more


New treatment set to prevent eye damage

A targeted approach to treating a parasitic disease known as toxoplasmosis, which can cause severe eye damage in patients, has shown early promise in studies.

Test-tube and animal studies were carried out by experts from the University of Chicago Medicine, who found that the new approach... Read more


Is 3D Printing a Human Eye Possible?

Currently, the design company MHOX is in the developmental stages of several bioprinted sight augmentation products, such as Eye Heal, Eye Enhance, and Eye Advance. It expects to have these products on the market by the year 2027.

Current 3D printing technology can already produce... Read more


Retinitis pigmentosa treatment on the way?

A potential treatment for a leading cause of blindness may be on the way, after experts in the US revealed that they have shed light on the cause of death of photoreceptor cells in retinitis pigmentosa.

Experts at the Angiogenesis Laboratory at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary have,... Read more


Blind woman sees spots of light for first time in 20 years

A blind woman has been able to see spots of light for the first time in 20 years thanks to a prototype bionic eye.

The device, which was created by scientists in Australia and the operation that took place has been heralded as the world's first.

Dianne Ashworth, 54, said after the... Read more


Scientists discover genes associated with PACG

Scientists in Singapore have identified three genes that are involved in Primary Angle Closure Glaucoma (PACG), a leading cause of blindness in Chinese people.

PACG is known to affect around 15 million people in the world, 80 per cent of whom live in Asia, and is a type of glaucoma where... Read more


Recovering From Cataracts Surgery with the Help of Stem Cells

New medical breakthroughs in the treatment of cataracts have been made by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, along with the Shiley Eye Institute and colleagues in China. With the use of stem cells, a new method of regenerative medicine has been developed... Read more


Tougher hydrogels may be used in contact lenses

Exceptionally tough and stretchy new hydrogels that could be used for contact lenses have been developed by US and South Korean scientists.

The gels are ten times tougher than the cartilage found in the human body and can stretch up to 20 times... Read more

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