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Steps made in addressing contact lens comfort

One of the biggest obstacles to increasing contact lens use in the United Kingdom is comfort: people who are not comfortable in contact lenses simply will quit wearing them.

Anyone who has had any irritation about the eye will... Read more


Scientific findings could prevent blindness and diabetes

Wolfram syndrome is caused by mutations in a single gene, but its effects on the body are far reaching – the disease leads to diabetes, hearing and vision loss, nerve cell damage that causes motor difficulties, and early death.

A relatively rare disease, Wolfram syndrome affects around... Read more


Link Found Between Alzheimer's Disease and Eye Movement

Chilean neurologists have found a way to detect Alzheimer's disease earlier than previously possible. The detection can be made even before memory loss and other common symptoms begin to show.

Researchers at Chile's Biomedical Neuroscience Institute believe that can identify early stages of... Read more


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.

The team, led by Drs Giovanna Guidoboni, associate professor of mathematics in the School of Science, and Alon Harris,... Read more


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.

It is a particular concern in the eyecare industry, where for many years experts have known... Read more

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