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Simple eye test "may prevent stroke"

A simple type of eye test may be able to save thousands of lives, after it was suggested that the procedure could help to prevent people suffering a stroke.

According to researchers at the University of Zurich, a test known as ocular pulse amplitude (OPA) can reliably detect carotid... Read more


Irish Eye Surgeons Successfully Use Stem Cells for the First Time

The Royal Victoria Eye & Ear Hospital in Dublin has performed the first successful stem cell tissues transplant eye operation in Ireland. This was carried out in collaboration with researchers at Dublin City University.

The recipient was Patrick Godfrey, 46, from Co Tipperary. Godfrey’s... Read more


Heart Medication May Also Reduce Risk of Blindness Caused By Diabetes

New research from Queen’s University Belfast and University College London indicates that a drug that was originally developed to treat cardiovascular disease has the potential to reduce diabetic macular oedema (DMO).

It is estimated that of the 422 million people affected by diabetes,... Read more


Telephone reminders "helpful" in glaucoma treatment

Although there are millions of people across the world who suffer from eye problems, many people forget to take the medication required to treat and manage their condition and, as such, are putting themselves at risk.

With this in mind, a recent study sought to determine whether... Read more


Could blindness be reversed?

Experts in Japan believe they may have unlocked the key to reversing one of the most life-changing conditions in the planet, and one which affects millions of people around the world – blindness.

Specialists at Doshisha University believe the key lies in regenerative medicine, or the... Read more


Controlling Diabetes Reduces the Risk of Related Eye Disease

Type 2 diabetes affects millions of people, and in its advanced stages can lead to eye problems, such as diabetic retinopathy. New research from the National Institutes of Health’s National Eye Institute (NEI) shows that people with diabetes who strictly controlled their blood sugar level cut... Read more


Florida scientists make night blindness breakthrough

Recent reports by scientists in the US have shed light on an important function of the eyes and how they work, which could have a significant impact on future research into treatments for eye conditions.

Two related studies carried out by scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps... Read more


Brain Cells That Sense Vision Can Switch Between Eyes

There is an area of the brain called the visual cortex, and it’s responsible to interpreting the signals sent to it from the eyes via the optic nerve.

Normally, the images from each eye are processed individually, but in the event of a serious injury, in which one eye is no longer able... Read more


Are some people immune to eye disease?

People who suffer from diabetes not only have to contend with the management of the condition, but they are also at an elevated risk of developing a number of health problems, including diabetic retinopathy (DR).

The condition is the most common and one of the most serious complications... Read more


Special contact lenses repair damaged eyes

A unique type of contact lens has been used to help grow new stem cells that can repair damaged sight and bring hope to thousands.

Experts at the Centre for Eye Research Australia, led by researcher Karl David Brown, used minuscule sheets of... Read more

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