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Space flight "impacts astronauts" vision"

Although the results of space missions are often well documented, the effects of these flights on the astronauts themselves is often not reported, though recent research has shed some light on this.

A new study sponsored by NASA shows that space flights lasting six months or more can cause... Read more


Eye disease gene "may also cause cancer"

A mutated gene which causes the rare eye disease Schnyder"s corneal dystrophy may also lay a major role in the development of bladder cancer, according to a team of experts in the US.

Research carried out by Dr Jayne Weiss, professor and chair of ophthalmology at the LSU Health Sciences... Read more


Optic nerve damage "can be reversed"

For decades, it has been thought that blindness experienced after brain lesions is irreversible, with the damage to the optic nerves leading to permanent impairments affecting the everyday activities of those who suffer them.

However, a recent study published in Elsevier"s Brain... Read more


Videogames "can treat lazy eyes"

Although many parents tell their children to stop playing videogames and get outside, it appears that the pastime may actually be beneficial for certain youngsters.

A recent study carried out in an eye clinic in India found that correction of amblyopia, also known as lazy eye, can be... Read more


New study "could change cataract treatment"

A study in the UK could change the way in which people with glaucoma is assessed and treated, it has been claimed.

The results of the research, published in the Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science journal, could alter the way that healthcare professionals measure eye pressure and... Read more


Genetic mutation linked to AMD

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) has been one of the leading causes of blindness on the planet for decades, severely impacting many people"s quality of life.

However, the thousands of sufferers in the UK and the rest of the world may now have a ray of hope in the form of a study which... Read more


Possible side-effects uncovered in macular degeneration drug

A drug which should have great potential in helping to minimise the effects of the blinding condition macular degeneration may have some side-effects, according to one researcher in the US.

Mayo Clinic scientist Dr Sophie Bakri has found that the Food and Drug Administration-approved... Read more


Study gives hope to sufferers of corneal ulcers

A study conducted by the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) may give hope to those suffering from severe cases of bacterial corneal ulcers, which have the potential to lead to blindness if untreated.

Complications from contact lens use... Read more


Cambridge University develops high-tech eye test

A high-tech test has been developed by scientists at Cambridge University, with the potential to save the eyesight and the lives of young children.

Dr Louise Allen, a paediatric ophthalmologist at the university, has teamed up with Dr Adar Pelah, an electronics engineer from York... Read more


New study "could lead to AMD treatment"

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the leading causes blindness in the world, though very few treatments for the condition exist.

However, experts in the US now claim that they may have unearthed a potential therapy for the condition, based on a study into oxidative... Read more

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