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Discovery "may change understanding of sight"

The whole perception of vision and how the eyes work may be changed by a breakthrough study by experts in the US, it has been claimed.

Specialists from Syracuse University (SU) have challenged the belief that light signals could not be initiated unless special light-receptor molecules in... Read more


Gene therapy "may be extended to other eye diseases"

A form of gene therapy which was successfully trialled to treat a type of inherited blindness is to be extended to other eye conditions, experts have revealed.

After being "inspired" by the success using gene therapy to correct Leber"s congenital amaurosis, specialists from the Perelman... Read more


Prehistoric animals "had excellent eyesight"

Animals which roamed the earth over 500 million years ago evolved at a "rapid rate" and developed amazing eyesight, according to recent research.

Experts from the South Australian Museum and the University of Adelaide have come to the conclusion after examining 515 million-year-old... Read more


New tool determines vision impact on quality of life

A clever tool is now available to help establish the effect that a child"s vision has on their overall wellbeing.

The instrument, entitled the Effects of Youngsters" Eyesight on Quality of Life (EYE-Q), is useful for determining vision-related quality of life (VRQOL) in visually-impaired... Read more


Sony boss points to next generation of contact lenses

A major player at technology giant Sony has claimed that new contact lens developments may be occurring round the world as we move closer to virtual reality becoming standard.

According to Mike Hocking, vice-president of Sony, his company is... Read more


Smart contact lenses "could provide medication"

A new type of contact lens could provide the ability for drugs to be released straight into the eye to help to treat vision problems, it has been claimed.

According to the Economist, work on this is currently being carried out by Daniel Kohane, a... Read more


Quality of vision "decided well before birth"

The quality of a person"s eyesight is often decided long before they are born, a recent study carried out in the US has found.

According to researchers at the Yale School of Medicine, a pattern of spontaneous activity within the brain which occurs while the foetus is developing is what... Read more


Cause of hereditary blindness discovered

Experts have discovered the cause of hereditary blindness in humans, in a development which could have major implications for thousands of people across the planet.

A study published in Human Molecular Genetics and carried out by experts from Ruhr-University, Bochum reveals that specialists... Read more


Human eye "can act as a compass"

A protein in the human eye can effectively act as a magnet and help to determine a person"s positioning on the earth, researchers have found in a breakthrough study.

The research, published in the journal Nature Communications, shows that when flies are deprived of the light-sensitive... Read more


Blindness treatment "a major step" in restoring sight

A course of treatment which helped a man to see again after 55 years has positive repercussions for the future of studies into blindness, according to one expert.

Dr Olusola Olawoye, from the college of medicine at the University of Ibadan, said that the latest study, published in BioMed... Read more

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