Contact lenses help teen to cope with vision problem

By Alexa KaczkaContact lenses help millions of people around the world to see clearly and improve their way of life by offering them improved vision and comfort without the inconvenience of wearing glasses. However, not every type of contact lens is the regular sort that people's friends and... Read more

Making hi-tech contact lenses a reality

By Adrian GalbrethFor years, sci-fi films have featured eyewear technology that enables people to see amazing things, from laser glasses to contact lenses with special displays, but in recent years that technology has edged ever nearer. Now, one of the world's biggest companies is hard at work... Read more

Is vitamin D the key to healthy eyesight?

By Adrian GalbrethAlmost every month, a new so-called superfood comes along that experts claim can prolong people's lives or help to cure ailments, but now it seems there is strong evidence that one particular nutrient can have significant benefits for vision. According to a team of researchers... Read more

Brain"s ability to create 3D objects is highlighted

By Adrian GalbrethUntil now, the brain's ability to create a three-dimensional (3D) representation from an object's two-dimensional projection on the retina is something that has not been well understood. Although many people take it for granted, how the process occurs is not well known and... Read more

Blinding eye condition "can be cured"

By Adrian GalbrethThousands of people across the world begin to lose their sight when they reach middle age due to a condition called retinitis pigmentosa, which slowly robs people of their vision and severely impairs their way of life. However, a new study carried out by experts at the University... Read more

Asian elephant is fitted with contact lenses

By Alexa KaczkaAn Asian elephant has become the first in Europe to be fitted with a special type of contact lens to improve its vision. Thida, a resident at Amsterdam's Artis Zoo, suffered an injured eye after a scuffle with another elephant at the facility, which resulted in her being poked in... Read more

Vision organisations raise awareness of sight loss risk

By Alexa KaczkaA number of organisations from around the UK have teamed with the government in a bid to help raise awareness of the fact that people with learning disabilities are ten times more likely to have serious sight problems. The All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) on Eye Health and... Read more

New gene therapy "could prevent blindness"

By Adrian GalbrethA breakthrough new study could give hope to the thousands of people around the world who are struck down with a common form of blindness, through utilising gene therapy. The treatment for X-linked retinitis pigmentosa, has been developed by experts at the University of Florida and... Read more

Retinal implants safe for use, say experts

By Adrian GalbrethPrimary results from a human trial involving the use of embryonic stem cells to treat eye diseases have proven positive. Research carried out by the US firm Advanced Cell Technology and published in The Lancet revealed how the first two patients to receive the treatment, which... Read more

Wearing the right contact lenses "keeps people driving"

By Alexa KaczkaPeople who are not willing to hand over the keys to their car just yet will find that contact lenses can help to extend the length of time they are on the road, one expert has pointed out. Cathy Yelf, head of external relations at the Macular Disease Society, said that it is... Read more

Professional drivers "must have good eyesight"

By Alexa KaczkaManagers who employ professional drivers have been advised to ensure their workers have up-to-date prescriptions so they are not breaking the law or compromising the safety of other road users or pedestrians. Swinton Commercial is advising fleet managers to encourage drivers to get... Read more

Risk of blindness "has halved" over last decade

By Adrian GalbrethAlthough age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most frequent cause of blindness in the developed world, the number of people contracting the condition appears to be decreasing. A new report from the University of Copenhagen and Glostrup Hospital in Denmark shows that the... Read more

Patient reveals how eyelift saved her sight

By Emily TaitA woman has revealed how she was able to save her vision by undergoing a procedure that is usually only done for cosmetic purposes. Donna McLean, 46, told the Daily Mail that she had drooping eyelids that not only made her look angry all the time, but also began to interfere with her... Read more

Diet "definitely has an impact" on eye health

By Adrian GalbrethPeople who follow a varied diet can definitely help to maintain the health of their eyes, according to one expert.Cathy Yelf, head of external relations at the Macular Disease Society, said it is becoming "increasingly clear" that diet is vital to good eye health."To... Read more

Manchester United goalkeeper "will have eye surgery"

By Emily TaitManchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is reportedly in need of eye surgery if he is to continue his career at Old Trafford. De Gea wears contact lenses when he plays to correct a condition that he has been suffering from since an early age, but after making a number of high-profile... Read more

Contact lenses "provide pain relief after laser eye surgery"

By Alexa KaczkaA new type of contact lens could be used to help relive some of the pain and discomfort felt by people who undergo laser eye surgery. Their report appears in ACS's journal Langmuir and reveals that scientists have developed new contact lenses that could provide a continuous... Read more

Experts advance glaucoma research

By Adrian GalbrethMany people's worst nightmare is to go blind, but this is a reality for those suffering from late-stage glaucoma, which is the second leading cause of blindness, affecting over 70 million worldwide. However, new findings from Georgia Tech, published to mark Glaucoma Awareness... Read more

Visually impaired youngsters play football at Arsenal

By Alexa KaczkaA team of youngsters with visual impairments have been given the chance to follow their dreams of playing for a premiership football team by having a special training session at Arsenal. The five children, from the North London Actionnaires, a club run by Action for Blind People and... Read more

Polaroid unveils new contact lens travel solution

By Martin BurnsA new solution to the problem of having to take contact lenses on holiday in the form of the first ever pre-filled contact lens case has been unveiled by Polaroid, which it hopes will make things even easier for people jetting off in 2012. Known as the Contactspod, Polaroid said it... Read more

Experts develop vision testing device

By Adrian GalbrethA new invention being developed by experts in the US could help to make children's eye exams inexpensive, comprehensive, and simple to administer, it has been claimed. Although 85 per cent of children's learning is related to vision, four-fifths of children have never had... Read more