Link Found Between Specific Gene and Childhood Glaucoma

The results of a study performed by researchers at Northwestern Medicine and University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) indicate that a single gene has been identified that is responsible for childhood glaucoma.This data, which has been published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation, supports a... Read more

Diabetes drug "raises eye disease risk"

A person's risk of developing a blinding eye condition may be significantly increased if they use a certain type of diabetes medication, a new study has suggested. In a report published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, a JAMA Network publication, experts suggest that treatment with... Read more

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 artery stenosis... 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 eye sight... Read more

UV rays "have long-term effects on the eyes"

Although many people will head out and enjoy the summer sun this year, it is a well-established fact that UV rays can be highly damaging and people should safeguard themselves from the sun's rays. While some people will wear sunscreen or a hat, what many forget to do is protect their eyes from the... Read more

Study assesses risk of visual impairment in children

A recent study has sought to establish the risk factors for a damaging eye condition which manifests itself at an early age and can lead to severe visual impairment. The Danish study focused on retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), an eye disease in very premature infants, which is considered the main... 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 adherence of... 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 use of... 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

Contact lenses "effective at any age"

People can never be too old to wear contact lenses, according to one manufacturer which has noted that the products can be used well into people's 90s, if they wish. Johnson & Johnson Vision Care is attempting to dispel many of the myths regarding the use of contact lenses, such as the assumption... 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 Research... 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 to see, the... 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 of... Read more

British woman "has superhuman vision"

Scientists have discovered a woman who is able to see 99 million more colours than the average person, following a 20-year hunt to find somebody with super-human sight Dr Gabriele Jordan, a researcher at the Institute of Neuroscience, has spent two decades attempting to track down somebody who... Read more

Short-sighted elephant to receive jumbo contact lenses

An elephant is set to receive some of the largest contact lenses in the world and find out what humans have been benefitting from for decades. C'sar the African bull elephant, who has lived at North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro since 1978, is being considered for the enormous lenses after undergoing... Read more

Companies "need to protect workers" eyes"

Employers have been advised to safeguard their staff against environmental hazards in order to avoid the possibility of them suffering eye injuries. The guidelines of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health were recently highlighted by safety.blr.com, which noted that the... 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 adult stem cells grown on contact lenses and transferred... Read more

Eye Muscles Less Affected By ALS Than Other Muscles Throughout The Body

Researchers at Umeå University in Sweden have released the results of a study that focused on the effects of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) on different muscles throughout the body. Their findings show that there is a difference between the effects seen in eye muscles in comparison to other... Read more

Eye experts say smartphones are changing photo rules

The proliferation of smartphones and their use has completely changed the way in which people go about their lives. From doing their shopping on their mobile phone to storing thousands of songs, the devices have changed the world, for better or worse, including the way in which people take... Read more