Eye implants "make blind people see"

A radical new type of eye implant may enable blind people to see, experts have suggested.According to a report published by the Royal Society in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, German researchers have developed a retinal implant that enables blind people to see shapes and objects.The... Read more

Blindness study "is very encouraging"

A new study which has suggested possible forms of treatment for blind people is "very encouraging news" for visually impaired people across the planet, one expert has claimed.Dharmesh Patel, chairman of the charity the Eyecare Trust, said the research "clearly demonstrates" how developments in... Read more

Perfect contact lenses "a distinct possibility"

The creation of new contact lenses which could help to provide people with perfect vision is now a distinct possibility, according to researchers from St Andrews University.Specialists at the facility have developed a new technique which involves separating the meta-atoms from the substrate they are... Read more

Treatments for sight problems "go back over 2,000 years"

People were attempting to cure eye conditions as long as 2,100 years ago, it has been claimed.Victoria Ward, writing for the Daily Telegraph, noted that people in the first century AD were researching the best ways to cure sight problems and came up with ways of magnifying objects."The earliest... Read more

Many people "lose sleep due to eye problems"

Many people lose sleep at least one night a week due to problems with their eyes, a study has revealed.The Mentholatum Company, which makes Rohto Dry Eye Relief, conducted a survey of 1,000 people aged between 20 and 60 from across the UK and discovered that many suffer from scratchy, itchy or... Read more

Exposure to lead "may cure blindness"

Exposure to lead may help to prevent and even reverse blindness, according to a new study on mouse models.According to Professor Donald Fox, from the University of Houston"s College of Optometry, his team"s findings suggest that a new drug that acts like lead could transform human embryonic retinal... Read more

Firefighter saved from blindness through eye op

A firefighter who feared that she may have to quit her job has had her sight saved in an operation.Lynsey Philpott, who is 28, developed cataracts and was told that she may never be able to work for the fire service again, but became the first person in the UK to have a new type of lenses... Read more

Contact lenses "are perfectly safe with a prescription"

People looking to invest in coloured contact lenses this year will find that they are perfectly safe as long as they have been fitted and prescribed by a professional, it has been claimed.Dr Terry Blair, an optometrist with the University Vision Centre in West El Paso, told ABC-7 that there is... Read more

Contact lenses "becoming less expensive to buy"

Contact lenses are becoming less expensive to buy thanks to technological breakthroughs in the field and the cheaper option of buying them online, it has been claimed.According to the Creative Identity Group, the convenience of contact lenses used to be deemed as a trade-off for the high cost of the... Read more

Corneal inlays "sharpen near vision"

Corneal inlays provide short-sighted people with an effective way of improving their vision, it has been claimed.In research presented at the Scientific Programme of a Joint Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Middle East-Africa Council of Ophthalmology, experts claimed that inlays... Read more

Contact lenses "are safe when used correctly"

Contact lenses are a safe and effective form of vision enhancement when stored and handled correctly, it has been claimed.Dr Christine Sindt, chair of the American Optometric Association"s contact lens and cornea section, said that it is important to follow manufacturer instructions and ensure any... Read more

Blurry vision "is not inevitable"

It is not inevitable that people with presbyopia suffer from blurry vision, it has been claimed. From the age of 40 onwards the eye"s lenses gradually lose the ability to focus on close-up objects, and by the 50s or 60s almost everyone experiences blurry near vision, despite distance vision often... Read more

Corneal lens implants "safe and effective"

Corneal lens implants to improve deteriorating vision have been described as "safe and effective" by experts in Greece. According to Dr Ioannis G Pallikaris, from the University Hospital of Crete, a new type of micro-lens called the Flexivue, which was implanted in the corneas of 15 patients,... Read more

75% of people "do not replace daily contact lenses"

As many as three-quarters of people who wear daily disposable contact lenses do not replace them after 24 hours, a new study has found. Research carried out by the American Optometric Association indicates that only a quarter of people who wear daily disposable contact lenses follow the... Read more

Cataract surgery "reduces car crashes"

Cataract surgery can potentially help to save lives by reducing the number of car crashes, a new study has indicated.A team led by Dr Jonathon Ng, based at based at Curtin University and the Eye & Vision Epidemiology Research Group in Australia, notes that cataract surgery reduced the frequency of... Read more

Beta carotene "effective in combating RP"

A new study has found that beta carotene can help to improve vision in people suffering from the retinal disease retinitis pigmentosa (RP).The condition can result in incurable blindness and its symptoms include night blindness in childhood and loss of peripheral vision, but experts from the... Read more

Genetic screening "may improve glaucoma care"

Genetic screening could help to catch glaucoma early on so patients can be tracked and treated in time to save their sight, a new study has found.Experts led by Dr Janey Wiggs at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary said genetic testing is currently able to indicate the presence of risk for... Read more

iPhone images "could be used by medical professionals"

Medical professionals could use iPhone images in order to identify eye problems, a recent study has suggested.Experts from the University of Pittsburgh Eye Center evaluated three aspects of diabetic retinopathy by reviewing both the standard computer monitor and iPhone images for 55 patients, after... Read more

Arthritis drug "shows promise for AMD patients"

A drug commonly used to treat arthritis sufferers may also be effective in tackling dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a new report has claimed.Although there are several medications for patients with vision-threatening wet AMD there are no effective treatments for advanced dry AMD, but... Read more

Diabetes "may not lead to eye disease"

Diabetes sufferers may not necessarily have an increased risk of developing eye disease, despite general medical opinion suggesting so.That is a according to a new study led by Dr Jennifer Sun, at the Beetham Eye Institute at Joslin Diabetes Center, which claims that diabetes sufferers may even be... Read more