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To Reduce Risk of Impaired Vision, Quit Smoking

To Reduce Risk of Impaired Vision, Quit Smoking In a comprehensive study of Swedish men, additional evidence has emerged of the smoking link to cataract development in the eye, with smoking 15 cigarettes a day increasing the risk of requiring a cataract operation by 42%, compared with individuals who have never smoked. Read More

Stem Cell Success in Lab may Yield Future Blindness Cure

Stem Cell Success in Lab may Yield Future Blindness Cure Researchers are now one step closer to finding the cure for blindness, following their first successful transplantation of light-sensitive photoreceptor cells from a synthetic retina that was grown in a lab using embryonic stem cells. This is according to a study conducted by University of Col... Read More

Gene Therapy for Blinding Eye Conditions Improves with Engineered Virus

Gene Therapy for Blinding Eye Conditions Improves with Engineered Virus An easier and more effective method for inserting genes into eyeballs that could significantly improve gene therapy for eyesight restoration has been developed by University of California, Berkeley Researchers. This new approach may aid patients with blinding inherited conditions such retiniti... Read More

Teen's Vision Saved with Pioneering Laser Surgery

Teen's Vision Saved with Pioneering Laser Surgery Eye surgeons in the UK have saved the vision of a 16-year-old boy by employing a laser treatment inspired by "tongue and groove" floor boards. James Bowden was facing blindness after suffering from an eye disease known as Keratoconus, which occurs when the eye's cornea becomes cone-shaped as a... Read More

The Blind May Find Hope in Device that Transforms Sounds into Images

The Blind May Find Hope in Device that Transforms Sounds into Images An instrument that trains the brain to transform sounds into images could be employed as alternative to invasive treatment for blind and partially-sighted individuals. Read More

Anti-Cholesterol Drugs May Aid in Avoiding AMD Vision Loss

Anti-Cholesterol Drugs May Aid in Avoiding AMD Vision Loss Recent research that links the causes of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) with blocked arteries suggests that anti-cholesterol drugs may prevent the eye disease, the leading cause of blindness amongst elderly individuals in the U.S. The study is published in the journal Cell Metabolism a... Read More

Electronic Eye Implant May Restore Vision to the Blind

Electronic Eye Implant May Restore Vision to the Blind Promising early results have demonstrated that blind patients were able to restore their vision with a sub-retinal microchip, according to the first part of the second clinical trial for the device taking place in Germany. Published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society, the study examined p... Read More

Incurable Form of Blindness May Be Improved with Gene Therapy

Incurable Form of Blindness May Be Improved with Gene Therapy Researchers at the University of Oxford in the UK have restored some vision in individuals who have a degenerative eye condition by replacing a defective gene in their retinas with a functional version of the same gene. The study findings were published in The Lancet. Read More

New Breakthrough Can Help Prevent Blindness

New Breakthrough Can Help Prevent Blindness Certain kinds of cells, known as corneal limbal stromal cells, have been identified in the eye, which could lead to a new treatment to cure blinding eye conditions. Published in the British Journal for Opthalmology, a team of researchers from the University of Southhampton discovered that thes... Read More

Australian Women Receives World's First Bionic Eye Implant

Australian Women Receives World's First Bionic Eye Implant Researchers from Bionic Vision Australia have successfully performed the first bionic implant of an early prototype in Melbourne. The bionic eye was implanted in a woman who suffers from dramatic vision loss due to retinitis pigmentosa. Read More

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