Eye Care News & Articles

 

New Lazy Eye Research Unveiled

Researchers at New York University's Centre for Neural Science have identified a new neurological link that can cause lazy eye syndrome or amblyopia – an eye problem that affects between 1-3% of adults worldwide. The new research, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, shows that developmental problems in the brain may directly impact on an individual's vision processing capabilities.

11th September 2010

Eye Research Wins Prestigous Lasker Prize

A scientist, whose research has been used to develop a treatment that restores sight to patients blinded by wet age related macular degeneation, has been awarded a prestigous Lasker prize at this year's awards.

21st September 2010

Eye Banks Partner to Increase Transplant Tissue Availability

The Singapore Eye Bank and National Eye Centre has announced that it will partner with Seattle's SightLife eye bank in a bid to increase the availaibiility of corneal transplant tissue that is desperately needed to meet the increasing global demand for vision restoring corneal transplants.

22nd September 2010

Brain Uses Eyes to Pattern Movements

New research shows that the human brain processes movement by converting distances and information into co-ordinates in the eye. And understanding the eye’s co-ordinate mapping could be key to developing better functioning prosthetic limbs, scientists claim.

13th September 2010

New Ocular Uveitis Drug Approved

A new drug that will treat ocular uveitis, or non allergic inflammation of the eye, will soon be available as manufacturer Allergan yesterday announced that the FDA has approved the new medication known as OZYRDEX.

26th September 2010

Retinal Cells Help Set Body Clock

Photo-sensitive retinal cells could help to set the body's clock and regulates the body's circadian rhythms, according to scientists at `the University of South California and Cornell University. The discovery would mean that the retina was directly linked to controlling appetite , hormone levels and the body's sleep/wake cycles.

23rd September 2010

Gene Essential For Retinal Development Identified

A gene that is essential for retinal development has been identified by researchers at the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, who claim to have found that the six3 gene to be a 'doorman' gene that effectively wards off chemicals that would otherwise impede retinal formation.

24th September 2010

New Stem Cell Research Pioneered

Scientists are currently perfecting a radical stem cell therapy that could see stem cell generated tissue be used to replace damaged retinal tissue in order to restore vision in the eyes of children who have been blinded by the photoreceptor destroying, congenital eye disease Leber Congenital Amaurosis.

25th September 2010

Corneal Cross-linking Research Planned

A new research study is underway that aims to uncover whether corneal cross-linking procedures can help to ease the symptoms of progressive eye diseases including keratoconus and corneal ectasia. Both conditions, keratoconus and corneal ectasia, cause the cornea to thin, and result in impaired vision.

17th September 2010

Vision Perception Discovery

Children may process sensory stimuli differently from adults, which may result in their effectively seeing the world rather differently according to researchers at University College London and Birkbeck, University of London.

15th September 2010

Antivirals Reduce Herpes Related Eye Problems

Antiviral therapy could help to reduce eye problems caused by the herpes or cold-sore virus, according to new research published in the journal Archives of Ophthalmology. Researchers explain that exposure to the herpes virus impairs eyesight by infecting sensory nerve structures in the eye which often causes the cornea to become badly inflamed. Scientists believe that the herpes virus is among the leading causes of corneal blindness in the developed world.

14th September 2010

New Retina Repairing Treatment Trialled

A recent clinical study has shown that microplasmin has been used to successfully treat a number of retinal disorders including vitreomacular adhesion and full thickness macular holes. ThromboGenics, a pharmaceutical company behind the new retinal repairing treatment, presented the progress of its advanced clinical trials at today's conference of the European Society of Retina Specialists.

7th September 2010

Eye Disease Stem Cell Funding Cut

Experts claim that scientific advances towards treating blinding eye diseases including age related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma could be halted by the American Federal Court's decision to halt funding for stem cell research programmes.

6th September 2010

UK Eye Firm Joins Important US Eye Study

Optos, a Dunfermline based manufacturer of optical scanning machines, has been selected to supply technology that will help American researchers at the American National Eye Institute to investigate age relate macular degeneration – a progressively blinding eye disease that is thought to be the leading cause of vision loss worldwide.

4th September 2010

Acid Attack Victims Eyesight Saved

A women who suffered severe facial burns following a random acid attack by a passing stranger has spoken of her joy that she has not lost her sight.

3rd September 2010

New Eye Screening Technique Revealed

Scientists from the University of Birmingham and University College London have revealed new imaging technology that could help eye experts to better screen for harmful eye diseases including diabetic retinopathy and age related macular degeneration. Described in a journal issued by the American Institute of Physics, the new equipment uses multiple wavelengths and led light to illuminate the eye and create a pixelated map of the eye that draws attention to potentially diseased areas.

1st September 2010

New Eye Disease Genetic Research Tool Unveiled

Scientists at the University of British Colombia have unveiled a new 'mini tool kit' today, that they claim will help to research and develop future treatments for genetic eye diseases. The toolbox of 'mini-promoters' comprises small sections of DNA that are able to mark cells and switch genes on and off to deliver therapeutic treatments.

31st August 2010

Children with Squints Unpopular With Peers

Swiss eye care experts have suggested that children with eye problems should undergo corrective laser eye surgery before the age of six, after a new study has shown that schoolchildren with the eye condition strabismus, may be treated negatively or discriminated against by their peers. The research, published online in the British Journal of Ophthalmology, revealed that children with squints are less likely to be invited to birthday parties – particularly when they turn six or older.

29th August 2010

New Vision Perception Research

A new study that investigates the way our brain processes visual images could change our understanding of visual perception, researchers claim. Scientists at Tel Aviv University will research the phenomenon of 'facial blindness' - a condition that renders sufferers unable to recognise familiar faces.

29th July 2010

New Eye Disease Drug Trialled

A new drug is being trialled that could be used to treat diabetic macular edema. Ampio Pharamceuticals has announced that it will begin an animal study to determine whether new drug Optina can successfully ease the symptoms of diabetic macular edema - the leading cause of blindness in non-elderly people, worldwide.

24th July 2010

Experts Issue UV Eye Damage Warning

Experts have warned thousands of holiday-makers to better protect their eyes as they head off to sunnier shores after researchers at the University of Valencia have found that beach parasols do not effectively filter harmful UV rays. A new report published in the journal Photochemistry and Photobiology claims that the beach umbrella fails to block up to 60% of damaging radiation that could cause eye disorders including cataracts.

26th July 2010

Visual Perception Changed By Depression

A new report, published in the journal Biological Psychiatry, suggests that people with depression are less likely to be able to correctly process black-and-white contrasts.

23rd July 2010

Retinitis Pigmentosa Breakthrough

A popular migraine medication could be used to treat the progressively blinding eye condition retinitis pigmentosa, scientists claim. Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School believe that valporic acid, used to treat migraines and to control seizures, could be used to halt vision loss in patients with the the degenerative eye disease.

22nd July 2010

Vitamin Deficiency Linked to Vision Loss

Pregnant women who have had weight loss surgery could experience severe vitamin deficiencies that could badly affect the sight of their unborn children, according to new report from the American Association of Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.

19th July 2010

Retinitis Pigmentosa Research a Winner at Eye Care 'Oscars'

A scientist researching retinitis pigmentosa has been awarded a grant worth thousands at the Research to Prevent Blindness Awards - the eye care charity bash equivalent of the Oscars. Professor Lu of the University of Louisville School of Medicine will use the funds to develop genetic research that could be used to develop a cure for the progressively blinding eye disorder.

18th July 2010

New Eye Cancer Radiation Protection

Scientists have found that silicon oil can be used to protect the vision of patients undergoing radiation treatment for eye cancer. The breakthrough will help to safeguard the vision of thousands of patients who regularly risk losing their sight in order to undergo the potentially life-saving cancer therapy.

13th July 2010

New Vision-Loss Protein Treatment

A new protein treatment could be used to successfully treat age-related macular degeneration, according to drug manufacturer InNexus. The pharmaceutical giant claims that it has developed a non-invasive protein therapy that inhibits the growth of excess or abnormal blood vessels in the eye that can cause the blinding eye disease.

3rd July 2010

New Cornea Transplant Research

German and British Scientists have unveiled new research findings that could further improve the success of corneal transplants. The new report, published in the journal Ophthalmology, showed that patients who had abnormal blood vessel growth in the eyes, before treatment, were up to 30% more likely to reject sight-saving transplant tissue.

1st July 2010

New Diabetic Eye Disease Research

Two therapies can be used to slow the progression of potentially blinding eye diseases in people with type 2 diabetes, according to new research. Researchers found that intensively monitoring and controlling blood sugar levels and using lipid and statin therapies reduced the damaging advances of the eye disease diabetic retinopathy.

30th June 2010

Diabetic Macular Edema Treatment Development

A new drug therapy that treats diabetic macular edema could soon be available after manufacturer, Alimera Sciences, submitted the new product to drug approval authorities. The new drug, Iluvien, is thought to treat the progressively blinding eye condition by releasing steroids into the eye.

5th July 2010

New Online Eye Care Resource

Eye-care experts at the American Academy of Ophthalmology have launched a new eye-care information resource on the popular reference site Wikipedia.

8th July 2010

Mini-Telescope Eye Implant Approved

People with advanced age-related macular degeneration may be able to benefit from an implanted miniature telescope, after the American FDA approved use of the device earlier today. Scientists explain that the telescope can be implanted into a patient's eye where it can magnify images - making them easier to process.

7th July 2010

New Treatment for Intraocular Pressure

A new drug has been released that could successfully alleviate intraocular pressure in the eyes that often precedes serious and potentially blinding eye conditions including glaucoma. Neptazane tablets will be used, orally, to treat the condition as an alternative to eye drops.

6th July 2010

Red Wine Ingredient Treats Eye Diseases

People with eye health problems may have an excuse for indulging in a glass or two of red wine after new research shows that an ingredient in the tipple could control harmful blood vessel growth in the eyes.

28th June 2010

Iron Levels Linked to Eye Disease

New research shows that having abnormally high levels of iron in your blood could increase the risk of developing macular degeneration - a progressively blinding eye disease. Experts claim that heightened levels of iron could cause the eyes to age quicker - causing vision loss prematurely.

27th June 2010

Stem Cells Cure Eye Burns

Experts have used 'miracle' stem cells to restore the vision of scores of people who had lost their sight to severe chemical burns. Researchers used stem cells from the patients bodies to generate healthy corneal tissue that could successfully replace badly damaged eye tissue. Some patients who  are now able to see for the first time in over 60 years have dubbed the results as near miraculous.

26th June 2010

Computer Game Saves Eyesight

Six year old Ben Michaels may rightfully be the envy of his schoolboy counterparts after doctors prescribed daily doses of computer gaming to improve his failing vision. Experts suggested that the youngster play video games for two hours every day in a bid to strengthen his right eye which was badly affected by severe lazy eye syndrome.

24th June 2010

New Laser Eye Treatment

Researchers have developed a new laser eye therapy to successfully treat patients with diabetic macular edema. The new treatment, which uses laser micro-pulses, has proven to be as effective as standard laser therapies in clinical trials and could improve retinal sensitivity in the eyes of treated patients.

23rd June 2010

Eye Care for Haiti

The American Academy of Ophthalmology has sent eye care supplies to Haiti in an effort to facilitate better healthcare in the disaster stricken region. Experts explain that eye care equipment worth hundreds of thousands of pounds has been donated to medical centres in Haiti in a bid to rebuild Haiti's eye care system.

22nd June 2010

Drug To Control Eye Movements

Scientists have found that a new drug could be used to control randomised eye movements that, left untreated, could stop extensively paralysed or immobile patients from communicating with their carers and loved ones..

19th June 2010

Usher Syndrome Gene Study Results Revealed

Researchers in Germany have revealed the results of a study into Usher Syndrome – a genetically inherited condition that can cause vision and hearing loss. Specialists at the University of Cologne have discovered that the syndrome is caused by the mutation of two separate genes – scientists had previously described the condition as a single gene disorder. Experts hope that the findings can be used to help develop future treatments for the disease.

12th June 2010

Cancer Drug Could Cure Eye Disease

The commonly used cancer drug Avastin could be used to treat older people with age-related macular degeneration, researchers claim. Specialists at London’s Moorfields Eye Hospital have found that using the popular cancer drug dramatically improved the eyesight of older patients with the progressive eye disease. Experts are now calling for the cancer drug to be licensed as a treatment for macular degeneration.

11th June 2010

Laser Pen Eye Burn

Medical experts warn that pointing laser pens at your eye could cause serious ocular damage after a youth sustained severe eye injuries after accidentally shining a laser light into his eye. The British Medical Journal has revealed details of the unusual case in the hope that people will go on to use the items with greater care.

10th June 2010

New Disease Detecting Optical Imaging Technology Revealed

A new study has shown that super sensitive optical imaging technology can be used to detect eye diseases. Researchers claim that new optical imaging technologies can detect various eye problems by detecting light given off by irradiated particles in nuclear medical agents that react to disease. Researchers believe that the discovery could lead to the development of new disease detecting techniques.

7th June 2010

New Drug Could Treat Macular Edema

A new drug that could treat diabetic macular edema has completed an advanced stage of clinical testing - with positive results.

5th June 2010

Eye Cancer Spotted in Holiday Snaps

A grandmother has told of how she was able to spot a life-threatening tumour in her three year old grandson's eye. The tot had developed retinoblastoma, a rare form of eye cancer, but was not exhibiting any symptoms of the disease.

3rd June 2010

New Anti-Infection Eye Drugs Developed

A new anti-infection eye-care solution has been developed as researchers warn that certain strains of eye infections including conjunctivitis are becoming more resistant to treatment.

31st May 2010

Spina Bifida Research Could Help Treat Eye Defects

New research into Spina Bifida could lead to new treatment for eye defects and eye diseases, experts claim. Researchers at the University of Leeds have newly identified a birth defect gene linked to the condition that is known to cause birth defects and abnormalities including eye problems.

30th May 2010

Retina Successfully Created From Stem Cells

Scientists at the University of California have been able to successfully create an early stage retina using human stem cells. The development is a medical first and has sparked hope that stem-cell retinas could soon be created and used to treat eye conditions including macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa and more.

29th May 2010

Eye Campaign Gains Celebrity Support

A campaign aiming to improve eye care treatment has gained some celebrity support as actress Alison Steadman has spoken out about her association with the initiative. Speaking to The Daily Mail the actress explains that she has been keen to champion initiatives that improve eye care treatment after contracting a painful virus that could have permanently impaired her vision.

24th May 2010

Big Screen Could Unveil Bigger Eye Problem

James Cameron's Avatar may have broken box office records and earned prestigious accolades, but eye experts warn that some people won't be able to see what the fuss is about. New research indicates that people with minor, and often undiagnosed, vision problems will be unable to properly focus on 3-D images broadcast on the big or small screen.

19th May 2010

Concern Grows Over Vodka Eyeballing

Medical experts are growing increasingly concerned following reports of the rise of 'vodka eyeballing' in Britain.

15th May 2010

Stem Cells Could Treat Eye Diseases

Scientists claim that they have been able to develop lab-grown corneal tissue that could be used to treat a number of serious eye diseases.

14th May 2010

Computers To Detect Eye Diseases

Researchers at the University of Iowa have found that computer software programmes can be used to successfully detect eye diseases in people with diabetes.

13th May 2010

New Technique to Detect Eye Diseases

Scientists in Osaka, Japan, claim to have developed a new lab technique that could detect eye diseases occurring in the cornea.

11th May 2010

Exercise Linked to Eye Problems

New research shows that lack of exercise and increased television viewing could result in a variety of eye health problems.

8th May 2010

Caffeine Could Prevent Cataracts

New research shows that caffeine could be key to preventing the formation of cataracts. Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine claim that caffeine could be used to limit the number of harmful oxygen molecules that are generated within the eye that can lead to cataracts forming across the eye's lens.

6th May 2010

New Technology to Treat Battle Damaged Eyes

New research from America shows that light activated technology may be key to treating the eyes of servicemen injured in battle. Researchers at the Air Force Office of Scientific. Research explain that using photochemical tissue bonding can successfully repair wounds by reconnecting tissue, cells, blood vessels and more that would otherwise need to be treated with stitches, staples or glue.

5th May 2010

Retinal Bypass To Treat Eye Disease

New research shows that a retinal bypass could be key to safeguarding the vision of people suffering from progressive age related eye diseases. Researchers at the Lions Eye Institute in Australia claim to have developed a retinal bypass procedure that could significantly improve the vision of up to three in every four people who suffer from central retinal vein occlusion - one of the leading causes of blindness in adults over 40 years of age.

3rd May 2010

New Research into Eye Disease Progresion

New research examining the mechanical cell processes of pericytes is set to further our understanding of eye diseases including macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.

2nd May 2010

Race Linked to Eye Disease Risk

New research suggests that Latin Americans are at increased risk of developing a variety of serious eye conditions than their non Hispanic white counterparts.

1st May 2010

Methadone Linked to Eye Problems

Researchers warn that children born to mothers who have been prescribed methadone may be at an increased risk of developing serious eye problems.

30th April 2010

Tool Detects Eye Disease Earlier

New research shows that a newly designed imaging probe could be key to diagnosing eye diseases before symptoms manifest. Researchers claim that the tool could revolutionise the treatment of many serious eye conditions by enabling eye care experts to identify, diagnose and treat eye conditions before they can seriously damage eye health.

29th April 2010

Injections Improve Macular Edema Treatment

New research shows that supplementing laser eye treatment with eye injections can significantly improve vision in patients with diabetic macular edema. Researchers found that patients who had been given ranibizumab eye injections were able to read smaller type at a greater distance, allowing them to better perform in a standard optician's eye exam.

27th April 2010

Sight Not Linked to Smell

Researchers at the University of Montreal have found that people who are blind do not have an improved sense of smell, contrary to popular myth. The scientists claim that people who are blind simply pay more attention to smells than their sighted counterparts.

26th April 2010

Green Tea Could Boost Eye Health

New research suggests that drinking green tea can boost eye health in elderly people. Scientists in Hong Kong believe that green tea is rich in beneficial anti-oxidants that are absorbed into the eye tissue as part of the body's digestive process.

24th April 2010

Children at Risk of UV Eye Damage

Eye experts are increasingly concerned that parents are failing to adequately protect their children's eyes from UV damage caused by the sun's harmful rays.

23rd April 2010

Gene Therapy Could Cure Eye Disorder

New research suggests that gene therapy could could cure a range of inherited eye disorders including full colour blindness. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have used gene therapy to restore and improve the vision of dogs with achromatopsia, commonly known as full colour blindness.

23rd April 2010

Focus On Eye Improving Foods

Eye experts have published a list of super foods that, if eaten regularly, could improve and mantain eye health. The American Associaton of Optometrists have revealed that eating foods that are rich in antioxidants can not only improve eye health but can also act to reduce the risk of serious progressive conditions including macular degeneration - the leading cause of blindness in elderly people, worlwide. It is hoped that releasing this information will allow people to make informed dietary choices that can help to safeguard their eye health.

20th April 2010

Retinal Exam Diagnoses Shaken Baby Syndrome

Ophthalmologists have found that detailed examination of the retina can be used to diagnose Shaken Baby Syndrome. Researchers in America have found that using a hand held imaging device can provide eye experts with a detailed image of the retina that allows doctors to analyse whether damage to the eye has been cause by repeated shaking.

19th April 2010

Smoking Linked to Eye Disorder

New research shows that smoking during pregnancy significantly increases the risk of babies developing the eye disorder strabismus, commonly known as cross eyes.

17th April 2010

New Treatment for Rare Eye Cancer

Ophthalmologists in America are trialling a radical new procedure to treat a rare form of children’s eye cancer. Using “plaque treatment”, ophthalmologists are now able to implant small radioactive disks under the surface of the eye to chemically treat the rare eye cancer retinoblastoma.

16th April 2010

Eye Health Not Taken Seriously

A new online survey, conducted in Canada, has raised concerns that people do not take the health of their eyes seriously enough. The survey, conducted by the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, showed that people do not worry about potential eye problems if their general physical wellbeing is otherwise good.

11th April 2010

Visual Disturbances and Migraines Linked

A new study has shown that people who suffer from migraines are less able to successfully focus their eyes on visual disturbances.

10th April 2010

New Treatment for Retinitis Pigmentosa

A new study shows that a drug delivery device that releases steroids into the eye can preserve the eyesight of people suffering from retinitis pigmentosa.

9th April 2010

Sleep Disorder and Eye Problems Linked

British scientists have produced research that shows that there is a definitive link between eye problem, floppy eyelid syndrome (FES), and the sleep disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

5th April 2010

Bionic Eye Prototype Unveiled

A bionic eye protype that could restore sight to those suffering from vision loss has been unveiled at the University of Melbourne. The revolutionary device, developed by Bionic Vision Australia (BVA) researchers at the University of South Wales, works by converting visual input into electrical signals that stimulates the body’s retinal neutrons.

31st March 2010

Eye Implants Pioneered

New technology is being advanced to introduce a ‘bionic’ eye for those who have gone blind due to problems with their retinas.  RP, (retinitis pigmentosa), is a degenerative disease that damages the retina within the eye and causes blindness over time.  It is a very large problem, with around 200,000 sufferers across the globe.  The new eye would be fitted in place of the natural damaged eye, and would be removable so allowing any technological advances to replace it. 

26th March 2010

Gene Therapy Treatment for Stargardt Disease given the go-ahead

Currently, there are no treatments available for Stargardt disease and it can often lead to the sufferer’s vision becoming very unclear and can even result in blank patches. However, a leading gene therapy company Oxford BioMedica have been given the go-ahead with their gene therapy for the disease - StarGen. They were given what’s called “orphan designation” from the European Medicines Agency (EMEA) which will basically give the company reduced regulatory fees and marketing exceptionality. The EMEA will only give this orphan designation to products that they think have the potential to provide an advantage over any treatments already in place for the condition.

16th March 2010

Stroke Risk in Shingles of the Eye

Scientists believe that a virus that stems from the same one as chickenpox, ocular shingles, could in fact be a key indicator of stroke risks for up to a year after the person has contracted the virus. The study worryingly found that those who suffer ocular shingles are in fact four times more likely to have a stroke than those who do not have the virus.

4th March 2010

Omega-3 Benefits in Baby Formula’s

According to a study released in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition the inclusion of the nutrient omega-3, which provides a source of DHA, could benefit children’s eyesight. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in breast milk but with many mothers being unable to breastfeed for whatever reasons they want to be self-assured that by giving their babies high-street formula’s they are still giving them all the nutrients they need.

1st March 2010

Eyes Cured in Twenty Minutes

Those people who are suffering from age-related vision problems could find themselves cured in just twenty minutes with a new revolutionary operation. The speedy operation entails the transplant of an artificial lens into the eye which offers benefits as soon as the operation is completed and is advantageous over other eye correction treatments, including laser eye surgery.

28th February 2010

Sight Restored in Tester Mice

Scientists from Columbia University have successfully restored the eyesight of mice using stem cells to replace damaged retinal cells. Whilst the results are still in the early stages of investigation, the development of this research could spell the end the debilitating eye disease, retinitis pigmentosa.

27th February 2010

Agility and the Position of Eyes

An interesting study has been conducted at Liverpool University, and the results appear in the latest addition of the Journal of Anatomy. The team of researchers wanted to investigate whether a mammal traveling at considerable speeds were advantaged or disadvantaged by the position of their eye canals. The team investigated frontal eyed mammals, e.g. humans and cats alongside lateral-eyed ones including mammals like rabbits.

24th February 2010

Poor Vision in the Elderly Has Dementia Risks

According to a new study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology the elderly who are suffering from vision problems, significantly those that have gone untreated, are in fact more likely to develop dementia. Whilst it remains unclear just why this appears to be the case, the evidence does point towards such a correlation.

24th February 2010

Visual Limitation “Crowding” Actually Improves Vision

A visual phenomenon that occurs when there is an over-crowding of information for our eyes to take in would normally be seen as a limitation as things go unnoticed. Thus making the visual problem universal in everyone as our visual pictures are nearly always crowded with objects.

17th February 2010

Cells in the Eye Can Protect or Kill

This month’s edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) sees the first real indication as to what role a molecule called proNGF actually plays within the eye.

4th February 2010

Affect of Carrots and TVs on Eyesight are Myths

According to a leading ophthalmic specialist many of the health warnings we hear about our eyes could in fact be mythological. Speaking to the American news centre 5 News, Dr. Marguerite McDonald, Professor of Ophthalmology at New York University School of Medicine, specialist in cornea, refractive and anterior aspects of the eye, dismisses and agrees with several eye myths commonly heard of.

31st January 2010

Eyes could hold the key to diagnosing Manic Depression

Over the past few weeks many of us will have heard that scientists believe Alzheimer’s disease could be diagnosed through a simple eye test. However, Australian researchers are now suggesting that they could also help in the understanding of manic depression and a possible test for diagnosis of the disorder.

26th January 2010

Scientist’s recent discovery could help those with pediatric eye cancer

Following the recent publication of the Journal of Cellular Physiology scientist could have found the role an inactive gene plays in the development of retinoblastoma (a pediatric eye cancer).

24th January 2010

The Mysterious Mind’s Eye

For many years the gap between the mind and the brain has baffled scientists and they have often questioned the small distinction between seeing and not seeing. In research conducted at the Weizmann Institute of Science...

21st January 2010

Artificial Muscles could Save Eyesight

Our ability to blink is one of our most natural working reflex muscles and many of us take it for granted until we suffer some kind of facial impairment; be it by injury, stroke and so on.

19th January 2010

3-D Avatar viewings help diagnose vision impairments

We’ve all seen it advertised, many of us have probably been to see it, its viewing figures are going through the roof as it continues to be a box office hit, but a small handful of us are discovering we cannot see its 3-D features.

17th January 2010

Eye test for Alzheimer’s

In a recent study published in the latest journal of Cell Death & Disease, a team of British researchers may have found that a rapid early detection of Alzheimer’s could be achieved through an eye examination.

15th January 2010

Preserving cornea graft transplants

This month’s edition of Archives of Ophthalmology comes with news from a team of researchers at the Cornea Donor Study Investigator Group that they appear to have found that a previous beneficial element required for cornea donors, may not be as significant as first presumed.

13th January 2010

Graves Eye Disease could be linked to the same cell as Lung Disease

A study conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan Health System claim to have found that a cell that causes some of the considerable scarring in lung disease could also affect the eye, causing Graves’ Eye Disease. These new findings are being labeled significant and valuable in the determination of why the eye is subject to such scarring in Graves’ disease.

10th January 2010

See through Cleopatra’s eyes and ward off disease

According to a study produced by French researchers in the Analytical Chemistry journal, wearing heavy eye make-up like the Ancient Egyptians could help prevent disease. Ancient Egyptians wore their eye make-up much like we do today, to enhance our eyes and darken our features. But all those who had eye make-up like Cleopatra may have benefited not just aesthetically but medically.

9th January 2010

African-American and Hispanic children tested for varied eye conditions

The American Academy of Ophthalmology have released their annual studies which includes an interest report on varying eye conditions between African-American and Hispanic children. The hope is that with awareness of childhood eye conditions such as anisometropia, they could be treated to give the child normal vision if found early enough.

6th January 2010

Complex Uveitis Disease - Simple Treatments

Another eye disease that goes hidden under the radar in many cases is Uveitis; and due to the position of the uveal tract which is affected with this disease, it can cause havoc in many different parts of the eye and in many different ways.

5th January 2009

Novartis to buy the majority of shares in leading eye care company - Alcon

For 65 years Alcon has provided the eye care industry with a vast array of resources; including surgical equipment, treatments for various diseases and so on. The company made over £4 billion in 2008 alone, selling worldwide in 75 different countries.

4th January 2010

Having a pet tarantula could be blinding

Even though the incident happened nearly a year ago in February 2009, a Leeds man has become a worrying example of the dangers owners of tarantulas could be putting themselves in.

3rd January 2010

Mole eyesight could provide the answers to our own

Think of a creature whose eyesight could be tested in conjunction with our own to help cure various eye disorders…and you probably won’t come up with moles.

11th December 2009

Go Green with your Vegetables & save your Eyesight

We’ve all heard the old wives tale, that if we eat plenty of carrots, it’ll help us see better in the dark.

30th November 2009

Deteriorating Vision? There’s Only Age To Blame

It would seem that our loss of vision can no longer be attributed to the use of technology. An optometry professor in America recently stated that we can only blame...

31st July 2009

Eye Deviation correlated to Mental Health Problems

Recent research suggests that young children, predominantly boys, confirmed as suffering from eye deviation or intermittent exotropia are more...

11th July 2009

Could taking Vitamin B & Folic Acid reduce the risk of AMD?

Research has shown a strong connection between age related macular degeneration and taking eye supplements.  It appears that vitamins B6 and B12 together with folic acid, can reduce the risk...

Blink Frequently to Avoid Visual Problems

Computer Vision Syndrome is a term, which is used for problems that occur from extended computer usage. As well as dry eye, it can also cause problems such as eyestrain...

What Your Glasses Reveal About You

More than half of the people in the United States need glasses or contacts to see clearly. And the other half expects that as they get older, they will, too...

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