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.

Previous research has shown that defects in the brain’s primary visual cortex are linked to amblyopia, but has failed to account for the link to side effects including motion perception. However, by studying the vision processing behavior of macaque monkeys with normal vision and with amblyopia, NYU scientists found that deficits in motion perception are caused by damaged neurons, in one eye only, wrongly processing visual stimuli.

Researchers hope that the findings will precipitate further neurological studies that will determine how neurological deficiencies cause vision problems.

11th September 2010

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