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Nearly 10 million U.S. adults severely nearsighted

Largest U.S. study of its kind finds women at higher risk of potentially blinding complication ...

Disease that Causes Blindness in Children Tied to New Gene

Finding suggests future therapies to treat severe form of glaucoma that currently has no cure ...

First corneal stem cell transplant conducted in Ireland

On Tuesday 7th June 2016, the first Limbal Stem Cell transplant in Ireland was performed by Mr. William Power, Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital (RVEEH) in Dublin. While this technique has been available in a number of other countries, until now this was not a treatment option available in Ireland. This transplant represents the culmination of a collaboration between researchers, scientists and clinicians in the National Institute for Cellular Biotechnology (NICB) in Dublin City University (DCU), the Eye Bank at the Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS), and the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital (RVEEH). ... Full story

Researchers Discover Glaucoma-Causing Gene Mutations

A University of Wisconsin-Madison research team has discovered novel genetic mutations that are responsible for an important subset of childhood blindness called primary congenital glaucoma (PCG). ... Full story

Women cooking with biomass fuels more likely to have cataracts

Women in India who cook using fuels such as wood, crop residues and dried dung instead of cleaner fuels are more likely to have visually impairing nuclear cataracts, according to a new study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives ... Full story

From retina to cortex: An unexpected division of labor

Neurons in our brain do a remarkable job of translating sensory information into reliable representations of our world that are critical to effectively guide our behavior. ... Full story

Experimental advance offers a first glimpse of the biophysics of vision

In a groundbreaking experiment using the world's fastest camera, a team of scientists led by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee documented the fundamental processes of a chemical reaction as they occurred in real time. This means seeing how proteins, the building blocks of life, work in a few quadrillionths of a second. ... Full story

Device worn on eyeglasses offers hope for people with low vision

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — A miniature camera using optical character-recognition technology, mounted onto the eyeglasses of people who are considered legally blind, dramatically improves their ability to read an email, newspaper article, menu or page in a book, a study by researchers with UC Davis Health System has found. ... Full story

Young adults needed for study into impact of Vitamin D on eyesight

Do you live in Brisbane? Are you aged between 18 and 25? If so you’re invited to take part in a QUT study looking at the role vitamin D plays in how accurate our eyes are at focussing near and far. ... Full story

Gene therapy shows long-term benefit for treating rare blindness

Pioneering gene therapy has restored some vision to patients with a rare form of genetic blindness for as long as four years, raising hopes it could be used to cure common causes of vision loss, new University of Oxford research shows. ... Full story

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