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Researchers Solve Protein Structure Associated with Inherited Retinal Diseases

December 27, 2019

Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have reported the first structural model for a key enzyme, and…
Reflection of sunset in an eye contact lense. Image credit: SucreRouge via Wikimedia, CC-BY-SA-4.0
NIH launches first U.S. clinical trial of patient-derived stem cell therapy to replace dying cells in retina

December 17, 2019

Researchers at the National Eye Institute (NEI) are launching a clinical trial to test the safety of a…
Stanford increasing access to 3D modeling through touch-based display

November 4, 2019

Stanford researchers designed a tactile display that aims to make 3D printing and computer-aided design accessible to people…
Without this advance, the chips required to build an artificial retina would burn human eye tissue. Image credit: Unsplash/Createria, Pixabay/DavidZydd
An artificial retina that could help restore sight to the blind

October 14, 2019

For more than a decade, researchers have been working to create artificial digital retinas that can be implanted…
Identifying a gene for canine night blindness

October 4, 2019

Creating an effective gene therapy for inherited diseases requires three key steps. First, scientists must identify and characterize…
Brain implant restores visual perception to the blind

September 19, 2019

With wireless device, people without sight can detect motion, distinguish light and dark. Seven years ago, Jason Esterhuizen…
Is treatment forever? Success of gene therapy for inherited blindness depends on timing

September 11, 2019

Nearly two decades ago, a gene therapy restored vision to Lancelot, a Briard dog who was born with…
Poor diet can lead to blindness

September 4, 2019

An extreme case of “fussy” or “picky” eating caused a young patient’s blindness, according to a new case…
Southampton scientists make breakthrough in search for future drugs for age-related blindness

July 15, 2019

University of Southampton researchers have developed an innovative solution to treating sight loss in old age. Led by…
A step closer to identifying cause of a blinding disease

May 28, 2019

Leber hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON) is an inherited form of vision loss that causes people to have trouble with…
Low ocean oxygen levels can blind sea creatures

May 22, 2019

Scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, have found that low…
Brains of blind people adapt to sharpen sense of hearing, study shows

April 25, 2019

Research has shown that people who are born blind or become blind early in life often have a…
Scientists uncover genetic reasons why many Border Collies go blind

March 27, 2019

Border Collies are considered to be one of the smartest breeds of dogs on Earth. They are fun,…
NIH study finds no evidence that calcium increases risk of AMD

March 25, 2019

Eating a calcium-rich diet or taking calcium supplements does not appear to increase the risk of age-related macular…
With single gene insertion, blind mice regain sight

March 20, 2019

It was surprisingly simple. University of California, Berkeley, scientists inserted a gene for a green-light receptor into the…
Therapy could improve, prolong sight in those suffering vision loss

March 18, 2019

Millions of Americans are progressively losing their sight as cells in their eyes deteriorate, but a new therapy…
Can being born blind protect people from schizophrenia?

February 15, 2019

A study carried out by The University of Western Australia has provided compelling evidence that congenital/early cortical blindness…
Gene Therapy Treatment Targets Rare Mutation Tied to Blindness

February 13, 2019

Eye troubles detected at infancy began to take their toll when Emma Kate Roden started walking. The toddler…
Scientists pinpoint a cause of pigmentary glaucoma

February 5, 2019

An international team of researchers has identified a gene responsible for the onset of pigmentary glaucoma, which may…
Study identifies new genes associated with the leading cause of blindness

January 24, 2019

A new study, published in Clinical Epigenetics, identifies genes associated with Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) that could represent new…
NIH researchers rescue photoreceptors, prevent blindness in animal models of retinal degeneration

January 22, 2019

Using a novel patient-specific stem cell-based therapy, researchers at the National Eye Institute (NEI) prevented blindness in animal…
300 Blind Mice Uncover Genetic Causes of Eye Disease

December 27, 2018

Hundreds of new genes linked to blindness and other vision disorders have been identified in a screen of…
Graduate degree bolsters clinician’s research into preventing blindness

December 21, 2018

The technology for an eye specialist to review a picture of a patient’s eye taken miles away to…
Injection Improves Vision in a Form of Childhood Blindness

December 19, 2018

A new treatment for patients with a form of congenital retinal blindness has shown success in improving vision,…
Helping the Blind to Navigate

November 29, 2018

Picture yourself going to an unfamiliar supermarket for the first time. If you are a person who can…
NEI 3-D Retina Organoid Challenge 2020: Reduction to Practice (3-D ROC 2020)

November 23, 2018

The “3-D Retina Organoid” Challenge 2020: Reduction to Practice (the “Challenge”), is an implementation prize competition in which…
Multidisciplinary team to develop stem cell-based approaches to restore vision

October 19, 2018

A team from the University of Pennsylvania, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison are launching a project to develop…
Gene therapy breakthrough in treating rare form of blindness

October 10, 2018

Positive results of the world’s first gene therapy trial for a genetic cause of blindness known as choroideremia…
Researchers find potential new gene therapy for blinding disease

August 24, 2018

Scientists funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI) report a novel gene therapy that halts vision loss in…
Knockdown and replace: A gene therapy twofer to treat blindness

August 22, 2018

The last year has seen milestones in the gene therapy field, with FDA approvals to treat cancer and…
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