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Small eye movements are critical for 20/20 vision

4 days ago

Visual acuity—the ability to discern letters, numbers, and objects from a distance—is essential for many tasks, from recognizing…
Researchers find drug used widely to treat eye condition has ‘no benefit’

January 27, 2020

Researchers from the University of Bristol and University Hospital Southampton have found that a drug used widely to…
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…
How oxygen shaped the evolution of better eyesight

December 11, 2019

A new international study involving the University of Liverpool reveals how the evolution of powerful vision was shaped…
Study finds association between poor diet, age-related macular degeneration

December 11, 2019

Participants who ate a diet high in red and processed meat, fried food, refined grains and high-fat dairy…
Babies in the womb may see more than we thought

November 26, 2019

By the second trimester, long before a baby’s eyes can see images, they can detect light. But the…
Stem Cells and AI: Better Together

November 19, 2019

One day in the future when you need medical care, someone will examine you, diagnose the problem, remove…
Retinal imaging technology for early detection of Alzheimer’s disease

November 13, 2019

Alzheimer’s disease is the leading cause of dementia in the U.S., with approximately 5.4 million currently affected and…
Blue light isn’t the main source of eye fatigue and sleep loss – it’s your computer

October 15, 2019

Blue light has gotten a bad rap, getting blamed for the loss of sleep and eye damage. Personal electronic…
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…
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…
Genetic Origin of Severe Developmental Eye Condition Identified

July 10, 2019

The finding is a promising step forward in understanding eye growth – and potentially fixing near- and far-sightedness.…
Immune system can slow degenerative eye disease, NIH-led mouse study shows

June 18, 2019

A new study shows that the complement system, part of the innate immune system, plays a protective role…
Imaging method reveals long-lived patterns in cells of the eye

March 26, 2019

Cells of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) form unique patterns that can be used to track changes in…
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…
Scientists tackle rare retinal disease in unique research project

February 26, 2019

Researchers at the Lions Eye Institute (LEI) and The University of Western Australia have pioneered a study of…
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…
Surprise Discovery Reveals Second Visual System in Mouse Cerebral Cortex

January 4, 2019

The visual system is probably the best understood part of the brain. Over the past 75 years, neuroscientists…
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,…
Modeling the most common form of vision loss in older adults

November 23, 2018

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) affects roughly 200,000 individuals in the United States each year. In most, it comes…
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…
NIH scientists combine technologies to view the retina in unprecedented detail

November 19, 2018

By combining two imaging modalities — adaptive optics and angiography — investigators at the National Eye Institute (NEI)…
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…
New research models may lead to vision loss treatment

October 15, 2018

Research to prevent vision loss from glaucoma will be aided by a project funded through a major National Eye…
A new generation of artificial retinas based on 2D materials

August 28, 2018

Scientists report they have successfully developed and tested the world’s first ultrathin artificial retina that could vastly improve…
NIH-funded researchers reverse congenital blindness in mice

August 28, 2018

Researchers funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI) have reversed congenital blindness in mice by changing supportive cells…
Selective neural connections can be reestablished in retina after injury, study finds

May 25, 2018

The brain’s ability to form new neural connections, called neuroplasticity, is crucial to recovery from some types of…
Study provides further insight into how Ebola affects the eye

May 23, 2018

A new study, conducted by the researchers from the University of Liverpool, published in JAMA Ophthalmology identifies the specific characteristics…
Fighting diabetic blindness: MU researchers develop new target to study potential treatments

April 30, 2018

Diabetic retinopathy is a retinal microvascular disease that often causes blindness in adults who have had diabetes mellitus…
Glowing Contact Lens Could Prevent A Leading Cause of Blindness

April 27, 2018

Cook, along with a group of researchers from the lab of Yu-Chong Tai, Caltech’s Anna L. Rosen Professor…
Tiny, light-sensitive chips could one day restore sight to the blind

April 25, 2018

Age-related macular degeneration, a disease that slowly degrades light-sensitive cells in the retina, is the leading cause of…
Treating Vision Loss

April 16, 2018

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) affects more than 1.75 million individuals in the United States. Because the population is aging, that…
Stem cell-based retinal implant tested for common cause of vision loss

April 5, 2018

hysicians and researchers at the USC Roski Eye Institute have collaborated with other California institutions to show that a first-in-kind…
Immune cells in the retina can spontaneously regenerate

March 26, 2018

Immune cells called microglia can completely repopulate themselves in the retina after being nearly eliminated, according to a…
Liverpool to lead international diabetic eye disease research project

February 5, 2018

Liverpool is to lead on a £1.15 million international research project to help transform early detection of diabetic…
Seeing Alzheimer’s disease

January 15, 2018

What if we could diagnose early-stage Alzheimer’s disease (AD) by looking into a person’s eyes? A retinal scan…
NIH discovery brings stem cell therapy for eye disease closer to the clinic

January 3, 2018

Scientists at the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health, report that tiny tube-like…
Sunrise, Sunset of Light-sensing Neurons

October 4, 2017

Light-sensing neurons use an unexpected system to detect changing amounts of environmental illumination, according to a new study…
Superhuman “night” vision during the total eclipse?

September 7, 2017

If you were fortunate enough to witness the recent total solar eclipse in all its glory, you might…
Editing Out Disease

August 10, 2017

Team of Harvard Medical School researchers from the Schepens Eye Research Institute of Massachusetts Eye and Ear has…
Researchers unlock regenerative potential of cells in the mouse retina

July 31, 2017

Cells within an injured mouse eye can be coaxed into regenerating neurons and those new neurons appear to…
Scientists regenerate retinal cells in mice

July 28, 2017

Scientists have successfully regenerated cells in the retina of adult mice at the University of Washington School of…
NEI 3-D Retina Organoid Challenge (3-D ROC)

June 27, 2017

Insights wanted: leveraging mini-retinas for big breakthroughs in eye disease! The National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the…
Retinal cells go with the flow to assess own motion through space

June 9, 2017

Think of the way that a long flat highway seems to widen out around you from a single…
Avastin as effective as Eylea for treating central retinal vein occlusion

May 10, 2017

Monthly eye injections of Avastin (bevacizumab) are as effective as the more expensive drug Eylea (aflibercept) for the…
First synthetic retina created

May 8, 2017

Until now, all artificial retinal research has used only rigid, hard materials. The new research, by Vanessa Restrepo-Schild,…
Using CRISPR to Reverse Retinitis Pigmentosa and Restore Visual Function

April 22, 2017

Using the gene-editing tool CRISPR/Cas9, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Shiley Eye…
Rabbits’ detached retina “glued” with new hydrogel

March 17, 2017

A newly developed elastic gel administered in liquid form and shown to turn jellylike within minutes after injection…
Study helps explain how zebrafish recover from blinding injuries

March 10, 2017

Decrease in neurotransmitter GABA triggers stem cell production in the retina Researchers at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee…
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