Study suggests new way to prevent vision loss in diabetics and premature babies
Mar 22, 2017
Researchers at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, part of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, have identified a new molecule that induces the formation of abnormal blood vessels in the eyes of diabetic mice. The ...
Omega-3 essential fatty acids may protect corneal nerves in dry eye
Mar 21, 2017
(HealthDay)—Oral, long-chain omega-3 (ω-3) essential fatty acid (EFA) supplementation is neuroprotective to corneal nerves for patients with dry eye disease, according to a study published online March 12 in Ophthalmic ...
A pocket-sized retina camera, no dilating required
Mar 20, 2017
It's the part of the eye exam everyone hates: the pupil-dilating eye drops. The drops work by opening the pupil and preventing the iris from constricting in response to light and are often used for routine examination and ...
Mixed results for stem cell treatments of AMD
Mar 16, 2017
(HealthDay)—Stem cells may offer new hope for patients with age-related macular degeneration, but that promise can come with some risks, according to research published in the March 17 issue of the New England Journal of ...
Repeated eye injections for age-related macular degeneration associated with increased risk for glaucoma
Mar 16, 2017
Patients with age-related macular degeneration who received seven or more eye injections of the drug bevacizumab annually had a higher risk of having glaucoma surgery, according to a study published online by JAMA Ophthalmology.
Scientists deploy CRISPR to preserve photoreceptors in mice
Mar 14, 2017
Silencing a gene called Nrl in mice prevents the loss of cells from degenerative diseases of the retina, according to a new study. The findings could lead to novel therapies for preventing vision loss from human diseases ...
Chorioretinal lesions secondary to zika virus observed
Mar 13, 2017
(HealthDay)—Acute-onset, self-resolving, placoid or multifocal non-necrotizing chorioretinal lesions may be caused by Zika virus infection, according to a case report published online March 9 in JAMA Ophthalmology.
Study helps explain how zebrafish recover from blinding injuries
Mar 09, 2017
Researchers at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee have discovered that in zebrafish, decreased levels of the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) cue the retina, the light-sensing tissue in the back ...
Scientists find therapeutic target for diabetes-related blindness
Mar 09, 2017
Specific cells in the retina trigger inflammation and vision impairment associated with diabetes, according to new research out of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. The findings unexpectedly implicate Mueller ...
In-home occupational therapy curbs depression in visually impaired patients
Mar 08, 2017
Johns Hopkins researchers report that in-home occupational therapy appears to reduce the rate and severity of depression in people at higher risk for the disorder because of seriously impaired vision.