Macular Degeneration can affect those under 50

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Age-related macular degeneration is commonly thought of as a disease that strikes those 50 years and older but a recent study shows that the condition can affect the 35 to 44 age group as well. The Gutenberg Health Study was conducted to identify the age- and gender-specific incidence of macular degeneration. Researchers evaluated the vascular […]

Cerebrospinal fluid pressure may hold key to glaucoma

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Researchers have discovered that cerebrospinal fluid (the fluid surrounding the brain) plays an important role in maintaining proper eye function. This discovery could lead to possible treatments for glaucoma. By raising the pressure of the cerebrospinal fluid in rats, researchers were able to counterbalance elevated intraocular pressure. This in turn, kept the optic nerve from […]

‘Sticky-trap’ therapy helps treat diabetic retinopathy

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Researchers at the University of Toronto in Canada have developed a new therapy called ‘sticky-trap’ to treat diabetic retinopathy. ‘Sticky-trap’ is injected into the eye and the binding component within it attaches to the surface of cells and shuts down the abnormal blood vessels within the eye. Diabetic retinopathy causes vision loss when the extra, […]

Single shot gene therapy could benefit wet AMD patients

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Researchers at the Lions Eye Institute in Perth, Western Australia have created a new gene therapy that could potentially replace invasive monthly injections, which are the current method of treating the wet form of macular degeneration. A single injection carries a benign, modified virus which has a gene that creates a supply of a protein […]

Computer-Assisted Vision Device Reads Newspapers, Menus, Street Signs!

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Israel-based company OrCam has developed a camera-based system that allows the visually impaired person to “read” and move about more freely and easily. Until now, reading aids for the visually impaired have been bulky with limited capabilities. The OrCam device is similar to Google Glass in its design but with advanced technology which includes the […]

IL-18 component offers hope for Macular Degeneration

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The online journal, Science of Translational Medicine, details the breakthrough discovery of a component of the immune system known as IL-18 that may hold the key to treating macular degeneration. Researchers at Trinity College in Dublin discovered that IL-18 acts as a “guardian of eyesight” by suppressing the production of damaging blood vessels behind the […]

Infrared vision could be possible in the near future

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Working with graphene, which is the world’s strongest material, researchers at the University of Michigan have developed the first infrared light detector that is thin enough to be incorporated into contact lenses. Since graphene is only able to absorb about 2.3 percent of the light that hits it and it is unable to capture enough […]

Keep your eye on the ball: New app helps baseball players see farther

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University of California neuroscientist, Aaron Seitz, has created an app that conditions users to see farther whether they are on or off a baseball diamond. Working with 19 players from the baseball team at the University of California, Riverside, the UltimEyes app lengthened the distance at which the players could see clearly by an average […]

Diagnosing retinitis pigmentosa just became easier

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A team of researchers have discovered a key marker in blood and urine that identifies people who carry the DHDDS genetic mutation that is one of the genetic causes of retinitis pigmentosa. This breakthrough discovery means it will be much easier to test children for the disease which affects almost 1 in 4,000 people in […]

New treatment on the horizon for wet AMD

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A new therapy that is being developed by researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine is an invitreal injection that inhibits the class of proteins known as MDM2. Researchers are hopeful that this new therapy will provide a more effective alternative to anti-VEGF therapies that are presently the best available treatment for […]