Immune cells in retina play a role in vision loss

Australian researchers discovered that a mutation in immune cells (microglia) that exist in the retina prevent cones from developing properly. This discovery is the first time immune cells have been found to play a critical role in the development of cones and gives researchers a better understanding of macular degeneration and other genetic eye diseases. […]

First artificial iris approved by FDA

The first stand-alone prosthetic iris has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration. The device will be surgically implanted to treat adults and children whose iris is completely missing or who suffer from aniridia or who have suffered some other damage to the eye. Severe vision problems may be the end result […]

Vision loss reversed with new stem cell therapy

A Phase 1 Clinical study of an experimental stem cell treatment for the web form of macular degeneration has resulted in two people having their vision loss reversed and their vision improving to being able to read with reading glasses. The study was published in Nature Biotechnology. Doctors used a surgical tool specifically designed for […]

Glasses soon to be a thing of the past?

An ophthalmologist with Bar-Ilan University in Israel has invented and patented “nanodrops”, which improved near and farsightedness in the corneas of pigs. The research is being led by Dr. David Smadja. Human clinical trials will take place later this year and if successful, could eliminate the need for eyeglasses in the future. The nanodrop therapy […]

2 Steps to Protect Yourself against Blue Light

The blue light in computer, tablet, and cell phone displays as well as LED and Compact Fluorescent lights can not only strain your vision, it can be harmful to your retina. Between the invisible wavelengths of ultraviolet and infrared light, there is the rainbow of visible light. Most light is safe for the eyes, but […]

Google “sees” heart attack risk in your eyes

New artificial intelligence (AI) developed by Google has the ability to predict whether a person has high blood pressure or is at a risk of heart attack or stroke. While the algorithms didn’t outperform conventional medical testing such as blood tests, the software does offer the potential of allowing doctors to provide a tool that […]

Fruit fly eyes helpful in understanding human blindness

Scientists have long understood that blue light will make fruit flies go blind but had been unable to determine why. A recent Purdue University study revealed how blue light kills cells in the eyes of the fruit fly and opens up the possibility of further understanding human eye diseases such as macular degeneration. Researchers compared […]

New Discovery! Key Cause of Macular Degeneration

The University of Virginia School of Medicine just published a finding of a key causative component of macular degeneration. Dr. Jayakrishna Ambati, vice chairman for research of UVA’s Department of Ophthalmology and Nagaraj Kerur, assistant professor in the Department of Ophthalmology, and their laboratories have determined that an enzyme called cGAS triggers extreme inflammation that […]