Broccoli design offers clue to improve retinal implants

Researchers at the University of Oregon are currently exploring the possibility that retinal implants with a fractal design might provide the first viable therapy in treating people who have lost vision due to retinal diseases. Implants that are currently being used have not demonstrated the kind of vision restoration that doctors and patients were looking […]

App allows users to ‘see’ retinal disease

A new virtual and augmented reality app called “In My Eyes” allows users to experience what it is like to have different kinds of retinal disease. Regeneron Pharmaceuticals teamed with Intouch Solutions to create the app. Available for free download in the iTunes and Google app stores, the app can be used with or without […]

Protein responsible for retinal aging

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have discovered that a protein known as Transmembrane 135 (Tmem135) is responsible for retinal aging. Mutations of Tmem135 causes age-related retinal disease including age-related macular degeneration. Using lab mice that matched similar retinal abnormalities that are found in mice that have early onset of retinal disease, the researchers mapped […]

Dermal fillers to face can cause blindness

Thousands of women believe that dermal fillers are a safe and affordable way to improve their looks. The procedure involves injecting a gel substance – most commonly hyaluronic acid – under the skin which fills in folds in the skin, making them smoother. Originally intended to help reduce deformities, dermal fillers have become a mainstay of treatment by dermatologists, […]

Discovery a new gene associated with retinitis pigmentosa

An extensive study of a large Louisiana family with a history of vision issues has resulted in scientists identifying a new gene associated with retinitis pigmentosa. The discovery was made by a team of scientists from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and published in the Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science journal. […]

Stem cell reservoir found in the human eye

Researchers at the University of Southhampton have discovered stem cells in the human eye that can be changed into photo-receptor cells which may then be implanted into damaged eyes and reverse blindness. These potentially sight-saving cells were discovered in an area of the eye known as the corneal limbus. This discovery will hopefully lead to […]

Daily cup of coffee helps protect eyes

For people who don’t indulge in a daily cup of coffee, they might want to consider picking up the habit. Cornell University researchers have found that drinking coffee protects the eyes from retinal degeneration caused by aging, diabetes and glaucoma. Coffee contains a powerful antioxidant known as chlorogenic acid (CLA) and this helps to grab […]

Sensor placed in eye can track intraocular pressure changes

A low-power sensor has been developed by researchers at the University of Washington that can be placed permanently in the eye and can monitor changes in eye pressure. This lens is implanted during cataract surgery and can immediately detect changes in pressure within the eye. The sensor transmits data via radio frequency waves. Glaucoma is often […]

Heard through the grapevine: grapes good for eyes

A recent study conducted by a research team at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami found that a diet that includes grapes helps to protect eyes from retinal degenerative disease. The focus of the study was to determine the protective effect of grapes on the rods and cones Researchers used mice […]

Experimental gene therapy improves vision in choroideremia patients

Choroideremia is a genetic eye disease which slowly causes blindness and is caused by defects in the CHM gene found on the X chromosome. The disease mostly affects men and there is no cure for the disease which affects 1 in every 50,000. An experimental gene therapy being tested by researchers at the University of […]