Donor Cells Implanted for Macular Degeneration

Researchers at the Riken Institute in Japan completed the first clinical trial involving the transplantation of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells) from donors. Five patients received the donated cells. Artificially grown retinal cells were made from donor iPS cells and were used to treat the patients suffering from wet age-related macular degeneration. The first […]

Revolutionary treatment restores vision

A study that involved a revolutionary treatment using stem cells from the eyes of non-living donors is detailed in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine. Researchers hope that this pioneering treatment may hold the key to finding a cure for blindness that is caused by damage to the cornea. Eight patients with condition known as Limbal stem […]

6 Vision Changes You Shouldn’t Ignore

There are many problems associated with the eyes that can be indicators of something far more serious, including cancer, that warrant making an appointment with your eye doctor. In many cases, a routine eye exam can diagnose a major issue with your vision at an early stage. Here are six changes to your eyes that […]

Eye calcifications raise AMD risk

Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in collaboration with the Queen’s University Belfast made a breakthrough discovery regarding age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Researchers discovered that calcified nodules in the retina are linked to an increase risk for the progression to advanced AMD. Researchers studied clinical imaging in patients as well as molecular analysis […]

Seeing Red? Long-term vision problems linked to Viagra

Researchers have found that a high dose of Viagra (sildenafil citrate) can cause retinal damage on a cellular level resulting in color vision problems. Excessive use of the drug could result in long-term vision problems that are potentially irreversible. Study findings were published in the fall issue of Retinal Cases. A study was conducted based […]

Virtual Reality headset helps AMD patients

With the help of a smartphone, the IrisVision Virtual Reality headset is helping patients who suffer from macular degeneration to be able to enjoy daily tasks. Macular degeneration, causes blurred or no vision in the center of the patient’s visual field making it difficult to distinguish faces, drive and read. The person wears a Virtual […]

Taking a look at diabetic retinopathy

Diabetics can develop an eye disease known as diabetic retinopathy, which is caused by damage to blood vessels in the retina due to high blood sugar. The damaged blood vessels either swell and leak or they close up preventing blood from passing through. In some case, abnormal blood vessels grown on the retina. Any of […]

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 […]

5 Steps to Prevent Diabetic Eye Disease

Diabetics are more prone to developing particular eye diseases, which include cataracts, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. There are steps, however, that can help preserve vision and lessen the likelihood of developing these diseases. Comprehensive dilated eye exams:  Every year, diabetic patients should have a comprehensive dilated eye exam. This allows your ophthalmologist to start treatment […]

Exercise may lower glaucoma risk

Researchers recently reviewed survey data within the United States and found that physically active people have a 73 percent lower risk of developing glaucoma. Glaucoma affects almost 3 million people in the United States and while there is no cure, early detection will allow for treatments that can help to preserve vision. Researchers at the […]