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Health News - Eye Health/Ophthalmology

HIV drug may also treat macular degeneration
A new study conducted on mice suggests that already-approved drugs that have been used for 30 years to treat HIV could be re-purposed to treat age-related macular degeneration. (Medical News Today)

Blind Veterans UK calls for NHS healthcare professionals to signpost blind and vision impaired ex-Service men and women to its free services
Blind Veteran UK's No One Alone campaign is calling for more to be done by NHS healthcare professionals to improve referral pathways to the charity, so that veterans are signposted to support as a... (Medical News Today)

Using video games to improve lazy eye, depth perception
Scientists have created video games that add an important element of fun to the repetitive training needed to improve vision in people - including adults - with a lazy eye and poor depth perception. (Medical News Today)

Macular degeneration may respond to new laser therapy
A new study shows how a new type of laser treatment reduces some of the vision loss changes caused by age-related macular degeneration (AMD) without damaging the retina. (Medical News Today)

Damaged nerves regenerated with growth factor, without sprouting new blood vessels
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine have found that a growth factor can regenerate damaged peripheral nerves without causing the growth of new blood vessels ... (Medical News Today)

Risk for cancer in the eye may be increased by TNF inhibitors
One of the family of drugs prescribed for rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory conditions is called TNF inhibitors. (Medical News Today)

Genetic defects identified in glaucoma through DNA sequencing
Scientists from the University of Liverpool have sequenced the mitochondrial genome in glaucoma patients to help further understanding into the genetic basis for the disease. (Medical News Today)

New insight into age-related macular degeneration
Scientists at The University of Manchester have identified an important new factor behind one of the major causes of blindness, which they hope could lead to new treatments. (Medical News Today)

Study shows how brain maps develop to help us perceive the world
Driving to work becomes routine--but could you drive the entire way in reverse gear? Humans, like many animals, are accustomed to seeing objects pass behind us as we go forward. (Medical News Today)

Office test overestimates eye's ability to change focus in preschoolers
Preschoolers don't have as much accommodation ability as subjective testing suggestsIn preschool-aged children, a simple test performed in the ophthalmologist's or optometrist's office greatly... (Medical News Today)

Potential new treatment for two major eye diseases using tiny needles
Needles almost too small to be seen with the unaided eye could be the basis for new treatment options for two of the world's leading eye diseases: glaucoma and corneal neovascularization. (Medical News Today)

Artificial retina could someday help restore vision
The loss of eyesight, often caused by retinal degeneration, is a life-altering health issue for many people, especially as they age. (Medical News Today)

CDC: improper contact lens care can lead to blindness
If you do not take proper care of your contact lenses, you risk developing a potentially blinding eye condition called keratitis, warn the CDC. (Medical News Today)

Telemedicine screening for diabetic retinopathy finds condition in 1 of 5 patients
A telemedicine program to screen for diabetic retinopathy (a leading cause of blindness) at urban clinics and a pharmacy predominantly serving racial/ethnic minority and uninsured patients with... (Medical News Today)

Identifying eye diseases by studying eye movements of people watching TV
One of the leading causes of blindness worldwide could be detected by how our eyes respond to watching TV according to a new study from researchers at City University London. (Medical News Today)

Prostate cancer spread may be halted by molecular breakthrough
Scientists believe a new treatment, shown to be effective in mice, could halt the growth of tumours in patients with prostate cancer. (Medical News Today)

Novel approach found for treating number 1 cause of blindness in elderly
Study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of SciencesWhile oxygen is essential to our planet's life force and the way we function and stay healthy, high concentrations referred... (Medical News Today)

Major blood vessel constrictor appears to contribute to vision destruction in premature babies
A gene known to play a major role in constricting blood vessels also appears to be a major player in the aberrant blood vessel growth that can destroy the vision of premature babies. (Medical News Today)

Advance of macular degeneration can be predicted by retinal-scan analysis
Stanford University School of Medicine scientists have found a new way to forecast which patients with age-related macular degeneration are likely to suffer from the most debilitating form of the... (Medical News Today)

Diabetes and eyes: what people don't know could leave them blind
While people with diabetes are more likely to develop blinding eye diseases, recent studies have revealed low awareness of the issue among ethnicities at higher risk for diabetes and low uptake of... (Medical News Today)

Southampton experts find glaucoma drug can boost eyelash growth
Eye experts at Southampton's university hospitals have discovered a drug used to treat glaucoma can boost the growth and prominence of eyelashes. (Medical News Today)

Google glass: could it cause blind spots?
Researchers from the University of California-San Francisco find that Google Glass - a wearable, head-mounted computer - could obstruct a wearer's peripheral vision. (Medical News Today)

Combating major cause of preventable blindness in Africa with new rapid test
Faster, easy-to-use test is the first in a suite of tools to help stamp out neglected tropical diseases in the world's most vulnerable communitiesA new test will accelerate global progress toward... (Medical News Today)

Computer game could help visually-impaired children live independently
Researchers are to begin testing a new computer game which they hope could hold the key to helping visually-impaired children lead independent lives. (Medical News Today)

New gene linked to blindness and Parkinson's diseases
The retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) is a tissue, which lines the back of the eye. (Medical News Today)

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