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Health News - Eye Health/Ophthalmology

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)

Progression of age-related macular degeneration in 1 eye then other eye
Having age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in one eye was associated with an increased incidence of AMD and accelerated progression of the debilitating disease in the other eye. (Medical News Today)

User-friendly electronic 'EyeCane' enhances navigational abilities for the blind
White Canes provide low-tech assistance to the visually impaired, but some blind people object to their use because they are cumbersome, fail to detect elevated obstacles, or require long training... (Medical News Today)

Blind cave fish may provide insight on eye disease and other human health issues
Blind cave fish may not be the first thing that comes to mind when it comes to understanding human sight, but recent research indicates they may have quite a bit to teach us about the causes of... (Medical News Today)

iPads detect early signs of glaucoma in Nepal eye screening
Using a tablet screening app could prove to be an effective method to aid in the effort to reduce the incidence of avoidable blindness in populations at high-risk for glaucoma with limited access... (Medical News Today)

3-D printed facial prosthesis offers new hope for eye cancer patients following surgery
Researchers have developed a fast and inexpensive way to make facial prostheses for eye cancer patients using facial scanning software and 3-D printing, according to findings released at AAO 2014... (Medical News Today)

Research reveals likelihood, onset of MS diagnosis among patients with inflammatory eye disease
The results of the largest retrospective study of multiple sclerosis (MS) in uveitis patients has revealed that nearly 60 percent of patients with both diseases were diagnosed with each within a... (Medical News Today)

Virtual patients come alive in new simulation lab at University of Houston
This fall, University of Houston (UH) optometry students began hands-on training in a first-of-its-kind simulation lab that offers them 24/7 access to virtual patients. (Medical News Today)

Tear duct implant effective at reducing pain and inflammation in cataract surgery patients
The first tear duct implant developed to treat inflammation and pain following cataract surgery has been shown to be a reliable alternative to medicated eye drops, which are the current standard of... (Medical News Today)

iPhones for eye health: Capturing ocular images in difficult-to-photograph patients
Smartphone technology is a widely available resource which may also be a portable and effective tool for imaging the inside of the eye, according to results of a study released today at AAO 2014... (Medical News Today)

Corneal inlays may remove need for reading glasses
A number of easily implanted corneal inlay products currently in development may soon remove the need for reading glasses to correct loss of near vision in aging eyes. (Medical News Today)

Discovery of a new mechanism that can lead to blindness
An important scientific breakthrough by a team of IRCM researchers led by Michel Cayouette, PhD, is being published today by The Journal of Neuroscience. (Medical News Today)

How safe are human embryonic stem cell transplants?
Although the potential therapeutic uses of human embryonic stem cells have been known since 1981, until now, the long-term safety of these transplantations had not been assessed. (Medical News Today)

World watches as grandfather from Malawi has his sight restored live online
A blind man's sight-restoring operation was broadcast live around the world at 1.30pm(BST) October 8, 2014 from a hospital in Malawi. (Medical News Today)

Over 123 million lost workdays per year caused by blindness or eye diseases according to new pan-European health economic study
The European Forum Against Blindness (EFAB) has revealed the results of an 11-country study (an extension to the data reported last year covering six countries) which reports on the economic impact... (Medical News Today)

Nano-drug for dry eyes brings relief with less trouble
Drug-infused nanoparticles applied only once a week appear to be as effective at relieving dry eyes as the standard three-drops-a-day medication, according to a new study. (Medical News Today)

Pitt researchers receive $1.25 million from Defense Department to make whole-eye transplantation a reality
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine researchers have been awarded $1.25 million from the U.S. (Medical News Today)

Squints can be treated at any age - Examination of children important in their first year of life
Around four per cent of all newborn children have a squint. In about 50 per cent of cases, this can be corrected with appropriate glasses, however the other half require treatment for their squint... (Medical News Today)

Detergent pods should be kept out of reach to help prevent ocular injury
Liquid laundry and dishwasher detergent pods are an emerging source of chemical exposure in children. (Medical News Today)

UK data presented at EURETINA 2014 showcase efficacy of EYLEA in clinical practice for the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration
Bayer HealthCare reports that data have been presented at the 14th EURETINA congress in London, showcasing the efficacy of EYLEA® (aflibercept solution for injection) for the treatment of wet... (Medical News Today)

Discovery of special stem cells in the eye could lead to better treatments for blindness
Scientists at the University of Southampton have discovered that a region on the front surface of the eye harbours special stem cells that could treat blinding eye conditions. (Medical News Today)

Sildenafil for erectile dysfunction could affect vision of genetically susceptible users
Sildenafil, the active ingredient in the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra®, could cause unusual visual responses in people who carry a common mutation for eye disease and may have long-term... (Medical News Today)

Genes related to pediatric glaucoma contribute to future stroke
Every year in Canada about 50,000 people suffer from a stroke, caused either by the interruption of blood flow or uncontrolled bleeding in the brain. (Medical News Today)

New clinical applications for assessing 'higher-order' visual abnormalities
A technique developed by astronomers seeking a clear view of distant objects in space is being intensively studied as a new approach to measuring and correcting visual abnormalities. (Medical News Today)

Retinal tumors in young children caused by a single, genetic change
Retinoblastoma is a childhood retinal tumor usually affecting children one to two years of age. Although rare, it is the most common malignant tumor of the eye in children. (Medical News Today)

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