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Health News - Eye Health/Ophthalmology

The multiple sclerosis drug interferon-β as treatment for age-related macular degeneration?
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness among the elderly. (Medical News Today)

New gene therapy strategies emerging to combat vision loss
Diseases of the eye that cause vision loss and blindness, especially neurodegenerative disorders affecting the retina, are ideal targets for gene therapy, including gene replacement and promising... (Medical News Today)

Nearly 10 million adults found to be severely nearsighted in the United States
Largest U.S. study of its kind using American Academy of Ophthalmology's national ophthalmic database also finds women at higher risk of potentially blinding complication. (Medical News Today)

Research shows new mechanism that can cause eye inflammation
Research presented at the ASM Microbe research meeting demonstrates a new way bacteria can cause dramatic morphological changes in human cells. (Medical News Today)

Could restoring electrical signals help heal diabetic wounds?
Mouse study finds cornea wounds in diabetes have abnormal electric signals and suggests they could be a target in managing slow and non-healing wounds. (Medical News Today)

Researchers discover heart drug could reduce diabetes related blindness
Researchers at Queen's University Belfast and University College London have discovered that a drug, originally developed to treat cardiovascular disease, has the potential to reduce diabetes... (Medical News Today)

High-priced drugs used to treat diabetic macular edema not cost-effective
The anti-vascular endothelial growth factor drugs ranibizumab and aflibercept, used to treat vision loss from diabetic macular edema (DME), and approximately 20 to 30 times more expensive than... (Medical News Today)

Eye study underscores the long-lasting benefits of controlling diabetes
People with type 2 diabetes who intensively controlled their blood sugar level during the landmark Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes (ACCORD) Trial Eye Study were found to have cut... (Medical News Today)

Blurry Vision and Diabetes: What's the Connection?
Diabetes can cause blurry vision for many reasons. Learn about the short-term and long-term complications that can affect vision in people with diabetes. (Medical News Today)

Disease that causes blindness in children tied to new gene
Northwestern Medicine and University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) scientists have identified a gene that causes severe glaucoma in children. (Medical News Today)

Cancer drugs could target autoimmune diseases
Drugs currently being trialled in cancer patients have been used to successfully target an autoimmune condition in mice at UCL and King's College London. (Medical News Today)

Coin-sized scanner to target blindness
Hand-held, wireless retinal scanner harnesses new photonics technology to enable early diagnosis of glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. (Medical News Today)

Watch your step - blur affects stepping accuracy in older adults
Visual blurring - like that produced by bifocals or multifocal lenses - may cause errors in foot position when walking. (Medical News Today)

Coffee might prevent exercise-induced eye fatigue
Researchers found that 3 hours of cycling slowed rapid eye movement, but drinking the equivalent of two cups of coffee counteracted this effect. (Medical News Today)

Zika virus may be linked to more eye problems in Brazilian babies with microcephaly
Ophthalmologists find retinal bleeding, abnormal blood vessel development and lesions in infants born to mothers who showed signs of the viral infection during pregnancy. (Medical News Today)

Blindness, visual impairment rates in U.S. set to double by 2050
By 2050, the number of Americans living with visual impairment or blindness will have doubled, with white women faring worst, suggests a new study. (Medical News Today)

What is Behcet's Disease? Symptoms and Prognosis
Learn about Behcet's disease, a rare condition that causes inflammation to blood vessels. This disease can cause a variety of symptoms that may not appear connected. (Medical News Today)

Cisplatin may cause more permanent hearing loss in people with Cockayne syndrome
Chemotherapy drug cisplatin is used to treat breast, prostate, neuroblastoma, melanoma and many other cancers. (Medical News Today)

High-power prismatic devices may further expand visual fields for patients with hemianopia
A series of novel optical designs may address some limitations of existing prism technology, which can expand visual fields by up to 30 degrees. (Medical News Today)

Vehicle side windows offer low protection from UVA rays, study finds
A researcher finds that the side windows of automobiles offer low protection from UVA radiation, which he says could be a key contributor to skin cancer and cataracts. (Medical News Today)

Repetitive, subconcussive head impacts from football associated with short-term changes in eye function
In a study that included 29 NCAA football players, repetitive subconcussive impacts were associated with changes in near point of convergence (NPC) ocular-motor function among players in the... (Medical News Today)

Long-term survival achieved in metastatic melanoma with personalized vaccine
Two patients with melanoma that had spread to the liver survived for at least 8.5 and 12 years after resection of the hepatic tumor and treatment with patient-specific immunotherapeutic vaccines. (Medical News Today)

Intraocular therapy prevents or reverses diabetic retinopathy in mice
Agent leads to overexpression of angiotensin converting enzyme-2, according to a new report in The American Journal of Pathology. (Medical News Today)

Glaucoma drug-dispensing eye insert shows promise as new option for patients struggling to take daily prescription eye drops
Silicone ring that rests on the eye releases medication slowly over six months, could help lower risk of vision loss among seniors with the disease. (Medical News Today)

Device worn on eyeglasses offers hope for people with low vision
A miniature camera using optical character-recognition technology, mounted onto the eyeglasses of people who are considered legally blind, dramatically improves their ability to read an email... (Medical News Today)

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