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Health News - Eye Health/Ophthalmology

Driving with central visual field loss
Vision researchers in Boston have published the second paper of a study designed to determine if a driver who suffers from loss of central vision is able to detect pedestrians in a timely manner... (Medical News Today)

Diabetic retinopathy screening for children with type 1 diabetes should start later
A new study has found that the occurrence of advanced forms of a diabetic eye disease remains low among children living with diabetes, regardless of how long they have had the disease or their... (Medical News Today)

Gene therapy fully restores vision in mouse model of Leber congenital amaurosis
Mice lacking the protein retGC1, which is deficient in humans suffering Leber congenital amaurosis-1 (LCA1), a disorder that causes severe visual impairment beginning in infancy, received gene... (Medical News Today)

Circuit in the eye relies on built-in delay to see small moving objects
When we move our head, the whole visual world moves across our eyes. Yet we can still make out a bee buzzing by or a hawk flying overhead, thanks to unique cells in the eye called object motion... (Medical News Today)

Blind Veterans UK calls for GPs to signpost blind and vision impaired ex-Service men and women to its free services
A national military charity is calling for help from GPs and surgery staff to ensure that blind and vision impaired ex-Service men and women are fully informed of the support available to them in... (Medical News Today)

Nearsightedness develops when kids with specific gene read a lot
Kids who carry a certain gene variant are likely to become nearsighted if they read for more than 1 hour a day, scientists suggest. (Medical News Today)

Dry eyes -- researchers report progress in diagnosis and treatment
Do you have problems with dry eyes? If so, you're not alone--it's one of the most common reasons for patient visits to eye care professionals. (Medical News Today)

In diabetic eye disease, peripheral lesions in the retina point to risks of progression
Research with ultra-wide-field imaging may change how the condition is assessed and treatedFor decades, clinicians have detected and monitored diabetic eye disease with standard retinal... (Medical News Today)

'Brainbow' reveals surprising data about visual connections in brain
Neuroscientists know that some connections in the brain are pruned through neural development. Function gives rise to structure, according to the textbooks. (Medical News Today)

Contact lenses: a look at the risks and recommendations
In this Spotlight feature, we take a look at some of the risky behaviors that need to be avoided when wearing contact lenses that the majority of users fail to avoid. (Medical News Today)

New lens effective treatment of dry AMD, established wet forms of AMD, other macular disease including maculopathy
Following revolutionary eye surgery at the London Eye Hospital to implant a state-of-the-art iolAMD lens in her eye, retired classroom assistant Irene Da Silva has realised her dream of seeing her... (Medical News Today)

'Lazy eye' may bully the brain into altering its wiring
Colorful and expressive, the eyes are central to the way people interact with each other, as well as take in their surroundings. (Medical News Today)

Study investigates whether blind people characterize others by race
Most people who meet a new acquaintance, or merely pass someone on the street, need only a glance to categorize that person as a particular race. (Medical News Today)

Medical terms lead to divide between parents and doctors
When discussing a child's symptoms, labels such as 'pink eye' can dictate how medical decisions are madeFew things are more stressful than dealing with a sick child. (Medical News Today)

Waterford research on Alzheimer's disease suggests that measuring macular pigment offers potential as a biomarker of cognitive health
Results to be showcased internationally in the Journal of Alzheimer's DiseaseOngoing European Research Council-funded research at Waterford Institute of Technology's (WIT) Macular Pigment... (Medical News Today)

Brief postnatal blindness triggers long-lasting reorganization in the brain
Temporary visual deprivation shortly after birth induces permanent auditory responses in the visual area of the brain, highlighting a crossmodal competition for brain territories during the early... (Medical News Today)

Study provides hope for some human stem cell therapies
An international team of scientists headed by biologists at UC San Diego has discovered that an important class of stem cells known as human "induced pluripotent stem cells," or iPSCs, which are... (Medical News Today)

Stem cells derived from amniotic membrane can benefit retinal diseases when transplanted
Tests on animal models show that MSCs secrete growth factors that suppress causes of diabetic retinopathy and macular degenerationA team of researchers in South Korea has successfully... (Medical News Today)

Retinal changes may serve as measures of brain pathology in schizophrenia
Schizophrenia is associated with structural and functional alterations of the visual system, including specific structural changes in the eye. (Medical News Today)

Gut microbes linked to major autoimmune eye disease
One major cause of human blindness is autoimmune uveitis, which is triggered by the activation of T cells, but exactly how and where the T cells become activated in the first place has been a... (Medical News Today)

Retinal changes may serve as measures of brain pathology in schizophrenia
Schizophrenia is associated with structural and functional alterations of the visual system, including specific structural changes in the eye. (Medical News Today)

Protective eyewear reduces field hockey eye injuries without increased concussion risk
A study conducted by researchers at Hasbro Children's Hospital, Boston Children's Hospital, Fairfax (VA) County Public Schools and the University of Colorado School of Medicine has found that... (Medical News Today)

Can your brain control how it loses control?
A new study may have unlocked understanding of a mysterious part of the brain -- with implications for neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's. (Medical News Today)

Fortified against blindness
Sweet potato varieties developed to increase vitamin AThese are local community members evaluating the taste of sweet potato cultivars. (Medical News Today)

Brain plasticity after vision loss has an 'on-off switch'
KU Leuven biologists have discovered a molecular on-off switch that controls how a mouse brain responds to vision loss. (Medical News Today)

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