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Health News - Eye Health/Ophthalmology

Many Americans putting vision at risk from sun damage
Despite past harm, one of three adults overlooking sunglasses to protect eyes. (Medical News Today)

Choroideremia gene therapy gives long-lasting improvements to vision
Patients who took part in the world's first gene therapy clinical trial for choroideremia have had a real and long-lasting improvement in vision. (Medical News Today)

12-month data highlight the safety and efficacy of ab-interno canaloplasty in primary open-angle glaucoma
Ellex Medical Lasers Ltd is pleased to announce findings from a 12-month case series review of 228 patients with primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) which show that ab-interno canaloplasty (ABiC)... (Medical News Today)

NightstaRx reports long-term benefits of gene therapy for inherited form of progressive blindness
NightstaRx Ltd, a biopharmaceutical company specialising in developing gene therapies for inherited retinal dystrophies, today announced the publication from the University of Oxford of promising... (Medical News Today)

Preventing secondary cataract
A new focus for AMD drug target could reduce the need for millions of follow-up eye operations. (Medical News Today)

First small molecule targeted therapy to mitigate hearing loss in Usher syndrome type 3
Usher syndrome (USH) is characterized by hearing loss or deafness at birth and progressive vision loss, and is the most common cause of inherited dual sensory deficit. (Medical News Today)

Australia on track to eliminate blinding trachoma, but children in hotspots remain at risk
Overall prevalence of trachoma in Australia is declining as a result of strengthened control programs, according to early release findings from the 2015 Australian Trachoma Surveillance Report... (Medical News Today)

20 year-old puzzle solved through genetic advances: A genetic corneal dystrophy disorder
Researchers from the University of Liverpool have identified a specific gene that plays a key role in an inherited eye disorder. (Medical News Today)

Researchers develop magnifying smartphone screen app for visually impaired
Mass. Eye and Ear researchers have designed technology to improve upon the built-in zoom feature of smartphones, which many low-vision users find difficult to use due to a loss of context. (Medical News Today)

New neurodevelopmental syndrome identified
A multicenter research team led by Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) has discovered a new neurodevelopmental syndrome and the genetic mutations that cause it. (Medical News Today)

New genetic risk factors for myopia discovered
Genes and environment determine short-sightedness. Myopia, also known as short-sightedness or near-sightedness, is the most common disorder affecting the eyesight and it is on the increase. (Medical News Today)

A better understanding of bananas could help prevent blindness
Carotenoids, which are found at various levels in different banana cultivars, are important vitamin precursors for eye health. (Medical News Today)

Promising new compound protects neurons and vision in mice with glaucoma
Early tests of a novel compound in mice with glaucoma should come as welcome news to millions of people around the world now suffering with this leading cause of vision loss. (Medical News Today)

Laser pointers 'do not damage the eyesight of aircraft pilots'
Directing a laser pointer at an aircraft will not harm a pilot's eyesight, say the authors of a new editorial, but it can still pose danger by causing significant distraction. (Medical News Today)

How much do we really see?
Glance out the window and then close your eyes. What did you see? Maybe you noticed it's raining and there was a man carrying an umbrella. What color was it? What shape was its handle? (Medical News Today)

Largest eye study among Chinese Americans identifying more effective ways to prevent and treat blinding eye diseases for this racial group
The University of Southern California (USC) Roski Eye Institute researchers and clinicians published the results of the National Eye Institute-funded "Chinese American Eye Study (CHES)," the... (Medical News Today)

Combination therapy may offer better outcomes for patients with retinoblastoma
Researchers at The Saban Research Institute of Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) have demonstrated that targeting survivin -- a protein that inhibits apoptosis or cell death -- enhances the... (Medical News Today)

Trachomatous trichiasis surgery improves quality of life regardless of vision outcomes
Trachomatous trichiasis (TT, inturning of the eyelashes to touch the eye following longterm infection with Chlamydia trachomatis) affects over seven million people world-wide. (Medical News Today)

Rescuing human light-sensors in a common form of Leber congenital amaurosis
Scientists at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology have identified the mechanism behind a common inherited cause of severe sight loss in young children. (Medical News Today)

Immunosuppressive medication effectively treats ocular graft-versus-host-disease
Researchers from Massachusetts Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School have conducted a clinical trial comparing the safety and efficacy of topical tacrolimus, an immunosuppressive therapy, and topical... (Medical News Today)

MS vision loss could be helped by OTC drug
Vision damage in people with MS has been partially reversed by an over-the-counter drug used to treat allergies. Results of the study are being presented at AAN's annual meeting. (Medical News Today)

Angiogenesis factor found to promote three age-related diseases of the eye
A Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigator has found that increased expression of the angiogenic factor VEGF-A promotes three common aging-related eye conditions - both versions of... (Medical News Today)

Inflammatory factors cause damage to back of eye following keratoprosthesis implantation
Researchers from Massachusetts Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School have identified inflammatory factors that cause optic neuropathy in the back of the eye following implantation of a... (Medical News Today)

Outdoor light has role in reducing short-sightedness in kids
Increasing exposure to outdoor light is the key to reducing the myopia (short-sightedness) epidemic in children, according to ground-breaking research by Australian optometrists. (Medical News Today)

Scientists uncover five genetic markers for glaucoma
Scientists have discovered new genetic areas linked to an increased risk of glaucoma - the leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide. (Medical News Today)

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