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Genetic defect linked to visual impairment in dyslexics
A risk gene for dyslexia is associated with impairments in visual motion detection, according to a study published May 27 in The Journal of Neuroscience. (Medical News Today)

Study suggests new way of preventing diabetes-associated blindness
Reporting on their study with lab-grown human cells, researchers at The Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland say that blocking a second blood vessel growth protein, along with one... (Medical News Today)

Can you see what I hear? Blind human echolocators use visual areas of the brain
Canadian expert Mel Goodale determines echolocators use echoes to detect multiple properties of objects through areas of the brain associated with visionCertain blind individuals have the ability... (Medical News Today)

Patterns of brain activity reorganize visual perception during eye movements
New research by Christopher Pack, from McGill University, suggests oscillations in brain activity have multiple roles in vision processingScientists measuring brain activity have found that in... (Medical News Today)

Injectable hydrogel boosts stem cell therapy to restore vision, repair brain damage
New research reveals how an injectable hydrogel boosted stem cell transplantation, partially restoring vision in blind mice and repairing brain injury after stroke. (Medical News Today)

New form of inherited blindness discovered
Scientists from the University of Leeds, in collaboration with researchers from the Institute of Ophthalmology in London and Ghent University in Belgium, have discovered that mutations in the gene... (Medical News Today)

Scientists look at 'The Dress' and answer the color conundrum
The photo of 'The Dress' confused the world back in February and became an internet meme. While some of us say it is blue and black, others see it as white and gold. Find out why. (Medical News Today)

Study estimates prevalence of glaucoma among Singapore Chinese
A study of Chinese adults in Singapore suggests the prevalence of glaucoma, a disease of the eye that can result in blindness, was 3. (Medical News Today)

Isarna presents positive preclinical results supporting development of ISTH0036 for the treatment of glaucoma
Isarna Therapeutics, the leader in transforming growth factor beta (TGF-ß) isoform targeted antisense therapeutics, today announced the presentation of preclinical data for its lead candidate... (Medical News Today)

Smart micro chips may optimise human vision
To date, chip-based retinal implants have only permitted a rudimentary restoration of vision. However, modifying the electrical signals emitted by the implants could change that. (Medical News Today)

New study finds short-sightedness is becoming more common across Europe
Myopia or short-sightedness is becoming more common across Europe, according to a new study led by King's College London. (Medical News Today)

UCI study sheds new light on low-light vision, could aid people with retinal deficits
Brain handles day- and nighttime optical signals the same, reacts quickly to loss of inputDriving down a dimly lit road at midnight can tax even those with 20/20 vision, but according to a recent... (Medical News Today)

Doctors failing to spot childhood eye cancer in majority of cases
A children's cancer charity is launching a bold new awareness campaign for World Retinoblastoma Awareness Week (10-16 May) as new figures show less than half of children with eye cancer receive the... (Medical News Today)

A pioneering facial recognition cane for the blind
A revolutionary 'smart' cane enabling the visually impaired to instantly identify friends and family could be available soon, thanks to students at Birmingham City University. (Medical News Today)

Live Ebola virus detected in survivor's eye months after recovery
A doctor treated for acute Ebola virus disease he contracted at a treatment center in Sierra Leone was found to have viable virus in the fluid inside an eye months after recovery. (Medical News Today)

Light in Sight: a step towards a potential therapy for acquired blindness
Hereditary blindness caused by a progressive degeneration of the light-sensing cells in the eye, the photoreceptors, affects millions of people worldwide. (Medical News Today)

Data presented showcase the real-world efficacy of EYLEA in UK clinical practice
Bayer HealthCare reports that real-world data from a UK wide National Aflibercept Audit and Moorfields Aflibercept Audit have been presented at The Association for Research in Vision and... (Medical News Today)

Proteomics provides new leads into nerve regeneration
C-myc protein, previously unrecognized, spurs extensive nerve growthUsing proteomics techniques to study injured optic nerves, researchers at Boston Children's Hospital have identified previously... (Medical News Today)

Shedding light on rods
A novel technique to investigate the activity of these retinal cells"Imagine a tiny spotlight like those used in theatres but with a light ray measuring only a few nanometres, which shines light... (Medical News Today)

Data published on first-in-human ocular gene therapy trial for Leber Congenital Amaurosis
Researchers at UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, Moorfields Eye Hospital and the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology... (Medical News Today)

Patients with AIDS at increased risk of developing age-related macular degeneration
New study results add to growing body of research that HIV-infected patients may experience age-related diseases earlier in lifePatients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) have a... (Medical News Today)

Gene therapy efficacy for LCA: Improvement is followed by decline in vision
Gene therapy for Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA), an inherited disorder that causes loss of night- and day-vision starting in childhood, improved patients' eyesight within weeks of treatment in a... (Medical News Today)

Cataract "blitzes" don't fix long-term problems
Surgical "blitzes" for cataracts solve short-term backlogs but do nothing to fix systemic problems in Indigenous eye care, according to ophthalmologists writing in the Medical Journal of Australia. (Medical News Today)

First embryonic stem cell therapy safety trial in Asian patients
A clinical trial in the Republic of Korea for patients with degenerative eye diseases is the first to test the safety of an embryonic stem cell therapy for people of Asian descent. (Medical News Today)

The dangers of working in an office
We take a look at the aspects of working in a traditional office environment that could be harmful to your health and what can be done to reduce these risks. (Medical News Today)

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