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Health News - Eye Health/Ophthalmology

Researchers manage to detect eye diseases using a Smartphone
Researchers at the Medical and Surgical Center for Retina developed software that detects eye diseases such as diabetic macular edema using a smartphone. (Medical News Today)

Seeing the world through assistive glasses
A new research project at the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interactive Technology (CITEC) in Bielefeld University focuses on the development of a mobile adaptive assistance system in the form... (Medical News Today)

NHS accessible information standard welcomed by hearing loss charity
A long-awaited information standard launched July 3 by NHS England that will improve healthcare for millions of people has been welcomed by the UK's largest hearing loss charity, Action on Hearing... (Medical News Today)

Could eye color predict the risk of alcohol dependence?
For the first time, researchers have uncovered a link between eye color and alcohol dependence, finding people with light-colored eyes may be more likely to become alcoholics. (Medical News Today)

Number of fireworks-related injuries still remains high
A new report shows that estimated fireworks-related injuries in the US have not fallen significantly in the past year. In particular, eye injuries continue to increase. (Medical News Today)

New measurements reveal differences between stem cells for treating retinal degeneration
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists used new methods to show that 1 type of stem cell is superior to another for treating retinal degeneration in research that could significantly... (Medical News Today)

In blinding eye disease, trash-collecting cells go awry, accelerate damage
Spider-like cells inside the brain, spinal cord and eye hunt for invaders, capturing and then devouring them. (Medical News Today)

Seeing is believing
How brains make sense of the visual worldIf your eyes deceive you, blame your brain. Many optical illusions work because what we see clashes with what we expect to see.That 3D movie? (Medical News Today)

Fine tuning in the brain
When newborn babies open their eyes for the first time, they already possess nerve cells specialized in particular stimuli in the visual cortex of their brains - but these nerve cells are not... (Medical News Today)

Miniature pump regulates internal ocular pressure
Elevated or diminished eye pressure impairs our ability to see, and in the worst cases, can even lead to blindness. Until now, there has been no effective long-term treatment. (Medical News Today)

Vision screening in preschool-aged children: Benefit and harm still unclear
No new screening studies identifiedIt remains unclear whether a special ophthalmological examination of all children younger than 6 years (and potential follow-up treatments) would reduce the... (Medical News Today)

Data demonstrates long term effectiveness and safety of telescope implant for macular degeneration in patients 65 years and older
VisionCare Ophthalmic Technologies, Inc. a developer of advanced visual prosthetic devices for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), has announced the publication of "Long-Term... (Medical News Today)

New strategies against rare, fatal lung syndrome
Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome (HPS) patients suffer symptoms including albinism, visual impairment, and slow blood clotting, but what makes some versions of the genetic condition fatal is that patients... (Medical News Today)

A microtubule 'roadway' in the retina helps provide energy for vision
Researchers have discovered a thick band of microtubules in certain neurons in the retina that they believe acts as a transport road for mitochondria that help provide energy required for visual... (Medical News Today)

NightstaRx and The University of Alberta announce the start of the first Canadian gene therapy study to treat Choroideremia
NightstaRx Ltd ("Nightstar"), the biopharmaceutical company specialising in bringing therapies for retinal dystrophies to patients, announces that the University of Alberta, has begun enrolling and... (Medical News Today)

Closing the eye health gap may be in sight, Australia
Three years after the launch of the roadmap to close the gap for vision, progress has been made but "much remains to be done", according to the authors of a Perspective published online by the... (Medical News Today)

What's new in contact lenses? Prescribing trends reflect new lens materials and designs
More Americans are using soft contact lenses -- especially daily disposable lenses -- and taking advantage of new designs targeting vision problems that were difficult to correct with previous... (Medical News Today)

Diabetic blindness: UVA IDs best source of stem cells to block vision loss
Evaluation a key step in creation of treatment for disease that affects millionsUniversity of Virginia School of Medicine researchers have taken a significant step forward in their efforts to use... (Medical News Today)

Researchers identify gene mutation that can cause key-hole shape defect in eye
A scientific collaboration, involving the Manchester Centre for Genomic Medicine (MCGM) at Saint Mary's Hospital, UK, and the Telethon Institute of Genetics and Medicine (TIGEM) in Naples, Italy... (Medical News Today)

Bionic eye clinical trial results show long-term safety, efficacy vision-restoring implant
The three-year clinical trial results of the retinal implant popularly known as the "bionic eye," have proven the long-term efficacy, safety and reliability of the device that restores vision in... (Medical News Today)

Color memory influenced by categories, according to new Rutgers-Camden research
Colors best remembered in combination of the color that was actually seen and the color category assigned to that colorHow do we remember colors? What makes green... green? (Medical News Today)

Aflibercept in macular oedema after BRVO: No hint of added benefit
Dossier contained no suitable data, manufacturer itself claimed no added benefitSince February 2015, aflibercept (trade name Eylea) has been available also for patients with impaired vision due... (Medical News Today)

FDA approve device that helps blind 'see with tongue'
The US regulator gives the go-ahead for a device that helps people who are blind perceive visual images captured by a sunglasses-mounted camera using their tongue. (Medical News Today)

TGen study identifies first genetic mutation associated with Aicardi syndrome
Mutation in gene TEAD1 is linked to childhood neurological disorder that affects the brain and eyesA genetic mutation responsible for a debilitating childhood neurological condition known as... (Medical News Today)

FDA allows marketing of new device to help the blind process visual signals via their tongues
The Food and Drug Administration has allowed marketing of a new device that when used along with other assistive devices, like a cane or guide dog, can help orient people who are blind by helping... (Medical News Today)

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