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Posts Tagged ‘retina’

Handheld Probe Provides Images of Photoreceptors

Photoreceptors are specialized cells in the retina that are responsible for converting light into signals that the brain can understand as images. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to actually see photoreceptors? Researchers at Duke University have developed a device that can produce an image of photoreceptors in adults and infants. This […]

Macular Degeneration Research Findings

Glaucoma and cataracts get all the news when it comes to visual impairment and blindness. That being said, attention needs to be paid to macular degeneration, since 11 million people in the U.S. and 200 million people worldwide have the disease. It is the leading cause of blindness in those age 65 and over. Researchers […]

Eye Test May Detect Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Disease is a disease that is arguably more scary than cancer or cataracts. As bad as it is to get cancer or cataracts, there are treatments available with high success rates for both diseases. While there are drug therapies available for those with Alzheimer’s, most of them only work in the early to moderate […]

Research Identifies Mechanisms for Eye Development

If you want to see want to see clearly what is going on outside while you are inside your home or office, the windows need to be clean. It’s the same thing with your eyes. Specifically, the lens has to be free of obstruction. Yet unlike most cells, the cells that make up the lens […]

Omega-3 Supplements—Are They Beneficial For Your Eyes?

Omega-3 are polyunsaturated fats that are found in cold water fishes, such as salmon and mackerel, as well as nuts, like walnuts and flaxseed. These fats help prevent cardiovascular disease and may help keep eyes healthy. Yet, there is a limit to their benefits. A study sponsored by the National Eye Institute (NEI) suggested that […]

Digital Eye Strain

According to The Vision Council, Americans who use digital devices report the following symptoms: • Eye Strain: 32.6 percent • Dry Eyes: 22.7 percent • Headaches: 21.4 percent It is commonplace for many people to look at social media on a smartphone or tablet computer while binge watching a television show on a laptop. We […]

Gene Therapy for Blindness

Recently a biotech firm in Philadelphia developed the first Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved gene therapy for blindness. The company, Spark Therapeutics, developed the therapy known as LUXTURNA™, which improves eyesight in persons with confirmed biallelic RPE65 mutation-associated retinal dystrophy, also known as Leber Congenital Amaurosis (LCA). Patients with this genetic mutation have severe […]

Stem Cell Secretions & Restoration of Sight

Studies are taking place around the world on the use of stem cells to treat many conditions and diseases. In particular, they are being studied as a treatment for restoring vision. Stem cells have the potential to protect the optic nerve from damage and slow vision loss, as well as possibly replace ocular tissue that […]

Better Vision Through Research & Technology

If you are a fan of the television show Star Trek: Next Generation, you will be familiar with the character of Geordi LaForge, played by actor LaVar Burton. LaForge is a member of the engineer corps on the starship Enterprise. He was born blind, yet is able to see through a prosthetic device that is […]

New Ways to Treat Retinitis Pigmentosa

Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is a group of genetic disorders that involve a breakdown and loss of cells in the retina. Symptoms first appear in childhood and include difficulty getting around in the dark and having a hard time adjusting to changes from light to dark. This in turn leads to problems such as loss of […]