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Eyesight Enhanced: Advancements in Bionic Implants and Eye Drops

Wouldn’t it be nice if there were fixes for vision diseases, such as macular degeneration and retinal vein occlusion, that could maintain vision, and in some cases improve vision—not just keep the disease from getting worse? Well, wouldn’t you know it, research done at Stanford University and Columbia University, showed that it is possible to […]

Harnessing Stem Cells and Antibodies for Eye Disease Treatment

There are treatments that are pharmaceutical based and there are treatments that are based on cells and molecules already in the human body. Two research projects, one at Massachusetts Eye and Ear and one at the University of California, Irvine, are utilizing stem cells and antibodies, respectively, to treat eye diseases. Stem Cells to the […]

Understanding Glaucoma & Myopia

Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that can lead to vision loss. Pressure builds up in the eye, and if the fluid in the eye doesn’t drain fast enough, the pressure can damage the optic nerve. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 3 million people in the U.S have glaucoma and […]

Always Something to Learn

Studying nonhuman eye tissue can lead to insight into how vision develops and the mechanisms that make vision possible. Sometimes, this research leads to new tools or it uncovers novel cellular processes in the eye. Two research projects, one at New York University (NYU) discovered new cells types in the visual system of fruit flies, […]

Insights into Attention and Memory: Understanding the Science Behind Focus

I remember my elementary school teachers admonishing my classmates and me not to watch television while we did our homework. The reasons given were: 1) We ended up paying more attention to the program than our homework. Of course, there were those who did their homework during the commercial breaks. 2) Our homework ended up […]

A New Look at Myopia

Since the development of spectacles, myopia isn’t considered a big deal in terms of vision conditions. After all, how many medical conditions are as easy to treat as myopia? A person just needs some corrective lenses and he or she is good to go. Hearing loss isn’t as easy treat as myopia. Just ask someone […]

The Science of Seeing: Unraveling Human Vision & Primate Color Perception

Call us biased, but we think vision is very cool. The images that our eye sees are encoded as visual information in the brain and the images enable us to see, navigate and learn. No wonder the eyes are considered the front of the brain, and biomedical research is uncovering different aspects of vision that […]

Retinopathy of Prematurity: Breakthroughs in Treatment and Diagnosis

Having a child born prematurely poses numerous challenges for the parents. There is the additional time spent in the hospital, as well as concerns about the life and health of the baby. One concern is the potential development of retinopathy of prematurity, a form of blindness. Retinopathy of prematurity happen when a premature baby comes […]

Experimental Drugs & Nerve Endings

Diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, optic neuritis, stroke—they all can lead to blindness. Is there a way to prevent, slow down types of vision loss or restore vision that has been lost? Research at Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the University of Connecticut School of Medicine studied an experimental drug and […]

Navigating Within Space & Restoring Vision After a Stroke

Have you ever considered the amount of information that goes from your eyes to the brain, so that you can navigate through an area, be it in your home or a walk to the store? Also, if vision is lost as a result of stroke, can it be restored? Both deal with taking information in […]