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Cognitive Function and The Eyes Part Two

Part One dealt with how memory works in tandem with vision. Since eyes are part of the body, they can provide indications of diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Do the eyes provide clues about cognitive health? According to researchers at the American Optometric Association, the answer is yes. The understanding of the […]

Cognitive Function and The Eyes Part One

It has been said that the eyes are the front of the brain, especially since 80 percent of learning takes place via what we see. How does that happen and is it possible to utilize retinal imaging to diagnose age-related brain disorders? As always, researchers are studying these things and this is what was found […]

Stem Cells, Protein & The Ways Research Are Learning More About Them

As always, research shines a light on the eye and vision. Case in point, wouldn’t it be nice if people experiencing vision diseases, like a retinal disorder or age-related macular degeneration could receive treatments that were derived from either stem-cells or from a specific protein and vision would improve. Well, we will spotlight stem-cell based […]

The (Donor) Eyes Have It

Most people know that donor organs save lives. What many don’t realize is that donating organs can help with bio-medical research. Two research projects, one was conducted at the National Eye Institute (NEI), which is part of the National Institutes of Health and another at John A. Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah […]

When Our Eyes Work & When They Don’t

Admit it, you don’t think much about your eyes when they are working properly. After all, that is a sign that everything is healthy. The thing is how do things work between our eyes and brain and when things don’t work, can they be fixed on the cellular and genetic level. There are two research […]

Good News About Supplements and Macular Degeneration

Many agree that taking supplements can benefit your health. Now you can add slowing the progression of age-related macular degeneration to the list of supplement benefits. First reported in 2001, the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) showed that persons who were at high risk of developing advanced stages of age-related macular degeneration lower their risk […]

Cataract News

Cataracts affect over 15 million people worldwide and it is one of the leading causes of blindness. While no one wants cataracts, researchers want to learn more about cataracts. Their work is shedding light on the neurological benefits of cataract surgery, as well as what’s going on in the cellular level that is leading to […]

Geographic Atrophy in AMD

Geographic atrophy (GA) is an advanced form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) that affects the retina. Those with GA can have good vision if the macula, the center part of the retina responsible for sharp, central vision, isn’t damaged. While there are ways to assess the how well different therapies are working, visual acuity tests […]

Prozac & Carbon Monoxide—Unlikely Items That Can Help Preserve Vision

You read correctly. Two separate studies have shown that the antidepressant Prozac and the gas that comes out of car and truck exhausts, carbon monoxide, can be used to preserve vision. Starting with Prozac, also known as fluoxetine, it may be effective against dry or atrophic age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Bradley D. Gelfand, PhD at […]

Ultrasound & LiDAR—Improving Vision for People & Robots

I’m going to state the obvious. Our eyes are taking in a lot of information. Now for the not so obvious: How can technology be utilized to improve vision and help emerging technologies like self-driving cars and robots to see? As you can guess research is looking into (no pun intended) these things and scientists […]