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Posts Tagged ‘retina’

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, […]

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 […]

Newts and Zebrafishes—Oh My!

A little over 100 years ago, scientist were studying fruit flies to learn more about genetics. Since they were easy to capture and breed, scientists were able to study multiple generations in a short period of time. The information that they found lead to the mapping of regions that correspond to the fly’s physical traits. […]

3D Printing for Vision

3D Printing is a manufacturing method whereby a three-dimensional object is created layer by layer. This process is used in the aerospace and automotive industries and for biomedical use. One way 3D Printing is used for biomedical purposes is for vision. Baylor University used 3D Printing as a way for blind and low vision persons […]

Changes in Technology Lead to More Info about Vision Diseases

If you are of a certain age, you will remember that in the 1980s first mobile phone were car phones. In fact, they were something of a status symbol, since they weren’t cheap. So, executives and high-end real estate agents were the ones who most likely had a car phone. Well, thanks to advances in […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]