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Posts Tagged ‘retina’

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 […]

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 […]

When the Rods & Cones Need Fixing

The rods and cones in the retina do a lot work when it comes to vision. Rods are sensitive to changes in light and dark, as well as shape in movement. Cones are sensitive to one of three colors, red, green and blue, and can detect fine details. If the rods and cones aren’t working […]

Two Additional Reasons to Get an Eye Exam

Everyone agrees on the importance of regular eye exams. After all they are good for vision correction, eye disease prevention and vision maintenance when a person has a condition like glaucoma. Now you can add improving gut health and preventing heart attacks by way of an eye exam. Gut Health via the Eyes Chronic noninfectious […]

AMD Research News

Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a vision condition that no one wants. As the name suggests, this affects persons over the age of 50. It comes about when the macula, the part of the retina that controls sharp, straight-ahead vision, becomes damaged over time. While it doesn’t lead to total blindness, losing central vision […]

Optical Illusions

Optical illusions are intriguing and sometimes baffling. In the 1990s “Magic Eye” pictures were everywhere, from mall kiosks to the back of cereal boxes. The “Magic Eye” were pictures that were distorted in such a way that a 3D image would over time appear to the viewer. The image never appeared to me, no matter […]

The Genes Have It

Genetic research has revealed many things about eye diseases. Two studies in particular have revealed how gene variants in inherited retinal dystrophies (IRDs), such as retinitis pigmentosa, lead to these diseases and how gene therapy can help preserve vision. Whole-Genome Sequences Researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and at Shiley […]