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September 1, 2015

Aug. 18, 2015 — One major cause of human blindness is autoimmune uveitis, which is triggered by the activation of T cells, but exactly how and where the T cells become activated in the first place has been a ... read more

Retinal Changes May Serve as Measures of Brain Pathology in Schizophrenia

Aug. 17, 2015 — Schizophrenia is associated with structural and functional alterations of the visual system, including specific structural changes in the eye. Tracking such changes may provide new measures of risk ... read more

Protective Eyewear Reduces Field Hockey Eye Injuries Without Increased Concussion Risk

Aug. 17, 2015 — Nationally mandated protective eyewear results in a greater than three-fold reduced risk of eye and orbital injuries in high school (HS) girls' field hockey players without increasing rates of ... read more

Can Your Brain Control How It Loses Control?

Aug. 14, 2015 — A new study may have unlocked understanding of a mysterious part of the brain -- with implications for neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's. The results open up new areas of research ... read more

Fears of Potentially Blinding Complication from Avastin Eye Injections Overblown, Says Study

Aug. 13, 2015 — Eye injections of the drug Avastin, used to treat retinal diseases, bring no greater risk of endophthalmitis, a potentially blinding eye infection, than injections with the much more expensive drug ... read more

Brain Plasticity After Vision Loss Has an 'on-Off Switch'

Aug. 12, 2015 — A molecular on-off switch that controls how a mouse brain responds to vision loss has been discovered by biologists. When the switch is on, the loss of sight in one eye will be compensated by the ... read more

New Clues Found to Vision Loss in Macular Degeneration

Aug. 11, 2015 — Scientists have identified a pathway that leads to the formation of atypical blood vessels that can cause blindness in people with age-related macular degeneration. The research sheds light on one of ... read more

Study Finds Association Between Blood Levels of Trace Metals and Risk of Glaucoma

Aug. 6, 2015 — In an analysis that included a representative sample of the South Korean population, a lower blood manganese level and higher blood mercury level were associated with greater odds of a glaucoma ... read more

Aug. 5, 2015 — Women who have gastric bypass surgery to lose weight should keep a close eye on their alcohol consumption, according to a study. The researchers found that changes in how alcohol is metabolized after ... read more

Trachoma Risk Tied to Sleeping Near Cooking Fires, Lack of Ventilation

Aug. 4, 2015 — Children who sleep in unventilated rooms with cooking fires are at greater risk for severe trachoma, a leading cause of preventable blindness in developing countries, according to the findings of a ... read more

Aug. 3, 2015 — While major advancements have been made in vision recovery technologies, the vision provided by those devices might be very different from what scientists and patients have ... read more

July 31, 2015 — Brain-controlled prostheses sample a few hundred neurons to estimate motor commands that involve millions of neurons. Sampling errors can reduce the precision and speed of thought-controlled keypads. ... read more

Researchers Resurrect Ancient Viruses in Hopes of Improving Gene Therapy

July 30, 2015 — Researchers have reconstructed an ancient virus that is highly effective at delivering gene therapies to the liver, muscle, and retina. This discovery could potentially be used to design gene ... read more

Lanosterol Revealed Clues for Cataract Prevention and Treatment

July 30, 2015 — Researchers have reported the latest study on congenitalcataracts. The finding identifies lanosterol as a key molecule in the prevention of lens protein aggregation and points to a novel strategy for ... read more

July 29, 2015 — After more than two-years of international investigation, scientists have concluded that Napoleon likely would have conquered Russia in 1812 if not for the life-saving brain surgery performed on ... read more

New Eye-Tracker Method Shows 'Preferred Retinal Location' in Both Eyes

July 28, 2015 — Eyes with central vision loss adapt by developing a new fixation point in a different part of the retina, called the preferred retinal location (PRL). Now for the first time, a new method makes it ... read more

July 28, 2015 — New research is showing that less is more when it comes to the treatment of optic disc pits -- a rare eye condition. Many of the surgical techniques commonly used are unnecessary, a researcher now ... read more

July 23, 2015 — Using prisms and an advanced brain scanner, researchers have found the point in the human brain -- very early in image processing in the visual cortex -- in which the transformation to a cyclopean ... read more

July 22, 2015 — There is a significant increase in the immune system's 'alternative complement pathway' following retinal detachment, researchers report, adding that this pathway facilitated early ... read more

July 22, 2015 — If you experience a major heart attack the damage could cost you around five billion heart cells. Future stem cell treatments will require this number and more to ensure those cells are replaced and ... read more

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