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Visual Environment Can Affect Even Healthy Eyes -- Nature Works With Nurture For Good Vision

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January 14, 1999
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Yerkes Regional Primate Research Center
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In two separate studies, vision researchers at the Yerkes Primate Research Center have discovered that the visual experience of one eye influences the growth and subsequent quality of vision in the fellow eye. Previously it was believed that a problem existing in one eye -- a cataract or nearsightedness for instance -- would have no ill effect on the other, normal eye.

ATLANTA -- In two separate studies, vision researchers at the Yerkes Primate Research Center have discovered that the visual experience of one eye influences the growth and subsequent quality of vision in the fellow eye. Previously it was believed that a problem existing in one eye -- a cataract or nearsightedness for instance -- would have no ill effect on the other, normal eye. These studies, reported in the January issue of Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science and the upcoming May issue of Vision Research add to the growing evidence that from infancy, visual development is influenced by a control system integrating the two eyes which is dependent on environmental, not merely genetic factors.


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Yerkes Regional Primate Research Center. "Visual Environment Can Affect Even Healthy Eyes -- Nature Works With Nurture For Good Vision." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 14 January 1999. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1999/01/990114074500.htm>.
Yerkes Regional Primate Research Center. (1999, January 14). Visual Environment Can Affect Even Healthy Eyes -- Nature Works With Nurture For Good Vision. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 24, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1999/01/990114074500.htm
Yerkes Regional Primate Research Center. "Visual Environment Can Affect Even Healthy Eyes -- Nature Works With Nurture For Good Vision." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1999/01/990114074500.htm (accessed April 24, 2014).

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