vision loss

Blinded by light, this family sees no hope


September 2nd, 2012 - 12:40 pm ICT by IANS
Jhunjhunu (Rajasthan), Sep 2 (IANS) Darkness has become a life-long curse for two generations of a family in a Rajasthan village. This family has 15 members, including eight children, who ... Read more...

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Asian school dropouts suffering from eye problems


May 5th, 2012 - 12:11 pm ICT by IANS
London, May 5 (IANS) Up to 90 percent of school dropouts in major Asian cities suffer from myopia or short-sightedness, BBC reported.Researchers, led by Ian Morgan from the Australian National ... Read more...

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Grapes can stave off age-related blindness


January 15th, 2012 - 4:17 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 15 (IANS) Eating grapes seem to slow or help prevent the onset of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a condition affecting millions of elderly people worldwide. AMD is a ... Read more...

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Controlling BP crucial for diabetics


January 9th, 2012 - 10:11 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 9 (IANS) Middle-aged adults recently diagnosed with diabetes and hypertension have some time to effect lifestyle changes to control their high blood pressure (BP).If they make such changes ... Read more...

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Practice improves sense of touch in blind


May 12th, 2011 - 6:32 pm ICT by IANS
Toronto, May 12 (IANS) Do the blind have a better sense of touch because the brain compensates for loss of vision or because of heavy reliance on their fingertips? A ... Read more...

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Near infra-red light can heal damaged vision


April 20th, 2011 - 1:37 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, April 20 (IANS) Applying gentle near-infra-red light can undo damage caused by exposure to bright light, which may end in vision loss otherwise.Krisztina Valter of the Vision Centre and ... Read more...

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Low-cost molecular medicine offers hope for patients with vision loss


April 18th, 2011 - 6:20 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 18 (ANI): Molecular medicine is beginning to provide hope for patients with declining sight when all other therapies have been exhausted, according to an expert.These low-cost preventive molecular medicine ... Read more...

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High Vitamin D levels ‘may prevent age-related vision loss’


April 12th, 2011 - 6:12 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 12 (ANI): A University at Buffalo study has found that women under the age of 75 with high vitamin D status were less likely to have early age-related macular degeneration ... Read more...

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Novel cell therapy slows down vision loss in eye disease


April 8th, 2011 - 1:32 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 08 (ANI): Results of a clinical trail have highlighted the benefit of the use of a neurotrophic factor to treat a severe form of age-related macular degeneration called geographic atrophy ... Read more...

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Pot-bellied men run risk of going blind


April 3rd, 2011 - 6:09 pm ICT by IANS
London, April 3 (IANS) Piling on the fat in middle age could significantly raise a man's risk of blindness later in life. An expanding waistline puts men in danger of ... Read more...

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Oz’s first bionic eye a step closer to reality


April 1st, 2011 - 7:33 pm ICT by ANI
Melbourne, April 01 (ANI): Australia's first bionic eye is a step closer to reality after scientists developed a microchip to be inserted into the retina of vision-impaired patients.The microchip, the engine of ... Read more...

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Identification of glaucoma gene paves way for future therapies


February 18th, 2011 - 5:07 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 18 (ANI): Researchers have identified a new candidate gene for the most common form of glaucoma, primary open angle glaucoma (POAG).The findings offer novel insights into glaucoma pathology and could ... Read more...

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Unexpected biological pathway in glaucoma discovered


January 4th, 2011 - 5:19 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 4 (ANI): Researchers have identified a new and unexpected biological pathway that apparently contributes to the development of glaucoma and its resulting vision loss.Prior research has suggested that the optic ... Read more...

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People who are blind perceive touch faster than those with normal vision


October 27th, 2010 - 1:13 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 27 (ANI): A new study suggests that people who are blind from birth are able to detect tactile information faster than people with normal vision.A group of researchers led by ... Read more...

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Drug implant to help stem sight loss


August 19th, 2010 - 4:57 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 19 (IANS) A biodegradable implant called Ozurdex that could help thousands of people suffering vision loss, has been approved for treatment in Britain and other countries by the European Medicines ... Read more...

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Two therapies that may slow diabetic eye disease progression found


July 24th, 2010 - 4:19 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 24 (ANI): Scientists have discovered two therapies may slow the progression of diabetic retinopathy.Diabetic retinopathy is a disease in which blood vessels in the eye's light-sensitive retinal tissue are damaged ... Read more...

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Lady Gaga’s ‘Bad Romance’ can damage eyes


July 20th, 2010 - 3:22 pm ICT by IANS
Toronto, July 19 (IANS) Though Lady Gaga's 'Bad Romance' video from her second album "The Fame Monster" has topped charts and got positive reviews from critics, optometrists have given it a big ... Read more...

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Vitamin deficiency after weight loss op ‘can cause vision loss in infants’


July 17th, 2010 - 12:26 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 17 (ANI): A new study has found that vitamin deficiency after weight loss surgery can cause vision loss in newborns.Researchers documented the case of a woman who had undergone biliopancreatic ... Read more...

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Fast food fuelling diabetes epidemic in Asia: Experts


July 9th, 2010 - 11:59 am ICT by ANI
London, July 9 (ANI): The growing popularity of junk food is fuelling a diabetes boom across Asia, experts have warned.A study by Australian and Vietnamese scientists found about 11percent of men and ... Read more...

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Daily dose of nutrients could save your sight


July 2nd, 2010 - 3:34 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 2 (ANI): Regular healthy eating could not only cut health care costs, but also prevent vision loss due to age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and other sight-robbing diseases.Agricultural Research Service ... Read more...

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Red wine ingredient prevents blinding


June 25th, 2010 - 2:20 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, June 25 (IANS) Resveratrol, an ingredient found in red wine, grapes, blueberries, peanuts and some plants, stops uncontrolled blood vessel growth in the eye, says a study led by an Indian-American. ... Read more...

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Drug for bowel cancer can treat eye disease


June 14th, 2010 - 3:22 pm ICT by IANS
London, June 14 (IANS) A cheap, unlicensed drug originally produced for bowel cancer can treat an eye condition called age-related macular degeneration (AMD), new research has revealed. Researchers based at Moorfields Eye Hospital ... Read more...

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Blinding disease drug shows promise for diabetic retinopathy patients


April 28th, 2010 - 1:44 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Apr 28 (ANI): A drug that was developed to combat age-related macular degeneration (AMD) could be beneficial for people with a common form of diabetic retinopathy, according to a study.According ... Read more...

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Do the blind have more acute sense of smell?


April 27th, 2010 - 3:29 pm ICT by IANS
Toronto, April 27 (IANS) Vision loss simply makes blind people pay more attention to how they perceive smells, a new research said, debunking the myth that the blind have a more acute ... Read more...

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Myth ‘debunked’: The blind have more acute sense of smell


April 27th, 2010 - 3:14 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Apr 27 (ANI): An ongoing study has debunked the myth that the blind have a more acute sense of smell than the sighted.According to the study by Mathilde Beaulieu-Lefebvre, a graduate ... Read more...

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Scientists unveil bionic eye for future implantation


April 12th, 2010 - 1:58 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, April 12 (IANS) Scientists have unveiled a bionic eye for future implantation in patients. The prototype, developed by Bionic Vision Australia (BVA) researchers at the University of New South Wales, will deliver ... Read more...

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Glaucoma set to rise as population ages


March 11th, 2010 - 12:34 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, March 11 (IANS) In a bid to spread awareness about glaucoma, an eye disease that is the second leading cause of blindness across the world and is expected to rise ... Read more...

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Further evidence on benefits of BP drugs in diabetic retinopathy treatment


February 25th, 2010 - 5:40 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 25 (ANI): A new study has offered more evidence that certain high blood pressure drugs may be useful in preventing and treating diabetic retinopathy, the leading cause of vision loss ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Glial cells can protect or kill neurons in retina


February 2nd, 2010 - 6:11 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 2 (ANI): Scientists from University of Montreal and McGill University's Montreal Neurological Institute have discovered that glial cells, which normally protect neurons in the retina can also kill them, resulting ... Read more...

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New discovery may help stop age-related eye disease at molecular level


January 5th, 2010 - 3:14 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 5 (ANI): Researchers at University College London say their new findings may help stop age-related macular degeneration at the molecular level.The researchers say that they have gleaned a key insight ... Read more...

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Steroid jabs may delay diabetes-related eye disease progression


December 15th, 2009 - 12:49 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 15 (ANI): A new study has revealed that injecting steroids into the eye can significantly reduce progression of diabetic retinopathy, a complication of diabetes that can cause vision loss and ... Read more...

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Stem cell therapy successfully treats eye disease


December 11th, 2009 - 2:15 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 11 (ANI): Researchers at the North East England Stem Cell Institute (NESCI) have reported the first successful treatment of eight patients with "Limbal Stem Cell Deficiency" (LSCD) using the patients' ... Read more...

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Umbilical stem cells help recover lost vision


December 9th, 2009 - 5:30 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Dec 9 (IANS) Umbilical stem cells may help recover lost vision for those with corneal disease, says a new study. Winston Whei-Yang Kao and colleagues in the University of Cincinnati's (UC) opthalmalogy ... Read more...

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Cataract surgery doesn’t worsen age-related macular degeneration


November 10th, 2009 - 3:07 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 10 (ANI): In people who have undergone cataract surgery, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) does not appear to progress at a higher rate, says a new study.The finding defies previous reports ... Read more...

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Blue light-filtering lens may protect against age-related vision loss


October 27th, 2009 - 2:45 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 27 (ANI): A new study has shown that implantation of blue light-filtering intraocular lens (IOLs) at the time of cataract surgery increases a nutritional component of the eye, which may ... Read more...

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