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Fear of falling may cause social isolation in older adults with vision problems

Fear of falling may cause social isolation in older adults with vision problems

Dec. 11, 2012 — A new study published in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science found that between 40 to 50 percent of older adults with visually impairing eye disease limit their activities due to a fear of falling Continue reading

Fear of falling may cause social isolation in older adults with vision problems

Fear of falling may cause social isolation in older adults with vision problems

Dec. 11, 2012 — A new study published in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science found that between 40 to 50 percent of older adults with visually impairing eye disease limit their activities due to a fear of falling. Vision scientists warn that this protective strategy puts seniors at risk for social isolation and disability Continue reading

Compound found in rosemary protects against macular degeneration in laboratory model

Compound found in rosemary protects against macular degeneration in laboratory model

ScienceDaily (Nov. 27, 2012) — Herbs widely used throughout history in Asian and early European cultures have received renewed attention by Western medicine in recent years Continue reading

Ultra-small drainage device may replace eye drop medications for some glaucoma patients

Ultra-small drainage device may replace eye drop medications for some glaucoma patients

ScienceDaily (Nov. 13, 2012) — A tiny medical device no larger than an eyelash may significantly reduce eye pressure in glaucoma patients and allow some to stop using eye-drop medications, according to year-one clinical trial results for the device. Results of the HYDRUS I clinical trial, which indicate successful control of eye pressure in all study participants, will be presented November 13 at the 116th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, jointly conducted this year with the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Continue reading

Ultra-small drainage device may replace eye drop medications for some glaucoma patients

Ultra-small drainage device may replace eye drop medications for some glaucoma patients

ScienceDaily (Nov. 13, 2012) — A tiny medical device no larger than an eyelash may significantly reduce eye pressure in glaucoma patients and allow some to stop using eye-drop medications, according to year-one clinical trial results for the device. Results of the HYDRUS I clinical trial, which indicate successful control of eye pressure in all study participants, will be presented November 13 at the 116th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, jointly conducted this year with the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Continue reading

New cells found that could help save people’s sight

New cells found that could help save people’s sight

ScienceDaily (Nov. 8, 2012) — Eye experts and scientists at the University of Southampton have discovered specific cells in the eye which could lead to a new procedure to treat and cure blinding eye conditions. Led by Professor Andrew Lotery, the study found that cells called corneal limbal stromal cells, taken from the front surface of the eye have stem cell properties and could be cultured to create retinal cells Continue reading

Abnormal involuntary eye movements in ‘lazy eye’ disease amblyopia linked to changes in subcortical regions of the brain

Abnormal involuntary eye movements in ‘lazy eye’ disease amblyopia linked to changes in subcortical regions of the brain

ScienceDaily (Oct. Continue reading

Smoking may lead to cataracts in aging population

Smoking may lead to cataracts in aging population

ScienceDaily (Oct. 12, 2012) — Cigarette smoking is a well-known risk factor for a wide-range of diseases. Now, scientists have evidence that smoking may also increase the risk of age-related cataract, the leading cause of blindness and vision loss in the world Continue reading

Stem cells improve visual function in blind mice

Stem cells improve visual function in blind mice

ScienceDaily (Oct. 1, 2012) — An experimental treatment for blindness, developed from a patient’s skin cells, improved the vision of blind mice in a study conducted by Columbia ophthalmologists and stem cell researchers Continue reading

Gene that causes a form of deafness discovered

Gene that causes a form of deafness discovered

ScienceDaily (Sep. 30, 2012) — Researchers at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center have found a new genetic mutation responsible for deafness and hearing loss associated with Usher syndrome type 1. Continue reading