Ophthalmology News

New Study Links Zika and Glaucoma

November 30, 2016

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Zika and Glaucoma Linked for First Time

A newly published study demonstrates for the first time that the Zika virus can cause glaucoma in infants who were exposed to the virus during gestation. Exposure to the Zika virus during pregnancy causes birth defects of the central nervous system, including microcephaly. Brazilian and Yale School of Public Health researchers had reported early during […]

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New Chemical Compound Could Clear Up Cataracts

November 6, 2015

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New Chemical Eye Drops Could Clear Up Cataracts

A team of scientists has identified a chemical that could potentially be used in eye drops to reverse cataracts. Identified as a “priority eye disease” by the World Health Organization, cataracts — caused when the lenses of the eyes lose their transparency — affect more than 20 million people worldwide. Although cataracts can be successfully […]

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New Layer of the Human Cornea Discovered

June 13, 2013

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New Layer of the Human Cornea Discovered

Researchers at The University of Nottingham have discovered a new layer of the human cornea located at the back of the cornea between the corneal stroma and Descemet’s membrane. Scientists have discovered a previously undetected layer in the cornea, the clear window at the front of the human eye. The breakthrough, announced in a study […]

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A Step Toward Developing Sight-Saving Gene Therapy

August 1, 2012

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the Genetics of Blindness

Using exome sequencing, a team of scientists have discovered the human gene that causes a relatively rare but devastating type of early-onset blindness, providing an important step toward developing sight-saving gene therapy. Researchers have isolated an elusive human gene that causes a common form of Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA), a relatively rare but devastating type […]

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Cataract Master Aims to Make Cataract Surgery Safer

June 4, 2012

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computer-based simulation tool the Cataract Master

Co-developed by Harvard Medical School researchers and colleagues, a new computer-based simulation tool, the Cataract Master, aims to minimize clinical risk while providing residents and practicing ophthalmologists with the most authentic cataract surgical experience possible outside of the operating room. Phacoemulsification cataract surgery is one of the most frequently performed eye surgeries in the United […]

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Scientists Restore Basic Elements of Vision in Live Mice

May 23, 2012

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Scientists restore basic vision in mice

A new study from a team of scientists hints that people blinded by optic nerve damage from trauma or glaucoma might be able to regain some visual function in the future. The team was able grow optic nerve fibers to the full length of the visual pathway and restored some basic elements of vision in […]

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