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Zika virus can cause glaucoma in infants, report reveals

Zika virus can cause glaucoma in infants, report reveals

A team of researchers in Brazil and at the Yale School of Public Health has published the first report demonstrating that the Zika virus can cause glaucoma in infants who were exposed to the virus during gestation. [More]
Study shines new light on genetic makeup of river blindness parasite

Study shines new light on genetic makeup of river blindness parasite

The parasite that causes river blindness infects about 37 million people in parts of Africa and Latin America, causing blindness and other major eye and skin diseases in about 5 million of them. [More]
Allergan gets FDA approval for new XEN Glaucoma Treatment System

Allergan gets FDA approval for new XEN Glaucoma Treatment System

Allergan plc announced today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared the XEN Glaucoma Treatment System (consisting of the XEN45 Gel Stent and the XEN Injector) for use in the U.S. [More]
Researchers sequence genome of parasitic worm that causes river blindness

Researchers sequence genome of parasitic worm that causes river blindness

Scientists have sequenced the genome of the parasitic worm responsible for causing onchocerciasis--an eye and skin infection more commonly known as river blindness. [More]
Research provides new insight into possible causes of AMD among older people

Research provides new insight into possible causes of AMD among older people

Research from the University of Southampton gives new insight into possible causes of Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of vision loss among people aged 50 and older. [More]
WHO acknowledges eradication of trachoma in Morocco

WHO acknowledges eradication of trachoma in Morocco

Today, the World Health Organization acknowledged the elimination of trachoma as a public health problem in Morocco. [More]
Researchers compare effectiveness of two treatments for glaucoma

Researchers compare effectiveness of two treatments for glaucoma

Researchers at Queen's University Belfast together with University of St Andrews and Aberdeen have found that the procedure used to remove cataracts is more successful than current standard treatments with laser in treating Primary Angle-Closure Glaucoma - a leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide. [More]
Early identification may be key to stop type 2 diabetes

Early identification may be key to stop type 2 diabetes

What's the best way to stop type 2 diabetes? Find it before it becomes a problem. "The phrase I use is prevention by detection," said Joseph Aloi, M.D., section chief of endocrinology and metabolism at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. [More]
Gut microbiota may play important role in influencing onset of blinding wet AMD

Gut microbiota may play important role in influencing onset of blinding wet AMD

Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in the industrialized world, affecting over 10 million individuals in North America. [More]
Lonza’s RAFT 3D Cell Culture System helps researchers develop corneal models for research into blindness treatment

Lonza’s RAFT 3D Cell Culture System helps researchers develop corneal models for research into blindness treatment

Lonza’s RAFT 3D Cell Culture System has been used to develop corneal models for research into treatment for a painful and potentially blinding corneal disease. [More]
Retinitis pigmentosa can be slowed by reprogramming metabolism of photoreceptors, study shows

Retinitis pigmentosa can be slowed by reprogramming metabolism of photoreceptors, study shows

Columbia University Medical Center researchers have demonstrated that vision loss associated with a form of retinitis pigmentosa (RP) can be slowed dramatically by reprogramming the metabolism of photoreceptors, or light sensors, in the retina. [More]
Low-cost eye drops just as effective as antibiotics in treating bacterial keratitis, study reports

Low-cost eye drops just as effective as antibiotics in treating bacterial keratitis, study reports

Bacterial keratitis, an infection of the cornea often caused by contact lenses, malnutrition, or an injury, can lead to corneal scarring, one of the leading causes of blindness around the globe, according to the World Health Organization. It has blinded more than 400,000 children worldwide. [More]
UofL ophthalmic scientist receives grant for improving recovery from amblyopia

UofL ophthalmic scientist receives grant for improving recovery from amblyopia

Aaron W. McGee, Ph.D., assistant professor at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, has received the Disney Award for Amblyopia Research in the amount of $100,000 from Research to Prevent Blindness. [More]
Medicare expands lifestyle intervention to combat prediabetes

Medicare expands lifestyle intervention to combat prediabetes

Most people struggle with their weight and are less active than ever before. Taken together, this toxic lifestyle can lead to serious health problems. The truth is that 86 million American adults—more than one out of three—have prediabetes. What's scarier is that nine out of 10 don't know they have it. [More]
New study identifies novel target for treatment of Graves' disease and other scarring eye conditions

New study identifies novel target for treatment of Graves' disease and other scarring eye conditions

A new class of therapies may be on the horizon for thyroid eye disease (TED) and other destructive scarring conditions. [More]
Researchers map two gene mutations that trigger retinal disease leading to macular degeneration

Researchers map two gene mutations that trigger retinal disease leading to macular degeneration

Two gene mutations that trigger a retinal disease that causes blindness in one in 5,000 males have been mapped, leading to the potential for new therapeutic treatments. [More]
Scientists develop new molecular method for detecting parasite in ham that causes toxoplasmosis

Scientists develop new molecular method for detecting parasite in ham that causes toxoplasmosis

Scientists from the universities of Granada and Valencia have developed a new molecular method for determining the presence of the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, which causes toxoplasmosis, in samples of ham. [More]
Scientists develop new model to provide predictions linking brain circuits to brain activity

Scientists develop new model to provide predictions linking brain circuits to brain activity

For as long as scientists have been listening in on the activity of the brain, they have been trying to understand the source of its noisy, apparently random, activity. [More]
Natural compound slows typical signs of aging in mice

Natural compound slows typical signs of aging in mice

Much of human health hinges on how well the body manufactures and uses energy. For reasons that remain unclear, cells' ability to produce energy declines with age, prompting scientists to suspect that the steady loss of efficiency in the body's energy supply chain is a key driver of the aging process. [More]
Vitamin A-biofortified orange maize improves visual functions in kids

Vitamin A-biofortified orange maize improves visual functions in kids

A new study has found that vitamin A-biofortified orange maize significantly improves visual functions in children. [More]
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