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Keyword: eyedisease

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  • An effective eye drug is available for $50. But many doctors choose a $2,000 alternative

    12/08/2013 10:32:42 AM PST · by Veto! · 49 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/7/13 | Peter Whoriskey, Dan Keating
    The two drugs have been declared equivalently miraculous. Tested side by side in six major trials, both prevent blindness in a common old-age affliction. Biologically, they are cousins. They’re even made by the same company...
  • Human Eye Gives Researchers Visionary Design for New, More Natural Lens Technology

    11/13/2012 10:42:36 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | Nov. 13, 2012 | NA
    Drawing heavily upon nature for inspiration, a team of researchers has created a new artificial lens that is nearly identical to the natural lens of the human eye. This innovative lens, which is made up of thousands of nanoscale polymer layers, may one day provide a more natural performance in implantable lenses to replace damaged or diseased human eye lenses, as well as consumer vision products; it also may lead to superior ground and aerial surveillance technology. This work, which the Case Western Reserve University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, and PolymerPlus team describes in the Optical...
  • Gene Therapy Transforms Eyesight Of 12 People With Rare Visual Defect

    10/24/2009 2:00:36 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 10 replies · 517+ views
    LATimes ^ | October 24th 2009
    Gene Therapy Transforms Eyesight Of 12 People With Rare Visual Defect A single injection in a patient's eye brings 'astounding' results. The findings may offer hope for those with macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa. Thomas H. Maugh II October 24, 2009 Pennsylvania researchers using gene therapy have made significant improvements in vision in 12 patients with a rare inherited visual defect, a finding that suggests it may be possible to produce similar improvements in a much larger number of patients with retinitis pigmentosa and macular degeneration. The team last year reported success with three adult patients, an achievement that was...
  • Oily fish 'can halt eye disease'

    06/09/2009 5:50:45 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 19 replies · 998+ views
    bbc ^ | 8 June 2009
    People with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) should eat oily fish at least twice a week to keep their eye disease at bay, say scientists. Omega-3 fatty acids found in abundance in fish like mackerel and salmon appear to slow or even halt the progress of both early and late stage disease. The researchers base their findings on almost 3,000 people taking part in a trial of vitamins and supplements. The findings are published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology.
  • Futuristic Scanners Hobbled by Eye Disease

    03/16/2009 12:52:50 AM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies · 1,212+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 11 March 2009 | Jackie Grom
    Enlarge ImageMisidentified. An eye with iritis. Credit: Tariq Aslam/Moorfields Eye Hospital In the futuristic film Minority Report, an eye scanner gives actor Tom Cruise access to the secure police facility where he works. Even in today's world, eye scanners have begun cropping up in airports and at border patrols. Although the technology is billed as much more accurate than fingerprinting, scientists have worried about a potential flaw: If you have an eye infection--or an eye disease--will these scanners still recognize you as you? Scanners take a picture of the entire eye and then filter out everything but the iris,...
  • Melatonin may save eyesight in inflammatory disease

    11/23/2008 2:02:36 PM PST · by decimon · 9 replies · 512+ views
    American Journal of Pathology ^ | Nov. 32, 2008 | Unknown
    Buenos Aires, Argentina — Current research suggests that melatonin therapy may help treat uveitis, a common inflammatory eye disease. The related report by Sande et al., "Therapeutic Effect of Melatonin in Experimental Uveitis," appears in the December issue of The American Journal of Pathology. People with uveitis develop sudden redness and pain in their eyes, and their vision rapidly deteriorates. Untreated, uveitis can lead to permanent vision loss, accounting for an estimated 10-15% of cases of blindness in the US. Uveitis has a wide variety of causes, including eye injury, cancer, infection, and autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and...
  • Obesity can lead to blindness

    01/03/2006 6:08:35 AM PST · by billorites · 19 replies · 723+ views
    Daily Times Pakistan ^ | January 2, 2006
    Overweight and obese people should be aware that their unhealthy lifestyle could put their eyesight at risk, scientists say. It is common knowledge that expanding waistlines are linked to conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. But research shows that obesity is also linked to eye problems, which could lead to loss of eyesight. Two Israeli ophthalmologists are now warning that the prospect of eye disease should also be a powerful incentive to lose weight. Professor Michael Belkin and Dr Zohar Habot-Wilner, from the Goldschleger Eye Institute at the Sheba Medical Centre, reviewed more than 20 studies involving thousands...