December 2016

A film fitted onto a pair of standard spectacles could soon be all that is necessary for perfect night vision, after a development by Australian researchers. Scientists at the Australian National University (ANU) have created a nanocrystal that is close to 500 times smaller than a...

A University College London researcher hopes to use a cystic fibrosis drug to cure forms of choroideremia Cystic fibrosis and choroideremia patients have at least one thing in common – both have their lives significantly affected because they have a so-called ‘nonsense mutation.’ And a University...

Watching flickering LED lights has been demonstrated to have exciting, early potential as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) scientists. In mice, a particular light display triggers the gamma pattern of brain waves, which helps to reduce the amount of ‘sticky’...

The effect of the Zika virus on the eye may include the development of glaucoma, as well as macular atrophies, retinal lesions, pigment anomalies and loss of the foveal reflex, according to US scientists. Yale School of Public Health researcher, Professor Albert Icksang Ko, and his...

Researchers can now replace genes that cause diseases like retinitis pigmentosa in mature photoreceptors. Cutting out a faulty gene, such as the ones that lead to retinitis pigmentosa, and inserting a healthy version in an adult cell is the ultimate goal of gene editing – and...

Drivers urged to take vital sight test this Road Safety Week With an estimated 2,900 road casualties caused by poor vision every year the Optical Confederation (OC) is joining forces with charity Brake to urge drivers to take a sight test this Road Safety Week. Vision Key...

Cleaning your eyeglasses daily is the best way to keep them looking great and prevent lens scratches and other eyewear damage. But there's a right way — and plenty of wrong ways — when it comes to how to clean glasses. Steps For Cleaning Your Glasses Follow these...

Australian scientists claim they have evidence that increased exposure to daylight is the answer to increased levels of myopia being experienced by children worldwide. They also assert that, contrary to popular belief, it is not `near work’ on computer screens and tablets that causes the...

Children’s insatiable love of tablet games has been put to great use by US researchers in treating amblyopia by US researchers. The action-adventure iPad game requires children to wear special spectacles that regulate the elements of the game seen by each eye. High-contrast elements are seen...

By directly stimulating the brain’s visual system, the Orion I prosthesis has, in a world-first, let a patient perceive light. The 30-year-old is the first patient to undergo the implantation of the device, which is being developed by visual prosthetics creator Second Sight. The Orion I is...