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The average person blinks 20 times per minute. Each time the eyelids shutter, the eyeball rolls back in its socket. So how does the brain manage to keep these optical acrobatics in check, without every minute turning into a giddy rave session? Nanyang Technological University assistant professor,...

An app may soon be able to tell optometrists and ophthalmologists whether the axial length of a child’s eye is appropriate for their age. The project is the brainchild of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital lead optometrist, Ian Cunningham. “That work is probably the reason I retrained...

A pioneering scanning technique is so precise that it can pick out one retinal nerve cell of the approximately 1.2 million present in the retina – a clarity that researchers hope will enable ocular diseases to be picked up earlier than ever before. A research team,...

Optic nerve damage frequently snowballs, with unaffected neighbouring cells dying alongside the injured nerve cells in the eye – and a jump in zinc levels may be to blame. Researchers at the Boston Children’s Hospital of Harvard Medical School closely observed what happened when the optic...

Researchers are stressing that maintaining vision is key to the wider health and wellbeing of older adults The importance of elderly patients’ vision has once again been highlighted, after the release of a new study examining the impact of visual impairment on physical and mental health. German...

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...