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Drug-dispensing contacted lenses could offer new hope to people suffering from glaucoma, which causes blindness, after they were found to be at least as effective as eye drops. Researchers say that the lens, which is designed to deliver medication gradually, may improve the treatment of patients...

A new imaging technique makes the sick and dying retinal cells in patients’ eyes glow – and could enable optometrists to pick up conditions from Parkinson’s disease to macular degeneration (MD). The technique is known as the detection of apoptosing retinal cells (DARC) in vivo imaging. University...

Did you know there are an estimated one million children with an undiagnosed vision problem? Good eyesight is crucial in making sure a child develops to their full potential both at school and socially.  It’s especially important to look after children’s eyes – the eye is...

Contact lens-free breaks appear to make no overall difference to the total length of time in a day that a wearer can comfortably use soft contact lenses, new research finds. The 25 contact lens wearers were unaware of what the study was looking at, but switched...

Feast your Eyes returns this year for the month of October. It's your opportunity to host your own feast and the money you raise will fund pioneering eye research to help fight sight loss and treat eye disease. Host a dinner party with a difference. Be it...

Seeking better treatments for retinal degeneration (RD), scientists have found that three drugs are far better together than alone. The combination of Cycloset (bromocriptine), Flomax (tamsulosin) and Lopressor (metoprolol) was able to significantly protect the photoreceptors of mice, according to the paper published in the journal...

An early glimpse of an infant’s retinal cells is now possible with the use of a brand-new handheld optical coherence tomography (OCT) system. Scientists at Duke University in the US have developed a system that is “the size of a pack of cigarettes, weighs no more...

This October the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is calling on people across the UK to host fundraising activities to support its work. The ‘Wear dots…raise lots’ initiative, which runs throughout October, raises funds that are used specifically to help provide practical and emotional support...

Simple eye and smell tests could be used to spot dementia years before people experience memory symptoms, research suggests. Researchers at Moorfields eye hospital and the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology found a link between poor cognitive ability – a “clear warning sign” of the early stages...

A successful stem cell transplant in a human patient with retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is becoming closer to reality than ever – and new research from the University of Oxford may prove to be just the breakthrough needed. In her research, university PhD student, Dr Alona Barnea-Cramer,...