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Scientists at the University of East Anglia are developing a new technique that could prevent later vision problems linked to cataract surgery Scientists believe they may have found a way to prevent complications that can arise following cataract surgery, the world’s leading cause of blindness. Detailing why...

A new test featuring black and white letters is able to catch the first signs of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) sooner than ever before. The Moorfields acuity chart features letters created from fine black and white stripes. However, unlike the standard chart, these two-coloured, high-spatial frequency...

If current trends continue, half the world’s population will be myopic by 2050. Such is the stark warning recently issued by researchers in the prestigious journal Ophthalmology. Furthermore, one fifth of them (1 billion) will be at a significantly increased risk of blindness… The research, undertaken...

Had enough of sitting at lights that seem to have been programmed by a sadist? It would seem one group of boffins are prepared to wait no longer… The combined brains of MIT, the Italian National Research council and the Swiss Institute of Technology have developed...

In a chilling warning for an ageing society, an eminent Ophthalmologist claims hundreds in the UK already suffer irreversible sight loss every year due to insufficient NHS resources. Writing for the BBC, Professor Carrie MacEwen, president of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists, says that we are...

It is estimated that over 50% of cases of blindness worldwide can be attributed to cataracts. For the first time, stem cell therapy has been successfully used to correct the condition. In what is being described as “one of the finest achievements in regenerative medicine”,...

Much like grey hair and wrinkles, failing eyesight is often seen as an inevitable part of getting older. And that means we’ll all ultimately need reading glasses. But is it really so inevitable? Gillian Snoxall doesn’t think so — she’s convinced you can halt the process...

Even though our eyes are effectively fully developed by the age of seven, our teenage years are full of new experiences and firsts that place unique demands on our vision. Activities like drinking and smoking are known to be harmful, but there are plenty of other...

Driving represents a real feat of multitasking, and it places considerable demands on our eyes. From refocusing between distant and near objects through to peripheral sight and night vision, your eyes have to process a great deal of information whenever you’re at the wheel. You...

Invented in 13th century Italy, spectacles have come a long way from hand-made eyeglasses in the 1700s and early attempts at Victorian mass-production. The comprehensive choice of spectacles in any optician’s practice owes much to this product’s rich history. Many of today’s design trends can be traced...