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Stem Cell Transplant Successful in Macular Degeneration Patients: Study

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Stem cell therapy restored some vision to two patients with a common cause of blindness called age-related macular degeneration, U.K. doctors say. Stem cells from a human embryo were converted into a patch of a specific type of eye cell and grown in the lab. The patch was then inserted into the back of one eye in each patient, BBC News reported. The operations on a woman in her sixties and an ...

If the Eyes Don't Coordinate, Reading -- and Grades -- May Suffer

Posted 21 Feb 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 – For students, an undetected vision problem could be contributing to low grades, a new study suggests. That could be the case even if standard eye tests reveal no problems, the researchers said. "It's not just about visual acuity, but about how well the eyes work together when performing an activity such as reading," said lead researcher Lisa Christian. She's an ...

Health Tip: Use Contact Lenses Safely

Posted 8 Feb 2018 by

-- Don't like eyeglasses? Contact lenses may be your best choice. The American Optometric Association offers these safety suggestions for people who wear contacts: Wash and thoroughly dry your hands before handling contact lenses. Carefully and regularly clean contacts, as directed by your optometrist. Rub the lenses with your fingers and rinse them thoroughly before soaking them overnight in ...

Spike Seen in Kids' Eye Injuries From BB, Paintball Guns

Posted 8 Jan 2018 by

MONDAY, Jan. 8, 2018 – While BB and paintball guns may seem like harmless child's play, new research shows eye injuries among kids using them have shot up nearly 170 percent since 1990. "These injuries happen in an instant, and can have significant lifelong effects," said study author Dr. Gary Smith. The rise in these air gun-related injuries occurred even though the overall eye injury rate ...

Health Tip: Play Safer With Laser Toys

Posted 26 Dec 2017 by

-- Boys and girls of all ages have a fascination with laser toys. But it's important to use these devices safely to avoid injury. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says the concentrated light from lasers can cause serious eye injuries, even blindness. The agency suggests how to use these toys safely: Never aim a laser directly at anyone, including an animal. Do not aim a laser at any ...

Gene Therapy, Luxturna (Voretigene Neparvovec-rzyl), Approved for Rare Inherited Vision-Loss Disorders

Posted 20 Dec 2017 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 19, 2017 – Luxturna, a form of gene therapy, has been approved to treat a rare group of inherited vision disorders that can lead to blindness. The disorders are broadly grouped together and known as biallelic RPE65 mutation-associated retinal dystrophy. They affect a combined 1,000 to 2,000 people in the United States, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday in a news ...

FDA Approves Gene Therapy, Luxturna (Voretigene Neparvovec-rzyl) for Rare Form of Blindness

Posted 20 Dec 2017 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 19, 2017 – A new gene therapy to treat children and adults with a rare type of inherited vision loss has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It's the first gene therapy approved in the United States for a disease caused by mutations in a specific gene, and only the third gene therapy ever approved. People with this disorder "now have a chance for improved ...

Could a Hot Cup of Tea Preserve Your Vision?

Posted 15 Dec 2017 by

THURSDAY, Dec. 14, 2017 – A spot of hot tea in the afternoon might help you save your sight, new research suggests. The study of U.S. adults found that people who drank hot tea on a daily basis were 74 percent less likely to have glaucoma, compared to those who were not tea fans. Experts were quick to stress that it may not be tea, itself, that wards off the eye disease. There could be something ...

Staring at Solar Eclipse Burned Holes in Woman's Retinas

Posted 8 Dec 2017 by

FRIDAY, Dec. 8, 2017 – Americans were warned repeatedly last August not to look at a highly anticipated solar eclipse with the naked eye, and now a new case study demonstrates exactly why. A New York woman suffered severe vision damage after looking at the sun for 21 seconds during the eclipse without protective eyewear. Four hours later, she developed blurry vision in both eyes and could only ...

Coming Soon: A Gel That Could Help Save Soldiers' Eyes

Posted 7 Dec 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 6, 2017 – When eye injury strikes, the time needed to rush patients to proper care becomes crucial. Now, researchers say there may be a quick way to seal severe eye injuries until they can be treated by doctors. A team of scientists and engineers has developed a gel that changes from a fluid to a strong seal when applied to the eye. So far, the gel has only been tested on ...

'Boomers' Doing Better at Avoiding Eye Disease of Aging

Posted 16 Nov 2017 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 – Macular degeneration is a major cause of vision loss in older Americans. But new research shows that baby boomers are somehow avoiding the illness at higher rates than their parents did. Why the improvement? The researchers aren't sure, but say that lowered rates of heart disease – long tied to poorer eye health – may be one reason. In any case, "aging baby boomers ...

Spooky Halloween Contact Lenses Are No Treat, Docs Say

Posted 27 Oct 2017 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 27, 2017 – If you're tempted to buy Halloween-styled contact lenses without a prescription – don't do it, eye experts warn. Doing so could lead to serious problems and potentially damage your eyesight, according to the American Optometric Association. Some decorative lenses are sold illegally at flea markets, beauty salons, convenience stores, national retailers and over the ...

Could Cataract Surgery Lengthen Older Women's Lives?

Posted 26 Oct 2017 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 26, 2017 – Women who undergo cataract surgery may get an unexpected dividend: longer life. That's the finding from a new study of more than 74,000 U.S. women aged 65 or older, including nearly 42,000 who'd had the eye procedure. According to the study, having had cataract surgery was associated with a 60 percent reduced risk of early death from all causes, and a 37 to 69 percent ...

Farsighted Kids Have Trouble Paying Attention

Posted 17 Oct 2017 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 17, 2017 – Farsightedness affects young children's ability to pay attention in school, which could put them at risk of falling behind in the classroom, a new study suggests. "We knew from our previous work that preschool and kindergarten children with uncorrected farsightedness have decreased early literacy, and this new study shows that there are even more deficits in these ...

FDA Panel Mulls Gene Therapy for Kids With Rare Eye Disease

Posted 12 Oct 2017 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 12, 2017 – A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel was poised on Thursday to recommend approval for a gene therapy that could grant the gift of sight to young people with a rare type of inherited vision loss. Replacing a nonworking gene with a new one is opening a new world for children and teens with the inherited retinal disease called Leber congenital amaurosis. ...

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