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Hygiene Practices Affect Contact Lens Case Contamination, Reports Optometry and Vision Science

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Contact lens wearers who don't follow certain hygiene habits have increased bacterial contamination of their contact lens cases, reports a study in the February issue of Optometry and Vision Science, official journal of the American Academy of Optometry. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

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Researchers Advance the Science Behind Treating Patients with Corneal Blindness

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Researchers in the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute have devised a novel way to generate transplantable corneal stem cells that may eventually benefit patients suffering from life-altering forms of blindness.

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New Research at Baylor Could Give Alternatives for Children's Eye Exams

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It’s very difficult to understand the retinal structure of children because they are known to be uncooperative during eye examinations designed for adults. Baylor research, published in JAMA Ophthalmology, explores a new non-invasive technology that’s kind of like a handheld CT scanner for the eye.

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Common Degenerative Eye Disease May Be Triggered By Tiny Mineral Deposit

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New research from scientists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) has found that tiny lumps of calcium phosphate may be an important triggering factor for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a degenerative eye disease that can cause severe vision loss and blindness. This is the first time these mineral deposits have been implicated in the disease, which affects more than 10 million Americans. The article appeared in the latest issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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How Does the Brain Adapt to the Restoration of Eyesight?

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Recent scientific advances have meant that eyesight can be partially restored to those who previously would have been blind for life. However, scientists at the University of Montreal and the University of Trento have discovered that the rewiring of the senses that occurs in the brains of the long-term blind means that visual restoration may never be complete.

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Scientists Discover Gene Tied to Profound Vision Loss

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An exhaustive hereditary analysis of a large Louisiana family with vision issues has uncovered a new gene tied to an incurable eye disorder called retinitis pigmentosa, according to an examination led by scientists at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). It is a family of eye diseases that affects more than 200,000 in the United States and millions worldwide

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Electrical Stimulation ‘Tunes’ Visual Attention

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Picking a needle out of a haystack might seem like the stuff of fairytales, but our brains can be electrically “tuned” to enable us to do a much better job of finding what we’re looking for, even in a crowded and distracting scene, new research indicates.

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What You Need to Know About Pediatric Glaucoma

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January is National Glaucoma Month. Are you aware of pediatric glaucoma, a potentially blinding disease that can strike newborns? Meet a little boy who vision was saved by early diagnosis and appropriate treatment at UAB.

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Tufts University Researchers Identify Mechanism Involved in Causing Cataracts in Mice

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A team led by Tufts University researchers discovered that a communications breakdown between two biochemical pathways is involved in causing cataracts in mice. The newfound relationship between the ubiquitin and calpain pathways may lead to pharmaceuticals and dietary approaches that can prolong the function of the relevant pathways and delay the onset of cataracts in people.

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Restoring Vision to the Blind

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Scientists have long known that species such as amphibians and fish can regenerate retinal cells — so why can’t mammals? This and related questions are the premise for the third report from the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation and the International Retinal Research Foundation’s 10-year collaboration, recently published in the ARVO journal Translational Vision Science & Technology (TVST).