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South-East England Ahead on Genetic Tests for Inherited Eye Conditions

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New research from The University of Manchester published in the Journal of Community Genetics reveals a stark variation in genetic testing services for inherited eye disease in England.

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For Drivers with Telescopic Lenses, Driving Experience and Training Affect Road Test Results

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For people with low vision who need bioptic telescopic glasses to drive, previous driving experience and the need for more training hours are the main factors affecting performance on driver's license road tests, according to a study in the April issue of Optometry and Vision Science, official journal of the American Academy of Optometry. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.

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Carnival Game Mimics Eye Growth

The motion of coins in a “Penny Pusher” carnival game is similar to the movement of cells in the eye’s lens, as described in a new study published in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science (IOVS). This new insight may help scientists understand how the eye maintains its precise shape — critical for clear vision — and how cataracts develop.

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What to Eat for Good Eye Health From a Loyola Ophthalmologist

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A list of foods and supplements recommended by James McDonnell, MD, ophthalmologist at Loyola University Health System.

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Our Eyes Multi-Task Even When We Don’t Want Them to, Researchers Find

Our eyes are drawn to several dimensions of an object—such as color, texture, and luminance—even when we need to focus on only one of them, researchers at New York University and the University of Pennsylvania have found.

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Loyola Team Restores Toddler’s Vision After Eye Laceration Caused by a Toy

Charles Bouchard, MD, MA, chair of the Department of Ophthalmology, says “Loyola is a level 1 trauma center which means our patients have access 24/7 to medical specialists to care for the most severe and complex cases.” He adds, “Sophia’s cut was very deep and it was possible that she would lose her eye. After counseling the parents as to the severity, I took her to the operating room, scrubbed in and set about to save as much of her eye as possible.” Dr. Bouchard stopped the bleeding and repaired the corneal laceration.

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Optogenetics Without the Genetics

Light can be used to activate normal, non-genetically modified neurons through the use of targeted gold nanoparticles. The new method represents a significant technological advance with potential advantages over current optogenetic methods, including possible use in the development of therapeutics.

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Corneal Transplants by UTSW Ophthalmologists Keep Woman at Helm of Music Magic

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Mrs. Diou says she couldn’t have oversaw fun summertime events without the two donated corneas that allowed her physicians at UT Southwestern Medical Center to maintain her sight.

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Tiny Nanoparticles Could Make Big Impact for Patients in Need of Cornea Transplant

There are about 48,000 corneal transplants done each year in the U.S., compared to approximately 16,000 kidney transplants and 2,100 heart transplants. Out of the 48,000 corneal transplants done, 10 percent of them end up in rejection, largely due to poor medication compliance. This costs the health care system and puts undue strain on clinicians, patients and their families.

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Perceptual Training Boosts Contrast Sensitivity for Older Adults

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Older adults whose vision is affected by declining contrast sensitivity – which is a factor in the ability to detect and resolve details in low light – can improve their ability to see with perceptual learning training, according to researchers at UC Riverside and Brown University.