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Results Challenge Conventional Wisdom About Where the Brain Begins Processing Visual Information

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Results of a brain mapping study challenge conventional wisdom that the "magic" which transforms visual information into the three-dimensional world that we perceive all occurs in the visual cortex.

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Retinal Swelling in Premature Infants Tied to Poorer Neuro-Development

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Using a portable, non-invasive imaging device, a team of Duke Medicine doctors have identified swelling in the back of the eyes of premature infants that correlates with poorer neurodevelopment as the babies grow.

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Evidence Supports Use of 'Retainer' Contact Lenses for Nearsightedness in Children, Reports Optometry and Vision Science

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A technique called orthokeratology ("Ortho-K")—using custom-made contact lenses to shape the growing eye—has a significant effect in slowing the progression of myopia (nearsightedness) in children, according to a research review in the March 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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Joslin Researchers Conduct First Trial Directly Comparing Drugs for Diabetic Macular Edema and Find All are Effective

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In the first clinical trial directly comparing three drugs most commonly used to treat diabetic macular edema, researchers found all were effective in improving vision and preventing vision loss. However, one drug, aflibercept, provided greater improvement for people with more severe vision loss when treatment was initiated.

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With Generic Drugs, Eye Patients Are More Likely to Take Medicine as Directed

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When patients with glaucoma switched from a brand name drug to its generic counterpart, they were more likely to take their medication as directed compared to those who remained on the brand name drug, according to a new study.

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Early Retina Cell Changes in Glaucoma Identified

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To better understand these cellular changes and how they influence the progression and severity of glaucoma, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Shiley Eye Institute turned to a mouse model of the disease. Their study, published Feb. 10 in The Journal of Neuroscience, reveals how some types of retinal ganglion cells alter their structures within seven days of elevated eye pressure, while others do not.

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Lower-income Students in China Found to Have Better Vision than Middle-class Peers

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A new study from China shows that nearsightedness, also called myopia, is twice as prevalent in middle-class students than poor students. This is the latest news on myopia, which has become an urgent research topic as rates of nearsightedness have increased so dramatically in the last few decades. Myopia afflicts a reported 80 to 90 percent of people in Asia and 40 percent in the U.S.

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February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month

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To observe Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Awareness Month, experts at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE) and the Mount Sinai Health System are offering prevention tips and raising awareness of options for early detection and effective treatment.

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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.