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A New Generation of Artificial Retinas Based on 2D Materials

American Chemical Society (ACS)

Scientists report they have successfully developed and tested the world’s first ultrathin artificial retina that could vastly improve on existing implantable visualization technology for the blind. The flexible device, based on very thin 2D materials, could someday restore sight to the millions of people with retinal diseases. And with a few modifications, the device could be used to track heart and brain activity.

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Article ID: 698159

The Environmental Cost of Contact Lenses

American Chemical Society (ACS)

Many people rely on contact lenses to improve their vision. But these sight-correcting devices don’t last forever — some are intended for a single day’s use — and they are eventually disposed of in various ways. Now, scientists are reporting that throwing these lenses down the drain at the end of their use could be contributing to microplastic pollution in waterways.

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Minimally invasive options are slowing the progression of glaucoma

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Faculty at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) address the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness.

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Study: The Eyes May Have It, an Early Sign of Parkinson’s Disease

American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

The eyes may be a window to the brain for people with early Parkinson’s disease. People with the disease gradually lose brain cells that produce dopamine, a substance that helps control movement. Now a new study has found that the thinning of the retina, the lining of nerve cells in the back of the eye, is linked to the loss of such brain cells. The study is published in the August 15, 2018, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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Article ID: 698496

Mount Sinai Researchers Discover How to Restore Vision Using Retinal Stem Cells

Mount Sinai Health System

Study Could Lead to Cures for Blinding Diseases

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Article ID: 698863

Signs Your Child May Need Glasses

LifeBridge Health

Healthy vision is essential to a child’s success in the classroom. Some children may eventually require glasses.

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Harrington Discovery Institute Announces New Scholars

University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

The Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio—part of The Harrington Project for Discovery & Development—has announced three new scholars in collaboration with its partners Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) and Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF). Harrington Discovery Institute collaborates with FFB on the Gund-Harrington Award to accelerate therapies for retinal degenerative diseases and ADDF to advance the development of drugs to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease.

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World renowned vision scientist Krzysztof Palczewski, PhD, to join UCI School of Medicine

University of California, Irvine

The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine welcomes Krzysztof Palczewski, PhD, to the faculty of the Department of Ophthalmology and the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, effective September 2018.

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Is Too Much Screen Time Harming Children’s Vision?

American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

Does digital eyestrain cause lasting damage? Should children use reading or computer glasses? As kids go back to school this month for more time with screens and books, the American Academy of Ophthalmology is arming parents with the facts, so they can make informed choices about their children’s eye health.

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Lessons from Flies: Genetic Diversity Impacts Disease Severity

University of Utah Health

By analyzing thousands of flies, scientists at University of Utah Health found that variation in a background gene, called Baldspot, can make a difference in severity of the disease.

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