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Toxic DNA Buildup May Drive Macular Degeneration

September 30, 2021

Damaging DNA builds up in the eyes of patients with geographic atrophy, an untreatable, poorly understood form of age-related macular degeneration that causes blindness, new research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine reveals.
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AMD: Reading ability crucial indicator of functional loss

September 30, 2021

In geographic atrophy, a late form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), reading ability is closely related to the altered retinal structure.

Living Retina Achieves Sensitivity and Efficiency Engineers Can Only Dream About

September 28, 2021

In a pair of papers on retinal structure, Duke University neurobiologists have shown that the rigors of natural selection and evolution have shaped the retinas in our eyes just as this theory of optimization would predict.

An NJIT-Led Team Secures $3.7 Million to Tackle a Disabling, Concussion-Induced Eye Disorder

September 20, 2021

A multi-institutional team is seeking to establish guidelines that will help clinicians diagnose and treat concussion-related convergency insufficiency.
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Scientists Pinpoint the Uncertainty of Our Working Memory

September 14, 2021

A new NEI-funded study shows the extent we trust our memory in decision-making

NIH-funded modern “white cane” brings navigation assistance to the 21st century

September 8, 2021

Equipped with a color 3D camera, an inertial measurement sensor, and its own on-board computer, a newly improved robotic cane could offer blind and visually impaired users a new way to navigate indoors.

Novel approach reverses amblyopia in animals

September 1, 2021

By temporarily suspending retinal activity in the non-amblyopic eye of animal models, neuroscientists restrengthened the visual response in the amblyopic eye, even at ages after the critical period when patch therapy fails.
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Blind People Can’t See Color but Understand It the Same Way as Sighted People

August 16, 2021

Questioning the belief that that people born blind could never truly understand color, a team of cognitive neuroscientists demonstrated that congenitally blind and sighted individuals actually understand it quite similarly.
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Retinoblastoma resource: Researchers create more accurate research model

August 6, 2021

Scientists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital have created a laboratory model for studying retinoblastoma driven by inherited mutations in the RB1 gene.

University of Oregon researchers develop gene therapy for eye disease

August 3, 2021

Researchers have developed a new gene therapy that could eventually provide an alternative treatment for Fuchs’ endothelial corneal dystrophy, a genetic eye disease affecting roughly one in 2,000 people globally.