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Brains of Blind People Adapt to Sharpen Sense of Hearing, Study Shows

April 22, 2019

Research has shown that people who are born blind or become blind early in life often have a more nuanced sense of hearing, especially when it comes to musical abilities and tracking moving objects in space (imagine crossing a busy road using sound alone)
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With Single Gene Insertion, Blind Mice Regain Sight

March 15, 2019

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, find that restoring opsins with gene therapy can make 'blind' cells light-sensitive; potential human treatment within three years.
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300 Blind Mice Uncover Genetic Causes of Eye Disease

December 21, 2018

Hundreds of new genes linked to blindness and other vision disorders have been identified in a screen of mouse strains. Many of these genes are likely important in human eye vision and the results could help identify new causes of hereditary blindness.
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Study suggests maintaining good vision may stave off cognitive decline

September 24, 2018

During aging, loss of vision and cognition often coincide. In a new study, researchers funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) have found that vision loss precedes loss of mental capacity.
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Brain "rewires" itself to enhance other senses in blind people

May 10, 2017

Researchers have found that the brain makes new connections in those with early blindness (i.e. those born with or who have acquired profound blindness before the age of 3).

Five innovations harness new technologies for people with visual impairment, blindness

February 3, 2017

During Low Vision Awareness Month, the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health, is highlighting new technologies and tools in the works to help the 4.1 million Americans living with low vision or blindness.
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Visual impairment, blindness cases in U.S. expected to double by 2050

May 19, 2016

The number of people with visual impairment or blindness in the United States is expected to double to more than 8 million by 2050, according to projections.
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Gene Editing Technique Improves Vision in Rats with Inherited Blindness

January 7, 2016

A new technique that has the potential to treat inherited diseases by removing genetic defects has been shown for the first time to hinder retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease with no known cure that can lead to blindness.
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USC Eye Institute researchers discover a way to improve image sharpness for blind people with retinal implants

December 17, 2015

Retinal implants that deliver longer pulses of electrical current may noticeably improve image sharpness for individuals who have lost their sight due to retinitis pigmentosa, according to a new study.
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A Tongue for an Eye: Device Challenges Conventional Vision

March 10, 2009

Erik Weihenmayer has climbed mountains around the world - the highest peaks, in fact, on every continent. One afternoon a few years ago, however, a climbing wall in a local gym served as the setting of a most memorable journey.