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New research assesses naturalistic driving techniques to link vision impairment and traffic accidents

May 4, 2021

New research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham has used naturalistic driving techniques to link vision impairment in older drivers to at-fault crashes and near-crashes.
Dr. Emily Chew of the National Eye Institute examines a patient’s eyes. Photo credit: National Eye Institute.

Routine eye scans may give clues to cognitive decline in diabetes

January 4, 2021

Scientists at Joslin Diabetes Center now have shown that routine eye imaging can identify changes in the retina that may be associated with cognitive disorders in older people with type 1 diabetes.
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Vision Revision

December 2, 2020

Scientists reverse age-related vision loss, glaucoma damage in mice.
Brad Gelfand, Ph.D., in the laboratory

Exercise Can Slow or Prevent Vision Loss, Study Finds

June 30, 2020

Exercise can slow or prevent the development of macular degeneration and may benefit other common causes of vision loss, such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, new research from the University of Virginia suggests.
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Seeing corneal degeneration in a new light

June 17, 2020

The molecular changes that lead to Fuchs’ endothelial corneal dystrophy (FECD) occur decades before the disease causes blurry vision and other noticeable symptoms in patients, new research by UT Southwestern scientists shows.
Fluorescent images of mouse retinal layers

Retinal Texture Could Provide Early Biomarker Of Alzheimer’s Disease

May 14, 2020

Biomedical engineers at Duke University have devised a new imaging device capable of measuring the various layers of the retina at the back of the eye, which could be used to detect Alzheimer's disease.
DNA methylation process

NEI researchers link age-related DNA modifications to susceptibility to eye disease

April 21, 2020

National Eye Institute (NEI) researchers profiling epigenomic changes in light-sensing mouse photoreceptors have a clearer picture of how age-related eye diseases may be linked to age-related changes in the regulation of gene expression.
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Diet may help preserve cognitive function

April 14, 2020

According to a recent analysis of data from two major eye disease studies, adherence to the Mediterranean diet – high in vegetables, whole grains, fish, and olive oil – correlates with higher cognitive function.
Rods and cones: Photoreceptors in a human retina

Researchers Find That Nicotinamide May Help Treat Fibrotic Eye Diseases and Mitigate Vision

April 2, 2020

Nicotinamide, a form of vitamin B3, can inhibit aggressive cell transformations during wound healing and may be key to the development of therapies to treat fibrotic eye diseases that impair vision.

Four in 10 US Adults Are at High Risk for Vision Loss

March 12, 2020

In 2017, approximately 93 million US adults aged 18 years or older, or about 4 in 10, were at high risk for vision loss, according to a new study published in JAMA Ophthalmology.