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New Research Sheds Light on Vision Loss in Batten Disease

February 5, 2021

New research shows how the mutation associated with Batten disease could potentially lead to degeneration of light sensing photoreceptor cells in the retina, and subsequent vision loss.
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Cataract surgery in infancy increases glaucoma risk

December 17, 2020

Children who undergo cataract surgery as infants have a 22% risk of glaucoma 10 years later, whether or not they receive an intraocular lens implant. The findings come from the National Eye Institute (NEI)-funded Infant Aphakic Treatment Study.

Multifocal contact lenses slow myopia progression in children

August 11, 2020

Children wearing multifocal contact lenses had slower progression of their myopia, according to results from a clinical trial funded by the National Eye Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health.
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Vision screening device improves detection of “lazy eye”

June 3, 2020

The NEI has funded development of a handheld pediatric vision scanner that easily and accurately screens for amblyopia, or “lazy eye.” The device could facilitate earlier identification of children who need vision-saving treatment.
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Very low-dose Avastin effective for preventing blindness in preterm infants

April 23, 2020

Babies born prematurely who require treatment to prevent blindness from retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) could be treated with a dose of Avastin (bevacizumab) that is a fraction of the dose commonly used for ROP currently.
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Earliest look at newborns' visual cortex reveals the minds babies are born with

March 2, 2020

According to a study from Emory University, as young as six days a baby’s brain appears hardwired for the specialized tasks of seeing faces and seeing places.
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Tech that detects cause of preemie blindness gets federal nod

January 30, 2020

An artificial intelligence algorithm that can detect a potentially devastating cause of childhood blindness better than most human experts has been granted breakthrough status by the FDA.
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Study Looks to Measure Benefits of Eyeglasses for Toddlers

October 8, 2019

A team of University of Arizona researchers has received a five-year, $4.1 million grant to study whether using eyeglasses to correct astigmatism in toddlers improves language, cognitive and motor development.
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Eye exam: Can specific types of light prevent or slow myopia?

August 5, 2019

With a $1.8 million research grant sponsored by the National Eye Institute, UH optometrist Lisa Ostrin is examining why an ever-increasing number of youngsters need glasses.
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Study: 15 percent of babies exposed to Zika before birth had severe abnormalities in first 18 months of life

December 12, 2018

Researchers evaluated motor skills and cognitive development, visual and hearing function, and brain images of children who had been exposed to the Zika virus during their mothers' pregnancies. 14.5 percent of children had at least one abnormality.