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Genetics

Study of rare genetic disorder that effects the eyes

Nagano prefecture is home to a group of people affected with a rare genetic neurodegenerative disorder called familial amyloid polyneuropathies (FAP). This disease impacts the gene encoding protein transthyretin (TTR) which ...

Medical research

Researchers find that nicotinamide may help treat fibrotic eye diseases and mitigate vision loss

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, according to a new Mount ...

Oncology & Cancer

Eye and the scalpel: Ocular tumors easier to diagnose noninvasively

Australia is the sunniest continent on Earth—which is why it also has the highest rates of skin cancer. But plentiful sunlight is also likely responsible for the lesser known ocular surface cancer, which occurs when abnormal ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Ocular abnormalities seen in one-third of COVID-19 patients

(HealthDay)—About one-third of patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have ocular abnormalities, according to a brief report published online March 31 in JAMA Ophthalmology.

Medical research

Advances in production of retinal cells for treating blindness

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet and St Erik Eye Hospital in Sweden have discovered a way to refine the production of retinal cells from embryonic stem cells for treating blindness in the elderly. Using CRISPR/Cas9 gene ...

Medical research

Lipid helps heal the eye's frontline protection

A species of a lipid that naturally helps skin injuries heal appears to also aid repair of common corneal injuries, even when other conditions, like diabetes, make healing difficult, scientists report.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Low risk of coronavirus spreading through tears

While researchers are certain that coronavirus spreads through mucus and droplets expelled by coughing or sneezing, it is unclear if the virus is spread through other bodily fluids, such as tears. Today's just-published study ...

Medical research

Researchers discover tooth-enamel protein in eyes with dry AMD

A protein that normally deposits mineralized calcium in tooth enamel may also be responsible for calcium deposits in the back of the eye in people with dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD), according to a study from ...

Neuroscience

New method gives glaucoma researchers control over eye pressure

Neuroscientists at the University of South Florida have become the first to definitively prove pressure in the eye is sufficient to cause and explain glaucoma. They come to this conclusion following the development of a method ...