Biosynthetic corneas restore vision in humans

Seeing the world with new eyes: Biosynthetic corneas restore vision in humans – A new study from researchers in Canada and Sweden has shown that biosynthetic corneas can help regenerate and repair damaged eye tissue and improve vision in humans.

Sensor in insulin pump results in better blood sugar control in diabetes patients

Sensor and insulin pump results in better blood-sugar control in all age groups with diabetes – Adding a continuous blood sugar level sensor to an insulin pump helps patients with type 1 diabetes achieve better blood sugar control compared to the common standard of care, multiple daily insulin injections, concludes a study published on-line today in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Healthy diet lowers cataract risk in women

Healthy diet associated with lower risk of cataracts in women – Women who eat foods rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals may have a lower risk of developing the most common type of cataract that occurs in the United States, revealed by researchers.

Women can be blinded by jealousy, unpleasant emotions

Women can be blinded by jealousy, emotional upsets – Women who were made to feel jealous were so distracted by unpleasant emotional images they became unable to spot targets they were trying to find, revealed by two University of Delaware psychology professors.

Smoking increases AMD risk even after age 80

It’s never too late to quit smoking and save your vision — UCLA study focuses on AMD in women over 80 — Need a little extra incentive to kick the habit? – Smoking, even after age 80, continues to increase one’s risk for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness in Americans over 65.

Stem cells may recover lost vision in cloudy cornea

Umbilical stem cells may help recover lost vision for those with corneal disease – New research from the University of Cincinnati (UC) may help in the recovery of lost vision for patients with corneal scarring.

Stem cells may rescue vision in AMD patients

UCSB, UCL scientists rescue visual function in rats using induced pluripotent stem cells – An international team of scientists has rescued visual function in laboratory rats with eye disease by using cells similar to stem cells. The research shows the potential for stem cell-based therapies to treat age-related macular degeneration in humans.

Pine bark improves visual acuity in diabetic retinopathy

Study shows pine bark improves circulation, swelling and visual acuity in early diabetic retinopathy — Research reveals Pycnogenol is effective in visual improvement in subjects – Pycnogenol (pic-noj-en-all), an antioxidant plant extract from the bark of the French maritime pine tree, can improve microcirculation, retinal edema and visual acuity in the early stages of diabetic retinopathy.

Cataract surgery does not progress AMD

Cataract Surgery Does Not Appear Associated With Worsening of Age-Related Macular Degeneration – Age related macular degeneration does not appear to progress at a higher rate among individuals who have had surgery to treat cataract, revealed by researchers.

Gene therapy may improve vision in congenital blindness LCA

1 shot of gene therapy and children with congenital blindness can now see — Leber’s congenital amaurosis (LCA) – Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the Center for Cellular and Molecular Therapeutics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia have used gene therapy to safely improve vision in five children and seven adults with a rare form of congenital blindness.