Science Briefs – Edition 33

What's Inside

  • Therapy for rare genetic diseases.
  • Vaccine for people with AMD?
  • More awareness needed around genetic sight loss.
  • Cure for age related blindness coming.
  • And, about a dozen more articles about the science and medicine related to blindness from all of the world.


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Science and Medicine

Kiora's investigational treatment for retinitis Pigmentosa

Kiora's investigational treatment for retinitis pigmentosa, KIO-301, demonstrates visual function restoration in patients who are blind. This story comes to us from: EurekAlert.

Toward a therapy for a rare genetic disease

The scientists designed a “mini gene” — a shortened version of a gene — to … say the same approach may be useful for preventing blindness. This story comes to us from: EurekAlert.

The first drug treatment for one of the leading causes of blindness could become available on the NHS. This story comes to us from: the Daily Mail.

Fuzzy Future for Red Light Therapy in Myopia Prevention, Despite Positive Trial

Repeated low-level red light (RLRL) may be a successful preventive treatment to stave off nearsightedness in children, but questions about safety and potential implementation remain. This story comes to us from: Medpage Today.

Importance of early detection and treatment of xerophthalmia

It can also cause corneal ulcers or scarring of the conjunctiva (the membrane lining your eyelids). That's not the same as night blindness, though. This story comes to us from: Sportskeeda.

More awareness is needed around genetic sight loss

Inherited sight loss conditions are the most common cause of blindness in working age adults in the UK. This story comes to us from: Irish News.

5000 dirhams save "Abu Hamad" from blindness

(Abu Hamad – Comoros – 46 years old) suffered from eye health problems and severe visual impairment several years ago. This story comes to us from: Dubai Week.

Can the COVID-19 Vaccine Cause Recrudescence of Herpes Zoster Virus While Taking Antiviral Medication?

One characteristic presentation is herpes zoster ophthalmicus causing dermatologic pathologies and pain in the trigeminal nerve V1 ophthalmic nerve distribution. This story comes to us from: Cureus.

Four from Penn awarded Helen Keller Prize for Vision Research

Gustavo D. Aguirre from the School of Veterinary Medicine and Jean Bennett, Albert M. Maguire, and the late Samuel G. Jacobson from the Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM), together with T. Michael Redmond of the National Eye Institute, were presented as Helen Keller Laureates at the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology in New Orleans. This story comes to us from: Penn Today – University of Pennsylvania.

A campaign that draws attention to eye health care

According to the American Health Organization (PAHO), blindness and visual impairment can be avoided in about 80% of cases; “Blindness can be considered reversible, as in the case of cataracts, or irreversible, as in the case of diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, retinal detachment, age-related macular degeneration, and genetic diseases,” explains the head of the ophthalmological service. from the hospital. This story comes to us from: brytfmonline.

Preliminary data from Life Bio and academic researchers, also presented at ARVO 2023, showed that OSK treatment reverses retinal aging and restores vision in aged mice in a mouse model of glaucoma. This story comes to us from: The Munich Eye.

A “Mini Gene” Therapy for Rare Disease That Causes Blindness and Deafness

a team led by researchers at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Eye and Ear, and The Ohio State University has made an important first step. This story comes to us from: Technology Networks.

Explained: The Gender Gap in Eye Health – Why Women Need More Attention

The major contributing factor to blindness remains untreated cataracts. This story comes to us from:

King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital Doctors Suggest Ways to Prevent Glaucoma through Early Detection

To celebrate World Glaucoma Week 2023, which takes place in the second week of March every year and falls on March 12-18, 2023, the Excellence Center for Glaucoma, Department of Ophthalmology, Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University, King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital, and Thai Glaucoma Society encourages all of us to realize the significance of glaucoma as it is the world’s number 1 cause of irreversible blindness. This story comes to us from: Newswise.

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