Science Briefs – Edition 45

What's Inside

  • Vision impairments correlate with dementia.
  • Glaucoma surgery does not result in blindness.
  • Climate change linked to blindness.


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Science and Medicine

All Types of Visual Impairment Linked to Dementia Prevalence

"All types of objectively measured VI were associated with a higher dementia prevalence," the authors write. This story comes to us from: Consumer HealthDay.

Non-Viral Gene Therapy Meets Ophthalmology

All of these experiences helped drive me toward my mission in life: To transform medicine and hopefully cure blindness. This story comes to us from: The Medicine Maker.

Glaucoma surgery doesn't result in blindness – Expert

“Glaucoma is a lifelong disease where compliance with treatment for a lifetime is required to prevent blindness. This story comes to us from: Voice of Nigeria.

Stanford Medicine Opens Byers Eye Institute Tri-Valley in Livermore

The Byers Eye Institute at Stanford is dedicated to combating blindness and preserving sight. With locations in Livermore and Palo Alto. This story comes to us from: The Independent.

Canadian Study Links Climate Change to Blindness

The study was published in Ophthalmic Epidemiology, a journal specializing in optometry, visual acuity, visual impairment issues. This story comes to us from: The New American.

The Revolutionary Bionic Eye That Can End Blindness And Will Change Cameras

There is no greater source of inspiration for science and technology than nature itself. This story comes to us from: Nation World News.

Preventing Blindness

Igbo, Yoruba elderly men at higher risks of glaucoma-induced blindness – Expert warns

A Professor of Ophthalmology, Adeola Onakoya, says illiteracy and poverty can increase the chances of going blind from glaucoma in addition to optic nerve hypoplasia. This story comes to us from: Daily Post Nigeria.

Relief as joint efforts curb river blindness in FCT, Plateau and Niger

As of 2018, “Nigeria [was] the most endemic country in the world for river blindness, accounting for as much as 40% of the global disease burden,” according to Frank Richards, senior advisor to the Carter Center’s River Blindness Elimination Program. This story comes to us from: Primium Times Nigeria.

KSrelief sponsors 12 medical camps in Pakistan to combat blindness, eyes diseases

King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) has sponsored 12 medical camps in Pakistan to combat blindness and eyes (sic) diseases. This story comes to us from: RADIO PAKISTAN.

NOA tasks govt on preventing vision loss in '1.7 billion persons by 2050

Nigerian Optometric Association (NOA), yesterday, called on President Bola Tinubu to wage war against visual impairment and blindness. This story comes to us from: The Guardian Nigeria.