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Promising Steps Toward Retinal Cell Transplants to Fight Blindness

A promising step toward using retinal cell transplants to treat blindness is reported in a new study.

Adult retinal stem cells from deceased human donors survived when they were transplanted into the eyes of non-human primates, according to the researchers.

The cells were taken from the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE). It is a layer of cells that supports and nourishes the retina, ...

Vision Problems? Here's a Guide to Which Specialist Is Right for You

If you're having eye problems, you may not know which type of specialist to consult.

Here's some help from experts who explain the roles of an optometrist, ophthalmologist, pediatric ophthalmologist, orthoptist and optician.

Optometrists provide comprehensive eye care, including evaluations for glasses and contact lenses and common eye diseases.

"They play a role in monitoring...

Parkinson's Drug Eyed as Treatment for Severe Macular Degeneration

A drug long used to treat Parkinson's disease may benefit patients with a severe form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a small clinical trial suggests.

One of the leading causes of vision loss in older people is a condition called dry macular degeneration. More than 15% of Americans over age 70 have AMD, and 10% to 15% of those cases go on to develop the more sev...

Rising Number of Older Americans at Risk of Vision Loss

As the population ages, millions of older Americans are at risk of losing their sight, a new study warns.

Between 2002 and 2017, the number at high risk for vision loss rose from 65 million to 93 million, according to federal health data.

"The number of adults at high risk for vision loss is high and may continue to increase in the coming years with the increasing populati...

With Macular Degeneration, 1 Missed Visit to Eye Doc Can Mean Vision Loss

Missing just one eye doctor appointment can result in vision loss in older adults with macular degeneration, a new study warns.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of vision loss in the elderly, and these findings show the need for patients to keep all scheduled appointments with an ophthalmologist, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine researchers sa...

Smoggy Air Might Contribute to Macular Degeneration

Tailpipe pollution might pose a real health threat to aging eyes, according to a new study out of Taiwan.

Researchers there found that exposure to high levels of two car exhaust pollutants nearly doubled the odds of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

It's one of the most common causes of vision loss in older people.

The study is the first of its kind to "demo...

Stem Cell Therapy Shows Early Promise Against Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in seniors, and existing treatments are few.

But now, experiments in pigs and rats suggest that stem cell therapy might help curb at least one form of the disease.

The results could soon lead to the first human trials of this therapy for macular degeneration, according to researchers from the U.S. National ...

Change Within the Eye May Be Early Warning for Macular Degeneration

Age-related eye disease is a worldwide problem that costs people not only their vision, but also hundreds of billions of dollars globally. So an international research team decided to look into ways to prevent or treat this type of vision loss.

The investigators discovered that calcifications in the retina -- the thin layer of tissue that lines the back of the eye -- raise the risk of...

Mediterranean Diet May Help Preserve Your Vision: Study

A Mediterranean-style diet might significantly reduce your risk of a major cause of blindness, a new study suggests.

Poor diet is emerging as an important factor in the development of a degenerative eye disease called age-related macular degeneration (AMD). It's a leading cause of vision loss among older Americans.

"You are what you eat," said Dr. Emily Chew, spokesperson fo...

Stem Cells Restore Some Vision in Blind Mice

Scientists say they have restored some degree of vision in blind lab mice, by activating stem cells in their eyes.

The procedure is the first of its kind and the researchers hope it will lead to treatments for incurable eye diseases.

Stem cells are primitive cells that can develop into mature body tissue. Researchers have been studying stem cells as a potential treatment for...