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Over 22,000 Kids in India to be Screened for Vision Help
(image) Sight is the sense people fear losing the most, yet many of us don't know how to look after our eyes. CooperVision, Optometry Giving Sight and India Vision Institute (IVI) announced a joint initiative to screen over 22,000 children across India, including Chennai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Pune and Delhi and provide free spectacles as needed. The program, launched at the Government Primary School, Gopanpally Tanda in Rangareddy district, Telangana, in the presence of M Somashekar, Chief ...



Amblyopia Is The Key Factor For Slow Reading In School-Age Children
(image) Amblyopia, also known as "lazy eye" is the key contributor for slow reading in school children, says a new study conducted at the Retina Foundation of the Southwest. Children with amblyopia have impaired ocular motor function. This can result in difficulties in activities for which sequential eye movements are important, such as reading. Their findings are published in the iJournal of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus/i (AAPOS). "This study marks the ...



Lack Of Awareness and Access To Eye Care Major Causes For Vision Disorders
(image) Impaired vision is one of the most debilitating, yet preventable disabilities in the world. About 42 percent of drivers in India have vision problems, which could be the cause of 59 percent of the road accidents, says a study. The major challenge for overcoming eye disorders in India is lack of awareness and accessibility to eye care, according to the study, conducted by Vision Impact Institute. It added that 42 percent of workers in India have vision problems, reducing their productivity ...



Amblyopia or 'Lazy Eye' Could Change an Individuals' Brain Wiring
(image) Lazy eye or amblyopia is a condition in children when vision does not develop properly in one eye. It is one of the most common cause of vision problems in children. A new study has revealed that amblyopia may actually be physical manifestation of a brain disorder linked to changes in its connection to the weaker eye. One of the researchers Bas Rokers, psychology professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison in the US said, "Most often in amblyopia patients, one eye is better at focusing. The ...



Ubisoft and Amblyotech's New Video Game can Treat Amblyopia
(image) Ubisoft has blended the worlds of play and health care by unveiling a tablet video game on Tuesday which is crafted as a prescription for an ocular condition known as amblyopia or 'lazy eye'. The France-based video game titan created 'Dig Rush' in collaboration with US health technology start up Amblyotech, using treatment technology patented by innovators at Canada's McGill University. Amblyopia is a condition in which a person's eye and brain are out of sync and if left untreated, people with the condition can go blind in one eye....



In Stroke Patients, Residual Activity in the Brain Key for Vision Recovery
(image) Scientists know that vision restoration training (VRT) can help patients who have lost part of their vision due to optic nerve damage, glaucoma or stroke regain some of their lost visual functions. But they do not understand what factors determine how much visual recovery is achieved. New evidence published in iRestorative Neurology and Neuroscience/i suggests that vision restoration depends mostly on activity of residual vision that is still left after the injury and that both local ...



Smoking can be a Progressive Reason For Vision Loss
(image) The hazards of smoking are well known, but what is not so well known is that smoking can also be a reason for vision loss in people at or above the age of 50 years. This is due to what is called Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). AMD is an eye condition that leads to the deterioration of the centre of the retina, called the macula. It has emerged as the leading cause of vision loss in people. "People who smoke, those suffering from cardiac diseases, excessive exposure to ultraviolet ...



Researchers Find New Hope for Treating Lazy Eye
(image) A research team led by University of Maryland has found a new hope for treating "lazy eye" and other serious visual problems that are usually permanent unless they are corrected in early childhood. Amblyopia afflicts about three percent of the population, and is a widespread cause of vision loss in children. It occurs when both eyes are structurally normal, but mismatched - either misaligned, or differently focused, or unequally receptive to visual stimuli because of an obstruction such as a cataract in one eye....



Promising New Therapeutic Approach to Treat Lazy Eye Disorder
(image) A research team has used the popular puzzle video game Tetris in an innovative approach to treat adult amblyopia, commonly known as "lazy eye". The team was led by Dr. Robert Hess from McGill University and the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC). By distributing information between the two eyes in a complementary fashion, the video game trains both eyes to work together, which is counter to previous treatments for the disorder (e.g. patching). This medical ...



Changes in Subcortical Regions of Brain may Cause Abnormal Involuntary Eye Movements in Amblyopia
(image) Despite the special role of eye movements in vision, scientists have not been able to find out much about oculomotor function in amblyopia, or "lazy eye,". A group of scientists has discovered that abnormal visual processing and circuitry in the brain have an impact on fixational saccades (FSs), involuntary eye movements that occur during fixation and are important for the maintenance of vision. The results, which raise the question of whether the alterations in FS are the cause or the effect ...



Gaming Goggles may Help Treat Lazy Eye
(image) A new pair of goggles that can be used to play Tetris games can also treat a common eye problem according to the British researchers who have developed the gadget. The gaming goggles has been developed by researchers from Glasgow Caledonian University who say that it can also treat amblyopia, or lazy eye, which affects around 4 percent of children. Patients suffering from amblyopia can focus better through one eye compared to the other and often have to wear a patch on the affected eye. The new ...



Study: Children With Blocked Tear Ducts Face Lazy Eye Risk
(image) Kids under the age of 3 with a nasolacrimal duct obstruction (NLDO) or blocked tear duct are at increased risk for developing amblyopia (lazy eye), reveals study. About 6% of children are born with blocked tear ducts. Study published in the IJournal of the AAPOS/I. Authors Noelle S. Matta, CO, CRC, COT, and David I. Silbert, MD, FAAP, of the Family Eye Group in Lancaster, PA, report that of the 375 children studied, 22% had amblyopia risk factors, an 8-fold increase compared with the rate in the general population....






Brain Parts Otherwise Used For Vision Help the Blind Understand Languages
(image) A new study claims that in blind people, the parts of brain that are used for processing vision, are recruited for language processing. The find by MIT neuroscientists shows that the visual cortex can dramatically change its function and disproves that language processing can only occur in highly specialized brain regions that are genetically programmed for language tasks. "Your brain is not a prepackaged kind of thing. It doesn't develop along a fixed trajectory, rather, it's a self-building toolkit....



Acupuncture- An Effective Alternative To Treat Lazy Eye
(image) A new study has suggested that acupuncture could potentially become an alternative to patching for treating amblyopia (lazy eye) in some older children. About one-third to one-half of the amblyopia cases are caused by differences in the degree of nearsightedness or farsightedness between the two eyes, a condition known as anisometropia. Correcting these refractive errors with glasses or contact lenses has been shown to be effective in children age 3 to 7 years, but among older children ...



Lazy Eye in Children Detected With Photoscreening
(image) A new study is examining the use of photoscreening to detect amblyopia, or 'lazy eye' in children aged 6 months to 6 years. Amblyopia, known as "lazy eye," is a major cause of vision problems in children and a common cause of blindness in people aged 20 to 70 in developed countries. Experts at University of Iowa used the Medical Technology, Inc. (MTI) PhotoScreener, which records the pattern of light reflected through each of the child's pupils as the child's eyes are photographed. Photoscreened ...



New Neurological Deficit Behind Lazy Eye Identified by NYU Researchers
(image) A new neurological deficit behind amblyopia, or "lazy eye" has been identified by researchers at New York University's Center for Neural Science. Their findings, which appear in the most recent issue of the IJournal of Neuroscience/I, shed additional light on how amblyopia results from disrupted links between the brain and normal visual processing. Amblyopia results from developmental problems in the brain. When the parts of the brain concerned with visual processing do not function ...



Gene Responsible for Vision Disorder Traced
(image) Fuchs corneal dystrophy, a genetic disorder that necessitates corneal transplant operations could be caused by a gene identified in a new study. A 13-member research team led by University of Oregon scientist Dr. Albert O. Edwards performed a genome-wide analysis comparing patients with and without typical age-related Fuchs, finding an alteration in the transcription-factor-4 gene (TCF4). Fuchs -- pronounced FEWKS or FOOKS -- generally emerges in middle-aged, roughly age 40, and older people....



Discussions On Care For Vision Of The Tiniest Premature Babies And Barriers To Glaucoma Follow-Up
(image) Report on the highlights of Scientific Program of the 2009 American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). The highlight include Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO) Joint Meeting include: John T. Flynn, MD, Columbia University School of Medicine, discussing the ever-tougher challenges Eye M.D.s face in caring for the vision of the tiniest premature babies; and a report by Bradford W. Lee, MD, Stanford University School of Medicine, on barriers to glaucoma follow-up as perceived by patients in an urban, culturally diverse clinic....



Popular Antidepressant may Help Treat Lazy Eye Syndrome
(image) London, Apr 19 (ANI): The popular antidepressant drug, Prozac, might soon have an unexpected new medical use - as a treatment for lazy eye syndrome, according to a new study in rats with impaired vision. The study shows that daily doses of drug fluoxetine (Prozac) help rats' brains' visual centres to rewire themselves and correct the defect. If the drug has a similar effect in humans, it could potentially help the roughly 1-5 percent of people thought to have amblyopia, or 'lazy eye'. It ...



Children With Amblyopia Need Not Wear Eye Patches All Day: Study
(image) A new research has revealed that children with amblyopia, commonly known as Lazy Eye, don't need to wear their eye patches the entire day, and that wearing it for three to four hours a day for 12 weeks can improve vision. It was argued that using the eye patch for long hours was excessive. But now, studies have shown that occlusion therapy (patching) can improve vision with its use for 6 hours day for 12 weeks and 12 hours a day. Despite this, many doctors still suggest large doses of patching, ...



New Study Helps to Treat Lazy Eye in Adults
(image) Researchers at the University of Maryland have developed a method that helps an adult recover function in an eye that has been damaged and dysfunctional from birth. The study may help treat Amblyopia, or lazy eye as it showed that complete visual loss promoted subsequent recovery in an eye that has had severely compromised vision throughout life. Clinical studies have demonstrated that the probability to recover amblyopia, caused by unilateral cataract, depended on the age at which the cataract was removed....



Study of Zebrafish Eyes may Hold Clue for Vision Loss
(image) Scientists in the UK have found that fish eyes could hold the clue to repairing damaged retinas in humans. It has previously been found that a special type of cell is very important in regenerating the retina in zebrafish and restoring vision even after extensive damage. Now, researchers at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital believe they may be able to use these cells - known as Muller glial cells - to regenerate damaged retina in humans. Muller glial cells ...



Lazy Eye Can Be Effectively Treated By New Approach
(image) A new treatment now offers hope for treatment of Ambylopia or lazy eye as it is commonly called. It has been developed due to the combined efforts of researchers at the USC and three other Chinese universities. A lazy eye in children can appear normal, although there may a compromise in the vision even when corrective glasses are used. If untreated, it can lead to permanent vision loss. Until now, the condition has been regarded to be incurable in children over 8 years. The new study however ...



Screening of Lazy Eye
(image) According to new study some light was thrown on the vision loss with lazy eye, but not in the eye affected by the condition. The study focuses on the risk of vision loss in the normal eye in the future. At least 2 percent of the population is born with amblyopia, commonly called lazy eye. Many countries routinely screen for lazy eye. The goal is to restore vision to as normal as possible in that eye. Some, but not all, countries place high importance on screening and treating because of the ...



Risk Factors for vision problems in Diabetes
(image) Diabetic retinopathy is the most common disorder seen in diabetics. New research shows several factors that may contribute to whether a person with diabetes develops diabetic retinopathy, a major cause of blindness for people with diabetes. In the United States, diabetes is responsible for 7 percent of legal blindness, making it the leading cause of new cases of blindness in adults 22 to 70 years old. Researchers from the Texas studied more than 600 individuals who were part of the Hoorn Study, ...



Eyedrops for amblyopia
(image) Lazy eye is a condition in which the brain favors one eye over the other. It is the most common cause of visual impairment in children, with symptoms including crossed eyes, farsightedness and nearsightedness. Lazy eye affects as many as 3% of U.S. children and usually develops in infancy or early childhood. Eye drops are just as effective as eye patches for treating "lazy eye" and are less likely to be avoided by children. Standard treatment has been eye patches worn over the unaffected eye to stimulate better vision in the "lazy" eye....



Genes for Vision discovered
(image) Harvard Medical School researchers have discovered nearly all the genes responsible for vision, which could help in diagnosing and treating blinding diseases.Macular degeneration affects 20 per cent of people over age 75. Discovery of the full set of photoreceptor genes expressed int he retinal cells, which was made in mice, could also lead to new methods for preserving and restoring the vision of those affected. Photoreceptors - cones, which are activated by light, and rods, which operate only ...