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Working Scientist podcast: How to beat research funding's boom and bust cycle

How governments decide when to boost basic research funding, and when to scale back support.

Measuring disease severity in rare neurodegenerative disorder

Innovative imaging technology effectively measures disease severity in rare neurodegenerative disorder

TGFβ signaling governs immune cell function in the eye

A signaling pathway controlled by transforming growth factor beta (TGF-beta) could be involved in the progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), according to a study.

New treatment target emerging for retinal damage

Scientists at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University are looking at new treatment targets for the retinal damage that often accompanies diseases like diabetes, glaucoma and hypertension.

We need to fine-tune our 'maps' of the visual cortex, study shows

Monkey brain scans have revealed new information about the brain structure that processes visual information.

Applying AI in fundus images

The approval last year for the first autonomous artificial intelligence (AI) to make a diagnosis without a physician has opened new doors for the first medical device to use AI to diagnose moderate or worse diabetic retinopathy or macular edema in adults who have diabetes.

Scientists first to pinpoint a cause of pigmentary glaucoma

An international team of researchers has identified a gene responsible for the onset of pigmentary glaucoma, which may lead to new therapies for the condition.

Microscopic eye movements affect how we see contrast

It is often difficult for a driver to see a person walking on the side of the road at night—especially if the person is wearing dark colors.

A simulator allows patients to experience how their vision will improve before surgery

For the first time, patients will be able to experience how their vision will improve after cataract surgery, just before surgery.

We need to talk about systematic fraud

Software that uncovers suspicious papers will do little for a community that does not confront organized research fraud.

Rare Brain Infection Found in Eye Tissue

New research on a fatal brain infection related to mad cow disease could lead to safe ways to diagnose the infection through the eyes.

Smartphone use risks eye examination misdiagnosis

Clinicians who use smartphones to capture photographs of patients' eyes risk misdiagnosis if they base their decisions on objective data extracted from non-calibrated cameras, according to new research published in the Nature journal Scientific Reports.

CBD Oil May Worsen Glaucoma

A new study suggests that CBD doesn’t lower eye pressure; it raises it.

Working Scientist podcast: The grant funding lottery and how to fix it

Many grant funding decisions are random, with luck playing a large part. How can the system be improved, particularly when funds are tight? 

Vision scientists publish findings of lipid impact in the mechanism of dry eye disease

Jianzhong Chen, Ph.D., assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry, along with co-author Kelly Nichols, O.D., MPH, Ph.D., FAAO, dean of the School of Optometry, has published a sensitive method facilitating dry eye disease studies in the Journal of Lipid Research.