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LED light can damage eyes, health authority warns

The "blue light" in LED lighting can damage the eye's retina and disturb natural sleep rhythms, France's government-run health watchdog said this week.

Research suggests revision to common view on how retinal cells in mammals process light

Johns Hopkins Medicine scientists say that new experiments with mouse eye tissues strongly suggest that a longstanding "textbook concept" about the way a mammal's retina processes light needs a rewrite.

Junior researchers are losing out by ghostwriting peer reviews

Graduate students and postdocs who produce reviews under a senior colleague’s name receive no credit or acknowledgement for their work, and miss a chance to become acquainted with journal editors.

Study shows drug reduces risk of relapse with neuromyelitis optica

The drug eculizumab, a synthetic antibody that inhibits the inflammatory response, significantly reduced the risk of relapse with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD).

Indonesia tops open-access publishing charts

Countries in southeast Asia, Africa and South America lead the way on free-to-read literature.

Aging baby boomers push sky high incidence of shingles of the eye

More Americans are being diagnosed with eye complications of shingles, but older adults can call the shots on whether they are protected from the painful rash that can cost them their eyesight.

US $244 billion lost annually because people don't have spectacles to correct myopia

Vision impairment caused by uncorrected myopia cost the global economy an estimated US$244 billion in lost productivity in 2015, according to a new study published in the March print issue of the scientific journal Ophthalmology.

Patients satisfied with oral sedation for cataract surgery

Using oral sedation during cataract surgery does not negatively impact patient satisfaction compared with using an intravenous (IV) sedative, according to a study published online April 16 in Ophthalmology.

Being a PhD student shouldn’t be bad for your health

The first international meeting on postgraduate mental health opens this week, but much more is needed to solve academia’s crisis.

Personalized 'Eye-in-a-Dish' models reveal genetic underpinnings of macular degeneration

Using stem cells derived from six people, University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers recapitulated retinal cells in the lab.

Eye's vulnerability to macular degeneration revealed

Scientists have found significant differences in the shape and biology of the same type of cell taken from different parts of the retina, according to a study in eLife.

Innovative treatment restores sight in patient

Innovative treatment has improved the vision of a patient suffering from a rare cancer-related syndrome affecting the eye, new research in the journal JAMA Ophthalmology reports.

Fearing no-deal Brexit, European funder orders U.K. researchers to transfer grants

The prospect of Brexit, the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union, has loomed long and large over researchers, but the effects on funding, so far, have been speculative.

Earlier detection of diabetic retinopathy with smartphone AI

A novel pairing of two technologies may offer a solution for better screening for diabetic retinopathy, a condition that can lead to permanent vision loss if not caught early.

Microglia, immune cells of the central nervous system, shown to regulate neuroinflammation

A research team at Massachusetts Eye and Ear has shown that microglia, the primary immune cells of the central nervous system—including the retina of the eye—serve as "gatekeepers," or biosensors and facilitators, of neuroinflammation in a preclinical model of autoimmune uveitis.