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Scientists relieved as Joe Biden wins tight US presidential election

The new president has the opportunity to reverse four years of anti-science policies — but he has a hard road ahead as he inherits a nation divided.

Technique to regenerate optic nerve offers hope for future glaucoma treatment

Scientists have used gene therapy to regenerate damaged nerve fibres in the eye, in a discovery that could aid the development of new treatments for glaucoma, one of the leading causes of blindness worldwide.

Preventing post-cataract surgery endophthalmitis

Adding cefuroxime to the irrigating solution used during cataract surgery appears to be a safe and effective method for reducing the risk of postoperative endophthalmitis, according to researchers who reported their experience with this technique in a recently published retrospective study.

Blindness and sight loss to double by 2050

Blindness and severe vision impairment is predicted to affect almost 900 million people worldwide by 2050—up from around 338 million today, according to a new pre-print study accepted by The Lancet and highlighted on World Sight Day.

Retinal pathologies challenging to image with current technologies

Retinal images acquired using the new Heidelberg High Magnification Module provide high-quality images of the maculae in healthy eyes, but the images of eyes with retinal pathologies have poorer image quality.

Imaging the secret lives of immune cells in the eye

University of Rochester vision scientist Jesse Schallek can barely contain his excitement as he shares time-lapse videos showing immune cells moving through living retinal tissue at the back of an eye.

In the future glaucoma eye tests could be performed at home

Glaucoma is a chronic condition that affects cells at the back of the eye. It is the leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide, and is responsible for 1 in 10 cases of serious sight impairment in the UK.

Discovery holds potential for reversing vision loss

An Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation discovery could pave the way for therapies to reverse vision loss common in premature infants and adults. In a new study appearing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, OMRF scientists have identified a compound that could give birth to therapies for a host of eye diseases that include retinopathy of prematurity and diabetic retinopathy.

Lab produces world's first 'pathoconnectome'

Scientists from the John A. Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah have achieved another first in the field of connectomics, which studies the synaptic connections between neurons.

Commitment to ensure ‘systematic and structural cooperation’ between the EIC and the EIT

The Letter of Intent sets about common principles, including commitment to the innovators, agility, reactivity, speed and streamlining of innovation policy, resources and efforts, enhancing synergies and efficiencies across the two programmes.

Research: Femtosecond lasers challenge phacoemulsification

The femtosecond laser is widely used in ocular surgery, particularly in refractive surgery with LASIK flap creation or small incision lenticule extraction, as well as in corneal graft or corneal inlays for keratoconus.

Study finds novel mechanism that may confer protection against glaucoma

A team of researchers from LSU Health New Orleans Neuroscience Center of Excellence and the University of Copenhagen provides the first evidence that patients with ocular hypertension may exhibit superior antioxidant protection that promotes resistance to the elevated intraocular pressure associated with glaucoma.

How we formed a ‘journal club’ for equity in science

You can start and maintain your own group to help scientists of all backgrounds thrive.

New research on cataract surgery in order to improve health care

In general, surgeons who perform numerous cataract operations every year encounter relatively few severe cases, and this probably contributes to their lower complication rate, as shown by a study led from the University of Gothenburg. These results provide new knowledge in the endeavor to further improve healthcare for a large group of patients.

Australian research gets billion-dollar boost in sweeping stimulus budget

First budget since pandemic began offers much-needed funds to universities and national science agency.