Wisdom teeth stem cells can transform into cells that could treat corneal scarring

Stem cells from the dental pulp of wisdom teeth can be coaxed to turn into cells of the eye’s cornea and could one day be used to repair corneal scarring due to infection or injury, according to researchers at the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine. The findings, published online in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine, indicate they also could become a new source of corneal transplant tissue made from the patient’s own cells. Continue reading

Advocating eye health

The president of the African Council of Optometry, Dr Anguyo Dralega, addressed delegates at 100% Optical about advocacy, social accountability and access to eye care services

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Taking to the main stage on Monday (February 9), the president of the African Council of Optometry (AFCO), Dr Anguyo Dralega, spoke of the challenges facing optometry in his native Uganda, as well as across the African continent and beyond. In a talk entitled Eye health advocacy: how social accountability can impact eye care access for all, the AFCO president addressed issues standing in the way of tackling visual impairment at the national, regional and global level. Continue reading

Eye health could help diagnose people with chronic fatigue syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is well known for causing exhaustion. It’s also linked to a wide range of other symptoms such as pain, poor sleep and trouble concentrating. But despite the fact that people with CFS often report visual symptoms such as being very sensitive to light and having dry, itchy or painful eyes, little research has been done to understand exactly how and why the eye is affected. So Fight for Sight and Thomas Pocklington Trust have teamed-up to fund Dr Clare Hutchinson and co-investigator Dr Frank Proudlock at the University of Leicester to find out more about how the eye is affected in CFS. Continue reading

Don’t be a sucker if you are going to wear spectacles, make sure they are sexy

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Coatings on spectacle lenses

So you went to your optometrist and had a comprehensive eye examination. Your refraction went well and you have your script for your new spectacles. Excitedly you also find your dream pair of frames you have been waiting for.

Now you need to decide on lens designs and add-ons, like coatings and tints. In this article I will focus on lens coatings and hopefully make the choice less daunting. Continue reading

A landmark study shows that a class of drugs that has been used to treat HIV/AIDS for 30 years could be re-purposed as a treatment for age-related macular degeneration – a leading cause of blindness among the elderly worldwide.

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Reporting their findings in the journal Science, the international team, led by researchers at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, say because of a previously undiscovered property, the drugs may also be effective against other inflammatory disorders. Continue reading