Dual role of glial cells may be harnessed to treat neurological diseases

WASHINGTON - Glial Cells, which are involved in the survival of nerve cell (neuron), also play an active and major role in the death of neurons in the eye, and can thus lead to therapies for a variety of acute and chronic neurological disorders, including glaucoma and retinal artery occlusion, says a study.

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Omega-3 fatty acids, low glycemic index diet protects against age-related macular degeneration

WASHINGTON - Researchers from Tufts University have found that a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids and low glycemic index food can significantly reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

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Eye doctors of Washington offering free LASIK treatment for good deeds

It's a totally different stroke played by one of the most respected vision care facilities in the area.

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Retina works like a multi-layered jigsaw puzzle of receptive fields

WASHINGTON - Scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have found that the retina works like a multi-layered jigsaw puzzle of jagged windows called receptive fields, through which about 1.25 million neurons view the world.

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Coming soon: A drug that grows longer, thicker eyelashes

WASHINGTON - A drug used to treat patients with glaucoma, a condition that raises the pressure inside the eye and can cause blindness, is now being marketed to make eyelashes longer, darker and thicker.

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Blink often to keep computer-related eye woes at bay

WASHINGTON - Blinking frequently while sitting in front of the computer helps reduce the risk of dry eyes from prolonged use, say researchers.

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Now see the dark retina cells that keep our vision healthy

retinal-pigment-epithelialWASHINGTON - A layer of 'dark cells' that keeps light-sensing cells in our eyes healthy has been photographed in a living retina for the first time.

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Mobile phone use not associated with eye cancer

WASHINGTON - Researchers have discounted the possibility of a link between the use of mobile phones and the risk of eye cancer or melanoma.

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Space-age fibre-optic probe to help detect cataract early

WASHINGTON - A compact fibre-optic probe developed for the space programme is proving itself as the first non-invasive early detection device for cataract, the leading cause of vision loss worldwide.

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Beware of glaucoma, the lurking, sneak thief of sight

WASHINGTON - Beware of glaucoma, described as 'the sneak thief of sight,' because it strikes quietly and without pain, one of the leading causes of blindness in the US.

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