Study: ‘Breakthrough’ Drug Reduces Graves’ Eye Disease Symptoms

There has never been a safe and effective treatment for Graves’ eye disease, also known as thyroid eye disease (TED), for the 1 million Americans with the condition. Anti-inflammatory medicines offer inconsistent benefits. Orbital decompression surgery helps give some patients a more natural appearance, but only after the disease has run its course. But a clinical trial led by the …

A touchable tablet to guide the visually impaired

Researchers at EPFL have developed a tablet to help people with a visual impairment find their way around unfamiliar places. The device very quickly forms shapes and relief maps that users can then explore with their fingers, using their sense of touch. The tablet could also be used to help visually impaired schoolchildren learn subjects such as geometry or mathematics. …

Quick retinal scan may spot Alzheimer’s years before usual diagnosis

An eye scan of the retina may indicate early signs of Alzheimer’s disease years before clinical symptoms arise, according to research presented May 5, 2016 at the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), in Seattle, WA. Because the retina is an extension of the central nervous system, recent research has focused on identifying neurological …

Vitamin B3 prevents glaucoma, jax researchers find

In mice genetically predisposed to glaucoma, vitamin B3 added to drinking water is effective at preventing the disease, a research team led by Jackson Laboratory Professor and Howard Hughes Medical Investigator Simon W.M. John reports in the journal Science. The vitamin administration was surprisingly effective, eliminating the vast majority of age–related molecular changes and providing a remarkably robust protection against …