Blindness due to a retinal disorder is no longer completely untreatable. There are devices that can restore or augment sight as well as some serious movement in the world of genetic therapy and stem cell research.
Everyone knows you can't regenerate nerves, so if the optic nerve is damaged or underdeveloped there really aren't any options. Or are there?
Do you have questions about the genetics behind an inherited retinal disorder? How do you do genetic testing... and what do you do with the test results?
New research shows the autoimmune eye disease could be linked to gut microbes.
Research study shows blind children use the visual cortex area of the brain to process language.
Spark Therapeutics announces the success of their phase 3 clinical trials for LCA gene therapy and their plan to seek FDA approval in 2016.
Optogenetics looks at restoring sight to patients with retinal damage in a whole new way by focusing on transforming the function of ganglion cells.
Researchers prove that "retina-brain pathways can be established in LCA patients," even after decades of near blindness and these pathways are strengthened with use after the retina has been treated.
Top researchers reported positive findings on clinic trials of gene therapy for people with LCA, Usher Syndrome, Stargardt disease, among many others.
The ability to make a human nerve regenerate successfully (as with the ability to communicate effectively with the brain) could help cure a number of diseases and injuries, including visual impairment caused by Optic Nerve Hypoplasia (ONH).
Researchers have found a genetic mutation that explains why some children are born without eyes (anophthalmia) or with small eyes (microphthalmia).
One extremely important use for the advancing 3D printing technology is within the medical field, and more specifically in the field of vision.
New treatment allows visual information to bypass damaged retina cells and successfully reach the brain where it can be processed.
The discovery of a new genetic mutation on an already known gene could lead to treatments of genetic blindness in children with LCA.
There have been a lot of medical advances in curing blindness in the past 12 months. Read about the most exciting breakthroughs in gene therapy, stem cells, artificial retinas and more!