Blindness

Publication Title: 
Der Ophthalmologe: Zeitschrift Der Deutschen Ophthalmologischen Gesellschaft

BACKGROUND: Glaucoma is currently the second most common cause of severe visual impairment and blindness worldwide. Standard pharmaceutical and surgical interventions often fail to prevent progression of glaucomatous optic neuropathy. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate whether adjuvantly applied self-relaxation techniques can significantly impact intraocular pressure, ocular perfusion and the overall mental state of affected patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A search of the literature was carried out and a comprehensive overview of currently available data is presented.

Author(s): 
Bertelmann, T.
Strempel, I.
Publication Title: 
Science Translational Medicine

There is no approved cure for blindness caused by degeneration of the photoreceptor cells of the retina. However, there has been encouraging progress with attempts to restore vision using microelectronic retinal implant devices. Yet many questions remain to be addressed. Where is the best location to implant multielectrode arrays? How can spatial and temporal resolution be improved? What are the best ways to ensure the safety and longevity of these devices? Will color vision be possible?

Author(s): 
Zrenner, Eberhart
Publication Title: 
Ophthalmic Genetics

PURPOSE: To describe the phenotypic variability in a Polish Norrie disease (ND) family associated with the missense mutation A63D. METHODS: A patient with spared vision from a Polish ND family underwent detailed ophthalmological examinations including slit-lamp biomicroscopy, ultrasound (USG), angiography, Goldmann kinetic visual field, and electroretinography (ERG). Mutation screening was carried out using the single-strand conformation polymorphism (SSCP) technique and subsequent DNA sequencing of the coding part of the ND gene.

Author(s): 
Zaremba, J.
Feil, S.
Juszko, J.
Myga, W.
van Duijnhoven, G.
Berger, W.
Publication Title: 
BMC medical ethics

BACKGROUND: Ocular gene transfer clinical trials are raising hopes for blindness treatments and attracting media attention. News media provide an accessible health information source for patients and the public, but are often criticized for overemphasizing benefits and underplaying risks of novel biomedical interventions. Overly optimistic portrayals of unproven interventions may influence public and patient expectations; the latter may cause patients to downplay risks and over-emphasize benefits, with implications for informed consent for clinical trials.

Author(s): 
Benjaminy, Shelly
Bubela, Tania
Publication Title: 
Journal of Ophthalmic Nursing & Technology

1. By introducing a viable donor tissue procurement, the International Eye Bank has increased the supply of corneal tissue for Kikiyu Mission Hospital's Eye Unit. 2. Tissue procurement can be realistically handled in off-peak times in the United States. 3. The use of modern communication, an excellent surgical staff and well-maintained surgical equipment, and the generosity of medical volunteers and pharmaceutical suppliers have made this project successful.

Author(s): 
Traykovski, C. F.
Publication Title: 
Revista Cubana De Pediatría
Author(s): 
Fraga Arroyo, R.
Vazquez Leiva, A.
Publication Title: 
The American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis
Author(s): 
Weitzenhoffer, A. M.
Publication Title: 
Acta Oto-Rhino-Laryngologica Belgica
Author(s): 
Titeca, J.
Kluyskens, J.
Publication Title: 
Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Author(s): 
Clynes, M.
Kohn, M.
Lifshitz, K.
Publication Title: 
The American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis
Author(s): 
Pattie, F. A.

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