News In Focus, October 2008
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Eye camera could be used as a retina implant
A camera the size and shape of a human eye could have a diverse range of applications, including being used as a retinal implant and in brain monitoring and cardiac stimulation, according to research published in Nature.
Can vaccines save sight?
Vaccines may have a role to play against corneal and external ocular disease, because of their success in preventing systemic diseases, according to a presentation given during Cornea Day at the annual meeting of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery earlier this year.
Gel decelerates myopia progression
Daily treatment with pirenzepine gel can slow the rate of progressive myopia in children, according to a study published in the August issue of the Journal of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.
Dry AMD gene found
The discovery of the first gene known to be associated with dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD) has significant implications for the prevention and treatment of the condition, according to a study published in the October 2, 2008 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
Flying Eye Hospital heads to China
ORBIS International's Flying Eye Hospital has completed an intensive two-week training programme for approximately 40 ophthalmology residents in Harbin, China.
European ophthalmologists debate
European Ophthalmology, the social networking group for European ophthalmologists created and moderated by Ophthalmology Times Europe, has recently launched its new discussion forum.