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Pilot trial of virtual reality to treat amblyopia beyond the age of seven years

A pilot double-blind randomised controlled trial is presented. Patients were required to be between seven and 38 years of age, have a diagnosis of anisometropic and / or strabismus unilateral amblyopia, visual acuity in the amblyopic eye between 0.3-1.0 LogMAR...

Support for patients with nystagmus

This is a qualitative study in patients with nystagmus identified through regional clinics, charity events and the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB). Two hundred and fifty-one participants were identified, with 184 respondents included in the study. Fifty-six percent...

What's trending Oct/Nov 2019

#probeyeotic #eyeballbugs #microbiome The human microbiome usually conjures up images of the gastrointestinal tract and yoghurt containing good bacteria. However, research suggests that the ocular mucosa is home to a unique microbe collection, with important immunological functional properties [1]. This...

Fight for Sight to maximise impact by funding solutions-focused research in priority eye conditions

Fight for Sight aims to stop sight loss by funding pioneering research. Rod McNeil takes a look at the Primer Fellowship Awards programme, which provides funding for up to £60,000 for individuals to undertake vision-related research for one year. Among...

What's trending Feb/Mar 2020

#gbhockey #samward #sight Great Britain Hockey player Sam Ward, described as one of the “deadliest attackers in world hockey” [1], sustained a sight-threatening injury after being struck in the face by a ball during the Olympic qualifying match against Malaysia...

What's trending Jun/Jul 2018

#BusyPhillips #photokeratitis #sunglasses Last time, we were in the throes of the Beast from the East. Here in the UK, it’s been a long winter and cold start to spring. The days are longer now, thanks to British Summer Time,...

Braille phones, glaucoma implants and screenshots

Basic phone for Braille readers (or kids and the elderly) We’ve previously covered the extensive features of smartphones that can help the sight impaired. It’s clear, however, that smartphones are not for everyone. One alternative is a custom made Braille...

Ocular surface in donor eyes after CLAU

This retrospective study examined ocular surface stability of donor eyes following conjunctival limbal autografts (CLAU). Forty-five eyes underwent CLAU with chemical burns being the most common indication. All but two eyes had just over 4 o’clock hours of CLAU segment...

Intravitreal triamcinolone for uveitic macular oedema

This paper from South Korea reports on a prospective, double blind, randomised clinical study designed to evaluate the additional benefit of intravitreal triamcinolone (TA) administration for noninfectious uveitic macular oedema as an adjunct therapy to systemic anti-inflammatory treatment. Patients were...

A phase 3 randomised trial of nicotinamide for skin cancer chemoprevention

To B3, or not to B3? That was the question asked in this controlled trial in which the authors were able to show that oral nicotinamide (vitamin B3) is able to reduce further skin cancer development in high risk patients....

Students, soccer and slit-lamps in Ethiopia: a VISION 2020 LINK

Wachemo University campus. The Ethiopian Government is well aware of the brain drain amongst health workers and, to compensate, is training huge numbers of medical students, nurses and health officers in universities like Wachemo, a massive new University near Hosanna...

White dot syndromes

It is fair to say that trainees and consultants who are not medical retina specialists are a bit scared of the so called retinal ‘white dot syndromes’. It is easy to understand why this is the case, as almost every...