vision loss

08/19/2013 - 10:37

Johns Hopkins biomedical engineers have teamed up with clinicians to create a new drug-delivery strategy for a type of central vision loss caused by blood vessel growth at the back of the eye, where such growth should not occur. In addition to testing a new drug that effectively stops such runaway vessel growth in mice, the team gave the drug a biodegradable coating to keep it in the eye longer. If proven effective in humans, the engineers say, it could mean only two or three needle sticks to the eye per year instead of the monthly injections that are the current standard of care.

 

04/27/2012 - 11:26

Results from the largest genetic study of glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness and vision loss worldwide, showed that two genetic variations are associated with primary open angle glaucoma (POAG), a common form of the disease. The identification of genes responsible for this disease is the first step toward the development of gene-based disease detection and treatment.

08/26/2011 - 11:33

If you live in the Ohio River Valley chances are you have heard of histoplasmosis, a fungal infection that enters the body through the lungs. More commonly associated with pulmonary disease, the soil-borne mold also can cause vision loss and blindness if left untreated.