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The Age of the Bionic Eye

We’ve all seen sci-fi films which feature a bionic eye one way or another, but who knew it would actually be developed and is now giving blind people the gift of sight once again!

Oxford’s John Radcliffe hospital has been undergoing trials for a new pioneering implant – an electronic, ‘bionic’ implant, which has been tested since 2012. The newest generation of the implant has been trailed on Rhian Lewis, 49 a mother of two from Cardiff and was the first time the implant has been trialled outside of Germany.

Rhian lost her sight in her right eye 16 years

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World Diabetes Day: Diabetes and Eye Health

Diabetes is a life-long condition which can affect your blood sugar levels, by causing them to be too low or too high. However, it also has a significant impact upon eye health, and is actually one of the most common causes of sight loss among people of working age. To commemorate World Diabetes Day 2015, we explore the symptoms of diabetes and the effects of diabetic retinopathy, and we share our tips for good eye health with you.

Diabetes is a common condition, and there are two different types. In Type 1 diabetes, the body’s immune system attacks and

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Surgeons Perform Pioneering Operation to Find Cure for Blindness

Surgeons at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London have performed an operation many are saying could lead to a cure for blindness.

The operation performed last month on a 60-year old woman who developed Macula Degeneration involved “seeding” a tiny patch of healthy eye cells and implanting it at the back of the retina.

So how can this help in getting her sight back?  First, let’s take a look at what Macula Degeneration is and how it can affect any of us:

What is Macula Degeneration?

The Macula is a very small part of the retina that converts the light entering the eye into an image; helping us to read, write

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Glaucoma – Don’t turn a blind eye to the disease!

Glaucoma is categorised as a disorder that affects the function of the eye. The characteristics of Glaucoma produce specific signs and symptoms, and ultimately share a single common feature, progressive optic neuropathy (Damage to the optic nerve).  All manifestations of Glaucoma can result in progressive loss of vision if untreated, or undetected, eventually this can be potentially blinding.

Incorporating the Glaucoma’s as a group of diseases, they are now the leading source of visual morbidity, affecting more than 60 million people throughout the world.  What’s more, around 8.4 million

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Glaucoma Awareness Week 7th – 13th June 2010

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of preventable blindness, believed to affect more than 70 million people worldwide. A study by the National research strategy for ophthalmology discovered that 500,000 people in England and Wales alone suffer from some type of Glaucoma, that’s about two out of 100 people over the age of 40, and astonishingly half of these people are gradually losing their sight and completely unaware of their condition. Future Sight Loss UK who analyze the incidence, distribution and possible control of diseases and other factors relating to health found that the detection

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