June Newsletter 307.

20 bad habits that could turn you blind

Diet, lifestyle choices and good eye hygiene have a lot to do with preserving vision. Listed in this link are the areas that should be focussed on.


Could eye drops replace reading glasses?

Daily eye drops could replace reading glasses for millions of people with presbyopia. Nearly half the UK adult population has presbyopia, the normal loss of near focusing that occurs with age, typically from the age of 40. Now researchers have come up with a new solution — eye drops that can be used once a day to improve sight within minutes. Known as AGN-190584, the drops act on the muscles in the eye that control the iris, which the lens sits behind.

Further details here: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-9637981/Could-eye-drops-replace-reading-glasses.html

The importance of eye health and spotting diseases

The importance of regular visits to an optician is stressed.


Partial sight restored for man who is blind thanks to optogenetics

A man who is blind has had glimmers of vision restored thanks to a high-tech treatment using optogenetics, which involves genetically altering nerve cells so that they respond to light.

Read more: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2278405-partial-sight-restored-for-man-who-is-blind-thanks-to-optogenetics/#ixzz6wcZs3xzY


Man’s life saved after trip to optician

A man has undergone a potentially life and sight-saving operation after an optometrist helped identify signs of a serious condition. After an examination he was immediately referred to eye specialists due to the results of the scan.

 Read more here: https://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/19320205.mans-life-saved-trip-specsavers-bradford-broadway/

Google teams up with RNIB to create an accessible storytelling website

Google has joined forces with the sight loss charity RNIB and The Guardiannewspaper to launch Auditorial, an experimental, ultra-accessible online storytelling experience.

Read more here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/gusalexiou/2021/05/20/google-teams-up-with-sight-loss-charity-rnib-to-create-accessible-storytelling-website/?sh=60ced5321c68