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Vision Restored: The Latest Technologies to Improve Sight

By Anna Azvolinsky | April 10, 2018

Cell implants, gene therapy, even optogenetics are making headway in clinical trials to treat various forms of blindness.  

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Prosthetic Retinas Help Blind Mice See

By Ashley Yeager | March 6, 2018

Artificial photoreceptors made of nanowires help restore blind animals’ sensitivity to light.

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Image of the Day: Mantis Glasses

By The Scientist Staff | February 9, 2018

Researchers outfitted praying mantises with miniature spectacles to investigate how they see the world. 

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Optogenetic Therapies Move Closer to Clinical Use

By Shawna Williams | November 16, 2017

With a clinical trial underway to restore vision optogenetically, researchers also see promise in using the technique to treat deafness, pain, and other conditions.

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Image of the Day: Eyes from the Deep 

By The Scientist Staff | November 15, 2017

Scientists have discovered a new type of eye cell in a deep-sea fish species.

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Symmetrical Eyes Indicate Dyslexia

By Ruth Williams | October 18, 2017

People who read normally tend to have one dominant eye while people with dyslexia do not, research shows.

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The Cellular Hallmarks of Consciousness

By Anna Azvolinsky | September 21, 2017

Recording from single neurons of epilepsy patients, neuroscientists show that both the strength and timing of neuronal firing are important to consciously perceive a visual object. 

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Image of the Day: Fountain of Youth

By The Scientist Staff | August 15, 2017

Neural plasticity wanes with age, but increasing the protein Arc—abundant earlier in life—in the visual cortex of mice can fend off this decline.

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Upgraded Photoswitch for Vision Repair

By Jef Akst | April 13, 2017

Researchers improve on a technique to use a light-stimulated small molecule to confer longer-term photosensitivity to the retinal cells of blind mice.

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Image of the Day: Tail Eyes

By The Scientist Staff | April 3, 2017

Following treatment with a migraine drug, blind tadpoles were able to process visual information through eyes transplanted onto their tails.

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