Blind Patient Recovers Partial Vision with Optogenetics
Blind Patient Recovers Partial Vision with Optogenetics
After receiving an intraocular injection of the gene for a light-sensitive protein, a 58-year-old man diagnosed with the neurodegenerative eye disease retinitis pigmentosa was able to locate objects on a table using engineered goggles.
Blind Patient Recovers Partial Vision with Optogenetics
Blind Patient Recovers Partial Vision with Optogenetics

After receiving an intraocular injection of the gene for a light-sensitive protein, a 58-year-old man diagnosed with the neurodegenerative eye disease retinitis pigmentosa was able to locate objects on a table using engineered goggles.

After receiving an intraocular injection of the gene for a light-sensitive protein, a 58-year-old man diagnosed with the neurodegenerative eye disease retinitis pigmentosa was able to locate objects on a table using engineered goggles.

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Cones Derived from Human Stem Cells Help Mice See: Study
Cones Derived from Human Stem Cells Help Mice See: Study
Marcus A. Banks | Apr 23, 2021
Researchers insert functioning cone photoreceptors into the retinas of mice with advanced eye disease, improving their vision.
This Deep-Sea Fish Has the Most Types of Opsins Among Vertebrates
This Deep-Sea Fish Has the Most Types of Opsins Among Vertebrates
Katarina Zimmer | May 9, 2019
The silver spinyfin has an extraordinary diversity of rod photopigments, which researchers propose may allow it to see color in the deep, dark sea.
Nanoparticles Let Mice See Near Infrared Light
Nanoparticles Let Mice See Near Infrared Light
Abby Olena | Feb 28, 2019
Researchers injected the retinas of mice with nanoparticles that bound to photoreceptors and converted near-infrared light to green light that the animals could see.
Image of the Day: Retinal Transplant
Image of the Day: Retinal Transplant
Kerry Grens | Nov 7, 2018
Blind rats are made to see after sheets of cells implanted into their eyes make themselves at home.
Image of Day: Retinas from Scratch
Image of Day: Retinas from Scratch
Ashley Yeager | Oct 12, 2018
Human eye organoids could help scientists develop therapies for colorblindness.
Reprogrammed Müller Glia Restore Vision in Mice
Reprogrammed Müller Glia Restore Vision in Mice
Ashley Yeager | Aug 15, 2018
A double gene-transfer therapy transformed the non-neuronal cells into rod photoreceptors in the retinas of animal models of congenital blindness.
Image of the Day: Eyes from the Deep 
Image of the Day: Eyes from the Deep 
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Nov 15, 2017
Scientists have discovered a new type of eye cell in a deep-sea fish species.
What the Sun Does to Photoreceptors
What the Sun Does to Photoreceptors
Catherine Offord | Aug 16, 2017
Optometrist and eclipse-chaser Ralph Chou describes how even a partially eclipsed sun can damage the eye.
Plant Photoreceptor Doubles as a Thermometer
Plant Photoreceptor Doubles as a Thermometer
Ben Andrew Henry | Feb 1, 2017
Warmth acts on a light-sensing protein similarly to the way shade does, setting off a growth spurt in plant seedlings.
Infographic: Dual-Purpose Photoreceptor
Infographic: Dual-Purpose Photoreceptor
Ben Andrew Henry | Jan 31, 2017
See how different environmental conditions affect the activity of a molecule sensitive to both light and temperature.
New Class of Photoreceptor Discovered in <em>C. elegans</em>
New Class of Photoreceptor Discovered in C. elegans
Ben Andrew Henry | Nov 21, 2016
The roundworm uses a light receptor that resembles a type of taste receptor and is better at detecting UV light than human photoreceptors.
The Colorful World of Spiders
The Colorful World of Spiders
Amanda B. Keener | May 19, 2015
Specialized filters allow jumping spiders to see more colors than scientists previously thought.
The Eye
The Eye
The Scientist Staff | Oct 1, 2014
An overview of visual processing
An Eye for Detail
An Eye for Detail
Anna Azvolinsky | Oct 1, 2014
Vision researcher John Dowling has spent a lifetime studying the neural architecture of the retina. He is closing his laboratory after 53 years, opting to extend these studies as a postdoc.
Cone Cell Correctors
Cone Cell Correctors
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Oct 1, 2014
In mice, adult cone cell outer segments and their visual functions deteriorate if two microRNAs are not present.
Guiding Light
Guiding Light
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Oct 1, 2014
Retinal glial cells acting as optical fibers shuttle longer wavelengths of light to individual cones.
The Mantis Shrimp’s UV View
The Mantis Shrimp’s UV View
Bob Grant | Jul 7, 2014
A crustacean’s eyes are tuned to ultraviolet frequencies with the help of a biological sunblock molecule.
Light-Sensing Retina in a Dish
Light-Sensing Retina in a Dish
Anna Azvolinsky | Jun 10, 2014
From human induced pluripotent stem cells, researchers grow 3-D retinal tissue that can sense light.