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2010-07-28 10:33:25

Seahorses are helping scientists gain new understanding about how detailed vision develops "“ in research which may open a way to restore sight in people with age-related blinding diseases. Researchers at the Vision Centre have found that the seahorses' eyes share similarities with the human eye, leading to the possibility of imitating the development of the seahorse's fovea to regenerate this vital region of the eye in people with impaired vision. "The fovea is the tiny pit at the back...

2010-07-26 11:49:00

AURORA, Ohio, July 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As school starts across the United States, the pressure is back on teachers, parents and students to meet or surpass the requirements set forth by the No Child Left Behind act. However, most parents and teachers are unwittingly being tackled by leaving their students' vision behind. "In football you know when you are being tackled, but unfortunately it is more subtle for parents and educators," Larry Fitzgerald states. "When a student...

2010-07-21 14:55:37

A chance discovery has led Australian scientists to question key assumptions about how our vision works. Their results show the brain is more flexible and versatile than the computer it is often likened to, and even may lead to new tests for blinding diseases such as glaucoma. Previously it was thought that the brain's ability to discern color depends on a specialized nerve "Ëœcolor channel', but now, say researchers from The Vision Centre and Sydney University, it appears some...

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2010-07-07 08:19:34

Watching 3D television under normal conditions is unlikely to be damaging to the human visual system, scientists from The Vision Centre say. Commenting on possible health risks raised by some experts with the advent of 3D television, Professor Colin Clifford of The Vision Centre and The University of Sydney, an authority on how the brain interprets the visual signals from the eyes, says it is very unlikely that 3DTV could cause any long-term harm, provided people only watched it for a few...

2010-06-29 18:04:33

The Earthquake Machine at Questacon, the National Science and Technology Centre, has been used in groundbreaking research by vision scientists to confirm that instead of working in isolation, our visual and middle-ear systems work together, to give us an improved sense of balance. Led by Dr Mark Edwards and Dr Michael Ibbotson, chief investigators in The Vision Centre and researchers at the Australian National University, this research has opened up various opportunities to future research,...

2010-06-16 23:28:31

In a computerized game of 'spot the difference,' people are more likely to notice additions, removals than color changes Scientists have just come several steps closer to understanding change blindness "” the well studied failure of humans to detect seemingly obvious changes to scenes around them "” with new research that used a computer-based model to predict what types of changes people are more likely to notice. These findings on change blindness were presented in a Journal of...

2010-06-11 11:00:00

NEW YORK, June 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The Champalimaud Foundation, one of the world's largest international scientific institutions, announced today that Dr. J. Anthony Movshon, Director of New York University's Center for Neural Studies, and Dr. William T. Newsome, Investigator at The Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Professor of Neurobiology at Stanford University, are the recipients of its 2010 Vision Award. The prestigious Champalimaud Vision Award, often called the "Nobel Prize for...

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2010-03-04 16:30:00

Why our peripheral vision may not be as random as we think As you read this, you may notice that the word directly in front of you is clear, but all the surrounding words are hard to make out. For most people, this effect "“ known as 'crowding' "“ is not a problem. However, for the millions of people worldwide who have lost their central vision through eye disease such as macular degeneration, it can make everyday tasks such as reading or recognising friends a challenge. Despite...

2010-03-01 08:00:00

Prevent Blindness America Launches National Children's Eye Health Campaign to Help Save Sight CHICAGO, March 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Because one out of three children in the United States does not receive critical eye care services before the age of six, many children are at risk of suffering vision loss. Prevent Blindness America, the nation's leading volunteer eye health and safety organization, is launching its "Star Pupils" campaign, the organization's children's platform,...

2010-01-31 17:20:00

International scientists today reported encouraging results in human trials of the use of the herb saffron for treating one of the commonest causes of loss of sight in old age. Professor Silvia Bisti and Prof. Benedetto Falsini with colleagues from The Vision Centre, the University of L'Aquila and Catholic University of Rome, Italy, told an international vision conference in Sydney that a clinical trial had confirmed earlier hopes that saffron could improve the function of the retina in...