fbpx

Healing in the dark

What if amblyopia could be cured by simply turning out the lights for a few days? That’s what researchers at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, suggest.

 

In a recent study, the researchers studied kittens with amblyopia. After the kittens had spent 10 days in complete darkness, the kittens quickly recovered visual function.  The researchers suggest that the recovery of vision comes from the loss of neurofilaments that hold the visual system in place. When these stabilizing elements disappear, the visual system becomes free to correct itself.

 

“There may be ways to increase brain plasticity and recover from disorders such as amblyopia without drug intervention,” says researcher Kevin Duffy. “The advantage of a simple nonpharmacological sensory manipulation, such as a period of darkness, is that it may initiate changes in a constellation of molecules in a beneficial temporal order and in appropriate brain regions.”

 

The study findings were published in the scientific journal Current Biology.

Source: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/256420.php

Featured Posts

EssilorLuxottica and Moncler Announce Exclusive Licensing Agreement

EssilorLuxottica and Moncler have announced the signing of an exclusive licensing agreement that includes the design, production, and global distribution of Moncler eyewear.

Learn More

OSI National Summit 2023: A Milestone Gathering Redefining the Future of Independent Optometry

Taking place at Toronto’s Westin Harbour Castle from November 17 to 19, the 2023 OSI National Summit brought together optometrists, opticians, optometric assistants, managers, and staff.

Read more

Diversity and Inclusion in Eye Care

Canada is an intricate textured tapestry of different cultures. Each patient is unique and presents with different preferences and lifestyle choices.

Read more

LE PARC: Discover the New Fall/Winter Collection 2023

Inspired by art, culture and creative freedom, LE PARC designs vibrant and sophisticated eyewear that highlights the identity of each individual.

Read more

Cone-Rod Dystrophy

A new company, Beacon Therapeutics, has launched with a focus on gene therapies for cone-rod dystrophy and X-linked retinitis pigmentosa.

Read more

EssilorLuxottica and Moncler Announce Exclusive Licensing Agreement

EssilorLuxottica and Moncler have announced the signing of an exclusive licensing agreement that includes the design, production, and global distribution of Moncler eyewear.

Learn More

OSI National Summit 2023: A Milestone Gathering Redefining the Future of Independent Optometry

Taking place at Toronto’s Westin Harbour Castle from November 17 to 19, the 2023 OSI National Summit brought together optometrists, opticians, optometric assistants, managers, and staff.

Read More

Diversity and Inclusion in Eye Care

Canada is an intricate textured tapestry of different cultures. Each patient is unique and presents with different preferences and lifestyle choices.

Read More

LE PARC: Discover the New Fall/Winter Collection 2023

Inspired by art, culture and creative freedom, LE PARC designs vibrant and sophisticated eyewear that highlights the identity of each individual.

Read More

Cone-Rod Dystrophy

A new company, Beacon Therapeutics, has launched with a focus on gene therapies for cone-rod dystrophy and X-linked retinitis pigmentosa.

Read More

EssilorLuxottica and Moncler Announce Exclusive Licensing Agreement

EssilorLuxottica and Moncler have announced the signing of an exclusive licensing agreement that includes the design, production, and global distribution of Moncler eyewear.

Learn More

OSI National Summit 2023: A Milestone Gathering Redefining the Future of Independent Optometry

Taking place at Toronto’s Westin Harbour Castle from November 17 to 19, the 2023 OSI National Summit brought together optometrists, opticians, optometric assistants, managers, and staff.

Read more

Diversity and Inclusion in Eye Care

Canada is an intricate textured tapestry of different cultures. Each patient is unique and presents with different preferences and lifestyle choices.

Read more

LE PARC: Discover the New Fall/Winter Collection 2023

Inspired by art, culture and creative freedom, LE PARC designs vibrant and sophisticated eyewear that highlights the identity of each individual.

Read more

Cone-Rod Dystrophy

A new company, Beacon Therapeutics, has launched with a focus on gene therapies for cone-rod dystrophy and X-linked retinitis pigmentosa.

Read more

EssilorLuxottica and Moncler Announce Exclusive Licensing Agreement

EssilorLuxottica and Moncler have announced the signing of an exclusive licensing agreement that includes the design, production, and global distribution of Moncler eyewear.

Learn More

OSI National Summit 2023: A Milestone Gathering Redefining the Future of Independent Optometry

Taking place at Toronto’s Westin Harbour Castle from November 17 to 19, the 2023 OSI National Summit brought together optometrists, opticians, optometric assistants, managers, and staff.

Read more

Diversity and Inclusion in Eye Care

Canada is an intricate textured tapestry of different cultures. Each patient is unique and presents with different preferences and lifestyle choices.

Read more

LE PARC: Discover the New Fall/Winter Collection 2023

Inspired by art, culture and creative freedom, LE PARC designs vibrant and sophisticated eyewear that highlights the identity of each individual.

Read more

Cone-Rod Dystrophy

A new company, Beacon Therapeutics, has launched with a focus on gene therapies for cone-rod dystrophy and X-linked retinitis pigmentosa.

Read more