The sight of thousands of people with previously incurable forms of blindness could be saved thanks to a pioneering new gene therapy that requires just one operation.
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Saturday 13 August 2011
You don’t need to be a foreign correspondent or a historian to have a sense of these cities where terrible things happen, and to care about them, too
Friday 29 July 2011
By her mid-fifties Candia McWilliam knew the meaning of suffering better than most. As a child her mother committed suicide; she lived through two failed marriages; became an alcoholic, and, yet more cruelly still, while judging the Booker Prize in 2006, started to lose her sight.
Saturday 16 July 2011
In another sign of the growing sectarianism in the crisis in Bahrain, friends of imprisoned Shia Muslim doctors in the country are circulating lists of Sunni Muslim medical staff whom they claim have been sent to spy on them and to give false evidence against them in courts.
Friday 17 June 2011
The man who has taken over from Osama bin Laden as head of al-Qa'ida is said to lack the charisma of the terrorist leader the Americans killed six weeks ago. But few believe that he will be less deadly. Ayman al-Zawahiri, a former ophthalmologist, is credited with being the man who lifted Bin Laden's eyes from the local to the global in the days when the chief complaint of the violent jihadist was that US troops were trampling their infidel boots on the Saudi soil which is home to Islam's holiest places. Zawahiri alerted him to a whole range of Muslim grievances – from Kashmir to Palestine – and set up with him the World Islamic Front for Jihad against Jews and Crusaders. Some say he was also the operational brains behind 9/11.
Thursday 09 June 2011
Friday 03 June 2011
Saturday 12 March 2011
A guide dog who had his eyes removed after developing glaucoma has been provided with his own guide dog. Edward, an eight-year-old Labrador, had been at the side of Graham Waspe, a partially sighted man from Stowmarket in Suffolk, for six years. After Edward lost his own sight in October, Mr Waspe decided to keep him as a pet and the pair are now led around by another Labrador, two-year-old Opal.
Thursday 03 March 2011
A new campaign has been launched that aims to greatly increase the number of books made available to blind and partially sighted people.
Monday 21 February 2011
The Monday Interview: Are Ali Parsa's luxury hospitals the future of healthcare? Oliver Wright meets him
Sunday 20 February 2011
Monday 24 January 2011
A trend for wearing coloured contact lenses inspired by the pop singer Lady Gaga could damage people's eyes, opticians warn.
Sunday 26 December 2010
Wednesday 22 December 2010
John Lee was the pre-eminent surgeon for eye-movement disorder (strabismus) of his generation. A consultant ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital, he pioneered the use of botulinum toxin therapy in the UK, and went on to develop the leading toxin clinic in the world.
Friday 10 December 2010
Worried US aviation officials have warned that a rise in the number of people pointing lasers at aircraft cockpits has increased the risk of blinding pilots and could lead to crashes.
Wednesday 03 November 2010
Revolutionary surgery has helped three blind patients to see again, following the implantation of an artificial retina in an operation which brings hope to thousands of people who have lost their sight.
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