• Taking a close look at short-sightedness

    A detailed multi-generational UK study examines the complex interactions shaping the “myopia epid...

    Myopia, or short-sightedness, is a significant global health problem estimated to affect 1406 million people (about 2...

    Medicine January 22, 2022
  • How do animals see in the dark?

    How is visual performance in dim light possible?

    How do animals see in the dark? On a moonless night light levels can be more than 100m times dimmer than in bright da...

    Biology December 1, 2021
  • Stop it, or you’ll go blind!

    In the Victorian era, the belief was many things affected sight.

    From concerns over blue light to digital strain and dryness, headlines today often worry how smartphones and computer...

    People December 10, 2018
  • History

    Science history: First among equals

    Patricia Bath overcome hurdles and saved the sight of millions.

    Patricia Bath has achieved an impressive number of firsts.Overcoming sexism, racism and poverty, she was the first ...

    Features November 11, 2018
  • Da Vinci’s artistic talent was due to a bung eye

    The Renaissance master joins Rembrandt, Degas and Picasso in the strabismus club. Nick Carne repo...

    Leonardo da Vinci's artistic genius might in part have been the result of an eye disorder, according to a leading Bri...

    Biology October 18, 2018
  • Bees and wasps can recognise faces

    All despite having less than a million brain cells.

    Recognising faces is essential for how we interact in complex societies, and is often thought to be an ability that r...

    Animals August 13, 2018
  • Superstars of STEM: Looking inflammation in the eye

    Justine Smith is looking for new ways to treat a painful eye disease. Dion Pretorius reports.

    Uveitis, or inflammation inside the eye, can lead to pain, sensitivity to light, blurred or obscured vision, and in e...

    Biology July 23, 2018
  • Three-minute thesis: Keeping a better eye on glaucoma

    Can a handheld recorder of nerve cells lead to more timely interventions in preventing the onset ...

    Scientist Jessica Tang, University of MelbournePhD titleInvestigating the role of the photopic negative response in...

    Biology July 5, 2018
  • Conversation

    Eye disorders influence famous painters

    Can some paintings in history be ascribed to impaired vision?

    Vision is an important tool when creating a painted artwork. Vision is used to survey a scene, guide the artist’s mov...

    Culture June 22, 2018
  • Stem cell procedures produce macular degeneration results

    Two clinical trials return better-than-predicted results, raising hope.

    For 20 years, we’ve been waiting for human embryonic stem cells to deliver on their promise to provide new body parts...

    Biology April 5, 2018
  • See, blind mice

    Nanotech raises hopes of sight for the vision-impaired.

    Hope for a cure for blindness may no longer be simply wishful thinking following a successful attempt by scientists t...

    Body and Mind March 6, 2018
  • Dogs are colour blind

    Italian research adapts human eye tests to show dogs can’t tell red from green.

    Here’s a tip for the novice pet owner: don’t buy your pooch a red ball and then throw it in a green field. Chances ar...

    Biology November 8, 2017
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