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The eye

People’s reliance on sight means eyes are especially important among the body’s organs. It also gives scientists impetus to improve their understanding of how eyes work, and what can be done to keep eyes healthy. Around the world, some 1.3-billion people live with a visual impairment, of these, 36 million are blind. Researchers are attempting to reduce these staggering figures through efforts to treat those that modern medicine has so far failed to reach, and techniques that offer fresh hope to those whose blindness was once considered incurable.

Features and comment

People’s reliance on sight gives ophthalmology research a special importance to society.

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Smartphone apps and peripherals that simplify the diagnosis of sight problems could help doctors to reach billions of people in low-income countries.

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The medical benefits of bringing artificial intelligence to eye care outweigh the risks, says Aaron Lee.

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Pregnancy can affect the eye, but the recommendation that short-sighted women have a caesarean section to protect their vision is outdated and unnecessary.

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