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Business & Profession Cornea/Ocular Surface, Cornea/Ocular Surface, Retina, Basic & Translational Research, Health Economics and Policy

Bitesize Breakthroughs

Eye Spy
  • A team at Seoul National University, South Korea, has linked thinning of the retina with Parkinson’s disease (1). In patients with early stage Parkinson’s disease, the team identified retinal thinning, and found that it correlated with disease severity and may be linked with an increased loss of dopamine-producing brain cells. Looking to the future, the authors hope this study may help neurologists detect Parkinson’s in its earliest stages with a simple eye scan.
Dry Eye Developments
  • Using advanced mass spectrometry techniques, a team of Australian researchers have characterized ultra-long-chain fatty acids from human meibum. The team from Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane are now working with Allergan, who co-founded the research, to incorporate a synthetic long-chain lipid chain into future dry eye treatments (2).

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