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Octopus Vision Research Offers Insight Into Identifying Risk of Vision Loss

A team of researchers led by Professor Shelby Temple from the University of Bristol, England have “introduced insights into identifying future risks of age-related macular degeneration (AMD)…,” according to Nature World News. Their work is based on the premise that by  examining the color-blind qualities of octopus and “their ability to detect polarized lights,” researchers and eye care practitioners can develop medical devices to determine the risk factors for vision loss in humans. The research team “measured polarization vision” in their octopus subjects in an effort to develop an ophthalmic device to facilitate screening people with low macular pigments.  More information about their novel findings can be found here.