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Myopia Treatments Beyond Corrective Lenses

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on July 9, 2024

For those who may not know, 40 percent of the U.S. population has myopia, also known as nearsightedness. Most people with myopia use corrective lenses, either eyeglasses or contact lenses to achieve near 20/20 vision. For some, turning to surgical procedures, such as LASIK or having intraocular lenses implanted, is an option. Although myopia is […]

Evolution, Circadian Rhythm & How They Relate to the Eye

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on June 25, 2024

The eye is like a security camera that captures images that are both at rest and in motion. From our eyes, images travel through the retina and go to the brain. This information allows us to perform a myriad of tasks from reading, creating a meal to navigating from Point A to Point B. In […]

Eyes in Motion: Decoding the Relationship Between Vision, Movement, and Neural Processing

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on June 11, 2024

As we walk from Point A to Point B, be it from the living room to the kitchen or down a busy street, our eyes take in a great deal of information. Despite our bodies being in motion, we are able to focus on the end destination and navigate to the destination without much of […]

Thin Retinas & Metabolites

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on May 28, 2024

When it comes to glaucoma, early detection leads to early treatment, and the sooner treatment is started, the greater the likelihood that vision can be preserved. The usual way that glaucoma is detected is by measuring pressure inside the eye. High pressure is a sign of increased glaucoma risk and it is the only symptom […]

Unveiling the Secrets of Vision: Insights into Photoreceptors and Future Treatments

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on May 14, 2024

The photoreceptors in the eye are responsible for vision. There are two types of photoreceptors: rods and cones. Rods are responsible for vision in low level light and they have little to do with color vision. Cones function in bright light and are vital for color vision. Vision loss occurs when the photoreceptors aren’t working. […]

From Eye Fluid to Gene Therapies: Insights from Ocular Research

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on April 30, 2024

We’re all getting older and despite how well we take care of ourselves, aches, pains and generally not being as spry as we used to be, make themselves known. What about our eyes? What can be done at the cellular level to keep our vision in tip-top shape and treat eye disease? First, you need […]

The Novel & The Familiar

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on April 16, 2024

Have you ever wondered what happens in our brains that allows us not only to see, but also to recognize what is familiar and novel? Scientists have pondered this question, as well. Two research projects have studied this, and here is what scientists have learned. How Vision Contributes Working Memory Working memory involves briefly retaining […]

Eyesight Enhanced: Advancements in Bionic Implants and Eye Drops

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on April 2, 2024

Wouldn’t it be nice if there were fixes for vision diseases, such as macular degeneration and retinal vein occlusion, that could maintain vision, and in some cases improve vision—not just keep the disease from getting worse? Well, wouldn’t you know it, research done at Stanford University and Columbia University, showed that it is possible to […]

Harnessing Stem Cells and Antibodies for Eye Disease Treatment

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on March 19, 2024

There are treatments that are pharmaceutical based and there are treatments that are based on cells and molecules already in the human body. Two research projects, one at Massachusetts Eye and Ear and one at the University of California, Irvine, are utilizing stem cells and antibodies, respectively, to treat eye diseases. Stem Cells to the […]

Understanding Glaucoma & Myopia

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on March 5, 2024

Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that can lead to vision loss. Pressure builds up in the eye, and if the fluid in the eye doesn’t drain fast enough, the pressure can damage the optic nerve. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 3 million people in the U.S have glaucoma and […]