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2023 Ocular Melanoma Update

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on May 23, 2023

Ocular melanoma, despite its name is not caused by exposure to the sun. This type of cancer is found in Caucasians between the ages of 30 and 50 and occurs in 1 out of 2,500 people. As you can guess, it can cause vision loss or blindness and can spread to the brain and liver. […]

Shedding Light on the Retina and Stargardt Disease

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on May 9, 2023

Eyes need light in order for human to see. What happens at the cellular level once light enters the retina? Conversely, when things aren’t working in the retina, what’s going at the cellular level that is causing the malfunction? Two studies at the National Eye Institute at the National Institutes of Health looked at these […]

Newts and Zebrafishes—Oh My!

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on April 25, 2023

A little over 100 years ago, scientist were studying fruit flies to learn more about genetics. Since they were easy to capture and breed, scientists were able to study multiple generations in a short period of time. The information that they found lead to the mapping of regions that correspond to the fly’s physical traits. […]

Glaucoma Research News

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on April 11, 2023

It is safe to say that no one wants to get glaucoma. This is the leading cause of blindness in persons age 60 and over. Thankfully research is taking place to learn more about the disease and possible treatment targets. Two projects in particular are studying how stress causes the disease and the genetic mutations […]

What’s Going on When it Comes to Brains & Vision?

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on March 21, 2023

What is going on in the cellular space and the neurological space that allows us to see? As you can guess scientists have studied these things and here are what they have found. Stem Cells There have been great advancements in the development of lab-grown photoreceptors. The problem lies in implanting them. Once they are […]

Reusing What Is Currently Available

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on March 7, 2023

Instead of buying new items, it is a good idea to reuse what you already have. For example, if you are going to ship something to a friend or relative who lives out of state, it is a good idea to re-use a box and packing materials from an item that you had shipped to […]

3D Printing for Vision

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on February 21, 2023

3D Printing is a manufacturing method whereby a three-dimensional object is created layer by layer. This process is used in the aerospace and automotive industries and for biomedical use. One way 3D Printing is used for biomedical purposes is for vision. Baylor University used 3D Printing as a way for blind and low vision persons […]

Peripheral Vision & Crowds

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on February 7, 2023

Peripheral vision and navigating through crowds, what do they have in common? For the most part nothing. Yet they are two examples of how information from the eye is coming into the brain and is being processed so that we can act accordingly. Two studies, one at the National Eye Institute (NEI) and the other […]

Detecting & Fixing Eye Diseases

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on January 24, 2023

In eye diseases like retinitis pigmentosa, age-related macular degeneration and Leber congenital amaurosis, things are going on in the cellular level that occur before anything is detected by way of a test or observation. It would be great if these changes could be detected sooner and if there was a way to stop the deterioration […]

Older Drivers & Vision

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on January 10, 2023

There are over 50 million people in the U.S. over the age 65 and close to 90 percent of them are still driving. Driving maintains a senior’s independence, so taking away their car keys should not be done lightly. Yet, as a person ages, his or her vision changes. Areas where older drivers experience trouble […]