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Experimental Drugs & Nerve Endings

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on December 5, 2023

Diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, optic neuritis, stroke—they all can lead to blindness. Is there a way to prevent, slow down types of vision loss or restore vision that has been lost? Research at Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the University of Connecticut School of Medicine studied an experimental drug and […]

Navigating Within Space & Restoring Vision After a Stroke

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

Have you ever considered the amount of information that goes from your eyes to the brain, so that you can navigate through an area, be it in your home or a walk to the store? Also, if vision is lost as a result of stroke, can it be restored? Both deal with taking information in […]

Research Advancements Offer Hope for LCA & Usher Syndrome Patients

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

Leber congenital amaurosis type 10 (LCA10) and Usher syndrome are both genetic diseases that lead to blindness. LCA10 is a retinal disease that leads to severe visual impairment or blindness in early childhood. Usher syndrome is the leading cause of both blindness and deafness, with type 2A (USH2A) being the most common type. This type […]

Brains and Vision—Lots Going On

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

More than half of the brain is dedicated to processing visual information. The processing of visual information isn’t as simple as it looks. Back in the 1950s, when scientist first discussed artificial intelligence, it was thought that teaching a computer to play chess would be difficult but teaching a computer to see would be easy. […]

Other Ways to Treat Presbyopia

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

Benjamin Franklin is credited with inventing bifocal spectacles, and for over 200 years, they were what persons over the age of 50 used to read and do other near work. However, soon there will be other options, and none of them involve lens. Collagen Cross-Linking This entails using UVA light and riboflavin, also known as […]

How the Eyes & Brain Work Together Regarding Recognition & Memory

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on September 26, 2023

It has been said that the eyes are the front of the brain and considering how up to 80 percent of what we know comes via vision, it is important that they are both in working order. How does the brain work when it comes to memory and perception. What about after a traumatic injury? […]

Lab Grown Organoids

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on September 12, 2023

For over 50 years, organ transplants has helped people with various diseases get a new lease on life. While retinas can be transplanted, the eye itself can’t be transplanted. That means that persons with retinitis pigmentosa, age-related macular degeneration and certain kinds of eye injuries have to deal with compromised vision or eventually blindness. Of […]

Night Vision Tests and AI Part Two

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on August 29, 2023

Part one dealt with the wet form of age-related macular degeneration and how researchers are looking for ways to identify and assess what disease stage the patient is in and develop the correct treatment plan. Usually, the first signs that someone has age-related macular degeneration are visible via fundus photos. How can they be utilized […]

Night Vision Tests and AI Part One

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on August 15, 2023

The two forms of age-related macular degeneration progress at different rates. The wet form of the disease progresses faster than the dry form. Still regardless of the type, once someone is diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration, that person can expect a decline in vision to take place gradually over the course of five years. In […]

Fixing What’s Broken

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on August 1, 2023

Spend enough time around eye doctors or in my case, reading about eye and vision research and you will learn that the eyes are the front of the brain. While the eyes are taking in the visuals, it is the brain that is interpreting them. Most of time, things work correctly, and people see what […]