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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 […]

Mitochondria & Lipids—Pathways to Glaucoma Treatments

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on July 18, 2023

Over 200,000 people in the U.S. are affected by glaucoma. Current treatments for the disease include prescription eye drops, oral medication, laser treatment, surgery, or a combination of these things. The treatments don’t reverse the damage caused by the disease. However, if treatment is started in the early stage, vision loss can be slowed down […]

Small Items, Big Impact

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

What do nanoparticles and small-molecule drugs have in common, other than the fact that they are small? They can both be used as therapeutics for vision. Nanoparticles can be used post-op to prevent the rejection of corneal grafts. Small-molecule drugs can be used for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and retinitis pigmentosa. […]

Stopping the Damage From Diabetic Retinopathy

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on June 20, 2023

Diabetic retinopathy occurs when there is damage to the blood vessels in the retina, and it is the leading cause of blindness for adults in the U.S. Since diabetes causes this and a host of other complications, scientists are working to learn more about what causes diabetic retinopathy in the hopes of developing treatments and […]

Light and Dark

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on June 6, 2023

While it is difficult to do near work like reading, writing or certain crafts like needlepoint, in low light, for the most part our eyes adjust and we can maneuver in the space or at least find the light switch. How does our eyes and brain work so that we can see both in low […]

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. […]