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The Genes Have It

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on March 1, 2022

Genetic research has revealed many things about eye diseases. Two studies in particular have revealed how gene variants in inherited retinal dystrophies (IRDs), such as retinitis pigmentosa, lead to these diseases and how gene therapy can help preserve vision. Whole-Genome Sequences Researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and at Shiley […]

Automation Comes to Eye Imaging

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on February 15, 2022

Aren’t optical coherence tomography (OCT) machines great? The machine uses light waves to take a cross-section of the retina and this allows the eye doctor to map and measure its thickness. These measurements help with the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic eye disease. As great as an OCT machine […]

Possible New Treatments for FECD

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on February 1, 2022

Fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy (FECD) is a rare eye disease that affects the thin layer of cells that line the back part of the cornea, known as the endothelium. When the cells in endothelium die off, fluid builds up in the cornea, causing swelling and vision loss. Currently the only treatment is a corneal transplant. […]

Blindness, Hearing & Color Perception

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on January 18, 2022

Being blind isn’t just a matter of living in total darkness. There are levels of blindness, from being legally blind, which is having vision that is 20/200 or less, to complete blindness whereby a person cannot make out shadows or light. Still, no matter what level of blindness a person has, it’s not like he […]

Retinoblastoma

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on January 4, 2022

Retinoblastoma is a rare cancer that affects children that are younger than 2-years-old. It develops in the retina and approximately 40 percent of cases are due to an inherited genetic mutation in a gene known as RB1. For most patients with an inherited form of the disease, the cancer affects both eyes. CAR-T-cell therapy Research […]

Babies and Computers and Vision—Oh my!

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on December 21, 2021

Our eyes are taking in a lot of information when we see something within milliseconds of turning our head to the object in question. How does that happen? What are the internal mechanisms that lead to our being able to differentiate between two shades of green or know the difference between a pen and a […]

Vision Therapy

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on December 7, 2021

Many vision problems in children, such as dyslexia, convergence insufficiency or anomalies in fixation, saccades or pursuit eye movement, such as amblyopia/lazy eye can’t be detected by way of reading an eye chart. Of course, some such as strabismus/cross eyed have outward signs, such as one eye pointing in the wrong direction. Of course, for […]

Contacts—They’re Not Just for Adult Vision

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on November 23, 2021

There are a lot of benefits associated with contact lenses. Increased field of vision, less vision distortion and contacts don’t fog up when it is cold, rainy or while wearing a mask. For the most part, contacts are first recommended for teenagers. Children as young as 7 can wear and care for contacts and here […]

Vision Needs of Gamers

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on November 9, 2021

If you are of a certain age, you will remember playing video games like Pong, Space Invaders, and Pac-Man. Well, video games have come a long way since those days. Now there are Internet based, multi-player games like Fortnite, League of Legends and Madden NFL. Gamers are a part of a global audience of 281 […]

Two Surprising Links to Glaucoma

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on October 26, 2021

It has been said many times, you are what you eat. What we eat has a direct effect on our bodies, not just in terms of our weight and cardiovascular health, also in terms of vision. Two studies have shown that caffeine and carbohydrates are linked to the development of glaucoma. A study done at […]