Success Story: Exciting Discoveries re: Two Rare Children’s Blinding Diseases

Success Story: Exciting Discoveries re: Two Rare Children’s Blinding Diseases

Researchers at Children’s Hospital have made exciting discoveries in two related rare children’s blinding diseases: Familial Exudative VitreoRetinopathy (FEVR) and Norrie disease. Both diseases share similar symptoms of abnormal leaky blood vessels in the eye that can steal a child’s eyesight early in life. The research team found that defective genes damage junctions in the … Continue reading

Success Story: A Retinal Prosthesis

Success Story: A Retinal Prosthesis

MLERFi and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary have been committed partners for more than two decades in pursuit of the most ambitious technological innovations to date―developing a retinal prosthesis designed to restore useful vision to patients who are blind from age-related macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa. The primary goal of the prosthesis is to … Continue reading

Success Story: Drug to Prevent Dry Eye

Success Story: Drug to Prevent Dry Eye

Researchers at Schepens Eye Research Institute have determined that there is an increased possibility that a drug can be used to prevent or treat “dry eye.” Pablo Argueso, Ph.D. is studying dry eye disease, a debilitating disease of the cornea (the clear window of the eye) and conjunctiva (the white part of the eye that … Continue reading

A Possible New Treatment for Dry AMD

A Possible New Treatment for Dry AMD

Age-related Macular Dengeration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness in the developed world, and though effective treatments are available for the wet AMD, they are currently lacking for the more-prevalent dry form. The researchers at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary found evidence that treatment with high-dose atorvastatin (80mg) is associated with regression of lipid … Continue reading

Success Story: Using Computational Modelling to Process Visual Information

Success Story: Using Computational Modelling to Process Visual Information

Researchers at Boston Children’s Hosptal have been conducting #InspiredResearch which combines neurophysiology, visual psychophysics and computational modeling to investigate how neural circuits store, represent and process visual information in the human brain. By recording the activity of neurons and neuronal ensembles in cortex, the Kreiman Lab is providing insights about how the brain interprets the visual … Continue reading

Success Story: Retinal Surgery

Success Story: Retinal Surgery

While every eye surgery is important, not all are equal, and when a patient with only one seeing eye suffers a retinal detachment, the stakes are at their highest. Such was the case when John (last name withheld) went to the operating room after urgently presenting to the Specialty Eye Clinic at Boston Medical Center … Continue reading