Friday, June 2, 2023

Comparison of First Age of Diagnosis and Severity of Glaucoma Between Black and White Patients and Discussion of eSight Electronic Vision Enhancing Eyewear

Kaela Acuff (University of California - San Diego)

eSight 4 (eSight Eyewear - Toronto, ON)

Kaela Acuff, M.D. candidate, at the University of California-San Diego, goes over a study comparing the ages of first diagnosis and severity of cases of glaucoma between African-American and white patients.

Then, Roland Mattern, Director of Sales and Marketing, at eSight Eyewear, in Toronto, explains how the electronic vision enhancing system can help some, who have lost a degree of central vision.  That's includes the eSight 4 and eSight Go models.

6/4/2023 Podcast (Click Image Below) 

Friday, May 19, 2023

Partnership Between EnChroma Color Blind Glasses and Mississippi State University

EnChroma - Berkeley, CA

Dr. Amelia Fox (Mississippi State University - Starkville, MS) 

Dr. Renee Clary (Mississippi State University - Starkville, MS)

Amy Moe-Hoffman (Mississippi State University - Starkville, MS)

Kent Streeb, VP of Communications and Partnerships at EnChroma in Berkeley, California, and Dr. Amelia Fox, an unmanned flight instructor at Mississippi State University in Starkville, discuss color vision deficiency, a partnership between EnChroma and the school, and the importance of color vision in the unmanned flight program.

Then, Dr. Renee Clary, professor of geology, director of the Dunn-Seiler Museum in the Department of Geosciences and Amy Moe-Hoffman, instructor of geology, museum curator of the Dunn-Seiler Museum, and Chair of Museums and Galleries Committees of Mississippi State University in Starkville talk about the importance of color vision for their students in geology with EnChroma glasses and getting the full experience of the museums and galleries on campus with enhanced color vision. 

5/21/2023 Podcast (Click Image Below)

Friday, April 28, 2023

Increase In Number Of Retinitis Of Prematurity Cases Reported and Extremely Rare Gene Variants As Potential Cause Of Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Dr. Darius Moshfeghi (Stanford University Byers Eye Institute - Palo Alto, CA)

Dr. Anand Swaroop (National Eye Institute - Bethesda, MD)

Dr. Darius Moshfeghi, Chief of the Retina Division at the Stanford University Byers Eye Institute, discusses retinopathy of prematurity and the increase in the number of its reported cases.

Dr. Anand Swaroop, Senior Investigator and Chief of the National Eye Institute Neurobiology Neurodegeneration and Repair Laboratory, explains how extremely rare gene variants of proteins, C8-alpha and C8-beta, could alter the stability of the membrane attack complex (MAC) and lead to age-related macular degeneration. 

4/30/2023 Podcast (Click Image Below) 

Thursday, April 13, 2023

Mice Cones Retaining Function In Degenerating Retinas and Gene Therapy For A Form of Leber Congenital Amaurosis

Dr. A.P. Sampath (UCLA - Los Angeles, CA)

Dr. Paul Yang (Oregon Health and Science University - Portland, OR)

Dr. A.P. Sampath, Grace and Walter Lantz endowed chair in ophthalmology at the Jules Stein Eye Institute and professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles, discusses research showing how cones in degenerating retinas in mice retain function, showing sensitivity to light.

Then, Dr. Paul Yang, an associate professor of ophthalmic genetics and ocular immunology at Casey Eye Institute at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, explains how gene therapy can be used to deliver working copies of the gene, GUCY2D, to treat a form of Leber Congenital Amaurosis (LCA).

4/16/2023 Podcast (Click Image Below)  

Friday, April 7, 2023

Cadence Tactile GraphicsTablet and Gene Therapy For Retinitis Pigmentosa

Cadence Tactile Graphics Tablet (Tactile Engineering - Lafayette, IN)

Dr. Alfred Lewin (University of Florida - Gainesville, FL)

Dave Schleppenbach, Chief Executive Officer of Tactile Engineering, in Lafayette, Indiana, discusses the Cadence Tablet, which is a portable device that enables the blind to feel images, animation, and pages of Braille text.

Dr. Alfred Lewin, professor emeritus in the University of Florida College of Medicine's department of molecular genetics and microbiology and former Shaler-Richardson Professor of Ophthalmic Sciences explains how gene therapy has been used to treat retinitis pigmentosa in mice.

4/9/2023 Podcast (Click Image Below)

Friday, March 10, 2023

Lab Grown Eye Cells Form New Neural Connections and Two Congressional Bills To Assist The Blind and Visually Impaired

Dr. David Gamm (University of Wisconsin-Madison McPherson Eye Research Institute - Madison, WI)

Justin Young (National Federation of the Blind - Baltimore, MD)

Dr. David Gamm, University of Wisconsin-Madison professor of ophthalmology and visual science and director of McPherson Eye Research Institute explains how isolated cells from lab grown retinal organoids could still form new synaptic connections after being broken up from retinal organoids and having their existing synaptic connections destroyed.

Then, Justin Young, National Federation of the Blind government affairs specialist, in Baltimore, explains two proposed bills, the Blind Americans Return To Work Act and the Medical Devices Nonvisual Accessibility Act.

3/12/2023 Podcast (Click Image Below) 

Friday, March 3, 2023

Effectiveness Of Eylea In Early Treatment Of Diabetic Retinopathy and a Link Between Extracellular Vesicles In Tears and Keratoconus

Dr. Raj Maturi (Midwest Eye Institute - Indianapolis, IN)

Dr. Dimitrios Karamichos (North Texas Eye Research Institute - Fort Worth, TX)

Dr. Raj Maturi, a specialist in vitreoretinal medicine and surgery at Midwest Eye Institute in Indianapolis, explains the results of a study showing the effectiveness of the drug, Eylea, in the slowing the progression of diabetic retinopathy and improving the visual acuity in those with the early stages of the disease.

Then, Dr. Dimitrios Karamichos, executive director of the North Texas Eye Research Institute (NTERI) in Fort Worth, discusses a link between extracellular vesicles in tears and keratoconus.

3/5/2023 Podcast (Click Image Below) 

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