Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Gene Therapy To Prevent Degeneration Of Cone Photoreceptors In Mice On December 27 Show

Dr. Nicolas Bazan (LSU Health Sciences - New Orleans, LA)

Dr. Nicolas Bazan of LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans discusses how inhibiting the PATP4 protein associated with the RPE65 gene can prevent the degeneration of cone photoreceptors in mice.

12/27/2020 Podcast (Click Image Below) 

Monday, December 14, 2020

EZ2See Products and the Uniqueness of Corneal Schwann Cells On December 20 Show

Edward Cohen (EZ2See Products - Rochester, MN)

Dr. Royce Mohan (University of Connecticut School of Medicine - Farmington, CT)

Edward Cohen, founding owner of EZ2See Products in Rochester, Minnesota, goes over its large print weekly calendar, high contrast sticky note pads, and Independent Living Aids bold, no bleed pen.

Dr. Royce Mohan of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine explains the uniqueness of corneal Schwann cells and their role in nerve regeneration and sensory function.

12/20/2020 Podcast (Click Image Below)

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Orasis's CSF-1 Eye Drop To Treat Presbyopia and Whether Cornea Is Susceptible To COVID-19 Infection

Elad Kedar, CEO (Orasis Pharmaceuticals -Herzliya, Israel)

Dr. Jonathan Miner (Washington University School of Medicine - St. Louis, MO)

Orasis Pharmaceuticals CEO Elad Kedar discusses its eye drop, CSF-1, which has undergone NEAR-1 and NEAR-2 clinical trials to treat presbyopia that adversely affects near vision as the eyes age.

Then, Dr. Jonathan Miner of the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis explains research into whether the cornea is suspectible to COVID-19 infection.

November 22 Podcast (Click Below)

Friday, November 6, 2020

How Eyes Adapt To Maintain Vision During Early Retinal Degeneration and COVID-19's Effects On Care of Glaucoma and RP Patients

Dr. Frans Vinberg (University of Utah - Salt Lake City, UT)

Dr. Daniel Laroche (Advanced Eye Care of New York - New York, NY)

Dr. Frans Vinberg of the University of Utah School of Medicine explains how eyes can adapt to maintain vision during early stages of retinal degenerative disease.

Then, Advanced Eye Care of New York's Dr. Daniel Laroche discusses COVID-19's effects on the care of glaucoma and retinitis pigmentosa patients, especially those of color.

11/8/2020 Podcast (Click Below)

Friday, October 30, 2020

Using SLT at Low Energy To Potentially Treat Glaucoma And An Experimental Compound To Potential Treat Retinopathy

Dr. Tony Realini (West Virginia University - Morgantown, WV)

Dr. Chris Schafer  (Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation - Oklahoma City, OK)

Dr. Tony Realini of West Virginia University goes over a study on mice, which compares using selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) at standard and low energy levels to potentially treat glaucoma.

Then, the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation's Dr. Chris Schafer explains how an experimental compound was developed to target a specific class of proteins in mice to potentially treat retinopathy.

11/1/2020 Podcast (Click Below) 

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Surveys Covering The Pandemic's Effects On Those With Low Vision On October 18 Show

Tom Brunner (Glaucoma Research Foundation - San Francisco, CA)

Dr. L. Penny Rosenblum (American Foundation for the Blind - Tucson, AZ)

Tom Brunner of the Glaucoma Research Foundation discusses the Glaucoma Impact Survey, which explored the experiences and concerns of glaucoma patients during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Then, Dr. L. Penny Rosenblum of the American Foundation of the Blind explains the Flatten Inaccessibility Survey, which studied the challenges of those with low vision during the early period of pandemic with regards to access to transportation, health care, employment, and education.

10/18/2020 Podcast (Click Link Below) 

Friday, October 2, 2020

Mask Associated Dry Eye and SuperVision Search App On October 4 Show

Dr. Lyndon Jones (University of Waterloo - Waterloo, ON)

Dr. Gang Luo (Massachusetts Eye and Ear - Boston, MA)

Dr. Lyndon Jones of the University of Waterloo in Ontario discusses Mask Associated Dry Eye and guidance in keeping eyes lubricated, while following mask mandates.  

Then, Dr. Gang Luo of Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Harvard Medical School in Boston talks about the SuperVision Search App, which uses artificial intelligence technology for magnification purposes. 

10/4/2020 Podcast (Click Image Below

Friday, September 25, 2020

Co-Injecting Photoreceptors and RPE Cells Into Mice To Restore Vision And A Talk About Thyroid Eye Disease

Professor Molly Shoichet (University of Toronto - Toronto, ON)

Dr. Gary Joseph Lelli (Weill Cornell Medicine - New York, NY)

Professor Molly Shoichet of the University of Toronto explains how co-delivery of photoreceptor and retinal pigment epithelial cells into damaged mouse retinas can restore some vision.

Then, Dr. Gary Joseph Lelli of New York's Weill Cornell Medicine and Christine, a patient, discuss (TED) Thyroid Eye Disease, Graves' Disease, and how living with TED can affect one's life.

9/27/2020 Podcast (Click Image Below) 

Friday, September 11, 2020

Hadley's Braille Workshops, Online Accounts and APH's LEGO Braille Bricks On Sept. 13 Show

Hadley (Winnetka, IL)

Kate Herndon (American Printing House for the Blind - Louisville, KY)

Marc Arneson of Hadley returns to discuss online Braille workshops, the THRIVE newsletter, and how to open a Hadley account.

Then, Kate Herndon of Louisville's American Printing House for the Blind explains LEGO Braille Bricks, which have studs that corresponds to different numbers and letters in the Braille alphabet.

9/13/2020 Podcast (Click Image Below)

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

DURYSTA Implant and Hadley's New Website and Workshops On Labor Day Weekend Show

Dr. Deepak Sobti (Texas Eye and Cataract - Waxahachie, TX)

Hadley (Winnetka, IL)

Dr. Deepak Sobti of Waxahachie's Texas Eye and Cataract explains how the DURYSTA implant can help treat open angle glaucoma and ocular hypertension.

Then, Marc Arneson of Hadley discusses its history, newly designed website, and online technology and daily living websites.

9/6/2020 Podcast (Click Image Below)

Friday, August 14, 2020

Excessive Screen Time Hurting Children's Eyes And Multifocal Lenses Treating Children With Myopia

Dr. Glen T. Steele (Southern College Of Optometry - Memphis, TN)

Dr. Jeffrey Walline (Ohio State University College Of Optometry - Columbus, OH)

Dr. Glen T. Steele of Memphis's Southern College of Optometry discusses how excessive screen time in front of digital devices can harm children's eyes.

Then, the Ohio State University College of Optometry's Dr. Jeffrey Walline explains how multifocal contact lenses can help treat myopia in children.

8/16/2020 Podcast (Click Image Below)

Friday, August 7, 2020

Accessible Absentee Voting And Brain's Metabolic Processes Influencing Glaucoma and Alzheimer's Disease

Chris Danielsen (National Federation of the Blind - Baltimore, MD)
Dr. David J. Calkins (Vanderbilt University Medical Center - Nashville, TN)

Chris Danielsen of the National Federation of the Blind explains the NFB's effort to get states to provide accessible absentee voting systems for those with visual impairment.

Then, Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Dr. David J. Calkins explains how boosting the brain's metabolic processes could theoretically slow neurodegeneration to help treat glaucoma and Alzheimer's disease.

8/9/2020 Podcast (Click Image Below)

Friday, July 31, 2020

Legally Blind Couple Coping During Pandemic and Discussion of Pink Eye and Risk of COVID-19 Being Transferred Through Eyes

Manny Gimenez and Dalesha Richardson (Springfield, Illinois)

Dr. Ella Faktorovich (Pacific Vision Institute - San Francisco, CA)

Manny Gimenez of Springfield, Illinois, talks about misconceptions about being legally blind, coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, and the YouTube channel, Dalesha's Life, started by Dalesha Richardson, Gimenez's girlfriend.

Then, Dr. Ella Faktorovich of San Francisco's Pacific Vision Institute discusses conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, and the risk of COVID-19 being transmitting into the body through the eyes.

8/2/2020 Podcast (Click Image Below)

Friday, July 24, 2020

Exercise Reducing Macular Degeneration and Discussion Of Cerebral Visual Impairment On July 26 Show

Dr. Bradley Gelfand (University of Virginia - Charlottesville, VA)

Dr. Lotfi Merabet (Harvard Medical School - Boston, MA)

Dr. Bradley Gelfand of the University of Virginia's Center for Advanced Vision Science goes over a study showing that exercise can slow or prevent macular degeneration.

Then, Dr. Lotfi Merabet of Boston's Massachusetts Eye and Ear Department of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School explains cerebral visual impairment (CVI), the difficulty in diagnosing it, and how it affects children.

7/26/2020 Podcast (Click Image Below)

Friday, June 26, 2020

Benefits of Mediterranean Diet and More LS&S Products On June 28 Show

Dr. Emily Chew (National Eye Institute - Bethesda, MD)

LS&S, LLC (Buffalo, NY)

Dr. Emily Chew of the National Eye Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, discusses studies that show following a Mediterranean diet not only lowers the risk of developing late-stage age-related macular degeneration but also slows the rate of cognitive decline.

Then, Melissa Balbach of LS&S, LLC, in Buffalo, New York, returns to explains athletic balls with bells, Cocoons polarized glasses, and noIR (no infrared) glasses.

6/28/2020 (Click Image Below)

Friday, June 12, 2020

Fitz Frames and LS&S Talking Health Care Products, Blindshell Phone On June 14 Show

Heidi Hertel (Fitz Frames - Youngstown, OH)

LS&S, LLC (Buffalo, NY)

Co-founder Heidi Hertel discusses Fitz Frames, which uses an app to take a photo by which custom fitting frames are manufactured in Youngstown, Ohio.

Melissa Balbach, president of LS&S, LLC, in Buffalo, New York, goes over talking blood glucose monitors, blood pressure monitors, weight scales, thermometers, and the new Blindshell talking cell phone.

6/14/2020 Podcast (Click Image Below)

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Envision Glasses and Low Doses of Avastin To Treat ROP on June 7 Show

Karthik Kannan (Envision - The Hague, Netherlands)

Indiana University School Of Medicine (Indianapolis, IN)

Chief Engineer, Karthik Kannan, of Envision, discusses its smart glasses, which combines artificial intelligence, optical character recognition, and Google Glass technology.

Then, Dr. David Wallace of the Indiana University School of Medicine explains a study showing that low doses of avastin can prevent blindness in those with retinopathy of prematurity.

June 7 Podcast (Click Image Below)

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

OrCam's Assistive Technology Products and Dicer Enzyme To Possibly Treat Dry and Wet AMD On March 15 Show

OrCam MyEye 2

OrCam MyEye 2

Dr. Brad Gelfand (University of Virginia - Charlottesville, VA)

OrCam's Rafi Fischer discusses the company's wearable assistive technology products such as the OrCam MyEye 2 and the OrCam MyReader 2.

Dr. Brad Gelfand of the University of Virginia Center for Advanced Visual Science explains how the Dicer enzyme could possibly be the key to a treatment for both the wet and dry forms of age-related macular degeneration.

3/15/2020 Podcast (Click Image Below)

Thursday, February 27, 2020

PRIMA Wireless Retinal Implant and Muller Glia In Zebrafish For Retinal Regeneration On March 1 Show

Dr. Joseph Martel (University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh, PA)

Dr. James G. Patton (Vanderbilt University - Nashville, TN)

Dr. Joseph Martel of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Ophthalmology discusses the PRIMA wireless retinal device that can restore partial vision to those afflicted with the dry form of age-related macular degeneration.

Dr. James G. Patton of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine explains how Muller glia can restore vision in zebrafish and research into how Muller glia in humans could possibly someday accomplish the same task.

3/1/2020 Podcast (Click Image Below)

Thursday, February 20, 2020

ViewPlus Products and Brain Pressure's Effects On Glaucoma On February 23 Show

ViewPlus Technologies, Inc. (Corvallis, OR)

Dr. Chris Passaglia (University of South Florida - Tampa, FL)

CEO Dan Gardner of ViewPlus Technologies, Inc. talks about the company's many Braille embossers, its audio graphing calculator, and software products.

Then, Dr. Chris Passaglia of the University of South Florida's Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering discusses how brain pressure in tandem with eye pressure affects glaucoma and the Ocular Neuroscience and Neuroengineering Lab.

2/23/2020 Podcast (Click Image Below)

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Hadley Educational Resources and Knoxville Native Overcoming RP on February 2 Show

Hadley (Winnetka, IL)

Chad Foster (Red Hat - Raleigh, NC)

Joan Jaeger of Hadley of Winnetka, Illinois, discusses many of Hadley's online educational resources, such as discussion groups, podcasts, and instructional videos.

Then, Knoxville native, Chad Foster, talks about overcoming blindness from retinitis pigmentosa to graduate from Harvard Business School and work for Red Hat, the world's largest open source software company.

2/2/2020 Podcast (Click Image Below)

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Stem Cell-Derived Therapy To Treat Dry AMD and Retinal Tears On January 26 Show

Dr. Angela Bosjolie (ReFocus Eye Health - Bloomfield, CT)

Dr. Kapil Bharti (National Eye Institute - Bethesda, MD)

Dr. Angela Bosjolie of ReFocus Eye Health in Bloomfield, Connecticut discusses the retina, retinal tears, and the recent eye injury suffered by Today show host, Savannah Guthrie.

Dr. Kapil Bharti of the National Eye Institute explains a clinical trial that uses patient-derived stem cells to replace dying cells in the retina to in an effort to treat the dry form of age-related macular degeneration.

1/26/2020 Podcast (Click Image Below)

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Blue Light's Effect On Eye and Sleep Patterns, Poor Diet Leading To Late Stage AMD

Dr. Phillip Yuhas (Ohio State University - Columbus, OH)

Dr. Amy Millen (University of Buffalo - Buffalo, NY)

Dr. Phillip Yuhas of the Ohio State University College of Optometry talks about blue light's true effect on the eye and sleep patterns.

Then, the University of Buffalo Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health's Dr. Amy Millen explains how a diet high in red meat and fried food can lead to an increased risk of developing late stage age-related macular degeneration.

1/19/2020 Podcast (Click Image Below)

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