Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

A novel astrocyte cell in the retina: study

A full understanding of retinal cell types and their functions could point to novel therapeutic targets for diseases that affect the visual system, such as glaucoma — a leading cause of blindness for people over age 60.

Sean Donahue, MD, PhD

Sean Donahue to become president of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus

Sean Donahue, MD, PhD, Sam and Darthea Coleman Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, will become president of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus in July.

A ‘Site’ for Sore Eyes

Four years ago, Roger Lasater went outside to look at the stars and the moon and couldn’t see them. He was was in the beginning stages of age-related macular degeneration, one of the many eye diseases studied by physician-scientists at the Vanderbilt Eye Institute.

(photo by Anne Rayner)

Keep an eye on safety during April 8 solar eclipse

Eye safety should be a priority when viewing the eclipse on April 8.

Large, diverse genetic study of glaucoma implicates vascular and cancer-related genes

An international genetic study using multiancestry biobanks has identified novel genetic locations associated with primary open-angle glaucoma, the most common type of glaucoma and the leading cause of irreversible blindness globally.

National study of two surgical interventions for exotropia shows no detectable difference

A study comparing two surgical methods for repairing childhood intermittent exotropia (a common form of strabismus or eye misalignment, in which one or both eyes sometimes turn outward) were unable to detect a significant difference in the two methods.

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