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Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences Archives

Virtual reality simulator hones eye surgery skills

Mar. 20, 2014—Virtual reality environments are a common feature used in the aviation industry to train pilots, and now they’re also proving to be a very effective tool in educating the next generation of ophthalmological surgeons at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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Protein boosts retinal neuron survival

Mar. 14, 2014—An ion channel protein called TRIPV1 helps retinal neurons survive the elevated eye pressure associated with glaucoma.

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Vanderbilt ophthalmologist offers tips for healthy eyes in winter

Jan. 31, 2014—Cold weather can be rough on skin, drying it out and making it itchy and uncomfortable, but winter can also be harsh on another part of body—the eyes. During the winter months, the air outside and indoors is typically dry. The lack of moisture can make the surfaces of the eye drier as well causing...

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Orthoptist association honors Vanderbilt’s Biernacki

Jan. 30, 2014—The American Association of Certified Orthoptists (AACO) recently presented Ronald Biernacki, associate in Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Vanderbilt, the Lancaster Award, the highest award an orthoptist can receive.

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Penn named to vision group’s scientific advisory panel

Oct. 31, 2013—John Penn, Ph.D., vice chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Vanderbilt, has been named to the Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) Scientific Advisory Panel.

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Metabolic profiling of vision loss

Sep. 27, 2013—A panel of metabolites – small molecules that are part of metabolic processes – that are unique to macular degeneration will shed light on the disease and aid diagnosis.

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Grant to support blindess research

Jul. 25, 2013—Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) recently awarded a $110,000 grant to Vanderbilt’s Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences in support of research into the causes, treatment and prevention of blinding diseases.

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Vanderbilt ophthalmologist stresses summer eye safety

Jul. 17, 2013—When it comes to damaging sun rays, skin protection is a top priority for many. But there is another area that needs to be brought into focus – the eyes. Excessive exposure to ultraviolet light can damage the eyes, said Daniel Weikert, M.D., assistant professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at the Vanderbilt Eye Institute (VEI), and...

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Insights on glaucoma gene mutations

Jun. 26, 2013—Glaucoma-causing mutations in the gene for myocilin reduce secretion of the protein into the aqueous humor, suggesting a new option for treatment.

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Penn seeks new look at eye disorder

Mar. 7, 2013—John Penn, Ph.D., vice chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Vanderbilt, is seeking to change the way retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), the leading cause of childhood blindness worldwide, is treated.

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Guidelines for pediatric vision screening methods updated

Mar. 7, 2013—The American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) recently revised the guidelines for reporting the results from studies of preschool vision screening instruments.

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Last Days of Winter Can be Hard on Eyes; Vanderbilt Ophthalmologist Offers Care Tips

Feb. 20, 2013—Winter may be slowly giving way to spring, but the remaining cold days of the season can cause plenty of trouble for the eyes—trouble that is largely avoidable, says a Vanderbilt Eye Institute ophthalmologist.

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Recent Stories from VUMC News and Communications Publications

Betsy Williams has firsthand advice for parents on the fence about whether their adolescent children should be vaccinated for the common human papilloma virus (HPV), which can lead to six types of cancer.  Don’t hesitate. Do it.

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Betsy Williams has firsthand advice for parents on the fence about whether their adolescent children should be vaccinated for the common human papilloma virus (HPV), which can lead to six types of cancer. Don’t hesitate. Do it.

Keeping pace: Nashville, once a mid-size city with a Southern small-town feel, is experiencing explosive growth.

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Keeping pace: Nashville, once a mid-size city with a Southern small-town feel, is experiencing explosive growth.

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