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Gene therapy: perspectives from young adults with Leber’s congenital amaurosis

The authors present their telephone survey data of 10 patients with a mean age of 24.4 years regarding their opinion on gene therapy for their Leber’s congenital amaurosis. Patients were recruited at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto. Of the...

Usher syndrome: an overview

Usher syndrome is the most common hereditary condition that affects both vision and hearing. It is an autosomal recessive condition characterised by retinitis pigmentosa (RP) and bilateral sensorineural hearing loss [1,2]. Usher syndrome is the cause of approximately 10% of...

Uveitis in the elderly

This study from Turkey evaluated the causes and clinical characteristics of uveitis in elderly patients. Data from 90 eyes of 68 patients aged 60 years and older were reviewed. Anterior uveitis was present in 75% (33% of these had keratouveitis),...

An update on inherited retinal disorders (part 2): Approaches to therapy for IRDs

Part 1 of this topic can be found here There are currently no proven cures for inherited retinal disease (IRD). However, multiple avenues of research are being investigated to better understand disease mechanisms and trial potential therapies that may slow...

LambdaVision aims to refine process for in-space manufacturing of artificial retinas through ISS National Lab-sponsored investigation

Approximately 1.5 million people worldwide are affected by retinitis pigmentosa, a rare genetic disorder that causes vision loss. Currently there is no cure, but researchers from LambdaVision are turning to the International Space Station (ISS) National Laboratory to look for...

Incidence and risk factors of late in the bag intraocular lens dislocation

The aim of this study was to identify risk factors for late in the bag dislocation over a 21 year period. Worldwide the incidence varies from 0.05% to 3.0%. In this Swedish study they report an increase in incidence in...

Glaukos 6th National Micro Invasive Glaucoma Surgery Master Class

Chair: Mr. Imran MasoodSpeakers include: Professor Peter Shah, Mr. Simon Dulku, Mr. Thomas Ressiniotis, Ms. Sally AmeenTopics discussed: iStent inject® patient selection, clinical data, training, how to start implanting, how to submit a successful business case to the trust, and...

An update on inherited retinal disorders (part 1) – overview and assessment of inherited retinal disease

Part 2 of this topic can be found here Inherited Retinal Disease (IRD) is the leading cause of blindness certification in the working age population (age 16-64 years) in England and Wales and the second most common in childhood [1]....

Retinal prosthetics: science fiction or a vision for the future?

“Is it a fact – or have I dreamt it – that, by means of electricity, the world of matter has become a great nerve, vibrating thousands of miles in a breathless point of time?” – Nathaniel Hawthorne, The House...

Blind Faith: In Conversation with Mariya Moosajee

In light of the BBC releasing Blind Faith: Do genetic eye disease ‘treatments' work? earlier this year, a documentary which follows BBC journalist Ramadan Younes as he investigates practitioners who falsely claim to have ‘treatments’ for genetic eye disease, Eye...

Cataract surgery in small adult eyes

This is a retrospective audit of a five year study period, between the periods of January 2006 to December 2010, where a surgical log book search was performed. The inclusion criteria of this study were intraocular lenses (IOL) power greater...

UK Eye Genetics Group Annual Conference

by Chloe M. Stanton, UK-EGG Treasurer, MRC Human Genetics Unit, Institute of Genetics and Cancer, University of Edinburgh Delegates including ophthalmic clinicians, clinical geneticists, genetic counsellors and research scientists travelled to Edinburgh from across the UK and Europe to attend...