Early Detection and Managing Disease Key to Healthy Eyes
If you've been diagnosed with diabetes, make sure to include regular comprehensive eye exams to your health care regimen of watching your diet and monitoring your blood sugar. Diabetic eye disease is the leading cause of vision loss among working-age adults in the United States. Diabetic retinopathy, the most common form, affects nearly 29 percent of Americans with diabetes age 40 and older, according to the National Eye Institute. The number of people with diabetic retinopathy is expected to grow from 7 million to 11 million by 2030.
"Vision loss from diabetic retinopathy carries very severe physical, psychological, social and economic consequences on individuals and their communities worldwide," says retina specialist Andreas Lauer, M.D., associate professor of ophthalmology at Casey Eye Institute. Although there have been inroads in research and treatment, the prevalence and impact of diabetic retinopathy is expected to grow as nations become more industrialized and life expectancy increases. "Diabetic retinopathy is poised to be an overwhelming global public health problem," he says.
HALLOWEEN LENSES CAN LEAD TO SCARY EYE PROBLEMS, WARN CASEY PHYSICIANS
Black cape? Check. Plastic fangs? Check. Scary make-up? Check. Contact lenses to make your eyes look blood red? Unless they've been prescribed and fitted by an eye care professional, leave your novelty lenses at home this Halloween. Casey Eye Institute physicians caution that you could experience your own horror story, namely the risk of permanent vision loss from a painful eye infection or serious injury. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversees the safety and effectiveness of contact lenses and considers them a medical device. Decorative lenses, often sold on the Internet and in beauty salons and novelty shops, are illegal if purchased or sold without a valid prescription from an eye doctor. In fact, the agency recently launched "Operation Double Vision," a concerted effort to seize unapproved, illegally imported decorative and counterfeit lenses.
Student Volunteer Awarded Summer Student Fellowship
The national nonprofit organization Fight for Sight has awarded a 2013 Summer Student Fellowship to OHSU Casey Eye Institute student volunteer, Hope Titus. Her grant, "Natural history assessment of retinitis pigmentosa with Imagine Eyes rtx1™ Adaptive Optics," will establish repeatability measures for single cell cone counting in patients with retinitis pigmentosa (RP). One of the most common forms of inherited retinal degeneration, RP gradually leads to blindness by causing death of rod and cone photoreceptors.
Casey Eye Institute and the Oregon State Elks celebrate $25 million raised
Oregon Health & Science University and the Oregon State Elks are celebrating a multi-million-dollar milestone this week that has helped treat and prevent eye disease for thousands of children throughout the region.
Since 1949, the Elks Children's Eye Clinic at OHSU's Casey Eye Institute has been dedicated to making children's vision their top priority. This commitment has resulted in more than $25 million and thousands of volunteer hours, bringing sight to children who might not otherwise have experienced this most important sense.
"Over the last 64 years the Elks have played a crucial role in advancing all three of OHSU's missions: teaching, research and patient care, for pediatric eye patients" said David Wilson, M.D., Thiele-Petti Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and director of Casey Eye Institute. "We are incredibly grateful for their sustained, loyal support."
OHSU Researcher Receives $50,000 Award at Usher Syndrome Family Conference
Richard Weleber, M.D., professor of ophthalmology at OHSU Casey Eye Institute, was awarded a grant of $50,000 from the Hear See Hope Foundation to further his research of Usher syndrome, an inherited disorder that causes impaired hearing at birth and progressive vision loss. Dr. Weleber, a leading expert in genetic eye diseases, received the award in July at a national meeting in Portland for families affected by this uncommon and devastating condition.
Andreas Lauer, M.D., Honored for Achievements in Resident Education
OHSU Casey Eye Institute physician Andreas (Andy) Lauer, M.D., has been named as the recipient of the prestigious Straatsma Award for Excellence in Resident Education for 2013. The annual honor, given by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology (AUPO), is in recognition of Dr. Lauer's outstanding achievements in resident education.
A Photographic Journey into Blindness
The current photo exhibit at Casey Eye Institute features parallel works of legally blind, internationally acclaimed fine landscape photographer Gary Albertson, profiled by Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Jay Mather.
Born with a hearing impairment and facing blindness from Usher syndrome, Conner and his family are actively involved in advancing research to prevent vision loss from this genetic condition. But young Conner is not alone- learn about his best buddy Lauren’s selfless efforts to help her friend and their amazing story of friendship, hope and Casey’s groundbreaking work to treat this rare, inherited disease.
Casey Begins First Gene Therapy Study For Usher Syndrome
Michelle Kopf is the first patient to participate in a two-year study that was designed to halt vision loss in people with genes linked to Usher syndrome.
LCA Gene Discovery
For nearly three years, Troy and Jennifer Stevens struggled to learn the identity of the gene responsible for their son Gavin's blindness. With the help of Casey genetic expert John Chiang, PhD, they were able to expand their understanding, while discovering a new gene in the process.
The Macular Degeneration Center at Casey Eye Institute, OHSU, publishes InSight, a newsletter about new developments in treating and living with this condition. Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss and blindness in the United States.Download the latest Macular Degeneration Center newsletter