News from OHSU Casey Eye Institute

Read more about the latest in patient care, education and research from OHSU Casey Eye Institute.


Dr. David Huang, co-inventor of OCT, stands next to a technician as they look at images on a computer monitor. A person sits on the other side of the monitor in front of an OCT machine.

David Huang, M.D., Ph.D., receives Lasker Award

Prize recognizes wide use of optical coherence tomography to manage eye disease, prevent blindness.

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A group of six people stand together behind new equipment in a clinic room. There is a colorful sign behind them thanking donors.

Casey and Local Partners Join Forces in American Samoa

About 2,500 miles from its nearest neighbor, Hawaii, American Samoa is as remote as it gets. That’s...

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A hand holding a long pointer points to letters on an eye chart.

Donors Help Expand Vision Care Statewide

A new way of practicing eye care could have a profound effect on our goal to end preventable blindness in...

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Aiden Van de Rostyne-Moore, 16, with her mother, Eliza Van De Rostyne.

Gene therapy allows teen to see snowflakes for first time

OHSU Casey Eye Institute part of clinical trial evaluating potential treatment for inherited blindness.


Innovations heading with red and blue colors

Innovations 2023

Highlights of Casey Eye Institute's transformative work in ophthalmology research and clinical care, which...


Man with machine close to his eye for vision screening.

Oregon Vision Health Network expands vision care statewide

The Oregon Vision Health Network is expanding our model of eye care from individual to population health.


Image of microscopic circulating hybrid cells discovered at OHSU that may detect who has eye cancer that spreads outside the eye.

New clues to metastasis of Ocular Melanoma

A collaboration among OHSU cancer researchers reveals which cases of ocular melanoma are likely to spread.


A microscopic retinal organoid after 240 days grown from stem cells.

New stem cell center advances retinal disease research

The new center explores exciting possibilities for treating inherited retinal diseases that lead to blindness.


David Huang, MD, PhD, headshot

Dr. David Huang joins National Academy of Engineering

David Huang, M.D., Ph.D., recognized for co-creating widely used medical imaging technology.


Scientific illustration of a blue and red double helix.

OHSU confirms first nonhuman primate model of Usher syndrome

Researchers now have a model for testing gene therapy as a treatment for leading cause of blindness-deafness.


Doctor looking at computer image of gene therapy surgery

Nanotechnology may improve gene therapy for blindness

New OHSU, OSU research uses lipid nanoparticles to target light-sensitive cells in the eye.

Clinical care

Dr. Win Chamberlain with a patient

Finding new ways to protect and heal the cornea

The eye is known as the window to the body, and the cornea is known as the window to the eye. The clear...


A member of the Oregon State Elks Association signs an oversized check as a symbolic donation to the Elks Children's Eye Clinic.

A Grand Opening, At Last

On October 8 the Casey community and the Oregon State Elks Association were finally able to celebrate the...


Andreas Lauer, M.D., headshot photo

Andreas Lauer named director of the Casey Eye Institute

OHSU School of Medicine Interim Dean David Jacoby has appointed Andreas K. Lauer, M.D., director of the...

Clinical care

A child receives an eye exam from a pediatric ophthalmologist in the Elks Children's Eye Clinic.

Myopia on the rise, especially among children

Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is on the rise in the U.S. and around the world—particularly among....

Clinical care

Dr. Grazyna Adamus headshot

Innovative diagnostic test catches rare eye cancers

The COVID pandemic, has posed particular challenges for research activities at Casey, and all of OHSU...

Clinical care

Dr. John Ng examines a patient with colleagues in the background.

Expediting care for adults and children with ocular impacts

Facial Nerve Center is the only place in Oregon to offer cutting edge facial reanimation surgery.


Dr. Diana Lozano conducts glaucoma research at a confocal microscope

Extraordinary teamwork generates breakthroughs in glaucoma

Glaucoma researchers at OHSU Casey Eye Institute work cooperatively to improve glaucoma care. Many...


Retinal image using ultra-widefield OCTA

Ultrawide-field research represents next evolution of OCT

OHSU Casey Eye Institute is a leader in noninvasive imaging technology to detect vascular changes in the eye..

Clinical care

Series of images of a glaucoma patient's eye using OCT technology.

Finding the other 50 percent of patients with glaucoma

How can we improve the evaluation and care of patients with glaucoma? Early diagnosis is key.

Clinical care

JoDee Hambright poses with a garden statue

A Disco in the Sky

Casey patient JoDee Hambright can see stars for the first time thanks to gene therapy.

Medical education

Ophthalmology resident group photo for 2021-2022

Residency program expansion strengthens learning and service

Adding a new class of residents improves ophthalmology training experience.


Man with machine close to his eye for vision screening.

OHSU trains community health workers for statewide network

Portland-based OHSU Casey Eye Institute team collaborates with community health clinics across Oregon to...


Image taken of glaucoma research from a microscope that looks like many green fireworks going off at once on a black background.

Study investigates stem cell therapy to treat glaucoma

NIH awards $6.7M total to research team that includes OHSU Casey Eye Institute


A patient volunteers for clinical trial to improve vision for future generations.

Clinical trial participant dreams of a future with sight

Oregon woman with impaired vision hopes medical advances will mean children with CEP290 gene mutations...


A photo of the driver's side of the Casey Community Outreach Program mobile clinic.

Oregon donors help OHSU expand access to eye care statewide

Philanthropic gifts totaling $3.25 million will support OHSU Casey Eye Institute Community Outreach Program.


An infographic representing reduced wait times due to informatics research.

Using data analytics to solve real-world workflow challenges

OHSU Casey Eye Institute is a pioneer in the use of computers to support patient care. We were among the...


New eye imaging technology captures blood oxygen saturation in retinal capillaries.

Using spectroscopic OCT to measure capillary oximetry

Ophthalmic imaging expert Yali Jia, Ph.D. and her team constructed a spectroscopic optical coherence...


Operating room team and surgeon perform first ever gene therapy procuedure using CRISPR technology

Pioneering the first-ever CRISPR gene editing in vivo

On Feb. 25, 2020, OHSU Casey Eye Institute led a unique moment in human history—the first gene editing...


Photo of the procedure using gene editing CRISPR tool in the human body.

OHSU performs its first stem cell therapy in the retina

The OHSU Casey Eye Institute has used a stem cell therapy in the retina for the first time as part of a...


Front view of the Elks Children's Eye Clinic building and colorful skybridge.

Oregon Elks Children’s Eye Clinic opens its doors

New facility is welcoming space where sight-saving research, patient care and outreach can flourish.


Photo of David Huang

OHSU physician honored for co-inventing imaging technology

David Huang, M.D., Ph.D., recognized by Sanford and Susan Greenberg Prize to End Blindness.


Celebration with mobile clinic volunteers of te 10,000th participant screened by the mobile clinic.

10,000+ free eye exams to prevent blindness in Oregon

OHSU Casey Community Outreach Program’s mobile eye clinic celebrates 10 years.


Michael Chiang, M.D., pediatric ophthalmologist

OHSU ophthalmologist to lead National Eye Institute

Michael Chiang, M.D., will begin new role at NIH research institute in late 2020.


Photo of the procedure using gene editing CRISPR tool in the human body.

OHSU performs first-ever CRISPR gene editing in human body

BRILLIANCE clinical trial aims to enable sight in people born with a blindness-causing mutation.


A father kisses his infant's little fingers as the baby is seed by doctors to treat Retinopathy of Prematurity

Tech detecting cause of preemie blindness gets federal nod

Artificial intelligence algorithm receives FDA breakthrough device status.


Thyroid eye disease is a rare but serious condition that can cause blindness and bulging eyes.

FDA recommends approval of eye drug tested in Portland

OHSU is part of multi-center study testing teprotumumab for thyroid eye disease.


A rhesus macaque monkey has a rare genetic disease that could help researchers develop new treatments for Bardet-Biedel syndrome..

Discovery in monkeys could lead to treatment for blindness

Oregon National Primate Research Center at OHSU reports first-ever nonhuman primate model for Bardet-Biedl...


Brendan Cramer interned at OHSU to help scientists learn more about stem cells as a possible treatment for Usher Syndrome, which Creemer has.

Lewis & Clark student advances Usher’s syndrome research

Junior biology major works to ‘solve my own problem and also help others’.


Occupational Therapist assists a patient with a reading device at Casey's Vision Rehabilitation institute.

Occupational therapist helps her peers find independence

OHSU’s Kathryn Marxen-Simonson teaches use of tech, tools to improve quality of life.


Dr. David Wilson with donor Paul H. Casey and leaders from OHSU and Casey Eye Institute

Dr. David Wilson inaugural recipient of Paul H. Casey Chair

David Wilson, M.D., was appointed the inaugural recipient of the Paul H. Casey Chair in Ocular Oncology...


At the beam topping-off ceremony in May 2019, all were welcome to sign the  building's highest beam.

New eye clinic building meets construction milestone

Last beam raised to top out Elks Children’s Eye Clinic.


A young boy with inherited retinal disease walks with his dad. He was treated with the first FDA approved gene therapy Luxturna.

High hopes for 4-year-old’s vision after gene therapy

Portland boy among first in Oregon to have new treatment for rare, blindness-causing genetic mutation.


The Elks Children's Eye Clinic will be connected to Casey Eye Institute

Elks association essential to OHSU's fight against blindness

Fraternal order gives $20M to build new Oregon Elks Children’s Eye Clinic.


Babies born with retinopathy of prematurity may benefit from telemedicine.

Telemedicine accurately diagnoses cause of rare blindness

OHSU study find little difference between in-person, remote exams.