Question of Ocular Dominance in Baseball

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In a Wall Street Journal article on Mets outfielder Collin Cowgill, Jared Diamond writes about the rarity of left-handed throwers who bat right-handed. Ocular dominance is often an explanation for this phenomenon. However,
"Dan Laby, an assistant clinical professor of ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School, and David Kirschen, chief of binocular vision at the Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA, have studied eye dominance in baseball extensively and have worked with major-league teams for about 20 years. They have concluded that while people may prefer one eye over the other when forced to choose, the visual system is designed to use both eyes under normal circumstances. Furthermore, their research shows that major-league hitters use both eyes at the plate, not just their 'lead' eye."



NIH-funded Study Finds Seven Genetic Risk Factors in Common Eye Disorder

The National Eye Institute issued a press release about a recent study that found seven genetic risk factors in age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

NEI Director Paul Sieving stated the following:

"This compelling analysis by the AMD Gene Consortium demonstrates the enormous value of effective collaboration. Combining data from multiple studies, this international effort provides insight into the molecular basis of AMD, which will help researchers search for causes of the disease and will inform future development of new diagnostic and treatment strategies."

Article:  Seven genetic risk factors found to be associated with common eye disorder


ORSF's Medical Director Dr. Gerald Chader at Vision Quest 2012

ORSF's Medical Director Dr. Gerald Chader spoke at Vision Quest 2012 on "Emerging Treatments for Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration." Please click on the video above to hear his insightful speech on AMD.


Developments in Mobile Health and Ophthalmology

Healio published an article today on how mobile health technologies are impacting communication in ophthalmology. A few testimonials from practitioners are included in the piece. The ubiquity of moblie devices, cloud computing and public health outreach are discussed. 


Researchers Unable to Find Most Effective Glaucoma Treatment

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An article from Medline Plus this week states that experts from the US Preventive Services Task Force are unable to determine what is the most effective way to treat patients with glaucoma after various studies and reviews on open-angle glaucoma, the most common form of glaucoma in the US. An excerpt:

"We know that treatments are effective, but we don't know enough to say treatment A is definitely better than treatment B," said task force co-vice chair Dr. Albert Siu, director of geriatric research, education and the clinical center at James J. Peters VA Medical Center in the Bronx, N.Y. "What we do know is that these treatments are effective in reducing the development and progression in small losses of [peripheral vision]. What isn't clear is how this translates into reducing vision problems or vision quality of life."


FDA Approves Bionic Eye - New York Times

From the New York Times, February 14, 2013

Why are People Drawn to Good Design?

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On February 15, 2013 the New York Times featured an article, "Why We Love Beautiful Things" by Lance Hosey, a fascinating piece on neuroscience's findings on why people are drawn to good design. An excerpt:
Then, in 2009, a Duke University professor demonstrated that our eyes can scan an image fastest when its shape is a golden rectangle. For instance, it’s the ideal layout of a paragraph of text, the one most conducive to reading and retention. This simple shape speeds up our ability to perceive the world, and without realizing it, we employ it wherever we can. 

The Aging Eye Symposium: Participants

We are very pleased to announce the 15 participants who will be attending our 2013 Symposium, The Aging Eye: Normal Changes, Age-Related Diseases and Sight-Saving Approaches June 14-16, 2013.

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  • Dr. Catherine Bowes-Rickman – Department of Ophthalmology, Duke University Medical Center 
  • Dr. David Calkins – Vanderbilt Eye Center, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Dr. Joseph Caprioli – Jules Stein Eye institute, UCLA
  • Dr. Gerald Chader – Doheny Retina Institute, USC School of Medicine
  • Dr. Emily Chew – Epidemiology & Clinical Applications, National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health 
  • Dr. Gislin Dagnelie – Department of Ophthalmology. Johns Hopkins Hospital 
  • Dr. Ilene Gipson – Schepens Eye Research Institute, Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, Harvard School of Medicine 
  • Dr. Hans Grossniklaus – Department of Ophthalmology, School of Medicine, Emory University
  • Dr. Barbara Klein – Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison 
  • Dr. Ronald Klein – Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health 
  • Dr. Gerard Lutty – Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine 
  • Dr. J. Mark Petrash – Department of Ophthalmology, University of Colorado, Denver 
  • Dr. David Rein – National Organization for Research at the University of Chicago
  • Dr. Johanna Seddon – Department of Ophthalmology, Tufts University School of Medicine 
  • Dr. Allen Taylor – Nutrition & Vision Research, USDA-HNRCA, Tufts University
Co-chairs: Dr. Allen Taylor and Dr. Gerald Chader