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Penn Vet's Ophthalmology service is often in the news. That's because we have internationally renowned leaders in the field as our faculty and clinicians. Learn more about our team by reading some of the news articles below.
Until relatively recently, the dogma in neuroscience was that neurons, including the eye’s photoreceptor cells, do not regenerate. But, in some species, neurons can be stimulated to divide.
The Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired recognized Gustavo D. Aguirre with the 2016 Louis Braille Award for innovative research and treatment of inherited blinding diseases.
Three years ago, a team from the University of Pennsylvania announced that they had cured X-linked retinitis pigmentosa, a blinding retinal disease, in dogs. Now they’ve shown that they can cure the canine disease over the long term, even when the treatment is given after half or more of the affected photoreceptor cells have been destroyed.
Achromatopsia is a rare, inherited vision disorder that affects the eye’s cone cells, resulting in problems with daytime vision, clarity and color perception. It often strikes people early in life, and currently there is no cure for the condition.