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Gene Treatment for Blindness Wins FDA Approval

Gene Treatment for Blindness Wins FDA Approval Published: April 3rd, 2019 Category: Feature People who have suffered from a certain type of vision loss since childhood may be able to regain their eyesight. The treatment known as Luxtuma, uses a gene delivery process that originated at UF with Dr. William Hauswirth, a College of Medicine ophthalmology professor.…

Dr. William Hauswirth and his collaborators share in a $1.2 million international award for developing a sight-restoring treatment

The 2018 Antonio Champalimaud Vision Award recognizes Hauswirth and his colleagues for developing the first successful gene therapy to cure an inherited human disease. The disease, Leber congenital amaurosis Type 2, or LCA 2, is caused by a genetic defect. The 1 million euro (approximately $1.2 million) award from the Portugal-based D. Anna de Sommer Champalimaud and…

Strategy Prevents Blindness in Mice With Retinal Degeneration

Approach could guide research for inherited blindness treatment in humans The University of Florida, Department of Ophthalmology’s Dr. Ekaterina Lobanova is a leading author on study published in journal Nature Communications suggesting new approach to treat retinal degenerations in humans. More than 2 million people worldwide live with inherited and untreatable retinal conditions, including retinitis…

Protecting Your Eyes During A Solar Eclipse

The University of Florida, Department of Ophthalmology’s Dr. Jessica Cameron talks about the importance of protecting your eyes during the 2017 solar eclipse. To watch the informative video, produced by UFHealth, please click here. To watch the TV-20 interview, please click here.

Savoring the Little Things

Michelle Wilder of Live Oak doesn’t take a single one of these actions for granted. There was a time in her life when each one required painstaking concentration or was simply impossible. A lifetime of vision problems and two failed corneal transplants left Wilder nearly blind until a Boston Keratoprosthesis, or KPro, procedure performed by…

First retinal implant at UFHealth

A Georgia man who has been blind for decades is the first UF Health patient to receive a retinal implant as part of an artificial vision system. A story by WGFL in Gainesville details how his life has improved since the device was activated. To read the full article, please click here. To watch the…

Retina Pearls for Practice a Success For CoM Department of Ophthalmology

The University of Florida College of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology held the Retina Pearls for Practice on May 12, 2017. Drs. Gibran Khurshid and Siva Iyer, our vitreoretinal surgeons, had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Ching-Jygh Chen and Dr. Kapil Kapoor, two internationally known vitreoretinal specialists. This all-day continuing medical education accredited symposium discussed management…

Retina Pearls for Practice

The University of Florida College of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology will be holding Retina Pearls for Practice on May 12, 2017. Please click 2017 Retina Pearls Program for more information.

Glaucoma Pearls for Practice

The University of Florida College of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology will be holding Glaucoma Pearls for Practice on February 20, 2017 in the Communicore building, room C1-15. Please click 2017 Glaucoma Pearls Program for more information.