Lasker/IRRF Initiative for Innovation in Vision Science

The Initiative dedicated to Restoring Vision to the Blind finished up with an online journal published in Translational Vision Science and Technology (TVST) as a special edition, following an independent print version of the report that had been produced earlier.

Additionally, the partners hosted a Special Interest Group (SIG) at the 2015 Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) meeting held in Denver, Colorado in May. The SIG created much attention and was attended by more than 400 national and international vision scientists who had come to attend the ARVO meeting. The forum highlighted the Initiative’s work to assess technical hurdles that must be addressed in order to advance research in amblyopia and put forward proposals for innovative strategies to accelerate research aimed at restoring photoreceptor function in blind eyes.

The next study topic for the Initiative is amblyopia. This condition, commonly known as “lazy eye,” is a vision development disorder in which an eye fails to achieve normal visual acuity, even with prescription glasses or contact lenses. It is a major cause of visual loss in children, affecting 2–3% of people worldwide. During the summer of 2015, two workshops involving a total of 50 participants identified critical knowledge gaps in the variety of abnormalities causing the vision deficits that characterize amblyopia.

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Lasker/IRRF Initiative on Amblyopia, July 2015, summer workshop, Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

(Photo credit: Larry A. Donoso, MD, PhD.)