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Smith-Kettlewell's research depends on the participation of patients and healthy volunteers.

Financial compensation is available.

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An experiment in session

Scientist Profile

Smith-Kettlewell's research staff is drawn from diverse scientific and medical backgrounds, including ophthalmology, neurology, brain imaging, experimental psychology, engineering, physics, optometry, biophysics and audiology.

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Chuan Hou setting up EEG work in the lab.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration and Reading Skills

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss among people aged 65 and older in the US. Since the advanced form of this disease affects central vision function, reading difficulties are one of the most common complaints of AMD patients.

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Reading test in progress


Our mission is to create a unique environment for research on human vision -- basic scientific research to increase the understanding of normal vision in support of vision disorders, clinical research to develop new diagnostic procedures and treatments for visual and other sensory disorders, and engineering research to produce better techniques for aid and rehabilitation of the blind and partially sighted.