Exciting Research on Vision Presented at ARVO 2024 Conference

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Researchers from the Smith Kettlewell Eye Research Institute are set to unveil their newest findings at the upcoming Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA on May 5th through the 9th. Their presentations promise to shed new light on various aspects of vision impairment and treatment.

A result of an exciting collaboration with the LV Prasad Eye Institute is a study conducted by Preetirupa Devi, Joshua A. Solomon, Christopher W. Tyler, Tarjani V. Dave, Swathi Kaliki, and Shrikant R. Bharadwaj, which challenges conventional wisdom regarding depth perception in individuals with only one functional eye. Their research, titled "Functional depth vision of one-eyed individuals is no better than binocular individuals made transiently monocular", suggests that individuals who have lost vision in one eye may not experience a significant decline in depth perception compared to those with normal binocular vision.

In another significant presentation, Preeti Verghese will discuss her findings with Mustafa Safi, and Natela Shanidze on smooth pursuit deficits in individuals with macular degeneration. Their study, titled "Deficits in smooth pursuit in macular degeneration impact dynamic visual acuity," underscores the importance of understanding and addressing the challenges faced by individuals with this common vision disorder.

On the fourth day of the conference, Natela Shanidze will present research from her lab with Anca Velisar on changes in vergence angle and vestibuloocular reflex response in individuals with central visual field loss. Their study, "Changes in vergence angle and vestibuloocular reflex response for near viewing in central field loss", aims to improve our understanding of how the visual system adapts to central vision loss and may inform the development of new rehabilitation strategies.

Lastly, Chuan Hou will explore the cueing effect in manipulating interocular suppression in adults with amblyopia. Her presentation, titled "Cueing effect in manipulating interocular suppression in adults with amblyopia", offers insights into potential interventions for this common vision disorder.

The ARVO conference provides a platform for researchers, clinicians, and industry professionals to exchange ideas and collaborate on advancements in vision science. The contributions of the Smith Kettlewell Eye Research Institute researchers promise to deepen our understanding of vision disorders and pave the way for innovative approaches to diagnosis and treatment.

Stay tuned for more updates from the ARVO conference as researchers continue to unveil cutting-edge research in the field of vision science.