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UC San Diego Health System, 06/16/2014

The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine is the first ophthalmology department in the nation to feature a fully dedicated high–fidelity, highly realistic driving simulator for evaluating the effects of visual impairment on a person’s driving performance. Located in the UC San Diego Shiley Eye Center’s new Visual Performance Laboratory, the simulator occupies an entire room. Drivers sit in an actual Ford Fusion cabin mounted on a motion platform and look out onto a realistic cityscape with road and traffic projected on large–screen panels covering a 180–degree field of view. The scenes interactively respond to the driver’s changes in direction and speed. The car pitches, rolls and rumbles in response to acceleration, braking and road conditions. The three adjustable rear–view mirrors display images of what would be visible behind the vehicle. Felipe A. Medeiros, MD, PhD, professor of ophthalmology and the Ben and Wanda Hildyard Chair for Diseases of the Eye, and colleagues plan to use the simulator to investigate how eye diseases, such as glaucoma and age–related macular degeneration, alter a person’s visual performance and ability to drive well and safely.

 

Evaluation of the iPad as a low vision aid for improving reading ability

Clinical Ophthalmology, 01/09/2015

The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of the iPad as a low vision aid in improving the reading ability of low vision patients (LVPs). These researchers concluded that the iPad can be adapted by LVPs to improve their reading ability.

Stem cells from wisdom teeth can be transformed into corneal cells February 24, 2015 source: UPMC Stem cells from the dental pulp of wisdom teeth can be coaxed to turn into cells of the eye’s cornea and could one day be used to repair corneal scarring due to infection or injury, according to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The findings, published online in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine, indicate they also could become a new source of corneal transplant tissue made from the patient’s own cells.

At least 149 cases of measles reported.

The Los Angeles Times (2/21, Xia, Lin) reported that the measles outbreak has impacted “at least 149 patients across eight states, Canada and Mexico.” Of those cases, 123 “span 12 counties” in California. At least 39 patients “have been directly linked to visitors or employees at Disneyland during the year-end holidays,” while another “28 were family members or people who came in close contact with someone who had the measles.” So far, 16 infants have been “diagnosed with measles in the outbreak.” Complications of measles can include blindness.

Clinical Trial: Recruiting people with dry eyes.
A Study to Evaluate Efficacy and Safety of Lifitegrast in Subjects With Dry Eye (OPUS-3)

Ages Eligible for Study:    18 Years and older

Inclusion Criteria:
•Patient-reported history of Dry Eye Disease in both eyes.
•Use of over the counter artificial tears within the past 30 days.

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An end to the medicine dropper for eye injuries?
American Chemical Society News, 02/06/2015

For years, treating scratches and burns to the eyes has usually involved dropping medicine onto the eyes several times a day, sometimes for weeks – a treatment that lends itself to missed doses and other side effects. But scientists are now reporting in the journal ACS Nano a novel, drug–releasing wafer that patients can put directly on their affected eyes just once a day. The team says the device works better than drops and could help patients recover faster.

Dr. Alexandra Chebil is a Community LASIK Doctor Irvine and is a top LASIK doctor in Irvine, Orange County California. She supports many local non-profits and charities. Her personal interests include helping high risk families and children. She donates funds to help students graduate from high school. She also contributes towards college access for low income families. Dr. Alexandra Chebil also volunteers her time in underprivileged eye clinics.

Dr. Chebil has donated LASIK procedures to raise money for charities. She is one of Irvine’s top LASIK doctors. Her work with LASIK patients helps students see better without glasses or contact lenses.

Dr. Alexandra Chebil is a proud Community LASIK Doctor in Irvine and supports the following charities: Cure Duchenne, Blind Children’s Learning Center, Second Harvest Food Bank,  Illumination Foundation and more.

Mentor Programs:
Dr. Alexandra also serves as a community leader by giving her time in various mentor programs. Her dedication to medicine and business expertise helps motivate women and high school students to succeed in the business world. She is one of Orange County’s most inspirational and dynamic women and has been featured several times in the Riviera Magazine for her outstanding achievements.

As a top LASIK surgeon in Irvine Orange County, Dr. Chebil has donated LASIK to raise money for various charities and non profit organizations.