Nearly 25 members of the Retina Foundation of the Southwest Auxiliary gathered for lunch on Thursday, April 4th, 2019 at the home of Barbara Hunt Crow. The purpose of this gathering was to review upcoming volunteer opportunities and to learn from Dr. Eileen Birch, Scientific Director, about pediatric eye disorders and the research currently taking place in her lab. Dr. Birch shared with the Auxiliary that the Pediatrics Lab is working on a couple of new studies to help children with lazy eye, or amblyopia. The first is for younger children. Her team has been able to successfully treat older children with lazy eye with specially engineered movies that help the two eyes work together to view the full picture. Now, they are working with BBC Cartoons to make this treatment available for kids as young as 2 years old. Another project Dr. Birch’s lab is working on is a lazy eye treatment with the traditional patching method but adding a half hour of exercise at the beginning of each 2 hour patching session. After exploring a range of exercises from running to jumping, Dr. Birch’s team decided on the video game ‘Just Dance.’
Photos from the Auxiliary 2019 Spring Luncheon are by Sheryl Lanzel- SL@SHERYLLANZEL.com.
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