Silverthorne Lab to Conduct Natural History Study of Usher Syndrome

June 29, 2017 The Rose Silverthorne Retinal Degenerations Laboratory at the Retina Foundation of the Southwest is beginning a natural history trial to study disease progression of Usher Syndrome Type 2a, a recessive genetic condition affecting nearly 25,000 people in …

International Partnership for Lazy Eye Detection and Treatment

May 26, 2017 Dr. Eileen Birch, Director of the Crystal Charity Ball Pediatric Vision Laboratory, has partnered with researchers at the University of Auckland, New Zealand to develop a new vision screening device for children. Retina Foundation of the Southwest …

20 Years of Racing for Sight

April 28, 2017 The 20th Anniversary Racing for Sight benefiting the Retina Foundation of the Southwest was held Sunday, April 23, 2017. ORIX Foundation was the Title Sponsor, and this year’s Honorary Chair was Jean Broughton-Powell — pictured above with …

National Eye Institute Awards $949,804 for a 5-year study of RP

February 21, 2017 Lea Bennett, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Rose-Silverthorne Retinal Degenerations Laboratory, studies inherited eye diseases under the direction of Dr. David Birch at the Retina Foundation of the Southwest. Dr. Bennett recently received a five-year grant from the National …

Anonymous One Million Dollar Gift Given to Retina Foundation for AMD Research

December 20, 2016 The Retina Foundation of the Southwest is extremely pleased to announce that we have received an anonymous gift of one million dollars to the Retina Foundation of the Southwest to support age-related macular degeneration (AMD) research. This …

Healthier Eyesight through Smarter Eating is Proven Research

December 14, 2016 The Retina Foundation of the Southwest has teamed with a renowned Texas chef to create a robust five-course meal aimed at keeping eyesight healthy through smarter eating. Dr. Karl Csaky, Managing and Medical Director of the Retina …

iPad Game Study: Frequently Asked Questions

November 18, 2016 Recently, the journal JAMA Ophthalmology broke the story on the Retina Foundation’s new innovative treatment for children with lazy eye (amblyopia). News outlets such as CBS News and ABC News have recognized our research on broadcast television …

iPad Games Could Be the Future Lazy Eye Treatment

November 9, 2016 Eileen E. Birch, Ph.D., Director of the Crystal Charity Ball Pediatric Vision Laboratory at the Retina Foundation of the Southwest, was invited by Yasmin Bradfield, M.D. to speak in the Emerging Technology session of the Pediatric Ophthalmology …

The Phyllis G. & William B. Snyder Legacy Society

August 2, 2018 Nearly seventy-two years ago, Phyllis Snyder’s mother, Rose Lee Gunter, was misdiagnosed as having glaucoma and incorrectly treated by a “horse and buggy” doctor. Fortunately, technology has come a very long way since that time. Researchers at …

Voelcker Fund Gives $100,000 in Support of Texas 1000 Project

August 2, 2016 The Max and Minnie Tomerlin Voelcker Fund recently gave a $100,000 gift to the Retina Foundation of the Southwest for the Texas 1000 Project, an ambitious project with an overall goal to genotype 1,000 patients with inherited …

Early Detection is Critical for Rare Eye Diseases

July 8, 2016 Achromatopsia is a rare inherited eye disease characterized by decreased vision (20/200), extreme light sensitivity, and the absence of color vision that affects less than 10,000 Americans. There is no current cure for achromatopsia. However, research on …

New iPad Amblyopia Treatment is a “Hot Topic”

May 9, 2016 Krista Kelly, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow in the Crystal Charity Ball Pediatric Vision Laboratory, presented a study that was selected by the Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Program Committee as a …

Watching Movies Could Help Treat Children with Lazy Eye

February 26, 2016 Researchers at the Retina Foundation of the Southwest are developing a new and unique approach to treating amblyopia, “lazy eye,” that may likely be one of the most innovative approaches of our time. They are conducting a …

9th Annual David R. Stager Sr., M.D. Lecture

February 19, 2016 Ewa Niechwiej-Swedo, Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo in Canada was our speaker for the David R. Stager Sr., M.D. Lecture that was held on Thursday, February 18, 2016. The research of Dr. Niechwiej-Swedo seeks to explain …

iPad App for Detecting Retinal Disease Receives Second FDA Approval

February 2, 2016 myVisionTrack®, an iPhone and iPad application developed by researchers at the Retina Foundation of the Southwest to monitor vision for individuals with retinal disease, such as macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, has received its second FDA clearance …