UW Medicine Eye Institute and the Hear See Hope Foundation

August 3rd, 2015   Add Comment

Restoring Vision Loss Caused by Usher Syndrome It is estimated that between 30,000 and 50,000 people in the United States suffer from Usher syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes deafness and blindness. Children with Usher syndrome are born with, or may develop, hearing loss. Then, as these children get older, they develop night blindness and their visual field narrows, creating “tunnel vision.” There are currently no treatments for Usher syndrome, but stem cell therapy holds great promise for restoring sight and benefiting patients worldwide. The…
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Usher Syndrome Gene Therapy Clinical Trial Underway

September 9th, 2012   1 comment »

  The first-ever gene therapy trial for patients with Usher syndrome type 1 is underway at the Casey Eye Institute at the Oregon Health Sciences University.  If this trial is successful, other gene therapy trials are expected to follow.    This clinic trial has the possibility of stopping retinal degeneration in patients and in many cases, will improve vision.

More Hope than Ever!

July 26th, 2012   Add Comment

Breaking research news – Gene Therapy provides vision to nearly blind young adults” Three young adults with virtually no vision can now read several lines on an eye chart and see better in dimly lit settings thanks to an innovative gene therapy aiming to reverse blindness in a severe form of retinitis pigmentosa known as Leber congenital amaurosis or LCA. One person was even able to better navigate an obstacle course several weeks after receiving the therapy. The three individuals are participating in a Phase…
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