Relevant Articles

Enhanced research and ever-changing technology contribute to an improved understanding of visual impairments and their treatment. Below are recent findings that impact Cleveland Sight Center and its clients.

The Tongue: how one of the body’s most sensitive organs is helping blind people see

BrainPort, first developed in 1998, is one such technology. It converts a camera’s video feed into moving patterns of electrical stimulation on the surface of the tongue. Read more.

First U.S. patient receives autologous stem cell therapy to treat dry AMD

At the National Institutes of Health, a surgical team successfully implanted a patch of tissue made from patient cells with the goal of treating advanced “dry” age-related macular degeneration (AMD), also known as geographic atrophy. Dry AMD is a leading cause of vision loss among older Americans and currently has no treatment. Read more.

Bioengineered cornea can restore sight to the blind and visually impaired

Researchers and entrepreneurs have developed an implant made of collagen protein from pig's skin, which resembles the human cornea. In a pilot study, the implant restored vision to 20 people with diseased corneas, most of whom were blind prior to receiving the implant. Read more