Double Vision - Innovations
Studies on Hemianopia, which causes vision loss on either right or left, or both, and have revolutionized the way this disease is understood.
UAB researchers have found that certain high-dose vitamin and mineral supplements called antioxidants (vitamin E, C, beta-carotene, and zinc) can help reduce the risk of macular degeneration and slow the progress of the disease.
Years ago, physicians considered an eye that sees no light as dead and often removed the eye. UAB physicians challenged that wisdom and revolutionized the way eye trauma and lightless eyes are treated around the world. The reconstructive operations developed at UAB are returning sight to patients in every part of the globe. UAB started and maintains the International Ocular Trauma Registry to study eye trauma and the best ways to treat them to keep and restore sight.
When eyes receive an injury that affects the front and back of the eye, the old ways of operating required two surgeries and that resulted in scarring and vision loss. UAB designed a new way to repair the eye in a single surgery, improving vision. People come from around the world to get that operation.