LASIK for Millennials: A Trend Among Young Professionals

In recent years, the landscape of vision correction has seen a significant shift among young adults, particularly young professionals. The quest for clearer, hassle-free vision has led many in this generation to consider LASIK surgery as a solution. With the rise of career-driven individuals and an emphasis on convenience, LASIK has become a popular choice […]

Medical Student Wilson Wang and Resident Maggie Xing Publish Key Article on Proliferative Vitreoretinopathy in JAMA Ophthalmology

Medical student Wilson Wang and resident physician Maggie Xing, MD, have made significant contributions to the field of ophthalmology with their recent publication in JAMA Ophthalmology, co-authored with renowned expert Raj Apte, MD, PhD. Their article provides a comprehensive clinical synopsis and educational review of proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR), a serious complication associated with retinal detachment […]

Exploring Retinal Biomarkers in Huntington Disease: A Groundbreaking Study

In a significant leap forward for neurodegenerative disease research, Retina fellow Aaditya Shah, MD has published an excellent study titled, “Dark Adaptometry and Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography in Huntington Disease.” This pioneering research is among the first to indicate that retinal biomarkers may be present in patients with Huntington Disease (HD), offering a potentially transformative […]

Revolutionizing Eye Care: WashU Ophthalmology Now Offering Corneal Cross-Linking for Adults (Links to an external site)

Corneal Cross-linking for Adults

Washington University Ophthalmologists now offer outpatient corneal collagen crosslinking therapy for adults. Corneal collagen cross-linking is an innovative treatment for keratoconus and certain corneal ectatic disorders. Keratoconus is a progressive eye condition that causes the cornea to thin and bulge, leading to vision distortion and impairment. Collagen cross-linking, or CXL, offers hope to individuals affected […]

Understanding Cataracts: Causes, Symptoms, and Risk Factors

Cataracts are a common eye condition that affects millions of people worldwide, particularly as they age. Understanding what cataracts are, their causes, symptoms, and risk factors can help you take proactive steps in preserving your eye health. In this blog post, we will delve into everything you need to know about cataracts, providing you with […]

New Insights into Racial Disparities in Glaucoma: The Role of SDPR Gene Expression in Black Individuals

We are excited to share a new article by Ying-Bo Shui, Ying Liu, Andrew J. W. Huang & Carla J. Siegfried, titled “SDPR Expression in Human Trabecular Meshwork and Its Potential Role in Racial Disparities of Glaucoma,” has been published online in the journal Scientific Reports. This significant research highlights the molecular differences in gene […]

2nd Annual Faculty VS Residents Flag Football Game

2024 Flag Football Game

What a game! The 2nd Annual DOVS Faculty vs. Residents Flag Football Game was a blast, and this year, the Faculty took home the win! A big shout out to all our incredible players who brought their A-game to the field. Your hard work and sportsmanship made this event unforgettable. And let’s not forget the […]

Common Myths and Misconceptions About LASIK 

LASIK surgery has been a groundbreaking solution for many seeking clearer vision, yet it’s surrounded by myths and misconceptions that sometimes deter individuals from considering this life-changing procedure. To shed light on the realities of LASIK, let’s debunk some of the most common myths and provide accurate information to help individuals make informed decisions about […]

Advancing Retinal Disease Research: Dr. Chen’s New Project on hiPSC-induced Retinal Organoids

Shiming Chen, PhD

We’re thrilled to announce that Dr. Shiming Chen has been awarded a Seed grant from the Center of Regenerative Medicine for her groundbreaking project titled “hiPSC-induced retinal organoids modeling CRX-linked retinopathies.” This pioneering research aims to establish three-dimensional retinal organoids—essentially human retinas in a dish—to model inherited retinal diseases (IRDs) linked to the cone-rod-homeobox (CRX) […]

Optimizing Athletic Performance with LASIK: A Comprehensive Guide for Athletes 

LASIK for Athletes St. Louis Missouri

Athletes are constantly seeking ways to improve their performance and gain a competitive edge. Clear vision is crucial in most sports, and for many athletes, freedom from glasses or contact lenses can significantly enhance their abilities. In recent years, LASIK surgery has become a game-changer, providing athletes with improved vision and convenience. This guide aims […]

WashU Ophthalmology at ARVO 2024

The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) is at the forefront of advancing global research aimed at unraveling the complexities of the visual system and combatting its disorders. From May 5th to May 9th, visionaries and experts congregated in Seattle, Washington, for the ARVO 2024 Annual Meeting, a pivotal event showcasing the latest […]

Recap: LASIK Continuing Education Dinner

On May 1, 2024, Washington University LASIK Surgery Center held it’s continuing education dinner at Westwood Country Club. The audience was treated to an insightful and engaging event featuring esteemed speakers, Dr. Stephen Wexler and Dr. Robi Maamari. The event was an enriching experience, filled with valuable discussions and perspectives on pertinent topics in their […]

Advancing Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Care: Insights from the 49th Annual AAPOS Meeting

The field of pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus continues to evolve, driven by dedicated professionals committed to enhancing the quality of eye care for children and adults alike. One prominent organization at the forefront of these efforts is the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS). With a mission centered on advancing care, supporting education, […]

Congrats, Matt Elitt, MD, PhD!

Matt Elitt and Paul Tesar

Congratulations to WashU Ophthalmology Resident, Matt Elitt, MD, PhD and Case Western Reserve’s Tesar Lab colleagues, on the advancement of ION356 to a phase I human clinical trial. Dr. Elitt’s doctoral research published in Nature demonstrated a novel method to pharmacologically target the pathology of Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease (PMD), representing the first potential treatment option for patients and […]

Natalia Morales, MD and Phillip Custer, MD, FACS Present at the Annual Cogan Society Meeting

In April, Natalia Morales, MD, our talented second-year resident, presented at the Cogan Ophthalmology Historical Society Annual Meeting held at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami. Natalia’s research on the history of trachoma, a leading cause of blindness worldwide, formed the basis of her thought-provoking talk titled “The Influence of Trachoma on the Establishment of […]

Night Vision After LASIK: What You Need to Know

LASIK surgery has been a revolutionary solution for many seeking freedom from glassesand contact lenses. While it has provided clear vision for numerous individuals, there has been some discussion and concern regarding the impact of LASIK on night vision. This post aims to delve into what you should know about night vision after undergoing LASIK. […]

Dr. Mary-Grace Reeves: Making an Impact at the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Congressional Advocacy Day

Dr. Mary Grace Reeves, an esteemed Washington University Ophthalmology Resident, recently had the remarkable opportunity of being chosen as an Advocacy Ambassador for the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s 2024 Congressional Advocacy Day and Mid-Year Forum. This prestigious position, sponsored by Women In Ophthalmology, MoSEPS, and the department, allowed Dr. Reeves to represent her colleagues and advocate […]

35th Annual Ophthalmology Spring Update

On Saturday, April 20, 2024, ophthalmologists and eye care professionals converged for the eagerly awaited 35th Annual Ophthalmology Spring Update. Here, participants delved into the most recent advancements, research findings, and discussions that are shaping the field of ophthalmology. Dr. Cecilia Lee, was the 33rd Annual Distinguished Alumnus Award Recipient and delivered a captivating presentation […]

Linking Cholesterol, NAD+ Depletion, and Age-Related Macular Degeneration

We are thrilled to announce the publication of a groundbreaking study titled “LXR/CD38 Activation Drives Cholesterol-Induced Macrophage Senescence and Neurodegeneration via NAD+ Depletion“, authored by Ryo Terao, MD, PhD; Mitsukuni Yoshida, MD, PhD; Rajendra Apte, MD, PhD; and colleagues from the Apte Lab. In this study, our researchers unveil critical molecular mechanisms linking dysregulated cholesterol […]

Charles Pfeifer Wins the Prestigious 2024 Dr. Philip Needleman Pharmacology Award

We are thrilled to announce Charles Pfeifer as the distinguished recipient of the highly acclaimed 2024 Dr. Philip Needleman Pharmacology Award. This honor is bestowed upon a graduating student who has exhibited exceptional accomplishments in the field of Pharmacology. Founded in 1991 by Ms. Sima Needleman in tribute to her husband’s unwavering dedication to scholarship […]