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Patient Care    Community    Cataracts

Veteran Gains Perfect Vision After Cataract Surgery

“You can’t hurt steel.”

Phil Cusimano means it, too. While fixing his roof a few months ago, the 74-year-old veteran fell through and onto his patio – getting right up with nothing but a scratch.

Cusimano is known for his strength, from excelling in track and field during his high school days to enlisting in 1967 to serve in the Vietnam War. His kryptonite seemed to be his eyes.

Author Rachel Wittel | Publish Date June 23, 2022
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Community    COVID-19    Cataracts    Cornea

How Did the COVID-19 Pandemic Affect Your Eyes?

The COVID-19 pandemic found many of us spending more time in isolation, exercising less, and eating and drinking more. All of that caused negative effects on physical and mental health, but what did the pandemic mean for our eye health? As it turns out, plenty — from the effects of increasing screen time to skipping routine eye exams due to COVID-related health concerns.

Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date June 19, 2022
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Press Releases    Community    Faculty

CU Ophthalmology Professor Named Chair of the Orbis Medical Advisory Committee

Malik Y. Kahook, MD, professor of ophthalmology and the Slater Family Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, has been named chair of the Orbis Medical Advisory Committee. A global non-profit, Orbis International focuses on prevention and treatment of avoidable blindness through training, education, and advocacy, especially in low- and middle-income countries.

Author Rachel Wittel | Publish Date January 25, 2022
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Glaucoma Research Foundation

'Solving Neurodegeneration' White Paper Publication Results from Innovative Research Collaboration

news outletGlaucoma Research Foundation
Publish DateAugust 11, 2022

The Glaucoma Research Foundation hosted a “think tank” style catalyst meeting in April 2021 in partnership with BrightFocus Foundation and the Melza M. and Frank Theodore Barr Foundation. The virtual meeting brought together thought leaders from across the scientific community, including glaucoma expert Valeria Canto-Soler, PhD, associate professor of ophthalmology at the CU School of Medicine. 

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How to Get Accepted to the University of Colorado School of Medicine [Podcast 478]

news outletAccepted
Publish DateJuly 12, 2022

The University of Colorado School of Medicine has introduced a new curriculum that includes clinical training starting in year two and a longitudinal approach to patient care. Dr. Jeffrey SooHoo, the Assistant Dean for Admissions explains everything applicants will want to know about these changes and gives the inside scoop on how to get accepted.

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Science Direct

An enhancer located in a Pde6c intron drives transient expression in the cone photoreceptors of developing mouse and human retinas

news outletScience Direct
Publish DateJuly 05, 2022

How cone photoreceptors are formed during retinal development is only partially known. This is in part because we do not fully understand the gene regulatory network responsible for cone genesis. We reasoned that cis-regulatory elements (enhancers) active in nascent cones would be regulated by the same upstream network that controls cone formation. To dissect this network, we searched for enhancers active in developing cones.

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Albuquerque Journal

Bloomfield boy overcomes traumatic eye injury

news outletAlbuquerque Journal
Publish DateJune 29, 2022

In Bloomfield, nine-year-old Gage Mangum fell on a stick that went directly across his eye and hit the center of his cornea.

Gage went to his parents saying he couldn’t see and after a trip to Mercy Medical Center in Durango, Colorado, it was decided that he needed specialty care. Gage was flown to Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora and then Gage had his first surgery performed by Dr. Lucy Mudie.

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