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Report on long-term results of artificial iris implants

A review of 34 patients with congential, traumatic iatrogenic aniridia who had surgery to implant artificial irises has found: No repositioning of prostheses was necessary. In cases of keratopathy (17.6 %) visual function increased from baseline mean. The remaining iris … Continue reading

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Questions & answers on aniridia

Session at Aniridia Network UK Conference 2014 By: Panel of experts and individuals affected by aniridia A chance to ask that question that you always remember on the way home from your appointment or that there never seems to be … Continue reading

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Emerging molecular therapies for aniridia presentation

Session at Aniridia Network UK Conference 2014 By: Professor Colin E. Willoughby The first part of this talk introduced the genetics of aniridia and in particular, the underlying molecular mechanisms, as this will form the basis to understand the developments in … Continue reading

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Stem cell research and treatment for aniridia presentation

Session at Aniridia Network UK Conference 2014 Introducing Cells For Sight By: Dr Alex Shortt PhD FRCOphth The Cells for Sight Transplantation and Research Programme. is a group of scientists and clinicians who work together at Moorfields Eye Hospital and the … Continue reading

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“Artificial iris implant surgery is not a very difficult procedure and is becoming more popular”

“Cataract surgery in eyes with iris defects can be challenging, but careful preparation as well as recent advances in surgical instruments and iris implants mean outcomes are significantly improving for these patients.” This was the subject of a presentation given … Continue reading

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Our Patron’s Life Scientific on Radio 4

Aniridia Network UK’s Patron, Veronica Van Heyningen, was the subject of the BBC Radio 4 programme Life Scientific today. The half hour interview explored her love of research, particularly on the aniridia and the PAX6 gene plus her contribution to … Continue reading

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Protected: Day in the life of an aniridia research scientist

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Cure for aniridia under spotlight

A new study has suggested potential eyedrop therapy for aniridia. Is the hype justified and what are the details? Aniridia is a genetic abnormality caused by mutations in the so-called ‘Master Regulator’ gene for eye development, PAX6.  Because PAX6 is … Continue reading

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Review of 2013 Make a Miracle Conference and Social

By Veronica van Heyningen The 2013 meeting of Aniridia Foundation International (AFI) was held in Charlottesville Virginia, USA, at the beginning of August.  Many of you may be beginning to take for granted the format of these meetings with patients and … Continue reading

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Cornea tattoos

Recent press and meeting reports  have described corneal tattooing as a potential solution for poor vision caused by injuries to or disease of the iris, up to and including total aniridia. It is probably important to realise at the start that corneal tattooing … Continue reading

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