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Research Lecture Series Anne B Fulton presents: Retinopathy of Prematurity

Anne B. Fulton, M.D., Department of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA and Department of Ophthalmology, Children’s Hospital, Boston,MA will present a lecture on “Retinopathy of Prematurity: Retinal and Visual Function” at the New England College of Optometry on Tuesday, December 9, 2014.

Dr. Fulton explains: “We approach the biology of human retinal and visual development, normal and abnormal, through non-invasive assessments of structure and function, backed up by crucial molecular and anatomic studies in animals. Our aim is to understand visual impairment and, by doing so, improve eye care in infants and children. Our studies of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) illustrate this approach. ROP is an active disease before term birth when the eye is small and the retina is immature. We find effects of ROP on the retina and vision in infants, but also in adolescents and young adults decades after the disease was active. In infants, the ROP retina has deficits in both rod photoreceptor and post receptor sensitivity as assessed by electroretinography (ERG). In adolescents and young adults, the rod photoreceptor deficits persist but post receptor ERG sensitivity has recovered unless the ROP was severe. Nonetheless, the results of our psychophysical studies of ROP scotopic vision show that spatial and temporal summation are abnormal, the former due to injury of the retinal circuitry and the latter due to slow kinetics and low sensitivity of the rod photoreceptors. These and other results inform our day-to-day interpretation of results of clinical examination of our patients with a history of ROP. Additionally, our perspective on the neurosensory retina in ROP suggests novel management of young infants at risk for ROP.”

All are welcome to attend. One hour of Mass C.E. credit will be awarded.

The lecture will take place in Lecture Hall 2. Please join us for a reception in Conference Room 1 following the lecture. Wine and light fare will be served.

For more information, please contact Leah Boudreau, 617-587-5628. No RSVP is necessary.

Dr. Fulton’s Lecture will be the final lecture of the series for the current semester.
The Research Lecture Series will resume next semester, following the Winter break.