Monday, November 7, 2016, 12:00– 1:30 pm, in 489 Minor Hall

Harnessing brain plasticity to recover vision in adults with amblyopia

presented by

Ben Thompson, PhD
Adjunct Professor at the Department of Ophthalmology, McGill University
Associate Professor at the Department of Optometry and Vision Science, University of Auckland


Amblyopia is a neurodevelopmental disorder of vision that causes visual impairment in the affected eye and a loss of binocular function. Adult patients with amblyopia are often left untreated because the adult brain is thought to lack sufficient plasticity, or capacity for change, to relearn use of an amblyopic eye. I will describe a number of interventions designed to promote visual cortex plasticity and enable recovery of vision in adults with amblyopia. These include modified video games, non-invasive stimulation of the primary visual cortex and administration of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.

Host: Ausin Roorda

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