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Sight is vital to our health and well-being.

In fact, people fear vision loss more than losing hearing, memory, speech or even a limb. Vision research is helping every day — producing exciting new insights about eye disease, developing innovations to restore sight, and driving clinical breakthroughs that are helping all of us see the future more clearly.

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There’s a not-so-new genetic technology – in fact, ophthalmologists already use it to reverse an incurable type of blindness  – that may well prove the SARS-CoV-2 magic bullet the world so desperately seeks. It leverages a unique vaccine strategy, called adeno-associated viral (AAV) vector, to deliver a powerful knock-out punch to COVID-19 before it can establish a foothold in the human body.

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AAO 2020: November 13-15

The American Academy of Ophthalmology’s annual meeting is fully online for 2020. Log in for lively discussions, clinical pearls, fun activities and live interaction with presenters and industry.

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As NIH Director Frances Collins put it, “Due to the architecture, accessibility, and the elegance of the eye, vision research has always been a few steps ahead in biomedical research.”

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