As Nova Scotia’s population ages, more and more people are experiencing vision loss due to such diseases as glaucoma and macular degeneration.

Vision researchers at Dalhousie University want to preserve people’s vision—and therefore their ability to function independently in their lives—as long as possible into old age. They’re learning how the retina and optic nerve function, testing new treatments for eye disease, and developing new technologies that enable scientists and clinicians to closely observe the minute changes that occur in these structures as glaucoma and macular degeneration slowly progress. These technologies are allowing earlier diagnosis and more precise monitoring of eye diseases and the effectiveness of treatments.



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