Ultra for Astigmatism, Potential AMD Cure, and Blind Marathon Runner

AIRA visual interpreter for the blind.

Welcome to what’s trending in eye care, brought to you by IntroWellness.com and 20/20 Glance! I’m Dr. Ryan Corte, here to bring you the news (video below)!

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Bausch + Lomb Ultra for Astigmatism
Source: Bausch.com

Do you wear contact lenses and have astigmatism?

Wait, wasn’t this a trending topic last month? Who’s writing these?

Ohhh, you mean another contact lens for astigmatism hit the market? Oook! 

Anyways, Bausch + Lomb recently launched ULTRA® for Astigmatism, a new monthly contact lens with their patented MoistureSeal® technology. While there are a lot of contact lens options out there, it’s important to note this is the first new monthly contact lens for astigmatism developed in a loooong loooong time. Therefore, if dailies aren’t your thing, you have a new option to consider!

Human stem cells
Source: Wikipedia.com

Have you ever wonder if there is a cure on the way for macular degeneration?

The truth is, we’re getting there!

A Japanese man recently received reprogrammed stem cells with the hope they would halt the progression of his macular degeneration. Originally skin cells, these cells were reprogrammed into retinal cells and transplanted into his retina.

While this is very exciting news for the future treatment and management of macular degeneration, the short and long-term results of this kind of treatment are still very much up in the air.

AIRA visual interpreter for the blind
Source: Aira.io

Here’s some news that puts your “couch to 5k” to shame!

An athlete named Erich Manser, who is legally blind from the disease retinitis pigmentosa, has managed to run an astounding 17 marathons throughout his life! However, for Erich, running this year’s Boston Marathon was extra special. During the race, he tested out Google Glass™ with AIRA technology where was voice guided by a woman who lives across the country as he ran the race.

If this technology becomes mainstream, this would be a huge breakthrough for the visually impaired community!

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Ryan Corte, OD
Dr. Ryan Corte was born and raised in Novi, MI where he attended Novi High School. He graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Science in 2008. He also attended The Ohio State University College of Optometry where he graduated with a Doctor of Optometry degree in 2012. Dr. Corte completed an Optometric Residency in Primary Care and Ocular Disease at the Illinois College of Optometry in 2013. During his residency, he obtained advanced clinical competency to practice optometry at the highest level as well as provided educational assistance and supervision of third and fourth year students as a clinical faculty member. He now practices just north of Charlotte, NC at Northlake Eye. In addition to his clinical expertise, Dr. Corte has contributed to optometry through multiple leadership roles. He is a former Executive President of the American Optometric Student Association and is currently serving on the Young ODs and Membership committee of the North Carolina Optometric Society Optometric. He also was a senior journalist for NewGradOptometry.com and is a co-founder of CovalentCareers.com. Dr. Corte thrives on involvement and looks forward to remaining very active throughout his professional career. Outside of work, he loves spending time with his wife, family and friends as well as continuing to stay active in his community and in life.