What Research is Being Done?
We are trying to understand: (1) which factors predict whether an individual patient will recover vision or not and (2) how corticosteroids effects recovery. This kind of information is critically important so that clinicians and patients together can weigh the benefits and harms of therapy, and patients ultimately feel empowered to make the best decision for their own care.
This line of research also provides opportunities to learn more about why certain patients do not recover vision and/or do not respond to traditional corticosteroid therapy. With the goal of identifying an effective course of treatment for each individual, the results of this research will allow us to identify those patients who do not respond to traditional therapy, but may benefit from new medications with the ultimate goal of preventing permanent vision loss and restoring vision in all patients with optic neuritis.
How Does This Research BEAT Blindness?
Dr. De Lott's goal is to accurately predict visual outcomes and to identify effective treatments paths for patients with optic neuritis. In addition, she is pushing to make discoveries to minimized vision loss and even to finding ways to reverse vision loss from optic neuritis.
More information about Optic Neuritis care at Kellogg Eye Center can be found here: Optic Neuritis @ KEC
How Will MHBB Help?
Much research is needed in this area to develop effective techniques to provide successful treatments. MHBB funds will help Dr. De Lott's efforts to better understand visual outcomes, identify effective treatment paths for patients with optic neuritis, and to find ways to prevent and reverse vision loss!
More study is needed! Your donation to MHBB 2019 will support this important research
at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center!