Learning to see with a “lazy eye”; harnessing visual cortex plasticity to treat amblyopia
We are honoured to invite Assistant Professor Ben Thompson of the School of Optometry and Vision Science to speak in the Pharmacy Research Seminar Series.
Visitors from main campus and those external to Waterloo are welcome.
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Amblyopia is a neurodevelopmental disorder of the visual cortex that is often considered to be untreatable in adulthood due to insufficient neural plasticity. I will present a series of studies which indicate that both binocular perceptual learning and non-invasive brain stimulation techniques can improve visual function in adult patients with amblyopia, possibly by reducing inhibitory interactions within the visual cortex. I will also present new data from a recent study on the use of the selective serotonin repute inhibitor citalopram to promote visual cortex plasticity in adults with amblyopia.
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