Mass. Eye and Ear in the News 2010

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Ugandan Girl Receives First Cochlear Implant in Her Country
Dec. 28, 2010 – ( – 4-year-old Elaine Mukaaya came to Mass. Eye and Ear from Uganda to receive two cochlear implants. There are no screening or auditory prevention programs in Uganda, but Dr. Daniel Lee, Dr. Barbara Herrmann and Elaine’s father are hopeful her story will change things. Video inside.

Hearing Loss Rising Among Teen Girls
Dec. 28, 2010 – (U.S. – Over the last two decades hearing loss due to "recreational" noise exposure such as blaring club music has risen among adolescent girls, and now approaches levels previously seen only among adolescent boys, a new study suggests.

Ricci: Thankful for Joey this Christmas
Dec. 27, 2010 – (Malden Observer) –After being diagnosed with bilateral retinoblastoma as a small child and losing his sight completely, Joseph O’Neill has not allowed his disability to hold him back as all.

Hope, Help for Hampden Man with Hearing Loss
Dec. 24, 2010 – (Bangor Daily News) –After suddenly losing his hearing, Bill Burke is going to receive two cochlear implants at Mass. Eye and Ear. Dr. Daniel Lee is Burke’s doctor.

Weston Resident Honored with Portrait at Hospital
Dec. 22, 2010 – (The Weston Town Crier) –Mass. Eye and Ear honored the Hospital’s former Board Chair Diane E. Kaneb, presenting her with a portrait during a special reception at the Liberty Hotel in Boston. Dr. Donald Keamy, pediatric ENT specialist, comments.

Tribute to Kaneb
Dec. 8, 2010 – (The Boston Globe) –Mass. Eye and Ear honored the hospital’s former board director Diane Kaneb, presenting her with a portrait by Kathleen Speranza.

Teens And Music: Tuned In, Turned On - Blown Out
Dec. 7, 2010 – (Ivanhoe Broadcast News) – Mass. Eye and Ear’s Dr. Josef Shargorodsky discusses the increased damage being done by teens and young adults listening to their portable music players too loud.

Eating Omega-3-rich Fish May Keep Vision Loss at Bay
Dec. 2, 2010 – (USA Today) – Retina specialist Dr. Ivana Kim comments in this article which discusses research published in the December issue of Ophthalmology -- that eating seafood rich in omega-3 fatty acids can slow the progression of advanced age-related macular degeneration.

Implantable Telescope for Macular Degeneration
Dec. 1, 2010 – (Ivanhoe Broadcast News Vision Channel) – VIDEO: Mass. Eye and Ear’s Dr. Kathryn Colby and Mass. Eye and Ear patient Jo Ann Preece discuss the implantation of a miniature telescope that helped her regain her sight.

Full Physician Interview: Implantable Mini-Telescope
Dec. 1, 2010 – (Ivanhoe Broadcast News) – Read the full interview with Dr. Kathryn Colby about the implantable mini-telescope and how it works to help patients with age-related macular degeneration.

Making Pills Passé
Nov. 29, 2010 – (The Boston Globe) – Scientists at Mass. Eye and Ear are working with other researchers in the Commonwealth to develop new and innovative ways to administer medications without pills or needle vaccination.

Giving Sight to Blind
Nov. 29, 2010 – (The Boston Herald) – Mass. Eye and Ear’s Dr. Kathryn Colby and Mass. Eye and Ear patient Jo Anne Preece discuss the life-changing surgery Jo Anne received at Mass. Eye and Ear--the implantation of a miniature telescope that restored her sight after she was diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration.

Thrown Off Balance
Nov. 22, 2010 – (The Boston Globe) – Mass. Eye and Ear’s Dr. Steven Rauch and other Mass. Eye and Ear physicians and researchers from the hospital’s Jenks Vestibular Physiology Laboratory are featured with a focus on their work in developing new techniques for diagnosing and treating balance disorders and Meniere’s Disease.

Extra: Shooting Victim’s New Focus
Nov. 20, 2010 – (CBS News-48 Hours) – Mass. Eye and Ear’s Dr. Joseph Rizzo talks in depth about electronic technology and implanting a device at the back of eye to help restore the vision of a man who lost his vision after being shot

Study Reports More Precise Way to Remove Cataracts
Nov. 18, 2010 — (HealthDay) — Dr. Scott Greenstein comments on research related to a new, more precise way to remove cataracts.

VisionCare’s Macular Degeneration Telescope Implant Named “Best of What’s New” 2010 by Popular Science
Nov. 17, 2010 – (Wall Street Journal) – Mass. Eye and Ear’s Dr. Kathryn Colby speaks about the micro-telescope that has been developed for treatment of those with age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Alarming Student Trend? Eyeball Alcohol Shots
Nov. 17, 2010 — (NECN) — Dr. Scott Greenstein warns against a dangerous new activity called "eyeball alcohol shots," where students pour liquor into their eyes.

Say What? Evidence on iPod-Related Hearing Loss Challenged
Nov. 12, 2010 – ( – New studies are challenging the link between personal MP3 players and hearing loss among adolescents. See what our researchers have to say (hint: turn it down).

Hospital Planning Longwood Expansion
Nov. 9, 2010 – (The Boston Globe) – Mass. Eye and Ear is planning on opening an outpatient surgical center near the Harvard Medical School. The new building is set to open in 2013 and will help house the demand for Mass. Eye and Ear services, which has risen 26 percent in the past three years.

Woburn Celebrates Halloween in Style
Nov. 2, 2010 – (The Woburn Advocate) – The Woburn Lions Club had their annual Halloween parade. The money collected in the “bucket brigade” during the parade goes toward the Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund. That Fund has collected $18,000 this year, a portion of which will be donated to Mass. Eye and Ear.

Police Honor Helping Hand- Dedicate Room to Philanthropist Who Aided Families
Oct. 27, 2010 – (The Boston Globe) – The Boston Police department honored long-time Mass. Eye and Ear supporter Norman Knight. Mr. Knight donated the funds to create the hospital’s Hyperbaric Medicine Center, the first in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

BBC- World Service Programmes- Health Check
Oct. 25, 2010 – (BBC World Service) – A team of doctors and researchers from Mass. Eye and Ear, including Drs. Daniel Merfeld and Richard Lewis from the Jenks Vestibular Laboratory at Mass. Eye and Ear are working on a technique for a more accurate diagnosis of the causes of vertigo and dizziness. (Mass. Eye and Ear's part of the program is at about minute 7)

Million-Dollar Idea: Electric Eye That Enables Blind People To See
Oct. 21, 2010 – (Business Insider) – Doctors from Mass. Eye and Ear are members of a team that is developing a microchip that will allow a blind person the ability to recognize faces and navigate a room.

All Eyes (And Ears) on New Kid
Oct. 17, 2010 – (Boston Herald) – The New Kids on the Block tell the "Track Gals" why they support Mass. Eye and Ear and Cures for Kids in this interview.

New Kids Hang Tough at Benefit
Oct. 15, 2010 – (Boston Globe) – New Kids on the Block members Jonathan Knight, Danny Wood, Jordan Knight, Joey McIntyre, and Donnie Wahlberg ended Wednesday night’s Mass. Eye and Ear benefit with a performance for supporters.

Raising Their Voices (and Funds) for Mass. Eye And Ear
Oct. 14, 2010 – (Boston Globe) – Joey McIntyre and his wife, Barrett, were the center of attention at last night’s fund-raiser for Mass. Eye and Ear at the Renaissance hotel.

No Kidding: NKOTB Come Out for Mass. Eye and Ear
Oct. 14, 2010 – (Boston Herald) – More than 600 New Kids on the Block fans, including U.S. Sen. John Kerry and Celtics czar Wyc Grousbeck, enjoyed cocktails, dined on a gourmet meal and rocked out to the vintage boy band at last night’s Sense-ation! fund-raiser for the Mass. Eye and Ear.

Fox 25 News Boston Shows Highlights From Sense-ation!
Oct. 13, 2010 – (Fox 25 News Boston) – Click o the link above to see a video snippet of Mass. Eye and Ear's Sense-ation! gala. Kim Carrigan was the evening's emcee.

Cures for Kids Fund: Helping Mass. Eye and Ear
Oct. 13, 2010 – (Fox 25 Morning News Boston) – Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck is usually on FOX25 talking Celtics. And while we had to ask him about the upcoming season, Wyc was with Fox 25's Morning Show to talk about something even more near and dear to his heart, at least this week. Watch Kim’s interview for more.

McIntyre Family Copes With Son's Hearing Loss
Oct. 12, 2010 – (WBZ-TV, Channel 4) – As a teenager, New Kids on the Block singer Joey McIntyre had to deal with the deafening screams of young girls in the audience. As an adult, he's dealing with the fact his son may never hear him speak. He toured Mass. Eye and Ear and explained why he supported the Cures For Kids Fund.

NKOTB Singer Opens Up About Son's Hearing Loss
Oct. 12, 2010 – (WCVB-TV, Channel 5) – New Kids on the Block singer Joey McIntyre and his wife, Barrett, got an early Christmas present last December when their youngest son Rhys Edward McIntyre was born. Ten days later a newborn hearing screening revealed a problem. Rhys was born with profound hearing loss. Joey and Barrett share their story and explain why they support Mass. Eye and Ear's Cures for Kids Fund. Dr. Don Keamy explains why is so important.

Treatments for Vision Loss Are in Sight
Oct. 12, 2010 – (USA Today) – Taina Rosario was only 12 when Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a rare immune condition, robbed her of her vision. Dr. James Chodosh at Mass. Eye and Ear's Cornea Department helped her see again with a Boston keratoprosthesis. Dr. Joseph Rizzo's research to develop a retinal implant is also noted in this article.

A Song of Hope, Dedicated to His Son
Oct. 9, 2010 – (Boston Globe) –Joey McIntyre and his wife, Barrett, were in an office at UCLA Medical Center when a grim-faced technician walked in with the results of their son’s hearing test and told them that 10-day-old Rhys Edward McIntyre had severe hearing loss. Since then, Joey has become an advocate for the hearing impaired. This week, Joey and the New Kids on the Block are performing at Mass. Eye and Ear's gala Sense-ation! to raise funds for Cures for Kids.

Wyc Grousbeck on Sense-ation on WEEI Radio
Oct. 7, 2010 – (WEEI Sports Radio) – Board Chair Wyc Grousbeck Joins Dennis & Callahan to talk about Mass. Eye and Ear's gala, Sense-ation! and to auction off a special package to benefit the Cures for Kids Fund. Joey McIntyre from NKOTB calls in from the West Coast to lend his support.

Tracked Down: Spike Lee, Kim Carrigan & more...
Oct. 7, 2010 – (Boston Herald) – FOX25’s Kim Carrigan stopped by Mass. Eye and Ear to visit children on the pediatric floor. She's emcee for the hospital’s upcoming Sense-ation! gala, on Oct. 13. which will introduce the hospital’s new Cures for Kids fund.

Surgery For Sinus Misery: Better, But Still No Cure
Oct. 4, 2010 – (NPR) – Mass. Eye and Ear sinus surgeon Dr. Ralph Metson speaks to the evolution of sinus surgeries during the past 30 years. He and two of his patients talk about the benefits of sinus surgeries and the progress that is still to come.

Sidetracks: Bob Crowe, Susan Wornick, Joey McIntyre and more...
Oct. 3, 2010 — (Boston Herald) —Joey McIntyre and the New Kids on the Block are headlining Mass. Eye and Ear’s “Sense-ation!” gala, a benefit for the hospital’s Cures for Kids fund.

Girl Transformed by Life-Saving Surgery
Sept. 29, 2010--(WCVB-TV)--12-year-old Andrea Nemethi of Romania came to Mass. Eye and Ear for the removal of a large tumor on her eye. Dr. Aaron Fay, director of Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery, performed four surgeries on Andrea to remove the tumor.

Successful Surgery Removes Tumor from Girl's Eye
Sept. 29, 2010 — (WBZ-TV) — Dr. Aaron Fay, director of Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery at Mass. Eye and Ear, performed a very successful surgery, removing a tumor from the eye of 12-year-old Andrea Nemethi of Romania. Andrea and her family came to Mass. Eye and Ear for treatment.

New Kids at Benefit
Sept. 29, 2010 — (Boston Globe) — Mass. Eye and Ear Board Chair and Boston Celtics owner, Wyc Grousbeck, has enlisted New Kids on the Block to perform at Mass. Eye and Ear’s inaugural Sense-ation! Gala, taking place Oct. 13 at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel.

What? Evidence on iPod-Related Hearing Loss Challenged
Sept. 27, 2010 — (Tech News Daily) — Mass. Eye and Ear’s Dr. Josef Shargorodsky comments on how personal portable music devices have effected hearing loss in children and young adults.

Former FDA Regulator Questions LASIK Safety
Sept. 22, 2010 — (WCVB-TV) — Dr. Roberto Pineda, director of Refractive Surgery at Mass. Eye and Ear, comments on the effectiveness of LASIK surgeries in response to a former FDA regulator’s critique of the procedure.

Can "Brain Freeze" Cause Long-Term Brain Damage?
Sept. 21, 2010 — (Popular Science) —Dr. Stacey Gray, a sinus surgeon at Mass. Eye and Ear, eases any concern that “ice cream headaches” can cause brain damage. Dr. Gray explains that the pain has nothing to do with the brain and therefore cannot cause any harm.

Tracked Down: Matt Damon, Ed Burns, Tony Shalhoub and more...
Sept. 21, 2010 — (The Boston Herald) — Former pro-football player Doug Flutie and Celtics Owner, Wyc Grousbeck, took part in the 2nd annual Mass. Eye and Ear golf tournament on Sept. 20.

Putting with a purpose
Sept. 21, 2010 — (The Boston Globe) — Celtics owner, Wyc Grousbeck, and Former Pro-football player Doug Flutie participated in the 2nd annual Mass. Eye and Ear golf tournament on Sept. 20 in Weston, MA.

Trouble sleeping? Maybe it's your iPad
Sept. 19, 2010— (Keene Sentinel) — Mary Lou Jackson director of Vision Rehabilitation at Mass. Eye and Ear quoted about iPad and laptops altering sleep cycles.

Mass. Eye and Ear Builds on Clinical Foundation
September 2010-- (Ophthalmology Times) -- Teaching future ophthalmologists is one important aspect of Mass. Eye and Ear's mission. Read about our comprehensive ophthalmology residency program in this article in Ophthalmology Times.

A Superbug is Born
Sept. 3, 2010--(HMS Focus)--This month’s HMS Focus reviews research conducted by Dr. Michael Gilmore of our Howe Laboratory of Ophthalmology. The study, which appeared in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, casts light on how some bacteria develop the ability to become resistant to antibiotics. It’s knowledge that could lead to better drugs to fight infection in the future.

What Are Silent Migraines, and Can They Lead to Migraine Headaches?
Aug. 23, 2010--( flashes of light and visual disturbances could be something called a silent migraine. Mass. Eye and Ear neuro-ophthalmologist Dr. Joseph Rizzo, director of the hospital's neuro-ophthalmology service, discusses this condition and whether it can lead to migraine headaches.

More Teens Suffering Hearing Loss
Aug. 17, 2010 -- ( -- One in five teenagers has the kind of hearing loss typical of a 50- or 60-year-old, according to a new study by Boston researchers." There are probably a couple of kids in every classroom in America who will have some level of hearing loss and it’s important for teachers to be aware of that, and parents and physicians as well," said Mass. Eye and Ear otolaryngology resident Dr. Josef Shargorodsky.

Hearing Loss Hits 1 in 5 U.S. Teens
Aug. 17, 2010 -- (USA Today) -- One in five American teenagers now suffers from some type of hearing loss, an increase of 31% since the mid '90s, new research shows. Mass. Eye and Ear otolaryngology resident Dr. Josef Shardorosky, the study's first author, comments.

Visual Acuity Better After Work Injuries (Versus Home Injuries)
Aug. 9, 2010 -- (Ocular Surgery News) -- A study comparing results of work-related and non-work-related open-globe injuries found that while work-related injuries had a high rate of intraocular foreign bodies, those patients had better preoperative and final best corrected visual acuity outcomes. This retrospective study was done by researchers at Mass. Eye and Ear.

Haitian Boy Gets New Shot at Life
Aug. 7, 2010 -- (Kennebec Journal) -- Just one day after his most recent chemotherapy treatment for eye cancer, 3-year-old Widerson Mompremier bounces around the lakeside yard of Dr. Laurel Coleman, beaming. This boy has a new lease on life, thanks to treatment for eye cancer by Dr. Shiz Mukai, chemotherapy at Mass General, and help from physicians in Maine, including one who carried him down a mountain to save his life.

Excess Weight May Protect Women from Glaucoma
Aug. 5, 2010 -- (HealthDay News) -- While maintaining a healthy weight is linked to a lowered risk of heart disease and diabetes, being overweight may actually protect some women from a form of glaucoma, Harvard researchers say. Dr. Louis Pasquale lead this study.

Does Higher Body Weight Protect Women from Glaucoma?
Aug. 2, 2010 -- (Science Daily) -- Maintaining a healthy body weight is important for avoiding many diseases, but a new study by Dr. Louis Pasquale, co-director of the Mass. Eye and Ear Glaucoma Service, finds that for primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG), one of the most common age-related eye diseases, the picture may be more complex.

Tiny Eye Telescope Brings Back a World of Sight
July 26, 2010--(NPR)--The Food and Drug Administration has approved a miniature telescope that can be implanted directly into the eye to magnify images to more than twice their size. Mass. Eye and Ear cornea specialist Dr. Kathryn Colby, who helped develop the procedure to implant the device, comments on this new treatment that could help millions of older adults who are nearly blinded by macular degeneration.

Haitian Toddler Treated in Boston for Eye Cancer
July 23, 2010--(WBZ-TV)--Widerson Mompremier was 3 years old when Dr. Laurel Coleman discovered a rare cancer (retinoblastoma) in his eye while he was living in a rural village in Haiti. With no way for him to get treatment for the cancer in Haiti, she did all she could to get him to Mass. Eye and Ear for care, where pediatric retina surgeon Dr. Shizuo Mukai removed the tumor that -- without treatment -- would have certainly taken his life.

Mass. Eye and Ear in Harvard Medicine, Spring 2010
Spring 2010--(Harvard Medicine)--It's our five senses--our sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch--which help us to navigate our environment. They're a precious gift that many of us take for granted. The Spring 2010 Issue of Harvard Medicine explores "The Five Senses," including the many contributions Mass. Eye and Ear researchers and physicians make to provide a better understanding of, and better treatments for, conditions that could rob us of the ability to fully experience our world.

Restoring Vision with Tiny Telescope in Eye
July 14, 2010 – (WCVB-TV) – Age-related macular degeneration robs otherwise healthy people of their sight. Until now, there's been little hope for the millions of people suffering from the disease, WCVB medical editor Dr. Timothy Johnson reports and tells JoAnn Preece's story. JoAnn can see thanks to a tiny telescope implanted by Dr. Kathryn Colby, cornea surgeon.

Are Designer Sunglasses Worth the Price?
July 14, 2010 – (Wall Street Journal) – Before deciding to spend hundreds of dollars on your next pair of sunglasses this summer, there are some things you should know. Read what the Director of Mass. Eye and Ear’s Cornea and Refractive Surgery Service, Dr. Reza Dana, has to say about the difference between inexpensive and expensive designer-brand sunglasses.

Bionic Eye Surgery and the Fight Against Blindness
July 8, 2010 — (ABC World News) —It might sound like science fiction, but it’s now a reality--a miniature telescope that can be implanted in the eye to restore vision. It’s an amazing new technology-- and hope for people diagnosed with end-stage age-related macular degeneration. Watch what Mass. Eye and Ear cornea specialist Dr. Kathryn Colby had to say in a segment that aired on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer.

Boston Med: Single Dad Struck with Rare Cancer
July 8, 2010 -- (ABC-TV) -- When diagnosed with a rare cancer of the nasal cavity, patient's life changed forever. Read how Mass. Eye and Ear’s Dr. Derrick Lin helped to diagnose this single father of a 4-year-old son.

Doctors Treat Vision Problem with Video Games
June 8, 2010 — ( —The debate continues to rage about the impact of video games on children. However, it turns out there is a plus side to video games when it comes to treating the eye condition amblyopia, commonly known as “lazy eye.” Read what Mass. Eye and Ear’s Director of Pediatric Ophthalmology Dr. Melanie Kazlas has to say about this somewhat surprising information.

Gaga Caught in a Bad Romance with Eye Docs
July 7, 2010 — (Boston Business Journal Online) — The American Academy of Ophthalmology sent out a missive today, warning teenagers about the dangers of the so-called circle lenses that GaGa wears to make her pupils look huge and alien-like. Dr. Jill Beyer, director of the Contact Lens Service, agrees.

FDA Clears First Implantable Telescope for Vision
July 7, 2010 — (WBZ-TV) — This week the FDA approved a first-of-its-kind implantable miniature telescope that can restore vision to people with end-stage macular degeneration—a leading cause of blindness in the United States. Read what Mass. Eye and Ear cornea specialist Dr. Kathryn Colby has to say about this encouraging new technology.

FDA: Mini Telescope Implant Can Bring Sight to the Blind
July 7, 2010 — (CBS News) — It may sound like a James Bond gadget, but the FDA has just approved a miniature telescope — smaller than a pea — that can help with a leading cause of blindness for seniors when implanted inside the eye. Dr. Kathryn Colby comments on this device that she implanted during clinical trials and wrote about in a paper telling other physicians the best way to insert it safely.

Drug Device for Hearing Loss
July 1, 2010 — (Technology Review) — A device being developed at Draper Laboratory in Cambridge, Mass., in collaboration with Mass. Eye and Ear, can deliver drugs in a controlled and timed manner to the inner ear. In combination with novel therapies capable of halting or repairing damage to the cells in the inner ear, the device could provide a more effective way to treat hearing loss.

Romanian Girl Gets Life-Altering Surgery
June 30, 2010 — (Voice of America) — At age 4, a Romanian girl was horrified when her right eye began to swell. The tumor continued to grow for eight years. She received life-altering surgery in honor of Ray Tye, a great man who helped many other children just like her. Read her story and see a video on Voice of America's website.

Artificial Cornea Helping Man to See
June 24, 2010 — (WBZ-TV) — Peter Wiley was cleaning his yard last year. When he tried to break a stick in half, it smashed through his safety glasses, severely damaging his eye. Today he seeing better, thanks to a Boston Keratoprosthesis implanted by Dr. Kathryn Colby.

Girl Making Progress After Eye Tumor Removed
June 18, 2010 — (WCVB-TV) — It was just about a month ago that we brought you the story of a little girl from Romania who came all the way to Boston for surgery that would change her life. See how Andrea is doing today in this video that aired on Channel 5 News.

'I Feel Happy at Last to be Like Other Children'
June 13, 2010 — (Boston Globe) — Children in Ecuador have the highest rate of microtia, a missing ear. Boston surgeons, including Drs. Mack Cheney and Tessa Hadlock, are joining in a mission to tackle the condition. These two doctors are directors of Mass. Eye and Ear's Facial and Cosmetic Surgery Center and the Facial Nerve Center.

He Never Lost Sight of His Dreams
June 13, 2010 — (Boston Globe) — This East Boston High salutatorian didn’t let eye tumor stop him. Read the inspiring story of Steven Rinaldi, one of Mass. Eye and Ear's patients.

Girl with Rare Tumor Gets Second Chance
May 26, 2010 — (WCVB-TV) — See a video telling story of a 12 year old from Romania who came to Mass. Eye and Ear for surgery to remove a tumor from her eye. The surgery was done in tribute to the late Ray Tye.

For Tye, One Last Good Act
May 25, 2010 — ( — In honor of humanitarian philanthropist, the late Ray Tye, Mass. Eye and Ear is helping Andrea, a 12-year-old girl from Romania. Read how Dr. Aaron Fay could help change Andrea's life by removing a disfiguring, benign tumor from her eye.

After His Death, Ray Tye Still Helping
May 20, 2010 — (WBZ-TV) — Boston philanthropist Ray Tye gave millions of his own money to help people in need of medical care. Two months he is still helping. Mass. Eye and Ear is honoring Mr. Tye's memory by helping a 12-year-old girl from Romania who has a huge tumor on her face. Dr. Aaron Fay, director of Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery, will operate next week on this amazing girl.

Trouble Sleeping? Maybe It's Your iPad
May 13, 2010 — (CNN International) — Can artificial light from devices such as computer screens and iPads affect your sleep cycle? Dr. Mary Lou Jackson, director of Vision Rehabilitation, comments on this experiment.

Preparing Son for Eye Surgery
May 3, 2010 — (Boston Globe) — I have scheduled my 5-year-old son for strabismus surgery. What’s the best way to prepare him for general anesthesia and for questions he might have? Read what Dr. Melanie Kazlas has to say.

Tales From the City: Come Again?
May 2, 2010 — (Boston Globe) — Thanks to some brilliant Mass. Eye and Ear doctors, my 86-year-old father recently got a cochlear implant, an amazing device that provides sound to the profoundly deaf.

Pink Eye: Relief in Sight
April 19, 2010 — (Ivanhoe News) — Viral keratoconjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, is a common, uncomfortable and highly contagious condition. Relief may be in sight with a new understanding of how the eye reacts to this virus.

Tracked Down: Katherine Switzer at Mass. Eye and Ear’s Marathon Brunch
April 19, 2010 — (Boston Herald) — Members of Mass. Eye and Ear’s marathon team, Team Eye and Ear, gathered for a healthy brunch yesterday and advice from Boston Marathon legend Kathrine Switzer before the running of today’s Boston Marathon.

Women of ALPFA and the Boston Marathon
April 15, 2010 — (El Mundo) — The Women of ALPFA and ALPFA Cares of Boston have joined forces to support five women who will run the 26.2 miles of the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 19th. Three women are running for Mass. Eye and Ear's marathon team, Team Eye and Ear.

How Virus Puts the Pink in Pink Eye
April 15, 2010 — ( — Scientists have figured out how the eye reacts to the virus that causes pink eye -- a finding from an animal study that could lead to a better treatment for the condition. Read about the research by Dr. James Chodosh and his colleagues in the Howe Laboratory.

Clinical Trial of Lutein with Vitamin A in Patients with Retinitis Pigmentosa
April 12, 2010 — (Archives of Ophthalmology) — Dr. Eliot Berson and his team in the Berman-Gund Laboratories of Retinal Degenerations studied whether lutein supplementation will slow visual function decline in patients with retinitis pigmentosa receiving vitamin A and found that it does help.

Bionic Eye Could Restore Sight
April 9, 2010 — (Inventor Spot) — For the past 20 years, researchers working for the Boston Retinal Implant Project have been developing a bionic eye implant that could restore sight for individuals who have age-related blindness. Dr. Joseph Rizzo, neuro-ophthalmologist, is leading this effort.

Brookline Dad to Run for Daughter's Care
April 4, 2010 — (Wicked Local Brookline) — Brookline resident Ted Johnson has run a number of marathons. But the reason for running the 2010 Boston Marathon with the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary’s Team Eye and Ear is one that’s close to his heart.

Sleep Apnea May Relate to Eye Disorders
April 1, 2010 — ( —If you have shallow breathing or pauses in breaths while you sleep, that's a clear sign of sleep apnea. This chronic condition often leaves people feeling sleepy during the day and can increase risk for high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, obesity, and diabetes, according to the National Institutes of Health. A new study in the journal Ophthalmology links the most common form of sleep apnea - called obstructive sleep apnea - to an eye disorder called floppy eyelid syndrome. Dr. Scott Greenstein gives his opinion on this theory.

Screens and Eye Strain
April 1, 2010 — (Wall Street Journal) — The launch of Apple Inc.'s iPad is fueling an ocular debate: What type of e-reader is easiest on the eyes: the black-and-white screens that simulate ink on a printed page or the back-lit color screens used by computers and the iPad? Read what Dr. Mary Lou Jackson of the Vision Rehabilitation Center has to say.

Corneal Prosthesis Improves Patients' Lives
April 2010 — (Ocular Surgery News) — A commonly used corneal prosthesis proved cost-effective compared with non-intervention and could be used in patients who are at risk of keratoplasty graft failure, according to a study. The Boston keratoprosthesis conferred an exponential improvement in utility and patient quality of life, the study authors said.

Comprehensive Facial Rehabilitation Improves Function After Facial Paralysis
March 2010 — (Physical Therapy News) — For 160 patients with facial paralysis, statistically significant improvements after facial rehabilitation were shown; the improvements appeared to be long lasting with continued treatment. The improvements in the FGS scores indicated that patients can successfully manage symptoms with rehabilitation and underscored the importance of specialized therapy in the management of facial paralysis.

Runner Overcomes CP to Compete for Charity
March 30, 2010 — (The Courier) — Andy Sullman wasn’t satisfied with running just to help himself. It was time to give back. So the 19-year-old resident of The Woodlands who runs as a way to battle the symptoms of cerebral palsy has decided to run in the Boston Marathon to benefit the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Read this Team Eye and Ear member's inspiring story.

Woman Regains Sight with Artificial Cornea
March 29, 2010 — (News-Leader) — If this story had been published Dec. 21, Mindy Huff wouldn't have been able to read it. Tiny newsprint had long ago disappeared from her world. Today she can read it, thanks to a Boston K-pro, which was invented by Dr. Claes Dohlman at Mass. Eye and Ear. Dr. Kathryn Colby, cornea surgeon at Mass. Eye and Ear, is quoted in this heartwarming article.

Running to Beat Head and Neck Cancer
March 19, 2010 — (Dorchester Reporter) — Every April tens of thousands of runners converge on the city for the Boston Marathon. And all have their own stories of how they came to face this famed 26-plus mile challenge. For Paula Murphy, who grew up in Dorchester, running in the Boston Marathon this year has a significant meaning as well as a mission. She will run in honor of her late husband, Sean, and to raise awareness and funds for research on head and neck cancer.

Cancer Fight Continues for Quincy Widow
March 18, 2010 — (Patriot Ledger) — Last March 20, Paula Murphy lost her husband, Sean, to laryngeal cancer. A year later, she’s still fighting for him – with a little help from her friends. The Quincy resident is part of a team of 55 people who will run in next month’s Boston Marathon to raise money for Mass. Eye and Ear. Read why she is running in this article and on her personal fundraising page.

Temporary Hearing Loss May Rewire Kids' Brains
March 15, 2010--( Some kids seem to have near-constant ear infections. Even after the pain is gone, a parent's got to wonder: Are there lasting effects from all that muffling of sound in the formative years? Read what Dr. Daniel Polley has to say and listen to this story that aired on Morning Edition.

Deaf Person of the Month
March 2010--( What could be more important to a Deaf person than clear and healthy vision? Yet very few deaf people have entered the fields of optometry—eye care. Dr. Andrew Baker is the first Deaf person in the nation to become an optometrist. Read his story in this article.

Ray Tye, Lifesaving Philanthropist
March 11, 2010--(Boston Globe)--Ray Tye was one of Boston’s biggest philanthropists, but he didn’t much care for the title, and he was even less interested in drawing public attention to his private donations. Mass. Eye and Ear President and CEO John Fernandez comments on what Mr. Tye meant to Mass. Eye and Ear patients.

Ear Infections Can Cause Long-term Lazy Ear
March 10, 2010--(Wired Science)-- Some folks who don’t seem to listen may just have a lazy ear. A new study shows that short-term hearing impairments at any stage of life can lead to rewiring in the part of the brain that processes sounds, making the ear seem as if it is loafing on its duty to make sense from noise. Mass. Eye and Ear neuroscientist Dr. Daniel Polley describes the work, which was featured on the cover of Neuron.

"'Depp' Perception: Living in 2-D"
March 2, 2010--( Eye and Ear neuro-ophthalmologist Dr. Dean Cestari talks with Dr. Tim Johnson about the reason some people (including actor Johnny Depp) aren't able to see in 3-D.

"3-D Movies Like 'Alice in Wonderland' Are Just a Headache for Some"
March 2, 2010--( Dr. Joseph Rizzo comments on why some people won't be able to see the 3-D effects in the new film "Alice in Wonderland."

What Causes Tinnitus?
March 1, 2010 — (Boston Globe) — Read what Mass. Eye and Ear otolaryngologist Dr. Daniel Lee has to say about the causes of tinnitus (ringing in the ears).

Mass. Eye and Ear Plans Expansion of Campus
Feb. 27, 2010 — (Boston Globe) — The Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary is proposing a 95,000-square-foot expansion of its Boston medical campus with a new research building and additional clinical space.

'I Love the Person I am Today'
Feb. 20, 2010 — (Boston Globe) — Feb. 20, 2003, was a Thursday, and Gina Russo and her fiance, Freddy Crisostomi, wanted to start the weekend early. They tried to get into the movie “Narc,’’ starring Ray Liotta, but arrived too late. The heavy metal band Great White was playing at the Station, a joint in West Warwick, R.I., not far from Cranston, where the couple lived. So they went to Plan B. Seven years after the Station nightclub fire, Gina Russo is now inspiring others. Mass. Eye and Ear's Drs. Tessa Hadlock and Mack Cheney are reconstructing her ear.

Restoring Vision: Hope in Sight
Winter 2010 — (Proto Magazine) — How many electrodes can fit on the back of an eye? For the scientists who have spent the past 20 years competing to create a sight-restoring artificial retina, the question is hardly metaphysical. Dr. Joseph Rizzo, Team Eye and Ear Boston marathon runner, and director of Neuro-ophthalmology, is featured in this story for his life's work.

Roger Ebert's View of Losing His Voice
Feb. 18, 2010 — ( — Two years after a battle with thyroid cancer robbed him of the ability to speak, film critic Roger Ebert is showing the world how the unexpected twist in his life story only strengthened his voice. Dr. Gregory Randolph, director of the Thyroid and Parathyroid Service, comments on what can go wrong with thyroid surgery -- and the monitoring system developed and used at Mass. Eye and Ear to help prevent that side effect.

Glaucoma Drugs May Play Role in Longer Life
Feb. 8, 2010 — (HealthDay News) — People who take medication to treat glaucoma appear to outlive those who don't treat the eye disease, new research has found. Dr. Louis Pasquale of the Mass. Eye and Ear Glaucoma Service comments on this interesting finding.

The Seen: Chair Welcome Party at Scampo
Feb. 3, 2010 — (Boston Globe) — See Bill Brett's photos from the Feb. 2 reception in Boston to welcome Wyc Grousbeck, the new chairman of the board of Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Grousbeck is also CEO of the Boston Celtics. The event was held at Scampo at the Liberty Hotel.

Honoring Grousbeck
Feb. 3, 2010 — (Boston Globe) — Mass. Eye and Ear welcomes incoming Board Chairman Wyc and Boston Celtics managing partner Wyc Grousbeck. Grousbeck, whose son is blind, founded a genetic therapy research project targeting blindness.

Tracked down: Wyc Grousbeck, Diane E. Kaneb, Shannon Allen and more...
Feb. 3, 2010— (Boston Herald)—Guests gathered at Scampo in the Liberty Hotel in Boston to welcome Mass. Eye and Ear's new board chairman, managing partner of the Boston Celtics Wyc Grousbeck.

Mass. Eye and Ear Infirmary Cataract Surgery Trainer Teaches Residents Cataract Surgery
Feb. 3, 2010— (UPI) — Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Cataract Surgery Trainer, a virtual training tool which helps to train physicians to perform cataract surgery, has been shown to enhance teaching in cataract surgery when compared to traditional teaching methods.

Born Without Eyes and Ultrasound Can't See
Jan. 28, 2010 — ( — Baby Brielle was born without any eye tissue at all, a condition called anophthalmia that leaves a person irrevocably blind. Dr. Aaron Fay, director of Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery at Mass. Eye and Ear, comments on this rare condition.

Grousbeck to Lead Mass. Eye and Ear Board
Jan. 27, 2010 — (Boston Globe) — The board of Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, which has been working to broaden its alliances with other Boston-area hospitals, reached outside the organization yesterday by electing Boston Celtics co-owner Wycliffe “Wyc’’ Grousbeck as its chairman.

Intraocular Implant Technologies Offer Timed, Targeted Drug Delivery
Jan. 25, 2010 — (Ocular Surgery News Supersite) — Joseph B. Ciolino, M.D., a cornea specialist at Mass. Eye and Ear, comments on intraocular implants and research on contact lenses that dispense therapeutic agents over time.

A Clear Day: Rare Surgery Helps a Mom See her Son
Jan. 23, 2010 — (Register Guard) — Bao Green’s 5-year-old son, Jonah, was just a hazy image before her. During the past five years, Green’s vision gradually deteriorated because of extreme ocular allergies — to the point where everything she saw was a blur. She could see the color of her son’s clothing, but she couldn’t clearly distinguish his features. Now she can see him clearly, thanks to a Boston KPro device invented by Dr. Claes Dohlman at Mass. Eye and Ear.

When the Elephant in the Room Isn't Really There
Jan. 21, 2010 — ( — The 69-year-old man saw the spider clearly, whacked at it, yet the spider wouldn’t die. At night, people he knew started visiting his bedroom, sitting in the armchair beside his night table. But he hadn’t invited them. Oh, and there were animals roaming around his house. None of this was real. See what Dr. Mary Lou Jackson of the Vision Rehabilitation Center has to say about Charles Bonnet syndrome.

Local Woman Recovers From Domestic Violence
Jan. 6, 2010 -- (WBZ-TV) -- A Walpole woman who survived the horror of domestic violence now has new hope for the future, thanks to facial reconstructive surgery at Mass. Eye and Ear by Dr. Jaimie DeRosa.

Brain Implant for Deafness
Jan. 6, 2010 -- (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Living in a world of complete silence can be difficult, and for certain types of deafness, even cochlear implants don't help. Mass. Eye and Ear surgeons are turning to a new type of implant, the Auditory Brainstem Implant, that helps retrain the brain and open up a new world of sound.

Health Answers: Is Reading Electronic Content Damaging to Eyes?
Jan. 4, 2010 -- (Boston Globe) -- As computers have become more ubiquitous in the workplace, so have a series of complaints about vision and eye discomfort. Find out if reading on line is more damaging to the eyes than reading printed material. Dr. Matt Gardiner, director of Ophthalmology Emergency Services, comments.

Tarantula Hair Attacks Owner's Eye
Jan. 1, 2010 -- ( -- People who get the shivers over tarantulas likely imagine a gigantic bite from a fanged mouth. But as one man recently found out in England, tarantulas are more likely to defend themselves by shooting a mist of microscopic barbed hairs straight into your eye. See what two of Mass. Eye and Ear's physicians (Dr. Roberto Pineda and Dr. Matthew Gardiner) have to say about this little-known, yet dangerous, eye injury.