Understanding the eyebrain connection in disease or trauma
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The field of neuro-ophthalmology delves into the eye-brain connection and the diseases that affect it. Dr. Khizer Khaderi directs the neuro-ophthalmology service at the University of California, Davis Eye Center.

"So I deal a lot with patients that have diseases that affect how the eye communicates with the brain. The eye is connected to the brain via a cable that we call the optic nerve and a lot of conditions that injure the optic nerve can present with decreased vision, even changes in your peripheral vision."

These conditions include multiple sclerosis, tumors, or trauma. In the case of trauma Khaderi started a sports division lab. This has led to the development of low-cost mobile tools that can determine the likelihood of a concussion by measuring how an athlete’s eyes react to specific tests.

"We’re really at an exciting time in terms of all these new technologies and ways to answer these questions, but I think that’s going to evolve more and more even with the use of tools like the ones that we’ve created here."

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