Eye Care

2018 DCC Presentation on EB Eye Care

What EB related problems can occur in the eye?

How can we prevent these problems?

Can we do more to reduce pain and vision loss?

Is research for EB related eye problems moving forward?

Pediatric Ophthalmologist  Vicki M. Chen, MD answered these questions at the 2018 debra Care Conference. Click here to view the entire set of slides from this presentation.

Dr. Chen is a pediatric ophthalmologist who has been caring for children with EB for the past 10 years. Her interest in research began when she learned that patients with severe eye disease had limited treatment options. In 2015, she initiated scientific investigation of mice with DEB to discover how absence of collagen VII affects the eyes. This led to collaboration with Stanford University to test human collagen VII eye drops. She most recently conducted a national survey to understand how much eye problems impact patients and families. Her ultimate goal is to develop safe and effective therapies for EB.


Credit: Vicki M. Chen, MD, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, New England Eye Center, Tufts Medical Center / Floating Hospital for Children, Boston, MA. This information was presented at the 2018 debra Care Conference.

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