Uncovering Tomorrow’s Treatments…Today
|The HREI has developed an Eye Research Unit to help advance groundbreaking eye medicine research and its related surgery research at St. Joe’s. Researchers at the HREI help make up the cutting-edge team that has made St. Joe’s one of Canada’s Top 40 Research Hospitals for five years running. The goals of the Eye Research Unit are:
Support and consolidate ongoing clinical research in eye medicine and surgery;
Act as the primary hub for public health and epidemiology as it pertains to eye care delivery; and
Act as a hub for translational research and collaboration between basic scientists and clinicians.
Our Eye Research Unit’s current priorities include projects aiming to improve care and treatment for retinal disease, glaucoma disease, and assessing patient outcomes following cataract surgery. In fact, St. Joe’s is one of the only Hospitals in Canada measuring patients’ eye function following cataract surgery. Ultimately, each research project is striving to discover new and improved ways of diagnosing, treating, and caring for ophthalmology patients here in South Central Ontario, and around the world.
Did you know…?
More than 500,000 Canadians are living with significant vision loss that impairs their quality of life.
Every year, more than 50,000 Canadians will lose their sight.
75% of vision loss can be treated or prevented.
Diabetic Retinopathy is the most common cause of legal blindness in adults aged 18-65 and the leading cause of visual impairment in Canada.