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Clinical Trials Study investigates gene therapy for vision condition

POSTED ON February 23rd, 2022  - POSTED IN Macular Degeneration, Rand Eye Institute

Rand Eye Institute Director of Vitreo-Retinal Services Dr. Carl Danzig is the first in South Florida to administer an investigational gene therapy for people with dry age-related macular degeneration, commonly known as AMD.

The clinical trial, called Horizon, involves a single, one-time injection under the retina at the back of the eye to deliver this gene therapy.
“This is different than wet macular degeneration, which people know about, that takes place in the office. This is in the operating room, where we enter the eyeball and we go under the retina with a very tiny needle and we inject some gene therapy, and what this does, it provides instructions for your own cells to produce a natural regulatory protein that you already have and basically upregulate that — you make that more and therefore, hopefully, fight the progression of this disease,” Danzig said.

Click the link below to watch the full interview as seen on Local 10 HealthCAST with Kristi Krueger.

Study investigates gene therapy for vision condition

Bella’s Story – Rescued at Rand Eye Institute

POSTED ON December 23rd, 2016  - POSTED IN Rand Eye Institute

Watch this inspirational story about Bella a rescued dog at Rand Eye Institute.

Bella and Rocco were found wandering on Rand Eye Institute’s parking lot, with broken chains and old collars.

Instead of taking the dogs to a shelter, Rand Eye Institute received them with open arms.

Rand Eye Institute sponsored their stay at Clint Moore animal hospital and pet resort, until they would be adopted.

Happy Thanksgiving 2016

POSTED ON November 23rd, 2016  - POSTED IN Rand Eye Institute

As we celebrate with friends and family this Thanksgiving, whether near or far, we wish to give thanks for being part of our Rand Family of patients and ophthalmic community. We thank you for the privilege of serving you this year and look forward to seeing you again soon.

From the Rand Eye family to yours, have a Happy Thanksgiving!


Johnny’s No-Flap LASIK Eye Surgery

POSTED ON February 29th, 2016  - POSTED IN Lasik, Rand Eye Institute

Johnny’s No-Flap LASIK Eye Surgery at Rand Eye Institute

Johnny has been approved for No-Flap LASIK eye surgery! After a comprehensive vision evaluation, Johnny is approved for No-Flap LASIK vision correction. After years of wearing glasses he’s finally freed himself from glasses or contacts.

Follow Johnny on the path to his best vision at the Rand Eye Institute. Watch as he experiences No-Flap LASIK Eye Surgery and gets to see clearly without glasses or contacts for the first time in years.

Happy Thanksgiving – 2015

POSTED ON November 25th, 2015  - POSTED IN Eye Wellness, Rand Eye Institute

The Rand Eye Institute wants to wish you all a blessed Thanksgiving Day filled with love, joy and happiness.

We would like to take this opportunity to Thank You! for choosing the Rand Eye Institute, for all your eye care needs.



Father’s Day 2015

POSTED ON June 19th, 2015  - POSTED IN Rand Eye Institute

The Rand Eye Institute would like to say “Thank You” to all the Fathers out there.

For all the time, hard work, patience, love, care and everything else that you put into being a Father, we extend our greatest gratitude.





Hurricane Preparedness & Safety Tips

POSTED ON June 5th, 2015  - POSTED IN Rand Eye Institute

Hurricane season officially begins June 1st and lasts until the 30th of November. During these times, it is important to take the necessary steps in preparing in case a hurricane hits!

Before a Hurricane

  • Have a disaster plan.
  • Refill prescriptions and Medications (minimum 7 days supply)
  • Baby essentials (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  • Have a First Aid kit.
  • Have a pet plan. Before a storm threatens, contact your veterinarian or local humane society for information on preparing your pets for an emergency.
  • Board up windows.
  • Bring in outdoor objects that could blow away.
  • Make sure you know which county or parish you live in.
  • Know where all the evacuation routes are.
  • Prepare a disaster supplies kit for your home and car. Have enough food and water for at least 3 days. Include a first aid kit, canned food and a can opener, bottled water, battery-operated radio, flashlight, protective clothing and written instructions on how to turn off electricity, gas, and water.
  • Have a NOAA weather radio handy with plenty of batteries, so you can listen to storm advisories.
  • Have some cash handy. Following a hurricane, banks and ATMs may be temporarily closed.
  • Make sure your car is filled with gasoline.


During a Hurricane

  •  Stay away from low-lying and flood prone areas.
  •  Always stay indoors during a hurricane, because strong winds will blow things around.
  • Leave mobile homes and to go to a shelter.
  •  If your home isn’t on higher ground, go to a shelter.
  •  If emergency managers say to evacuate, then do so immediately.


After a Hurricane

  •  Stay indoors until it is safe to come out.
  •  Check for injured or trapped people, without putting yourself in danger.
  •  Watch out for flooding which can happen after a hurricane.
  •  Do not attempt to drive in flooding water.
  •  Stay away from standing water. It may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.
  •  Don’t drink tap water until officials say its safe to do so.

Always stay informed and advise family members of your plans.




Holiday Toy Safety Tips

POSTED ON December 17th, 2014  - POSTED IN Eye Safety, Rand Eye Institute

The holiday season is upon us! As we gather with friends, family and loved ones, creating a safe environment for celebrating is key in scoring a very happy holiday.

Did you know that each holiday season, toys and sporting equipment are responsible for thousands of eye injuries to children every year? These eye injuries are preventable; parents can keep their children safe by demonstrating the proper use of toys, purchasing age-appropriate toys and supervising them while in use.


Safe Toy Checklist & Purchasing Tips:

  • Read all warnings and instructions.
  • Make certain children wear appropriate eye protection for sports (face shields, helmets).
  • Avoid toys with sharp or rigid points, spikes, protruding or projectile-firing parts.
  • Inspect toys for safe, sturdy construction. Children’s toys should be durable and able to withstand impact.
  • Look for the letters “ASTM which means the toys meets the national safety standards set by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).
  • Repair or replace damaged or defective toys.
  • Stray away from purchasing flying toys. Bows, arrows, slingshots, and darts are extremely dangerous.
  • BB guns are not toys and should not be given to children.
  • Keep toys intended for older children away from younger children.

Do not give toys with small parts to young children. They tend to put them in their mouths, increasing the risk of choking.


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