20 medical and research teams working together
 to improve vision and overcome disabilities


Support proposed in the DHU relies on a functioning flow of care delivery and interaction of a care network between sites, taking into account their individual recognized skills and their complementarity. It will also propose an implementation of therapeutic innovations and, in parallel, effective vigilance of risk factors, including environmental factor, some of which are emerging.

  •  As concerns risk factors, pharmacological studies have allowed one of the partners to identify iatrogenic toxicity of different topical preparations at the level of the ocular surface, leading to the production of preservative free products on the market. Another example is the highlighting of the retinal toxicity of recreational drugs (poppers), consumption of which has increased exponentially, leading to their being banned recently. Eating disorders, such as optic neuropathies in strict vegans, are another example of interaction between the eye and the environment with a growing impact in the future.

  • As concerns therapeutic innovations, including gene therapy, cell therapy, and artificial retina such innovations are currently under evaluation to treat conditions such as corneal diseases, retinitis pigmentosa, and non-infectious uveitis. Their use in the near future represents an essential asset for the rehabilitation of patients, considered till now as condemned to blindness. This approach is of major importance in patients with associated disabilities, such as deaf blindness consecutive to certain forms of Usher syndrome.

  •  A third and major focus takes into account the person suffering from disability as a whole and will involve not only ensuring that all preventive and therapeutic measures have been implemented, but also offering continuity with specialized rehabilitation centers.

Research, innovation and care will be articulated in this endeavor that will evolve continuously on the basis of constant evaluation of the quality of services offered to the territorial population.