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Institute for Vision Research
New York City


Our state-of-the-art research facility develops equipment for myopia control, contact lens fittings, spearheads lens research and development, and runs clinical trials of new designs and materials for contact lenses and eyeglasses.

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About Us

The Institute for Vision Research was founded by Drs. Ali and Selenow in 1990. Our involvement in such research has kept us at the forefront of technological innovations, enabling us to provide advanced services to our patients well before most other doctors.

Our newly renovated research facility is located in the same building as the Manhattan Vision Associates clinic. Currently, the Research Institute is performing clinical research for myopia control spectacles in partnership with Kubota Vision Inc.

What is Myopia?

Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is a significant public health problem and its prevalence is at an alarming rise globally. Progressing myopia occurs as the back of the eye “stretches”.

This “stretching” of the retina is a significant risk factor for blinding diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, and retinal detachment. Therefore, research aimed at stopping eye elongation and the progression of myopia is of utmost importance.

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The Kubota Glass System on Children and Teenagers

The “Kubota Glass System” electronic myopia control spectacles are completely non-invasive and light-based. The spectacles have a clear zone for central visual tasks and a periphery that provides light using mico-LEDs. Our research has shown that when rays of light are projected into the eye and focused in front of the retina, eye elongation is minimized. This technique is called peripheral myopic defocus. The research done by the Institute for Vision Research exploring the physiological biometric changes of the eye using peripheral myopic defocus has been greatly recognized nationally with high interest by the vision science and ophthalmology community.

Now that testing on adults has shown the Kubota Glass System augmented reality-based spectacles to be safe, well-tolerated, and non-disruptive, studies in children and teenagers have begun under the supervision of doctors and vision scientists at the Institute for Vision Research.

CLICK HERE to read an article about the Kubota Glass System published in "Review of Myopia Management".

Participating in Vision Research

We invite you to contact us to determine if you’re a candidate for one of our studies. We offer generous monetary or material compensation for participation. Please contact us for more information.

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Articles Published by the Institute

Can Augmented Reality Slow Myopia.
L. Baitch, A. Selenow, NR Joshi, I. Samandarova. Review of Myopia Management, March 2021. https://reviewofmm.com/can-augmented-reality-slow-myopia/

Effect of Short-term Peripheral Myopic Defocus on Ocular Biometrics Using Fresnel “Press-on” Lenses in Human Subjects.
R. Kubota, NR. Joshi, I. Samandarova, M. Oliva, A. Selenow, A. Gupta, S. Ali. Accepted for the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), Annual Meeting, 2021.

Visual Performance as a Function of Clear Central Aperture Diameter with a Defocused Myopic Periphery.
R. Kubota, NR. Joshi, I. Samandarova, M. Oliva, A. Selenow, A. Gupta, S. Ali, K. Ciuffreda. Optometry & Vision Science, in press, 2021.

Assessment of Visual Performance as a Function of Clear Central Aperture Diameter with a Defocused Periphery: Application to Myopia Control.
R. Kubota, NR. Joshi, I. Samandarova, M. Oliva, A. Selenow, A. Gupta, S. Ali, K. Ciuffreda. https://academy2020-aaopt.ipostersessions.com/Default.aspx?s=04-A6-98-16-72-09-7F-6F-87-11-DD-07-3D-15-9D-E1. Presented at American Academy of Optometry, Annual Meeting, 2020.

Effect of Temporary Full-field Defocus on Ocular Biometric Components and Their Subsequent Normalization: A Pilot Study. R. Kubota, NR. Joshi, A. Selenow, A. Gupta, S. Ali, I. Samandarova, M. Oliva, K. Ciuffreda. Presented at Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), Annual Meeting, 2020.

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