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Eye Research Institute

2318 Fillmore Street
San Francisco , CA 94115

(415) 345-2000

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Dedicated to research on human vision, it was founded to encourage a productive collaboration between the medical clinic and the scientific laboratory. Smith-Kettlewell's research staff, numbering some fifty professionals, is drawn from diverse scientific and medical backgrounds, including ophthalmology, neurology, experimental psychology, engineering, physics, optometry, biophysics and audiology.

Smith-Kettlewell main research topics:

  • Clinical studies which relate directly to the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases and disorders.
  • The development of devices and vocational programs to aid the partially sighted, blind and hearing impaired - the major focus of the Rehabilitation Engineering and Research Center (RERC).
  • Basic research to understand how the eye and brain work, providing a fundamental background for both the clinical and rehabilitation programs.
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