STEM Cafe looks at vision loss

DeKALB – Eyes get old, just like other parts of the body, but people can take steps to preserve vision.

“Eventually, we all develop cataracts,” said Dr. James Dillon, a Northern Illinois University expert on eyes. At the next STEM Cafe, Dillon will speak on how the eye changes with age and what people can do to slow the deterioration of vision. His talk, "For Your Eyes Only," will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 at Eduardo's Restaurant, 214 E. Lincoln Highway in DeKalb.

In addition to explaining the amazing biological process that allows us to see, Dr. Dillon will share practical advice on protecting the eyes. For instance, he says that many sunglasses on the market today do not provide protection from ultra-violet rays, which can harm vision. He will also discuss changes in vision before and after cataract surgery.

"For Your Eyes Only" is the first in a series of STEM Cafes dealing with health and disease research. A future session will include the latest scientific perspectives on glaucoma, macular degeneration and other conditions that diminish vision in older adults.

Dillon has conducted extensive research on the human lens, the retina and eye disease. He directs NIU’s Center for Biochemical and Biophysical Studies, which emphasizes projects related to human health. The center includes faculty members and students from a number of departments in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Health and Human Sciences.

This talk is one of NIU STEM Outreach’s popular monthly STEM Cafes, which invite people to meet at restaurants throughout the area to eat, drink and have lively discussions about the latest innovations in science, technology, engineering and math. STEM Cafes are free and open to the public. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

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