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Rocky Mountain Eye Institute Expands


(November 2013) The Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute broke ground in June on a 38,000-square-foot building expansion that will support new laboratories focused on research breakthroughs by the School of Medicine’s ophthalmologists and scientists.

The construction project and research program were made possible with support of a $6.5 million gift from The Anschutz Foundation. Construction is expected to be complete by fall 2014.

The physicians and scientists at CU were the first to research stimulation of the retina with photovoltaic nanoparticles, which have the potential to restore sight to patients with blinding retinal diseases. The Eye Center also was the first academic medical center in the United States to commercially perform femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery.

Naresh Mandava, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology, says: “The expansion allows us to do what we love to do most — take care of our patients in the very best way possible by offering them the latest in care — while at the same time discovering new approaches to that care so that we can preserve each patient’s ability to read, drive and recognize loved ones.”