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Dr. Yu is a board certified ophthalmologist and fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. In addition to treating patients with cataract, cornea and other anterior segment disorders, he teaches residents and leads an active research laboratory focused on developing new treatments for cornea blindness. His research is supported by the National Eye Institute and the U.S. Department of Defense.
Corneal opacity is a leading cause of blindness. Cornea transplantation is at high risk of rejection when there is pre-existing vascularization of the cornea and in pediatric patients. Cornea transplant shortage remains a worldwide problem with millions on waitlists. Our laboratory is developing multiple strategies for treatment of corneal blindness. We are testing advanced materials and designs for keratoprostheses with the goal of reducing complications and easing surgical implantation. We are also developing intraocular electronic display prostheses for bypassing cornea opacity, a novel strategy that could allow for high quality vision without corneal clarity.