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Dr. Nasser Ibrahim Al-Rashid Orbital Vision Research Center

Nasser Al-Rashid Orbital Research Center

The Dr. Nasser Ibrahim Al-Rashid Orbital Vision Research Center is located on the 8th floor of the Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Vision Research Center at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. The Orbital Vision Research Center is an interdisciplinary research center dedicated to eradicating blinding injuries and lethal orbital malignancies. It is the first cure-based orbital vision research laboratory of its kind.

Directed by David T. Tse, M.D., F.A.C.S., the Center includes a broad array of research scientists and clinicians who are focused on finding novel therapies for orbital cancers and traumatic optic nerve injuries, and clinical applications for stem cell and biomedical studies. The Center’s underlying goal is nurturing a scientific mindset for multidisciplinary innovation and collaboration by removing barriers and promoting interactions among investigators from different disciplines.

In addition to basic scientific research, the Center will serve as a focal point for attracting scholars from around the world to Bascom Palmer for ophthalmic learning and to exchange educational ideas for mutual gain.

At this Center, research in orbital diseases of the eye will hasten the discovery and implementation of new treatment and prevention strategies.

Read more about the lab’s current research projects and highlights.

Save The Eye: Campaign brings hope to patients in need of prosthetic eyes

Save The Eye is a fundraising campaign started by Dr. David Tse and Rick Arkush for the purchase of an ophthalmic 3D printer. Dr. Tse and his team will use this printer to produce financially attainable prosthetic eyes for Bascom Palmer Eye Institute patients, as well as people throughout the world who have lost an eye and cannot afford prosthetics.

There are many people who have lost an eye and then successfully moved on to fulfill their dreams. Rick Arkush is one of them. A patient of Dr. Tse’s, he lost an eye due to a rare form of cancer called lacrimal gland adenoid cystic carcinoma. Rick has now made it a lifelong goal to support positive outcomes for people who have suffered from the loss of an eye or will be faced with that decision.

To contribute to the Save The Eye fund:

  1. Go to
  2. Choose “Other” under “Designation”
  3. Type in “Save The Eye/Account 700523


McKnight Vision Research Center (experimental laboratory)
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute (clinical laboratory)


David Tse
David T. Tse, M.D., F.A.C.S.


Daniel Pelaez
Daniel Pelaez, Ph.D.

Center Co-Scientific Director

Wang Gaofeng
Gaofeng Wang, Ph.D.

Center Co-Scientiific Director