Good Morning America

Virtual reality (VR) has become mainstream, with entertainment systems being popular gift options during the holidays. Most gaming systems provide an immersive, experience complete with sights, sounds, and the feeling of motion. Good Morning America’s hosts, Michael Strahan and TJ Holmes enjoy trying out VR.

But…is VR safe, not just for adults, but also for children? Good Morning America interviews Rudrani Banik, M.D., renowned neuro-ophthalmologist, on the possible risks of virtual reality in children. Dr Banik discusses how the developing brain may be affected by using virtual reality systems.



Fox5 News with Ernie Anastos

Virtual Reality (VR) gaming systems are developing at a rapid pace and provide realistic, high resolution imagery. Whether it be a sport, thrill ride, battle, or creative activity, VR can immerse the player in a truly realistic experience.

However, are these entertainment systems safe to use in children? Most manufacturers warn against their use under the age of 13. How may the development of the visual system be affected?

Fox5 News anchor, Ernie Anastos, interviews Rudrani Banik, MD about the possible impact of VR on the developing brain. Dr Banik discusses possible benefits and risks of VR, as well as the psychological impact of these entertainment systems on children. She also reviews the recommendations for screen time in children developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The New York Times

Dr. Banik was featured in The New York Times by her patient, Op-Ed Columnist, Frank Bruni regarding her work in Eye Stroke.

“They say that death comes like a thief in the night. Lesser vandals have the same M.O. The affliction that stole my vision, or at least a big chunk of it, did so as I slept. I went to bed seeing the world one way. I woke up seeing it another…”

The Washington Post


Dr. Banik was interviewed by The Washington Post regarding her research in Eyelid Twitches.

“After a day of mainlining coffee and staring at the computer, “relaxing” at happy hour then staying up late glued to the television, getting in bed only to consume the infinite scroll of news and takes on your mobile instead of sleeping like you know you should, an eye twitch begins….”

CBS Evening News

Rudrani Banik, M.D. was featured on CBS Evening News in a national broadcast regarding her pivotal research on eye stroke. She is the principal investigator for a multi-centered clinical trial using an experimental new drug for the treatment of acute vision loss resulting from a stroke of the optic nerve.

This condition is known as non-arteritic ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION). It is the most common cause of acute vision loss in adults over the age of 50. NAION can lead to severe vision loss in one or both eyes. Currently, there are no other effective treatments available.

Dr Banik believes that this new drug, QPI 1007, may help to preserve vision in an affected eye and possibly even recover vision which has been lost. This study, the largest of its kind, plans to recruit over 800 patients with NAION.

CBS- NY News wIth Max Gomez

CBS-NY’s Dr Max Gomez featured Rudrani Banik, MD and her clinical research on a segment on Eye Stroke.

Dr Banik’s patient, Jeff Markowitz, describes how he suddenly lost vision and sought her out for cutting-edge treatment. Jeff was diagnosed with a stroke of his optic nerve and enrolled in a clinical trial conducted by Dr Banik.

Dr Banik is using an experimental new drug for an otherwise untreatable condition. This is the first large research study of its kind designed to preserve and possibly restore vision in patients who have suffered such devastating vision loss.

New Tang Dynasty TV

Dr. Banik was interviewed by NTDTV in their popular weekly Health Segment, watched by millions in the United States and mainland China.  She discusses a Functional Medicine Approach to better vision and brain health and offers valuable diet and lifestyle recommendations.

CBS NY with Dr Max Gomez

Dr. Banik was interviewed by Dr. Max Gomez about the relationship of sleep apnea with vision. She discusses a rare kind of eye stroke called NAION. One of Dr Banik’s patients shares how his story of sleep apnea and vision loss.