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.



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.

CBS NY with Dr. Max Gomez

Rudrani Banik, M.D. was interviewed by CBS NY’s health correspondent, Dr. Max Gomez, regarding the link between sleep apnea and vision issues. Dr. Banik discusses eye stroke, known as non-arteritic ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION), the most common cause of acute vision loss in adults over the age of 50. Dr. Banik explains the link between NAION and sleep apnea, as well as the importance of screening and proper treatment of sleep apnea in the management of NAION.

The New York Times

Dr. Banik was featured in The New York Times by her patient, Op-Ed Columnist, Frank Bruni regarding her research in eye stroke. 

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.

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.

NBC Tampa “Bloom” 

Dr. Banik was featured on NBC Tampa on their popular daily health show, Bloom. In the segment called ” The Doctor Is In”, Dr. Banik discusses concerns about COVID-19, digital eye strain, and blue light.  She offers valuable diet and lifestyle recommendations on how to protect your eyes.

NBC Dallas-Fort Worth

Dr. Banik was featured on NBC 5 Dallas-Ft Worth’s First at Four. In their Health Connection segment, she discusses how to handle digital eye strain and protect against blue light by using proper nutrition and supplementation.


CBS 10 Tampa 

Dr. Banik was interviewed by CBS 10’s Brightside Correspondent, Jenny Dean. Dr. Banik explains why protecting your eyes during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is very important.  Dr. Banik also discusses how we can protect our eyes against digita eye strain and blue light using proper nutrtion and supplements.

Total Health Magazine TV show

Dr Rani Banik was featured on the Total Health Magazine show. She was interviewed by Sherrill Sellman, ND and discussed the importance of being proactive about eye health.  She stresses that we can protect our eyes from digital eye strain and blue light using proper nutrition and supplementation.

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.

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….”