SIGHT Studies Investigators Participate in ARVO’s Health Equity Conference

Female patient undergoing laser eye surgery at clinic

11/2022

SIGHT Studies investigators Drs. Lisa Hark, Paula Anne Newman-Casey and Lindsay Rhodes, are all participating in the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology- (arvo.org) conference on Envisioning Equity in Eye Care. The conference will be held virtually on November 16 and 17, 2022.

This conference is the first of its kind for researchers studying health disparities within ophthalmic clinical care.  Many clinician-scientists are not aware of the social and environmental factors (“social determinants”) that result in disparate treatment of eye and vision disorders within the U.S patient population and may lack knowledge to effectively design interventions to address these causes of health disparities.

During the conference session on Place-based solutions to address disparities, Dr. Hark will describe her intervention in public housing to increase access to eye care. This session will be moderated by Dr. Rhodes and include presentations about research in different community-based locations and describe their unique challenges, and brainstorm for future research.

Dr. Newman-Casey will present the Support, Educate, Empower (SEE) Personalized Glaucoma Coaching Program in the session on Building interventions to address disparities.