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New SIGHT program offers free eye exams to those living in NYCHA buildings

Columbia University has launched this plan to help those over the age of 40 who, under different circumstances, are having vision problems and do not have access to a specialist. At the moment they have made a presence in East Harlem and Washington Heights, but according to spokes staff Stefania Murari, the idea is to reach more communities.

CDC Aims to Break Down Telemed Barriers in Glaucoma

Telemedicine was embedded into health care and optometry long before COVID-19, but the spring 2020 lockdown prompted even some virtual visit naysayers to rethink their position in order to ensure continuity of care.


Hamilton Community Health Network and the University of Michigan MI-SIGHT program are collaborating to provide eye care to our community members through a research study. The program offers eye disease screenings and free or low-cost glasses to patients.

Improving Access to Glaucoma Care: A Population Health Priority

The COVID-19 pandemic has not affected everyone equally. The headlines have been broadcasting that there are serious disparities in how the pandemic is affecting people of color. A Perspective in the New England Journal of Medicine stated that “The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the magnitude of U.S. health inequities


In January, Research to Prevent Blindness held a virtual event, "RPB Lunch & Learn: Eye on Glaucoma," designed to educate RPB's patient community on glaucoma management and cutting-edge research. The event featured current and former RPB grantees:
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Reaching People Where They Live: Columbia Launches Novel Eye Care Study in NYC Affordable Housing Buildings

Thousands of individuals who live in New York City’s public housing developments will receive free vision screenings, eye glasses, and essential follow-up eye care, all within their own apartment complex, as part of a new community-based initiative headed by Columbia Department of Ophthalmology researchers and funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Manhattan Vision Screening and Follow-Up Study in Vulnerable Populations is a 5-year, randomized controlled trial, open to any New York City resident over 40 years of age living independently in one of ten adult and senior housing buildings owned by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), one of Columbia’s partners for the study.
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Rhodes receives $3.5 million grant to study telehealth solutions for primary open angle glaucoma

Lindsay A. Rhodes, M.D., has received a five-year, $3.5 million grant to study innovative strategies to detect and manage glaucoma and other eye diseases in community-based settings so populations most at risk, most vulnerable, and least likely to have access to eye care can be better engaged by caregivers.
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Population Health Could Help Make Glaucoma Screening More Effective

With an aging society, the prevalence of glaucoma is expected to increase by 40 percent in the coming decade. Glaucoma causes irreversible blindness, but when detected early, patients have a range of different treatment options to help preserve vision. Diagnosing cases of glaucoma also has an economic incentive, as managing the disease at an early stage costs significantly less than treating an advanced case.
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UAB launches glaucoma detection program with CDC

The University of Alabama at Birmingham is launching an innovative telemedicine glaucoma detection program with independent optometrists located adjacent to two central Alabama Walmart Vision Centers. The program, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is primarily aimed at early detection of glaucoma in an at-risk population — African-Americans over age 40.