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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.
Medical testing of various human samples including blood, urine and chemical.

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.
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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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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.