SIGHT: Screening and Intervention for Glaucoma and eye Health through Telemedicine
The Vision Health Initiative (VHI)
The Vision Health Initiative (VHI) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention aims to enhance public health surveillance and research that provides the basis for effective public health programs and policies to reduce the burden of vision loss. Estimates of the U.S. economics burden of vision loss nationally and by state can be examined on CDC’s Vision Loss Economic Explorer.
VHI conducts and supports studies, in collaboration with partners, to enhance science and develop interventions to prevent vision loss, promote eye health, and address the social determinants of health to improve the health of communities that are underserved.
To reach populations at high-risk for glaucoma and improve glaucoma detection and management among these populations through innovative outreach and service delivery models, in 2019, VHI funded:
- Columbia University
- University of Alabama at Birmingham
- University of Michigan and
- SIGHT Studies Coordinating Center
In addition to the primary aim for screening for glaucoma, screening and referral for follow-up for other eye conditions (refractive error, cataract, and diabetic retinopathy) are also included in this project. Emphasis on the potential for scalability and sustainability in other communities are important aims of this 5-year project.
Jinan B. Saaddine MD, MPH
Vision Health Initiative
Division of Diabetes Translation
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention