THE SCREENING PROJECT(Click the arrow in the image above to start video)
Tele-Ophthalmology is Here
Columbia Ophthalmology is taking the fight against the leading causes of blindness out of the traditional clinic and onto the streets of New York City. The Department's new mobile tele-ophthalmology unit will be serving neighborhoods with populations at high-risk for eye disease.
The mobile screening project strengthens the Department’s commitment to combating sight-threatening eye diseases and disorders by testing patients in local communities who are underserved and most vulnerable.
Under the leadership of Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and glaucoma expert Lama Al-Aswad, MD, MPH, the staff of the mobile unit plans to perform free screenings for at least 2,000 people a year at locations in the five boroughs for the four leading causes of blindness: glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy.
Dr. Al-Aswad and her team will also screen patients for diabetes, hypertension, and obesity, all of which are common risk factors for eye disease.
Tele-Ophthalmology Project Team
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- Rahul Kapoor, MD - Research Fellow
- Maya Ramachandran - Research Assistant
- Vipul Patel - Project Manager
- Lama Al-Aswad, MD, MPH - Director of Tele-Ophthalmology Initiative
- Emery Jamerson - Medical Student
- Jennifer Alcantara-Castillo, COA - Clinical Research Co-orrdinator, and
- Richard Pedone, Sr. - Mobile Unit Driver
Please note the Related Links above, on the right side of this webpage, and bookmark the page for future updates including:
- Columbia V P&S Scholarly Projects - Ophthalmology Video (2018) - NEW!
- Dr. Al-Aswad speaks about "Developments in Telemedicine," (p. 2) in the recent cover story for Healio: Ocular Surgery News 1.
- How Artificial Intelligence Will Change Glaucoma Detection." Glaucoma 360. (AAO, February, 2018).
- Screening for Glaucoma in Populations at High Risk: The Eye Screening New York Project, Cogent Medicine, (Al-Aswad, L., 2017).
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