SIGHT Studies at Columbia University: Manhattan Vision Screening Follow-up Study in Vulnerable Populations
The Manhattan Vision Screening and Follow-up Study in Vulnerable Populations, is a community-based study to identify and implement innovative strategies to engage populations who need access to eye care. The 5-year study is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and aims to improve engagement, detection, and management of glaucoma, vision impairment, cataracts, and other eye diseases for New York City residents living in affordable housing developments in upper Manhattan.
By partnering with New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and the New York City Department for the Aging (DFTA), Columbia Ophthalmology is offering on-site vision screening to residents age 40 and older living at 10 NYCHA developments (Polo Grounds, Rangel Houses, Drew-Hamilton, Lincoln Houses, St-Nicholas, Bethune Gardens, Marshall Plaza, Audubon, PS 139, and 99 Ft. Washington).
Our experienced team will check vision, eye pressure, and take photographs of the back of the eye so our ophthalmologists can look remotely at the retina and optic nerve. Anyone who does not pass the vision screening will be schedule for an on-site eye exam by our study optometrist. Depending on which group assignment, residents will be given an eyeglasses prescription or free eyeglasses if they need them. Anyone with abnormal findings during the vision screening or eye exam will be referred for follow-up at Columbia Ophthalmology or Harlem Hospital Ophthalmology.
Study Investigators and Research Staff
Investigators: Lisa A. Hark, PhD, RD; Daniel Diamond, OD; Jason D. Horowitz, MD; Lisa Park, MD; James D. Auran, MD; Noga Harizman, MD; George A. Cioffi, MD; Jeffrey M. Liebmann, MD; Prakash Gorroochurn, PhD; Laura T. Pizzi, PharmD, MPH; Saloni Sapru, PhD; Simani Price, PhD; Olajide A. Williams, MD.
Research Coordinators/Staff: Stefania C. Maruri, BS; Desiree Torres, BS; Jailine Carrion, BS; and Remy Manzi Muhire, MBBS
In the News
- Columbia Medicine: Helping Lincoln Houses residents save their sight with free #visionscreening and follow-up #eyecare at Central Harlem Senior Citizens Center.
- CBS New York: NYCHA, Columbia University Bring Free Eye Care to Harlem Tenants
- Columbia Vision Screening Program for NYCHA Residents – The NYCHA Journal.
- Columbia Ophthalmology Viewpoint: Columbia Launches Novel Eye Care Study in NYC Affordable Housing Buildings
- CBS New York: Expert Medical Care Delivered to Seniors Doorsteps in New York City
- Manhattan Times: The Vision Mission
- CUIMC News: Columbia Begins Vision Screening Program for NYC Public Housing Residents
- New York 1: Better Vision for Some Manhattan Seniors
Study Enrollment Call Center: 325-241-9369
If you are age 40 and older and live in the following NYCHA Developments: Polo Grounds, Rangel Houses, Drew-Hamilton, Lincoln Houses, St-Nicholas, Bethune Gardens, Marshall Plaza, Audubon, PS 139, or 99 Ft. Washington, you are eligible. Call our call center or send an email with your name and phone number to email@example.com.
Lisa Hark, PhD, RD
Professor of Ophthalmic Sciences (Ophthalmology)
Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
Columbia University Irving Medical Center Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute
635 West 165th Street, Room 504
New York, NY 10032