Glaucoma Awareness Week – Tele-ophthalmology Screening

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 glaucoma screenings  during glaucoma week at locations in New York City. The Tel-e-ophthalmology mobile unit usually preforms free screening for the  four leading causes of blindness: glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy throughout the year.

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