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The Dana Center For Preventive Ophthalmology
In general, research in the Dana Center focuses on improving knowledge of risk factors for ocular disease and public health approaches to the prevention of these diseases and their ensuing visual impairment and blindness worldwide. Some specific examples include:
Studies at the Dana Center
Cataract is the leading cause of blindness worldwide. Cataract surgery does cure the blindness, but surgery is not available in many areas of the world. We have conducted several risk factor studies for cataract in various populations. Risk factors include smoking and exposure to ultraviolet light; vitamin E appears to be protective for some types of cataract. In particular, current smoking appears to be associated with progression of nuclear opacity. Stopping smoking may even have an immediate affect of not hastening progression.
A five year study on the impact of visual impairment on functional status among the elderly is beginning in Salisbury, Maryland. The goal of the project is to better characterize measures of visual function in the elderly, determine how antioxidants interact with ultraviolet light exposure in producing cataract and AMD, and determine risk factors for dry eye.
Opportunities at the Dana Center
The Dana Center Fellowship in Preventive Ophthalmology
This program is designed to help eye care professionals to develop skills in applying public health principles to blindness prevention. A one-year academic program assists the students in acquiring skills in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and the application of public health techniques worldwide. The program is offered every 3-4 years.
Dr. Akrit Sodhi Receives ASCI Award - 2/26/2015