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Dr. Tom Johnson Receives Tuggle Community Excellence Award

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Thomas Johnson, III, M.D., Ph.D. received the third Tuggle Community Excellence Award from the Bloomberg School of Public Health for work that he and his colleagues provided through the Sight Savers Community Vision Program.

The Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Tuggle Award Committee found the program to be exemplary with enduring impact. They also remark that Dr. Johnson's commitment has been a great gift to all who have worked with and trained by him.

Sight Savers Community Vision Program was founded in 2012 and is supported by the Johns Hopkins Student Sight Savers Program (SSSP), an organization run by medical students and supervised by Wilmer Eye Institute faculty members that seek to identify Baltimore residents with poor vision or eye disease and to coordinate ophthalmological evaluation and care.

The SSSP holds community-based vision screenings six times per year and screens 30 to 40 community residents per event. At these screenings, medical students evaluate visual acuity, visual fields, intraocular pressure, and cup-to-disc ratio. Students additionally acquire images of the macula and optic nerve head by optical coherence tomography (OCT) to screen for vitreoretinal disease and glaucoma.

Community residents with abnormal screening tests receive appointments with Wilmer Eye Institute faculty members for a comprehensive eye exam, regardless of the residents’ ability to pay. Furthermore, any individual requiring glasses will receive a voucher for a free pair through the Wilmer Optical Shop. Through these screenings, they aim to bridge the gap in access to eye care for the greater Baltimore community. To date, over 150 community residents have been seen at Wilmer. 

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