UAB pilot program brings glaucoma screenings closer to home Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness worldwide, and the leading cause of blindness among African-Americans. Early detection is crucial, but because the disease progresses slowly, most people don’t notice the vision loss until it’s too late. That’s why UAB ophthalmologists are working with community-based optometrists to reach out to at-risk populations. UAB has launched a pilot program, funded by a two-year, $1.9-million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to install sophisticated imaging machines in the optometrists’ offices, with a centralized image-reading center housed at UAB. The machines allow optometrists to detect glaucoma in the early stages, before symptoms appear, and send the images to UAB experts for confirmation of the diagnosis. In complex cases, UAB's glaucoma specialists can confer with the optometrists to establish an appropriate treatment regimen.
One night only Brooklyn-based artist George Ferrandi will take up residence at UAB for 10 days starting next week — culminating in a one-act, one-night-only performance, “The Prosthetics of Joy,” which will include dozens of students, faculty, staff and community members. Ferrandi’s visit marks the first residency for the Department of Art and Art History in its new home at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts. "The Prosthetics of Joy" will then become part of a multimedia exhibition of the same name held at the AEIVA from March 19-April 18.
“George’s past work and performances and installations are poetic interpretations of our everyday lives, and I have no doubt that ‘The Prosthetics of Joy’ will pull on your soul a bit and leave you reconsidering life’s tender and most genuine moments,” says Lauren Lake, MFA, chair of the Department of Art and Art History.