UAB pilot program brings glaucoma screenings closer to home
- Created on February 26, 2014
Glaucoma is a silent disease. It does not hurt, symptoms are slow to develop, and most people do not notice any loss of vision until it is too late. A project by ophthalmologists at the University of Alabama at Birmingham will examine whether a partnership with community-based optometrists will improve detection and treatment of glaucoma, especially for high-risk populations.
Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve, the cable that connects the eye to the brain. The nerve breaks down in some people, usually older adults, causing irreparable vision loss.
“Glaucoma is much easier to treat when it is found in the early stages, and less likely to lead to blindness,” said Christopher Girkin, M.D., professor and chair of the UAB Department of Ophthalmology. “It’s like a river that ends in a waterfall. We want to catch people who are well upstream of the waterfall, where the river is moving slowly and it is easier to save them. Once they are at the top of the falls, it is much more difficult to prevent them from going over the edge.”
A ticket to ride: UAB program opens doors to drivers who are sight-impaired
- Created on November 26, 2013
By Bob Shepard
To Dustin Jones, the bioptic driving program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham provides one very important benefit: freedom. Jones, a 24-year-old recent UAB graduate who works in information technology, is a typical young professional.
But he has a congenital eye disease called optic atrophy, which had prevented him from getting a driver's license at age 16.
"My job is in Hoover," Jones said. "Without a driver's license, I would have to live within walking distance or use public transportation. I would be limited in my economic and social opportunities and not really part of the community as I am today."
UAB Callahan Eye Hospital celebrates 50 years
- Created on November 19, 2013
The UAB Callahan Eye Hospital owes its beginning to a 5-year-old girl. The hospital, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in November, was the vision of ophthalmologist Alston Callahan, who established a clinical practice in Birmingham after World War II. In the early 1950s, Callahan treated young Barbara Ingalls’ crossed eyes with glasses and eye-strengthening exercises.
Her grandfather Robert Ingalls was a wealthy industrialist and founder of Ingalls Ironworks and Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp. When he discovered that Callahan had not sent a bill for his services, Ingalls demanded he do so. Callahan asked Ingalls to, instead, donate money to help establish an eye specialty hospital in Birmingham. It was Callahan’s dream to create a facility to provide the best possible eye care to all those who needed it, regardless of their ability to pay. Ingalls agreed, and the Callahan Eye Foundation was born.
A New Dimension for Residency
- Created on October 10, 2013
Starting with the current class of first-year residents, two residency paths are available—the traditional clinical path and the more research-intensive academic path. Both paths provide training in research methodology, but residents who choose the academic path will have protected research time during their second year, allowing them complete an 18-month research project.
Thomas Ach, M.D., Awarded First Prize at German Ophthalmology Meeting
- Created on October 09, 2013
Dr. Ach’s research was a microscopic examination of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE), cells in the eye considered central to age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a major cause of vision loss in the elderly worldwide. His poster showed that these cells remarkably maintain their total population even while accumulating a fluorescent age-pigment called lipofuscin. These results are important both for evaluating the role of this intracellular age pigment in AMD and validating the use of autofluorescence for imaging RPE health in patients.
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