Hamilton & University of Michigan Work Together to Prevent Eye Diseases

Hamilton Community Health Network and the University of Michigan MI-SIGHT program are collaborating to provide eye care to our community members through a research study. The program offers eye disease screenings and free or low-cost glasses to patients.

This University of Michigan MI-SIGHT study is led by Paula Anne Newman-Casey, MD, MS. Dr. Newman-Casey is the Education Director for eHealth at the Kellogg Eye Center and Assistant Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at the University of Michigan. The study will help determine if providing eye screenings via telemedicine in community clinics, such as Hamilton, can improve the rate of detection of severe eye diseases, such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, among others.

A few weeks ago, a couple Job Corp students, including Jeremiah King was in need of an eye exam. With having eye disease in his family health history and having some vision issues, it was time to take a look.

After some initial questions that took about 20 minutes – the basic questions about overall health, stress, and even sleep habits, it was time for the eye exam. Rodney and Jade, the Ophthalmic Technicians, took measurements and photographs of Jeremiah’s eyes. They tested for stigmatism, depth perception, color vision, peripheral vision and the response of the pupils to light.

After the exam, the results were uploaded to the University of Michigan’s electronic health record for the eye doctor to review. Jeremiah learned his overall eye health is good, but he needs to begin wearing eye glasses – and we heard he loves his glasses which he looks quite handsome in and he can see!

Patricia Collins, a Job Corp specialist explained, “Our community liaison shared this great resource with me and being an organization that is trying to position our students to be the best citizens and professionals they can be, it starts with things like good vision, making sure your health is in a good place, and this was a great opportunity to help bridge that gap.”

The MI-SIGHT research will be at Hamilton for the next few years and is open to anyone over the age of 18. We are targeting older folks who are more susceptible to eye diseases, so if you know a senior or someone who is 50 or above, let them know about the MI-SIGHT program. It’s the Kellogg Eye Institute right here at Hamilton Community Health Network.

For more information, call 810-309-9378 or 810-406-4246 Ext. 5002. Rodney and Jade are happy to help you out.

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