Subject: OCT public awareness campaign launched
With so many of us reliant on government funding for our research, it is important to show the impact our work has on patients, policymakers and the general public. To spread awareness of our community’s contributions to public health, ARVO is launching the largest science communication project it has ever undertaken, called “Revealing the back of the eye with optical coherence tomography (OCT).”
The flagship product of this campaign is a series of videos featuring testimony from patients, clinicians and researchers. Topics cover how OCT improves the diagnosis and monitoring of diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, retinopathy of prematurity and diabetic retinopathy. The technology’s initial support from government funding and potential future applications — diagnosing neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s, improving surgical outcomes in the operating room and application in telemedicine — are highlighted as well.
In addition to the videos, several other resources have been developed:
An advocacy toolkit with facts and figures on OCT’s impact on jobs, health care, etc.
This two-year project would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the support of the ARVO Board of Directors. I am also grateful for the guidance provided by the OCT Advisory Panel, a group of the leading OCT researchers who helped guide the direction and accuracy of the initiative. Finally, I’d like to thank the ARVO staff who dedicated a significant amount of their time ensuring this project crossed the finish line.
Senior Manager, Science Communications
The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
Publications from the IOVS Special Issue: 25 Years of Optical Coherence Tomography
Fujimoto JG, Huang D. Foreword: 25 years of optical coherence tomography. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2016;57:OCTi-ii.
Gao SS, Jia Y, Zhang M, Su JP, Liu G, Hwang TS, Bailey ST, Huang D. Optical coherence tomography angiography. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2016;57:OCT27-36. PMCID: PMC4968919.
Pechauer AD, Tan O, Liu L, Jia Y, Hou V, Hills W, Huang D. Retinal blood flow response to hyperoxia measured with en face Doppler optical coherence tomography. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2016;57:OCT141-145. PMCID: PMC4968776.
Ma JX, Tang M, Wang L, Weikert MP, Huang D, Koch DD. Comparison of newer IOL power calculation methods for eyes with previous radial keratotomy. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2016;57:OCT162-168. PMCID: PMC4968777.
Yu J, Gu P, Zong Y, Xu H, Wang X, Sun X, Jiang C, Xie B, Jia Y, and Huang D. Relationship between retinal perfusion and retinal thickness in healthy subjects: an optical coherence tomography angiography study. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2016;57:OCT204-210. PMCID: PMC49687770.
Tan O, Liu L, Zhang X, Morrison JC, Huang D. Glaucoma increases retinal surface contour variability as measured by optical coherence tomography. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2016;57:OCT438-433. PMCID: PMC4968915.
Yarmohammadi A, Zangwill LM, Diniz-Filho A, Suh MH, Manalastas P, Fatehee N, Yousefi S, Belghith A, Saunders LJ, Medeiros FA, Huang D, Weinreb RN. Optical coherence tomography angiography vessel density in healthy, glaucoma suspect, and glaucoma eyes. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2016;57:OCT451-459. PMCID: PMC4968912.
Wang M, Zhou Y, Gao SS, Liu W, Huang Y, Huang D, Jia Y. Evaluating polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy with optical coherence tomography angiography. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2016;57:OCT526-532. PMCID: PMC4970807.
Tang M, Li Y, Chamberlain W, Loie DJ, Schallhorn JM, Huang D,. Differentiating Keratoconus and Corneal Warpage by Analyzing Focal Change Patterns in Corneal Topography, Pachymetry, and Epithelial Thickness Maps. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2016;57:OCT544-549. PMCID: PMC4978086.