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UMiami: The Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos Announces New Ancillary Eye Study

Investigators from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL), recently announced SOL Ojos – a new 9.7 million dollar National Eye Institute (NEI)-funded ancillary project, that will assess the prevalence of chronic eye disease and its associations with risk factors across participants of diverse Hispanic/Latino backgrounds.

The Eye Study aims to fulfill two goals. One is to quantify age-standardized prevalence rates and assess differences across Hispanic/Latino groups for chronic eye disease, such as diabetic retinopathy, open angle glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, cataract, and visual impairment.  The second aim is to examine the association of cardiovascular disease and other risk and protective factors with the prevalence of these eye conditions. Genetic information available on participants will also be used to identify factors that may account for increased and decreased risk of having these various eye conditions.

Study lead investigators include Dr. David Lee, from the University of Miami Department of Public Health Sciences and Dr. Charlotte Joslin, from the University of Illinois at Chicago. University of Miami co-investigator Dr. Byron Lam, with the assistance of Dr. Carlos Mendoza, will oversee the completion of 1,500 eye examinations undertaken by highly trained bilingual examiners in dedicated clinical space donated by the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. Dr. Lam and Dr. Lee have collaborated on studies funded by the NEI and the National Institute on Aging since 1995 and Dr. Lee has been an HCHS/SOL investigator since study planning began in 2008.

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