Dr. Rohit Varma

Dr. Rohit Varma - Ophthalmologist

An ophthalmologist who focuses on the treatment of glaucoma and cataracts, Rohit Varma, MD, MPH, practices at the USC Roski Eye Institute, a part of the Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California. He has emerged as an expert in changes to the optic nerve, particularly as it relates to the pathology of glaucoma. His past research includes the development of imaging techniques to detect glaucomatous optic nerve damage early in the course of the disease. In recent years, Dr. Rohit Varma has played a central role in the development of novel implantable intraocular pressure (IOP) sensors and drainage devices.

Five Misconceptions about Homelessness

Five Misconceptions about Homelessness

An article in the July 2017 Washington Post, reported people who support efforts to help those experiencing homelessness often advocate for policies that may make it more difficult for them to lift themselves out of poverty. A 2014 study mentioned in the article showed while voters have chosen to fund initiatives designed to help the…

Understanding Childhood Glaucoma

Understanding Childhood Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness in the United States and around the world. More than 3 million people in the US are currently living with the condition, which often strikes with no symptoms until noticeable vision loss has occurred. While glaucoma is widely considered to be a health concern primarily among older adults,…

Three Major Problems We Need to Address to Reduce Homelessness in the U.S.

Three Major Problems We Need to Address to Reduce Homelessness in the U.S.

The United States is one of the wealthiest countries in the world on a per capita basis. The nation’s current annual GDP is trending at more than $19 trillion for 2018 with a population of around 325 million people. Despite this significant wealth, an increasing number of people in the country are experiencing homelessness. According…

Three Technologies Changing the Lives of Glaucoma Patients

Three Technologies Changing the Lives of Glaucoma Patients

The disease glaucoma actually refers to a collection of disorders affecting the eye that eventually lead to optic nerve damage. Glaucoma can cause irreversible blindness and vision loss in patients. Currently, more than 3 million Americans are coping with the effects of the disease, for which there is still no cure. People who develop the…

The Promise of the Liquid Biopsy Cancer Test

The Promise of the Liquid Biopsy Cancer Test

According to the most recent data published by Cancer, a journal of the American Cancer Society, approximately 1.7 million new cases of cancer are expected to be diagnosed in the United States in 2018 alone. The total number of lives claimed by the disease is estimated to be more than 600,000, with lung cancer, colorectal…

MIT’s Commitment to Convergence in Healthcare

MIT’s Commitment to Convergence in Healthcare

As the technology and medical sectors continue to intersect in 2018, concepts central to the idea of Convergence in Healthcare have been featured in many major news articles. While only a limited number directly reference the Convergence in Healthcare movement itself, few of the major medical achievements in the last several years would have been…

Three Eye Diseases Disproportionately Affecting African-Americans

Three Eye Diseases Disproportionately Affecting African-Americans

The likelihood of contracting an eye disease depends on a variety of internal and external factors. A person’s family background can have a direct impact on the probability of developing certain illnesses affecting vision. Unfortunately, the diversity of people in the US does not accurately reflect the diversity of the country’s health research subjects. As…

Three Attributes to Know about Blindness

Three Attributes to Know about Blindness

There are many terms used by the United States medical community to describe people affected by blindness. Though each person’s experience is unique, all individuals affected by different forms of eye conditions leading to blindness are forced to adapt to a world developed and driven by people who are sighted. Most of what people who…

How Microsoft is Moving Convergence Forward

How Microsoft is Moving Convergence Forward

The 2016 whitepaper “Convergence: The Future of Health” was authored by scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) who sought to bring awareness to a movement known as Convergence in Healthcare. Convergence aims to radically alter the way the U.S. addresses pressing modern health issues. The movement encourages integration between the life sciences, physical…

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