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.

Hispanics at Increased Risk of Eye Disease

Hispanics at Increased Risk of Eye Disease

People of various ethnic groups may be more vulnerable to the effects of certain eye diseases. For example, Hispanics often experience much higher rates of eye disease than their Caucasian counterparts. Hispanics can take precautions to prevent vision loss.   Hispanic Americans are especially vulnerable to three serious eye diseases. Since the early 2000s, population…

Five Factors Contributing to Vision Loss

Five Factors Contributing to Vision Loss

According to the National Eye Institute, a part of the National Institutes of Health, 285 million people around the world are living with blindness or visual impairments. Moreover, the number of people in the US who are blind or visually impaired is expected to double to more than 8 million in the next three decades….

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…