Innovations: Impacting the Field 2020

The Eye Love Project

The Eye Love Project exhibit is shaped like two giant eye, and celebrates the importance of vision.

OHSU Casey Eye Institute is leaning into the iconic year 2020, furthering the mission of providing world-class specialists and state-of-the-art technologies to promote eye health by embracing art, science and technology in the name of vision. The Eye Love Project seeks to ask questions that inspire participants to reflect on how sight improves their quality of life and what vision means to them on a personal level.

Building momentum with new facility

The Elks Children's Eye Clinic will be connected to Casey Eye Institute

The new Elks Children’s Eye Clinic facility, a 60,000-squarefoot building adjacent to OHSU Casey Eye Institute, will provide more space for crucial programs, including the Elks Children’s Eye Clinic pediatric service, the Paul H. Casey Ophthalmic Genetics Division and the Wold Family Macular Degeneration Center. With this new facility, OHSU Casey Eye Institute will expand clinical trial capacity for gene therapy to accommodate the expected tripling of patient volumes, grow research and clinical trials for age-related macular degeneration, and serve as a statewide hub for pediatric eye care programs, including telemedicine for retinopathy of prematurity, pediatric vision screening and treatment of inherited eye disease. The facility will open in the fall of 2020. Learn more about the facility.

Innovative curriculum deepens engaged learning for residents

Residents learn skills through simulation labs

In the coming year, OHSU Casey Eye Institute is working on an adult-learner focused curriculum for its residency program that emphasizes casebased learning with faculty experts, as compared to the traditional didactic structure. “I am very excited to be part of an active learning environment, where residents can more deeply engage in the learning process,” said Sarah Glass, M.D., class of 2021. “The focus on continual educational improvement is what truly sets Casey apart and makes me excited to train here.”

Expanded annual conference to mark 75th anniversary

Dr. Andy Lauer leads the annual OOAA conference at OHSU

The year 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the ophthalmology department at OHSU. In honor of this milestone, OHSU Casey Eye Institute is hosting a two-day Oregon Ophthalmological Alumni Association Meeting in June that has attracted some of the top ophthalmologists in the country to speak to faculty and alumni. OHSU Casey Eye Institute has grown exponentially in the last 75 years, so it is exciting to celebrate the achievements and future innovations.

Macular Degeneration and Vision Expo for the community

A woman learns about assistive technology to help with her low vision

For 22 years, OHSU Casey Eye Institute’s Macular Degeneration Center and Vision Rehabilitation Center has hosted a free, one-day program in Portland for community members with macular degeneration and other conditions that impair sight. The event attracts as many as 900 attendees each year. The expo features presentations by OHSU Casey Eye Institute faculty on the latest advances in macular degeneration research and treatment, small group sessions on adjusting to vision loss, and exhibits of community services, optical aids and assistive technology. Learn more about programs from the Wold Family Macular Degeneration Center