Weill Cornell Medical College's ophthalmology services for diabetic patients received a boost last month, courtesy of a grant from the New York City Council secured by Councilwoman Jessica Lappin.
The $287,000 capital funding grant, embedded within the fiscal 2013 city budget, will enable Weill Cornell to purchase two pieces of equipment for the Weill Cornell Ophthalmology Clinic -- one of the largest outpatient clinics at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. This equipment will help physicians better diagnose and treat diabetic retinopathy, the most common diabetic eye disease characterized by damage to the eye's retina.
"More New Yorkers are suffering from diabetes, and I'm proud to help Weill Cornell purchase innovative equipment to help detect and treat this disease," says Councilwoman Jessica Lappin, whose 5th Council District includes the Upper East Side.
Leaders at the Clinic, which has approximately 10,000 low-income Medicaid patient visits annually for the diagnosis and treatment of eye conditions, including glaucoma, pediatric retinal disease and macular degeneration, say they are seeing an increasing number of patients affected by diabetic retinopathy due largely to the skyrocketing incidence of diabetes among patients and the general public.
"We extend our deepest gratitude to Councilwoman Lappin and the entire New York City Council for supporting us in the fight against diabetes," says Dr. Donald J. D'Amico, professor and chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at Weill Cornell Medical College, ophthalmologist-in-chief at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center and an expert on diabetic retinopathy. "Diabetic retinopathy, although treatable if detected early, remains the number one cause of vision loss in people during their most productive working years. This new equipment will help us prevent that fate for untold numbers of New Yorkers."