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Dr. Yin Allison Liu

Empowering Communities: Revolutionizing Eye Care for Cognitive Health

Innovative solutions and compassionate care can play a crucial role in managing the challenges of Alzheimer's disease, a prevalent form of dementia that not only profoundly impacts individuals but also their families and communities. 

As a neuro-ophthalmologist, I know that visual impairments can be key indicators for early detection and more effective clinical management of Alzheimer’s. However, not everyone has access to specialist eye care in their communities. In response to this need, my colleagues and I have launched the “Empowering Communities: Revolutionizing Eye Care for Cognitive Health” initiative. By leveraging telemedicine and community engagement, we hope to ensure that everyone receives timely and comprehensive care for Alzheimer's and other cognitive disorders

The project incorporates the Olleyes device, a revolutionary tool that integrates cutting-edge technologies to comprehensively assess visual and neurological parameters. This device not only aids in early detection but also offers ongoing management for conditions like Alzheimer's and mild cognitive impairment.

We firmly believe in the power of collaboration and community engagement. By establishing partnerships with key organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Association and local clinics, we aim to create robust networks that promote patient outreach and education. Together, we'll assess visual acuity, color vision, and other cognitive-related eye problems using the Olleyes device, ensuring comprehensive care for all individuals.

Education and empowerment

But our mission doesn't end there. We recognize the importance of education in empowering communities to take charge of their cognitive health. That's why we're committed to creating culturally diverse educational materials and multilingual videos that highlight the early signs of visual symptoms linked to Alzheimer's. By translating these materials into multiple languages, and integrating them into tablets paired with the Olleyes device, we aim to reach diverse populations and foster a culture of awareness and understanding.

Furthermore, our project seeks to enhance community understanding of neuro-ophthalmic care through presentations and training sessions in various languages. By empowering community members, caregivers, and staff to recognize and respond effectively to visual symptoms associated with Alzheimer's, we're paving the way for a more inclusive and accessible approach to cognitive impairment research.

The public impact of our project is profound. By addressing the challenges of cognitive impairment through community partnerships and innovative tele-eye care, we're not just improving healthcare outcomes — we're enhancing the quality of life for individuals and families affected by cognitive impairments.


Learn More About Public Scholarship Faculty Fellows

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About the Team

Led by Dr. Yin Allison Liu, the diverse team brings together professionals from various fields, including Dr. Oanh Meyer, a social psychologist and Alzheimer's caregiving specialist, and Dr. David Bissig, a cognitive neurologist specializing in Alzheimer's clinical care and research. Together, they are recommitted to making a difference in the lives of those impacted by cognitive impairment, one community at a time. 

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