Imaging Update: Kudos to Dr. Vik Chopra for Innovative Applications

SriniVas Sadda, MD

Director, Artificial Intelligence
Professor of Ophthalmology, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine

Throughout the year, I have the pleasure of using this space to call out the successes of my colleagues as they work to advance research and treatment in important and innovative ways.

Doheny’s Dr. Vikas Chopra is an exceptional doctor, as well as a gifted and talented speaker. At this fall’s annual American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting in Chicago, his paper on using OCT angiography in glaucoma prevention and care was cited by our colleagues as the best paper presentation.

Dr. Chopra’s work illuminates new approaches for early detection of glaucoma using state-of-the-art OCT angiography technology to analyze the density of the fine capillaries in and around the optic nerve to look for evidence of possible damage. Once a glaucoma patient loses nerve fibers, irreversible damage has been done. This work is in the early stages. This new approach deserves continued study because of the very real potential to save sight with advanced imaging diagnostics.

The discovery that OCT angiography may be a powerful tool in early detection of glaucoma and in patient care is the result of Dr. Chopra’s inquiry and original approach, part of what makes Doheny a leader in the international quest for cures of eye disease.


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