The 15th century polymath Leonardo da Vinci quipped, “the eyes, the window of the soul.” He couldn’t know the half of it. Only now, with 21st century technology, are researchers unlocking the secrets of the retina—and the brain. The search for retinal biomarkers of neurocognitive disorders is returning results, and optometry may hold a piece of the puzzle.
Since the AOA/AOSA Opportunities in Optometry grant program was announced last spring, 32 grants have been awarded. Awardees from underrepresented minority groups in the profession talked about their hope to make a difference to others someday.