The Robinson Advanced Imaging Center will provide Ohio State Ophthalmology patients access to the most advanced ophthalmic imaging equipment available, including a pattern electroretinogram (ERG) for treating glaucoma.
Thom and Pat Robinson recently made a generous donation in the amount of $1 million dollars to The Ohio State University Havener Eye Institute. The Robinsons have always loved to give back. Evidence of their philanthropic focus can be found around campus supporting the William Oxley Thompson library and an academic building within the College of Veterinary Medicine, in addition to numerous athletic scholarships.
The Robinsons, long time patients of Havener Eye Institute glaucoma specialist, Dr. Frederick Kapetansky, are from Troy, Ohio. Through their visits with Dr. Kapetansky, they realized the potential of how their generous gift could impact the department. They understand the need for medical advances in technology and medicine to help repair and retain vision. Their donation will allow the department to form the Robinson Imaging Center, a center for advanced ophthalmic imaging. Their generous gift will allow us to outfit a new ophthalmic electrophysiology lab to acquire the most advanced and modern technology available such as pattern electroretinogram (ERG) for use in treating glaucoma and retinal diseases. This lab will provide testing useful in obtaining information about the eye that goes well beyond a standard clinical exam. Patients battling many eye diseases will benefit greatly from the creation of this lab.
There are approximately 3 million people in the United States diagnosed with glaucoma. Of those, 120,000 are irreversibly blind. About 10% of people who are actively treated for glaucoma progress to vision loss. Despite decades of glaucoma research, this condition is still not fully understood. The patient pattern ERG equipment will support the treatment and diagnosis of glaucoma.