Collecting Visual Electrophysiology Normative Data in West Africa

We are pleased to announce the installation of our visual electrophysiology system at the Diagnostic Visual Function Research Laboratory of the Department of Optometry and Vision Science, University of Cape Coast, Ghana. This hospital, situated in the central region of the country on the seafront overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, now hosts the first Diagnosys system in the area. This installation represents a significant milestone in advancing ophthalmic research and patient care in the region.

Dr. Enyam Morny, an optometrist, lecturer, and vision science researcher, together with Prof Sven Heinrich of University of Freiburg, recently acquired funding from Velux Stiftung to bring an electrophysiology system to the research laboratory at the University of Cape Coast. Following in the footsteps of his late father, Dr. Francis Kojovi Morny, who established two optometry schools in Ghana, Dr. Morny aims to develop optometry and vision science education in Ghana and other West African countries. His research interests focus on the functional assessment of vision, with the goal of improving early detection and monitoring of potentially blinding diseases such as amblyopia, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy in low-resource environments.

Together with his highly motivated team of colleagues, Dr. Morny and the staff at the Diagnostic Visual Function Research Laboratory will be collecting normative reference data, providing us with normals directly from the African continent for the first time! This initiative can enhance local medical capabilities while also contributing to the global understanding of eye health.

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