Gena Heidary, M.D., Ph.D.

Harvard Medical School

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Department of Ophthalmology

Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Assistant Scientist

Research Summary

As the director of the Pediatric Neuro-ophthalmology service at Boston Children’s Hospital, Dr. Heidary’s research focuses on translational work towards the improved management and treatment of patients with visually threatening, pediatric neuro-ophthalmic disease and complex strabismus. Specific efforts have focused on the development of a method to non-invasively assess elevated intracranial pressure using otoacoustic emissions in patients with idiopathic intracranial hypertension or pseudotumor cerebri. Additionally Dr. Heidary has been working towards the development of a novel system to accurately assess visual field dysfunction in pediatric patients using Saccadic Vector Optokinetic Perimetry (SVOP). With this technique, “eye tracking” technology is used to evaluate pediatric patients for visual field loss.

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