The New England Eye Center sees nearly 10,000 patients diagnosed with corneal disease every year. It can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to diagnose and begin treatment for corneal infections. The standard diagnostic procedure involves taking a biopsy of corneal tissue. Then waiting for the results from a pathologist. What if you could get the results instantly, without the need for a tissue sample?
Thanks to a MLERFi Presidential grant awarded to Tufts Medical Center, that dream is now a reality. Tufts purchased a Confocal Scanning Microscope. The microscope allows doctors to perform diagnoses accurately without the need for a biopsy. Certain pathogens can be identified on the day of infection!