“IOP is currently the only modifiable risk factor for slowing down optic nerve damage to prevent vision loss. The goal of MyEyes is to empower the patient to be able to measure their own IOP at various times during the day or night, thus enabling them to better manage their glaucoma.”

 

– Barbara Wirostko MD FARVO, Glaucoma Specialist, Adjunct Prof of Ophthalmology and Bioengineering, University of Utah, SLC.

MyEYES was founded by the collaboration of a patient, a leading glaucoma specialist and an ophthalmic technician. After personally experiencing the impact that using a home tonometry device can provide, Paul, our cofounder, decided to take action to help other people learn how to improve treatment of their glaucoma based on a fundamental fact: IOP (eye pressure) can fluctuate over 24 hrs – sometimes even to high and dangerous levels – and a single pressure check every several months at one point during the day is usually NOT sufficient.

Our mission is to make it easier to get home tonometers into hands of the people who need it. In this way, IOP data collected over the span of a week or two at several time points during the day and or night can help to direct an individual patients’ doctors to provide the ideal treatment for that patient’s tailored need. The result: the most effective way to proactively slow the damaging and blinding progression of this horrible disease.

Meet Our Team

 

Our MyEYES team, in coordination with the patients’ doctors, is dedicated to helping to collect this valuable data that will ultimately direct one very important aspect of managing your glaucomatous disease and giving YOU control of your overall eye health.

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Dr. Barbara Wirostko

Co-Founder & Medical Consultant

Barbara M. Wirostko, MD, FARVO, is Moran’s Resident Research Director and Adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology and Biomedical Engineering. She is a board-certified ophthalmologist, glaucoma specialist, and a Fellow of The Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO).

 

As a serial entrepreneur for biotech startups, she has received millions in grants as the principal investigator (PI) for funding from the Department of Defense and National Science Foundation. Her research interest is in novel glaucoma therapeutics, sustained delivery of therapeutics for ocular pathologies, and better understanding the genetics and associated systemic diseases of exfoliative syndrome, a common cause of open-angle glaucoma.

 

Dr. Wirostko has scored in the top 10 percent nationwide for patient satisfaction. Her honors include Moran’s Clinical Faculty of the Year Award in 2015 and the Third Annual Distinguished Alumni Award from the Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute, Columbia University. She is the current recipient of a major National Glaucoma Research award from the BrightFocus Foundation.

 

Her professional and scientific experience includes serving on the editorial boards for Ophthalmology Glaucoma, Acta Ophthalmologica, and Journal of Glaucoma. She’s an active committee member for ARVO and a scientific advisor for the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine, The Glaucoma Foundation, and the Glaucoma Research Foundation.
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Paul Margolis

Founder & CEO

Harvard-educated, Paul has had a great deal of success in starting and maintaining businesses. Understanding the inter-workings of how businesses are managed and controlled are vital to improving their bottom line and taking care of their clients. Paul works with software, medical and Internet companies to build value and achieve greater success.

 

He has been a successful Founder, CEO, venture capitalist and private equity professional. “The combination gives me the ability to look at businesses from a management and investment point of view. I have found this experience to be very helpful both in evaluating and managing companies. I love building companies and continue to have passion for achieving success with a great team.” Paul’s experience as a glaucoma sufferer himself, gave him the knowledge and passion to co-found MyEYES to bring a better treatment solution to anyone with glaucoma. Paul@MyEYES.net.
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Chris Epperson

Ophthalmic Medical Technician & Director of Operations

Chris has an extensive background in the medical field, working nearly 18 years in Sports Medicine, he has worked in a variety of aspects. From High school sports, to college, to the professional level. He also has worked in Physical Therapy and operated a clinic. He has worked with Real Salt Lake, The Blaze, The Jazz, The Grizz and many other professional teams. Eventually he joined the University of Utah Health Ophthalmology department at the Moran Eye Center in 2019. Chris has degrees and accolades in his field from: Utah State University Eastern, University of Michigan, University of Oklahoma, Utah Valley University, and the University of Utah. Chris@MyEYES.net.
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Tiesha Epperson

Operations Manager

Tiesha joined the team to help to formulate and implement logistical answers to the challenges generated by MyEYES and the services it provides. Working in the medical field, in both general practice, specialty and pediatrics, she has gained valuable knowledge. With her coding and specialty skills she has been able to gain inside knowledge of how systems work and the integration of those systems to direct the best outcomes possible. Info@MyEYES.net.