Dr. Zebardast is a clinician scientist and full-time member of the Glaucoma Service at Mass Eye and Ear. She specializes in the treatment of adult glaucoma and combined glaucoma and cataracts, with a particular interest in minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries (MIGS).
She has received numerous awards and honors for her academic and research accomplishments and has published in top ophthalmology journals. With a focus on global health and epidemiology research, she has worked with researchers at Aravind Eye Institute in India to study angle-closure glaucoma, a blinding eye disease. Among other findings, this study determined that siblings of individuals with known angle closure have a greater than 1 in 3 risk of developing the condition. Additionally, she has worked with a many large datasets to understand the prevalence of eye disease and its impact. She plans to use imaging to better understand glaucoma progression in angle-closure eyes and to use big data and machine learning methodologies to detect glaucoma and characterize its progression.