Bianca Da Costa Martins is an assistant professor of ophthalmology.
What are you looking forward to most now that you’re working at Illinois?
I am originally from Brazil and I have been living in the U.S. for six years. However it was in 1996 that I first visited the U.S. I was an exchange student and I lived with a wonderful family in Spring Valley, Ill., for two months. I had the time of my life and I only have great memories from that experience. So when the opportunity of working at the University of Illinois arrived, I knew I could not let that chance go! Now as a faculty member I am looking forward to having a positive experience as I had before. I am excited to be working at an environment of such academic excellence that characterizes this University. And the warmth and friendliness of the faculty and staff at the ophthalmology service at University of Illinois are just icing on the cake!
What is your favorite thing about ophthalmology?
In my opinion, eyes are fascinating. The myriad of colors, shapes, and sizes, and their unique and complex physiology are just captivating. To me, there is nothing more rewarding than restoring the vision of a patient. Seeing how they interact with their owners, with other people, and with the environment once they have their vision back really touches my soul.
What are you speaking on or publishing about recently?
We are currently studying the anti-inflammatory and anti-fibrotic properties of amniotic membrane to aid in the healing of the ocular surface. I have presented some of our results at the 2013 and 2014 Conference of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO). And we just concluded a study about intraocular pressure in Asian elephants, which I will present at this year’s ACVO Conference.
What do you think that general practitioners should be aware of regarding ophthalmology cases?
We are here to help. Regardless if it is a case that needs extensive work-up, surgery, or a phone call consult, our service and staff will strive to do the best for you, your client, and your patient.