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Newswise: Ophthalmologists Anticipate a School Year Marked by Complaints of Eye Strain
Released: 13-Aug-2020 4:10 PM EDT
Ophthalmologists Anticipate a School Year Marked by Complaints of Eye Strain
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

The American Academy of Ophthalmology shares back-to-online school checklist to protect kids’ eyes from too much screen time.

Released: 5-Aug-2020 7:05 PM EDT
Planned Medicare Cuts Deal Heavy Blow to Nation’s Ophthalmologists
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

Ophthalmology lost more patient volume due to the COVID-19 pandemic than any other medical specialty.

Released: 5-Aug-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Research to Prevent Blindness and American Academy of Ophthalmology Award Grants for Big Data Research to Improve Patient Care
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

The American Academy of Ophthalmology and Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) today announced the recipients of the Research to Prevent Blindness/American Academy of Ophthalmology Award for IRIS® Registry Research.

Released: 3-Aug-2020 6:00 AM EDT
Simply Expanding Medicaid Coverage Can’t Solve This Leading Public Health Challenge
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

New research shows significantly more people with diabetes got their critical annual dilated eye exam during the first two years following Medicaid expansion under the under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). However, this encouraging increase in the exam rate did not persist beyond two years.

Released: 24-Jul-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Seven Myths About Sunglasses That Could Damage Your Vision
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

The American Academy of Ophthalmology is working to debunk common myths about sunglasses and offer tips to promote smart eye health choices.

Released: 2-Jul-2020 9:00 AM EDT
American Academy of Ophthalmology to Launch its First Open Access Journal in Early 2021
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

The American Academy of Ophthalmology today announced plans to expand the Ophthalmology family of journals to include Ophthalmology Science, an online open access journal.

Newswise: Nation’s Ophthalmologists Issue New Advice This July 4th
Released: 1-Jul-2020 12:55 PM EDT
Nation’s Ophthalmologists Issue New Advice This July 4th
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

The American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Ophthalmic Trauma are concerned that trips to the hospital for fireworks-related injuries will mirror this spike in fireworks sales.

Released: 12-Jun-2020 12:00 PM EDT
Majority of House of Representatives Supports Prior Authorization Relief Bill
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

Introduced by Reps. Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.), Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), Roger Marshall, MD, (R-Kan.) and Ami Bera, MD, (D-Calif.), this legislation would help protect America’s seniors from unnecessary delays in care by streamlining and standardizing prior authorization under the Medicare Advantage program, providing much-needed oversight and transparency of health insurance for America’s seniors.

Released: 4-Jun-2020 5:35 AM EDT
Nation’s Ophthalmologists Condemn Use of Tear Gas and Rubber Bullets
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

This week, tear gas and rubber bullets blinded at least two Americans and caused serious eye injuries in many others. Life-altering eye injuries are a common result of urban warfare and rioting, worldwide. The American Academy of Ophthalmology condemns this growing problem.

Released: 21-May-2020 2:35 PM EDT
Your Ophthalmologist is Ready to See You
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

As all 50 states begin to reopen to some degree, the American Academy of Ophthalmology wants to share how ophthalmologists are working to protect their patients and staff.

12-May-2020 6:55 AM EDT
Ophthalmologists Zoom to Capitol Hill
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

More than 200 ophthalmologists from 40 states today are Zooming or teleconferencing with lawmakers and their staffs in Washington, D.C. to push for congressional support for measures that will help physician practices survive the COVID-19 pandemic and to restore patients’ timely access to sight-saving treatments.

Released: 8-Apr-2020 2:15 PM EDT
Six Things Your Ophthalmologist Wants You to Know About Coronavirus
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

The American Academy of Ophthalmology shares eye health tips and advice to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Released: 30-Mar-2020 6:05 PM EDT
Genentech to Extend Payment Terms for LUCENTIS® (ranibizumab injection)
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Genentech today announced that it will temporarily extend physician payment terms for Lucentis purchases from authorized distributors to 120 days.

Released: 25-Mar-2020 6:05 PM EDT
Regeneron to Extend Payment Terms for EYLEA® (aflibercept) Injection
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Regeneron will temporarily extend physician payment terms for EYLEA® (aflibercept) Injection purchases from authorized distributors to 150 days.

Released: 25-Mar-2020 1:20 PM EDT
Low Risk of Coronavirus Spreading Through Tears
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

Study published today in the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology found no virus in tears of COVID-19 infected patients

Released: 13-Feb-2020 3:50 PM EST
Your Brain May be Disguising a Blinding Eye Disease
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

During February, the American Academy of Ophthalmology is urging people to protect themselves from vision loss from AMD by getting a baseline eye exam by age 40.

Released: 28-Jan-2020 4:45 PM EST
The American Academy of Ophthalmology Announces Seven New Board of Trustee Members
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

The American Academy of Ophthalmology today announced the appointment of seven new members to its 2020 Board of Trustees.

Released: 14-Jan-2020 6:00 AM EST
Glaucoma Does Discriminate: Here’s What You Need to Know to Protect Yourself
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

During Glaucoma Awareness Month in January, the American Academy of Ophthalmology is urging people to be screened, especially if you are at increased risk of glaucoma.

Released: 13-Jan-2020 6:00 AM EST
Survey Reveals Most Americans Know a Lot Less About Eye Health Than They Think They Do: Here’s Why That’s a Problem
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

A new survey has uncovered key gaps in American’s knowledge of eye health, and what they don’t know is putting them at risk of vision loss.

Newswise: Anne L. Coleman, MD, PhD, Begins Terms as 2020 President of the American Academy of Ophthalmology
Released: 8-Jan-2020 6:00 AM EST
Anne L. Coleman, MD, PhD, Begins Terms as 2020 President of the American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

Anne L Coleman, M.D., Ph.D., has begun her one-year term as the 124th president of the American Academy of Ophthalmology

Newswise: AAO and ASCRS Launch Ophthovation™ Joint Venture to Deliver Next Generation of Business Innovation Conferences
Released: 9-Dec-2019 11:00 AM EST
AAO and ASCRS Launch Ophthovation™ Joint Venture to Deliver Next Generation of Business Innovation Conferences
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

Two of the world’s largest ophthalmic organizations have finalized their joint venture Ophthovation™ to develop business conferences that accelerate innovation in ophthalmology called the Ophthovation™ Conference.

Newswise: Here’s How to Find out if Your Halloween Contact Lenses are Illegal
Released: 25-Oct-2019 6:00 AM EDT
Here’s How to Find out if Your Halloween Contact Lenses are Illegal
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

The American Academy of Ophthalmology is urging people to buy decorative contact lenses only from retailers who require a prescription and sell FDA-approved products.

13-Oct-2019 4:30 PM EDT
Using AI to Screen for Diabetic Eye Disease Feasible in the Real World
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

New research shows that an automated, artificial intelligence (AI) screening system accurately detects diabetic retinopathy 95.5 percent of the time.

10-Oct-2019 12:05 AM EDT
Sleep Apnea Linked to Blinding Eye Disease in People With Diabetes
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

New research from Taiwan shows that severe sleep apnea is a risk factor for developing diabetic macular edema, a complication of diabetes that can cause vision loss or blindness.

Released: 13-Oct-2019 5:40 PM EDT
American Academy of Ophthalmology Honors Leaders in Medical and Surgical Eye Care
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

The American Academy of Ophthalmology is honoring ophthalmologists who have improved eye care for millions worldwide through their commitment to their patients and their profession.

10-Oct-2019 1:30 AM EDT
More Evidence Linking Common Bladder Medication to a Vision-threatening Eye Condition
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

A drug widely prescribed for a bladder condition for decades now appears to be toxic to the retina, the light-sensing tissue at the back of the eye that allows us to see.

11-Oct-2019 3:05 PM EDT
Another Reason to Get Cataract Surgery: It can Make you 48 Percent Safer on the Road
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

Researchers in Australia used a driving simulator to test patients’ vision before and after cataract surgery.

Released: 12-Oct-2019 12:05 AM EDT
New Approach to Slowing Nearsightedness in Children Shows Promise
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

Combining two different treatment methods to slow the progression of myopia may deliver better results in slowing the progression of myopia.

10-Oct-2019 12:00 AM EDT
In-Office Gene Therapy for Wet Age-related Macular Degeneration is Coming
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

Gene therapy is showing promise for one of the most common causes of blindness.

Released: 11-Oct-2019 1:30 AM EDT
World’s Leading Eye Physicians and Surgeons Gather in San Francisco to Inspire the Future of Eye Care
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

More than 25,000 are expected to attend the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s 123rd annual meeting, AAO 2019, from Oct. 12-15 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

Newswise: Leading Ophthalmic Organizations Partner to Advance Eye Care With the Next Generation of Business Innovation Conferences
Released: 8-Oct-2019 1:30 PM EDT
Leading Ophthalmic Organizations Partner to Advance Eye Care With the Next Generation of Business Innovation Conferences
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

Two of the world’s largest ophthalmic organizations today announced a new collaboration to help accelerate the growth and success of companies focused on new therapies for eye disorders.

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Released: 24-Sep-2019 2:00 PM EDT
More Older Americans Will Suffer From Low Vision, Here’s How to Make Life Easier and Safer
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

The number of older Americans with low vision is expected to double in the coming years, as more people live longer. The American Academy of Ophthalmology is taking the opportunity of September’s Healthy Aging Month to let people know they can retain their independence and stay safe, despite declining vision.

Released: 11-Sep-2019 12:30 PM EDT
Seven Private Practice Physicians Win Support for Big Data Projects to Benefit Their Patients
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

The American Academy of Ophthalmology today announced recipients of analytic programs from two funds developed to advance big data investigations of eye disease.

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Released: 19-Aug-2019 9:00 AM EDT
Eight Tips for Protecting Eye Health and Vision When Using Contact Lenses
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

Most people don’t think of contact lenses as medical devices. But a prescription from an eye doctor is required for a reason – if not used correctly, contact lenses can seriously damage our eyes. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends these eight eye-healthy tips when using contacts.

Newswise: Seven Myths About Children’s Eyes
Released: 5-Aug-2019 9:00 AM EDT
Seven Myths About Children’s Eyes
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

There are a lot of myths and misinformation out there about children’s eye health. The American Academy of Ophthalmology debunks seven common myths about children’s eye health.

Released: 30-Jul-2019 9:00 AM EDT
Research to Prevent Blindness and American Academy of Ophthalmology Award Grants for Big Data Research to Improve Patient Care
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

The American Academy of Ophthalmology (the Academy) and Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) today announced this year’s recipients of the Research to Prevent Blindness/American Academy of Ophthalmology Award for IRIS® Registry Research. The grant supports researchers who want to conduct big data research in ophthalmology and blindness prevention.

Newswise: How to Pick the Best Sunglasses to Protect Your Eyes
Released: 8-Jul-2019 12:30 PM EDT
How to Pick the Best Sunglasses to Protect Your Eyes
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

Sunglasses aren’t an optional summertime accessory, they’re an essential prescription for eye health. Long-term exposure to the sun without proper protection can increase the risk of eye disease, including cataract, growths on the eye, and eye cancer. As summer gets underway, The American Academy of Ophthalmology shares seven essential tips for buying the best sunglasses to protect your eyes.

Newswise: Reports of Eye Injuries From Fireworks Have Doubled
Released: 20-Jun-2019 1:30 PM EDT
Reports of Eye Injuries From Fireworks Have Doubled
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

An annual report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission shows that fireworks-related eye injuries have nearly doubled, from 700 in 2016 to 1,200 in 2017. Overall, fireworks caused nearly 13,000 injuries in 2017, up from 11,000 in 2016.

Newswise: New Survey Highlights Growing Insurance Problem That Delays Sight-Saving Care
Released: 11-Jun-2019 4:00 PM EDT
New Survey Highlights Growing Insurance Problem That Delays Sight-Saving Care
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

The majority of ophthalmologists in a new survey said that a cost-management tool required by health insurance companies is delaying or disrupting the sight-saving care they give their patients. The tool is called prior authorization.

Released: 5-Jun-2019 2:00 PM EDT
Nation’s Leading Medical Specialty Organizations Applaud Congressional Leaders’ Introduction of Legislation to Improve Oversight and Transparency in Prior Authorization
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

2019 (H.R. 3107), legislation that would protect patients from unreasonable Medicare Advantage plan requirements that needlessly delay or deny access to medically necessary care

Released: 10-Apr-2019 4:05 PM EDT
Nation’s Ophthalmologists Push to Remove Roadblocks to Patients’ Access to Medical and Surgical Eye Care
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

More than 400 eye physicians and surgeons from across the U.S. are in Washington, D.C., today to urge Congress to end federal policies that delay patients’ access to quality medical and surgical eye care.

Newswise: PubMed Approves Ophthalmology Retina for Indexing
Released: 26-Mar-2019 3:00 PM EDT
PubMed Approves Ophthalmology Retina for Indexing
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

The National Library of Medicine has accepted Ophthalmology® Retina for inclusion in Medline/PubMed, the first time it has accepted a printed, monthly U.S. ophthalmology journal in 12 years.

Newswise: Google Research Shows How AI Can Make Ophthalmologists More Effective
Released: 18-Mar-2019 1:05 PM EDT
Google Research Shows How AI Can Make Ophthalmologists More Effective
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

As artificial intelligence continues to evolve, diagnosing disease faster and potentially with greater accuracy than physicians, some have suggested that technology may soon replace tasks that physicians currently perform.

Released: 11-Mar-2019 10:05 AM EDT
Protect Your Eyes From Too Much Screen Time
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

A recent study found that the average office worker spends 1,700 hours per year in front of a computer screen. And that doesn’t include our addiction to phones and other digital devices. All this screen time has led to an increase in complaints of eye strain, dry eye, headaches and insomnia.

8-Mar-2019 9:00 AM EST
New Study Shows an Eye Scan Can Detect Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

Researchers from the Duke Eye Center have shown that a new, non-invasive imaging device can see signs of Alzheimer’s disease in a matter of seconds.

Newswise: Spring Break Travel Advisory: Pack Backup Contact Lens Supplies to Avoid Infections
Released: 4-Mar-2019 4:00 PM EST
Spring Break Travel Advisory: Pack Backup Contact Lens Supplies to Avoid Infections
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

The American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Academy of Optometry are joining the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to offer spring break safety tips so travelers spend their time on the beach, not in the emergency room

Newswise: New Scholarship Supports American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Mission to Increase Diversity in Health Care
Released: 2-Jan-2019 4:05 PM EST
New Scholarship Supports American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Mission to Increase Diversity in Health Care
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

The inaugural National Medical Fellowships Scholarship in Ophthalmology is awarded to Ja’Qulane Scales and Joshua Chazaro, both second-year medical students participating in the Academy’s Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring program.

Newswise: Make Sure Protective Eyewear is on Your Christmas Shopping List
Released: 13-Dec-2018 9:00 AM EST
Make Sure Protective Eyewear is on Your Christmas Shopping List
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

A new study in Ophthalmology Retina – a journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology – shows that BB and pellet guns do blind children every year. And, the number of eye injuries related to such nonpowder guns are increasing at an alarming rate. Another study published earlier this year showed an increase of almost 170 percent over the last 23 years.

29-Oct-2018 9:30 AM EDT
Unapproved Therapies Cause Significantly More Patient Injuries Than Reported by Cell Therapy Clinics
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

A team of ophthalmologists went looking for scientific evidence in support of commercially available “cell therapy” for eye diseases. Not only did they find virtually none; they instead discovered a growing number of patients are being irreparably harmed by unapproved cell therapies.

29-Oct-2018 1:45 PM EDT
Relying on Dr. Google to Diagnose Eye Problems may be Dangerous to Your Health
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

A study examining the diagnoses generated by WebMD Symptom Checker showed the online tool was correct only 26 percent of the time. And the recommendation for the top diagnosis was often inappropriate, at times recommending self-care at home instead of going to the emergency room.


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