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New Scholarship Supports American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Mission to Increase Diversity in Health Care

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.
2-Jan-2019 4:05 PM EST Add to Favorites


Make Sure Protective Eyewear is on Your Christmas Shopping List

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...
13-Dec-2018 9:00 AM EST Add to Favorites

Unapproved Therapies Cause Significantly More Patient Injuries Than Reported by Cell Therapy Clinics

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...
29-Oct-2018 9:30 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Relying on Dr. Google to Diagnose Eye Problems may be Dangerous to Your Health

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...
29-Oct-2018 1:45 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Diabetes Medication May Protect Against a Common Cause of Blindness

Researchers from Taiwan have shown that people with type 2 diabetes who took a common diabetes medication, metformin, had a significantly lower rate of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
28-Oct-2018 1:20 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Evidence Mounts That an Eye Scan May Detect Early Alzheimer’s Disease

Results from two studies show that a new, non-invasive imaging device can see signs of Alzheimer’s disease in a matter of seconds. The researchers show that the small blood vessels in the retina at the back of the eye are altered in patients with...
28-Oct-2018 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

American Academy of Ophthalmology Announces $2 million gift to Advance Childhood Eye Disease Research

The American Academy of Ophthalmology today announced a $2 million gift from the Knights Templar Eye Foundation (KTEF) to establish a permanent research fund to advance the practice of pediatric ophthalmology.
28-Oct-2018 11:45 AM EDT Add to Favorites

American Academy of Ophthalmology Honors Luminaries in Medical and Surgical Eye Care

The American Academy of Ophthalmology is honoring exceptional ophthalmologists whose contributions have improved patient care and advanced the profession at AAO 2018, the Academy’s 122nd annual meeting in Chicago.
28-Oct-2018 8:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Thinking About Hitching a Ride on a Mission to Mars? Here’s One Hazard You Haven’t Considered

One risk of space flight is a possible danger to vision. Retired NASA astronaut David Wolf, M.D., will discuss how space flight affects eyes on in a keynote address at a conference of leading eye physicians and surgeons, hosted by the American...
17-Apr-2018 4:05 PM EDT


Ophthalmology Experts Available to Comment on Increase in Nearsightedness

8-May-2015 7:05 PM EDT

Eye MD Expert Comment Available Re JAMA Study: Diabetes 2 Epidemic Impacting Younger People's Vision

11-Dec-2012 4:05 PM EST

American Academy of Ophthalmology Experts Available Re: Diabetic Retinopathy, an Increasingly Common Cause of Blindness

9-Nov-2012 10:15 AM EST

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The mission of the American Academy of Ophthalmology is to advance the lifelong learning and professional interests of ophthalmologists (Eye M.D.s) to ensure that the public can obtain the best possible eye care.


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