American Academy of Ophthalmology Announces Innovative Advances in Premier Clinical Education Website

World's largest online source of peer-reviewed ophthalmic news and education redesigned to support lifelong learning and patient outcomes

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Academy of Ophthalmology today announced its newly redesigned Ophthalmic News and Education (ONE®) Network, the world's largest online source of peer-reviewed, high-quality news and education for ophthalmologists – medical doctors who specialize in the diagnosis, medical and surgical treatment of eye diseases and conditions. The new site includes improvements in search optimization, responsive design for mobile compatibility, intuitive navigation, a multimedia library and a host of other features that will enhance the user experience through easier, faster access to the ever-expanding wealth of content in support of their lifelong learning.

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With more than 30,000 visitors each month from countries across the globe, the ONE Network was established in 2007 to help ophthalmologists keep up with current developments, while helping them to meet continuing education and certification requirements. It now provides more than 50 interactive cases and courses, full-text access to nine leading journals, self-assessment questions, practice guidelines, and thousands of videos and clinical images. It is used by ophthalmology societies around the world and provides summaries of the Academy's practice guidelines in eight languages. As an online education initiative, the ONE Network enables ophthalmologists to access the latest information in the field to refine their best practices and improve patient outcomes.

Updates to the ONE Network include:

Rich set of content – peer-reviewed, cutting-edge clinical knowledge that includes journals, educational cases and courses, news and clinical guidelines.

Mobile compatibility – the new site features responsive design, enabling it to display content on nearly all devices including smartphones and tablets, regardless of the operating system.

Easy-to-find continuing medical education (CME) content – with over 250 CME activities, ophthalmologists are better able to keep abreast of new developments in the field.

Powerful search and intuitive navigation – users may now filter results in a variety of ways, including subspecialty and CME credit, with links to searches via Google Scholar and PubMed.

Personalization – new tools to allow each user to tailor content to his or her specific needs, including a widget to access their CME transcript, bookmark content, track performance on customizable self-assessment exams and much more.

Multimedia content – the ONE Network's multimedia library now includes HD videos and a collection of downloadable images that are free to members.

"As technology evolves, so do the needs of ophthalmologists who are committed to lifelong learning," said Richard Zorab, vice president of clinical education at the American Academy of Ophthalmology. "By actively listening to our membership, we have been able to design updates for the ONE Network that are tailored to these growing needs. The result provides ophthalmologists around the world with a quality experience that will help them continue their education and provide quality care to their patients."

The ONE Network's collection of comprehensive information and news is created for and vetted by ophthalmologists, making it the authoritative source globally for evidence-based medical knowledge in the field. As advances are made in ophthalmology, the ONE Network will continue to evolve, adding additional resources such as the online Munnerlyn Laser Surgery Education Center, which is scheduled to launch later this fall.

About the American Academy of Ophthalmology 
The American Academy of Ophthalmology, headquartered in San Francisco, is the world's largest association of eye physicians and surgeons — Eye M.D.s — with more than 32,000 members worldwide. Eye health care is provided by the three "O's" – ophthalmologists, optometrists, and opticians. It is the ophthalmologist, or Eye M.D., who has the education and training to treat it all: eye diseases, infections and injuries, and perform eye surgery. For more information, visit www.aao.org. The Academy's EyeSmart® program educates the public about the importance of eye health and empowers them to preserve healthy vision. EyeSmart provides the most trusted and medically accurate information about eye diseases, conditions and injuries. OjosSanos™ is the Spanish-language version of the program. Visit www.geteyesmart.org or www.ojossanos.org to learn more.

SOURCE American Academy of Ophthalmology



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