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Jul 27, 2015, 10:11 ET
Taking care of your contact lenses the right way can help prevent serious eye infections.

Contact Lens 101: a Back-to-School Must for Teens

 Many children and teenagers start wearing contact lenses in junior high or high school. However, young people are notoriously poor at caring...

Jul 27, 2015, 10:11 ET

Lentes de contacto 101: consejos que los jóvenes deben seguir al regresar a la escuela

Muchos niños y adolescentes empiezan a usar lentes de contacto en la escuela intermedia o en la secundaria. Sin embargo, los jóvenes no...

Jul 08, 2015, 10:17 ET

Personas mayores con baja visión: sencillas modificaciones en el hogar pueden ayudar a disminuir la dependencia de otros y a reducir riesgos de la salud asociados

Un obstáculo significativo que enfrentan las personas de edad avanzada para mantener la independencia es la baja visión. Una...

Jul 08, 2015, 10:17 ET
The American Academy of Ophthalmology is providing simple tips and adaptations to help older persons with low vision enhance the use of their remaining sight and maintain self-sufficiency at home.

Seniors with Low Vision: Simple Home Adjustments Can Help Decrease Reliance on Others, Reduce Associated Health Risks

A significant obstacle for maintaining self-reliance for older people is low vision. A common condition for this age group,...

Jun 23, 2015, 16:58 ET
The Argus II System: Figure A, The implanted portions of the Argus II System. Figure B, The external components of the Argus II System. Images in real time are captured by the camera mounted on the glasses. The video processing unit down-samples and processes the image, converting it to stimulation patterns. Data and power are sent via radiofrequency link from the transmitter antenna on the glasses to the receiver antenna around the eye. A removable, rechargeable battery powers the system.

"Bionic Eye" Three-Year Clinical Trial Results Prove Long-Term Safety, Efficacy of Implant that Restores Vision in the Blind

The three-year clinical trial results of the retinal implant popularly known as the "bionic eye," have proven the long-term efficacy, safety and...

Jun 22, 2015, 09:06 ET
Jameson Lamb was blinded in a fireworks accident at age 16. About half of fireworks injury victims treated in U.S. emergency rooms are children.

American Academy of Ophthalmology Urges Use of Protective Eyewear When Using Consumer Fireworks This Fourth of July

 As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, ophthalmologists – medical doctors who treat eye disease and conditions – are preparing...

Jun 03, 2015, 16:54 ET

¿Cuál es el momento correcto para la cirugía de cataratas?

Casi 25.7 millones de americanos mayores de 40 años tienen cataratas, y se proyecta que la cantidad aumentará a 45.6 millones para el...

Jun 02, 2015, 11:42 ET
Cataract simulation: On the left an image is seen through healthy eyes. On the right, the same image is seen through eyes with advanced cataracts.

When is the Right Time to Have Cataract Surgery?

 Nearly 25.7 million Americans over age 40 have cataracts and the number is projected to increase to 45.6 million by 2050.1 While the only...

Jun 01, 2015, 17:30 ET
Ophthalmologists Say Medicare Physician Payment Data Needs More Clarity to Benefit the Public

Ophthalmologists Say Medicare Physician Payment Data Needs More Clarity to Benefit the Public

 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today released to the public data relating to 2013 Medicare payments made to physicians and...

May 19, 2015, 18:21 ET
Simulations of how diabetic retinopathy may affect a person's vision.

Ophthalmologists Urge People with Diabetes to Make Healthy Vision a Priority

 While the possibility of losing sight may be a common concern among seniors, eye doctors are reminding the public that advancing age is not...

May 07, 2015, 16:25 ET
Ebola virus.

American Academy of Ophthalmology Issues Statement Regarding New England Journal of Medicine Study Linking Ebola and Uveitis

The American Academy of Ophthalmology today issued a statement following a report in the New England Journal of Medicine about an Ebola...

May 04, 2015, 15:25 ET
The American Academy of Ophthalmology has established a Nepal Eye Care Relief Fund to support rebuilding ophthalmic services for people in devastated areas. Photo credit: Jessica Lea/DFID

American Academy of Ophthalmology Committed to Supporting Eye Care in Nepal After Earthquake

 In response to the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, the American Academy of Ophthalmology has established the Nepal Eye...

Apr 30, 2015, 09:00 ET
Pick sunglasses marked "100% UV blocking" to get the best eye protection from UV rays, say experts at the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

How to Choose the Best Sunglasses: Six Things to Consider

 Everyone knows sunglasses make it easier to see on a sunny day, whether out on the road or the water. However, wearing the right sunglasses is...

Apr 23, 2015, 15:37 ET
American Academy of Ophthalmology Unveils New, Mobile-Optimized Website

American Academy of Ophthalmology Unveils New, Mobile-Optimized Website

 The American Academy of Ophthalmology today unveiled a new, state-of-the-art, mobile-optimized website, designed to better serve the...

Apr 23, 2015, 14:16 ET
Spring allergens linked to increased dry eye, according to new research published by the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Rise in Spring Allergens Linked to Increased Dry Eye Cases

New ophthalmology research from the University of Miami shows that dry eye – the little understood culprit behind red, watery, gritty feeling...

Apr 22, 2015, 12:23 ET
President Barack Obama and David W. Parke II, M.D. (pictured right), CEO of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, at ceremony celebrating the enactment of the overwhelmingly bipartisan law reforming Medicare physician pay yesterday." (Photo credit: Saul Levin, M.D.)

President Barack Obama Thanks Medical Community for Support of Latest Law Reforming Medicare Physician Pay

Yesterday, David W. Parke II, M.D., CEO of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, joined President Barack Obama in a special reception at the White...

Apr 16, 2015, 10:07 ET
Patient being evaluated with the newly developed virtual reality-based balance assessment test at the University of California San Diego Visual Performance Laboratory.

Virtual Reality May be Effective Tool for Evaluating Balance Control in Glaucoma Patients

 Falls are the leading cause of injury-related death and morbidity in older adults, especially those with a chronic eye disease such as...

Apr 16, 2015, 08:03 ET
2015 Recipients of the American Academy of Ophthalmology's Visionary Awards

American Academy of Ophthalmology Honors Members of Congress for their Dedication to Advancing Quality Eye Care

 The American Academy of Ophthalmology is honoring five Members of Congress today for their outstanding legislative efforts to advance the...

Apr 16, 2015, 07:57 ET
Ophthalmologists Visit Capitol Hill.

Nation's Ophthalmologists Bring Message of Patient Safety and Funding Sight-Saving Research to Capitol Hill

Following a historic vote to end a decade of instability for Medicare funding, more than 400 ophthalmologists from across the United States are...

Mar 31, 2015, 13:00 ET
Basketball is one of the sports in which eye injuries most commonly occur,  with an estimated 6,000 basketball-related eye injuries happening each year.

Don't Let Sports Eye Injuries Take You Out of the Game

 As basketball fans around the country focus their attention on the excitement of the Final Four and the NBA playoffs, ophthalmologists are...