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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...

Mar 26, 2015, 17:28 ET
Michael W. Brennan, M.D.

American Academy of Ophthalmology Envoy to Receive Prestigious International Leadership Award

 Michael W. Brennan, M.D., international envoy and past president of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (the Academy), will be honored for...

Mar 11, 2015, 09:07 ET
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Ophthalmologists Encourage Organ Donation to Help Restore Sight for Thousands

The number of corneal transplants needed to restore vision keeps growing each year. Nationwide, ophthalmologists performed more than 48,000 of...

Feb 17, 2015, 10:37 ET
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Generic Drug Use Shown to Improve Medication Adherence in People with Glaucoma

In the first study to examine the impact of a reduction in glaucoma medication copay on patient adherence, researchers in Michigan have found a...

Feb 05, 2015, 06:00 ET
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Lower-income Students in China Found to Have Better Vision than Middle-class Peers

In one of the largest population-based studies ever conducted on nearsightedness in children, researchers have discovered that lower-income...

Feb 02, 2015, 11:18 ET
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Seniors: Don't Be Blinded by Old Notions of Eye Disease

 Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness among older Americans, but new treatments have dramatically changed...

Jan 13, 2015, 12:05 ET
Russell Van Gelder, M.D., Ph.D., president of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2015

Russell N. Van Gelder, M.D., Ph.D., Begins Term as President of the American Academy of Ophthalmology

Russell N. Van Gelder, M.D., Ph.D., has begun his term as the 118th president of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the world's...

Jan 12, 2015, 09:17 ET
What does glaucoma look like? Glaucoma damages peripheral vision. The image on the left is what healthy eyes would see while the image on the right is what eyes with moderate glaucoma would see. (C) 2015 American Academy of Ophthalmology.

More Than Half of People with Glaucoma Skip or Improperly Administer Medications, Risking Permanent Vision Loss

Glaucoma is a leading cause of irreversible blindness in the United States. When glaucoma is treated in its early stages, vision loss can be...

Jan 12, 2015, 09:17 ET

Más de la mitad de las personas con glaucoma omiten dosis de medicamentos o no los administran adecuadamente, incurriendo así en riesgo de pérdida permanente de la vista

El glaucoma es una de las principales causas de ceguera irreversible en los Estados Unidos. Cuando se trata el glaucoma en sus primeras etapas es...

Dec 09, 2014, 13:18 ET
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Top-Selling Eye Vitamins Found Not to Match Scientific Evidence

 With Americans spending billions of dollars each year on nutritional supplements, researchers have analyzed popular eye vitamins to determine...

Nov 25, 2014, 12:33 ET

El auge de la popularidad de los arcos y las flechas da lugar a advertencias de seguridad para los ojos al comenzar la temporada de compras navideñas

 Con la temporada de las compras navideñas en pleno apogeo y una gran cantidad de películas y programas de televisión como "The...

Nov 25, 2014, 11:45 ET
Toys such as arrows, paintball guns and other projectiles cause nearly 257,000 injuries a year.

Surge in Popularity of Bows and Arrows Prompts Eye Safety Warnings as Holiday Gift-Giving Season Commences

 With the holiday gift-buying season in full swing and a slew of current movies and TV shows such as "The Hunger Games," "The Walking Dead" and...

Nov 05, 2014, 22:31 ET

La diabetes y los ojos: lo que las personas no saben puede dejarlas ciegas

A pesar de que las personas con diabetes tienen más probabilidad de desarrollar enfermedades de los ojos conducentes a la ceguera, estudios...

Nov 05, 2014, 14:21 ET
Those at higher risk for diabetes have lowest awareness of diabetic eye disease. The American Academy of Ophthalmology is reminding those living with diabetes - the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults age 20 to 64 years - to get an annual eye exam to help prevent vision loss. (PRNewsFoto/American Academy of Ophthalmology)

Diabetes and Eyes: What People Don't Know Could Leave Them Blind

While people with diabetes are more likely to develop blinding eye diseases, recent studies have revealed low awareness of the issue among...

Oct 20, 2014, 09:05 ET
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American Academy of Ophthalmology Launches New Patient Education Materials to Meet Health Literacy Standards

 Low literacy rates contribute to poor patient compliance, leading to increased hospitalizations and chronic illness and costing the economy...

Oct 20, 2014, 08:00 ET
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iPad Screenings Effective for Detecting Early Signs of Glaucoma in Underserved, High-Risk Populations

Using a tablet screening app could prove to be an effective method to aid in the effort to reduce the incidence of avoidable blindness in...

Oct 20, 2014, 08:00 ET
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3-D Printed Facial Prosthesis Offers New Hope for Eye Cancer Patients Following Surgery

Researchers have developed a fast and inexpensive way to make facial prostheses for eye cancer patients using facial scanning software and 3-D...