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Foundation now accepting grant applications

October 23, 2013

Galina grant

A $2,500 grant established at the bequest of the late Dr. Seymour Galina, longtime AOA member, will be awarded to the optometry student who wins the annual essay contest. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Researchers find essential brain circuit in visual development

October 21, 2013

A study in mice reveals an elegant circuit within the developing visual system that helps dictate how the eyes connect to the brain. The research, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has implications for treating amblyopia. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Studies show better insulin management reduces retinopathy in type 1 diabetes patients

October 21, 2013

Two new studies funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) find the frequency and severity of retinopathy in patients with type 1 diabetes is decreasing. Improved diabetes care – especially better insulin management – is the likely reason, the studies suggest. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Ketchum focuses on children at annual gala, awards

October 3, 2013
Allergan Chairman of the Board and CEO David Pyott; Anthony Rath, a child in the community who has been helped by Marshall B. Ketchum University's (MBKU's) Eye Care Center; and MBKU President Kevin L. Alexander, O.D., Ph.D., during the ribbon-cutting for the university's mobile vision van Eye Force One.

Allergan Chairman of the Board and CEO David Pyott; Anthony Rath, a child in the community who has been helped by Marshall B. Ketchum University’s (MBKU’s) Eye Care Center; and MBKU President Kevin L. Alexander, O.D., Ph.D., during the ribbon-cutting for the university’s mobile vision van Eye Force One.

For their philanthropic impact and humanitarian support of optometry, 270 people joined Marshall B. Ketchum University at the third annual Shared Visions Gala & V–Awards in September at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, Calif., to honor a corporate partner, the university’s founder, and a special artist.

With a theme of “Sharing Vision – Changing Lives” and a focus on supporting vision readiness for all children in Orange County, alumni, faculty and friends came out in support of the signature fundraising event, raising more than $175,000 for Marshall B. Ketchum University of Fullerton, Calif. Read the rest of this entry ?

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APHA award winners include renowned ODs

September 11, 2013

The American Public Health Association’s Vision Care Section announced its 2013 award winners. The awards for Distinguished Service, Outstanding Scientific Paper, Morton W. Silverman Outstanding Student Project, and the Melvin D. Shipp Best Abstract will be presented during the AOA-sponsored Vision Care Section Eye Opener Breakfast at the APHA annual meeting in November. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Laser toys, pointers pose risks for children’s eyes

September 4, 2013
Retinal injuries include through-and-through or partial thermal retinal holes (as indicated by the arrow). These retinal holes create permanent blind spots, most often in the foveal region, a region responsible for reading and fine-detailed viewing.

Retinal injuries include through-and-through or partial thermal retinal holes (as indicated by the arrow). These retinal holes create permanent blind spots, most often in the foveal region, a region responsible for reading and fine-detailed viewing.

Increasingly powerful laser toys and pointers represent a growing eye safety threat to children. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued “Laser Toys: Not Always Child’s Play” (http://tinyurl.com/FDAlaser) as part of an effort to inform parents of the potential eye injury risks associated with lasers.

“The fact that lasers can be dangerous may not be evident, particularly to the children who use them as toys, or to the adults who supervise them,” the FDA Consumer Update notes.

The FDA is asking optometrists and other health care professionals to help educate parents and children about the eye safety risks associated with lasers. The AOA is preparing to submit input to the FDA on the proposed new laser industry guidance. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Researchers closer to preventing retinopathy of prematurity

September 3, 2013

A new study published by The University of Utah’s John A. Moran Eye Center highlights significant progress toward isolating the underlying causes of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), a condition that commonly affects prematurely born babies who have received intensive neonatal care. Read the rest of this entry ?