2003 News Releases

  • Emory Eye Center physician echoes PBA's warning that Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness in American adults
    November 1-30 is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month. Many are unaware that diabetes can lead to vision loss when untreated. phthalmologists at the Emory Eye Center routinely treat patients who have the particular complications of diabetes that affect their vision. Of the approximately 17 million Americans with diabetes, about 6 million do not even know they have the disease. About one million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed each year, and close to half a million Americans die every year from complications of the disease says Prevent Blindness America (PBA), the nation's leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight.
    November 11 , 2003

  • Emory Eye Center physician finds lesser amount of patching effective for treating lazy eye in children
    There is good news on all fronts for children who have severe lazy eye or amblyopia. A recent study conducted at Emory Eye Center and 31 other sites found that children with amblyopia between the ages of three and seven years can be treated just as effectively with a six-hour daily regimen of patching as with a full-time patching regimen for all waking hours. This is the conclusion of a study conducted by the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group that appears in the November issue of Ophthalmology. Ophthalmology is the clinical journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Eye M.D. Association.
    November 11, 2003

  • Emory Eye Center suggests passing up those Halloween eyes: Over-the-counter cosmetic contact lenses pose unseen dangers
    As the Halloween weekend comes closer, more and more teens and young adults may be in danger of losing sight or contracting infections related to the use of popular over-the-counter contact lenses. These lenses- sold at hairdressers, flea markets and even gas stations- are decorative and especially popular around the Halloween holiday. Some give wearers the appearance of cat eyes, for example, or have holiday-specific themes on them. But whatever their design, lenses purchased from these sources are dangerous-and illegal in the United States.
    October 20, 2003

  • MCG Health System partners with Emory and Georgia in pilot eye screening procedure project
    Augusta, Ga. -- MCG Health System, along with Emory Eye Center and the Georgia Department of Human Resources (DHR), are sponsoring a pilot project that they hope will lead to statewide eye screenings for diabetics. Diabetes is a blood sugar disorder that can lead to serious complications, including blindness. It is estimated that more than 14 million diabetics across the country are at risk of developing diabetic retinopathy, a blinding disorder characterized by damage to blood vessels of the retina. In Georgia alone, there are nearly 140,000 estimated cases of diabetic retinopathy among those ages 18 and older.
    August 20 , 2003

  • Emory Eye Center physician receives teaching award
    Emory Eye Center physician Hans E. Grossniklaus, MD, is the recipient of a teaching award for clinical faculty members at Emory University. The award recognizes and rewards clinical teaching services provided by Emory Clinic physicians. The program provides $10,000 awards for salary expense relief for clinical faculty members and requires that each Emory Clinic section raise matching funds.
    May 22, 2003

  • Emory Eye Center boasts editors of three international journals
    Emory Eye Center has the distinction of having the most physicians within the Emory School of Medicine who serve as editors for national and international medical journals.
    May 21, 2003

  • Emory Eye Center physician named American Neurological Association's Distinguished Teacher
    Emory Eye Center physician and neuro-ophthalmologist Nancy J. Newman was recently awarded the American Neurological Association’s (ANA) Distinguished Teacher Award. The award was established in order to recognize outstanding accomplishments in teaching neurology students. Its purpose is to encourage efforts to recognize and reward contributions by gifted and talented teachers in neurology. She will be recognized at the October 2003 ANA annual meeting in San Francisco.
    May 13 , 2003

  • Emory Eye Center performs first U.S. artificial corneal transplant with promising new device
    Doyle Stulting, MD, PhD, corneal specialist at Emory Eye Center, performed the first artificial corneal transplant in the U.S. last week using a new device developed in Australia by Argus Biomedical. Both Emory Eye Center and the Cincinnati Eye Institute have been chosen as the first U.S. sites to use the new synthetic keratoprosthesis (artificial corneal device). The cornea is the clear window at the front of the eye, providing physical protection to the eye and part of the eye’s focusing power required for sight. When the cornea becomes diseased or scarred, the passage of light is impaired, thereby limiting vision.
    May 12, 2003

  • Emory Eye Center NEI study finds reduced daily eye patching effectively treats childhood's most common eye disorder
    A study conducted at Emory Eye Center and 35 other clinical sites found that patching the unaffected eye of children with moderate amblyopia for two hours daily works as well as patching the eye for six hours. This research finding should lead to better compliance with treatment and improved quality of life for children with amblyopia, or “lazy eye,” the most common cause of visual impairment in childhood.
    May 12, 2003

  • Emory Eye Center Director Aaberg honored with election to prestigious Honor Medical Society
    Thomas M. Aaberg, Sr., MD, director of the Emory Eye Center and chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology, Emory University School of Medicine, was recently elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, the National Honor Medical Society. Selection is based not only on professional achievements but also on integrity, capacity for leadership, compassion, and fairness in dealing with colleagues. “This honor is thus a testimony to your academic excellence and outstanding surgical and teaching skills you have demonstrated as a member of the faculty at Emory University School of Medicine,” said Jonas A. Shulman, MD, acting faculty councillor of the AOA Beta Chapter of Georgia. "Dr. Aaberg is an outstanding role model for our medical students,” says Thomas J. Lawley, Dean of the Emory School of Medicine. “He combines dedication to teaching and research with his skill as an excellent clinician. Emory is very fortunate to have Dr. Aaberg as one of our leaders."
    April 3, 2003

  • Contact Lens wearers who are allergy-prone can be helped says Emory Eye Center specialist
    Contact lenses wearers who suffer from seasonal allergies can take heart. A few timely measures may enable them to wear their lenses through the spring. Estimates say that some 20 percent of the population suffers from allergic conjunctivitis (red, inflamed eye due to allergy). This discomfort and disruption in their daily lives can cause down time at work and discomfort during their leisure activities. Many a tennis match has had to stop in the spring or fall because of a contact lens problem due to pollen.
    March 25, 2003

  • Emory Eye Center recipient of Knights Templar Awards
    The Emory Eye Center was recently awarded $39,000 by the Georgia Knights Templar Educational Foundation, Inc. The awards will be used to continue important educational and research opportunities that impact the entire state of Georgia. Over the past several years, the Georgia Knights Templar have awarded some $351,000 to the Emory Eye Center.
    March 19, 2003

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