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2007 News Releases

  • Emory To Provide Innovative Implant to Patients with Retinitis Pigmentosa
    (ATLANTA) Ten persons with retinitis pigmentosa (RP) from across the U.S. and Mexico have been selected to participate in a "compassionate trial" at Emory Eye Center. December 6, 2007

  • Good Eyeglasses Key to Total Well-Being Says Emory Opthalmologists
    (ATLANTA) A recent study reported in the Archives of Ophthalmology (November) states that elderly patients who received new eyeglasses not only had better vision and subsequent increased activity levels, but also had fewer depressive symptoms. Depression in the elderly is a common malady, particularly in those who are confined to nursing homes or with ongoing, debilitating illnesses.
    November 16, 2007

  • Emory Eye Center Residents Give Back to a Community Devastated by Hurricanes
    (ATLANTA) The entire 3rd Year Residency Class of Emory Eye Center recently volunteered their time and talents for a day of intense physical work at the recent American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) conference in New Orleans. November 16, 2007

  • Emory Names Timothy W. Olsen Ophthalmology Chair, Director of Emory Eye Center
    ATLANTA - Timothy W. Olsen, MD, has been appointed chair of the Department of Ophthalmology, Emory University School of Medicine, and director of Emory Eye Center. He will hold the F. Phinizy Calhoun Sr. Chair. His appointment is effective Jan. 1, 2008. September 18, 2007

  • Emory Eye Center Awarded Grant from Foundation Fighting Blindness for Retinal Degeneration
    ATLANTA - Emory Eye Center recently was awarded a $309,000 grant for three years from the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) to support the study of synthetic bile acids to treat retinal degeneration. August 6, 2007

  • Emory Eye Center Suggests Eye Exam for Those Over 40
    (ATLANTA) The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) recently disseminated results of a 1,200 person survey that reports that only 11% of Americans consider themselves at risk for any sort of eye disease. The AAO reports further states that those who are most at risk are typically unaware. Those findings are echoed by Emory Eye Center physicians, who find that to be true on a daily basis. August 1, 2007 

  • Emory Eye Center Awarded Grant from Research to Prevent Blindness
    (ATLANTA) The Emory Eye Center is the recipient of a $110,000 unrestricted grant to fund research from the Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB), the world’s leading voluntary organization supporting eye research.   July 16, 2007

  • Emory Eye Center Researcher Tapped as Trustee to Prestigious Research Organization
    ( ATLANTA) At the recent meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) held May 6-10 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Emory Eye Center researcher Jeffrey H. Boatright, PhD, was elected as trustee for the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Section. During his five-year term he will serve along with 13 other trustees who manage the affairs of ARVO. Trustees are elected from candidates put forth by the Association’s 13 Scientific Sections. The Association is the premier professional society in Dr. Boatright’s field.   May 23, 2007

  • Emory’s RB Pinic Promises a Heartwarming Celebration of Life Along with Colorful, Fun Activities for Children Who Have Survived RB—Cancer of the Eye
    (ATLANTA) The ninth annual RB Picnic, coordinated by the Emory Eye Center, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at WD Thompson Park, off Mason Mill Road in Decatur. This very special event promises a day of fun and celebration for both the young patients and their families who have faced this formerly fatal childhood cancer of the eye called retinoblastoma.   May 14, 2007

  • Emory Ophthalmology Researcher Collaborates for Guidelines for Optimal Surgical Outcomes
    (ATLANTA) In a move to provide guidelines for better ophthalmic surgical outcomes, Emory Eye Center’s Henry F. Edelhauser, PhD, director of research, along with a selected committee of professionals— the Ad Hoc Task Force on Cleaning and Sterilization of Intraocular Instruments— came together last fall at Emory University to tackle the difficult issue of ophthalmic instrument cleaning and sterilization.   April 5, 2007

  • Eyeglasses Deserve Our Respect, Says Emory Eye Center
    (ATLANTA) Many people today see clearly because of their eyeglasses — often referred to as “spectacles” in times past. A 2006 report states that 72% of the U.S. population requires some sort of vision correction. But most don’t have a clue as to the proper care for those glasses. Even though more and more style-conscious types turn to glasses for their personal fashion statements, they don’t respect those eyeglasses like they should.   March 15, 2007

  • Those Alluring Eyelashes Best Left to Nature
    (ATLANTA) Oculoplastic surgeons at the Emory Eye Center are concerned about the recent news blitz seen in national media outlets promoting the positive aspects of eyelash transplants. The outcome isn’t always good. In fact, surgical augmentation of eyelashes can lead to trichiasis (inward-growing lashes) and vision-threatening complications, say Emory Eye Center oculoplastics specialists. A paper addressing these concerns, “Trichiasis after Eyelash Augmentation with Hair Follicle Transplantation,” co-authored by Anna Murchison and Ted Wojno will appear in the journal Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in the spring, published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.  February 28, 2007

  • Emory Eye Center Physician Awarded Senior Scientific Investigator Award by RPB
    (ATLANTA) Emory Eye Center’s Hans. E. Grossniklaus, MD, MBA, the F. Phinizy Calhoun Jr. Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of the L.F. Montgomery Pathology Laboratory, has been granted a $75,000 Senior Scientific Investigator Award by Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB). RPB Senior Scientific Investigator Awards support nationally recognized senior scientists conducting eye research at medical institutions in the United States. Dr. Grossniklaus, an ophthalmologist and ocular pathologist, is one of 147 scientists at 55 institutions so honored since the award was established in 1987.   Jan. 18, 2007

  • Traditional Chinese Medicine Component May Yield Help In Retinal Degenerations Say Emory Eye Center Researchers
    ATLANTA - We may live in the 21st century, but it appears that the traditional or ancient medicines of Asia may be key preventing the ravaging effects of retinal degenerations that can ultimately cause blindness.  January 8, 2007

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