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Budenz Receives Life Achievement Honor Award from American Academy of Ophthalmology

November 8, 2022

UNC Ophthalmology congratulates Department Chair and Kittner Family Distinguished Professor Donald L. Budenz, MD, MPH, for receiving the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)’s 2022 Life Achievement Honor Award. Among eight highly achieved ophthalmologists worldwide, Dr. Budenz was awarded this career honor at a ceremony held at the AAO’s Annual Meeting (AAO 2022) in October 2022. … Continued

Improving African American Patient Question-Asking and Provider Education During Glaucoma Visits

November 3, 2022

  African American glaucoma patients who report medication non-adherence* and are exposed before clinic visits to the importance of question-asking during appointments are significantly more likely to inquire about their condition than those who do not receive pre-visit prompts. In a study published in the September/October 2022 Ophthalmology Glaucoma (Vol. 5/Issue 5), UNC Department of Ophthalmology … Continued

November is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month

October 31, 2022

For the aging American population, a first-time, dilated ophthalmic exam to screen for and treat eye diseases early on that are related to gradually worsening eyesight is important. For the 30 million Americans living with diabetes, the need for a comprehensive eye exam yearly is critical. Approximately one-third of Americans with diabetes (Type 1, Type … Continued

UNC Ophthalmology Welcomes Corneal Specialist Dr. Sinthu Ranjan

October 10, 2022

UNC Department of Ophthalmology is pleased to welcome Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology Sinthu Ranjan, MD, as the newest Department’s clinical faculty member. Dr. Ranjan specializes in corneal transplantation via procedural approaches including Penetrating Keratoplasty (PK), Descemet’s Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSEK), and Descemet’s Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK). Her ophthalmic expertise extends to routine and complex … Continued

UNC Ophthalmology Research Team Finds Inter-Hospital Transfer Delays Open Globe Injury Surgical Closure

September 29, 2022

Patients with open globe injuries experience best visual acuity outcomes when ophthalmologists can perform rapid surgical closure within 24 hours of injury. A UNC Department of Ophthalmology faculty and a team comprised of two medical students and an ophthalmology resident has found that rapid surgical closure of open globe injuries may be delayed by hospitals … Continued

Halloween is Here!: Leave Accessorized Eyes to the Specialists

September 28, 2022

Travel in familiar, well-lit areas. Stick with friends. Accept only wrapped candy. Don’t enter any homes going door to door. As a responsible parent, you’ve covered the customary precautions with the kids in advance of rounding the neighborhood to trick-or-treat. You’re a grown child at heart and love Halloween too. Onto accessorizing your own costume. … Continued

Healthy Eyes = Healthy Lives

September 5, 2022

“Aging” can be a nebulous term. Entering their 40s, many adults are unaware that in this mid-life* decade, gradually declining health is linked to diminishing whole-body function and risk of developing chronic disease. Just as sun-damaged skin shows the effects of aging on integumentary health, the decreasing capacity to focus on near- and far-range objects … Continued

UNC Ophthalmology Welcomes Comprehensive Ophthalmologist Dr. Jon Brisley

August 31, 2022

UNC Department of Ophthalmology welcomes Jon Brisley, MD, our newest Comprehensive Ophthalmologist. Dr. Brisley provides comprehensive clinical eye care at UNC Kittner Eye Center in Chapel Hill and at UNC Eye Holly Springs.  Dr. Brisley is a dyed-in-the-wool Tar Heel, returning to the institution he attended as an undergraduate and medical student, and where he … Continued

UNC Ophthalmology Researchers Advancing Fight Against Ocular Melanoma

August 17, 2022

Ocular melanoma is the most common type of eye cancer in adults, yet the condition is very rare. This disease develops in uveal melanoctyes, which are the cells that produce pigment in the eyes, and affects approximately 5-6 people per 1,000,000 in the general population. It is diagnosed in about 2,500 people in the United … Continued

Children’s Eye Safety & Health Month

July 27, 2022

At a back-to-school time of year, the American Association of Ophthalmology (AAO) has designated August as Children’s Health and Safety month. Whether your high school graduate is ready to take on college life, or your grade schooler is grumbling about starting a new school year, protecting a growing child’s vision is critical as he/she fully … Continued

UV Eye Safety

July 5, 2022

July ushers in the hottest, sunniest weeks of the year (in the northern hemisphere) and marks a point mid-summer when UV-blocking practices should be in place to shield one’s eyes from the sun’s harmful rays. The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) has designated July as UV Safety Month and has outlined UV-blocking practices to protect … Continued

The Learner-Educator Experience of Fellowship Training

June 29, 2022

When 2021-2022 Glaucoma fellow Josh Paul, MD, finished interviews, he knew UNC’s program would push him hardest over 12 months of learning his subspecialty. For 2020-2022 UNC Vitreoretinal Surgery fellow John Deans, MD, the UNC Ophthalmology faculty who had introduced him to retinal disease fundamentals during residency were the very mentors he wanted to guide … Continued