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UNC Eye Research Seminar Series: Fostering Inter-Disciplinary Community & Learning

June 11, 2024

Once a month, the UNC Eye Research Seminar Series hosts a round table opportunity for members of the Carolina Eye Research Institute (CERI)’s four labs, CERI-affiliated study collaborators and other UNC researchers to come together and discuss the latest translational applications and therapeutic approaches to treating ocular disease and worsening vision. At each seminar, podium … Read more

June is Cataracts Awareness Month!

May 31, 2024

June is Cataracts Awareness Month. UNC Ophthalmology joins the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) this month in spotlighting an ocular disease that affects 25 million Americans of advancing age. UNC Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology Rodolfo Bonatti, MD, is a specialist in medical and procedural treatment of cataracts. Dr. Bonatti offers his expertise as a guide … Read more

Yong-Su Kwon: “Notable Korean Scientists” Webcast Spotlights Promising Carolina Eye Research Institute Post-Doc’s Scholarly Path

May 19, 2024

In March 2024, Biological Research Information Center (BRIC), an online hub of publications by Korean translational scientists, interviewed Carolina Eye Research Institute (CERI) post-doc research associate and Han lab member Yong-Su Kwon, PhD. Via its “Notable Korean Scientists” webcast, BRIC introduces promising, early-career Korean scientists who have published in high-impact journals to peers in the … Read more

May 6th – 12th is National Nurses Week!

May 8, 2024

May 6th – 12th is National Nurses Week!  This week, UNC Ophthalmology celebrates all the UNC Medical Center nurses who are vital to ocular trauma ER response at our top-tier Level 1 Trauma Center and across the UNC Health system. UNC Ophthalmology Chair Don Budenz, MD, stated: “Our emergency room and clinic nurses are critical … Read more

Adopt Good Nutrition, Exercise, Practice Moderation: May is Healthy Vision Month!

April 23, 2024

In May, the flowering pollinators of April send many allergy sufferers running for over-the-counter anti-histamine eyedrops to remedy itchy, watery eyes. During this seasonal change, practicing good eye health can center narrowly around taking OTCs and discussing symptoms management with one’s PCP. May is therefore a timely month to address eye health not only as … Read more

2024 UNC Eye Symposium: Expertise At the Podium, Hands-On Learning & the Highest Attendance to Date!

April 17, 2024

On Saturday, April 13th, UNC Ophthalmology faculty, trainees and ophthalmic techs joined eye care professionals from across the Southeast to learn from one another, get acquainted and share application-to-practice knowledge via lectures and hands-on learning at the daylong 2024 UNC EYE Symposium. Each year at the William & Ida Friday Conference Center in Chapel Hill, … Read more

April 8th Solar Eclipse: Experience the Thrill, Don’t Damage Your Eyes

April 7, 2024

The total solar eclipse on Monday, April 8th, 2024, will draw multitudes outdoors to witness a rare, celestial wonder that will not occur again in North America until August 2044. As the moon completely blocks the face of the sun (total) across Mexico, 15 U.S. states and small portion of eastern Canada, and partially blocks … Read more

April Is Sports Eye Safety Month!

March 31, 2024

Every sport involves a degree of rigor and ability, and every sport carries a degree of injury risk.  Of the nearly 30,000 ER visits for sports-related eye injuries each year, an astounding 90 percent could be avoided if protective eyewear were worn.  Youth and adults alike state a range of reasons for not wearing sports … Read more

March 23rd is World Optometry Day!

March 22, 2024

Every year, the eye specialist community across the global recognizes the vital role that optometrists play in expanding and reinforcing the reach of comprehensive eye care worldwide. This year, the World Optometry Council has designated “Advancing Optometry’s Commitment to Global Eye Care” as the theme of this annual recognition day. The 2024 theme emphasizes how … Read more

Raleigh Host Lions Club Donates $10K to Support UNC Ophthalmology Research

March 6, 2024

North Carolina Lions Club chapters have long supported the strides in medicine made by UNC Department of Ophthalmology. In February 2024, UNC Department of Ophthalmology was honored to receive a $10,000 check from the Raleigh Host Lions Club designated to support research at the Carolina Eye Research Institute. UNC Ophthalmology Chair Don Budenz, MD, MPH, … Read more

UNC Takes Home the Trophy in the 2024 Tri-Residency Glaucoma Cup Quiz Bowl

March 4, 2024

  In late February 2024, UNC Ophthalmology residents faced off against their Wake Forest University and Duke University peers in the second annual Tri-Residency Glaucoma Cup Quiz Bowl. Taking home the trophy for best case presentations, “Team UNC” pulled off their first Glaucoma Cup win in this year’s event (hosted by Duke University) through presenting … Read more

March is Workplace Eye Wellness Awareness Month!

February 26, 2024

Post-pandemic, working remotely is the norm for millions of displaced Americans who now work part- or full-time in their homes. Extended periods in front of screens has caused remote and desk job office workers alike to increasingly suffer symptoms of digital eye strain. Though no association exists between digital eye strain and irreparable damage to … Read more