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Welcoming Our New Cornea Specialist, Dr. Mohammad Soleimani

July 10, 2024

In mid-July, UNC Ophthalmology was pleased to welcome Mohammad Soleimani, MD, FICO, as the department’s new Cornea and External Disease Specialist. Dr. Soleimani completed his Ophthalmology residency (2009) and Cornea Fellowship (2012) at the Farabi Eye Hospital and Tehran University of Medical Science. He subsequently joined faculty (2013) at the hospital and became Medical Director … Read more

July is UV Eye Safety Month!

July 1, 2024

July ushers in the hottest, sunniest weeks of the year in the northern hemisphere. By mid-year, adults and youth who spend extended periods outdoors should be well aware of preventive practices to shield the eyes from UV solar radiation that can damage ocular surface tissues, as well as the cornea and lens. To emphasize the … Read more

Summertime Fireworks: The Blinding Truth

June 25, 2024

Between Memorial Day and July 4th, fireworks are a celebratory marker of a memorable backyard BBQ or block party. When consumer pyrotechnics used irresponsibly at a homegrown summer holiday celebration cause serious bodily injuries, an irreversible, blinding incident can commonly be the unfortunate occurrence. According to the most recent U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission fireworks … Read more

Nystagmus: A Lesser-Known Eye Disorder Compromising Vision & Quality of Life

June 20, 2024

On June 20th, UNC Ophthalmology joins the American Association of Ophthalmology (AAO) in recognizing a lesser-known ocular condition on Nystagmus Awareness Day. Nystagmus causes the eyes to make rapid, repetitive, and uncontrolled movements and usually happens in both eyes. Every year, Nystagmus Awareness Day raises awareness of a ophthalmic disorder that affects millions of people … Read more

2024 Graduation: Celebrating Scholarly Excellence & Readiness for Practice

June 20, 2024

  On Saturday, June 15th, UNC Department of Ophthalmology hosted its yearly two-event tradition, showcasing scholarly excellence at the 2024 UNC Eye Research Day and celebrating graduating residents and fellows at the Department’s end-of-year banquet. At UNC Eye Research Day, the Department’s twelve 2023-2024 residents presented faculty-mentored projects focused on population health, quality assurance and … Read more

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