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World Retina Day: Light … Transmission … Image!

September 21, 2023

UNC Department of Ophthalmology joins the global eye health community in celebrating World Retina Day on September 24th, 2023. This eye health recognition day was created to educate individuals on the ocular function of the retina and on diseases that affect this most crucial part of the eye maintaining normal, clear vision. The retina is … Read more

September 18th-24th is National Eye Health Week!

September 18, 2023

September 18th to 24th is National Eye Health Week! Each year, the ocular care community encourages all individuals to start young in adopting healthy lifelong practices to reduce one’s odds of developing eye disease that can lead to worsening or complete loss of vision. The American Association of Ophthalmology (AAO) has designated September as Healthy Aging … Read more

September is Cerebral Visual Impairment Month!

August 26, 2023

In September, the field of ophthalmology recognizes Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI), a type of impairment caused by decreased visual response due to a neurological problem or damage to areas of the brain that control ocular function and processing of visual information (occipital lobe – visual cortex). The American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) … Read more

Training in Ghana: Resident Learners as Global Ophthalmologists

July 26, 2023

It took 2nd-year UNC Ophthalmology resident Dr. Davis Anugo a one-week international rotation to seal his interests in global health service as an integral part of practicing ophthalmology. In December 2022, Dr. Anugo traveled to Tema Christian Eye Center (TCEC) in Ghana accompanied by a glaucoma specialist who served as his surgical teaching mentor. As … Read more

It’s August 8th, Happy International Ophthalmologist Day!

July 25, 2023

Each year on August 8th, International Ophthalmologist Day presents an opportunity to recognize physician eye specialists across the U.S. and worldwide for the contributions they make to medical and surgical comprehensive eye care. Extensively trained MD and DO ophthalmologists provide diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of ocular diseases and conditions. Ophthalmologists enable the … Read more

Year-End Tradition: Celebrating Resident Research, Graduation & Excellence

June 21, 2023

On Saturday, June 17th, UNC Department of Ophthalmology hosted an annual two-event tradition, showcasing scholarly excellence at the 2023 UNC Eye Research Day and celebrating its residency and fellowship graduates at the Department’s end-of-year banquet. At UNC Eye Research Day, the Department’s twelve 2022-2023 ophthalmology residents presented their year-long, faculty-mentored projects on campus over a … Read more

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

June 19, 2023

UNC Ophthalmology pauses this week to recognize International Nystagmus Day, which occurs annually on June 20th. This day of awareness focuses on a lesser-known ophthalmic disorder that affects millions of people worldwide and has no known permanent cure. Nystagmus causes the eyes to make rapid, repetitive, and uncontrolled movements and usually happens in both eyes.  … Read more

Leave Summertime Fireworks to the Professionals, Use Extreme Caution at Home

June 15, 2023

Fireworks are advertised like toys between Memorial Day and July 4th. As a result, emergency rooms treat the highest number of pyrotechnic-related eye trauma cases between mid-June and mid-July. Even the most safety-minded users aren’t aware that via combined force, heat and chemicals, pyrotechnics can cause unexpected explosions when they misfire, discharge in the wrong … Read more

June is Cataracts Awareness Month!

June 1, 2023

June is Cataracts Awareness Month. As the year nears its midpoint, aging adults are advised to pause and learn more about a vision-worsening condition that occurs around age 40 when proteins in the eye lens begin to break down, clump and form a cloudy area over time. Cataracts affect 70 percent of adults by age … Read more

May is Healthy Vision Month!

April 30, 2023

Aging adults can falsely assume that changes in vision mean total loss of vision is inevitable.  In truth, around 40 all adults begin to experience degrees of diminished ocular function, such as loss of ability to focus on objects up close due to hardening of the eye’s lens (presbyopia).  The risk of developing disease and … Read more