April 2009




AAO launches free public service



The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), recently launched an online service where members of the public can have questions about their eyes answered by a panel of ophthalmologists, Medical News Today reported.

The service, called “Ask an Eye M.D.” is part of AAO’s EyeSmart campaign to empower Americans to take charge of their eye health, the report said. On a continuing basis, questions will be selected among those submitted, and their responses posted online. Due to the anticipated volume of questions, it is not possible to answer all questions submitted, the report said.

“The Ask an Eye M.D. service will supplement the rich supply of educational information already available on the EyeSmart Web site,” H. Dunbar Hoskins Jr., M.D., executive vice president of the Academy told the news source. “Our hope is that the service will educate the public about eye health issues, so that people can know their risks and save their sight. As a matter of course, people should always contact their own Eye M.D. for medical advice about their eye health.”

All answers posted on “Ask an Eye M.D.” will also be available in a searchable archive, the report said. The EyeSmart campaign is sponsored by AAO in partnership with EyeCare America, a public service program of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. More than 80 state, local and specialty ophthalmology societies are also lending their support to the campaign, the report said.

Source: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/143290.php

Reported by: EyeWorld News Services

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