Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

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Don't miss us at the American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting 2014

Look for us at the American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting 2014, Oct. 18-21, 2014, McCormick Place, Chicago

 UI researchers receive award to study how cell injury and death can lead to AMD

University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine researchers studying age-related macular degeneration (AMD) have received a four-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Eye Institute, part of the Nat...

UI Health Care unveils TV commercial involving vision

“Never Stop Asking” is the theme of a new series of TV commercials for UI Health Care. The series characterizes the way physicians and staff seek new answers through research and clinical techniques t...

Join us a the Iowa Eye Alumni Reception during AAO. October 19

Join us a the Iowa Eye Alumni Reception during AAO. October 19

A map for eye disease: UI researchers create molecular map of eye region associated with vision loss: University of Iowa researchers create most detailed molecular map of eye region associated with vision loss

Wynn Institute’s Indy 500 Car featured on Big Ten Network

Watch the exciting story of The University of Iowa Wynn Institute for Vision Research’s Indy 500 race car on the Big Ten Network.  The program airs on Friday, July 11 at 10am and 10pm, and online afte...

RPB awards special scholar award to Seo

Dr. Seongjin Seowas selected to receive a Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) Ernest & Elizabeth Althouse Special Scholar Award. The Award supports outstanding young scientists who are conducting rese...

More than meets the eye: Researchers partner with Iowa Lions Eye Bank to understand eye disease

Fingert selected for 2014 RPB Physician-Scientist Award

Dr. John Fingert has been awarded the Research to Prevent Blindness Physician Scientist Award. This Research to Prevent Blindness award will be used to investigate the causes of glaucoma that occur in...

Ophthalmology alumnus recognized for contributions to alma mater

The University of Iowa Alumni Association selected Stephen A. Wolken (65BS, 68MD, 75R) as a 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. Dr. Wolken, an adjunct clinical instructor of ophthalmology, rece...

Glaucoma drug helps women with IIH, a blinding disorder linked to obesity

A NIH-funded study involving UI vision researchers shows that combining a drug treatment with a weight-reduction diet can restore lost vision. 

Fingert lab awarded NIH grant to study genetic causes of glaucoma

Glaucoma is a common disease of the optic nerve that affects over 60 million people worldwide and is a leading cause of blindness and visual disability in the United States. The biological pathways th...

Study evaluates ocular injuries from self-inflicted gunshot wounds

Self-inflicted gunshot wounds are a common method of attempting suicide.  UI ophthalmologists looked into the visual outcomes and costs associated with ocular and orbital injuries from these wounds. R...

UI retina surgeons collaborating on novel treatment study for AMD

Vitreoretinal disease specialists at the University of Iowa are working on a new treatment option for patients with “wet” age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The study, supported by biopharmaceuti...

One family’s philanthropy provides vital funding for vision research

One family’s philanthropy provides vital funding for vision research. Read more

Knights Templar Eye Foundation awards UI vision researchers

Two researchers from the University of Iowa Stephen A. Wynn Institute for Vision Research received a valuable boost to their research efforts from the Knights Templar Eye Foundation. 

Iowa receives continued funding from RPB

Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) has awarded a grant of $110,000 to the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Iowa. The award supports ongoing research activities int...

Pediatric eye doctor discusses lazy eye

Dr. Susannah Longmuir, assistant professor of ophthalmology, discusses her research and treatment options for children facing amblyopia, or “lazy eye”.  

General eye exams on Saturday mornings now available at Iowa River Landing

General eye exams are now available from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays at UI Health Care—Iowa River Landing. Enjoy the convenience of free parking and finding all of your follow-up needs under one roof....

Triathlete teams with UI researchers on blinding eye disease

On February 6, IowaNow featured legally blind triathlete, Michael Stone and the "Race to Cure Blindness" and the contributions that Dr. Vinit Mahajan and others at the University of Iowa have made to ...

Making the most of the vision you have

UI eye doctors chosen as Best Doctors in America

Nineteen eye doctors and faculty from the UI Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences have been chosen as Best Doctors in America for 2014. Doctors are nominated by their peers with only about ...

Innovation and Impact: Ophthalmology faculty involved in commercial start-ups

Innovation and Impact: Ophthalmology faculty involved in commercial start-ups

Ophthalmology Residency Match Results Announced

The results of this year's Ophthalmology Residency Match were announced on Tuesday, January 14, 2014. The following 5 people will be joining The University of Iowa as Ophthalmology residents in July o...

Orthoptist graduate returns home to treat kids with “lazy eye”

Cheyanne Lester, a 2013 graduate of the Orthoptic Training Program at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, returned to her childhood home in northeast Iowa and is now treating patients with the s...

Xavier's story: Pediatric eye patient featured in documentary video that showcases expertise at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. 

Pediatric eye patient featured in documentary video that showcases expertise at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. 

Helping our community: Ophthalmology partners with Habitat for Humanity

The University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences partnered with Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity to build a new home for a local family. The “Hawk-Eye Build” project kicked off i...

Ophthalmology staff contribute to award-winning video

Vision Rehabilitation Director, Mark Wilkinson, OD, and department videographer, Randy Verdick, contributed patient stories and content to the award-winning video, Living with Low Vision: Stories of H...

UI physicians and colleagues find combination therapy effective for refractory macular degeration

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Bad habits can lead to eye infections: the 7 sins of contact lens wearers

Bad habits can lead to eye infections

The Gazette: University of Iowa vision research: ‘It’s earth shattering’

The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, featured the ongoing research at The University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology and UI Stephen A. Wynn Institute for Vision Research.

Ceremony held Oct. 18 to name UI’s Institute for Vision Research

A special celebration commemorating the naming of the University of Iowa Stephen A. Wynn Institute for Vision Research was held on Oct. 18. The naming follows a $25 million gift to the University of I...

Iowa KidSight helps create vision screening requirements in Iowa

Advocacy groups including Iowa KidSight and Prevent Blindness Iowa have partnered to create new laws requiring vision screening in Iowa’s schoolchildren. Screenings help detect and resolve vision prob...

New Drug for AMD Shows Promising Results

U.S. News lists UI Hospitals and Clinics among the best

Several specialties within University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics appear again on "The Best Hospitals in America" listing compiled annually by U.S. News & World Report. Included is Ophthalmology whi...

Vision researcher receives Doris Duke career award

A 2013 Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award has been granted to Vinit B. Mahajan, MD, PhD, assistant professor in the department of ophthalmology and visual sciences and a clinician-scienti...

Organ recipient, donor’s mother share tearful surprise first meeting (story from The Gazette)

One of Crystal Ellis’ long-held dreams was to skydive. After years of eye troubles that left her without vision in one eye, she  received a donated cornea in 2005. Once the lengthy healing process fin...

Iowa family fights disease that has blinded 61 relatives

Members of Ron Jackson’s family and extended family members are facing varying stages of blindness related to a genetic disorder known as autosomal dominant neovascular inflammatory vitreoretinopathy,...

UI researchers study effect of dietary supplements on AMD

Some dietary supplements once thought to slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) have been proven to either show no effect or may even be harmful to some segments of the populat...

Iowa Vision Spring 2013 Newsletter is Now Available

Gene therapy trials offer hope: Dr. Ed Stone, comments on the promising research involving inherited retinal diseases in the May 1, 2013 issue of Ophthalmology Times.

Gene therapy trials offer hope:  UI Institute for Vision Research Director, Dr. Ed Stone, comments on the promising research involving inherited retinal diseases in the May 1 issue of Ophthalmology Ti...

A blind man's daily journal

The University of Iowa has produced a multimedia package chronicling a day in the life of Jerry Jackson, a 66-year-old Burlington man whose family suffers from a rare, inherited eye disease called ADN...

Foreign eye doctors visit UIHC for information exchange

Visiting physicians from the University of Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta, Indonesia recently completed a trip to Iowa City for a two week visit with eye specialists at the University of Iowa Hospitals and...

Fingert elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation

John H. Fingert, MD, PhD, was among the clinical researchers to be elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation.

Iowa KidSight makes young eyes a priority: Program screens children for early detection of vision problems (story from IowaNow Newsletter)

Iowa KidSight makes young eyes a priority: Program screens children for early detection of vision problems (story from IowaNow Newsletter)

Fingert and Tucker awarded BrightFocus grant for stem cell research

John H. Fingert, MD, PhD and co-investigator Budd Tucker, PhD have been awarded a National Glaucoma Research grant of $100,000 for their research project: Stem Cell Approaches to Glaucoma from BrightF...

Exploring novel strategies to improve early diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma

A team of researchers led by Todd Scheetz, MS, PhD, associate professor of ophthalmology and biomedical engineering, was awarded a three-year grant of $1.1M from the National Eye Institute/National In...

Identifying early signs of eye disease in veterans

 A UI researcher will study the use retinal vessel measurements to predict and identify eye disease in veterans.

Recruiting subjects, aged 4-10, for Vision Screening Study

Children ages 4 through 10 are invited to participate in a vision screening study. This is a one-time commitment; exams will take place on a Friday or Saturday and will take about one hour. The exam w...

Oculoplastics service adds new surgeon

Erin M. Shriver, MD, FACS (‘06R) joins the University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences as assistant professor of ophthalmology. Dr. Shriver received her medical degree from Stan...

Wall participates in NEI Audacious Goal Initiative

UI Neuro-ophthalmologist, Dr. Michael Wall participated in the National Eye Institute (NEI) 10-year plan called the Audacious Goals Initiative.

UI vision researchers discuss possible funding cuts with U.S. Congressman

Several ophthalmology faculty were among a group of University of Iowa researchers and officials who discussed research funding cuts with U.S. Representative, Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa.  Federal funding p...

Ophthalmology Faculty Members named "Best Doctors in America 2013"

University of Iowa Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences is well-represented in the 2013 list of Best Doctors in America.

Abramoff to participate in X Prize visioneering program

Michael Abramoff, MD, PhD, Professor of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at the University of Iowa, has been selected to participate in a leading edge Visioneering event for retinal imaging sponsored b...

Vision screening for children as young as a year old recommended

Children as young as a year old can be reliably screened for amblyopia ("lazy eye") according to researchers at the University of Iowa.  The study reporting this finding was published online on Februa...

Fingert wins Glaucoma Research Foundation Grant

The Glaucoma Research Foundation has awarded Dr. Fingert a $40,000 Shaffer Grant for his application entitled "Molecular genetic study of normal tension glaucoma using transgenic mice". He and his col...

UI glaucoma group wins award at APAO in India

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology & Visual Science, John Fingert, MD, PhD, presented the paper entitled,  "Transgenic TBK1 mice and normal tension glaucoma" at the 2013 Asia Pacific Academy of Opht...

February is Low Vision Awareness Month

Low vision means that even with regular glasses, contact lenses, medicine, or surgery, people find everyday tasks difficult to do. Reading the mail, shopping, cooking, and writing can seem challenging...

Distinguished faculty member celebrates major milestone

Dr. Sohan Singh Hayreh, emeritus professor of ophthalmology, is celebrating 40 years with the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Iowa.

Ophthalmology Residency Match Results 2013

The Ophthalmology Residency Match results for 2013 were revealed on January 15. We are proud to announce the following five people will be joining us as Ophthalmology Residents in July of 2014. Congra...

UI receives grant for vision research

Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) has awarded a grant of $110,000 to the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine to support research into...

Thousands of children screened statewide for vision problems

Iowa KidSight, a state-wide vision screening program for infants and children, wrapped up two of their busiest months ever. September and October saw over 13,800 children across Iowa screened for visi...

Consider eye safety when toy shopping

December is “Safe Toys and Gifts Month” and eye specialists from the University of Iowa were interviewed by KGAN-CBS2 for TV news segment on eye safety.  Watch the story at: http://www.cbs2iowa.com/sh...

UI eye doctors and vision research featured on TV news

Physicians from the Department of Ophthalmology and researchers from the Institute for Vision Research were featured in a TV news story that aired on Monday, Nov. 12th. CBS 2/FOX 28 TV reporter/anchor...

Team of Iowa researchers named finalist in genetics research challenge

A University of Iowa team of more than 30 researchers from five different colleges has been named and awarded $5,000 in a competition involving the sequencing of DNA.

Oetting Receives Award for Excellence in Resident Education

Thomas A. Oetting, MD, professor of clinical ophthalmology and director of the residency program in the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at the University of Iowa College of Medicine, is ...

Abramoff receives Macula Society Young Investigator Award

Dr. Michael Abramoff, professor of ophthalmology, has been selected as recipient of the 2013 Young Investigator Award from The Macula Society. The Young Investigator Award recognizes the individual or...

UI Researchers Receive NEI Grant to Study Glaucoma

A University of Iowa research lab has received a three-year, $1.12 million grant from the National Eye Institute for continued research in glaucoma.

Alward Receives Iowa Regents Faculty Excellence Award

Dr. W.L.M. Alward has been recognized by the Iowa Regents Award for Faculty Excellence for 2012. The Regents Award for Faculty Excellence is given by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa to honor facul...

UI Ophthalmology welcomes new physicians

The Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences is pleased to announce the addition of two new physicians.

ReSpectacle: Eyeglasses for the underserved

Fingert Awarded an American Glaucoma Society Midcareer Award

John Fingert, MD, PhD, was given a $40,000 Mid-Career Physician Scientist Award  by the American Glaucoma Society. 

Ophthalmology ranked in top 10 in U.S.News & World Report

U.S.News & World Report released its annual list of “The Best Hospitals in America” on July 17, 2012. Once again, The Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences is ranked in the top 10.

UI physician receives foundation’s highest research award

The Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) recently named Edwin Stone, M.D., Ph.D., as the recipient of the Llura Liggett Gund Award, the FFB’s highest research honor.

Pediatric ophthalmologist receives physician-scientist career award

Arlene Drack, M.D., associate professor of pediatric ophthalmology and ophthalmic genetics in the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, has been granted a $100,000 RPB Physician-Scientist Awa...

UI ophthalmologist speaks at Congressional Hearing on Veterans Health Research

Dr. Randy Kardon visited the nation’s capital to speak at a Congressional Briefing on behalf of the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research. Kardon, Director of the Iowa City VA Center for the P...

Genetic Testing of Inherited Eye Diseases, Guidelines

Iowa physicians, Drs. Edwin Stone, Arlene Drack and Val Sheffield, helped develop guidelines for ophthalmologists when considering genetic testing. The recommendations outline the benefits to genetic ...