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Your First Stop for Eye Care

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Best Practice – Annual Eye Exams Annual eye exams detect complications from serious health problems, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol levels, by evaluating the condition of blood vessels in the retina.  An annual eye exam can be one of the best investments to protect overall health and wellness and to maintain sight.  You are welcome to contact the UPMC Eye Center Optical Shop, 412-647-7488, to schedule an eye exam today. One-Stop Optical Shop The UPMC Eye Center Optical Shop is a one-stop-shop with an on-site optometrist and optician professionals who can provide the annual eye exams

CBS Pittsburgh | Pitt Teams With FDA To Develop Therapies That Could One Day Restore Vision To Blind People

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The research will identify patient needs, difficulties and expectations while developing methods and measurements for assessing visual impairment. By Dr. Maria Simbra, CBS Pittsburgh PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The University of Pittsburgh is collaborating with the Food and Drug Administration to help people with impaired vision. The research will identify patient needs, difficulties and expectations while developing methods and measurements for assessing visual impairment. Pitt’s Department of Ophthalmology has been developing cell therapies and gene therapies, optic nerve regeneration, prosthetic vision, and brain stimulation to restore sight. “We are really fighting blindness from many angles,” says Dr. Sahel. “We try to protect what is

Pittwire | FDA and Pitt Announce Collaboration to Research and Develop Innovative Therapies to Help Restore Vision

José-Alain Sahel, MD

The University of Pittsburgh today announced a collaboration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health to help address the needs of the visually impaired through the expertise, facilities and research of the world-class School of Medicine’s Department of Ophthalmology. Under the agreement, Pitt and the FDA will work together for the next five years on scientific collaborations, educational initiatives and outreach activities designed to address the epidemic of vision loss. As the world’s population continues to grow and age, the number of individuals with visual impairments is expected to triple by the year 2050. “It’s

Social Determinants of Health

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Health Literacy Over the past several years, the Eye & Ear Foundation has made strides in its commitment to increase access to health care by working with the Departments of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology to address social determinants of health. One of the most influential social determinants of health is health literacy. The World Health Organization defines health literacy as ‘the personal characteristics and social resources needed for individuals and communities to access, understand, appraise and use information and services to make decisions about health’ (World Health Organization, 2015). Studies have shown that lower health literacy skills can lead to long-term

Low Vision Resources

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According to the World Health Organization, over a billion people globally have some form of visual impairment. These impairments can vary greatly, and while some can be resolved with glasses, contact lenses, medications, or surgical interventions, many more have not yet been solved. This includes such conditions as an unaddressed refractive error (123.7 million), cataract (65.2 million), glaucoma (6.9 million), corneal opacities (4.2 million), diabetic retinopathy (3 million), and many more. With an increasingly aging population around the world, these conditions will continue to affect millions of people and how they live their daily lives. Read on to learn more

Sight + Sound Bites Webinar: Visual Impairment and Visual Rehabilitation

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Join us on Friday, December 4th at Noon for our upcoming webinar, Visual Impairment and Visual Rehabilitation. This webinar features experts in visual rehabilitation, José-Alain Sahel, MD, William Smith, OD, and Holly Stants, MS, OTR/L, SCLV, CLVT. Following the presentation, there will be a Q&A where our panelists will answer questions from our audience. To view this webinar and other previous webinars, visit https://eyeandear.org/webinars/. Visit https://eyeandear.org/donate to support our research and educational efforts. Please register for the mailing list to stay informed on our research and patient care advances. Should you have any questions please email Craig Smith at craig@eyeandear.org.

Day of Giving

Giving Tuesday

Tuesday, December 1st provides us the opportunity to be a part of Pittsburgh’s Day of Giving – a way to unite our community around causes in which we truly believe and help us connect to the larger community. We need your help! Please share this email your friends and family members so they too can participate in the webinars and learn of  the important work we do by reading our newsletters and blogs. They only need to join our mailing list or help us to make a difference by donating to eyeandear.org to advance patient care and community outreach. How

With Thanks

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In the spirit of the holidays, I want to express my appreciation for all who have stayed connected with us during this difficult year. I thank you for trusting in us and supporting us as we adapted to the circumstances posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. It became clear to us, early on, that even in times of global unrest, the need for innovative medical research and access to quality health care never ceases. How your support will make an impact Improving models of care and providing access for those in need through the Head Neck Cancer Survivorship program, HearUp, the

Advancing Care by Advancing Access

Advancing Care by Advancing Access

For thirty-five years, the Eye & Ear Foundation has been committed to supporting promising research in the Departments of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh that has the potential to transform patient care and patient outcomes. Better care leads to better health, and we are fortunate to be living and working in a region with the highest quality academic medical center that attracts experts from around the globe to improve the care we can offer to people. However, while Pittsburgh has so many excellent resources and services to provide those with medical needs, we know that there are

Sight + Sound Bites Webinar: Exploring Novel Pathways To Provide Care To People In Need

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Join us on Friday, November 13th at Noon for our upcoming webinar, Exploring Novel Pathways To Provide Care To People In Need. This webinar features experts in providing access to care for all in the treatment of Head and Neck Cancer and hearing issues, Dr. Jonas T. Johnson, MD, FACS, Catherine Palmer, PhD, and Marci Lee Nilsen, PhD, RN. Following the presentation, there will be a Q&A where our panelists will answer questions from our audience. To view this webinar and other previous webinars, visit https://eyeandear.org/webinars/. Visit https://eyeandear.org/donate to support our research and educational efforts. Please register for the mailing list

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