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Creepy costume lenses might add a spine-tingling thrill to your Halloween costume, but wearing costume contact lenses without a prescription can lead to serious eye infections or permanent vision loss. Decorative lenses are medical devices, not costume jewelry. They must be prescribed and fitted by an eye care professional, just like regular contact lenses. That's why your KU Eye Team and the American Academy of Ophthalmology are urging people to buy decorative contact lenses only from retailers who require a prescription and sell FDA-approved products.
"Putting the finishing touch to your Halloween costume is not worth a sight-threatening eye infection from improper contact lens use," stated KU Eye optometrist, Dr. Matthew Twardowski. Indeed, a poorly fitted contact lens can easily scrape the cornea, the outer layer of the eye, making the eye more vulnerable to infection-causing bacteria and viruses. Sometimes scarring from an infection is so bad, a corneal transplant is required to restore vision. The most extreme cases can end in blindness. Continue reading here.
Is Calcium good for people with Age-Related Macular Degeneration? KU Eye retina specialists, Drs. Radwan Ajlan and Mary Champion, weigh in on a recent article on the American Academy of Ophthalmology website addressing this question - read the discussion here.
The Ophthalmology Program’s strategy is threefold
We are working toward a stand-alone department with clinical, surgical, teaching, and research facilities located in close proximity to maximize team-oriented research. John E. Sutphin, Jr., MD, Chairman since 2007, leads this strategic effort.
To accomplish these goals, the Ophthalmology Advisory Board has established the following, which are adopted by all KU Eye Physicians, Residents and Staff:
KU Eye will be acknowledged as the most highly regarded center for eye care in the Heart of America and be recognized as among the top tier of the most respected centers in the nation.
It is the mission of KU Eye to establish and maintain a world-class eye care center that provides exceptional patient care, delivers the most advanced graduate and postgraduate medical education and conducts innovative basic and clinical research.
KU Eye physicians and staff will:
Provide patients the highest quality eye care within a compassionate atmosphere.
Engage in outreach through education and collaboration to promote excellence in eye care throughout our wider community.
Work closely in consultation and support of the physicians and staff of the University of Kansas Hospital and Medical Center, University of Kansas Physicians and our community.
Perform cutting-edge, basic, clinical and applied research in ophthalmology and vision science.
Inspire students, residents and fellows to adopt the core values and support the mission of KU Eye.
The Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Kansas is located at 7400 State Line Road in Prairie Village, Kansas and at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Suite 1011 Miller Building, Kansas City, Kansas. Learn more...