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Eye Donation Month

This year's Eye Donation Month campaign centers around The Power of You, which acknowledges the entire community of people who are involved in the journey of sight restoration.   

There is power that individuals have in building hope, restoring sight and changing lives, including healthcare professionals and partners, researchers, eye bank staff, corneal surgeons, recipients and donors.  

Your Eye Clinic corneal specialists, Drs. Kenneth Goins and John Sutphin, are both fellowship-trained in cornea and external disease.  Partnering with Saving Sight, they perform vision-restoring corneal transplants made possible by the gifts of sight from donors. 

You have The Power to give someone the gift of sight by registering as an eye, organ and tissue donor today!  

Eye Donation Fast Facts & Stats

Donation: Separating Myth from Facts

November is also Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month

With more than 100 million US adults living with diabetes or prediabetes1, there has been increasing focus on prevention, treatment and remedies for this pervasive disease. This is especially so regarding your eye health, since diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness in adults aged 20 - 65 and everyone with diabetes are at risk for vision loss and blindness from diabetic eye disease2.

Mary Champion, MD, KU Eye Clinic retina specialist, said that often, the damage from diabetes to the eyes can occur for years without any noticeable symptoms, which is why it is important to have an eye exam yearly, as advised by your doctor3. Early detection and treatment is essential to preserving vision, added Dr. Champion.

While those with diabetes are more likely to develop cataracts at a younger age and are twice as likely to develop glaucoma than those without diabetes, diabetic retinopathy is the primary vision problem resulting from diabetes.  Click here to read more.

The Ophthalmology Program’s strategy is threefold

  • first, build a credible, academically-centered clinical practice encompassing all aspects of ophthalmology;
  • second, develop the research program around the concept of a Center for Ophthalmic Engineering with emphasis on optics, refractive surgery, intraocular approaches and biomechanics of the eye (Many conditions of the eye including glaucoma, retinal and neurophthalmic diseases as well as tissue engineering and genetic determinants of ocular physiology and pathology can be explored using engineering principles.
  • and third, develop a competency-based residency program as opposed to the traditional process-based to better meet the needs of the Ophthalmology Trainees and the Kansas general public.

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. 

Mission Statement

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...

Last modified: Nov 02, 2018
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