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September is Healthy Aging Month

Ophthalmologists Encourage Making Your Eyes Part of a Health Aging Strategy

According to a national survey released by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, nearly two out of three American adults report having eye or vision problems. A significant percentage of them, however, fail to seek medical attention in the form of regular, sight-saving eye exams. In observance of Healthy Aging Month in September, Your KU Eye Team joins the American Academy of Ophthalmology in emphasizing the importance of having regular eye exams to maintain healthy eyes and vision.

Some of the more common age-related eye diseases include age-related macular degenerationcataract, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. Early detection and treatment of these conditions can help to save sight before vision loss occurs. Ophthalmologists - the physicians that specialize in medical and surgical eye care - recommend a dilated comprehensive eye exam as the best way to prevent these conditions from becoming debilitating. 

"It is very important to get an annual exam starting at age 40 or younger. Even if you think your vision is fine, diseases like glaucoma can progress silently until it is too late," states Anjulie Quick, MD, one of KU Eye's board-certified comprehensive ophthalmologist. "I have noticed one of the reasons people don't come to the eye doctor is because they are nervous about being dilated. However, the benefit of being able to catch diseases like macular degeneration and glaucoma early is well worth the blurry vision for a couple of hours," added Dr. Quick.

U.S. Adults Do Not Get Eye Exams as Often as Recommended
The survey results emphasize a need for more education about the importance of medical eye exams. Findings showed that 64 percent of adults had at least one or more of the following issues with their eyes or vision:

• difficulty seeing at night;
• blurry vision;
• reading up close;
• flashes of light;
• red, watery eyes; and,
• double vision.

Despite experiencing some level of impairment, only 13 percent admitted they had been seen by an ophthalmologist.  Continue reading by clicking 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

KU Eye - Excellence in Vision for more than 100 Years

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: Sep 03, 2019
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