SOURCE: American Academy of Ophthalmology

American Academy of Ophthalmology

June 10, 2009 08:00 ET

New Consumer Information on Cataracts, Eye Infections Available on American Academy of Ophthalmology's EyeSmart™ Web Site

New Resources Provide Answers to Many Common Questions; Public Can Also Submit Questions to Ask an Eye M.D. Service

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - June 10, 2009) - When is a cataract ready to be removed? What are the differences between the types of intraocular lenses (IOLs)? What are the symptoms for the most common eye infections? New resources that answer these and other common questions about cataracts and eye infections are now available on the American Academy of Ophthalmology's (Academy) EyeSmart™ Web site. In addition, a broad range of patient information is also now available in Spanish.

"These enhancements to the EyeSmart Web site will further empower consumers to take charge of their eye health," said David W. Parke II, MD, executive vice president and CEO of the Academy. "Our goal is to continue to provide the most up-to-date and useful information to the public and to provide the best resources possible so that people can know their risks and save their sight. As a matter of course, people should always consult their own Eye M.D. for medical advice about their eye health."

The new cataract section on the EyeSmart site offers a comprehensive consumer guide to cataracts, including what causes them, how they are diagnosed and what treatment options are available. The section also includes a detailed description of the different kinds of IOLs to help patients determine which one would be right for them. The information on eye infections includes a convenient chart that distinguishes between the symptoms for the most common infections.

Supplementing the new resources is Ask an Eye M.D., the Academy's ongoing free public service. Ask an Eye M.D. answers selected questions from the public, and answers are posted online on an ongoing basis. In addition to answers recently submitted and posted, all answers are available in a searchable archive. Due to the volume of questions, it is not possible to answer all questions submitted.

The EyeSmart™ campaign is sponsored by the Academy in partnership with EyeCare America, a public service program of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. In addition, more than 80 state, local and specialty ophthalmology societies are lending their support to the campaign.

To submit a question online to Ask an Eye M.D. or for more information about eye health, visit www.geteyesmart.org

About the American Academy of Ophthalmology

The American Academy of Ophthalmology is the world's largest association of eye physicians and surgeons -- Eye M.D.s -- with more than 27,000 members worldwide. Eye health care is provided by the three "O's" -- opticians, optometrists and ophthalmologists. It is the ophthalmologist, or Eye M.D., who can treat it all: eye diseases and injuries, and perform eye surgery. To find an Eye M.D. in your area, visit the Academy's Web site at www.aao.org.

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