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An Open Letter to Eye Doctors

As an eye care provider, the time and dedication you bring to your occupation of preserving individuals’ sight is a medical necessity and a credit to your profession. There may, however, be a time in your career, when your best efforts fail and one of your patients loses their sight.  At this critical moment, you can render your patient a great service. Your patient’s immediate reaction to the news of blindness will be influenced by your attitude toward blindness, and the information you provide. The National Federation of the Blind wishes to assist you in this area of your professional life.  We hope that the information provided below will help you to develop or enhance a comfortable, positive, and effective approach to blindness in your patients.

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The benefits and costs of volunteering your health care services abroad

Almost a year after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, we’ve learned that the death toll is nearly 3,000—much higher than originally reported. And yet that number could be even higher were it not for the brave and dedicated medical providers who traveled to the U.S. territory to help in the aftermath of the storm.

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Patients want to know about eye-whitening drops, genetic tests, and new glaucoma drugs

It’s an exciting time to be an eye care practitioner. Advancements in diagnosis and treatment are happening all the time. Because patients are more engaged in their health and have access to more information than ever before, it’s important for doctors to stay on top on the latest developments.

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Doctors cut through the gun control and mental health debates to do what they do best: keep patients safe

South Florida doctor Heather Sher has seen things no one should ever have to see. As a radiologist in one of the busiest trauma centers in the country for 13 years, she is no stranger to gun injuries. But as one of the attending physicians for victims of the Parkland, Fla. school shooting on Feb. 14, 2018, she was confronted with a CT scan she couldn’t make sense of.Read More

FDA approves new treatment that restores vision in patients with congenital blindness

In December, the FDA made history by approving a gene therapy for a rare inherited eye disease that causes blindness. This is the first gene therapy to be cleared in the U.S. for treatment of the eye or any inherited disease. And it’s only the third gene therapy approved for use in the U.S.; the other two therapies to gain approval earlier in 2017 treat blood cancers.Read More