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Research    Community    Pediatric Ophthalmology

CU Ophthalmologists Bring Ocular Health Expertise to Denver’s Anchor Center for Blind and Visually Impaired Children

For the past year, clinicians in the University of Colorado Department of Ophthalmology have been helping craft a unique experience for visually impaired and blind children and their families.


Author Kara Mason | Publish Date January 18, 2024
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Community    Cornea    Dry Eye

How Cold Winter Weather Affects the Eyes

Winter is a busy season for Kaleb Abbott, OD, MS, FAAO, assistant professor of ophthalmology and dry eye specialist at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.


Author Kara Mason | Publish Date January 09, 2024
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Patient Care    Education    Community

CU Department of Ophthalmology Top Stories of 2023

It’s been another remarkable year full of noteworthy research, impressive innovation, and inspiring patient success stories for the Department of Ophthalmology.

The communications staff in the University of Colorado School of Medicine Dean’s Office covered a variety of stories from the Sue Anschutz-Rodgers Eye Center that captured the exceptional care, effort, and time faculty members, research staff, and trainees put in each day.


Author Kara Mason | Publish Date December 15, 2023
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Community    Pediatric Ophthalmology    Retina

Maintaining Healthy Eyes Throughout the Holidays

This time of year can bring lots of joy, but it can also lead to many hazards for ocular health, says Rebecca Edwards Mayhew, MD, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.


Author Kara Mason | Publish Date December 14, 2023
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Community    Clinics    Awareness

Improving Vision Care for Patients with Down Syndrome

Every fourth Tuesday, Michael Puente, MD, assistant professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, dedicates his schedule to serving patients with developmental disabilities in the UCHealth Pediatric-Adult Ophthalmology Transition Clinic.  


Author Kara Mason | Publish Date October 26, 2023
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Community    Retina

How to Protect Your Vision While Viewing a Solar Eclipse

During a solar eclipse, the sky turns a bit dimmer as the moon passes in front of the sun. Typically viewable by millions, a solar eclipse can be a magnificent spectacle, but the event should come with caution, experts say. 


Author Kara Mason | Publish Date October 12, 2023
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Community    Awareness    Dry Eye

How Hormones May Be Affecting Your Eyes

Hormone fluctuations can influence and impact health in a variety of ways, especially ocular health and vision.


Author Kara Mason | Publish Date August 28, 2023
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Community    Awareness    Pediatric Ophthalmology

Back to School: Keeping Young Eyes Healthy

As students return to the classroom, it’s important not to lose sight of the significance of eye health.


Author Kara Mason | Publish Date August 21, 2023
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Community    Cornea    Artificial Intelligence (AI)

All Eyes On Apple Vision Pro and Virtual Reality Headsets

Apple’s newest product addition, Vision Pro, a mixed reality headset that utilizes an eye-tracking system, is making waves in the technology community.


Author Kara Mason | Publish Date June 13, 2023
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CU Ophthalmology Team Helps the Colorado Avalanche Keep Their Eyes on the Prize 

If you see Richard Davidson, MD, jump out of his seat at the next Colorado Avalanche game, it doesn’t necessarily mean the team just scored a goal. As the lead team ophthalmologist for the Denver-based hockey squad, Davidson might be headed back to the locker room to tend to a player who just took a blow to the head or a stick to the eye. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date April 26, 2023
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Community    Awareness

Women’s Eye Health: The Role of Representation and Wellness Practices

In health care, both being and feeling seen can make a world of difference. That’s especially true for women, who face higher risks of eye disease and make up two-thirds of people experiencing blindness across the world.


Author Kara Mason | Publish Date April 18, 2023
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Patient Care    Community    Advancement    Oculofacial Plastic & Orbital Surgery

Patient-Centered Care Inspires Award of Endowed Chair to Department of Ophthalmology Professor

Many patients have been touched by the compassionate care they receive at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Sometimes, the families of these patients honor that care posthumously. Sophie Liao, MD, associate professor of ophthalmology at CU School of Medicine, was named the inaugural Robert H. Bell Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology in gratitude for the care she delivered to one such patient in 2021.


Author Toni Lapp | Publish Date February 10, 2023
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Community    Climate Science    Cornea    Dry Eye

Is Climate Change Harming Your Eyes?

Ocular problems stemming from environmental factors appear to be significant, says Malik Y. Kahook, MD, vice chair of translational research and the Slater Family Endowed Chair in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He served as senior author on a global review published in Reviews on Environmental Health that focused on the effects of climate change and air pollution on eye health.


Author Toni Lapp | Publish Date January 30, 2023
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Community    Refractive Surgery (LASIK)

He Wasn't a Candidate for LASIK, But There Was an Alternative

When Alex Ford tells people he’s seeing the world with new eyes, he means it. Ford has had severe myopia, or nearsightedness, since childhood. For almost as long as he can remember, his day would begin by stumbling out of bed and fumbling to find his glasses or contact lens kit.


Author Toni Lapp | Publish Date January 11, 2023
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Community    Awareness    Dry Eye

Habits for Healthy Vision in 2023

We all know that your eyes are a window to your soul, but they also provide insight into your overall health. Getting enough rest, staying active, and consuming a well-balanced diet are just as important to maintaining healthy eyes as the rest of your body. And if you have eye diseases, lifestyle factors take on even more importance.


Author Toni Lapp | Publish Date January 04, 2023
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Patient Care    Education    Community    Students

CU Department of Ophthalmology Top Stories of 2022

As we close the books on 2022, it’s worth looking back to see how far we have come this year. The communications staff in the University of Colorado School of Medicine Dean’s Office covered a variety of stories from the Sue Anschutz-Rodgers Eye Center, from welcoming new faculty to sending off the next generation of eye doctors into the field, pioneering new treatments for blinding diseases, and winning recognition for groundbreaking research.


Author Department of Ophthalmology | Publish Date December 16, 2022
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Patient Care    Community    Cataracts

Veteran Gains Perfect Vision After Cataract Surgery

“You can’t hurt steel.”

Phil Cusimano means it, too. While fixing his roof a few months ago, the 74-year-old veteran fell through and onto his patio – getting right up with nothing but a scratch.

Cusimano is known for his strength, from excelling in track and field during his high school days to enlisting in 1967 to serve in the Vietnam War. His kryptonite seemed to be his eyes.


Author Rachel Wittel | Publish Date June 23, 2022
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Community    COVID-19    Cataracts    Cornea

How Did the COVID-19 Pandemic Affect Your Eyes?

The COVID-19 pandemic found many of us spending more time in isolation, exercising less, and eating and drinking more. All of that caused negative effects on physical and mental health, but what did the pandemic mean for our eye health? As it turns out, plenty — from the effects of increasing screen time to skipping routine eye exams due to COVID-related health concerns.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date June 19, 2022
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Press Releases    Community    Faculty

CU Ophthalmology Professor Named Chair of the Orbis Medical Advisory Committee

Malik Y. Kahook, MD, professor of ophthalmology and the Slater Family Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, has been named chair of the Orbis Medical Advisory Committee. A global non-profit, Orbis International focuses on prevention and treatment of avoidable blindness through training, education, and advocacy, especially in low- and middle-income countries.


Author Rachel Wittel | Publish Date January 25, 2022
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UCHealth

First patient at UCHealth receives new treatment for Alzheimer’s disease

news outletUCHealth
Publish DateJuly 03, 2024

Leqembi is not a cure for Alzheimer’s. But it’s the first FDA-approved drug that has shown evidence of slowing cognitive declines. UCHealth medical experts have now set up a safe system to screen patients and give infusions of Leqembi to those who qualify.

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Clinical Insights in Eyecare

Case Report: Neurotrophic Ulcer Secondary to a Hypoplastic Trigeminal Nerve in a Three-Year-Old Boy

news outletClinical Insights in Eyecare
Publish DateJuly 03, 2024

Kaleb Abbott, OD, MS, FAAO, Melissa Engle, OD, FAAO, and Emily McCourt, MD, present a challenging case of a boy aged 3 years with a refractory neurotrophic ulcer secondary to congenital trigeminal anesthesia treated with recombinant human nerve growth factor and corneal neurotization surgery.

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NBC News

How Art Therapy Is Alleviating Health Care Workers’ Burnout

news outletNBC News
Publish DateJuly 03, 2024

Research shows this Colorado program has helped lower anxiety, depression and PTSD among health professionals.

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American Academy of Ophthalmology

The Challenges of Vision Care in Alzheimer Disease Patients

news outletAmerican Academy of Ophthalmology
Publish DateJune 10, 2024

Victoria Pelak, MD, professor of ophthalmology and neurology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, offers insights into how Alzheimer disease — and the drugs used to treat it — can affect eye health.

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