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EyeSmart is a U.S.-based public awareness campaign that empowers the public to take charge of their eye health. The campaign actively involves Academy members by providing free educational materials to distribute to patients. These materials can be ordered on the Academy Web site at EyeSmart is sponsored by the Academy, in partnership with EyeCare America, a public service foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

The Academy is your voice in governmental affairs. Our Federal Affairs division represents your interests before Congress and the executive branch agencies, working to maintain the quality of Medicare and protect patient access to quality ophthalmic care. The Academy's State Affairs department addresses onging issues affecting state societies, as well as legislataive and regulatory issues affecting medical eye care. U.S. members receive updates on legislative and regulatory issues through the Washington Report (fax) and Washington Report Express (e-mail) newsletters.

EyeCare America®
In 2007, the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology launched its new online eye health resource, This award-winning public service Web site focuses on preserving sight by raising awareness about eye disease, risk factors and treatment options, and providing a trusted online source for Academy members to send their patients. The site contains dozens of articles created by the Academy and reviewed by ophthalmologists with links to current treatments and eye anatomy.

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