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American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Free Pocket Guide to Clinical Care Now Available in Spanish

09/30/2011   08:00:00 AM

Translation of the Academy's Summary Benchmarks expands global reach and improves patient care  

SAN FRANCISCOThe American Academy of Ophthalmology's key clinical care reference tool, the Summary Benchmarks, has been translated into Spanish and is now available free of charge on the Academy's Ophthalmic News and Education (ONE™) Network. The Spanish language version of this essential pocket guide will enable physicians to provide care to their patients based on the most up-to-date clinical information.

The Summary Benchmarks summarize the most relevant, frequently needed information from the Academy's comprehensive, evidence-based clinical guidelines, the Preferred Practice Patterns (PPP). The PPP and Summary Benchmarks are developed by the H. Dunbar Hoskins Jr., M.D. Center for Quality Eye Care and continuously reviewed and updated by leading ophthalmologists representing all subspecialties.

"When ophthalmologists need to quickly locate clinical information during a patient visit, they turn to a truly powerful resource, the Academy's Summary Benchmarks," said Jane Aguirre, vice president of the Academy's Global Alliances division. "We are thrilled that this highly-coveted reference tool is now more accessible to ophthalmologists in Spanish-speaking countries," she said.

"I can identify with the needs of Spanish-speaking ophthalmologists," said Natalio Izquierdo, MD, a Puerto Rican ophthalmologist who worked on the Summary Benchmarks Spanish translation. "I know that the newly translated guide will help improve patients' eye care throughout Latin America and beyond," he added.

In addition to Spanish, the Summary Benchmarks are available in Arabic, French, and Portuguese. All versions can be downloaded from the Academy's website at no cost.

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 30,000 members worldwide.  Eye health care is provided by the three "O's" – ophthalmologists, optometrists, and opticians. It is the ophthalmologist, or Eye M.D., who can treat it all: eye diseases, infections and injuries, and perform eye surgery. For more information, visit www.aao.org.

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