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  • 2018 Year in Review

    Diagnosed with a rare genetic condition called Leber congenital amaurosis, Creed Pettit had been slowly going blind since birth and was unable to see except in bright light. During an experimental treatment, Audina M. Berrocal, MD, a pediatric retinal surgeon at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, delivered healthy genes to Creed’s eyes. Within a month after gene therapy, he was able to see details of the world he’d never seen.

    The Academy is honored to support our community’s commitment to enriching the lives of patients with the gift of sight. We provide innovative resources to advance patient care, cutting-edge practice-management solutions, and unparalleled opportunities to learn and network with the brightest minds in ophthalmology.

    Academy membership presents the chance to serve the underserved, give back to the community and advocate for ophthalmology’s best interests in state and federal affairs, ensuring that all beings have access to the highest-quality care.

    In the pages that follow, discover what we, the Academy’s community of 32,000 member ophthalmologists, achieved together in 2018. From establishing a permanent research fund for the advancement of pediatric ophthalmology to launching an initiative for a new Museum of Vision®, Academy members and patients are supported on all fronts. We are truly empowering lives.

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