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    Academy Launches App

    The Academy recently launched a mobile app titled AAO Ophthalmic Education. Conceived to optimize Academy content for mobile devices, the app provides relevant, digestible information for each user in an easy-to-use format.

    Content. It features material from EyeWiki and three areas of the ONE Network: News, 1-Minute Videos, and Diagnose This. Each section maintains a simple and intuitive design to stream­line navigation.

    Alerts. If you enable the notifications feature, you will receive alerts when new content in the app or on the ONE Network is published in your area(s) of interest.

    Customization. To ensure you see the content that is most relevant to you first, you can customize the app to rec­ognize your subspecialty upon login.

    Easy login. To speed the login process, initial sign-on can be done through Touch ID or a face scan (if your device has those features enabled) or by manually typing your username and password. With your mobile device’s ability to remember your login credentials, you will be able to sign on quickly without having to retype your information each time you open the app. Additionally, if you want to view the full site, the app can redirect you without requiring a login.

    What’s to come. Future iterations of the app will be based on user feedback. If you have suggestions for process improvement or for additional content, contact

    Get the app. Download the AAO Ophthalmic Education app to your smartphone or tablet through Google Play or the App Store, or by visiting It is free for all and specifically designed for Acad­emy members, medical students, and residents.


    Support the New Museum of Vision

    The Academy’s new Museum of Vision, which opens its doors in just six months, will be the only public, comprehensive collection of ophthalmic artifacts on permanent display in the United States, as well as the only medical museum in San Francisco. This innovative new center is designed to feature interactive and technological displays to introduce visitors from around the world to the science of sight and to the field of oph­thalmology.

    Help make the museum a success. If you’d like to support the new Museum of Vision, consider making a one-time gift or a pledge over five years and help reach the $12 million fundraising goal.

    Learn more at

    Submit Your Research to Ophthalmology Glaucoma

    Last summer, the Academy and the American Glaucoma Society collab­orated in launching Ophthalmology Glaucoma.

    This journal provides an oppor­tunity to disseminate your glaucoma research directly to those who find it most relevant. Joining the ranks of the Academy’s esteemed Ophthalmology and Ophthalmology Retina, Ophthal­mology Glaucoma provides readers with innovative, peer-reviewed works on a bimonthly basis.

    Submit your original research at

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    Apply Now for a Big Data Research Grant

    A research fund established last year gives Academy members in private practice an opportunity to harness the power of big data—but you must submit your application soon.

    The H. Dunbar Hoskins Jr., MD, Center for Quality Eye Care IRIS Regis­try Research Fund will support at least four IRIS Registry analytics projects in 2019.

    Learn more about the eligibility re­quirements and the application process at


    Notice of Resignation During an Ethics Investigation

    At a recent meeting, the Academy’s Board of Trustees approved a recom­mendation to publish the following information about an Academy Fellow’s resignation. Christopher Lyon, MD, PhD, of 1401 Avocado Ave., Suite 402, Newport Beach, California, resigned effective Oct. 11, 2018. A challenge pursuant to the Code of Ethics was pending at the time of the resignation.   


    Hal Foster Award

    The Kansas City Society of Ophthal­mology & Otolaryngology (KCSO&O) gave the 2019 Hal Foster Award to former Missouri Society of Eye Physi­cians & Surgeons (MoSEPS) President and present Membership Chair John C. Hagan III, MD, on Feb. 8, 2019.  

    Dr. Hagan previously served as president of the Clay-Platte County Medical Society and the Kansas City Medical Society; has been editor of the Missouri Medicine journal since 2000; and is associate editor of the Kansas City Medicine journal.


    Attend the Jackson Memorial Lecture

    Emily Y. Chew, MD, will give the 76th annual Edward Jackson Memorial Lecture during the AAO 2019 Open­ing Session on Sunday, Oct. 13. As the director of the Division of Epidemiol­ogy and Clinical Applications and the deputy clinical director at the National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health, Dr. Chew is inspired by current research. Her lecture is titled “Age-Related Macular Degeneration: Nutri­tion, Genes, and Deep Learning.”

    Find more on AAO 2019 lectures starting June 12 at

    Inspired by Technology

    San Francisco’s reputation as the home of technological innovation is inspiring many AAO 2019 symposia, including the following:

    • The Impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on Ophthalmology (cosponsored by the Academy Committee on Medical Information Technology);
    • Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Ma­chine Learning: Promise and Purpose for Global Ophthalmology (cospon­sored by the Academy Global Educa­tion and Outreach Committee);
    • Picture This: Imaging for the Anteri­or Segment Specialist (cosponsored by the Cornea Society);
    • How to Use the Latest Imaging and Diagnostic Technology in the Pediatric Patient (cosponsored by the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmolo­gy and Strabismus); and
    • The Millennial Movement: How Gender Equality, Big Data, and Tech­nology Will Be Embraced by the Young Ophthalmologist (cosponsored by the Academy Young Ophthalmologist Committee).

    Find more information about AAO 2019 at

    Members Register for Free

    Academy and American Academy of Ophthalmic Executives members can register for AAO 2019 and reserve hotel rooms starting June 12. Registration for the Academy’s annual meeting is free for members.

    Not a member? Become one by visiting and scrolling to the “Join” links.

    Visit the Academy at ARVO

    Heading to the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Cana­da? Visit the Academy at Booth 1714. Exhibits will be open April 28-May 1.


    Academy Makes the Case That IRIS Registry Can Transform Federal Policies

    The Academy continues to build a powerful case in D.C. for the IRIS Registry’s capacity to improve quality of care and reduce administrative burdens at the federal level. 

    Academy urges new MIPS head to increase IRIS Registry credit in quality-performance measurement. After hearing about the IRIS Reg­istry from a Michigan ophthalmologist, the new head of MIPS, Michelle Schreiber, MD, connected with the Academy’s Medical Director of Health Policy, William L. Rich III, MD, to get a deep look into the IRIS Registry’s potential for burden reduction and for improving quality care.

    This meeting furthered the Academy’s continued effort to secure more program credit for registry participants. 

    Beyond MIPS. The IRIS Registry has data on more than 52 million patients (about 16% of the U.S. population), making it a powerful resource for research. It can, for example, be used to assess drug safety and effec­tiveness in a real-world setting, and the Academy has made a case to the FDA for the role that registry data can play in regulatory decision-making and in initiatives, such as the agency’s proposed Real World Evidence Program. The IRIS Registry’s real-world data sets also can provide the Academy with persuasive support for its policy positions.