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  • 2017-2018 Foundation Annual Report

    Front Cover: When Peggy Wellman walked into Chasidy D. Singleton, MD’s office, she had already lost 90 percent of her peripheral vision in one eye and 80 percent in the other. Peggy was reluctant to have surgery, but Dr. Singleton earned her trust by being honest and treating her with respect. “I told her, I can’t give you your vision back,” said Dr. Singleton. “But I can help you hold on to the vision you have
    remaining so you can function like everyone else.” Dr. Singleton performed both glaucoma and cataract surgery. Now Peggy has 20/40 vision, is taking control of her health and is looking forward to retirement.



    In the field of eye health, the American Academy of Ophthalmology has always led the way. Every year we do more: We champion new educational programs. We share groundbreaking knowledge. We fight for better policies. We deliver resources to physicians and patients in increasingly remote places.

    Last year, our impact reached further than ever before.

    In this annual update of the Foundation’s key initiatives, learn how:

    • The Ophthalmic News and Education (ONE®) Network launched a new glaucoma education center;

    • The IRIS® Registry (Intelligent Research in Sight) surpassed a major milestone and began a new research venture;

    • A record-breaking gift is set to transform the Academy’s public presence for the The Museum of Vision®;

    • Thousands of volunteers provided sight-saving service through EyeCare America®; and

    • Doctors in Cameroon improved their surgical skills thanks to our global outreach programs.

    Your gifts made these achievements and many more possible.

    Thanks to you, the Academy continues to lead the field of ophthalmology and champion eye health. We continue to set new standards for education and patient care. We continue to reach further.

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