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  • American Academy of Ophthalmology to Provide Valuable Clinical Information and Resources at South American Conference

    World’s largest ophthalmic community will deliver a variety of educational resources in Bogotá, August 5 - 8

    The American Academy of Ophthalmology will present a symposium dedicated to clinical pearls and participate in several events at the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology 2015 Congress, taking place August 5 – 8, 2015 in Bogotá, Colombia. The Academy’s involvement in the Congress will foster an exchange of views and experiences and enrich clinical knowledge among ophthalmologists from different parts of the Pan American region. 

    As a part of the Congress’ program, the Academy’s symposium, titled “Clinical Pearls for the Comprehensive Ophthalmologist from the Ophthalmic News & Education Network®” will be chaired by Richard L. Abbott, M.D., secretary for global alliances and past president of both the Academy and PAAO. Serving the educational needs of more than 80,000 physicians each across the globe, the Academy’s ONE® Network is the world's largest online source of peer-reviewed, high-quality materials for ophthalmologists, including more than 50 interactive cases and courses, full-text access to 10 leading journals, practice guidelines in 13 languages, including Spanish and Portuguese, and thousands of videos and clinical images. The session will cover information from the ONE Network on various topics including optic neuropathies, pediatric retina evaluation, and updates in glaucoma and diabetic macular edema.

    The Academy will also be active in the exhibit hall at Booth 8-9 where it will provide information on a range of Academy-developed tools and materials, including:

    • Spanish-language Informed Consent Forms
      Provided by the Academy, the Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Company and PAAO, these forms are designed to help achieve a clear understanding about more than 60 surgical procedures to ensure that the patient has realistic expectations of the outcome. These materials are available for free.
    • Global Ophthalmology (GO) Guide
      This clinical resource was created specifically for ophthalmologists who provide eye care in developing countries. Located on the ONE Network, the GO Guide provides region-based treatment and management information on a variety of topics and diseases, enabling physicians to access reference materials; watch surgical videos; and prepare for overseas work with online CME courses that review critical issues in global eye health.
    • Ojos Sanos The Academy’s Ojos Sanos program is a website dedicated to providing the Spanish-speaking public with information on eye health, conditions and diseases. Ojos Sanos receives nealy 700,000 page views a month. Learn more at

    Among its other activities at the PAAO Congress, the Academy’s partner, the International Society of Refractive Surgery has organized a session titled “Refractive Surgery: ‘The Times They Are a Changing!’” Chaired by Ronald R. Krueger, M.D., president of ISRS, the session will provide updates and in-depth discussion on recent changes in refractive surgery and diagnostic best practices.

    In addition, the Academy’s Young Ophthalmologists (YO) International Subcommittee collaborated with the PAAO YO Committee to plan a session titled “Tips and Tricks for the Young Ophthalmologist.” In this session a host of international speakers will address topics from the first years of practice to intraocular lenses, pediatric retinal conditions and infectious keratitis.

    The PAAO 2015 Congress is being hosted by the Colombian Society of Ophthalmology and will take place at the International Business and Exhibition Center, Coferias in Bogotá. For more information on the event, visit

    About the American Academy of Ophthalmology

    The American Academy of Ophthalmology, headquartered in San Francisco, is the world's largest association of eye physicians and surgeons, serving more than 32,000 members worldwide. The Academy's mission is to advance the lifelong learning and professional interests of ophthalmologists to ensure that the public can obtain the best possible eye care. For more information, visit 

    The Academy is also a leading provider of eye care information to the public. The Academy's EyeSmart® program educates the public about the importance of eye health and empowers them to preserve healthy vision. EyeSmart provides the most trusted and medically accurate information about eye diseases, conditions and injuries. OjosSanos™ is the Spanish-language version of the program. Visit or to learn more.