• Ophthalmic Heritage to be Highlighted at the American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting in Orlando

    Museum of Vision exhibit and symposium focus on the extraordinary power of ophthalmic imaging

    SAN FRANCISCO — The Museum of Vision, a public service program of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, will be showcasing a very special exhibit at the American Academy of Ophthalmology's 2011 Annual Meeting in October in Orlando. The Museum's "Picturing the Eye: Ophthalmic Photography and Film" exhibit will explore the extraordinary power of ophthalmic imaging through photography and film.

    In addition to the exhibit, the Museum of Vision will co-sponsor the symposium "Our Ophthalmic Heritage: The Evolution of Ophthalmic Imaging" with the Ophthalmic Photographers' Society.

    Images of the eye and eye disease have been made almost since man was able to draw. This Museum's exhibit will highlight the history of ophthal­mology as a profession and its achievements related to imaging and iconic photographs while the symposium will discuss ophthalmic illustration, the dis­covery of photography and its application to ophthalmology, and the development of fluorescein angiography.

    "Both the exhibit and the accompanying symposium are completely unique ways to illustrate a truly fascinating part of our ophthalmic heritage," said Jenny Benjamin, director of the Museum of Vision. "While images of eyes and eye disease have been created since the dawn of humankind, the greatness of photography and film in capturing the exact nature of disease and its cure is without parallel."

    A number of pieces are on loan from Stanley B. Burns, MD, and the Burns Archive in New York City. Dr. Burns is an ophthalmologist with a photo collection of 700,000 images. His collection of medical photography is the nation's largest, with 40,000 images dating from the 1840s to the 1920s, with several thousand more from the 1930s to 1996. The Museum of Vision will also exhibit camera equipment, period photographs, stereo-graphs and atlases from its own collection. Four screens will also show selections from the Academy archives film collec­tion containing early footage of cataract, retinal and other surgeries.

    "Pictur­ing the Eye: Ophthalmic Photography and Film" will be on display during show hours Oct. 22 - 25 in the Orange County Convention Center, Level 2, Hall A4, Booth #1266.

    The "Our Ophthalmic Heritage: The Evolution of Ophthalmic Imaging" sympo­sium will be held on Monday, Oct. 24, from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. in room W414ab at the Orange County Convention Center and is open to all meeting attendees.

    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.

    About The Museum of Vision
    The Museum of Vision is an educational program of The Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.  It is the only institution in the United States whose sole purpose is to preserve the history of ophthalmology and celebrate its unique contributions to science and health. The Museum of Vision strives to inspire an appreciation of vision science, the ophthalmic professions and contributions made toward preventing blindness. For more information on the Museum of Vision, visit www.museumofvision.org.