American Board Of Ophthalmology
The American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) is an independent, non-profit organization responsible for certifying ophthalmologists in the United States of America. Founded in 1916, the ABO was the first American Board established to certify medical specialists.
Certification by the American Board of Ophthalmology requires a written and an oral examination. A candidate who passes both the written qualifying and oral examinations becomes a Board-Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology.
American Glaucoma Society
The American Glaucoma Society (AGS) is comprised of Glaucoma Specialists dedicated to sharing clinical and scientific information for the benefit of patients, colleagues, fellows and residents.
Since the establishment of the Society, the number of members has increased from 13 founding members in 1985 to over 1450 today, from 17 countries, including members who are currently in glaucoma fellowship training, fellowship trained glaucoma specialists, and scientists active in glaucoma research.
Eye Care Professionals
In the United States, three primary type of eye care professionals provide services. As a consumer, it is important to understand the differences in the three o’s: Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, and Opticians. Qualifications for these professions differ in education, training and credentials. Outlined below are the differences to watch for when selecting a provider.
Glaucoma Fellowship Training
The program focuses on the diagnosis and management of the glaucoma via a flexible plan of direct observation and participation in medical, laser and surgical glaucoma care with nine full-time Wilmer faculty members who perform more than 1,200 surgical procedures per year and 15,000 outpatient visits. Only two clinical fellows are chosen to ensure maximum clinical and surgical experience.
For more than 40 years, the Glaucoma Research Foundation has funded innovative clinical and laboratory research. We’ve done so thanks to the help and dedication of the community, who have stood by and supported us in our mission to makes lives better and to find a cure. With your continued financial support and involvement, we will continue to lead the way in research until a cure is found.
Medical Diseases That Affect The Eye
When it comes to having good vision for a lifetime, it’s ultimately important to be in good overall health. Protecting your eyes from the sun and from trauma is important, but eating right, exercise, and regular checkups can go a long way to prevent other sorts of ocular health problems later in life.