Patient Education Resources

Below you will find a list of websites that offer clear and accurate information about eye diseases.
The EyeSmart® website was designed by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and has a lot of very good general information about identifying your risk for development of eye diseases, infections and injuries, and the role that an ophthalmologist can play in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of eye conditions. It is updated frequently, and there is even a good deal of information in Spanish.
Founded in 1985, EyeCare America is a public service program from the American Academy of Ophthalmology whose focus is to reduce avoidable blindness and severe visual impairment. They have free, good quality educational materials for patients as well as information about obtaining free or reduced cost eye care services for those who qualify.
This is the website for the National Eye Institute. Here you can find educational materials as well as pictures and illustrations to explain various eye diseases. There is also information about current clinical trials that are being conducted in vision research. This website also has patient information in Spanish.
Published by the Macular Degeneration Foundation this website focuses exclusively on macular degeneration, also known as AMD, and vision problems related to it. There is information on the different kinds of AMD, treatments, a good FAQ section, glossary of eye terms and information on current research studies being conducted on AMD.
Good website devoted specifically to glaucoma. There is information about the causes and treatments for glaucoma, as well as information on the latest updates on glaucoma and glaucoma research. They offer a free newsletter from the Glaucoma Foundation as well as information about support groups.
This website provides basic information on age-related macular degeneration, or AMD. It has a good FAQ section as well as regular newsletters regarding updates and research on AMD.
Founded by Lighthouse International and produced in conjunction with the Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB), this website is an excellent interactive global internet portal for people who are visually impaired or blind, professionals who work with them, and people who support them. The site features the latest information on vision impairment, its prevention and vision rehabilitation.
The Glaucoma Research Foundation is a national non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for glaucoma. This website offers free educational material and support for people with glaucoma and their families. This website includes a site viewing toolbar to improve accessibility for the visually impaired.
This website offers information and support for independent living for people living with low vision or blindness. Offers a site viewing toolbar to improve readability and accessibility for the visually impaired.
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