Every January is Glaucoma Awareness Month. Glaucoma is a disease that damages the optic nerve and causes painless, progressive and permanant loss of vision. Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the United States. Americans that are 60 years and older and those at higher risk such as family history, african-american or asian ancestory, or history of eye trauma, are encouraged to schedule a comprehensive dilated eye exam every one to two years. If you or someone you know is at risk for glaucoma, click here for more information and resources on this debilitating eye disease.
Eye Safety and Baseball (PDF) Good vision is critical in baseball and softball. A player with poor vision can’t see the ball, and an eye injury on the field can impair a child for life. As state program director, Dr. Amy Coburn writes about how protective eyegear can prevent at least 90% of eye injuries.
Joint HOS/Prevent Blindness Texas Programs win 2008 First Place Best Practices Award from Prevent Blindness of America (PDF)
Three HOS Members Receive Oustanding Humanitarian Service Award from the American Academey of Ophthalmology (PDF) The Houston Ophthalmological Society is proud to recognize members Dr. Robert Butner, Dr. Downey Price, and Dr. Paul Steinkuller, each of whom has received one of the highest international honors given by the American Academy of Ophthalmology- The Outstanding Humanitarian Service Award. This award recognizes Academy members for contributions in charitable activities, care of the indigent and community service performed above and beyond the typical duties of an ophthalmologist.
HOS and Prevent Blindness Texas receives generous grant for Houston Homeless (PDF)
The Houston Ophthalmological Society and Prevent Blindness Texas have received a 2008-2009 $40,000 grant renewal from the Baylor/Methodist Community Foundation to support Eye Care for the Homeless of Houston. Over the past year, this program has screened 1,400 homeless Houstonians of all ages for eye disease. 1,320 vouchers for eye services were distributed, and 1,120 people had eye examinations. 924 patients received free glasses. There are 12,000 to 14,000 homeless individuals in Houston at any given time. The homeless are among Houston's most impoverished and medically underserved citizens.
Houston Area Disaster Plan (PDF)
This Disaster Response Plan (DRP) provides the framework for a response to eye injuries resulting from disasters within the jurisdiction of the Houston Branch of Prevent Blindness Texas (PBT), the Houston Ophthalmological Society (HOS), and the University of Houston, College of Optometry (UHCO). It is a result of extensive planning and preparedness and contains systems and procedures for managing the human and material resources of the organizations in providing emergency eye care to victims of disaster. It considers the impact on vision and eye injury from various potential disasters, the procedures to notify and mobilize eye care workers, the equipment and supplies needed to treat eye injury triage procedures and documentation of care. Please contact HOS if you have any questions, comments, or if you have interest in serving on the Disaster Response Planning Committtee.
HOS and Prevent Blindness Texas Serve Houston Homeless Veterans
Ninety-three homeless US Veterans were screened for blinding eye disease and received PBT vouchers for complete eye care and free glasses at the November 2007 Houston Veteran's Stand Down. Funding for services came from The Houston Ophthalmological Society, Prevent Blindness Texas, Eye Care for the Houston Homeless, and the Baylor-Methodist Commmunity Grant. PBT and HOS are proud to help restore vision to our US Veterans.
HOS Supports Effort to Uphold City of Houston's Ban on Smoking
The Houston Ophthalmological Society, along with other local specialty societies, supports Texas Medical Association and Harris County Medical Society efforts to uphold the City of Houston's ban on smoking. A lawsuit had been filed contesting the City of Houston's smoking ban ordinance that was to go into effect September 1, 2007. The Texas Medical Association drafted an Amicus Curiae brief in support of the ordinance. The Harris County Medical Society asked for the support of the local specialty societies, including H.O.S. We enthusiastically supported the brief and the ban on smoking because of the overwhelming evidence that smoking is a major risk factor for vision loss and blindness due to macular degeneration, retinal vascular disease, and other ophthalmic conditions.
HOS Community Service to be featured at 2007 AAO meeting in New Orleans
The Houston Ophthalmological Society has been invited to present "Hurricane Katrina: The Houston Response" at the 2007 American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting in New Orleans as part of the Ophthalmology and Disaster Response Symposium on Sunday November 11, 1-3 PM. The seminar will include eye injuries and treatment strategies in the Oklahoma City bombing, New York City 9/11, the war in Afghanistan and Iraq.
HOS Receives Prevent Blindness Texas Award
The Houston Ophthalmological Society has been honored by Prevent Blindness Texas with its 2007 Partners in Prevention Award for our role in the creation and funding of the Houston Eye Care for the Homeless Program. This program provides screening, referral, and glasses for visually impaired homeless individuals who are actively enrolled in educational, job training and rehabilitation programs at Houston homeless shelters. Homeless men, women, and children are among the most needy and most poorly medically served group in Texas.