Department of Ophthalmology

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Dear Friends,

Penn Medicine’s Department of Ophthalmology, Scheie Eye Institute, is dedicated to providing the highest quality of eye care in Philadelphia and around the world. As an academic research center, the Department offers the most novel therapeutic options for the full range of visual impairments and conditions, with a full team of faculty and staff pioneering advances in the field. We are committed to training the next generation of ophthalmologists and cultivating an environment of continued learning and mentoring, where young minds with great potential grow and thrive. This summer we are excited to welcome a new class of residents and fellows to join our team. 

The stories featured below, from the Department's bi-annual publication Scheie Vision, cover the people behind Scheie’s advances and mission of excellence. This summer we feature Lang Lourng Ung, an ophthalmic technician who brings inspirational resilience and passion to working with patients; Sonul Mehta, MD, who travels around the world to provide ophthalmic care in underserved communities; Jessica Morgan, PhD, whose research on photoreceptor function has tremendous implications for the diagnosis and treatment of retinal disease; and Jean Bennett, MD, PhD and Al Maguire, MD, who have demonstrated unwavering commitment for over 25 years to making it possible for blind children to see. 

I would like to express my gratitude for the extraordinary individuals that make Scheie exceptional in all its missions. It is our colleagues, students, and patients that bring true joy and fulfillment to this work, and who make possible the common vision of excellence we all share. I hope you enjoy reading these articles and learning more about Penn Medicine Ophthalmology’s most recent advances, initiatives, and discoveries.

Joan M. O’Brien, MD

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    The Team Making Blind Kids See

    Scheie Vision Summer 2018: Scheie physicians receive FDA approval for Luxturna, the first gene therapy for an inherited disease in the United States.

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    Patient Testimonial: Gene Therapy

    Scheie Vision Summer 2018: Four years after participating in the Phase III clinical trial for gene therapy, Christian Guardino performs on America's Got Talent.

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    Next Step in Precision Medicine

    Scheie Vision Summer 2018: Dr. Jessica Morgan's research contributes to future treatments for a range of hereditary retinal diseases.

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    Assessing the Risk of Intraocular Bleeding

    Scheie Vision Summer 2018: A new analysis led by Dr. Brian VanderBeek explores the ocular safety profile of novel antithrombotics.

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    Patient Testimonial: Treating Dry Eye at Scheie

    Scheie Vision Summer 2018: Deborah Pley shares her experience with Penn's Dry Eye and Ocular Surface Center.

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    Bringing Eye Care Across the World

    Scheie Vision Summer 2018: Dr. Sonul Mehta travels around the world to provide medical care to under-served populations.

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    Spotlighting Ophthalmic Technician Lang Lourng Ung

    Scheie Vision Summer 2018: In ophthalmology clinics, technicians like Lang, play a crucial role in optimizing the quality and efficiency of care.

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    144 Years of the Ophthalmology Department

    Scheie Vision Summer 2018: The Department of Ophthalmology celebrates its 144th Anniversary at the Scheie Alumni Meeting this past April.

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    Milestone for Gene Therapy

    Scheie Vision Annual Report 2017: Drs. Jean Bennett and Al Maguire receive FDA approval for first gene therapy targeting inherited retinal disease.

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    Retinal Damage from Zika

    Scheie Vision Annual Report 2017: Dr. Tomas Aleman studies Zika's effect on retinal development in infants.

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    Patient Testimonial: Finding Her Way Out of the Darkness

    Scheie Vision Annual Report 2017: Stacy Young sees hope 17 years after fireworks injury.

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    Understanding Photophobia

    Scheie Vision Annual Report 2017: Vision scientists investigate function of a third class of light-sensing cells.

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    Art of Diagnosis

    Scheie Vision Annual Report 2017: Penn Medicine takes a creative approach to teaching medical observation.

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    The DREAM Study

    Scheie Vision Annual Report 2017: Dr. Vatinee Bunya and colleagues investigate whether Omega-3 fatty acids alleviate symptoms of dry eye disease.

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    10 Years After the Beginning of CATT

    Scheie Vision Annual Report 2017: Dr. Maureen Maguire describes the history and promise of anti-VEGF drugs for treating AMD.

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    Scheie Residency Expands

    Scheie Vision Annual Report 2017: The Ophthalmology Residency has expanded surgical volume in the past few years.

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    New Arrivals 2017

    Scheie Vision Annual Report 2017: The Department of Ophthalmology welcomes its newest members.

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    Caring for Eyes of All Sizes

    Scheie Vision Summer 2017: Dr. Gil Binenbaum creates algorithm to save tens of thousands of healthy infants from unnecessary retinal exams.

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    Retina Research: A Spirit of Collaboration

    Scheie Vision Summer 2017: Dr. Benjamin Kim engages in multiple innovative research programs.

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    Vision Loss Support Group

    Scheie Vision Summer 2017: Dr. Ranjoo Prasad leads support group for patients with vision loss.

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    Medical Interpretation Services

    Scheie Vision Summer 2017: Penn expands translation services for non-English speaking patients.

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    Eye Care in Colombia

    Scheie Vision Summer 2017: Dr. César Briceño provides exams and glasses in remote Amazonian region.

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    Does Excess Iron Contribute to AMD?

    Scheie Vision Summer 2016: Dr. Josh Dunaief and colleagues investigate new therapies for slowing AMD progression.

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    Tracking Kidney Disease in the Retina

    Scheie Vision Summer 2016: Dr. Juan Grunwald and colleagues identify link between retinopathy and chronic kidney disease.

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    Faculty Spotlights

    Penn ophthalmologists are pioneers in research and in patient care. Learn about the diverse and winding paths that took them to where they are today.

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    Alumni Spotlights

    Graduates of the Penn Ophthalmology residency and fellowship programs become leaders in research, patient care, and teaching. Check out the latest news with these alumni.

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