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Ophthalmology Times Ranks Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Best in the Nation

October 31, 2017

Ophthalmology Times has ranked Bascom Palmer Eye Institute as the #1 Overall Ophthalmology Program, the Best in Clinical Care, and the Best Residency Program in the United States. “It is a deep honor for our team of clinicians, scientists and educators to be recognized for the high quality of our care,” said Eduardo C. Alfonso, M.D., chair of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, part of the University of Miami Health System.

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Halloween Safety Warning: The Scary Risks of Costume Contact Lenses & Eye Tattoos

October 27, 2017

Wearing costume contact lenses or tattooing your eyeballs to enhance your fright factor may seem appealing, but beware, dangerous chemicals and painful infections can lead to permanent eye damage and vision loss. The Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and the American Academy of Ophthalmology are warning Halloween shoppers to understand the risks of wearing over-the-counter contact lenses as well as the extreme dangers of eye tattoos.

Bascom Palmer’s Vision Van Provides Relief Care to the Keys

September 18, 2017

A volunteer team from Bascom Palmer Eye Institute spent three days in Key West last week providing urgently needed vision care for residents, nurses, and disaster recovery personnel working to restore services in the Lower and Middle Keys that were devastated by Hurricane Irma. “We moved quickly to equip our Vision Van for the disaster relief effort in the Keys,” said Eduardo C. Alfonso, M.D., director of Bascom Palmer.

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From left, Michael Gittelman, Kymberlee J. Manni, Ph.D., Edward Abraham, M.D., UM President Julio Frenk, Jacqueline A. Travisano, Ed.D., and Jeffrey Duerk, Ph.D.

University of Miami Medical Campus Resumes Operations after Hurricane Irma

September 14, 2017

Even before Hurricane Irma’s winds had finally subsided, the Miller School of Medicine campus was in recovery mode, making sure that it, and the University of Miami Health System satellite facilities, would be able to return to business as usual with minimal delay. In fact, with few exceptions, operations were back to normal on Wednesday morning, as employees returned to work, and patients began arriving for appointments.

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Children of essential employees have fun during the storm at Bascom Palmer.

UHealth Cares for Patients, Employees and Families During Frightening Hurricane

September 14, 2017

First there was the impromptu birthday party for three children who had to stay at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute during Hurricane Irma because their parents were taking care of patients or working to keep things running throughout the University of Miami Health System. The goal of this and other moments was to ease families’ anxieties as the storm approached and then lingered for what seemed like forever over South Florida.

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