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News 2011

Dr. Jose and Hortensia Berrocal, right, celebrate the dedication of the Jose Berrocal Auditorium with their daughters Maria Berrocal, M.D., in blue, and Nina Berrocal, M.D., back row, and their grandchildren.

Bascom Palmer Dedicates Auditorium to Jose Berrocal, M.D.

December 27, 2011

Surprising their husband and father, Hortensia Berrocal and her daughters Nina Berrocal, M.D., associate professor of clinical ophthalmology, and Maria Berrocal, M.D., joined faculty and staff at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute this month to dedicate the newly renovated Jose Berrocal Auditorium in honor of the very first fellow to train under the Institute’s founder.

Read more about the dedication »

Bascom Palmer Halloween Safety Alert: Decorative Non-prescription Contact Lenses Can Damage Eyes

October 31, 2011

Giving your eyes a Halloween look with wild contact lenses may be all the rage, but it can permanently damage vision. Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami School of Medicine warns consumers that using decorative lenses sold without both a prescription and a fitting by an eye-care professional carries serious risks to vision, potentially leading to blindness.

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Researchers Receive NIH Blueprint Award

September 28, 2011

Jeffrey L. Goldberg, M.D., Ph.D., of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute is one of a three-member University of Miami (UM) Miller School of Medicine team to receive a grant through the National Institutes of Health (NIH)’s “Blueprint for Neuroscience Research.” The purpose of the funding is to help these researchers further their work on optic neuropathy, with the goal of developing compounds that help injured fibers in the optic nerve regenerate and grow through scar tissue.

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Jeffrey L. Goldberg, M.D., Ph.D., Receives Walter G. Ross Distinguished Chair in Ophthalmic Research

September 26, 2011

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is pleased to announce that Jeffrey L. Goldberg, M.D., Ph.D., has been awarded the Walter G. Ross Distinguished Chair in Ophthalmic Research. Dr. Goldberg was selected for this distinction based on his innovative research, international recognition in the field, and particular expertise in translational approaches.

Sun Protection Vital for Eyes

June 24, 2011

Sunglasses may be your most important accessory. Eye disease, particularly cataracts and age-related macular degeneration, the leading causes of vision loss among older adults are just some of the possible consequences of prolonged exposure to the sun. A corneal ultraviolet injury similar to a sun burn can happen in just a single outing on a very bright day. Picking the right pair of sunglasses is very important. Bascom Palmer Eye Institute has the following tips to keep in mind while making your sunglass selections.

Eye Allergies “Blooming” in South Florida

June 21, 2011

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America recently ranked nine Florida locations, including Miami, as among the top 100 worst cities for allergy sufferers based on a 2011 study. With no defined “seasons,” South Florida’s allergy outbreaks vary according to what’s in bloom.

Stocked with thousands of ready-made eyeglasses and state-of-the-art equipment, Bascom Palmer's Vision Van offers emergency vision screenings and treatment for eye injuries in Japan.

Bascom Palmer Presentation Highlights Successful Vision Van Rescue Mission in Japan

May 17, 2011

On May 5, faculty and staff from Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and the Miller School attended a presentation featuring exclusive photos and videos illustrating the impact of Bascom Palmer’s Vision Van Eye-Rescue Mission in Japan. Special guest speaker Kazuo Tsubota, M.D., Ph.D., professor and chair of ophthalmology at Keio University School of Medicine, traveled from Tokyo to express his sincere gratitude.

Read more about the Vision Van rescue mission »

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Bascom Palmer Establishes “Eyeglass Library” in Miami and Haiti to the Give the Gift of Sight

May 09, 2011

With more than 314 million people worldwide in need of eyeglasses or other vision correction, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute is making a dent in meeting that tremendous demand with its new “Eyeglass Library,” and will establish a second such library in Haiti by the end of this summer. In partnership with Bascom Palmer, the Florida Lions Club donated more than 10,000 pairs of used eyeglasses, with dozens more donated by patients for the Miami-based Eyeglass Library.

Tips from Bascom Palmer Eye Institute to Protect your Eyes Before and After a Hurricane

May 03, 2011

As you monitor Hurricane Irene ‘s path, and finalize preparations in the heart of this hurricane season, be sure to take care of your own eyes. Many eye injuries happen during storm preparations, from nails ricocheting off storm shutters and debris falling during tree trimming, to household chemicals splashing into the eyes. According to officials at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, being prepared and alert to vision threats can help prevent the vast majority of hurricane-related eye injuries.

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Fanjul Family Donates $1 million to Bascom Palmer

May 02, 2011

The Fanjul family, owners of Florida Crystals Corporation, have pledged a $1 million gift to Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, part of the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine.

Alfonso Fanjul, chairman and chief executive officer of Florida Crystals and University of Miami trustee, said, “Having benefited first-hand from the extraordinary skill of Bascom Palmer’s physicians, my family and I feel fortunate to be able to assist in the advancement of the institute’s research to aid our community.”

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Avastin, Lucentis proven equally effective - Bascom Palmer ophthalmologist advocates global reform

April 28, 2011

A federal funded study finds that Avastin, a drug approved to treat some cancers and that is commonly used off-label to treat age-related macular degeneration (AMD), is as effective as the Food and Drug Administration-approved drug, Lucentis, for the treatment of AMD. The results are being reported following the first year of a two-year, multi-center study involving 1,185 patients treated at 43 clinical centers in the United States. The report, from the Comparison of AMD Treatments Trials (CATT), was published online in the New England Journal of Medicine today, April 28, 2011 and will be in the May 12 print edition.