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The Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology's Museum of Vision Celebrates 30 Years of Preserving Ophthalmic Heritage
Date:2/22/2010

Program dedicated to the history of ophthalmology commemorates 30 years with new interactive web site and unique online exhibits

San Francisco, CA February 22, 2010 -- Founded in 1980, the Museum of Vision, an educational program of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (FAAO) has worked to preserve and promote ophthalmic heritage. In honor of its 30th anniversary, the award-winning museum has launched a new web site, www.museumofvision.org.


Ophthalmology and the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) have played important roles in the history of medicine. The FAAO’s Museum of Vision preserves this history and translates it into an educational resource for use by ophthalmologists, medical historians, researchers and the public as they seek to understand ophthalmology’s contributions to society and address similar challenges today and in the future. The Museum’s new web site connects the past with the present with a host of interactive, state-of-the-art web tools that will make every artifact and exhibit come to life.

The new Museum of Vision web site includes the following features:

Timeline of historical events in ophthalmology
This feature, predominately displayed on the home page, includes links to six separate timelines: glaucoma, cataract, retina, refraction and refractive surgery, general ophthalmology and one large comprehensive timeline that combine the other five.

Collection & Archives
Use the online search to peruse the entire Museum collection, including the AAO Archive, for a specific topic of interest. This feature includes keyword and date searches, advanced searches on all fields, and a community forum area where users can sign in to leave comments.

Research & Resources
This aspect of the new site contains information for teachers and downloadable curriculum guides. It also houses information on artifact identification, performing historical research, photographic services and information about image rights and reproduction.

Exhibitions
The new Museum web site is now able to feature all of its exhibits, past and present including:

 
  • Eyes Examined - A look at early American ophthalmology with 19th Century case studies
  • Spectacular Spectacles - A review of the history of eye glasses and vision aids with examples from the collection.
  • Eyes of War - World War II from the point of view of ophthalmologists who participated in different aspects of the war.
  • To Fool the Eye – Insight into some of the false cures and fake medical claims that have surrounded American medicine, and
  • Windows to the Soul - An examination of the ancient legends and folklore surrounding eyes and sight.

Biographies & Oral Histories
This section is made up of short biographical sketches and links to excerpts from the oral history program. This section also features the Legacy Project, a collaboration to identify families with multiple generations of ophthalmologists.

The Foundation invites individuals to visit www.museumofvision.org for a one-of-a-kind interactive experience.

Note to Editors: High-resolution images and interviews with Museum of Vision spokespeople available upon request.

Media Contact: Allison Neves, Communications Director, Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, 415-561-8518

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