Florida Senate Sees Pediatric Vision Screening a Priority
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The Academy is advocating for regular pediatric vision screenings to identify eye issues as an essential benefit in health plans offered through state insurance exchanges. Michael X. Repka, MD, the Academy's medical director for governmental affairs, presented evidence-based recommendations for regular screenings to identify eye issues in children and young adults during a meeting with Department of Health and Human Services officials last week.
Funding for vision research and other Academy-supported programs are included in a $1 trillion federal spending bill that President Obama signed into law this week. Vision research funding at the National Eye Institute is getting a 0.27 percent boost in fiscal year 2012, to $702.7 million. Funding for the Peer-Reviewed Vision Research Program within the Department of Defense, however, will decrease 20 percent this year, to $3.2 million.
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, the nation's No.1 ranked eye hospital and part of UHealth,University of Miami Health System, began its golden anniversary year by hosting a global scientific meeting February 2 - 4 in Miami. Nearly 650 ophthalmologists from around the world attended, including 300 Bascom Palmer alumni.
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