Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami, FL
Ophthalmology involves the study of diseases of the eye including surgery to remove cataracts, visual impairments, and care and treatment of diseases that affect the eyes. According to data collected in 2002, it is estimated that over 3.4 million adults in the US over the age of 40 have some type of visual impairment or blindness from diabetic retinopathy and age-related eye diseases including cataracts, macular degeneration, and glaucoma.
The Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami treats more 250,000 patients, adults and children, and performs over 18,000 surgeries annually for almost every ophthalmic condition. The Bascom Palmer Eye Institute is dedicated to research for the advancement of medicine and technology to conquer eye disease and prevent blindness. The institute was founded in 1962 with the mission to "develop new theories, therapeutic techniques and surgical instruments."
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