Ophthalmology Academy Honors Military Doctors
American Forces Press Service
FALLS CHURCH, Va., Oct. 26, 2009 The American Academy of Ophthalmology presented military ophthalmologists with its Distinguished Service Award in San Francisco yesterday for their ongoing service and contributions to vision care.
"It is my distinct honor to accept this award on behalf of all ophthalmologists who have proudly served in our military," said Army Col. (Dr.) Donald Gagliano, director of the newly established Vision Center of Excellence. "Military ophthalmologists understand the importance of war-related eye injuries and are committed to improving the quality of care for our wounded warriors, who deserve the very best for the sacrifices they have made for our nation."
In cooperation with the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Defense Department is leading the way in providing the best possible surgical and rehabilitative eye care available to military personnel. The Vision Center of Excellence will track serious eye injuries and eye diseases, update clinical progress in a timely and accessible manner, and jointly arrange and collaborate on vision research studies. It is charged specifically to prevent, diagnose, mitigate, treat and rehabilitate military eye injuries.
"This year's Distinguished Service Award recognizes all military ophthalmologists, past and present, for their persistent dedication to serving the eye care needs of active duty, dependents and retirees," said Dr. Michael Brennan, president of the academy and himself a former military ophthalmologist. "I know the commitment to excellence in eye care that these physicians bring to our profession, and we are proud to honor them for their dedication at home and abroad."
(From an American Academy of Ophthalmology news release.)