• H. Dunbar Hoskins Jr., MDThe H. Dunbar Hoskins Jr., M.D. Center for Quality Eye Care was established as a quality of care and health policy research center that advances the accessibility to and appropriateness of eye care services. The work of the Hoskins Center will help ensure that patients continue to receive high quality, evidence-based eye care within a tightening economic environment that demands increased value for services provided.
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  • Apr 2014 from AAO Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Outlines the services provided by primary eye care physicians, the competencies needed to provide these services, and an ophthalmologist’s qualifications to provide primary eye care.
    Clinical Statement
    Apr 2014 from AAO Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Lists the signs and conditions that warrant prompt referral to an MD or DO, preferably to an ophthalmologist, for definitive diagnosis and necessary medical treatment.
    Clinical Statement
    Apr 2014 from ASCRS and AAO Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    A joint educational statement warning primary care physicians about the use of tamsulosin, or alpha-adrenergic blocker treatment, and associated complications with cataract surgery.
    Clinical Statement
    Feb 2014 from AAP, AAPOS, AACO and AAO Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    A joint statement of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS), American Association of Certified Orthoptists (AACO), and Academy on learning disabilities, dyslexia, and vision.
    Clinical Statement
    Feb 2014 from AAO Quality of Care Secretariat, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    The Academy disapproves of the illegal use of excimer lasers and/or software for refractive surgery. Stringent FDA regulations regarding excimer lasers and their software are discussed.
    Clinical Statement
    Feb 2014 from AAOE Ophthalmic Practice Secretariat and AAO Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    An Academy statement on the inherent responsibility of community ophthalmologists to be available for emergency eye care. Covers on-call compensation for ophthalmologists.
    Clinical Statement
    Feb 2014 from AAO Task Force on Genetic Testing
    The Academy's Task Force report on genetic testing that provides guidance on the underlying principles and approaches of genetic testing.
    Clinical Statement
    Jan 2014 from AAO Quality of Care Secretariat, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Questions the necessity and value of routine medical tests performed on patients before cataract surgery.
    Clinical Statement
    Jan 2014 from AGS and AAO Quality of Care Secretariat, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    A joint statement that recommends lifting time restrictions on eye drop medication refills for serious eye diseases until further study. Strategies to increase eye drop availability should be instituted to prevent interruption and gaps in patient treatment.
    Clinical Statement
    Nov 2013 from AAO PPP Committee, Secretary for Quality of Care, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    What is the evidence that corticosteroids are more or less effective treatments than placebo or “no treatment” conditions for patients with acute optic neuritis?
    Preferred Practice Pattern Clinical Question
    Nov 2013 from AAPOS and AAO Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Discusses the necessity of timely screening for the early detection and treatment of eye and vision problems in America’s children.
    Clinical Statement
    Nov 2013 from AAPOS and AAO Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    The American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) and Academy emphasize that glasses are medically necessary to prevent permanent visual loss.
    Clinical Statement
    Oct 2013 from AAO PPP Panels, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Complete set of recommendations distilled from the PPPs for 2013.
    Summary Benchmark Translations
    Oct 2013 from AAO Quality of Care Secretariat, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Dr. Wise explains the genesis of the Joint Commission’s updated statement on steam sterilization from 2009, its significance to ophthalmologists, and proper technique to ensure compliance.
    Clinical Statement
    Oct 2013 from AAO Retina PPP Panel, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Recommendations distilled from the PPP for management of AMD.
    Summary Benchmark Translations
    Oct 2013 from AAO Pediatric Ophthalmology/Strabismus PPP Panel, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Recommendations distilled from the PPP for the initial strabismus evaluation and management options for exotropia.
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    Oct 2013 from AAO Cornea/External Disease PPP Panel, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Recommendations distilled from the PPP for the evaluation and management of corneal ectasia.
    Summary Benchmark Translations
    Oct 2013 from AAO Glaucoma PPP Panel, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Recommendations distilled from the PPP for the diagnosis and management of primary open-angle glaucoma.
    Summary Benchmark Translations
    Oct 2013 from AAO Cornea/External Disease PPP Panel, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Detailed recommendations for the initial evaluation and treatment of a patient with dry eye and a detailed discussion of diagnostic tests.
    Preferred Practice Pattern Guideline
    Oct 2013 from AAO Pediatric Ophthalmology/Strabismus PPP Panel, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Recommendations distilled from the PPP for the evaluation and management of amblyopia.
    Summary Benchmark Translations
    Oct 2013 from AAO Cataract and Anterior Segment PPP Panel, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Recommendations distilled from the PPP for the evaluation and management of patients with cataract.
    Summary Benchmark Translations
    Oct 2013 from AAO Cornea/External Disease PPP Panel, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Detailed recommendations for the initial evaluation and diagnosis of corneal edema and corneal opacification. Management approaches for edema and opacification, including surgical approaches, are discussed separately.
    Preferred Practice Pattern Guideline
    Oct 2013 from AAO Cornea/External Disease PPP Panel, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Recommendations distilled from the PPP for the evaluation and management of corneal edema and opacification.
    Summary Benchmark Translations
    Oct 2013 from AAO Glaucoma PPP Panel, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Recommendations distilled from the PPP for the diagnosis and management of primary angle closure.
    Summary Benchmark Translations
    Oct 2013 from AAO Glaucoma PPP Panel, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Recommendations distilled from the PPP for the diagnosis and management of primary open-angle glaucoma suspect.
    Summary Benchmark Translations
    Oct 2013 from AAO Cornea/External Disease PPP Panel, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Recommendations for the initial evaluation of a patient with conjunctivitis and a discussion of associated or predisposing factors and the natural history of each type of conjunctivitis. Treatment recommendations are specific to each type of conjunctivitis.
    Preferred Practice Pattern Guideline
    Oct 2013 from AAO Cornea/External Disease PPP Panel, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Recommendations distilled from the PPP for the diagnosis and management of bacterial keratitis.
    Summary Benchmark Translations
    Oct 2013 from AAO Retina PPP Panel, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Recommendations distilled from the PPP for the initial evaluation and treatment of a patient with macular hole.
    Summary Benchmark Translations
    Oct 2013 from AAO Pediatric Ophthalmology/Strabismus PPP Panel, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Recommendations distilled from the PPP for the initial strabismus evaluation and management options for esotropia.
    Summary Benchmark Translations
    Oct 2013 from AAO Cornea/External Disease PPP Panel, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Detailed recommendations for the initial evaluation of a patient with presumed blepharitis, and for diagnostic tests and treatment.
    Preferred Practice Pattern Guideline
    Oct 2013 from AAO Retina/Vitreous PPP Panel, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Recommendations distilled from the PPP for the management of retinopathy.
    Summary Benchmark Translations
    Oct 2013 from AAO Refractive Management/Intervention PPP Panel, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Recommendations distilled from the PPP for refractive surgery patients including PRK, epi-LASIK, LASEK, LASIK, phakic IOLs, and refractive lens exchange.
    Summary Benchmark Translations
    Oct 2013 from AAO Cornea/External Disease PPP Panel, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Recommendations distilled from the PPP for the evaluation and treatment of a patient with dry eye.
    Summary Benchmark Translations
    Oct 2013 from AAO Cornea/External Disease PPP Panel, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Recommendations distilled from the PPP for the initial evaluation and management of blepharitis.
    Summary Benchmark Translations
    Oct 2013 from AAO Retina PPP Panel, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Distills recommendations from the PPP on evaluating, diagnosing, and managing patients with precursors to rhegmatogenous retinal detachment.
    Summary Benchmark Translations
    Oct 2013 from AAO Cornea/External Disease PPP Panel, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Evidence-based update on the diagnosis and management of bacterial keratitis. It contains detailed recommendations for the initial evaluation of a patient with presumed bacterial keratitis, and for diagnostic tests and treatment.
    Preferred Practice Pattern Guideline
    Oct 2013 from AAO Cornea/External Disease PPP Panel, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Recommendations for the initial evaluation, diagnosis, and management of post-LASIK and other corneal ectasias, including a discussion of existing and emerging surgical treatments.
    Preferred Practice Pattern Guideline
    Oct 2013 from AAO Cornea/External Disease PPP Panel, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Recommendations distilled from the PPP for the initial evaluation and therapy of conjunctivitis.
    Summary Benchmark Translations
    Oct 2013 from OTAC Glaucoma Panel, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Systematic review of the evidence evaluating anterior segment imaging and gonioscopy in the diagnosis of primary angle closure
    Ophthalmic Technology Assessment
    Sep 2013 from AAO Quality of Care Secretariat, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    A reaffirmed position statement, initially released by the Joint Commission on June 15, 2009, that clarifies the interpretation of standards regarding steam sterilization.
    Clinical Statement
    Sep 2013 from AAO PPP Committee, Secretary for Quality of Care, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    What is the safety and efficacy of optic nerve decompression surgery compared with other treatment or no treatment in people with surgery for NAION?
    Preferred Practice Pattern Clinical Question
    Sep 2013 from AAO PPP Committee, Secretary for Quality of Care, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    What is the evidence that acupuncture is effective and safe in slowing the progression of myopia in children and adolescents?
    Preferred Practice Pattern Clinical Question
    Sep 2013 from OTAC Pediatric Ophthalmology/Strabismus Panel, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Systematic review of the evidence comparing fibrin glue and sutures for the closure of limbal conjunctival incisions following strabismus surgery
    Ophthalmic Technology Assessment
    Aug 2013 from AAO Quality of Care Secretariat, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    The Academy recommends not using the term "flash sterilization," but rather describing the sterilization technique in detail instead.
    Clinical Statement
    Aug 2013 from AAO Complementary Therapy Task Force, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Summarizes the published evidence of visual training programs to improve vision.
    Complementary Therapy Assessment
    Jul 2013 from AAO Retina/Vitreous PPP Panel, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Detailed recommendations for the initial evaluation and treatment of a patient with macular hole and a discussion of surgical techniques, outcomes and complications of surgery, and predictors of visual results. Treatment recommendations are provided specifically at each stag…
    Preferred Practice Pattern Guideline
    Jul 2013 from AAO Retina/Vitreous PPP Panel, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Evidence-based update on evaluating, diagnosing, and managing patients with precursors to rhegmatogenous retinal detachment such as PVD, retinal breaks, and lattice degeneration. Reviewed and updated for currency 2013.
    Preferred Practice Pattern Guideline
    Jul 2013 from AAO Refractive Management/Intervention PPP Panel, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    An evidence-based update on management of myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, and presbyopia with surgery, eyeglasses, and contact lenses, containing specific recommendations about refractive surgery patients including PRK, epi-LASIK, LASEK, LASIK, phakic IOLs, and refractive le…
    Preferred Practice Pattern Guideline
    Jun 2013 from AAO Quality of Care Secretariat, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Provides recommendations, based on expert opinion and consensus, for practices that promote the patient's best interests and safety in performing keratorefractive surgery.
    Clinical Statement
    Jun 2013 from AAO PPP Committee, Secretary for Quality of Care, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    What is the evidence that external dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR) is a more or less effective treatment for nasolacrimal duct obstruction than endonasal DCR? Secondly, how do the complication rates compare between the two procedures?
    Preferred Practice Pattern Clinical Question