• 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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  • Nov 2014 from AAO Committee on Public Health and AAO Quality of Care Secretariat, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other organizations are working to prevent the further spread of the 2014 Ebola virus disease outbreak. Infection control precautions and eye-related manifestations of EVD are highlighted here.
    Clinical Statement
    Nov 2014 from OTAC Glaucoma Panel, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Evidence-based review of the success rates and long-term problems associated with various surgical techniques for pediatric glaucoma.
    Ophthalmic Technology Assessment
    Oct 2014 from AAO PPP Panels, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Complete set of recommendations distilled from the PPPs for 2014.
    Summary Benchmark Translations
    Oct 2014 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 2014 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.
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    Oct 2014 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.
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    Oct 2014 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.
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    Oct 2014 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.
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    Oct 2014 from AAO Retina/Vitreous PPP Panel, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Detailed recommendations for evaluation and treatment of macular holes and a discussion of surgical techniques, outcomes and complications of surgery, and predictors of visual results. Treatment recommendations are provided for each stage of macular hole.
    Preferred Practice Pattern Guideline
    Oct 2014 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.
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    Oct 2014 from AAO Retina/Vitreous PPP Panel, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Evidence-based update with detailed recommendations for management of AMD including observation, antioxidant vitamins and minerals, thermal laser photocoagulation, photodynamic therapy, and intravitreal injection of anti-VEGF agents.
    Preferred Practice Pattern Guideline
    Oct 2014 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.
    Preferred Practice Pattern Guideline
    Oct 2014 from OMIC and AAO Quality of Care Secretariat, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Provides information and resources from the Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Company (OMIC) and Academy about bevacizumab intravitreal injections to minimize risks of infection from the compounding process.
    Clinical Statement
    Oct 2014 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.
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    Oct 2014 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.
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    Oct 2014 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.
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    Oct 2014 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.
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    Oct 2014 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.
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    Oct 2014 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.
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    Oct 2014 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.
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    Oct 2014 from AAO Retina PPP Panel, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Recommendations distilled from the PPP for management of AMD.
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    Oct 2014 from AAO Retina/Vitreous PPP Panel, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Recommendations distilled from the PPP for the management of retinopathy.
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    Oct 2014 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.
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    Oct 2014 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.
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    Oct 2014 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.
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    Oct 2014 from AAO Retina/Vitreous PPP Panel, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Detailed evidence-based recommendations for prevention, early detection, and treatment by stage of retinopathy with and without macular edema, including a detailed discussion of the relative roles of laser photocoagulation and anti-VEGF therapy in treatment.
    Preferred Practice Pattern Guideline
    Oct 2014 from AAO Quality of Care Secretariat, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    The Academy recognizes that screening for diabetic retinopathy using digital imaging can be an effective detection method. However, this technology is not a replacement for a comprehensive eye evaluation by an ophthalmologist experienced in managing diabetic retinopathy.
    Clinical Statement
    Sep 2014 from AAP, AAPOS and AAO Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    A clinical report of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) on risk factors for retinopathy development and screening for type 1 diabetic pediatric patients. Endorsed by the Academy.
    Clinical Statement
    Aug 2014 from AAO Wrong-Site Task Force, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Recommendations designed to minimize the incidence of preventable surgical errors, regarding wrong surgical site and wrong surgical procedures.
    Patient Safety Statement
    Jul 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
    Jun 2014 from Michelle Lee White, MD, MPH and James Chodosh, MD, MPH. Reviewed and endorsed by the Ocular Microbiology and Immunology Group.
    A comprehensive HSV keratitis treatment guideline authored by Drs. Michelle Lee White and James Chodosh of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Department of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School.
    Clinical Statement
    Jun 2014 from AAO Complementary Therapy Task Force, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Describes the published evidence for the use of marijuana for the treatment of primary open-angle glaucoma.
    Complementary Therapy Assessment
    Jun 2014 from AAO PPP Committee, Secretary for Quality of Care, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    How effective are the surgical interventions for involutional entropion? Is any one method superior to another?
    Preferred Practice Pattern Clinical Question
    Jun 2014 from ASCRS and AAO Quality of Care Secretariat, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    An information statement of the ASCRS and Academy for patients and prescribing physicians about the effects of alpha-blockers on cataract surgery. Includes an IFIS educational video developed for non-ophthalmologist prescribing MDs.
    Clinical Statement
    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 Quality of Care Secretariat, 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 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 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 the proper technique to ensure compliance.
    Clinical Statement
    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
    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 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 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