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World Sight Day 2017 at the Wilmer Eye Institute

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World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness held on the second Thursday of October, to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment.

Wilmer and World Sight Day

The mission of the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute is to contribute to ophthalmic knowledge and to reduce suffering from blindness and vision loss locally and around the world, through leadership and excellence in research, education, and patient care. In honor of World Sight Day, Wilmer aims to raise global awareness on preventable blindness and vision impairment. 


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Celebrating World Sight Day at Wilmer

In honor of World Sight Day, Wilmer is raising funds to support resident education, specifically focusing on educating residents about eye diseases throughout the world and treatment opportunities. The Wilmer Ophthalmology Residency Program is one of the premier ophthalmology training programs in the country. Internationally recognized faculty, outstanding facilities, a large and varied patient population and, most importantly, superb residents- combine to provide an environment in which residents become leaders in their field as skilled medical and surgical ophthalmologists. 

Please join us in honoring World Sight Day 2017 on Thurs., Oct. 12, by supporting resident education and joining one of our World Sight Day Wilmer events:

Clinic Location Celebrations

Visit any one of the following Wilmer locations on Oct. 12, 2017- staff will be there to answer any questions you may have, provide educational materials on our research and patient care initiatives, and accept donations benefiting resident education:

Reddit Ask Me Anything with Wilmer Faculty and Residents

From 10:00a.m. - 2:00p.m., Wilmer residents will be hosting a virtual Ask Me Anything forum on Reddit to answer questions from users regarding any ophthalmic-related topic. Here's how you can participate:

  1. Visit the Ask Me Anything Reddit page. You will be able to see the active AMA when it is slated to begin at 10:00a.m.
  2. You must have an account through Reddit, which can be created for free. If you already have an account, log in.
  3. Post a question you would like answered or vote on other participants’ questions you’d like to hear answered.

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Support Our Residents' Research in Honor of World Sight Day

Your gift will help support research conducted by our residents in all areas of ophthalmology, ranging from clinical and epidemiological studies to device development to basic science bench work.

Support the Residents' Research Fund.


"Wilmer has a long tradition of training leaders in ophthalmology and we are fortunate to mentor and work with the best and brightest young minds in our field."

-Divya Srikumaran, M.D., Vice Chair of Education at the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute and Medical Director, Wilmer Eye Institute - Odenton