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Message From the President

The Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology is the association of Minnesota eye physicians and surgeons (Eye MD's) looking out for your eye health.  For almost 100 years, the Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology, a non-profit organization, has been serving Minnesotans by encouraging and cultivating the study of, and research in, the specialty of medical science known as ophthalmology.

Your Eye MD's (ophthalmologists) have completed extensive training.  After receiving an undergraduate degree, we then attend medical school to complete a doctorate of medicine (MD) degree. Graduating doctors who show a special interest and aptitude in eye problems then complete another year of general medical training called an internship, followed by an additional 3 to 6 years of residency and fellowship programs in ophthalmology where we learn the critical aspects of taking care of your eyes.  This includes determining exactly what may be wrong with your eye(s) (diagnosis) and treating them in the best possible way.  This treatment could be through glasses or contact lenses, medical management (including medications such as eye drops or pills), or surgery.  Your Eye M.D.'s are great resources who are here to help you understand your individual eye concerns, provide treatment options for your eye health needs, and advocate for you to ensure your vision and eye health throughout life.

Our members meet regularly to share and exchange advancements in medical and surgical eye care and are committed to advancing the highest standards of your eye care.  We strive to educate and equip our patients with all the facts needed to make informed decisions about their eyes, and we continually strive for excellence in our field.

For more information on the Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology, please contact us.

Kind regards,
Mary Lawrence, MD, MPH
President, Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology