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Department of Ophthalmology


November 20, 2018, UCHealth Today

After attack, UCHealth Eye Center team saves an eye

A multi-specialty team saves a teacher's vision.

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November 8, 2018, CU Anschutz Office of Advancement

Saving Tabythia’s Eyesight

Drs. Davidson, Oliver and Kahook save Tabythia's vision.


July 23, 2018, UCHealth Today

Letting light back in after accident blinded hunter

Several complex surgeries and low vision rehabilitation help father of two regain vision after shotgun pellet injuries.

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June 26, 2018, CU Anschutz Today

Sue Anschutz-Rodgers Eye Center part of longstanding partnership​

Leadership commitment names UCHealth Eye Center program at Anschutz Medical Campus.


March 12, 2018, Cision Newswire

New World Medical Congratulates its 2018 Humanitarian Project Award and Fellowship Award Winners

CUSOM Ophthalmic Global Outreach Program receives medical mission travel support to provide glaucoma training in the Dominican Republic.

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November 6, 2017, CU Anschutz Today

Veteran gives veteran his sight back

Vietnam veteran, J.D. Hill, was losing sight in his left eye. His Army doctors in Colorado Springs were stumped and sent him to Prem Subramanian, MD, PhD, a fellow veteran, who saved Hill’s sight.


August 30, 2017, CU Anschutz News

A vision for helping those with sight problems

Valeria Canto-Soler, PhD, joins Ophthalmology and Gates Center for Regenerative Medicineas the Doni Solich Family Endowed Chair in Ocular Stem Cell Research to develop cell-based treatments.


August 15, 2017, KDVR Fox31 Denver

Eye experts warn of long-term dangers from staring at solar eclipse

Even brief periods of looking at the sun can cause retinal burns.


July 12, 2017, UCHealth Today

Chicken pox, shingles, varicella, zoster: patients benefit from scientific research

Maria Nagel, MD, is one of the top clinical reserachers of the varicella-zoster virus that causes chicken pox, shingles and other diseases.


July 15, 2017, Ophthalmology Times

Growing number of devices set to transform glaucoma treatment

New devices to treat Glaucoma with minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) are in the making.

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June 28, 2017, Journal-Advocate Sterling, CO

Retired eye docs recognized by CU

Drs. Elliff and Buchanan honored with Distinguished Achievement Award for a combined 50 years of providing care in northeastern Colorado, where access to health care has been limited.

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June 15, 2017, FierceBiotech

Eye specialist Ocugen looks east for second-round fundraising

New treatments for sight-threatening diseases, invented by Ocugen co-founder Uday Kompella, are closer to clinical trials.


December 29, 2016, KDVR Fox31 Denver

Online eye exam can issue prescriptions – but does it work?

Richard Davidson, MD discusses the limits of currently-available online eye exams.


October 2016, UCHealth News

Lights go on for another 'bionic eye' patient

Raymond Graber, 88, got his first glimpse of the outside world in more than half a century, thanks to surgery and a still-emerging technology. Read another article about Mr. Graber here.

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July 11, 2016, CU Anschutz Today

High school girls explore health care careers

50 high school girls from around Aurora and Denver participate in “Exploring Careers in Health Care” program.


February 2016, CSEPS News

Dr. Seibold advocates on behalf of patients, HB16-1095

Dr. Leonard Seibold, MD, addresses the Colorado House Health, Insurance and Environment Committee to support HB16-1095. The "early eye drop refill" bill was signed into law in March 2016.

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January 2016, UCHealth News

Dr. Enzenauer retires after 40-year military career

Robert Enzenauer, MD, is chief of Pediatric Ophthalmology at Children’s Hospital Colorado, and plans to stay put. But Enzenauer is retiring as a brigadier general, bringing to an end a 40-year military career.

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December 2015, UCHealth News

Colorado's first bionic eye implant

Only two centers in the Western United States have implanted the device, which uses a small camera and microchip to stimulate the patient’s optic nerve. Watch a related video here.

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December 2015, University of Colorado Technology Transfer Office

Ophthalmologist Innovation 2015 awards: two University of Colorado technologies ranked in top ten

Two CU inventors recently had their work recognized by The Ophthalmologist, landing the #7 and #1 spots.


September 2015, UCHealth Insider (PDF)

Eye center display offers a look at ophthalmology’s past 

A display case just off the main entrance to the recently expanded and remodeled Eye Center contains a wide variety of ophthalmology-related instruments collected across the years.

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September 2015, Clinically Speaking

When we're united, patients win

​How a new space is improving patient outcomes at the UCHealth Eye Center.


May 2015, UCHealth News

UCHealth Eye Center announces grand opening

​After an extensive expansion and remodeling project, the UCHealth Eye Center has reopened and is now one of the largest eye centers in the nation.

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February 2015, CU Anschutz Today

Drs. Mandava and Siringo restore sight after laboratory accident

A CSU Chemistry PhD student, and single father, suffered a severe injury which was repaired by Drs. Mandava and Siringo.

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February 2015, CU Anschutz Today

Device to perform safer, more effective cataract surgery

A research group led by Malik Kahook, MD, has developed a device to enhance the surgeon’s ability to complete a perfectly round and centered opening during cataract surgery.

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July 2014, KDVR Fox31 Denver

New eye test for Alzheimer’s disease showing promise

Researchers say the same kind of plaque that clogs the brain, causing Alzheimer’s, can also be spotted in the back of the eye. Dr. Victoria Pelak, neuro-ophthalmologist, comments.

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March 2014, Aurora Sentinel

Collaboration between business, medicine may save glaucoma patients from blindness

At an eye clinic in the Philippines, as many as 80 patients could get some relief from their glaucoma because of a groundbreaking device.

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November 2013, CU Anschutz Today

Galaxy Ophthalmics to develop improved glaucoma therapy

A research group led by Jeffrey Olson, MD, has developed an implantable device to improve advanced surgical glaucoma treatments.

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June 2013, University of Colorado Foundation News

University of Colorado Health Eye Center expands to improve patient care, advance eye care research

Education and innovation are at the heart of the expansion as the team of eye experts hopes to connect with patients like never before.


June 2013, Denver Business Journal

CU Ophthalmology blends research, entrepreneurship

For one of the foremost examples of entrepreneurship and tech transfer in the Denver area, look to the University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Department of Ophthalmology.


May 2013, CU Anschutz Today

Dr. Bennett receives Technology Transfer award

Jeffrey Bennett, MD, PhD, professor of neuro-ophthalmology, developed a new treatment for neuromyelitis optica, a rare autoimmune disease that causes inflammation and demyelination of nerve cells.


May 2013, KDVR FOX 31 Denver

Blurred vision could be warning sign of other problems

Leonard Seibold, MD, assistant professor of ophthalmology, discusses common vision issues.


May 2013, Denver Business Journal

Anschutz exec gives $1.5M to CU eye program

Craig Slater and his wife Colleen have donated $1.5 million to the University of Colorado School of Medicine to create the Slater Family Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology, to be held by Malik Kahook, MD.


May 2013, Top Class Actions

Aspiring Actress contracts Steven's Johnson Syndrome (SJS)

A New York actress traveled to Colorado where she experienced a rare, but serious reaction to a medication. Darren Gregory, MD successfully treated blisters on her eyes, preventing blindness.


April 2013, KDVR FOX 31 Denver

Vision therapy helps correct poor vision

Emily McCourt, MD, assistant professor of pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus, discusses vision therapies for children.


April 2013, Denver Business Journal

Sue Anschutz-Rodgers donates $2M for eye-disease chair

Rancher and philanthropist Sue Anschutz-Rodgers has donated $2 million toward creating an endowed chair in retinal diseases which will be held by Naresh Mandava, MD.

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2013, Davis Partnership Architects

Architect's portfolio: UCHealth Eye Center addition

The original 47,000 sqft building was designed by Davis Partnership Architects around 2001. This addition adds another 85,000 square feet with another 10,000 square feet of remodeled space.


August 2012, Wyoming News

Resilient Elly: Rare eye disease affects Wyoming girl

Elly has been diagnosed with familial exudative vitreoretinopathy, or FEVR for short. Dr. Scott Oliver diagnosed her at Children’s Hospital Colorado.

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March 20, 2012, CU Denver Today

Dr. Enzenauer receives American College of Physician Executives Fellowship

ACPE’s Board of Directors honored Enzenauer as a Fellow for demonstrating significant and enduring contributions to the advancement of medical management.


December 2011, UCH Insider (PDF)

UCHealth Eye Center debuts laser cataract surgery

It’s the first new technique for removing cataracts in roughly three decades. Physicians at the UCHealth Eye Center became the first in the metro area to start using it.


August 2011, CU Anschutz Today

VIPs visit labs: Future funding for research discussed

Malik Kahook, MD, showed visitors how unique polymers can be inserted into tiny incisions in the eye and then, after being exposed to the ocular environment, be used to deliver drugs to treat glaucoma.


November 2010, CU Anschutz Today

Young, unsupervised children most at risk for dog bites

A study shows that unsupervised children are most at risk for bites, that the culprits are usually family pets and if they bite once, they will bite again with the second attack often more devastating than the first.


August 2010, CU Anschutz Today

New eye cancer treatment prevents blindness

In his quest to save eyesight in patients with ocular cancer, Scott Oliver, MD, discovered that silicone oil could block radiation from striking critical structures while allowing it to hit the tumor.


March 2010, EyeWorld News

Treatments offer hope for patients with Stevens-Johnson Syndrome

Darren Gregory, MD, sees success using amniotic membrane to treat ocular problems in Stevens-Johnson Syndrome.


January 2010, A Sweet Life - The Diabetes Magazine

Interview with Dr. Petrash, aldose reductase researcher

J. Mark Petrash, PhD, is Professor and Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and is a leader in the field of aldose reductase research.


Fall 2009, Glaucoma Today

Low Vision Rehabilitation: Strategies for assisting patients who have lost vision to glaucoma

Kara Hanson, OD, FAAO, Director of Low Vision Rehabilitation, discusses the ins and outs of low vision rehabilitation.