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Discussing eye health
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Dr. Douglas Lazzaro, the head of the ophthalmology unit at NYU Lutheran Medical

Dr. Douglas Lazzaro, the head of the ophthalmology unit at NYU Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, addresses the group.

More than 30 UFT members attended the March 28 UFT Welfare Fund Medical Learning Series seminar called “The Aging Eye” to hear doctors from the NYU Ophthalmology Center in Manhattan discuss vision ailments and their treatments. Dr. Douglas Lazzaro, the head of the ophthalmology unit at NYU Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, explained what cataracts are and that surgery is prescribed when the cataract interferes with the patient’s daily lifestyle and activities. Dr. Yasha Modi provided a thorough description of age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss for people over 60. To understand the complexities of glaucoma, Dr. Assumpta Madu presented photos of what the patient with glaucoma sees versus someone with a normal eye lens. Dr. Madu said that glaucoma is likeliest to afflict individuals of African descent, people diagnosed with diabetes and people with high blood pressure. Arthur Pepper, the executive director of the UFT Welfare Fund, said one member told him that he came out for the event at UFT headquarters because “understanding vision is so important, and the fact that there are medical doctors who are here to teach us about this vital topic makes it worth the travel.” The final seminar of the year, on sports medicine, will take place on May 16 at union headquarters.

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