UI Health, Chicago Lighthouse co-host anophthalmia conference

The 8th International Children’s Anophthalmia Network (ican) Conference will include educational workshops, presentations by medical experts, free medical and genetic consultations for children and families, and opportunities to meet others affected by anophthalmia, the absence of one or both eyes.

Dr. Nathalie Azar, associate professor of clinical ophthalmology in the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, will evaluate children with anophthalmia at UI Health’s Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary on July 12. Dr. Janet Szlyk, Chicago Lighthouse president and professor of ophthalmology and visual science at UIC, will discuss low vision technology.

Conference details are at http://www.anophthalmia.org/conference/.

The Chicago Lighthouse will provide childcare and special programs for children with anophthalmia or microphthalmia (where the eyes are very small) and their siblings on July 13.

July 12-14

Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary
1855 W. Taylor St.


A young girl with anopthalmia.

A young girl with anophthalmia (click on image for larger file sizeAbout 780 children are born with anophthalmia or microphthalmia in the U.S. each year.

The ican Conference is co-hosted by UI Health and by The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired.

The Chicago Lighthouse is one of the nation’s most comprehensive social service agencies for people with low vision and other disabilities.

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