From EyeWiki

This page is a general introduction for visitors to EyeWiki.

What is EyeWiki?

EyeWiki, the Eye Encyclopedia written by Eye Physicians & Surgeons is a single site where ophthalmologists, other physicians, patients and the public can view an eye encyclopedia of content written by ophthalmologists covering the vast spectrum of eye disease, diagnosis and treatment in the field of ophthalmology. All qualified ophthalmologists are invited to contribute content and post it immediately subject to the terms and conditions of EyeWiki.

Who is the audience?

There are two intended audiences. First and foremost are fellow ophthalmologists from around the world. Secondly, we want to appeal to those members of the lay public who seek more information than currently appears in patient education materials.

Why should I contribute?

Given the success of similar medical ‘wikis’, we anticipate that EyeWiki will become very heavily utilized on a global basis. You have the opportunity to provide content in an area of your interest and expertise--content that will be visible to your colleagues, your patients and the public.

How do I contribute?

Just register, author and post! It’s as simple as that. However, don’t forget that the principles of wikis are that they are constantly amended and updated by your colleagues. Your content is not sacrosanct!

What type of content can I contribute?

We accept text, images, and video with voice over (via YouTube). Specifically the following file types may be uploaded: png, gif, and jpg/jpeg.

Terms and Conditions of EyeWiki, a service of the American Academy of Ophthalmology

  • Any ophthalmologist who registers with EyeWiki can author and post content.
  • All content and revisions will be tied to the author’s name. Anonymous posts are not allowed.
  • When you post any content, you are granting the American Academy of Ophthalmology ( “Academy”) an unrestricted license to use it.
  • All of the content of EyeWiki, including text, art, graphics, logos, buttons, images, pictures, audio clips, software, and code is the property of the Academy, our partners or content providers and is protected by US and international copyright laws. Except as granted in the Limited License below, any other use of such content, including modification, transmission, presentation, reproduction, distribution, re-posting or re-publication is prohibited without the prior written consent of the Academy.
  • Your use of downloadable EyeWiki content is subject to a Limited License from the Academy granting you the right to download EyeWiki content solely for your personal, noncommercial use.
  • When you post material you warrant to the American Academy of Ophthalmology that you have the appropriate rights to all of the materials posted (including text, images, video and audio). This means you own the copyright to the materials, have a license or permission to use the materials, or the material resides on a third party site that allows you to link to its content. For information on properly citing references, please refer to the Adding References section of Getting Started.
  • EyeWiki participants should not discuss fees, reimbursement, current salaries or compensation for any office personal, including but not limited to ophthalmologists, optometrists, technicians, and administrators, or plans for collective economic actions (e.g., joint negotiations with or boycotts of third party payors or managed care plans, or decisions not to deal with particular types of providers) to avoid potential antitrust liability. Discussions about Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement policies are generally permissible as long as they do not lead to anticompetitive actions (e.g., a collective agreement not to treat Medicare or Medicaid patients).
  • EyeWiki participants may not post content that makes threats of any kind, intimidates, harasses, or bullies anyone, is derogatory, demeaning, malicious, defamatory, abusive, offensive or hateful, or constitutes a racial/ethnic/religious/sexual slur.
  • EyeWiki participants must comply with all HIPAA regulations and may not post information that reveals the name or identity of a particular patient, or a photo or video that shows a patient with enough detail to identify the patient. In situations where you feel a particular photo or video is of sufficient importance, you must obtain a signed patient release that explains to the patient that the photo or video will be posted on an ophthalmology website, but it could appear elsewhere on the web or in print.
  • The content will be self moderated by the general ophthalmic community.
  • The various editorial boards for each subspecialty will review the material from time to time for quality assurance. They can permanently delete it, ask for revision or repost the content.
  • The Editor-in-Chief, Deputy Editor-in-Chief and the editorial boards’ decisions are final and binding on all authors.
  • The content on or accessible through EyeWiki is for informational purposes only.
  • EyeWiki is not a substitute for professional advice or expert medical services from a qualified healthcare provider.
  • Information on EyeWiki is for educational and informational purposes only; it is not intended as and does not substitute for professional medical advice.
  • If you are a patient, see your doctor for advice and diagnosis.
  • If you are affected by any potential health or medical emergency, call your local emergency service immediately.
  • EyeWiki and the American Academy of Ophthalmology do not recommend or endorse any treatment, institution, professional, physician, product, procedure or other information that may be mentioned on EyeWiki.
  • By using this site, you understand that the information provided on EyeWiki is written and monitored by a large community of people that are not employees of EyeWiki or the American Academy of Ophthalmology or controlled by EyeWiki or  the American Academy of Ophthalmology and content changes constantly.
  • EyeWiki content, a service of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, is provided "as is" and without any representations of accuracy or warranties of any kind.
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