Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

In Its 10th Year, Mcgee Eye Institute Draws Praise for Research

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

In Its 10th Year, Mcgee Eye Institute Draws Praise for Research

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Some 13 years ago, when ophthalmologist Thomas E. Acers was first approached with the notion of an eye institute for Oklahoma City, a dream nourished by Dean A. McGee, his response may have taken the oil company executive by surprise.

"I said it would never fly," the good doctor recalls today. "I'm not an optimist, really. I thought it was a pipedream from the start."

As times change, minds too can be changed.

As the Dean A. McGee Eye Institute observes its tenth anniversary, Acres, no shrinking violet in the cheerleading department, offers a different view:

"I think we've got it."

A $900,000 research budget to go with a growing international reputation is a living monument to the success of McGee's pipedream.

Institute staffers are in demand as lecturers abroad and around the country. Researchers are producing some of the best work extant in adding to knowledge of the eyes. And clinicians are proving exciting new techniques - and scientific procedures - for saving and restoring sight.

Among the more glamorous achievements: new ways to cure glaucoma and enhance corneal transplants.

"That's the importance of it all," says Acers. What makes the McGee institute a unique fixture in the world of medicine, however, is that curious, yet highly successful blend of clinicians and basic scientists working together toward common goals.

"It gives basic science a new sense of fulfillment," observes the doctor. "And, it closes the critical gap between research and clinical needs."

The hallmark, in his words, is the "sharing and enthusiasm of all members of the staff."

The institute at the moment has 12 medical doctors and five PhD scientists on its professional staff. It is a tertiary care center, enabling its doctors to encounter every unusual or rare conditionafflicting man. …

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