Last updated on: 4/8/2014 | Author: ProCon.org

American Academy of Ophthalmology Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“Based on reviews by the National Eye Institute (NEI), the Institute of Medicine (IOM), and on available scientific evidence, the American Academy of Ophthalmology Complementary Therapy Task Force finds no scientific evidence demonstrating increased benefit and/or diminished risk of marijuana use in the treatment of glaucoma compared with the wide variety of pharmaceutical agents now available…

Potentially serious side effects associated with smoking marijuana include an increased heart rate and a decrease in blood pressure. Studies of single-administration marijuana use have shown a lowering of blood pressure concurrent with the lowering of IOP. This raises concerns that there may be compromised blood flow to the optic nerve, but no data have been published on the long-term systemic and ocular effects from the use of marijuana by patients with glaucoma.”

“Complementary Therapy Assessment: Marijuana in the Treatment of Glaucoma,” one.aao.org, June 2013 (confirmed as current position on Apr. 7, 2014)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“The American Academy of Ophthalmology is the largest national membership association of Eye M.D.s. Eye M.D.s are ophthalmologists, medical and osteopathic doctors who provide comprehensive eye care, including medical, surgical and optical care. More than 90 percent of practicing U.S. Eye M.D.s are Academy members, and the Academy has more than 7,000 international members.”

“About the Academy,” aao.org (accessed Apr. 7, 2014)

Mission:

“The mission of the American Academy of Ophthalmology is to advance the lifelong learning and professional interests of ophthalmologists (Eye M.D.s) to ensure that the public can obtain the best possible eye care.”

“About the Academy,” aao.org (accessed Apr. 7, 2014)

Other:
501(c)(6) non-profit
Quoted in:
  1. Is Marijuana an Effective Treatment for Glaucoma?