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Clinical Science

Q&A: Are Over-the-Counter Eye Drops Safe?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recalled dozens of over-the-counter lubricating eye drops and artificial tears in 2023 due to contamination and unsafe manufacturing practices. Gary D. Novack, M.D., a clinical professor in the UC Davis Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Science, explains in a video and Q&A why there have been so many eye drop recalls and how people can pick safe products.

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Eye Institute’s Innovative Design Honored with Awards

The Ernest E. Tschannen Eye Institute Building received top medical building awards from the Construction Managers Association of America (CMAA) and the Sacramento Business Journal. The 78,500-square-foot building has 64 exam rooms, 24 imaging rooms, and houses the Center of Ocular Regenerative Therapies, which researches gene and transplant therapies for inherited retinal diseases.

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Gene Therapy for Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Ophthalmologists at UC Davis Health used an experimental gene therapy to treat a patient with wet age-related macular degeneration, or wet AMD. The treatment was part of a randomized, partially masked, controlled, phase 3 clinical study evaluating the efficacy and safety of an experimental therapy, ABBV-RGX-314, for wet AMD. UC Davis Health is one of 93 sites in the U.S. participating in the clinical trial.

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Awards and Recognitions
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Ranked among the nation’s best hospitals

A U.S. News & World Report best hospital in cancer, cardiology, heart & vascular surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, ENT, geriatrics, neurology & neurosurgery, obstetrics & gynecology, and pulmonology & lung surgery.

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Ranked among the nation’s top performers

UC Davis Medical Center received Healthgrades® America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award for 2024, placing us among the top 2% of hospitals nationwide for overall clinical performance. We also received accolades for high-quality patient care, known as Specialty Excellent Awards, in five areas including cardiac, neurosciences, gastrointestinal, critical care and pulmonary specialties.

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Recognized as a great hospital in America

UC Davis Medical Center has been recognized as one of the nation’s top hospitals by the 2023 edition of Becker’s Hospital Review’s “Great hospitals in America” list.

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The nation’s highest nursing honor

UC Davis Medical Center has received Magnet® recognition, the nation’s highest honor for nursing excellence.

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Ranked Sacramento’s #1 hospital

Ranked Sacramento’s #1 hospital by U.S. News, and high-performing in COPD, colon cancer surgery, diabetes, heart attack, heart failure, hip fracture, hip replacement, kidney failure, leukemia, lymphoma & myeloma, lung cancer surgery, ovarian cancer surgery, pneumonia, prostate cancer surgery, stroke, TAVR, uterine cancer surgery, gastroenterology & GI surgery, and orthopedics.

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