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Whose Eye Is It Anyway?

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Watch the eyecare gameshow Whose Eye Is It Anyway? to test your knowledge of geographic atrophy with ophthalmic experts!

Welcome to Whose Eye Is It Anyway, a game show where eyecare practitioners play a series of three games that quiz their understanding of geographic atrophy (GA).
Watch the video to play along with these renowned ophthalmic experts!

Whose Eye Is It Anyway host and contestants

  • Host/Judge: Marc R. Bloomenstein, OD, FAAO
    • Dr. Bloomenstein is an optometrist at the Schwartz Laser Eye Center. He is a founding member of the Optometric Council on Refractive Technology (OCRT), now the Optometric Corneal, Cataract, and Refractive Society (OCCRS). He has lectured extensively and published numerous articles on anterior segment and refractive topics.
  • Contestant 1: Renee Bovelle MD, CSIM
    • Dr. Bovelle is a board-certified ophthalmologist who currently practices at Envision Eye and Laser Center where she specializes in laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK), laser, ophthalmic, cataract, and botox procedures. She served as Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Louisiana State University (LSU) and has worked at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
  • Contestant 2: Mohammad Rafieetary, OD, FAAO, FORS, Dipl. ABO
    • Dr. Rafieetary is a consultative optometric physician who practices at the Charles Retina Institute. He is published in numerous professional publications and lectures broadly on the subject of ocular diseases with an emphasis on conditions of the retina and vitreous.
  • Contestant 3: Dorothy L. Hitchmoth, OD, FAAO, Dipl. ABO
    • Dr. Hitchmoth is the CEO and owner of Dr. Dorothy L. Hitchmoth, PLLC. She is a nationally recognized, award-winning professor, lecturer, and patient advocate who has worked as a physician executive in large hospitals and multi-practice networks for over 26 years. Dr. Hitchmoth also owns a healthcare consulting business that focuses on innovation in telehealth, artificial intelligence, and healthcare quality outcomes.

Game 1: GA yes or no questions

The first game is a head-to-head contest, where two contestants are asked 15 questions about GA, to which they have to answer “yes” or “no.” Whoever answers the most questions correctly at the end of their round wins the game.
Discover risk factors for GA and indicators on multimodal imaging that predispose GA patients to increased risk of progression.

Game 2: “Diagnose Me”

The second game is called “Diagnose Me” and involves the participants reviewing clinical information and multimodal imaging from a case study. They have alternating opportunities to ask yes or no questions to the host about the patient, and the first participant to correctly diagnose the case wins the game.
Watch these ophthalmic experts go step by step through the diagnostic process as they determine the condition.

Game 3: “GA to GA”

The third game is similar to “Apples to Apples,” in which the host presents a single card relating to GA each round. The participants all have a hand of digital cards that they can choose from, with the goal of picking one that best aligns with the host’s word. Each participant is given time to argue why their card is the closest fit.
Learn about terms frequently associated with geographic atrophy and see how they think creatively to win the game.

Join the fun

Laugh, learn, and test your knowledge of geographic atrophy!
Marc Bloomenstein, OD, FAAO
About Marc Bloomenstein, OD, FAAO

Dr. Marc R. Bloomenstein is a 1990 graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles with a degree in Biology. He received his optometric degree from the New England College of Optometry in 1994. After graduation, Dr. Bloomenstein finished a residency in secondary ophthalmic care at the Barnet Dulaney Eye Center in Phoenix, Arizona. He received his fellowship from the American Academy of Optometry in December, 1998 and is a founding member of the Optometric Council on Refractive Technology.

Currently, Dr. Bloomenstein is at the Schwartz Laser Eye Center. Aside from lecturing and publishing on numerous anterior segment and refractive topics, Dr. Bloomenstein is on the editorial board of Primary Care of Optometry and Contemporary Optometry. He served as the President of the Arizona Optometric Association, as well as an Optometric Advisor to STAAR Surgical and Medtronics Solan. Dr. Bloomenstein is the President of the Board of the Arizona Optometric Charitable Foundation.

Marc Bloomenstein, OD, FAAO
Renee Bovelle, MD, FAAO
About Renee Bovelle, MD, FAAO

Dr. Renee Bovelle, the founder and CEO of Advanced Eyecare Medical Center, PA “dba” Envision Eye & Laser Center, was trained at Wellesley College, David Geffen UCLA School of Medicine, Yale University, and the Louisiana State University Eye Center. She was pleased to be named a Washingtonian Top Doctor by her peers. 

Additionally, Dr. Bovelle received a Master’s in Cybersecurity Strategy and Information Management from George Washington University and focused on policies and practices that protect critical information with particular attention to the healthcare field.

She is the Cornea Director at Howard University Hospital and holds academic appointments at Ross University School of Medicine and the University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center.

Renee Bovelle, MD, FAAO
Mohammad Rafieetary, OD, FAAO
About Mohammad Rafieetary, OD, FAAO

Dr. Mohammad Rafieetary is a consultative optometric physician who has been in practice at the Charles Retina Institute (CRI) since 1996. Dr. Rafieetary is a graduate of Boston University and received his Doctor of Optometry from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

He completed a residency in primary care optometry and ocular disease at the Southern College of Optometry (SCO) and the Memphis Health Center. Upon completion of his residency in 1989, Dr. Rafieetary joined SCO’s faculty and served as an associate professor and the Chief of Advanced Ocular Disease Service at the Southern College of Optometry until he joined CRI.

Dr. Rafieetary has received several awards, including the SCO Faculty of the Year, the American Diabetic Association’s National Achievement of Distinction Award, and the Tennessee Associations of Optometric Physician’s Optometrist of the Year. He has served on the board of several professional organizations, such as the Church Health Center and the American Diabetes Association.

Dr. Rafieetary is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and Optometric Retina Society. He is board-certified by the American Board of Optometry as well as the American Board of Certification in Medical Optometry.

Dr. Rafieetary is published in numerous professional publications and lectures extensively on the subject of diseases of the eye with emphasis on conditions of the retina and vitreous.

Mohammad Rafieetary, OD, FAAO
Dorothy L. Hitchmoth, OD, FAAO
About Dorothy L. Hitchmoth, OD, FAAO

Dorothy Hitchmoth, OD, FAAO retired from the Department of Veterans Affairs and moved her Hanover private practice to New London in 2018 where she has lived for the past 26 years. Dr. Hitchmoth's career in academic medicine and product innovation has led her colleagues to dub her "America's Eye Doctor." She is a nationally recognized, award-winning professor, lecturer and patient advocate who has worked as a physician executive in large hospital and multi-practice networks for over 26 years. She has authored countless scientific papers, editorials and book chapters. She continues to be featured on television, radio, and across the social media spectrum. She has also appeared in documentary films one of which will be released in 2022.

Dorothy L. Hitchmoth, OD, FAAO
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