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Release: April 12, 2000

Two UI Health Care specialists to lead online chats April 13

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Kirk L. Fridrich, D.D.S., and H. Culver Boldt, M.D., both with University of Iowa Health Care, will each lead separate hour-long, online question-and-answer discussions in the areas of their specialization with a nationwide audience on Thursday, April 13.

The online chats will be hosted by AmericasDoctor.com and can be accessed by entering through the www.AmericasDoctor.com home page under "Upcoming Events."

Fridrich, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, will discuss surgical treatment to correct faulty jaw position from 10 to 11 a.m. (CST). Sometimes the upper and lower jaws grow at different rates, or one or both jaws may grow too much or too little, resulting in improper teeth alignment and problems with speaking, chewing and even breathing. An improper bite may also threaten the long-term health of the gums and teeth and can adversely affect the jaw joint. Corrective jaw surgery can move all or part of the upper and/or lower jaw into a more favorable position.

Boldt, an ophthalmologist, will discuss sports and eye injury prevention from 4 to 5 p.m. (CST) The most effective treatment for sports eye injuries is prevention. It is estimated that of the 1.6 million to 2.4 million Americans who sustain eye injuries each year, 40,000 are legally blinded in the injured eye. The incidence of eye injuries from sports can range from 10 to 40 percent.

Fridrich is professor and head of Hospital Dentistry at the UI Hospitals and Clinics. After receiving his dentistry degree at the University of Nebraska Dental School in Lincoln, he completed a residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery at the UI Hospitals and Clinics. He joined the UI faculty in 1992. Fridrich is a member of numerous professional organizations and has currently finished his sixth year as an examiner for the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. His areas of clinical interest include orthognathic surgery and dental implant surgery.

Boldt is an associate professor in the UI department of ophthalmology and visual sciences. After receiving his medical degree from Northwestern University in Chicago, he completed a residency in ophthalmology at the UI Hospitals and Clinics. He completed fellowships in medical retina at Wilmer Ophthalmology Institute in Baltimore, and in surgical retina at Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals in Milwaukee. He joined the UI faculty in 1992.

Boldt is director of the Eye Injury Registry of Iowa and serves as treasurer for the United States Eye Injury Registry. His clinical expertise is in age-related macular degeneration, ocular trauma, diabetic retinopathy, ocular tumors, and ocular ultrasound.

A calendar of other upcoming chats by UI Health Care professionals and dialogue from past chats can be accessed by logging on to www.uihealthcare.com and clicking on the AmericasDoctor.com logo at the bottom of the page.

UI Health Care’s partnership with AmericasDoctor.com is part of an increasing trend in health care toward enhancing consumer services through the Internet. According to recent statistics compiled by Cyber Dialogue, a New York firm that tracks Internet commerce, there are approximately 22 million World Wide Web users seeking health information over the Internet. Cyber Dialogue projects that number to increase to 33 million over the next year.

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