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The information provided on this site is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her existing physician.

Confidentiality of data relating to individual patients and visitors to a medical/health Web site, including their identity, is respected by this Web site. The Web site owners undertake to honor or exceed the legal requirements of medical/health information privacy that apply in the country and state where the Web site is located.

This website is updated monthly. We do not advertise on the website. The website is funded by the Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Foundation.

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1. DR. FOSTER, HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL (HMS), Massachusetts Eye Research and Surgery Institution , OCULAR IMMUNOLOGY AND UVEITIS FOUNDATION AND ANY WEBSITE CONTRIBUTORS AND THEIR AFFILIATES DO NOT MAKE ANY WARRANTIES, AS TO THE ACCURACY, ADEQUACY OR COMPLETENESS OF ANY MATERIAL PRESENTED HERE, WHICH IS PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" BASIS. DR. FOSTER, HMS, Massachusetts Eye Research and Surgery Institution , OCULAR IMMUNOLOGY AND UVEITIS FOUNDATION AND ITS WEBSITE CONTRIBUTORS ARE NOT LIABLE TO ANYONE FOR ANY: a) ERRORS, INACCURACIES, OMISSIONS OBTAINED HERE; b) DAMAGES OR INJURY TO PERSON OR PROPERTY FROM ANY USE OF IDEAS CONTAINED HERE; AND/OR c) ANY DAMAGES INCURRED IF MATERIAL INFECTS OR CONTAMINATES A USER'S SYSTEM.

2. The information published on the uveitis.org website is not intended to replace consultation with an ophthalmologist. Dr. Foster cannot answer specific medical questions or refer you to a particular ophthalmologist.

3. Unless specifically stated otherwise, the opinions expressed and statements made by various authors on this website reflect the author's observations and do not imply endorsement by Harvard Medical School(HMS).

4. Dr. Foster does not exert editorial control over and has not participated in the development of other Internet websites. Dr. Foster does not support, endorse, or hold any responsibility for hyperlink pointers, their website content, any of their expressed views, any services they offer or hyperlinks they mention. Dr. Foster does not endorse any of the products or companies mentioned in the uveitis.org website.

Privacy Statement

This site contains links to other sites. Dr. Foster is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such Web sites.

uveitis.org E-mail Policy

uveitis.org and mersi.us will protect your e-mail address from inappropriate use. E-mail to Dr. Foster at fosters@uveitis.org, although private, may be filed in your medical records for documentation purposes if you are an established patient of Dr. Foster, or may become part of your medical record if you come to him for consultation. This, coupled with the imperfect security of encrypted e-mail transmissions creates obvious potential privacy risks.

Under no circumstances should e-mail be used for communication of urgent or emergency matters. Dr. Foster travels to lecture often and widely, and attempts to access his e-mail even while abroad, answering most inquiries within 48-72 hours. However, there can be no guarantee for such a response time.

Security

This website has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control.

Contacting the Website

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this Web site, you can contact:

Dr. C. Stephen Foster at fosters@uveitis.org

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