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Medical NewsWomen’s Eye Health

The majority of people believe that men and women have about an equal incidence of eye disease causing vision impairment. The reality is that women are more affected than men, with the difference starting to accelerate at about age 50. Women have a higher incidence of cataract, macular degeneration, diabetic Read more…

Medical NewsEye Infections Building Resistance to Meds

Microbial keratitis, corneal ulcers, conjunctivitis and uveitis are all part of the day-to-day clinical presentations for eye doctors. Medications are often prescribed to combat these conditions; however, we are seeing more and more resistance to commonly used drugs. There is an ongoing study called the ARMOR  (Antibiotic Resistance Monitoring in Read more…

Medical NewsNew Lens Options for Aging Patient Needs

During the past 20 years, numerous studies have shown a contact lens drop-out rate around 20 percent, most often due to discomfort from dryness. The incidence of dry eye increases with age and to help keep patients comfortable in lenses doctors must first address the underlying dry eye. Fortunately, there Read more…

Medical NewsAdvanced Treatment for Wet AMD

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a condition that can lead to the loss of central vision. For a long time, a patient that progressed to the more advanced “wet” form of the disease was inevitably going to lose the central vision in the eye. Prior to 2005, retina specialists would Read more…

Medical NewsThe Eye is the Window to the Soul

They say the eye is the window to the soul.  While this may indeed be the case, what I see when I peer into a patient’s eye (and I have seen a lot of eyes in my career), is essentially a map to an individual’s health.  When your doctor dilates Read more…

Medical NewsOff-Label Drug Use

Many physicians use medications that are approved and marketed for one condition in order to treat alternative or other conditions. This practice is not only permissible; in fact, it’s good medicine. The Alliance of Specialty Medicine’s position states that “the FDA acknowledges that physicians may prescribe any legally marketed product Read more…

Medical NewsThe ABC’s of Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD) is the leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 65. It is believed that just over 2 million Americans have some form of ARMD which is far more common in the Caucasian population than in other ethnic groups. There are 2 types Read more…

Health & BeautyA Closer Look at That Eye

Like skin elsewhere on our bodies, our eyelids are often prone to developing small growths. Most often, these lesions are benign entities such as nevi (moles) or skin tags. Some growths, however, are cause for concern. Our beautiful weather brings with it intense ultraviolet exposure which is the most significant Read more…

Medical NewsContact Lenses: Lack of Care Can Lead to Infection

A 2014 study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that in 2010 there were an estimated 988,000 visits to doctors’ offices, outpatient clinics, and emergency departments for keratitis (inflammation of the cornea) and other contact lens-related eye conditions. The total cost was estimated to be Read more…

Medical NewsEye Disease: The Most Common Diabetic Complication

As a certified telemedicine diabetic reader, I participate in a program that is run through UC Berkeley called Eyepacs, a web-based non-proprietary application for exchanging eye-related clinical information. The bulk of Eyepacs communications involves bringing diabetic retinal assessments into the primary care physicians’ offices.  The program works without regard to Read more…

Medical NewsDry Eye and Sjogren’s Disease

Sjogren’s (SHOW-grins) syndrome is a chronic autoimmune disease in which an individual’s white blood cells attack their moisture-producing glands.  Although the hallmark symptoms are dry eyes and dry mouth, Sjogren’s also causes serious complications throughout the entire body which can include dysfunction of the kidneys, gastrointestinal system, blood vessels, lungs, Read more…

Medical NewsThe Lowdown on Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery

Ok, you’ve been told you have a cataract and that cataract surgery is the best way to improve your vision. Now comes the hard part. Not only do you and your doctor have to decide whether a specialty lens is appropriate, but also whether to perform the surgery using traditional Read more…

Natural OptionsSo Much More Than Braille

Today, less than 10% of visually impaired people can read braille. One might therefore question the purpose of the Braille Institute which was established in 1919. However, when you consider that macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss among people ages 50+1 and our growing baby boomer population, Read more…

Medical NewsPatients Benefit From In-Office Testing

CLIA, short for Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments, is a federal regulatory body that oversees laboratory processes and testing on humans. It also grants waivers for testing that may be done in-office. There are hundreds of CLIA waived tests utilized by different specialties to provide better care, and it is important Read more…

Medical NewsIcky, Sticky Red Eyes

Redness and stickiness of the eyes are common complaints. Some cases are caused by infectious conjunctivitis, or “pink eye,” but there are also a variety of other causes. In the midst of winter, pink eye is an ailment you or a loved one may encounter. It is often associated with Read more…

Medical NewsA New Treatment for Dry Eye

Ever wonder why over-the-counter drops and even prescription drops don’t seem to resolve a chronic dry eye condition? Chances are you (or your doctor) are using the wrong approach. Dry eye is a complex disease, but the origin can be traced to two basic causes: lipid deficiency (also called evaporative Read more…

Medical NewsEye Health Linked to Stroke Risk

A new study published in the American Heart Association Journal Hypertension suggests a correlation between retinal microvascular changes and increased stroke risk. The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study authored by Dr. Mohammad Ikram reviewed retinal images of 1406 patient ages 50-73 between 1993 and 1995. With each participant, their Read more…

Medical NewsWhat IS That Floating By?

Ever see a small insect or thread passing through your field of vision but couldn’t quite put your finger on it?  These specks or clouds going by are often “floaters.” Floaters are actually clumps of cells inside the vitreous portion of the eye. As we age, the vitreous (a jelly Read more…

Medical NewsBest Vision Ever? At This Age?

There are approximately 2.8 million cataract surgeries performed in the U.S. each year, and it is very likely that one day you will need this surgery to improve your vision. Today a successful surgery is not only improved vision but vision good enough to drive without glasses. This is an Read more…

Medical NewsGene Therapy May Save Sight

Macular degeneration is the number one cause of permanent vision loss in patients over 55. Now genetic analysis is helping to reduce the risk of vision loss by assisting doctors in identifying the risk of progression and the best treatment for that individual based on their individual DNA. This is Read more…