Iluvien, a promising sustained drug delivery system for the treatment of diabetic macular edema, fails to pass FDA scrutiny…but there’s hope.
The cause of flashes of light are often due to a posterior vitreous detachment, but there other possibilities, too.
It is not uncommon for the symptoms of flashes to persist after a posterior vitreous detachment, or PVD. Flashes and floaters, common symptoms of a PVD, may also be warning signs of a possible retinal tear. Retinal tears can cause…
Advanced Cell Technology, Inc. gets FDA approval to use stem cells as a possible treatment for Stargardt’s disease, a inherited juvenile type of macular degeneration.
Since last February, I’ve had double vision. 3 surgeries later, I am just about normal, but I’ve learned alot along the way.
VEGF Trap-Eye is a new injectable medication that blocks VEGF for the treatment of wet macular degeneration. It may be as good as Lucentis, but not given as often.
The CentraSight telescope for advanced macular degeneration has been FDA approved. Medicare still needs to decide if insurance will cover the costs and doctors still need training.
These are the ‘Top Ten” facts that every patient with diabetes should know. For instance, every patient will develop the disease, but it doesn’t mean they’ll go blind!
In order to maintain my medical license, I must go “back to school” and take 50 hours of courses a year. I usually try and get most of my CME done in one trip.
I just returned from Chicago where I attended the American Academy of Ophthalmology. I learned a lot about how doctors are not yet using the Internet to improve their medical practices. Full Story →
Hand held magnifiers are a common low-vision aid. These magnifiers come in different powers and the user must be aware that the more the magnification, the less that is seen at one time. Make sense? Full Story →
I just went to both Parents’ Weekends to check on my kids. While I didn’t suspect any problems, I needed to make sure they were doing well. The same is true for getting your eyes examined! Full Story →
Loss of vision may occur after successful retinal detachment surgery. Causes include a change in refraction (strength of glasses), cataract, retinal disease or recurrent detachment. Full Story →
Today I celebrate the birthday of a good friend, Betty. Betty is my OR nurse, but she also taught me my surgical skills. Happy Birthday!
Retinal specialists have been using intravitreal injections to treat retinal disease. Sustained release systems are gaining in popularity. Soon, more than retinal disease will be treated with these devices.
Silicone oil can be used to help fix a retinal detachment. While it is not usually used as a first attempt, doctors should use this method earlier to save vision loss from repeated retinal detachments.
More often than not, retinal surgery proves beneficial for the patient. Most of the time, we are successful at restoring and maintaining functional vision.
Despite my best surgical efforts, many times the results of retinal surgery are less than expected. As I learned from my mentor, “sometimes the disease wins.”