The original AREDS study (Age-Related Eye Disease Study) was published in 2001 and concluded that a combination of vitamins and supplements, the “AREDS Formula,” consisting of vitamin C, vitamin E, B-Carotene, zinc and copper could reduce the risk of developing advanced ARMD.
Macular pucker surgery (removing an ERM) is my favorite surgery. It’s elegant and usually involves healthy eyes. It’s one of the few operations where we can get significant improvement, as long as we operate early enough.
Distortion and blurred vision are the two most common symptoms of an epiretinal membrane (ERM) or “macular pucker.”
Patients noticing a change in vision, eith (Read more...)
Vitrectomy is an eye operation usually performed by a retinal specialist to treat a variety of retinal conditions. Most vitrectomies are performed to treat:
For me, this is state of the art. A 25 gauge vitrectomy uses thinner instruments compared to the older 20 ga (Read more...)
The best treatment for wet macular degeneration is a treatment which efficacious, has no complications and is effective. Actually, these are the three attributes of any “best” treatment.
The best treatment for wet macular degeneration comes close to meeting these criteria. At present, anti-VEGF treatments; Avastin, Lucentis, Eylea and Macugen are commonly used for the treatment of wet ARMD.
I want my patients to call me after retinal eye surgery if they develop pain and/or loss of vision. These two symptoms can be signs of either infection or retinal detachment, the two most dreaded complications of retinal surgery .
The most concerning post-operative complication of retinal eye surgery would be infection inside the eye. Infection inside the eye, called endophthalmitis, often leads to blin (Read more...)
Avastin injections, used for wet ARMD, are again linked to eye infections. At least five patients have developed intraocular eye infections after receiving Avastin injections distributed by the same compounding pharmacy located in Augusta, Georgia. A voluntary recall of all sterile products from Clinical Specialities, Inc., has been issued. Most of their drugs are distributed to Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee a (Read more...)
One of my favorite patients, Donald, is about to turn 96! We met almost 3 years ago. He’s a transplant from Florida, has wet ARMD and needs periodic injections for his wet ARMD in the right eye. The vision in the left eye was lost years ago from wet ARMD, too.
I now see him every 3 months to give him an injection of Avastin to his right eye. He still sees well.
More importantly, his story highlights the importance and v (Read more...)
There is only one requirement I have before your retinal eye surgery, “Do NOT eat before Surgery!”
Eating anything after midnight the night before surgery is certain to cancel your surgery. By the way, the following rules apply to my personal patients who are having surgery at INOVA Woodburn Surgical center. These guidelines may be similar to your own doctor’s, in your own state/country and your hospital, but (Read more...)
I have finally uploaded the webinar on floaters presented on 2/5/13. There are five parts and it includes the entire presentation and Q & A following.
As always, please feel free to leave comments and ask questions.
Marc Staal of the New York Rangers was struck in his right eye yesterday by a hockey puck fired by his opponent Kimmo Timonen of the Philadelphia Flyers. The incident has refueled the visor debate. Had the NHL veteran been wearing a visor, the puck would have simply glanced off harmlessly.
As we all await status reports about the injury, just what might have happened to his eye?
Mr. Staal sustained blunt (Read more...)