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FDA Panel to Review Safety of Eye Device

http://www.medpagetoday.com/PublicHealthPolicy/FDAGeneral/34979

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Posted by on September 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Baby shampoo my what?

Yes we recommend baby shampoo to clean your eyelids!  But not just any shampoo…Read on!

Blepharitis is basically an over growth of bacteria along the eyelid margins.  It is one of the most common infections we come across during an eye exam.  Some people may have sensitive skin such as rosacea and are more prone to Blepharitis. Believe it or not, we find that it can be related to increased levels of stress.  Your immune system can no longer fight the bacteria that normally lives on the skin.  It is one of the inflammatory processes leading to dry eyes.  If left untreated it can become internal leading to meibomian gland disease.  We feel that meibomian gland disease is the number one reason people develop dry eyes. Acute infections of the meibomian glands can even worsen into a hordeolum, more commonly known as styes.

We found a great product for sensitive eyes.  BabyGanics Extra Gentle Foaming Shampoo & Bodywash for newborns. It’s great because it’s fragrance free, gentle, instantly foams, made in the USA, never tested on animals, and it’s fun!  Dr. Jung came across this product while looking for a sensitive skin shampoo for his daughter suffering from some eczema.  Comes in 2 sizes, the one pictured is the smaller travel size.

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We recommend general eyelid hygiene for everybody.  Specifically for the elderly, contact lens wearers, if you wear heavy make up, or if you suffer from dry eyes related to blepharitis. Remember, only a licensed Eyecare professional can help diagnose your dry eyes and recommend treatments.  Please do not use any products without consulting one first.

To find more information on Dry Eyes, visit our Dry Eye page in the Learning Center or click on the tag for Dry Eyes.

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2012 in Blepharitis, Dry Eye, Eye Lids

 

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High Omega-3 Boosts Vitamin A Effect in Retinitis Pigmentosa & Macular Degeneration

A recent study posted in Archives of Ophthalmology on February 13th, 2012 showed that nutritional intake of Vitamin A and Omega 3 can help reduce vision loss in patients with retinitis pigmentosa.

Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP)

is a rare inherited disorder of the rod cells in the retina.  It is slow degenerative process that eventually leads to blindness. Symptoms start at childhood with night blindness.  A visual field test should be obtained if the condition is suspected.  RP occurs in 1 of 4,000 individuals in the US.  There is no cure for the disease but there are some treatments that may slow the progression.  The Argus II retinal prosthesis system is a wearable video system that can help patients blinded by RP or other retinal degenerations.  There are also retinal implants and electrical stimulation therapy.  Highly consider interventions with occupational therapy to help patients manage life changes.  Low vision evaluation and devices are also necessary in managing vision loss from RP.  Supplements such as Vitamin A and Omega 3’s can help retain vision in RP patients.

Dietary intake of Omega 3 Fatty acids in the form of salmon, tuna and mackerel will provide more DHA and EPA than supplemented foods.  Retinal cells need Vitamin A to stay healthy.  Omega 3 has been shown to be the transport system that brings Vitamin A to the Retinal cells.  Study shows that RP patients can take up to 15,000 IU/day dose with no toxicity over 25 years.  Pregnant women should not take more than 10,00 IU/day dose.

High dose Omega 3 can also help in patients with Macular Degeneration. Our office recommends 2,000 mg of Fish Oils which will provide at least 650mg EPA and 350mg DHA.

 

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Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

AMD is a progressive eye condition that affects central vision and is a leading cause of vision loss in people over 60 years old. Complete or total blindness does not occur because peripheral (side vision) is maintained. There are two types of AMD: dry and wet. The dry form is the most common type and accounts for 85% of all cases. Deposits called drusen are present. The wet form is least common and is the more severe form. Leaky blood vessels and bleeding can occur.

Risk Factors

  • Smoking
  • Ultraviolet Light (Sun)
  • Hypertension
  • Age
  • Females > Males
  • Caucasian
  • Poor Diet

Treatment

  • Currently there is no cure, but controlling your risk factors can help limit progression.
  • Protect eyes from sunlight. Look for sunglasses marked “blocks 99% UV” or “UV absorption up to 400um”
  • Stop smoking
  • Eat right and take your vitamins. Anti-oxidants (Vit A,C, E) , Zinc, and Lutein are important
  • Lose weight and exercise
 
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Posted by on February 2, 2012 in Macular Degeration, Retina

 

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February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration and Low Vision Month!

We will post loads of information and photos about Macular Degeneration.  Here’s a quick definition from the National Eye Institute.

What is Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a disease associated with aging that gradually destroys sharp, central vision. Central vision is needed for seeing objects clearly and for common daily tasks such as reading and driving. AMD affects the macula, the part of the eye that allows you to see fine detail. AMD causes no pain. In some cases, AMD advances so slowly that people notice little change in their vision. In others, the disease progresses faster and may lead to a loss of vision in both eyes. AMD is a leading cause of vision loss in Americans 60 years of age and older. AMD occurs in two forms: wet and dry. –NEI

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2012 in Macular Degeration, Retina

 

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Corneal Transplant

Also known as grafts, keratoplasty, or penetrating keratoplasty.

The cornea is the clear curved tissue covering the front of the eye.  If the cornea is damaged, it becomes cloudy resulting is poor vision and even blindness.   A transplant is a surgical procedure that replaces a circular segment of damaged cornea with a donor cornea.  As you can see in our photo, sutures are used to hold the donor cornea in place.  You can also see the white scar tissue where the donor cornea abuts the original cornea.  According to the Eye Bank Association of America, more than 700,000 corneal transplants have been performed since 1961.  Now that’s alot!

Conditions needing corneal transplants:

  • Scaring from infections
  • Keratoconus
  • Congenital disorders
  • Post-LASIK complications

Remember, only an eyecare professional can help you treat and manage corneal transplants.

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2012 in Cornea, Transplant

 

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Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a type of disease that can damage the eye’s optic nerve and result in vision loss and blindness. It is characterized by a loss of retinal ganglion cells, or nerve fibers, which send signals from the eye to the brain. There are different types of glaucoma that can affect the eye. The most common type occurs when the normal fluid pressure inside the eyes slowly rises. This pressure causes mechanical stress on the optic nerve and can lead to permanent vision loss. Unfortunately, in early stages of glaucoma, there are no symptoms, so yearly eye exams are very important for early diagnosis. Approximately, 4 million Americans are affected, and half may not know they have the disease. With early treatment, you can often protect your eyes against serious vision loss.

Who should be checked with glaucoma?

  1. Anyone with a family history of glaucoma
  2. Anyone with diabetes or high blood pressure
  3. All patients over the age of 65 years old
  4. African Americans and Hispanics should be checked after the age of 55 years old, as there is a higher prevalence of glaucoma in these populations

In our office we specialize in early detection of glaucoma. We use advanced technology to analyze the structure and health of the optic nerve. Studies show that if glaucoma is detected and treated early, there is less chance of significant vision loss. We use the most advanced tecnology available combined with innovative methods using current glaucoma diagnostic procedures. This yields a synergistic result allowing for an earlier detection of glaucoma resulting in less damage to the eye over time. Our office may very likely have the largest database of patients in the world using these specialized methods.

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2012 in Glaucoma

 

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