July 22, 2015
The American Assoc of Ophthalmologists recommends the following.
A common condition among seniors, low vision can make everyday activities difficult, increasing reliance on loved ones and caregivers while increasing the risk of falls and depression. However, here are a few simple adjustments around the home that can lessen this dependency for those with less severe forms of low vision.
1. Place furniture in small groupings so less distance vision is required during a conversation
2. Set brightly colored accessories around the home to help with locating the items around them.
3. Brighter lighting can help with reading and activities such as sewing or cooking.
4. Embrace technology. There are a variety of technology-based tools for smartphones and tablets designed to aid people with low vision.
5. Tape down area rugs and remove electrical cords from pathways to decrease risk of falling and injury.
6. Keep up with eye exams.
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April 26, 2014
IRIDEX Corporation (IRIX) announced that an educational story based on its innovative MicroPulse technology for the treatment of diabetic macular edema (DME) and age-related macular degeneration (AMD), was recently featured on the Washington, D.C. edition of “American Health Front,” a health news program focused on advances in medical techniques and technologies.
At the American Academy of Ophthalmology seminar in New Orleans, a busy booth was Iridex (Mountain View, California), which has recently been showing robust sales growth and improving profitability under the astute management of CEO Will Moore. The company, which has a sterling reputation in the ophthalmic laser space for two decades, sponsored a series of informative talks at its booth on the myriad applications for its laser products.
David Dickman, MD, of the Universal Eye Center (Rolesville, North Carolina) discussed Iridex’s 532 nm micropulse laser in a talk titled “A Comprehensive Laser for the Comprehensive Ophthalmologist: Clinical and Economical Advantages.”
MicroPulse technology is a promising, tissue-sparing laser therapy that allows the tissue to cool between laser pulses, minimizing or preventing tissue damage. Drugs injected directly into the eye have a role in treating retinal diseases, but there are serious issues in terms of costs and logistics due to the need for continuous injections for the rest of one’s life. This is just not a sustainable model in today’s value-based medicine world. MicroPulse offers powerful advantages, in terms of durability, economics and logistics for payors and patients.
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December 28, 2013
MIT researchers have developed a new hand-held device that scans a patient’s entire retina in seconds to detect a host of retinal diseases including diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and macular degeneration. The MIT group, in collaboration with the University of Erlangen and Praevium/Thorlabs, has developed a portable instrument that can be taken outside a specialist’s office.
To deal with the motion instability of a hand-held device, the instrument takes multiple 3-D images at high speeds, scanning a particular volume of the eye many times but with different scanning directions.
By using multiple 3-D images of the same part of the retina, it is possible to correct for distortions due to motion of the operator’s hand or the subject’s own eye.
According to study author James Fujimoto of MIT, the next step is to evaluate the technology in a clinical setting.
But the device is still relatively expensive, he added, and before this technology finds its way into doctors’ offices or in the field, manufacturers will have to find a way to support or lower its cost.
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September 15, 2012
The DigiGlasses Project is working on a project called DIGIGLASSES, funded by the EU. This development aims to help people with low vision in everyday life. We have started a survey to identify the needs of people with low vision, please help us by completing the survey.
The homepage with more info is: digiglasses.eu
Survey for experts: http://survey.mfkk.eu/index.php?sid=32136&lang=en
Survey for people with low vision: http://survey.mfkk.eu/index.php?sid=29995&lang=en
Thank you in advance!
May 14, 2012
A technique originally developed to see distant stars now allows researchers to diagnose eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration months to years sooner than possible with other current methods.
When ophthalmologists and vision scientists try to look deep into our eyes, distortions within the cornea and lens impair light as it travels through the eyeball, frustrating their efforts. Lately, a growing group of vision scientists have turned to a solution pioneered by astronomers—adaptive optics, originally developed by the military and used by astronomers such as Scot Olivier at California’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to produce clear images of faraway stars. Applied to looking into the human eye, the technique allows researchers to view minute details never before seen and to diagnose blinding disease like macular degeneration months to years before current methods allow.
Read more: Stargazing Science Used to See Inside the Human Eye – Popular Mechanics
May 14, 2011
Dr. Robert Abel, Ophthalmologist, was the guest on the People’s Pharmacy on Staurday, May 14, 2011. It was Show # 813, Preserving Your Vision.
Most of us take our vision for granted until it starts to give us trouble. Dry eyes can be a consequence of too much time in front of a screen. Are there other lifestyle factors putting us at risk for vision problems?
Cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration are major causes of vision loss. What can we do to prevent their development?
Guest: Robert Abel, Jr., MD, is an ophthalmologist with Delaware Ophthalmology Consultants. His books include The Eye Care Revolution and The DHA Story and most recently the novel Lethal Hindsight. His website is www.eyeadvisory.com
He gave excellent advice on Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, eye nutrition and Cataracts.
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