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A New Dry Eye Product May Help Your Contact Lens Practice

By | June 10th, 2016|Contact Lense Issues and Management|

Two issues are important for practitioners to note as they begin to prescribe Restasis. First, the proposed mechanism of action is important, and the recommendations for use are specific. Second, in addition to providing the required information about dosing, mechanism of action and potential side effects, the product package insert also includes contact lens management [...]

Contact Lens Solutions For Dry Eye

By | June 10th, 2016|Contact Lense Issues and Management|

Of course, some patients truly are poor contact lens candidates. A contact lens is a physical presence that disrupts the tear film and promotes tear evaporation, and that spells doom for patients with severely, dry eyes. That is why you should perform a thorough slit lamp examination (including instillation of fluorescein and evaluation of the [...]

Creating a Silicone Hydrogel Contact Lens

By | June 10th, 2016|Contact Lense Issues and Management|

I believe an ideal lens could be worn safely and comfortably round-the-clock for at least a month at a time, with none of the daily hassles of handling, application, removal, cleaning and storage. Designing a continuous wear lens presented daunting challenges, and it has taken the industry nearly 30 years to achieve this goal this [...]

Diabetic Retinopathy:Old Disease, New Strategies

By | June 10th, 2016|Diseases and the Eye Including Diabetes|

Diabetic retinopathy ranks as one of the four leading causes of blindness in the United States, and many diabetics are brought to attention through an eye examination. This column will review some of the newer treatment strategies. Disease Characteristics Published Clinical Practice Guidelines and other resources offer staging scales for diabetic retinopathy. The devastating consequences [...]

When to Refer A Diabetic Patient?

By | June 10th, 2016|Diseases and the Eye Including Diabetes|

Q When should I refer a diabetic patient to a retinal specialist? A Refer any diabetic patient with sight-threatening levels of retinal disease to a retinal specialist. This includes patients with clinically significant diabetic macular edema (CSME) or diabetic retinopathy that involves or threatens the center of the macula. Only one of three criteria must [...]

Visudyne™ Treatment Successes Confirmed

By | June 10th, 2016|Diseases and the Eye Including Diabetes|

Atlanta, Georgia -- QLT Inc. announced recently that a randomized study conducted over a 24 month period revealed that Visudyne™ therapy is successful in the treatment of certain previously untreatable forms of macular degeneration. "Results from this new study are extremely important because they demonstrate that Visudyne™ therapy can reduce the risk of moderate to [...]

Presbyopia complicating pre-existing strabismus

By | June 10th, 2016|Diseases and the Eye Including Diabetes|

Background: Presbyopia may affect pre-existing sensory adaptations or aggravate previously asymptomatic heterophoria. We describe the presentation, underlying problem and management of 11 patients with pre-existing strabismus or heterophoria who presented with new symptoms of double vision attributable to presbyopic change, an association not previously reported. Methods: Patients with new strabismic symptoms attributable to presbyopia were [...]

Challenges for the future of eye care in Canada

By | June 10th, 2016|Diseases and the Eye Including Diabetes|

Background: Presbyopia may affect pre-existing sensory adaptations or aggravate previously asymptomatic heterophoria. We describe the presentation, underlying problem and management of 11 patients with pre-existing strabismus or heterophoria who presented with new symptoms of double vision attributable to presbyopic change, an association not previously reported. Methods: Patients with new strabismic symptoms attributable to presbyopia were [...]

Can an Aspirin a Day Keep Diabetic Retinopathy Away?

By | June 10th, 2016|Diseases and the Eye Including Diabetes|

Researchers at the Schepens Eye Research Institute, Harvard Medical School in Boston, have discovered that people with diabetes have blood clots in the tiny blood vessels that nourish the retina. There is research that suggests aspirin, a drug known to dissolve blood clots, could help to prevent this eye damaging complication of diabetes. Diabetic retinopathy, [...]

Glaucoma screening by primary care physicians in southern Alberta: patterns, methods and deficiencies

By | June 10th, 2016|Diseases and the Eye Including Diabetes|

John T. Huang,* MD, FRCSC; Farrah Rhemtulla,‡ BSc; Peter T. Huang,† MD, FRCSC Background: This study was undertaken to determine the proportion of primary care physicians who routinely assess their patients for risk factors associated with glaucoma as well as the elements that underlie whether these physicians screen for glaucoma. Methods: A brief, confidential questionnaire [...]