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Six Out of 10 People with Diabetes Skip a Sight-Saving Exam

If you have diabetes, you may be vigilant about monitoring what you eat, getting enough exercise, and seeing your primary care doctor. But are you as committed to maintaining your eye health as well? People who have diabetes — about one out of every 10 people in the U.S. — are at increased risk of developing serious eye disease. Yet, according to a large study, most of them are not getting the annual, sight-saving eye exams they need to preserve their vision.

Collaborating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia set out to assess how many people with diabetes had regular eye exams. To do this, they reviewed medical charts over a 4-year period of nearly 2,000 patients age 40 or older with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. They found that more than half of patients with diabetes skip recommended annual dilated eye exams.

The study also found that:

  • patients who smoke, as well as those who have less severe diabetes and no current eye problems, were most likely to neglect having these important eye checks.
  • people who had been diagnosed with diabetic eye disease were 30 percent more likely to have follow-up exams than those without the disease.

Having a dilated eye exam yearly or as recommended by an ophthalmologist can prevent 95 percent of diabetes-related vision loss.

“People with diabetes need to know that they shouldn’t wait until they experience problems to get these exams,” explains Rahul N. Khurana, MD a California-based ophthalmologist specializing in retinal disease. “Getting your eyes checked by an ophthalmologist can reveal the signs of disease that patients aren’t aware of.”

Source: https://www.aao.org

AIO OFFERS GUIDANCE SYSTEM FOR ENHANCED CATARACT SURGERY OUTCOMES

—The ORA™ System, Now Featuring VerifEye+™ —

Lisa Cibik, MD, FACS and John Nairn, MD, leading cataract surgeons in Western Pennsylvania, have performed over 500,000 surgeries in 30 years. They are committed to providing the highest caliber of technology and setting a new standard for eye care.  As they continue to be leaders in technology, AIO introduces The ORA™ (Optiwave Refractive Analysis) System.

ORA® provides key intraoperative measurements during refractive cataract surgery, improving the precision and surgical implantation of intraocular lenses (IOLs). During cataract surgery, your surgeon will remove the cloudy lens inside your eye and replace it with an artificial lens called an IOL. The image-guided diagnostic system measures and confirms lens selection and placement during implantation to deliver improved patient outcomes.

The ORA System allows our surgeons to see incisions and IOL alignment in real time to support optimal positioning of IOLs during cataract surgery. The ORA System is currently the most advanced intraoperative diagnostic tool for cataract surgery available with over 700,000 procedures performed and 500 units placed to date globally.

“We continuously seek new ways to address the needs of our cataract patients, particularly those who live with astigmatism and presbyopia,” said Dr. Nairn. “The ORA System provides intraoperative measurements and is designed to help improve patient outcomes through optimal IOL selection and placement during surgery.”

ORA® obtains data during cataract surgery to calculate the magnitude and axis of astigmatism and lens power. Astigmatism is an imperfection of curvature of your cornea causing both near and far objects to appear blurry. The marriage of ORA and the Verion imaged-guided system at AIO is intended to increase the surgeons’ clinical confidence when selecting IOLs, which include advanced technology intraocular lenses for the treatment of presbyopia and astigmatism. Ultimately, the combined technologies are designed to improve visual outcomes and enhance the overall post-surgical experience.

About Cataracts

Cataracts are the leading cause of treatable blindness worldwide. They are widespread and affect over 240 million people ages 55 and older. As the regional leader for cataract surgery, AIO offers the industry’s most complete line of surgical products for cataract surgery, including equipment for cataract procedures, as well as IOLs to treat cataracts and correct refractive errors, like presbyopia and astigmatism.

Cutting-edge Intraocular Lenses

Dr. Cibik and Dr. Nairn offer state-of-the-art IOLs including the ReSTOR® 2.5 IOL, ReSTOR® Multifocal Toric IOL, Symfony IOL, and Symfony Toric IOL. These lenses improve visual acuities for distance intermediate, and reading distances, and therefore, help reduce the need for contact lenses or glasses after cataract surgery.

A few of these revolutionary treatments include Dropless and laser-assisted cataract surgery with advanced IOLs.

Laser Cataract Surgery

In 2012, AIO was the first surgical practice in Western Pennsylvania to offer the FDA-approved technology for treating cataracts – the Alcon® LenSx® Laser.  This procedure offers image-guided, computer-controlled precision and has been performed in over 8,000 surgeries at AIO. The LenSx® is used to soften the natural lens within the eye, create self-sealing incisions and also reduce the amount of astigmatism through arcuate incisions.

“Dropless” Cataract Surgery

Since January 2016, AIO has completed over 700 “Dropless” cataract procedures.  As many know, traditionally prescribed drops are often the most cumbersome challenge associated with this surgical experience. Dropless cataract surgery helps to eliminate or reduce the burden of drops as well as provide convenience and cost savings.

As an AIO patient, you can have confidence that your surgeons are using the most advanced technologies to help attain your vision goals. To find out if you are a good candidate, call 1-800-246-1000 or visit www.AIOvision.com.

Does Pre-Eclampsia During Pregnancy Increase Risk to Mothers’ Eyes?

A study published in Obstetrics and Gynecology suggests that pre-eclampsia may be associated with retinal disease in the mother later in life. Pre-eclampsia is a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure and large amounts of protein in the urine. According to this study, more severe and earlier-onset pre-eclampsia was associated with even higher risk.

  • The American Academy of Ophthalmology has concerns about the way this research was conducted and its conclusions. At the moment there is no reason to suggest any change to eye health care for pregnant women or follow-up care for women who have had pre-eclampsia in the past.

    Pregnancy can cause temporary changes in vision for mothers including dry eye and slight near-sightedness. Pre-eclampsia, which occurs in 3 to 5 percent of pregnant women, can result in significant eye changes such as retinal disease and even retinal detachment.

    The American Academy of Ophthalmology’s recommendations are unchanged: Expectant mothers or those with a history of pre-eclampsia should be aware of changes in their vision and contact their doctor if they have concerns. Retinal disease may be signaled by symptoms including:

    • blurred vision
    • spots in vision or areas that are black or gray
    • flashes of light
    • loss of color vision
    • loss of central or side vision
    • curtain or shadow over vision
    • complete loss of vision

    All women should get a baseline eye exam from an ophthalmologist by age 40. Women with diabetes should be examined yearly for retinal and other ocular disease, regardless of age. Your ophthalmologist may also recommend an examination schedule based on the specifics of your case.

    Written By: Reena Mukamal, Source: www.aao.org