Melanoma is a word that most people will associate with skin cancer, but it is not limited to only your skin. Melanocytes are the cells responsible for our skin’s coloring, but they are also located in our hair, the lining of our inner organs and the eyes. While melanoma of the eye occurs in 1 out of ever 6 million people, it still happens. Ocular nevi and melanoma and detection are a critical part of comprehensive eye health.
According to an article published in Retina Today, one of the biggest challenges in ocular melanoma and detection is the similarity between the disease and choroidal nevus. Since both present in a similar fashion, clinicians must have the proper technology for early detection and be cognizant of the characteristics that define ocular melanoma. According to Retina Today, an acronym has been adopted to aid in remembering the risk factors that suggest a nevus is transitioning to melanoma: “To Find Small Ocular Melanoma Using Helpful Hints Daily (TFSOM-UHHD).”
April is sports eye safety month which is a good time to reinforce education about eye safety that should be observed all year long. In a joint policy statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Ophthalmology, several alarming statistics regarding eye injuries while playing sports were released. According to the statement, 42,000 eye injuries were reported in 2000 with 43 percent occurring in children under the age of 15. Those two figures alone mandate that eye protection is crucial for athlete. Further, 90 percent of the injuries could have been prevented by wearing proper eye protection.
While many of the sports identified as high and moderate risk for eye injuries are no surprise, several are listed that you may not have considered. Unfortunately, many of the sports and recreational activities do not make safety eye wear mandatory, so it is up to parents to ensure their children have appropriate protection and wear it while participating. The following are a few of the high and moderate risk activities for which protective eye wear should be worn:
Basketball Baseball and softball Hockey Paintball Tennis Volleyball Tennis
Macular degeneration is silently destroying the vision of our aging population. Detectable only by examination of the retina, permanent vision loss has often occurred before many people schedule a comprehensive eye exam, thinking changes in their vision are due aging. According to the Macular Disease Foundation of Australia, while there are predispositions that increase your chances of developing the disease, there are also lifestyle changes you can make to help reduce macular degeneration risks.
– Age– Macular degeneration is an age-related condition affecting as many as one in seven people over the age of 50. – Family History– If the disease has affected other family members, your chance of developing macular degeneration can increase by 50 percent. – Smoking– Smoking is a major cause of blindness and increases your risk of developing macular degeneration by as much as three times.
If comprehensive eye exams have not been part of your regular care, make sure to start. Your best chance at maintaining your vision is to detect it in the earliest possible stages. optomap® ultra-widefield imaging is non-invasive and can help your doctor with early detection. You cannot change your family history, but making sure to provide …
Optos is proud to be a diamond sponsor at The Exchange in Phoenix from April 29 through May 2. Held at the Phoenix Convention Center, this year’s theme is Connection, Passion and Purpose which defines the importance of our relationship with Vision Source.
CONNECTION: Over 1200 Vision Source doctors have invested in optomap® technology to treat their patients and enable them to See More and Treat More Effectively.
PASSION: 46 million optomap images taken and clinically supported by 300+ peer-reviewed clinical studies.
PURPOSE: To have Vision Source doctors make optomap their primary choice for retinal imaging.
We invite you to take the opportunity to engage with us while at The Exchange.
Join us in our booth – #312 to find out more about our very latest technology advancements in ultra-widefield retinal imaging Attend our CE session – Wednesday, April 29 – 3:00 – 4:40 PM DIABETES NATION: ARE YOU UP TO DATE? – A. PAUL CHOUS, OD, FAAO See you at the show!
If you would like to learn more about how we can help your practice, please contact us.
Designed specifically for ophthalmologists and vitreo-retinal specialists, our California is the latest addition to our ultra-widefield retinal imaging device technology lineup. With new hardware and software, we are helping you see more, discover more and treat more effectively to promote better patient outcomes.
We are committed to further strengthening our clinical evidence while demonstrating the importance of imaging the entire retina. California includes a new UWF optomap® imaging modality; Indocyanine Green angiography (icg) while retaining:
-Composite color -Red-free -Autoﬂuorescence (af) -Fluorescein angiography (fa)
Images are now presented in ProView which displays optomap in a consistent geometry that accurately represents anatomical features in the retina. Further, ProView enables automatic image registration for disease tracking over time, and inter-modality image comparison.
New proprietary optical hardware optimizes and maintains resolution of the optomap images throughout the scan of the retina resulting in more clarity in the far periphery.
Image overlay enables comparison between composite color images and red-free, af, fa, or icg images. Additionally, comparisons can be made between different images or different dates by scrolling through all stored images.
Benefits of California
Effective marketing achieves two goals: attracting new customers and retaining new ones. Many businesses work their way toward the first goal by raising brand awareness through traditional and digital advertising channels. But, not all put the same level of effort on developing brand loyalty, which is imperative for reaching the second goal. Those businesses may not realize that loyal customers are more than customers, but can also serve as brand advocates who increase profits from not only patronage, but referrals.
The eye care industry is no exception. According to Michael Rothschild, OD, in his article on Optometry Times, the relationship between patient loyalty and referrals is a strong one. The idea is that satisfied patients may share their positive experiences with not only with their family and friends, but also to the public by posting their feedback on blogs, social media pages, or review sites. Of course, the question is, do people pay attention to these? The answer is yes.
“There are endless opportunities to research and learn about choices available,” Rothschild writes. “But people still want a recommendation from someone who has been there.”
According to Dr. Esplin, Daytona has had an immediate and improved impact on patient flow, data, and profitability. Dr. Esplin has said that the Daytona provides better clinical information and patient care and is easy to use without interrupting office flow. From a financial standpoint, in his first month, Dr. Esplin covered nearly triple the monthly cost of the Daytona, and that was before he and his staff refined their messaging and approach.
When it comes to patient care, Ophthalmologists that Dr. Esplin has referred his patients to have reported back that his optomap findings could be missed and that they are impressed with the technology.
Dr. Esplin has noticed a new level of enthusiasm from his staff when using the Daytona to image patients. It’s more than just an extra fee to them, the images provide the doctor with valuable clinical data for quality patient care.
Dr. Esplin runs a two-doctor private practice in Spanish Fork, UT.
A detached retina is a serious eye condition which can cause blindness if not treated by medical professionals. According to the Kellogg Eye Center, symptoms of a detached retina include seeing flashing lights and floaters, or a grey veil which moves across your field of vision.
About Detached Retinas
The retina is essential for vision, as it is the vehicle that sends visual images to the brain. In normal conditions, the retina lies smoothly against the eyeball wall and functions like the film inside a camera. Many millions of light-sensitive retinal cells are responsible for processing and developing optical images and transmitting them to the brain. When a retina becomes detached, vision is blurred and immediate treatment is critical, as any form of detachment results in some loss of sight.
What Causes a Detached Retina?
As people age, the vitreous gel situated between the retina and the lens of the eye may begin to pull away. This is a normal occurrence in most cases, however, some people experience slight tears to the retina as the vitreous gel moves, eventually causing retinal detachment.