Why Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month is Important to Everyone

Posted on Apr 26, 2016 by

In a world where there seems to be a commemorative day, week or month to build awareness for causes of every kind, it’s easy to pass over mention of a month to build awareness for women’s eye health and safety.

 

 

Not so fast.

 

The numbers are surprising and sobering. Women suffer from a variety of eye diseases and conditions at rates far higher than men. Of those in the U.S. with:

 

— Cataracts – which affect more people than any other vision impairment – 61% are women

 

— Diabetic Retinopathy – a leading cause of blindness in American adults – 51% are women

 

— Age-related macular degeneration – number four on the list – 65% are women.

 

—Dry eye – which afflicts nearly 5 million Americans over 50 years of age – more than 60% are women

 

What’s going on here?

 

Women are at higher risk for eye disease for a variety of reasons. Part of it has to do with life expectancy. Women outlive men, therefore a larger population of women will be afflicted with age-related eye disease like glaucoma, cataracts or macular degeneration. But it’s much more than a numbers game.

 

— Women who are in premature menopause, …
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Improved Ocular Disease Diagnosis by UWF Retinal Imaging of Peripheral Vascular Abnormalities

Posted on Apr 20, 2016 by

Ultra-widefield (UWF™) retinal imaging of vascular abnormalities in the retinal periphery is improving the diagnosis of ocular disease.

 

While retinal vascular abnormalities are part of the pathology of many ocular diseases, conventional retinal imaging is unable to inform practitioners about the extent to which these vascular abnormalities are present in the retinal periphery. A growing body of research and case studies using UWF imaging is demonstrating that characterization of vascular abnormalities of the retinal periphery can contribute to and improve the diagnostic process.

 

About Ultra-Widefield Retinal Imaging

 

UWF retinal imaging is performed by a specially designed scanning laser ophthalmoscope (SLO) that generates a high-resolution digital image covering 200° (or about 82%) of the retina. By comparison, conventional 7 standard field (7SF) ETDRS and fundus camera photographs produce a relatively narrow view (60° or less) of the retina.

 

The devices simultaneously scans the retina using two low-power lasers (red and green) that enable high-resolution, color imaging of retinal substructures. The resulting UWF digital image – the optomap – is produced in a single capture. Along with UWF color imaging, the technology supports UWF fluorescein angiography (FA), UWF fundus autofluorescence (FAF), and UWF indocyanine green angiography (ICG).

 

 

Peripheral Vascular Abnormalities – General …
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UWF Retinal Imaging and the Management of Uveitis and Peripheral Retinal Vasculitis

Posted on Apr 06, 2016 by

Uveitis is an inflammatory condition that can occur anywhere in the eye and is associated with a number of diseases and conditions. These related illnesses make it difficult to estimate uveitis’ impact on global health, but studies suggest it could be responsible for as many as 10% of the cases of total blindness worldwide.

 

 

The management of uveitis starts by the casting of a wide diagnostic net in order to identify any underlying diseases or conditions that may be the source of the inflammatory symptoms. Characterization of related pathologies and a complete clinical picture of the affected eye are important components of both diagnosis and treatment. A retrospective case study1 suggests how ultra-widefield (UWF™) retinal imaging can improve the identification and management of retinal vasculitis, a complication of uveitis.

 

About Ultra-Widefield Retinal Imaging

UWF retinal imaging is performed by a specially designed scanning laser ophthalmoscope (SLO) that generates a high-resolution digital image covering 200° (or about 82%) of the retina. By comparison, conventional 7 standard field (7SF) ETDRS and fundus camera photographs produce a relatively narrow view (60° or less) of the center-portion of the retina.

 

The devices simultaneously scan the retina using two low-power lasers (red and green) that enable …
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