Prevent Blindness has designated April as Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month. The entire month is dedicated to women’s eye health in recognition of the ~3 million American women who suffer from vision impairment or blindness.
Many women neglect their own health needs, focusing instead on the health and wellness of their loved ones. This leaves many women vulnerable to undetected health issues, and as with other health conditions, the earlier an eye problem is detected, the better the chances are for treatment and recovery.
Regular and prophylactic health care is important for earlier detection of all health issues. Because the retina is the only place in the body where vasculature can be seen, non-invasively and because optomap captures 200 degrees of the retina in a single image, more ocular and non-ocular disease can often be detected, earlier. Therefore, we recommend to all eyecare professionals, that their female patients, especially those over age 40, include optomap as part of their comprehensive eye exam.
The following patient story illustrates how powerful optomap images are for patient education and care:
As the leaders in ultra-widefield (UWF™) retinal imaging technology, Optos would like to invite you to join us at the International Vision Expo East (VEE) March 31 – April 2 at the Javits Convention Center in downtown NYC . This biannual expo joins the medical, business, and fashion components of eyewear and vision care. During VEE 2017, you’ll have the opportunity to obtain CE credits, learn techniques to improve your practice and get access to cutting-edge products and services. VEE also presents an excellent opportunity to network and socialize with eyecare experts and explore New York City.
Find out what’s new at Optos by pre-scheduling your demonstration or stop by our booth. Since last year, we have delivered new devices, software and imaging modalities that can help you diagnose and treat more ocular and systemic disease.
—Throughout the show, Optos will be at booth MS489, located in the Medical and Scientific Pavilion.
— Attend the Retinal Periphery Lunch and Learn: Retinal Disease: What the Periphery Holds, April 1, 2017, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, MS4977, Jeffry Gerson – OD, Grin Eyecare
March is National Save Your Vision Month. Each March, the American Optometric Association (AOA) launches a campaign to increase awareness about good eye care. The 2017 campaign is focused on two dangers to vision: digital eyestrain and the impact of blue light on vision and overall health.
Blue Light Exposure and Digital Eyestrain Awareness
Use of digital technology has exploded over the past decade, and as a result, blue light exposure has also increased. Blue light is on the short wavelength end of the visible spectrum. Compared to longer wavelength light, blue light emits a higher energy, which penetrates deeply into eyes and can lead to overexposure. Blue light overexposure can contribute to:
— Long-term vision problems, shoulder and neck pain, and dry eyes
— Retina damage
— Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
People who stare at screens for hours at a time often end up suffering from physical eye discomfort, known as digital eyestrain, which is caused in part by excessive blue light exposure. According to a 2016 AOA survey, the average person in the US spends seven hours a day using some type of digital device, so it is no surprise that sleep issues and eyestrain are on the …
The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) has now launched its long-awaited scientific journal focusing exclusively on the retina subspecialty of ophthalmology, Ophthalmology® Retina.
The first new scientific journal from the AAO in more than a century, Ophthalmology Retina is the AAO’s response to the rapid growth of high-quality research in retina-related eye diseases and conditions. The journal creates a channel through which researchers can publish retina studies results sooner and reach a greater number of retina specialists than ever before. And the publication chose to feature ultra-widefield retinal imaging (UWF™) from Optos, on it’s cover. Ophthalmology Retina is a subspecialty companion to its parent journal, the American Journal of Ophthalmology, one of the world’s most widely read medical publications.
Ophthalmology Retina is on track to become the preferred journal for research in this subspecialty. “There is a tremendous surplus of high-quality retina manuscripts that deserve exposure,” said David W. Parke II, M.D., CEO of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. “Ophthalmology Retina will provide a premier outlet for this work. It will allow the Academy to better serve the scientific and ophthalmic communities by providing what we fully expect will be a very high-impact factor journal that builds upon the stature of the Academy’s …
Those beautiful lashes and bright eyes may have aesthetic appeal, but lashes and eyelids may obscure areas of interest within an optomap® image. Fortunately, patient lid and lash taping techniques can help eyecare professionals obtain unobstructed images for more effective analysis of their ultra-widefield (UWF™) retinal images.
Eyecare professionals use retinal imaging to identify and diagnose ocular and systemic diseases. Indicators of systemic disease and precursors to various eye conditions often develop first on the periphery of the retina. Current retinal examination methods provide a small field of view, thereby missing potentially important indicators. As the field of view becomes greater with optomap, artifacts such as lid and lash are captured in the image.
Lid and lash taping reduces artifacts to provide an unobstructed view of the entire retina, from the pole to the periphery. Lid and lash taping is not painful, but patients sometimes balk at the suggestion. Patient education about lid and lash taping helps alleviate concerns. Implementing a precise procedure for lid and lash taping, and performing retinal imaging immediately after taping, improves patient comfort.
Reducing Lashes in Images