Ultraviolet Awareness Month is sponsored by Prevent Blindness America to increase awareness of how UV rays can damage your eyes, increase your risk of cataracts and cancers of the eye especially in high-risk patients. UV protection with sunglasses is recommended in everyone, not only those that work outside, and can be preventative. As summer draws near north of the equator, many people long for the warmth of the sun after a long winter (at least in New England!) and plan for the outdoor activities we love. Unfortunately, the impacts of all that fun-in-the-sun on the eyes must be kept in mind. Most people do not realize that 20% of all cataracts are the result of UV ray exposure, and that number has been dramatically increasing in recent years.
But what is this invisible threat exactly? And how does it impact us? Ultraviolet radiation is measured in nanometers (nm). It is categorized in three basic terms and classified by the strength of the UV ray:
UVC: These rays are below 280 nm. The upper atmosphere absorbs these, so they do not reach us, therefore protection from these rays is not overly necessary.UVB: These are between 315 – 380 nm. These manage …
Our eye care partners generally include optomap, the only single-capture ultra-widefield retinal image, as part of their standard comprehensive eye exam in order to facilitate early detection from vision impairment, blindness, and other systemic diseases. Retinal imaging elevates the standard of care but often requires patient consent and an out-of-pocket fee. By way of effectively educating the clinical benefits to the added screening, most patients accept the fee. Eric White, OD, explains how his practice has achieved a 90 percent acceptance rate for optomap imaging.
In his practice, Dr. White includes optomap screening as part of the pre-testing process and continues patient education in the exam room while requesting patient approval to review the images. By including the image as a part of the pre-test process, it is a “no-brainer” when its significance is explained. Prior to this method, Dr. White would forego taking the image during pre-testing and would wait until the process was explained in the exam room, if agreed, the patient would then be sent back to the pre-test area for the images to be taken. This was not only inefficient but patients would often rather not go back for yet another pre-test. Once Dr. White implemented …
Ultra-widefield (UWF™) technology supports and enables practice efficiency for eyecare professionals across all settings. The integration of optomap technology as a routine diagnostic and screening tool has shown to improve workflow and increase service capacity within a very short time, according to many eyecare professionals. optomap can facilitate timely referrals for clinical opinions, supporting earlier treatment interventions and promoting collaboration between a variety of healthcare professionals and eyecare professionals alike. These all equate to improved patient workflow, clinical accuracy, and timely diagnosis and treatment for patients. Its ease of use makes for a smooth implementation process, optomap has been found to add clinical value as documented in over 900 peer-reviewed papers. These all equate to improved patient workflow, clinical accuracy, and timely diagnosis and treatment for patients.
Practice Efficiency in Eyecare SettingsMany eyecare professionals comment on the ease of use of optomap imaging. Operating the technology requires minimal training, and images can be captured quickly and efficiently and then immediately ready to be reviewed.When Dr. Wes Shealy and his business partner Dr. Joe Pitcavage (Lowcountry Eye Care, South Carolina) opened their first office, they both knew that offering optomap UWF retinal imaging technology was essential in order to provide the …
Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month is observed in April and designed to educate women about the steps they can take to help stop vision loss. This is in response to increasing evidence that women are affected by blindness and visual impairment to a much greater degree than their male counterparts. It is important that women stay educated about taking the proper steps today, to help preserve their vision in the future.
Data from the Prevent Blindness study, “The Future of Vision: Forecasting the Prevalence and Costs of Vision Problems,” found that women make up the majority of the 4.4 million Americans age 40 and older who are visually impaired or blind. More women than men have age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma. These numbers will only continue to increase in the years to come. Women are also at higher risk of developing sight-threatening autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. Although some of these diseases have no known cure, many of the effects may be lessened through early detection and treatment. A Prevent Blindness survey found that:
Today marks World Optometry Day which is also the official kickoff to World Optometry Week. The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) marks this day as an opportunity to draw the spotlight on a key eye care profession and create awareness about optometry and its practices around the world. In these uncertain times, it’s more important than ever to recognize all of the ways the profession of optometry helps patients maintain good vision. Let’s celebrate this week and continue to raise awareness on the importance of family vision care and overall eye health.
Optos is dedicated to enabling eye care professionals across the globe to provide the quality eye exams necessary for good vision. Starting today, and all week, Optos will be highlighting Optometrists worldwide who embrace utilizing optomap® ultra-widefield retinal imaging for their patients.
With over 16,000 devices installed across the globe, there are countless stories to be told regarding how optomap has saved sight and saved lives in all eye care settings. Tell us your story. Optos wishes all optometric eye care professionals a happy, healthy, and safe World Optometry Week. #TellUsYourStory