Dr. Rachael Wruble, OD knew that when she went out on her own to practice that she wanted to bring in Optos ultra-widefield (UWF™) imaging for her patients. Wruble was already familiar with the cutting-edge technology and valued that it could capture 82% of the retina in a single, high-resolution image in less than ½ second. She embraces the concept that the eye is a part of a puzzle and is interconnected with the entire body, providing important information on systemic health, therefore proving her need to invest in a technology that supports a truly comprehensive eye exam.
With the use of optomap in her practice, Wruble explains how she sees subtle pathology and other retinal nuances that she had not seen on patients that she had been examining for years. According to Dr. Wruble, while the ease-of-use of optomap may expedite workflow in her practice, the real value of that rescued time lies in enhancing the comprehensive exam and further educating her patients.
As we roll into the holiday season, sharing meals with family and friends is at the top of the list for many. Thanksgiving meals aren’t typically known for their health benefits, however, a few conscious choices could offer up healthy options that benefit both eye and overall health. All the holiday greens, yellows, reds, and oranges on your Thanksgiving table contain eye-healthy ingredients galore. This is excellent news for those of us who always end up with eyes bigger than our stomachs this time of the year! We are here to celebrate and share with you some of the most popular Thanksgiving dishes and how they correspond in benefiting your eye health.
Dishes containing food such as carrots, sweet potatoes, cherries, apricots, kale or pumpkin are all rich in the nutrient beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is converted to retinol that is essential for vision. It is a carotenoid and antioxidant that promotes night vision and overall good eyesight. Most are familiar with this nutrient in carrots, but in the event you aren’t a carrot lover, there try one of the other options to get your fix.
Each year, November 14th is recognized as World Diabetes Day. IDF and the World Health Organization created World Diabetes Day in 2011 in response to escalating health issues surrounding diabetes and diabetic eye diseases.
Diabetic eye disease describes a group of eye conditions that include diabetic retinopathy (DR), glaucoma, diabetic macular edema and cataracts. DR is often reported as the most common form of diabetic eye disease. It is a serious complication of diabetes mellitus (DM), afflicting one third of all people with the disease, and it is the leading cause of blindness among the working population in the world. Over 40% of patients diagnosed with diabetes eventually develop some level of diabetic retinopathy (DR). Regular vision care is an important part of diabetes management.. DR affects the tiny blood vessels of the retina, the light-sensitive tissue that lines the back of the eyes. In the less severe form of DR, blood vessels swell and leak small amounts of blood and fluid into the eye. Vision may be unaffected, giving no clue to the presence of disease. Untreated, this mild form of DR can progress leading to macular ischemia, in which capillaries in the macula close and cause blurred vision. More …
The spooooookiest day of the year is upon us! Halloween is a holiday built for all ages but, particularly children. While enjoying a holiday encompassed with costumes, trick-or-treating and parties, it is important to also remember eye safety. Every year there are hundreds of costume-related and other completely avoidable eye injuries are treated in emergency rooms throughout the United States.
The AAO (American Academy of Ophthalmology) has named October Halloween Safety Month, aiming to increase safety precautions surrounding fall activities and Halloween trick or treating. There are several simple steps everyone can take that will help keep Halloween safe, fun and still spooky for all.
The best place to start is with Halloween costume safety. Avoid costume features that either fully or partially block the vision such as masks, eye patches, wigs, floppy hats, or droopy headpieces. Also try to avoid sharp or pointed costume props such as wands, swords and sticks that may harm other children’s eyes. Finally, avoid costumes that are excessive in length and drag on the ground in order to prevent tripping and falling.
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12 October 2019
Optos plc, the leading medical retinal imaging company, part of Nikon Corporation, is pleased to announce the launch of Silverstone at the American Academy of Ophthalmology, San Francisco, CA.
Silverstone is the first of its kind, combining world-leading ultra-widefield retinal imaging with integrated, image-guided, swept source OCT. Silverstone produces a 200° single capture optomap® image with guided OCT allowing advanced OCT imaging anywhere across the retina, from posterior pole to far periphery. This provides unparalleled UWF guided multimodal imaging in support of detection, investigation and monitoring of retinal disease.
Silverstone provides greater imaging functionality and expands the Company’s product portfolio for ophthalmic markets. It combines colour, autofluorescence (AF), fluorescein (FA) and Indocyanine Green (ICG) angiography with Swept Source OCT imaging capabilities. A comprehensive exam that includes an ultra-widefield optomap® image has been shown in clinical studies to enhance pathology detection and disease management, as well as to improve clinic flow. Now by integrating swept source OCT, Silverstone further facilitates examination of the retina from vitreous through the choroidal-scleral interface and helps guide treatment decisions.