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Sizing Up Geographic Atrophy

Geographic atrophy (GA) represents a late stage of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) where there is loss of the photoreceptors, the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) and the underlying choriocapillaris. Researchers believe approximately four million Americans and Europeans have late-stage dry AMD. This number is projected to increase as the population ages and the number of people worldwide with AMD may grow to 288 million or more by 2040.
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Setting Patient Expectations for Anti-VEGF Therapy

Intravitreal injections are the most commonly performed ophthalmologic procedure—more so even than cataract surgery—with over three million injections performed in 2016. With an aging population and an expected coinciding rise in retinal disease, studies suggest these numbers will only grow. One particular class, anti–vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) medications, can treat patients with various retinal conditions.

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Reconsider Your Approach to Diabetic Retinopathy

In an effort to prevent diabetic retinopathy (DR) from progressing to the point of referral, current and recent clinical trials have been exploring a new, earlier treatment strategy relying on anti-VEGF injections. This article provides an overview of ocular conditions associated with diabetes, discusses the success anti-VEGF treatment is achieving and offers a protocol for optometrists who work closely with these patients.

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Macula Exam Tips and Tricks

Optometrists must be proficient in recognizing macular disease during the ocular examination and in using the latest diagnostic technology to do so. 
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Bring Concussion Care Into Your Practice

Millions of Americans suffer from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year, with nearly 75 percent of all those with TBI suffering from some form of visual dysfunction. Patients may come into the primary care optometrist’s office complaining about double vision, blurred vision, closing one eye, dizziness, headaches, sensitivity to lights, bumping into things and/or poor coordination.

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July 15, 2020

Features

A Practical Approach to Angle-closure

Learn to triage these patients and how to intervene appropriately with in-office treatments or swift referrals as needed.

Glaucoma: The Perils of Progression

Controlling this disease requires a long-term, fluid management plan. These six tips can help you navigate the complicated road ahead.

Optometry’s Role in the Diabetes Epidemic

If you can get all patients—but especially those at risk—to focus on these five lifestyle modifications, the benefits would be immense.

Satisfying the Complicated Presbyope

Concurrent issues such as dry eye, prior surgery or binocular disorders can compromise visual quality. Optometrists can help restore it.

Seven Ways Glaucoma Care is Changing

Better drugs, safer surgeries, smarter diagnostics and new approaches are easing the burden on patients—and their ODs.

What’s Your Disc Diagnosis?

These cases can help you better differentiate tough optic disc abnormalities.

Departments

A Bitter Pill

Taking the profit out of contact lens sales looks to be devastating. But could it also be liberating?

An Optic Neuritis Outlier

This condition, as well as MS, can still affect patients outside the typical age demographic.

Coding a Suspect

The rules differ when monitoring a patient who hasn’t converted to glaucoma—yet.

Glaucoma Updates Post-COVID

The pandemic hasn’t slowed progress in new care options.

He Kept His Eye on the Ball

A patient develops worsening near vision three years after a blunt trauma.

Navigating Retinal Necrosis

This rare, acute disorder can be tied to a number of systemic diseases.

PPE: Tales From the Trenches

These safety measures have proven tricky, but I’ve got a few pointers.

Riboflavin vs. Rose Bengal

When considering photodynamic therapy, make sure to evaluate the efficacy of each photosensitizer.

RVOs: Detour Ahead

The formation of collateral vessels may help you understand the severity of the occlusion.

When Facial Paralysis Strikes

Diagnosing and managing Bell’s palsy requires optometrists to rule out any underlying condition that could be triggering a patient’s signs and symptoms.

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