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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Prevent Airbag Eye Injury in Car Accidents

Almost all relatively new cars have both airbags and seatbelts to help prevent injuries during car accidents. But did you know that improper use of these safety features can actually expose you to eye injury?

About Airbag Eye Injury Research
A research report in Survey of Ophthalmology suggests that the incidence of eye injury and facial trauma from airbags is actually increasing. How can this be happening? Airbags were originally designed as a supplemental safety system to seatbelts-that is, to be used in conjunction with seatbelts, in order to protect the head from hard surfaces in frontal crashes. It is critical that all passengers wear their seatbelts even if your car has airbags in the front, back and sides of the passenger cabin. By design, wearing and proper use of seatbelts restricts and prevents you from being quickly and forcefully thrown forward and colliding with the rearward inflating and accelerating airbags as they are deployed during a car accident.

Eye Injuries from Airbags
Airbag inflation, deployment and passenger collision with airbags has been reported to cause eye injuries including corneal abrasions, alkali burns and the serious effects of eye compression such as retinal tears, retinal and vitreous hemorrhages, retinal detachment and even cataracts.

SO-the message is clear. For eye protection and safety in motor vehicle accidents, all occupants of cars should wear safety belts at all times even if your vehicle has airbags!

If you or someone you know has questions about eye injury from airbags, car accidents or how to make sure you are using the safety features of your vehicle properly, please feel free to call Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland, Maine 04102 at 888-374-2020, visit Eyecare Medical Group, Google+ or to schedule an appointment.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Injections Best to Treat Diabetic Macular Edema

With a meaningful number of patients with diabetes experiencing vision loss from Diabetic Macular Edema (DME) at some point in their lives, it is reassuring to know that treatment with injection of VEGF inhibitor drugs such as Lucentis® and Eylea® Diabetic Macular Edema offer an excellent treatment option-even better that laser photocoagulation.

VEGF Inhibitor Injections for DME
According to researchers reporting in the American Journal of Ophthalmology reviewing and publishing an analysis of studies on Diabetic Maculopathy published between January 1, 1985 and July 31, 2013, although laser photocoagulation has been the standard treatment for DME for nearly 3 decades, there is increasing evidence that better outcomes can be achieved with anti-Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (anti-VEGF) injections. In fact, the number of patients with DME gaining an improvement of seeing an additional 10-15 letters on the eye chart was at least 2 times greater for those patients treated with the anti-VEGF injections as compared to being treated with laser treatments.

If you or someone you know has diabetes and is concerned about their risk of Diabetic Macular Edema (DME) or Diabetic Retinopathy, it is critical that they have regular dilated eye exams. Please call Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland, Maine 04102 at 888-374-2020, visit Eyecare Medical Group, Google+ or to schedule an appointment.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Diabetic Eye Exam Compliance

Patient Compliance with Diabetic Eye Exams Helps to Reduces Risk
Eye exams patients play a key role in helping us manage their risk and likelihood of vision loss from diabetic eye problems and retinopathy. Following through and being compliant with your doctor’s recommendations for scheduled appointments and testing is just a smart thing to do. While there is no cure for diabetic retinopathy, with careful management of risk factors such as blood sugar levels, cholesterol levels, moderation of alcohol consumption and routine exercise along with regular annual dilated eye exams, the potential vision loss from diabetes and associated diabetic eye problems can be minimized.

Research about Diabetic Eye Exam Compliance
Researchers reporting in the journal Ophthalmology, identified a range of factors that predict how and why diabetic patients are, or are not complaints with annual eye examinations. The researchers used a new questionnaire designed to measure health beliefs related to diabetic retinopathy and annual eye examinations called the Compliance with Annual Diabetic Eye Exams Survey (CADEES).

Factors that Influence Diabetic Eye Exam Compliance
There were several obvious as well as interesting factors that influenced diabetic patient compliance with annual eye exams. These include the understanding and belief as to whether or not insurance covered most of the eye examination cost, whether it was difficult to schedule or physically get to an eye exam appointment, whether patients had been counseled and made aware that having a diabetic eye exam should be a strong priority, and whether patients had been told at any earlier visits that they had signs of diabetic retinopathy. In addition to these patient factors, eye doctors also play a role and can help with diabetic eye exam compliance by diligently counseling newly diagnosed patients more intensely and those with poorly controlled blood glucose on the importance of annual eye examinations and discussing and helping patients remove their perceived barriers and misconceptions.

If you or someone you know has diabetes they need to have regular annual dilated eye exams to prevent vision loss from diabetic eye diseases and problems. Please share this information about diabetic eye exam compliance with them and ask them to call Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland, Maine 04102 at 888-374-2020, visit Eyecare Medical Group, Google+ or to schedule an appointment.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Diabetic Retinopathy Eye Exams & Tests

To preserve eye health and avoid vision loss from diabetic retinopathy, patients should be their own advocates in having regular scheduled dilated eye exams and testing as recommended by their ophthalmologists. Depending on whether there is evidence of diabetic retinopathy, retinal circulation problems of swelling, the eye examinations for diabetic retinopathy need to be thorough and when necessary include advanced testing such as retinal photography, fluorescein angiography and ocular coherence tomography (OCT) in order to really document how the retina and it’s blood vessels are functioning, Depending on the severity and the risk of progression of each patient’s diabetic retinopathy we will advise them of the frequency and intervals for their exams. But, patients with diabetes need to know that it is terribly important to keep their appointments.”

Vision loss from diabetes and especially catastrophic vision loss from diabetic retinopathy can be prevented with early detection, diagnosis and treatment. If you or someone you know has diabetes or even elevated blood sugar levels they should work to prevent diabetic eye disease and problems with regular eye exams by calling Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland, Maine 04102 at 888-374-2020, visit Eyecare Medical Group, Google+ or to schedule an appointment.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Risk of Diabetes & Eating Fruit

Diet and diabetes risk has always had a close association, but did you know that by eating 3 servings of fruits per week-especially blueberries, grapes and apples can help reduce your risk of diabetes?

Research about Eating Fruit & Diabetes
According the reports from the Harvard School of Public Health eating certain whole fruits may reduce the risk for Type 2 diabetes, even though fruit juice consumption may increase the risk for diabetes. Investigators combined data from 3 studies: the Nurses' Health Study of more than 66,000 patients, the Nurses' Health Study II of more than 85,000 patients and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study with over 36,000 patients. The participants in all 3 studies completed questionnaires assessing health and lifestyle factors, including diet, every 2 years. The researchers excluded participants with a baseline diagnosis of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or cancer, as well as those who had missing data for fruit or fruit juice consumption or an extremely high or low caloric intake, and those who had an unclear date of diabetes diagnosis.

The analysis was adjusted for personal, lifestyle, and dietary risk factors for diabetes. The researchers concluded that every 3 servings of fruit per week were associated with a lower risk for Type 2 diabetes. When the researchers looked at individual types of fruit in a multivariate analysis, adjusted for the same factors, they found that 3 servings per week of some fruits were more closely associated with reduced risk of diabetes especially blueberries, grapes and apples.

If you or someone you know has questions about diet, eating fruit and diabetes risk please feel free to call Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland, Maine 04102 at 888-374-2020, visit Eyecare Medical Group, Google+ or to schedule an appointment.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Eye Safety at Work

Being aware of the risk of eye injury at work-as well as at home, and using measures consistent with good eye safety practices can go a long way to avoiding eye injuries. Believe it or not, every day more than 2,000 workers in the United States sustain job-related work injuries that require some type of medical treatment. Prevent Blindness America reports that 2.4 million eye injuries occur each year, with nearly 1 million resulting in some degree of vision loss. About 90 percent of these injuries are avoidable, when the right eye protection is worn, reports the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

The most common eye injuries are:
  • Cuts or scrapes from flying objects, such as metal and wood chips, that become embedded in the eye
  • Burns from steam, infrared light or splashes of chemicals, grease or oil
  • Infections from contaminated substances, such as splashes of blood or respiratory droplets or other products on fingers that are used to touch or rub the eyes
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires workers to use eye and face protection whenever there is a reasonable probability of injury that could be prevented with proper equipment, such as goggles, face shields or safety glasses. The best way to avoid eye injury from household chores, activities and tasks is to wear proper protective eyewear.

If you have questions or need assistance with protective eyewear feel free to call Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland, Maine 04102 at 888-374-2020, visit Eyecare Medical Group or to schedule an appointment.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Facts about Eye Injury

Regardless of what you do for work or recreation, knowing some key facts about eye injury and how to prevent eye injuries is one of the most basic things you can do to preserve your eye health and vision. While you are probably aware of some of the risks of eye injury, you may not know that by wearing proper protective eyewear it is possible to prevent 90 percent of those injuries! What is most troubling is that according to a survey by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, only 35 percent of people say that they always wear protective eyewear when performing home repairs or maintenance and even less wear protective eyewear while playing sports.

Eye Injury Facts and Myths
  • Who is more likely to have an eye injury-men or women? Men!
  • Are eye injuries more common on the job or at home? Nearly half of all eye injuries occurred in the home! In fact more than 40 percent of eye injuries were caused by projects and activities such as home repairs, yard work, cleaning and cooking. More than a third of injuries in the home occurred in living areas such as the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, living or family room.
  • More than 40 percent of eye injuries every year are related to sports or recreational activities.
  • Eyes can be damaged by sun exposure, not just chemicals, dust or objects.
  • Among people who have had eye injuries, more than 78 percent of people were not wearing eyewear at the time of injury!
If you or someone you know is concerned about eye injury and wants to learn more about preventing eye injuries and protective eyewear, please feel free to call Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland, Maine 04102 at 888-374-2020, visit Eyecare Medical Group, Google+ or to schedule an appointment.