Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Maine Retina Specialist on AMD & Lucentis®

Aaron Parnes, M.D. of Eyecare Medical Group in Portland,Maine commented on age related macular degeneration (AMD) treatment results and predictive factors for best success and outcome with Lucentis® injections. “Looking at the data from our extensive clinical results as well as the long term clinical trials has shown that there can be considerable variability in patient responses to the Lucentis® injections we use to treat age related macular degeneration,” said Dr. Parnes. “The good news is that this information has been quite useful in establishing a number of diagnostic and treatment parameters that we use to optimize treatment and monitoring regimens to help patients get the best possible results,” Dr. Parnes explained.

Here are some important factors and considerations that we know today:
·         The initial visual acuity is not a good indicator for patients treated with monthly injections of Lucentis®. But, a poorer initial visual acuity seems to predict greater overall improvement.
·         Smaller areas of blood vessel growth seem to respond better to treatment.
·         If treatment begins BEFORE any hemorrhage has occurred there is usually a more favorable result.
·         The visual acuity found between the 3 and 5 month visit seems to predict about where the 12 month visit acuity will end up.
·         If there is a recurrence of subretinal fluid there is usually a negative effect on the long term visual recovery and functioning.

While there can be no guarantees, by using this information we can work to hopefully avoid the catastrophic vision loss from Wet Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD).  YOUR role is to be consistent in scheduling routine eye exams if you are over 50 years old or even earlier if you have a family history of AMD-and should you notice symptoms including distortion of your vision, waviness or curving of lines or straight surfaces or a sudden change or spots of any kind, please call Eyecare Medical Group for an immediate appointment. The key to maintaining eye health and vision is early detection, diagnosis and treatment.

If you or someone you know has a family history of macular degeneration or is concerned about macular degeneration it is important to schedule regular eye exams by calling Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland Maine at 888-374-2020, visiting Eyecare Medical Group or facebook.com/eyecaremedicalgroup to schedule an appointment.


Monday, November 18, 2013

Maine Contact Lens Specialist on Self Esteem & Teens

“Contact lenses can be beneficial in helping teenagers with the difficult times for their self esteem and self image,” shared Contact Lens Specialist Dr. Ruth Stevens of Eyecare Medical Group in Portland, Maine. “Teens really get challenged during adolescence by the “Trifecta of Awkwardness-braces, acnes and glasses!” commented Dr. Stevens. 

Not being able to play sports or worrying about how they look can leave many teens feeling anxious, stressed out and unhappy. “We love fitting patients in this age group with contact lenses because we see that the teens who wear contact lenses benefit beyond simply correcting their vision. They typically improve in how they feel about their physical appearance, their acceptance among friends and of course their ability to play sports,” further explained Dr. Stevens. 

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about contact lenses or schedule an appointment for a contact lens fitting please call Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland Maine at 888-374-2020, visit Eyecare Medical Group or facebook.com/eyecaremedicalgroup to schedule an appointment.


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Diabetic Retinopathy Eye Exams in Maine

“Regular eye exams are the best way to help prevent vision loss from diabetic retinopathy,” said Maine Retina Specialist Aaron Parnes, M.D. of Eyecare Medical Group in Portland, Maine. “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 in order to really document how the retina and it’s blood vessels are functioning,” Dr. Parnes further explained. “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 in Portland Maine at 888-374-2020, visit Eyecare Medical Group or facebook.com/eyecaremedicalgroup to schedule an appointment.

Eyecare Medical Group is conveniently located for patients from throughout Maine including Auburn, Augusta, Bangor, Bath, Berwick, Biddeford, Bridgeton, Brunswick, Cape Neddick, Casco Bay, Cumberland Center, Eliot, Freeport, Gardiner, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Kittery, Lewiston, Old Orchard Beach, Sanford, Scarborough, South Portland, Springvale, Topsham, Waterville, Westbrook, Winslow, Wiscasset, Yarmouth, Portland, Skowhegan and York Maine.


Monday, November 4, 2013

Avoiding Diabetic Eye Disease & Problems

Aaron Parnes, M.D., Retina Specialist & Vitreoretinal Surgeon at Eyecare Medical Group in Portland, Maine cited current information about diabetic eye disease, diabetic eye problems and diabetic retinopathy as Prevent Blindness America has designated November as National Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month. “The Prevent Blindness America Vision Problems in the U.S. report confirms that diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness in adults 20-74 years of age. According to the Centers for Disease Control, diabetes affects 25.8 million people in the United States. Although there is no cure for diabetic eye disease, annual eye exams for diabetes patients are essential to help slow the progression of the disease,” said Dr. Parnes.
The Prevent Blindness America Vision Problems in the U.S. identified that there are almost 8 million people ages 40 and older who have diabetic retinopathy. “This represents an 89 percent increase between the years 2000-2012,” noted Dr. Parnes. “It is terribly disturbing to see the dramatic spike in diabetic retinopathy cases, a consequence of the diabetes epidemic that we have in the U.S.,” Dr. Parnes explained.
The vision loss from diabetic retinopathy can be prevented if it's caught early and treated in time. More than one third of those diagnosed with diabetes do not adhere to vision care guidelines recommending a dilated eye exam every year. As part of Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month we are urging people with diabetes to have a dilated eye exam every year. The longer a person has diabetes, the greater his or her risk for developing diabetic retinopathy. However, diabetic retinopathy does not only affect people who have had diabetes for many years, it can also appear within the first year or two after the onset of the disease.

In addition to having regular eye examinations and testing at the direction of your eye doctor, patients can help to reduce the risk of developing diabetic eye disease  by not smoking, controlling their cholesterol and lipid profile and blood pressure, as well as working to eat a heart-healthy diet rich in fish, fruit and green leafy vegetables and exercising. 

If you or someone you know has diabetes or even elevated blood sugar levels they should work to prevent diabetic eye disease, diabetic eye problems and diabetic retinopathy with regular eye exams by calling Eyecare Medical Group in Portland Maine. Feel free to call us at 888-374-2020, visit Eyecare Medical Group or facebook.com/eyecaremedicalgroup to schedule an appointment.