Sunday, November 22, 2015
Monday, November 16, 2015
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 facebook.com/eyecaremedicalgroup to schedule an appointment.
Posted by Dr. Jackie Nguyen, MD at 4:32 PM
Monday, November 9, 2015
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 facebook.com/eyecaremedicalgroup to schedule an appointment.
Posted by Dr. Scott Steidl, M.D. at 4:09 PM
Monday, November 2, 2015
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 facebook.com/eyecaremedicalgroup to schedule an appointment.
Posted by Dr. Aaron Parnes, M.D. at 10:01 AM