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VIDEO: Manage pain when visual potential is poor

NEPTUNE, N.J. – Jing Huang, OD, presented a case here at the New Jersey Academy of Optometry CE meeting of a man with hand motion vision who was diagnosed with aphakic bullous keratopathy and limbal stem cell deficiency.“The most important point is that if a patient doesn’t have good visual potential, it’s very important to still manage their pain because it can improve their quality of life,” Huang said. ...


Blogs by David Khorram, MD, focus on global ophthalmology

In 2018, Healio.com/OSN introduced a new blogger, David Khorram, MD, who writes about global ophthalmology and issued related to combating global blindness.Catch up with his first four entries here: BLOG: What is global ophthalmologyFor the past few decades, there has been a rise in efforts by ophthalmologists to address blindness outside our own country. Several academic training programs have well-established fellowships in global ophthalmology. There is a certain sense that to be global is to...


Nutrition conference speakers stress importance of carotenoids

The importance of macular pigment was a common theme at the Brain and Ocular Nutrition Conference, formerly the Macular Carotenoid Conference, held in Cambridge, England.Increasing one’s macular pigment is correlated with increased vision and performance. A lack of or declining level of carotenoids correlates with both cognitive decline and chronic diseases such as age-related macular degeneration, dementia and Alzheimer’s.Conference chair John Nolan, PhD, explained that the change of the confer...


Long-term blurred vision in one eye

A 48-year-old African American man presented to the clinic with complaints of blurry, distorted vision that had been present in the left eye for 6 months. The patient had no pertinent ocular history. His medical history was positive for seasonal allergies, for which he was taking Claritin (loratadine, Bayer) daily.The patient’s best corrected visual acuities were 20/20 OD and 20/50 OS. He had normal extraocular motilities, and confrontation visual fields were full to finger counting in both eyes...


Diabetes treatable by lifestyle modification

To the Editor:I enjoyed your article about how we as optometrists can do more to fight diabetes (“Optometrists can do more to fight diabetes” October 2018). Nearly half of my adult patients are diabetic or prediabetic. I talk to each one of them (as time allows) about their diet, level of physical activity and other lifestyle factors. Type 2 diabetes is a condition that in most cases can be treated and prevented by lifestyle and diet modifications. I refer many of my diabetics and patients with ...


Chronic inflammation is especially critical in the posterior pole

Statistics support the assertion that we are an inflamed society. According to Medscape, over 70 million NSAID prescriptions are written annually in the U.S. If you factor in over-the-counter drugs, more than 30 billion doses of NSAIDs are consumed annually (Weigand).Given that inflammation isn’t always a bad thing, it’s difficult to estimate just how many Americans suffer from chronic inflammation. Whether it’s pain, heat, redness, swelling or loss of function, we all experience varying degrees...