Health care

Could Primary Care Physicians Screen Diabetic Retinopathy With Success?

2017-11-13T23:54:33+00:00

Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a serious issue for diabetics. In fact, it’s the leading cause of blindness in American adults of working age. But there’s a real problem: early detection is crucial, yet the average wait time for a DR screening at an optometrist or ophthalmologist office has been around 8+ months. Even more troubling, not everyone needing a DR screening always gets a DR screening. So what if primary care physicians could be the solution to this eye issue? Researchers attempted to answer that very question by taking a teleretinal DR screening program to 5 safety net clinics in the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services network. Some of these clinic’s medical assistants and nurses were trained to use fundus photography. Those images were then sent to optometrists [...]

Could Primary Care Physicians Screen Diabetic Retinopathy With Success? 2017-11-13T23:54:33+00:00

You Have Great Vision! Do You Still Need An Eye Exam?

2017-10-30T21:20:56+00:00

You Have Great Vision! Do You Still Need An Eye Exam? You’ve never had to wear glasses. You pride yourself on reading the small print from yards away. You are basically a vision master. So you probably think you don’t need to go to your optometrist, right? After all, aren’t doctors for sick people? The truth is no matter how amazing your vision is, you still need to see your eye care professional. Here’s why: Vision Isn’t The Only Thing Worth Checking You don’t only visit a dermatologist to deal with wrinkles. You don’t only visit a gynecologist to see if you can have a baby. And you don’t only visit your dentist to have whiter teeth. The reason we visit specialists is to ensure we are wholly healthy. How [...]

You Have Great Vision! Do You Still Need An Eye Exam? 2017-10-30T21:20:56+00:00

4 Signs Your Child Needs an Eye Exam

2017-10-18T18:47:55+00:00

Children's Eye Health And Safety Month Are you wondering if your child needs an eye exam? You are not alone. Children are susceptible to a variety of vision and eye problems, and good health starts early in life. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), your child should receive their first comprehensive exam shortly after birth, before starting school to check vision and eye alignment, and throughout their school years as needed. In support of Children's Eye Health And Safety Month, here are some common signs that you might need to take your child to an eye specialists: 1. Constant Eye Rubbing Rubbing your eyes when tired is normal. But if your child is excessively rubbing their eyes while completing homework or using electronic devices, it may be cause for [...]

4 Signs Your Child Needs an Eye Exam 2017-10-18T18:47:55+00:00