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Epiretinal Membrane

Epiretinal membranes are a very common ocular disease, affecting as many as 30 million Americans. The majority of patients experience minimal visual disturbance. In about 20% of patients, the pucker worsens and causes progressive vision loss.

Surgery is recommended when the condition interferes with the patient’s activities of daily living such as reading, driving, or watching television.

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Paradigm Shift: Anti-VEGF Therapy in the Treatment of Diabetic Eye Disease

Vision loss from diabetic retinopathy is related to the severity of the disease. In mild NPDR, the risk for vision loss is low. As the disease worsens, the risk for loss of vision increases.

In recent years, anti-VEGF injections have been utilized to treat patients with diabetic macular edema. While treating diabetics for edema with anti-VEGF therapy, an improvement in the diabetic retinopathy is frequently observed.

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Diabetic Retinopathy

The treatment for diabetic retinopathy has come a long way in the past forty years. Initially an untreatable, blinding disease, it is now quite responsive to therapy. 

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Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration is a common disease in America’s aging population. While dry AMD is more common, wet AMD is associated with greater risk for vision loss.

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Retinal Detachment

Retinal detachments are an ocular emergency. When the retina detaches from the eye wall, it no longer sees normally. Surgical repair is indicated. Vitrectomy, scleral buckle, or pneumatic retinopexy are the treatment modalities most frequently utilized.

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Posterior Vitreous Detachment & Retinal Tear

One of the most frequent conditions ophthalmologists encounter is posterior vitreous detachment. While the condition is relatively common, complications such as vitreous hemorrhage, retinal tear, or retinal detachment are not. As the symptoms of PVD, retinal tear, and retinal detachment are similar, a complete examination including dilated fundoscopy, and sometimes retinal imaging or ultrasonography, should be performed in a timely manner.

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