Save Your Eyesight during National Diabetes Month

November is National Diabetes Month. So what do your eyes have to do with diabetes? Quite a lot, it turns out. If you’re one of the 25 million Americans who suffer from diabetes, you know how important it is to monitor your blood sugar. Blood sugar extremes affect a great many bodily functions, from your […]

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How to Prevent Macular Degeneration

You might remember several months ago I wrote about how taking certain vitamins can lower your risk of developing macular degeneration (AMD). Millions of Americans take these vitamins, which were discovered during a 2001 study by the National Eye Institute to slow the progression of macular degeneration to its more advanced stages by 25 percent […]

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Gnats on a Golf Course

Mrs. GR is a 52-year-old golfer who plays twice a week—and usually breaks 90. (In other words, she’s pretty good.) One day recently, right after taking a swing, she noticed a swarm of gnats off to her right. She didn’t think too much about it at first, but the next time she teed off, the […]

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Reducing Your Risk for Age-Related Macular Degeneration

A few weeks ago, the National Eye Institute announced that an international team of researchers had located seven genetic risk factors associated with age-related macular degeneration (AMD). To date, 19 such genetic variations have been found to increase a person’s risk for AMD, bringing scientists that much closer to understanding this devastating disease. So what […]

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Aspirin: Does it Help or Hurt?

Recent studies indicate an increase risk of wet AMD with aspirin. Find out other risk factors for developing this blinding disease.

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Sick at Sea

A few weeks ago, my wife, Kitty, and I embarked on what was supposed to be a 10-day cruise through the Caribbean. We had been looking forward to the trip for months, in part because it has been unbearably cold in Northern Virginia where we live, and in part because we had not taken a […]

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What a Patient Taught Me

TJ was a patient with macular degeneration. We talked many times about plans for retirement; vacations, time spent with family etc….but then he missed an appointment.

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An Ounce of Prevention – Getting Annual Dilated Eye Exams

Diabetic eye disease or diabetic retinopathy is likely to occur in most diabetic patients and the will increase as diabetes affects more and more people.

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A Happy Ending

How are patients treated when they have bleeding in the eye and a sudden loss of vision?  The following story is one that, unfortunately, I hear far too often in my office: Sudden Loss of Vision Mr. A was scared. When he had awakened that morning, he couldn’t see out of his left eye. His […]

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