The AMD Gene Consortium, published in the March 2013 of Nature Genetics, has discovered seven new loci associated with an increased risk of AMD. The consortium also confirmed 12 loci identified in previous studies. With these latest findings, Genetics Explain 65% of Macular Degeneration. VisiVIte manufactures a potent eye vitamin supplement for people who have family […]
“When driving conditions and time on task were controlled for, the impairments associated with using a cell phone while driving can be as profound as those associated with driving while drunk.” That was the conclusion of Distraction.Gov, “The Official U.S. Government Web Site For Distracted Driving.” I was reminded of the dangers of cell phone usage by […]
It was an afternoon in late October 2001. A fax from the American Academy of Ophthalmology had just printed in my office, and at the top in large capital letters, it said: ====== URGENT! ====== Fax machines in doctors’ offices are targets for every company trying to market surgical instruments, medications, automobile tires, […]
A young firefighter was referred to my office yesterday by his family doctor. The young man had complained of feeling something fly into his eye the day prior, and the doctor had discovered that the man had a small metallic foreign body embedded in the clear cornea that forms the front of the eye. Below […]
To our neighbors and friends weathering the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy: Stay away from power lines. Avoid driving at night when signals aren’t visible. If you use a generator, keep it 12 or more feet away from the house to avoid fumes and carbon monoxide.
In the aftermath of several recent meningitis deaths, the FDA is warning patients whose eyes were injected with Avastin formulated by New England Compounding Center about the risk of fungal infection to their eye. Avastin is a common drug used to treat wet macular degeneration. Read more here: http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm322734.htm
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are advising physicians to halt use of any product originating from the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass. For ophthalmology practices, this would include Avastin, which NECC compounds for use in intravitreal injections.
This adorable four year-old presented to my office with a history of getting hit with a “rubber band” two days before. Why hadn’t mom brought him in earlier? Because the pediatrician took a look at him with a penlight, put him on some drops, and deemed him to be okay. But mom trusted her instincts […]
VisiVite.Com, a leading manufacturer of professional formulas for ocular nutrition, today launched a new mobile web site for smart phones. Dr. Paul Krawitz, President and C.E.O. said, “We were surprised to discover that nearly 18% of our visitors were accessing VisiVite.Com from mobile phones. The new VisiVite.Com mobile site makes shopping for eye vitamins fast […]
Our heroes, one by one, fall back to earth. The Black Sox, Pete Rose, Mark McGuire, Barry Bonds, Joe Paterno, and now, Lance Armstrong. As an avid bicyclist, I always felt I could ride just a little bit faster and a little bit harder when I was wearing my Lance Armstrong U.S. Postal Service bicycle […]