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Awareness    Mental Health

Mental Health’s Role in Ophthalmology

During a career development course over a decade ago, Prem Subramanian, MD, PhD, Clifford R. and Janice N. Merrill Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology and professor at the Sue Anschutz-Rodgers Eye Center, picked up a tip that he’s used ever since: sit and listen to the patient for two minutes without saying anything.


Author Kara Mason | Publish Date May 15, 2024
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Patient Care    Awareness    Dry Eye

Is Stress Worsening Your Dry Eye?

Long work hours, little sleep, a full inbox. Balancing work and a social life.


Author Kara Mason | Publish Date April 23, 2024
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Patient Care    Awareness    Autoimmune disease

New Diagnostic Criteria for MOGAD Distinguishes the Disease from MS and NMOSD

While there are many clinical commonalities among multiple sclerosis (MS), neuromyelitis optical spectrum disorder (NMOSD), and myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein antibody disease (MOGAD), researchers now agree that the three autoimmune disorders are distinct and warrant different diagnostic criteria.


Author Kara Mason | Publish Date March 19, 2024
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Patient Care    Awareness    Low Vision Rehabilitation

5 Ways to Support a Family Member Adjust to Living with Low Vision

In the low vision rehabilitation clinic at the Sue Anschutz-Rodgers Eye Center, specialists help patients regain some of their daily lives. Oftentimes, that means helping and educating caregivers, too. 


Author Kara Mason | Publish Date February 22, 2024
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Patient Care    Awareness    Drug Development

What is Retinitis Pigmentosa?

Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) can be described as an umbrella term, says Marc Mathias, MD, associate professor of ophthalmology and retina specialist at the Sue Anschutz-Rodgers Eye Center.


Author Kara Mason | Publish Date February 13, 2024
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Patient Care    Awareness    Diabetic retinopathy

Ocular Health: A Window Into the Heart

What’s good for the heart is generally good for ocular health.


Author Kara Mason | Publish Date February 06, 2024
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Patient Care    Awareness    Mental Health

Warning Signs and Treatment for Thyroid Eye Disease

Historically, there have been few treatment options for patients with active thyroid eye disease (TED), but new research and clinical trials are revealing a new horizon for managing the rare autoimmune disease that causes tissue behind the eye to become inflamed.


Author Kara Mason | Publish Date January 25, 2024
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Community    Clinics    Awareness

Improving Vision Care for Patients with Down Syndrome

Every fourth Tuesday, Michael Puente, MD, assistant professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, dedicates his schedule to serving patients with developmental disabilities in the UCHealth Pediatric-Adult Ophthalmology Transition Clinic.  


Author Kara Mason | Publish Date October 26, 2023
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Community    Awareness    Dry Eye

How Hormones May Be Affecting Your Eyes

Hormone fluctuations can influence and impact health in a variety of ways, especially ocular health and vision.


Author Kara Mason | Publish Date August 28, 2023
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Community    Awareness    Pediatric Ophthalmology

Back to School: Keeping Young Eyes Healthy

As students return to the classroom, it’s important not to lose sight of the significance of eye health.


Author Kara Mason | Publish Date August 21, 2023
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Patient Care    Awareness    Pediatric Cancer    Retina

From Beating Retinoblastoma to Batting with Big Leaguers

This summer, six-year-old Coleman Tawresey will go more than 12 consecutive weeks without a doctor’s appointment – something he hasn’t been able to do since being diagnosed with retinoblastoma when he was two.


Author Kara Mason | Publish Date August 07, 2023
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Awareness    Dry Eye

How a CU Ophthalmologist Treats Her Dry Eye

Colorado boasts more than 300 days of sunshine each year and a semi-arid climate that can make the summer heat a bit more bearable, but those conditions are also ripe for exacerbating dry eye, which affects up to 50 million people across the country.


Author Kara Mason | Publish Date July 09, 2023
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Patient Care    Awareness    Cancer

Retinoblastoma Survivor Looks to the Skies with Help from CU Ophthalmologist

Jack Schaef wants to fly as a pilot someday, but it might just be water that helps make that dream come true.


Author Kara Mason | Publish Date May 15, 2023
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Community    Awareness

Women’s Eye Health: The Role of Representation and Wellness Practices

In health care, both being and feeling seen can make a world of difference. That’s especially true for women, who face higher risks of eye disease and make up two-thirds of people experiencing blindness across the world.


Author Kara Mason | Publish Date April 18, 2023
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Awareness    Glaucoma    Diabetic retinopathy    Equity Diversity and Inclusion

Improved Prevention and Screening is Vital for Diseases that Disproportionately Affect Black Americans

Although Black Americans are the second-largest minority population in the United States, they remain underrepresented in vision health research. They also carry the highest burden of eye disease ranging from general visual impairment to glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and blindness.


Author Rachel Wittel | Publish Date February 06, 2023
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Community    Awareness    Dry Eye

Habits for Healthy Vision in 2023

We all know that your eyes are a window to your soul, but they also provide insight into your overall health. Getting enough rest, staying active, and consuming a well-balanced diet are just as important to maintaining healthy eyes as the rest of your body. And if you have eye diseases, lifestyle factors take on even more importance.


Author Toni Lapp | Publish Date January 04, 2023
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Patient Care    Awareness    Cornea

Winter Weather Brings Risks of Snow Blindness

As winter weather moves into Colorado, so do health risks related to snow blindness. Whether you are hiking or snowshoeing at higher elevations, skiing, or skating on a frozen lake, you should protect your eyes from this condition, also known as photokeratitis.


Author Rachel Wittel | Publish Date November 04, 2022
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Awareness    Low Vision Rehabilitation

Tech Tools to Help with Vision Impairment

Not many health care providers encourage their patients to break out their smartphones during office visits, but David Simpson, OD, an optometrist at the Low Vision Rehabilitation Service at the Sue Anschutz-Rodgers Eye Center on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, prefers that they do. He treats patients dealing with a variety of vision-related diagnoses – the most common being age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy.


Author Toni Lapp | Publish Date October 13, 2022
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Patient Care    Awareness    Low Vision Rehabilitation

Driving Dreams Come True at Age 52

By the time Karre Wakefield’s friends and classmates turned 16 and got behind the wheel, she had accepted riding as only a passenger. Wakefield was born with hydrocephalus, or excess fluid in her brain, which damaged her optic nerve and rendered her ineligible for a driver’s license in the state of Colorado.


Author Rachel Wittel | Publish Date February 04, 2022
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Research    Patient Care    Awareness

Telemedicine Strengthens Glaucoma Diagnosis and Management

For more than a decade, Tom Poindexter managed his glaucoma with drops as routinely as brushing his teeth. Catching it early, he was diagnosed with open-angle glaucoma, the most common form, in his 50s.


Author Rachel Wittel | Publish Date January 14, 2022
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BrightFocus Foundation

BrightFocus Foundation Recognizes Innovators in Vision Research

news outletBrightFocus Foundation
Publish DateMay 09, 2024

Miguel Flores Bellver, PhD, assistant professor of ophthalmology at the CU School of Medicine, has been granted the Dr. Joe G. Hollyfield New Investigator Award for Macular Degeneration Research from the BrightFocus Foundation. The award is presented annually to the top-rated New Investigator Grant recipient for exceptionally promising and forward-thinking ideas in age-related macular degeneration.

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CU Anschutz News

Fulfilling a Dream: Ophthalmology Researcher Works to Restore People’s Vision

news outletCU Anschutz News
Publish DateMay 06, 2024

The latest episode of the Health Science Radio podcast explores the devoted passion of Department of Ophthalmology researcher Valeria Canto-Soler, PhD,  and her team to fulfill her long-held dream.

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Counsel and Heal

Here's How Stress Affects the Eyes

news outletCounsel and Heal
Publish DateApril 25, 2024

According to Darren Gregory, a professor of ophthalmology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, stress triggers elevated levels of inflammation in the body, which can worsen dry eye symptoms.

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UCHealth

Renowned Denver producer and photographer had to miss son’s wedding due to West Nile virus. His advice: protect yourself from mosquitos.

news outletUCHealth
Publish DateApril 16, 2024

According to Naresh Mandava, MD,  chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, the West Nile virus is a neurotrophic virus which means it primarily affects the nervous system. For patients like Sonny Hutchison with immunosuppressed systems, it can lead to temporary or — in rare instances — permanent vision problems.

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