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Ocular problems stemming from environmental factors appear to be significant, says Malik Y. Kahook, MD, vice chair of translational research and the Slater Family Endowed Chair in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He served as senior author on a global review published in Reviews on Environmental Health that focused on the effects of climate change and air pollution on eye health.
A newer technique for preparing corneal tissue for transplantation has been shown to be safe and effective, while providing a faster and smoother process than the traditional technique, according to researchers in the Department of Ophthalmology at University of Colorado School of Medicine.
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.
The state of modern AI is really exciting for health care. With increasing computing capabilities and access to vast datasets, new algorithms are being developed every day. In that sense, the technology has arrived, but there are many remaining challenges in implementing AI in clinical settings.
As one of the largest eye centers in the country, the Sue Anschutz-Rodgers Eye Center on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus treats many complicated ocular conditions. One is Fuchs’ dystrophy, an inherited disease that affects the cornea – the clear covering of the eye. The disease causes cell death in the endothelium, the innermost layer of the cornea. Although death of these cells is a normal part of aging, Fuchs’ accelerates the process and causes vision impairment and discomfort.
The COVID-19 pandemic found many of us spending more time in isolation, exercising less, and eating and drinking more. All of that caused negative effects on physical and mental health, but what did the pandemic mean for our eye health? As it turns out, plenty — from the effects of increasing screen time to skipping routine eye exams due to COVID-related health concerns.
“We do a good job taking care of these babies,” Jung said. “That’s why we thought it would be great if we could extend the good job we do into other parts of Colorado so we can raise the standards of how ROP is taken care of, and overall, really help these babies who are the most vulnerable population.”
Zach Pierce found Kia Washington, MD, professor of ophthalmology and plastic and reconstructive surgery at the CU School of Medicine. Washington is working to restore vision with whole eye transplants, a procedure never successful when done in humans, but holds promise.
There is plenty of evidence in the literature to support reimbursement for goniotomy, according to Hawaiian Eye 2024 speaker Leonard K. Seibold, MD, professor of ophthalmology at the CU School of Medicine.
Victoria Pelak, MD, FAAN, professor of neurology and ophthalmology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, explains that she looks for signs of impaired judgment or a lack of insight in her patients with diseases such as posterior cortical atrophy. “When they exhibit poor judgment or have no insight about their deficits, I work with them and their families on a plan that removes access to firearms,” she says.