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Patient Care    Advancement    Low Vision Rehabilitation

Removing Barriers from Low Vision Rehabilitation

Although vision impairments affect people of all ages and backgrounds, the cost of an initial low vision rehabilitation evaluation can prevent patients from getting the comprehensive care they need.


Author Rachel Wittel | Publish Date March 13, 2023
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Research    Mental Health    Low Vision Rehabilitation    Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

CU Ophthalmology Researchers Link Age-Related Macular Degeneration Vision Loss with Depression

Researchers in the Division of Ophthalmic Epidemiology in the University of Colorado Department of Ophthalmology have confirmed an association between vision loss from advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD) with depression, following a study of patient data collected over seven years. This finding will help bring visibility into the impact of the disease, which is a leading cause of vision loss for older adults.


Author Toni Lapp | Publish Date November 10, 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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Grand Junction Sentinel

Collaboration between St. Mary's, Children's Hospital makes prevention of infant blindness more accessible

news outletGrand Junction Sentinel
Publish DateFebruary 14, 2024

“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.”

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CBS4 Denver

Colorado doctor hopes to help restore sight of man who went blind

news outletCBS4 Denver
Publish DateFebruary 08, 2024

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. 

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Healio

Specialist reviews evidence in support of goniotomy reimbursement

news outletHealio
Publish DateFebruary 02, 2024

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. 

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Brain&Life

How to Keep Loved Ones with Dementia Safe from Firearms

news outletBrain&Life
Publish DateFebruary 02, 2024

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.

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