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Veteran Gains Perfect Vision After Cataract Surgery

“You can’t hurt steel.”

Phil Cusimano means it, too. While fixing his roof a few months ago, the 74-year-old veteran fell through and onto his patio – getting right up with nothing but a scratch.

Cusimano is known for his strength, from excelling in track and field during his high school days to enlisting in 1967 to serve in the Vietnam War. His kryptonite seemed to be his eyes.

Author Rachel Wittel | Publish Date June 23, 2022
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Patient Care    Advancement    Cataracts    Glaucoma

Artist Gives Back After Sight-Saving Surgery

Philip Tarlow’s inspiration to pursue art was sparked at an early age. He recalls a kindergarten teacher noticing his fascination with construction workers, which ultimately became the subject matter of his creations 30 years later. 

Author Rachel Wittel | Publish Date April 13, 2022
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Patient Care    Awareness    Cornea

Winter Is Over but Snow Blindness Risk Remains

As ski season comes to a close in Colorado, the spring and summer seasons remain sprinkled with winter’s health risks. Whether you are hiking at higher elevations, skiing, or spending the day by a lake, a condition known as snow blindness could occur at any point during the year.

Author Rachel Wittel | Publish Date March 29, 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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Denver 7

Study shows AI deep learning models can detect race in medical imaging

news outletDenver 7
Publish DateMay 24, 2022

Dr. Jayashree Kalpathy-Cramer discusses a recent study found that AI deep learning models can be trained to identify race in these same medical images. Something radiologists could only determine with 50 percent accuracy. 

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AAO Newsroom

Screening for Keratoconus in Children with Down Syndrome

news outletAAO Newsroom
Publish DateMay 10, 2022

Dr. Casey Smith discusses guidelines on using corneal tomography to screen for keratoconus in children with Down syndrome. Screening is recommended not only because keratoconus is prevalent in this population, but because those with Down syndrome may be less likely to be myopic and to have lower rates of astigmatism at the time of keratoconus than those without Down syndrome.

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Higher-order visual dysfunction in dementia: can we do better at recognition and assessment?

news outletNeurodiem
Publish DateMay 03, 2022

Half of the human brain is devoted to vision, either exclusively or through important connections within functional networks essential for memory, cognition, and behavior. Not surprisingly, most people with a neurodegenerative disease that leads to dementia will develop higher-order visual dysfunction at some point in the course of their illness, including the pre-dementia or mild cognitive impairment stage.

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Glaucoma Today

Home Tonometry for Detecting Treatment Response in Glaucoma

news outletGlaucoma Today
Publish DateApril 30, 2022

Given that much clinical decision-making in glaucoma is based on IOP, it seems surprising that, on average, providers rely on a handful of in-office IOP measurements obtained over the course of a year to determine IOP control. Monica K. Ertel, MD, and Leonard K. Seibold, MD, discuss the use of the iCare Home to improve clinical decision-making.

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