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Early warning? | Ophthalmology | 05-2011
Although many causes exist for transient painless loss of vision i.e. amaurosis fugax , thromboembolic phenomena are high on the list of possible etiologies, especially in patients with cardiovascular risk ...

Boys are more prone to colour blindness | Ophthalmology | 03-2011
Daltonism is an infrequently used term for colour vision deficiency or colour blindness , and relates to the first published account of the disorder by the English chemist John Dalton ...

Eye damage often goes unseen | Ophthalmology | 06-2010
Patients often present to their eye care specialist with symptoms of pressure in and around their eye s . An oft-asked question is whether their intraocular pressure IOP may be ...

Eye exercises can’t stave off age effects | Ophthalmology | 02-2010
Although certain eye exercises can be helpful in some types of strabismus i.e. convergence exercises for convergence insufficiency , there are no known facial exercises to minimize the risk of ...

Tracking early diabetes | Endocrinology | 02-2010
See my answer above on metformin in pre-diabetes. As for microvascular screening, the best tests are the same ones that we use to screen patients with diabetes i.e. referral to ...

Tetanus shot for corneal abrasion? | Ophthalmology | 02-2010
Corneal abrasions are extremely common and can result from even minor trauma to the corneal surface. Due to the high sensory innervation of the cornea, abrasions can be extremely painful ...

Making babies cry | Pediatrics, Ophthalmology | 01-2010
Pediatrician s response Babies present with blocked tear ducts from birth to 18 months. If the conjunctivae are clear I treat with gentle massage or pumping of the tear duct ...

Do steroids cause cataracts? | Ophthalmology | 10-2009
Corticosteroids are of course used extensively for the treatment of localized and systemic inflammatory disease, and routes of administration are varied i.e. oral, inhaled, topical, etc. The hormonal effects of ...

Eyepatch pros and cons | Ophthalmology | 09-2009
The question of patching for corneal abrasions is somewhat cloudy, as practice patterns vary depending on physician preference. There are no clinical trials comparing patch vs no patch treatments, and ...

Cancer drug helps occluded eyes | Ophthalmology | 05-2009
Retinal vein occlusion either central or branch remains a very common vascular problem in ophthalmology, with a great deal of associated visual morbidity. Although most often associated with typical cardiovascular ...

Could BPH medication complicate cataract surgery? | Ophthalmology | 12-2008
Tamsulosin is a commonly used medication that minimizes the symptoms of urinary retention in benign prostatic hypertrophy BPH . Its excellent safety and side effect profile have made it the ...

Off-label use of bevacizumab | Ophthalmology | 11-2008
Retinal vein occlusion remains a very common vascular problem in ophthalmology, with a great deal of associated visual morbidity. Although it s most often associated with typical cardiovascular risk factors, ...

Decoding ophthalmologists’ reports | Ophthalmology | 11-2008
Ophthalmologists often forget to recognize that the terminology used in specialty ophthalmic care can be very foreign to our non-ophthalmologist colleagues. A Krukenberg spindle refers to a vertical spindle-shaped deposition ...

How to manage blood in the eye | Ophthalmology | 09-2008
Traumatic bleeding is one of the most common ocular injuries encountered in both the ophthalmic and non-ophthalmic primary care settings. Blunt non-penetrating trauma to the eye causes anteroposterior compression and ...

New tools to assess eye pressure in the office | Ophthalmology | 06-2008
These new devices are excellent screening tools in the primary care setting. They help to stratify patients into high- and low-risk categories with respect to elevations in intraocular pressure, e.g. ...

Eye screening when on quetiapine | Ophthalmology | 05-2008
Quetiapine is a commonly prescribed anti-psychotic medication, though it has many reported side effects. During initial animal testing, the investigators noticed the formation of visually significant lens opacities, or cataracts. ...

Cataract removal: watch for complications | Ophthalmology | 05-2008
Cataract extraction surgery is one of the most commonly performed operations, and is generally regarded as being extremely safe. The overall success rate exceeds 90 , but as with any ...

What's scotopic sensitivity? | Psychiatry | 12-2007
It took me some time to track down someone who knew about scotopic sensitivity. The child psychiatrists that I questioned about this had never heard of it. Finally, I was ...

Can tonometer induce latex reaction? | Allergy, Ophthalmology | 03-2007
Exposure to latex, especially on a mucosal surface such as the sclera, can result in a local and potentially systemic reaction. You should avoid using latex covers when testing patients ...

Is Stargardt's dystrophy in the gaze? | Ophthalmology | 01-2005
Stargardt's macular dystrophy is one of the more common forms of hereditary macular dystrophy and can occur as both autosomal dominant and recessive. The gene for the autosomal dominant form ...

Dealing with retinal detachment | Ophthalmology | 03-2004
The degree of urgency for repair of this condition depends on a number of factors. In most cases, the primary concern is whether or not the fovea the area at ...

IS LONG-TERM STATIN USE REALLY SAFE? | Cardiology | 09-1999
Numerous large, randomized, controlled trials have demonstrated the safety of lipid-lowering agents. When the first statin, lovastatin, was developed, accelerated cataract formation was seen in dogs given 50 times the ...



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