Thank you, Caregivers!
November is National Caregiver Month. We want to take the time to thank each and every caregiver for helping your loved one get the care and attention they need each and every day. Caregivers are a vital piece to the treatment plan for the patient. The caregiver is there to make sure their loved one makes all their appointments and gets the treatment needed for the best quality of life. Caregivers are not just a mean of transportation, but also provide support and love. Thank you to all the caregivers out there for taking the time to help your loved one through their emotional and physical health journey.
Don't neglect your own health while caring for another.
Maintaining your own health is a piece to the caregiver puzzle. It is so important for the caregivers to maintain your own health as well. Being a caregiver is rewarding but can also be overwhelming and stressful at times. It is okay to say no. Do not over commit yourself to exhaustion. Always remember to take care of yourself so you are able to be there for your loved one. It is ok to reach out to other family members or friends for help and assistance in caring for your loved one. This will also help you find time for yourself to make your own appointments and maintain your overall health. The healthier you are physically and mentally, will allow you to be there as a caregiver for someone else. Thank you once again for all you do!
National Health Education Week
The Society of Public Health Education (SOPHE) started the National Health & Education week in 1995. National Health & Education week is typically celebrated every third week in October, and this year, that's October 17th-21st. SOPHE’s goal in celebrating this week is to bring awareness to health education for the public and to have a better understanding of the role of health education and health promotion.
Did you know that your health and daily diet can play a huge role in your sight? A diagnosis such as macular degeneration or diabetes can take a toll on your retina causing loss of sight or even blindness. Eating a good, healthy diet and maintaining a good blood sugar level can benefit your eyes and may prevent future loss of vision or blindness. Great things for your diet include fish, kale, colorful fruits and vegetables, lean meat, and carrots.
Do you smoke? Smoking is also a major risk factor that can progress macular degeneration and other retinal conditions. Smoking can increase the formation of plaque in your blood vessels. There are chemicals found in cigarettes that can cause your blood to thicken and form clots inside your veins and arteries.
To maintain the overall health of your eyes and body, a good diet and refraining from smoking can serve as a benefit for you. The health of our overall body is very important. This week is a great reminder for everyone to take care of our bodies and focus on staying healthy for a better quality of life. You can read more about multiple diseases that are affected by vascular and overall health in our learning center (Treatment & Diseases of the Retina (tnretina.com).
September is Lymphoma Awareness Month.
Lymphoma is a certain type of cancer that can affect the eye. There is a specific type of eye cancer known as primary intraocular lymphoma. PIOL can be found in the vitreous, retina or optic nerve. With PIOL your lymphoma cells will invade these areas in the back of your eye. The occurrence of this rare disease has increased incredibly over the years.
Symptoms of Primary Intraocular Lymphoma
There can be a wide range of symptoms that go along with PIOL. The wide range of symptoms can make it difficult to make this diagnosis. The most common symptoms associated with PIOL include blurry vision, decrease or even loss of vision.
How to Treat PIOL
Ocular Lymphomas will not heal on their own and will require treatment. If PIOL is indicated a biopsy will be performed to confirm the diagnosis before treatment. Initial therapy options include methotrexate chemotherapy and radiotherapy of the brain and the eye. The methotrexate chemotherapy is an intravitreal treatment. The methotrexate is injected into the eye.
Our Oncology Team at Tennessee Retina
The longest established retina practice in the state, Tennessee Retina has grown to become the largest practice for retinal care in Middle Tennessee. Under the leadership of Dr. David Reichstein and his team, Tennessee Retina's Ocular Oncology service is now one of the largest and most active in the country, serving thousands of ocular cancer patients. The service works closely with Tennessee Oncology and the Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute. Tennessee Retina is committed to providing the highest level of care, using the most advanced techniques, and we continually seek opportunities to bring new therapies to our patients.
Tennessee celebrates its first ever Coats' Disease Awareness Day!
We are excited to share that today, August 17th, was recently proclaimed as Coats' Awareness Day in Tennessee.
Coats Disease is an eye disorder characterized by abnormalities with the arteries and veins inside the eyes that provide blood and oxygen to the retina.
Our very own patient, Kip Richardson, and his mom, Lisa, worked hard to make this day happen. After Lisa was asked to join the board of the McGovern Coats' Disease Foundation, she and Kip became even more dedicated to the cause, and as a result of their hard work and dedication, Governor Bill Lee declared Tennessee as the fifth state to adopt August 17th as Coats' Disease Awareness Day. Please join us in celebrating this proclamation and help promote awareness for Coats Disease. Check out https://coatsdiseasefoundation.org/