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Monday, 16 September 2019
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Tennessee Retina is proud to be a local sponsor of the 2019 JDRF One Walk on Sept 28th! 

Join our team or donate to JDRF by going to  http://www2.jdrf.org/goto/TNRetina 
For more information on JDRF visit the local chapter site. 

JDRF One Walk is a fun, family friendly event where dedicated walkers, volunteers and sponsors raise money to make living with T1D safer and healthier, until it is no longer a threat. We welcome everyone to take part—whether you choose to walk on your own or with a family, corporate or school team. As the largest T1D event in the world, it's also an amazing experience filled with activities, entertainment and the celebration of coming together to change the future for everyone living with this disease. 

As the leading global organization funding T1D research, JDRF's mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. 

By raising money and awareness, you'll help make a world without T1D a reality. 

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Posted on 09/16/2019 3:23 PM by Kayla Patt
Monday, 19 August 2019
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Learning about Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)

Children with ROP are at a higher risk for developing certain eye problems later in life, according to the National Eye Institute. Retinopathy of Prematurity is a potentially blinding disorder that typically develops in both eyes, and primarily affects premature infants. The smaller a baby is at birth, the more likely that baby will develop ROP. However, not all premature babies will develop ROP. Classified by 5 stages ranging from mild to severe, a mild case of ROP typically improves, leaves no permanent damage and will not require treatment. However, in more severe cases, infants can develop impaired vision or blindness. Retinopathy of Prematurity occurs when abnormal blood vessels grow and spread throughout the retina. These vessels are fragile and can leak, scarring the retina and pulling it out of position. This causes a retinal detachment. The most effective treatments of ROP are laser therapy or cryotherapy; both treatments destroy the peripheral areas of the retina in order to slow or reverse the abnormal growth of blood vessels.

ROP is one of many conditions that our Pediatric Retina Specialist treats.  It is important to monitor your child's health and seek medical attention if you discover any abnormalities with your pregnancy or in your child's vision.

For more information about ROP, click here 
Courtesy of this article and information proved to the National Eye Institute

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Posted on 08/19/2019 9:53 AM by Kayla Patt
Monday, 22 July 2019
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Tennessee Retina strongly promotes eye safety and believes that ocular eye injuries should be taken seriously year-round, and that means protecting your sight whether you're at work, playing sports, or at home doing yard work. With close to 2.5 million eye injuries occurring each year, it's time to be serious about your vision. For example, the importance of wearing the proper eye protection to ward against UV damage is more complicated than you think. UV damage can occur not only by direct UV exposure, but by reflections of the UV by glasses and sunglasses. Chronic UV effects on the cornea and lens are cumulative, so effective UV protection of the eyes such as wide-brim hats or protective coatings on lenses is important for all age groups and should be used systematically.   

It's important to understand the risks that come from UV damage and physical eye injuries. Proper precautions should include consideration for protection of the area around the eye, including the lid, as well as the eye itself. Eye injuries are responsible for a large percentage of monocular blindness in rural communities and found to be a major source of visual impairment in the world of industry. Proper counseling from your regular eye doctor is an important step in eye safety. Your doctor can provide information regarding the details of eye injuries for which you may be at risk and talk to you about the possible treatment and precautionary options. 

Courtesy of the information provided in this journal article are given to: Ophthalmic Epidemiology, and the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health 

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Posted on 07/22/2019 10:50 AM by Kayla Patt
Monday, 10 June 2019
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June is Cataract Awareness month. Although we at Tennessee Retina do not specialize in cataracts, your retina condition may be a factor in your decision or need for cataract surgery.  In Current Opinion in Ophthalmology, they describe the recent evidence regarding cataract surgery in patients with coexisting retinal disease, focusing on factors that are important to the perioperative evaluation and treatment of this patient population. The Tennessee Retina physicians and staff will work closely with your other eye doctors to educate and promote overall eye health for our patients.  

To read the abstract and learn about the risks of cataracts click here.
Courtesy of this journal article and information given to: Current Opinion in Ophthalmology 

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Posted on 06/10/2019 1:11 AM by Kayla Patt
Thursday, 30 May 2019
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As May comes to an end, so does Healthy Vision Month, but don't let that stop you from remembering these tips on how to protect your eyesight throughout the year!

 

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Posted on 05/30/2019 2:58 PM by Dena Beck
Monday, 29 April 2019
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Team Tennessee Retina walks to raise money for the 13th Annual Visionwalk.  As a proud sponsor and chair for the walk, the Tennessee Retina physicians and staff have raised over $3,000 for the Foundation Fighting Blindness! VisionWalk 2019 fundraising is at $40,000 toward their $53,000 goal to aid in research for debilitating eye diseases.  You can still donate to the VisionWalk here and join the fight against blindness!

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Posted on 04/29/2019 10:32 AM by Dena Beck
Wednesday, 23 January 2019
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Tennessee Retina is pleased to welcome Akshay Thomas, MD,

specializing in Uveitis and Ocular Inflammatory Diseases.  Dr. Thomas graduated from Case Western University Medical School. After his residency at Casey Eye Institute in Portland, Oregon, Dr. Thomas completed a vitreoretinal surgery fellowship at Duke University Eye Center as well as a fellowship at Casey Eye Institute for Uveitis and Clinical Ocular Immunology. Joining us in January 2019, Dr. Thomas is now seeing patients in our Bowling Green, Cookeville, Clarksville and Nashville offices. Read more about Dr. Thomas here.

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Posted on 01/23/2019 9:06 AM by Dena Beck
Wednesday, 31 October 2018
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Team Tennessee Retina is taking to the streets once more for the 2018 Tour de Cure®

Our lives are touched by diabetes and chances are your life is, too. You can make a difference and help those who face the daily challenges of diabetes by joining our team.

CLICK HERE TO MAKE A DONATION TO THE AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION or Join the Tour!

You Can Still Join us Saturday and Donate to This Cause -

We Walk and Ride in the Tour de Cure® because today diabetes will claim 200 lives and the vision of thousands.  We walk because our family and friends are among the nearly 30 million adults and children in the United States who have diabetes. We ride because we care about our employees, our patients and our community.

Take Charge. Inspire Others. That's What WE'RE About. GO Team Tennessee Retina! 

YOU are what our team needs.

• You make others aware of this devastating disease.

• You advocate for a child discriminated against in school because of diabetes.

• You fund life-saving and vision saving research.

• You provide access to helpful programs and resources that allow those living with diabetes to live well.

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Posted on 10/31/2018 10:00 AM by Tennessee Retina
Monday, 06 August 2018
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Dr. Awh presented the results of the Phase 2 LADDER clinical trial at the 36th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Retina Specialists in Vancouver, BC, Canada on July 25, 2018. Tennessee Retina was a clinical trial site in LADDER, which evaluated a small implant that releases ranibizumab (Lucentis®) into the eye over many months, potentially eliminating the need for monthly eye injections. Click the weblink below for more information about this exciting new treatment. Tennessee Retina has been selected as a site for the final, Phase 3 clinical trial, which will begin later this year.
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/899911
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Posted on 08/06/2018 10:43 AM by Tennessee Retina
Monday, 25 June 2018
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Healthline recently published an article on Coats' Disease, a rare, pediatric eye condition. Tennessee Retina pediatric retina specialist, Franco Recchia, MD, shares his expertise.

Read the article from Healthline® here.

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Posted on 06/25/2018 12:55 PM by Tennessee Retina
Monday, 07 May 2018
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The TNR Walk Team walked to raise money for th12th Annual Visionwalk. The Foundation Fighting Blindness Walk raised more than $43,000 to aid in research for dibilitating eye diseases.

The day was rainy but great.... check it out here... https://www.facebook.com/pg/FoundationFightingBlindnessNashville/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1301641209967233

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Posted on 05/07/2018 4:58 PM by Tennessee Retina
Wednesday, 31 January 2018
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Tennessee Retina Expanding Its Service for Greater Cookeville!

Tennessee Retina is pleased to announce plans to expand its services for Cookeville and its neighboring areas, including Crossville, Fairfield Glade, Smithville, Sparta and Pleasant Hill! Tennessee Retina plans to open a new office space, currently under construction.  The new 3,600+ square-foot facility, located in the Eye Institute of Cookeville building, will encompass state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment capabilities, minimizing the need for patients to travel great distances for treatment. The office is scheduled to open by Early March.

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Posted on 01/31/2018 2:31 PM by Tennessee Retina
Monday, 23 October 2017
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What does that have to do with diabetes? A lot actually – diabetes is the leading cause of vision loss and blindness among adults here in the U.S. 

Over time, high blood sugar levels from diabetes can lead to damage of the retina, the layer on the back of the eye that captures images and sends them to the brain.

Eye damage can be occurring without any initial symptoms! That is why it is so important for people with diabetes to get regular eye examinations and catch problems before serious retinal changes occur.

Courtesy of The American Diabetes Association

www.diabetes.org

 

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Posted on 10/23/2017 9:14 AM by Dena Beck
Tuesday, 12 September 2017
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Tennessee Retina congratulates Dr. Carl Awh on his induction into the inaugural class of the Retina Hall of Fame! 

The Retina Hall of Fame honors individuals throughout time who have contributed to the subspecialty of retina, recognizing lifetime achievements and contributions in vitreoretinal treatments, surgical concepts and instrumentation, research and education. Congratulations on this outstanding achievement!

Read more about Dr. Awh and all of the superb physicians of Tennessee Retina here. Tennessee Retina Physicians

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Posted on 09/12/2017 3:12 PM by Dena Beck
Wednesday, 26 July 2017
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Tennessee Retina wants you to enjoy viewing August’s Total Solar Eclipse safely!  Viewing the Sun’s harmful rays can cause solar retinopathy, causing blurry vision or even vision loss. The ASRS (American Society of Retina Specialists) has released important information on how to safely view the big event. “Don’t Get Burned” - Check it out here.

Source from http://www.asrs.org/patients/retinal-diseases/special-safety-edition-2017-great-american-eclipse

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Posted on 07/26/2017 1:55 PM by Dena Beck
Friday, 26 May 2017
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The Tennessee Retina Team enjoyed our 6th year as a Community Partner for the 2017 VisionWalk with the Foundation Fighting Blindness. It was a rainy but fun day, and we are so glad to be able to support this cause.

Let’s cure blindness together!  Help us save and restore sight to the 10 million Americans living in darkness.

Our team walks to find a cure for our patients.  Every day, we see the struggles of living life with limited vision.  We want the best for our patients, and the best is a cure!

Support our team and help bring us closer to a cure because a Cure is in Sight!

By the end of the walk, they raised almost $47,000 putting them at 78% of their goal! There is still plenty of time to get donations in to help us reach that goal!  All money turned in by June 30 will help them reach their goal of $60,000.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE TO OUR TEAM AND THE VISIONWALK CAUSE!

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Posted on 05/26/2017 11:43 AM by Dena Beck
Tuesday, 21 February 2017
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Tennessee Retina is pleased to announce its new office in Franklin, TN, serving Franklin and its surrounding areas, including Cool Springs, Fairview, Thompson Station, College Grove, Arrington and Nolensville.

The new 3,900+ square-foot facility, located in the Physicians Plaza by Williamson Medical Center, includes state of the art diagnostic and treatment capabilities and provides the surrounding areas convenient access to some of the most highly trained retina experts in the nation. 

Visit Tennessee Retina’s new Franklin Office at 100 Covey Drive, #107 by requesting an appointment here, or call our office for more information at (615) 983-6000.

 

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Posted on 02/21/2017 9:18 AM by Dena Beck
Tuesday, 08 November 2016
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Team Tennessee Retina took to the streets once more for the 2016 Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes®

We walk in Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes® because today diabetes will claim 200 lives and the vision of thousands.  We walk because our family and friends are among the nearly 30 million adults and children in the United States who have diabetes. We walk because we care about our employees, our patients and our community.



Our lives are touched by diabetes and chances are your life is, too. You can make a difference and help those who face the daily challenges of diabetes by joining our team.

Take Charge. Inspire Others. That's What WE'RE About. GO Team Tennessee Retina!

YOU are what our team needs.

  • You make others aware of this devastating disease.
  • You advocate for a child discriminated against in school because of diabetes.
  • You fund life-saving and vision saving research.
  • You provide access to helpful programs and resources that allow those living with diabetes to live well.

You Can See How Our Team Did & Still Donate to This Cause -
CLICK HERE TO MAKE A DONATION TO THE AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION

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Posted on 11/08/2016 10:56 AM by Dena Beck
Monday, 03 October 2016
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We are honored that Ocular Surgery News named 3 of our physicians in their top 150 Retina Innovators in the world!

"What is OSN's Retina 150? The OSN Retina 150 is a select group of retina specialists the editors and publisher have identified as leading innovators in the field of medical and surgical retina. The list is a compilation of specialists who either work to educate their colleagues or innovate by developing novel technologies and techniques to advance the specialty."

We congratulate Carl C. Awh, MD, Brandon Busbee, MD, and Franco M. Recchia, MD.

You can see the list and read the full article here: OSN's Retina 150

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Posted on 10/03/2016 11:33 AM by Dena Beck
Tuesday, 23 August 2016
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Excerpt from a recent Abstract...

Purpose of review: Primary vitreoretinal lymphoma (PVRL) is a subset of primary central nervous system lymphoma in which disease primarily affects the uvea, retina, vitreous and optic nerve. This review discusses recent efforts to clarify the disease's pathogenesis, its diagnosis and its optimal treatment.

Recent findings: PVRL typically masquerades as a chronic intermediate uveitis in older individuals. Unambiguous diagnosis requires cytologic demonstration of malignant cells in a vitreous or chorioretinal specimen. However, cytokine analysis demonstrating increased interleukin 10 (IL 10) levels or increased IL-10:IL-6 ratio in the aqueous or vitreous, flow cytometry demonstrating a monoclonal cell population, molecular analysis demonstrating gene rearrangements or translocations or combinations of several techniques can be used effectively to aid in diagnosis. Treatment is aimed at eradication of disease within the eyes and prevention of central nervous system (CNS) lymphoma. Whether this should be done with local therapy alone (globe irradiation or intravitreal chemotherapy such as methotrexate or rituximab), or with systemic chemotherapy remains a source of debate. Even with high-dose systemic chemotherapy, CNS disease is prone to recurrence and has a poor prognosis.

Summary: New techniques and innovative treatment strategies may streamline time to definitive diagnosis and may lead to prolonged survival with better vision in patients with PVRL.

Find David Reichstein's full article at http://journals.lww.com/co-ophthalmology

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Posted on 08/23/2016 2:10 PM by Dena Beck
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"Dr. Recchia was super! He greeted me (the mom) when he entered the room and then, greeted my 13 year old daughter. He asked her to pronounce her name for him and then he called her by name during the exam. He was able to get to her to Smile and laugh during a scary and intimidating process. We would definitely go back if needed."

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