The American Academy of Ophthalmologists sponsors Eye Injury Prevention Month every October to reinforce the importance of preventing accidents and injury.
Believe it or not, the average home is full of potential dangers that easily go unnoticed. Accidents involving household products cause 125,000 eye injuries each year, and nearly half of all eye injuries occur in and around the home. Experts claim that more than 90 percent of eye injuries can be prevented by wearing protective eyewear and taking some simple precautions. Goggles or safety glasses should be worn while doing yard work, using power tools and playing sports. The most effective eyewear should be snug with a wrap-style frame to keep airborne particles from getting behind the lenses. Always be sure to store sharp objects correctly and use them responsibly.
Your vision is irreplaceable, so treat it with care. Eye injury risk increases with factors such as being rushed, feeling tired, performing an unfamiliar task or being distracted. Protecting your eyes from injury is one of the simplest things you can do to keep your vision healthy throughout your life.
(Source: Get Eye Smart).
September is the beginning of fall, football, and healthy aging! That's right, September is Healthy Aging Month, and that means it's time to focus on all of the positive aspects of growing older and taking care of yourself-physically, socially and mentally. It's never too late to get started on taking care of your health, and September is the perfect time to do it! The mission of Healthy Aging Month is to encourage the practice of remaining active and taking control of your health to allow you to accomplish more of what you want to do. Here are a few quick tips on practicing healthy aging:
-Workout! It's important to keep your body active through exercising, dancing, walking, swimming, running.
-Get checkups! Regular checkups are essential in making sure that your body is operating correctly and able to keep up with your lifestyle. Make sure to get regular eye checkups as well to manage diseases such as Macular Degeneration and Diabetic Retinopathy, which are most commonly found in aging eyes.
-Drink water! Keeping your body hydrated is a key role in providing energy and keeping your complexion looking younger.
-Create community! Staying social is important for your mental health. Having friends support you makes getting involved and being active a lot easier. Try looking for community events, classes, or social gatherings to meet new people.
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.
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
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
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
Healthline recently published an article on Coats' Disease, a rare, pediatric eye condition. Tennessee Retina pediatric retina specialist, Franco Recchia, MD, shares his expertise.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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