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OPHTHALMOLOGY

Ophthalmology Symptoms

 

In today’s ever changing climate, and the population’s exposure to pollutants, toxic chemicals, dietary and nutrition deficiencies the need for sterile topical solutions for the treatment of dry eye syndrome, inflammation, allergenic conjunctivitis, or rare antifungal https://www.cdc.gov/fungal/diseases/fungal-eye-infections/treatment.html are becoming an increasing medical necessity.  It is imperative that ophthalmic eye solutions be prepared  under aseptic conditions set forth by the FDA, USP, ISO, and American Ophthalmology Society.  There have  been recent ophthalmic eye drop recalls due to non-sterile production issues with the manufacturer and undeclared silver colloidal in eye drops that are not approved by the FDA.

Macular Degeneration

 

Macular degeneration, also known as age-related macular degeneration(AMD or ARMD), is a medical condition which may result in blurred or no vision in the center of the visual field.

Early on there are often no symptoms.  It is due to damage to the macula of the retina.

Causes: Damage to the macula of the retina.

Symptoms: Blurred or no vision in the center of iris.

Synonyms: Age-related macular degeneration is becoming more common.

Treatment: Anti-VEGF medication injected into the eye.

Common Causes of Blurred Vision

 

  • Use of atropine or other anticholinergics Presbyopia—Difficulty focusing on objects that are close. Common in the elderly. (Accommodation tends to decrease with age.)
  • Cataracts—Cloudiness over the eye’s lens, causing poor night-time vision, halos around lights., and sensitivity to glare. Daytime vision is eventually affected. Common in the elderly.
  • Glaucoma—Increased pressure in the eye, causing poor night vision, blind spots, and loss of vision to either side. A major cause of blindness. Glaucoma can happen gradually or suddenly—if sudden, it is a medical emergency.
  • Diabetes—Poorly controlled blood sugar can lead to temporary swelling of the lens of the eye, resulting in blurred vision. While it resolves if blood sugar control is reestablished, it is believed repeated occurrences promote the formation of cataracts (which are not temporary).
  • Diabetic retinopathy—This complication of diabetes can lead to bleeding into the retina. Another common cause of blindness.
  • Hypervitaminosis A—Excess consumption of vitamin A can cause blurred vision.
  • Macular degeneration—Loss of central vision, blurred vision (especially while reading),
  • distorted vision (like seeing wavy lines), and colors appearing faded. The most common cause of blindness in people over age 60.
  • Eye infectioninflammation, or injury.
  • Sjögren’s syndrome, a chronic autoimmune inflammatory disease that destroys moisture producing glands, including lacrimal(tear)ducts.
  • Floaters—Tiny particles drifting across the eye. Although often brief and harmless, they may be a sign of retinal detachment.
  • Retinal detachment—Symptoms include floaters, flashes of light across your visual field, or a sensation of a shade or curtain hanging on one side of your visual field.
  • Optic neuritis—Inflammation of the optic nerve from infection or multiple sclerosis. You may have pain when you move your eye or touch it through the eyelid.

Ophthalmology Shortages

Blurred vision is an  ocula symptom.

Autologous Ophthalmology

 

Advances in Ophthalmology 

The advances in ophthalmology in addition to all specialties, doctors, surgeons, biologists are working with hematologists. Treating physicians have always preferred utilizing the patients own blood for autologous blood transfusions.  While blood auto-donation has been a practice for a couple of decades: the incidence of patients adverse reaction, when transfused under proper conditions have fallen to zero.

This method proved to be a positive solution to treat patients without having to utilize  anti-rejection drugs that are costly, and a life-time regime.  While laboratory and clinical trials have advanced, the results have been extremely encouraging, as clinical biologists continue advanced research with autologous methodology.

Autologous Eye Drop Preparations

 

Review of Autologous Ophthalmology

Dr. Darren Gregory , M.D., associate professor of ophthalmology at the 

University of Colorado.

‘Eye drops derived from a patient’s own blood have gained therapeutic standing over the intervening decades, helping many dry-eye patients live better lives. 

Autologous serum eye drops (ASED) are many things: effective, well tolerated and full of substances that artificial tears can’t replicate.’ 

http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/medicalschool/departments/Ophthalmology/faculty/Pages/Gregory.aspx

“Dry eye is a huge category,” adds Dr. Rapuano,   (chief of eye cornea at Willis Eye Hospital, [n Philadelphia)  “including patients with severe ocular surface disease, chemical burns, Stevens-Johnson syndrome and ocular cicatricial pemphigoid.”  He tells his patients that ASED contain “goodies” found in the body but unavailable in artificial tears, such as antibodies and growth factor. “It often helps them feel better, see better, and it helps the health of the ocular surface.”

https://www.willseye.org/

Dr. Gregory’s ASED program does not require testing, either. “We haven’t run into trouble. I guess that’s part of the benefit of the rigorous system that we have in our hospital for preparing the drops,” he says. “We have a careful process. There are certainly practices that will prepare (autologous eye drops) them in their own offices for patients, but I think that’s a little riskier.”

https://www.reviewofophthalmology.com/

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