Glaucoma is the world’s second leading cause of blindness. In recognition of that, the World Glaucoma Association has named March 9-15 World Glaucoma Week. This is a week dedicated to encouraging everyone to find out if they are at risk.
Joel S. Schuman, MD, FACS, and his team have been working on a way to diagnose glaucoma earlier. Dr. Schuman’s team has been using Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) to detect early abnormalities in the optic nerve that occur before the change is detectable in the vision field. This development enables ophthalmologists to diagnose glaucoma earlier than ever before, allowing for better treatment and the possibility of slowing disease progression.
Learn more from Dr. Schuman about how OCT testing is being used to detect glaucoma.
Send any follow up questions for Dr. Schuman to EyeCenter@upmc.edu.
1. What results have been demonstrated by minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries?
2. How has UPMC reviewed their outcomes with different MIGs modalities?
3. How do the outcomes of the other studies compare and what does this mean for the future of MIGs?
4. Where does the term MEGs come from?
Please send any comments or questions to Dr. Loewen at EyeCenter@upmc.edu
This year’s North American Skull Base Society meeting is taking place in San Diego from February 14-16. Carl Snyderman, MD, co-director of the Center for Cranial Base Surgery at UPMC, will be facilitating the pre-meeting workshop on cranial base surgery. This course aims to allow participants to contrast the advantages and disadvantages of approaches to intracranial base surgery.
Learn more about the pre-meeting workshop from Dr. Snyderman.
Dr. Snyderman is the vice president and future president-elect of the North American Skull Base Society.
The January issue of Ocular Surgery News, features an article on teaching ophthalmic surgery by Alex Mammen, MD. Click here to read Dr. Mammen’s article.
1. Why is a more structured training model needed for teaching ophthalmic surgery?
2. What is being done to address the need for uniformed training?
3. What should be done to ensure for quality wet lab curriculum?
4. What assessments should be used in the evaluation of wet labs?
Send any follow up questions for Dr. Mammen to email@example.com.
Hawaiian Eye 2014, the annual gathering of comprehensive ophthalmologists and retina specialists is taking place this year from January 18-24 in Kauai, Hawaii.
Joel S. Schuman, MD, FACS, chair, Department of Ophthalmology, will moderate the Glaucoma session and present on “Structure: Function and Care of the Glaucoma Patient.”
Ken Nischal, MD, FRCOphth, director, Pediatric Ophthalmology, Strabismus & Adult Motility will be present on ”Angle Surgery in Pediatric Glaucoma.”
In the December issue of Ocular Surgery News, S. Tonya Stefko, MD, discussed advances in endoscopy and how that can benefit patients needing orbital surgery. Click here to read Dr. Stefko’s full article.
Krishna Tummalapalli, MD, is principal investigator at UPMC Shadyside for the SAFE PCI clinical trial conducted exclusively in women, which suggests that an initial strategy of using the radial artery in the arm as the entry point for cardiac catheterization or percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in women has potential for reducing bleeding complications. SAFE-PCI for Women is the first registry-based randomized trial in the United States and the first multicenter trial, led by Sunil Rao, MD, of Duke University, comparing radial with femoral access in the U.S., and its primary findings were presented recently at the 25th annual Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) scientific symposium.
Watch Dr. Tummalapalli discuss the findings.