Taking birth control pills long-term linked to higher risk of glaucoma 

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A research team found women over 40 who had taken the pill for three years or more were more likely to report being diagnosed with glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness, researchers said at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.New research links birth control pills to an elevated risk of glaucoma, but does not show that the …

Sunglasses Are Not Just For Fashion

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Spring is just around the corner and the thought of outside activities is on every ones mind. One thing that is extremely important to remember is UV protection for our eyes. Over exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun can cause eye damage and can lead to vision loss. Damage to the skin around the eye causes wrinkles, premature …

Dr. Holekamp Talks About Age-related macular degeneration

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Dr.  Holekamp, Director of Retina Services at Pepose Vision Institute says macular degeneration is the leading cause of severe vision loss in people 60 years and older. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) never makes you totally blind, but it can leave you legally blind. Even in advanced cases, you can still function somewhat normally, but you can no longer read or …

Protective Goggles

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A note from Dr. Qazi: I was happy to see that my friends who I was playing racquetball with yesterday were wearing eye protection.  I have seen several patients over the past month with serious eye injuries that could have been easily avoided.  Most eye injuries result from sporting accidents and “low risk” household chores.  Each year there are 2.5 …

Dr. Jay Pepose Wins Award

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Dr.. Jay Pepose of Pepose Vision Insitute, Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital recently received an award for his poster presentation at the annual European Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons meeting in Amsterdam.

Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month

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Do you or someone you love have diabetes? If so, did you know that every diabetic individual needs a yearly dilated retinal examination? This is true even if you have no vision problems. The retinal hemorrhaging associated with diabetes has no symptoms at first, but once vision is affected it becomes much more difficult to treat. In fact, diabetes is …

Dr. Jay Pepose Honored in Amsterdam

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Dr. Jay Pepose  was recognized by the European Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons at the society’s annual meeting in Amsterdam. He was honored for his presentation on how the pupil’s response to light differs in patients with a cataract versus patients who have undergone cataract surgery. The society is Europe’s leading organization for eye surgeons, with more than 5,000 …

Results from an AMD trial

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CATT Trial Injections for Treatment of Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration or AMD Reported in the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Holekamp, our Director of Retina Services, reported that the results of the head-to-head trial comparing Avastin injections to Lucentis injections for treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration or AMD were reported in the New England Journal of Medicine. The …

New Cataract Lens Approved

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A new intraocular lens implant just approved by the FDA corrects astigmatism and dramatically improves vision across the board in patients undergoing cataract surgery. Patients have significantly improved near, intermediate and distance vision—often without having to resort to glasses. “And if glasses are worn, they are low-power readers, worn more for comfort than for need,” says Dr. Jay Pepose of …

Partnership with Lifelong Vision Foundation

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Lifelong Vision Foundation has partnered with The Wyman Center and College Bound  to provide eye health education, career path advice, vision testing, and eyeglasses for youth. This year, Lifelong Vision Foundation and Pepose Vision will support 25 youth from each program with an additional 25 added from each organization for the following three years. “We are excited to provide College …