Southeastern Retina Associates uses state-of-the-art diagnostic testing to confirm or rule out problems that could affect your retina. The information we gather during diagnostic testing can help our doctors manage conditions in your retina and macula. Fluorescein Angiography Fluorescein angiography (FA) is when our doctors use a special camera to take pictures of your retina. These pictures help our doctors get a better look at the blood vessels and other structures in the back of the eye. FA is often recommended to find and diagnose eye disease including: Diabetic Retinopathy – damaged or abnormal blood vessels in the eye caused by diabetes Macular Degeneration – causes loss in the center of the field of vision Retinal Vein Occlusion – blockage of veins inside the eye Macular Edema – swelling in the retina that distorts vision Macular Pucker – a wrinkle in the retina caused by a buildup of fluid behind it Ocular Melanoma – a type of cancer affecting the eye FA is also used to: Track and monitor changes in eye disease over time Target treatment areas Optical Coherence Tomography Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a non-invasive imaging test that uses light waves to take cross-section pictures of your retina. With OCT we can […]
The last U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported fireworks caused 12 deaths and 10,000 injuries annually. Fireworks are dangerous and July 4 is an especially risky time for fireworks injuries with 15% being eye injuries. The American Academy of Ophthalmology reported in the most severe cases, fireworks can rupture the globe of the eye, cause chemical and thermal burns, corneal abrasions and retinal detachment . All of this can cause permanent eye damage and vision loss. The commission also reported children age 15 and under accounted for 36% of the total injuries and half of the injuries requiring an emergency room visit were to people age 20 or younger. Sparklers burn at more than 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit so they can also be dangerous. Injuries from a sparkler mishap were 1,200 in the same report. The people injured by fireworks aren’t necessarily handling the explosives. In a study 65% of people injured by fireworks were bystanders. Children and people not handling fireworks themselves are in as much danger as the people actually lighting fireworks. Let’s leave fireworks to the professionals and practice eye safety all year long!
Americans spend hundreds of millions of dollars annually on consumer fireworks, which cause more than 9,000 injuries a year. With the Fourth of July holiday just weeks away, the American Academy of Ophthalmology is reminding the public that fireworks are not toys but incendiary devices that can cause devastating eye injuries
All offices of Southeastern Retina Associates will be closed on Monday, May 31 in observance of Memorial Day. We will remember and honor those that served this great country!
WE ALSO EXTEND A BIG THANK YOU TO OUR STAFF WHO CONDUCT AND COORDINATE OUR CLINICAL TRIALS! Hope. That’s what clinical researchers provide. Every day, they rise to a new challenge and give patients and families hope for a healthier, more promising tomorrow. Southeastern Retina Research Teams are dedicated to fighting blindness through cutting-edge clinical research. We are one of the leading national centers committed to studying vitreoretinal disorders and have been involved in clinical research for over thirty years through a variety of clinical trial pathways. MEET OUR RESEARCH TEAMS! CHATTANOOGA KNOXVILLE TRI-CITIES
MAY 20th IS CLINICAL TRIALS DAY WHY MAY 20th? Clinical Trials Day is celebrated around the world in May to recognize the day that James Lind started what is often considered the first randomized clinical trial aboard a ship on May 20, 1747. https://www.facebook.com/Southeastern-Retina-Associates-PC-167385949939831
Did you know that approximately 37 million adults in America have age-related macular degeneration, cataract, diabetic retinopathy, or glaucoma? All of these can cause visual impairment or blindness. However, recent studies show that making healthy choices and getting regular eye exams can help reduce a person’s risk of vision loss. The American Academy of Ophthalmology is encouraging everyone to take charge of their eye health and help with preserving their eyesight.
If you or someone you know plays sports, you know they can be a lot of fun but the last thing you want to do is miss a game, especially if it’s because you’re hurt. That is why we should always follow the rules and wear the right safety gear. The American Academy of Ophthalmology has reported than more than 40% of eye injuries each year are related to sports or recreational activities which means an estimated 100,000 are hurt by sports-related injuries. About 13,500 of these injuries result in permanent vision loss. In support of Sports Eye Safety Month this April, the American Academy of Ophthalmology reminds athletes everywhere that the great majority of sports-related eye injuries can be avoided by simply wearing the proper protection. Different activities and sports have different levels of risk for eye injury. Make sure that you’re using the right kind of eye protection for each activity. This spring, act for eye safety!
Plato’s insight, “Necessity is the mother of invention,” often proves true, even in a clinic setting when problems arise that frustrate both physician and patient. These problems, however, can be a motivator for finding a solution through clinical research to the questions, “How can we do something better?” “How can we develop an approach or a therapy that doesn’t have a good approach to it yet? Should we use the tools that we have now, or do we need to develop a new tool?” These are the questions that the physicians at Southeastern Retina Associates ask often and do so through their very prolific clinical trials programs located throughout the region. Current clinical trial practices like Southeastern Retina, as well as academic Centers, work together to answer clinical questions in a meaningful way. One of our doctors said it best. “It’s a way of contributing back to the standard of care all over the world.” Questions come from the clinic, we answer them in a thoughtful way, and then they go back to the clinic to make things better for our patients.”
COVID-19 has been a fixture of our lives for almost a year now, dominating TV news coverage as well as our day-to-day decision making where we go, what we do, and who we do it with. Amazingly, there is still a lot we don’t know about this virus; while primarily a respiratory illness, the effects on other systems of the body have been a hot topic of study, including the eyes. While a link between serious ocular disease and COVID-19 is yet to be determined, studies are still ongoing. With cases rising, proper precautions still need to be taken remember to wear a mask, socially distance, and avoid touching your face!