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60% of Americans with diabetes skip annual sight-saving exams

Published in the Albuquerque Journal on Nov. 10, 2020 People with diabetes are at increased risk of developing serious eye diseases, yet most do not have sight-saving, annual eye exams, according to a large study. The New Mexico Academy of Ophthalmology joins the American Academy of Ophthalmology in reiterating the importance of eye exams during the month of November, which is observed as Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month. Researchers at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia have found that more than half of patients with the disease skip these exams. They also discovered that patients who smoke – and those with …

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Expect a new look at your eye doctor’s office

Published in the Albuquerque Journal on Tuesday, June 9th, 2020 We can’t tell you when the kids will return to school or when you can hug your grandparents, but we can say that your next trip to the ophthalmologist will be different. That’s because ophthalmologists are devising new office procedures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As all 50 states begin to reopen to some degree, the New Mexico Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Academy of Ophthalmology want to share how ophthalmologists are working to protect their patients and staff. In March, the American Academy of Ophthalmology urged ophthalmologists …

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Virus puts nonemergency health care on hold

Published in Albuquerque Journal on Friday, March 27th, 2020 NMAO President Rachel Davis featured. Excerpt below. If you need to see your primary care physician, his or her office should be up and running. But if you were scheduled to have your teeth cleaned, your eyes checked, your spine adjusted, cataracts removed or were gearing up for a routine colonoscopy, you’re going to have to wait. Many medical providers ranging from dentists to eye surgeons to chiropractors have been restricting their practices for the past three weeks in an attempt to avoid spreading the COVID-19 virus. In some cases, certain …

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Age-related macular degeneration protection

Published in the Albuquerque Journal on Tuesday, February 4th, 2020  Age-related macular degeneration is one of the leading causes of blindness over age 50, affecting about 2.1 million people nationwide. Early diagnosis and treatment are the keys to preventing vision loss. During February, the New Mexico Academy of Ophthalmology joins the American Academy of Ophthalmology in educating the public about the facts on AMD. AMD is a degenerative disease that happens when part of the retina called the macula is damaged. It’s the part of the eye that delivers sharp, central vision needed to see objects straight ahead. Over time, …

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Guard your vision during the coronavirus pandemic

Published in the Albuquerque Journal on Friday, April 24th, 2020 As information about COVID-19 comes at a furious pace, at times offering conflicting and confusing advice, the New Mexico Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Academy of Ophthalmology want to share what we know right now about protecting your vision and your health during the coronavirus pandemic. 1. AVOID TOUCHING YOUR EYES: By now you’ve heard about the importance of hand washing, coughing into your elbow, and keeping your hands away from your face and eyes. The last one is easier said than done, right? Here’s a suggestion, switch from …

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Message from NMAO on COVID-19

The NMAO is recommending that all NM ophthalmologists and optometrists follow the current CDC guidelines issued on March 17. These recommendations are regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and we ask that all members comply and also help us to urge the leadership of the NM optometric society to act in a similar fashion in order to reduce the rate of transmission and conserve scarce personal protection equipment or PPE in our state. Please communicate these recommendations in the spirit of cooperation, directly to the optometrists that you work with on a regular basis and also feel free to communicate, again in a kind way, to the optometric society leaders directly by …

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