American Academy Of Ophthalmology Offers Guidance On The New Affordable Care Act Childhood Vision Care Benefit

Screening is crucial in facilitating the early detection and treatment of childhood vision impairments that may not be correctable later in life. It is a quick, efficient and cost-effective method to identify patients who have indications of a vision problem or a potential vision problem.

Children with medical conditions (e.g., Down syndrome, prematurity, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, neurofibromatosis) or a family history of amblyopia, strabismus, retinoblastoma, congenital cataracts or congenital glaucoma are at higher risk for developing pediatric eye problems. Their child has a learning disability, developmental delay, neuropsychological condition or behavioral issue. “Parents who previously avoided getting their child’s vision checked or corrected due to cost concerns now have an affordable way to access these crucial services,” said Michael X. Repka, M.D., medical director for governmental affairs for the American Academy of Ophthalmology and pediatric ophthalmologist. “The new Affordable Care Act pediatric vision benefit makes it easy for parents to ensure that their children have a healthy start in life and aren’t left behind due to sight problems.
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Part V, Restore and Maintain Good Vision and Eye Health Naturally

Maddess explains that AMD occurs when the drusen accumulate and expand, blocking the retina from getting oxygen or from disposing dead eye cell or tissue. This causes patches of the retina to die or leads to abnormal growth of blood vessels in the eye. “It ends up damaging our central vision, which we use to read, drive and see in fine detail. This is why current tests for AMD focus on the central visual field,” he says.
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Early test warns of world’s leading eye disease

Lutein and a related dietary carotenoid, zeaxanthin, accumulate within the retina and imbue a yellow pigment that helps protect the eye. It lowers the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration (low lutein intake is implicated as a risk factor in age-related macular degeneration) and may also help to prevent or slow down atherosclerosis. * Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) is a very important nerve stabilizer and is helpful in diabetics, and in patients with glaucoma, to protect their remaining optic nerve fibers. * Dicosahexaenoic acid (DHA), with six unsaturated double bonds, makes up 30 percent of the good fat in the retina, brain and adrenal gland. Following objects at a distance, driving and hand/eye coordination may all be improved with the use of DHA. * N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) is the primary component in the production of glutathione, an amino acid and major antioxidant in the lens of the eye.
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Needle in the eye = no blindness

After an initial period we can administer it every eight weeks, compared to every four weeks for Lucentis and Avastin.” Jacobs also said that they want to minimize the times that people come in for the procedure and Eylea is a way to do that. Administration of Eylea and other inhibitors takes only a few seconds, but the preparation and post-injection monitoring take about an hour. First, the patient undergoes a fluorescein angiogram that’s used to monitor wet macular degeneration. Then a topical numbing agent is administered and Jacobs injects additional numbing medicine into the eye. Once the eye is sufficiently numbed, he injects the Eylea or other inhibitor into the clear, jelly-like substance (vitreous) that fills the eye from the lens back to the retina.
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