American Academy of Ophthalmology
Retina Associates, located in Tucson, Arizona, offers a variety of services for patients dealing with disorders related to the eye’s retina or vitreous humor. Its four doctors, including Dr. Cameron Javid, maintain professional memberships with several organizations, one of which includes the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).
The AAO advocates for patients and the public when it comes to ophthalmology. As the world’s largest association of eye surgeons and physicians, the AAO represents more than 32,000 EYE MD’s, In addition, the AAO provides ophthalmic educational opportunities to its members.
Each year the AAO hosts a meeting for its members to gather, share information, and network with others. AAO 2016, scheduled for October 15 through 18 at the McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, is complemented by the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO). This annual event features more than 45 spotlight sessions, 500-plus exhibitors, and more than 100 learning opportunities. Since the AAO is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, attendees also have an opportunity to garner continuing medical education (CME) credits. The 2017 event is scheduled for November 11 through 14 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Experts in ophthalmology, like Dr. Cameron Javid, treat patients at Retina Associates, a private medical practice based in Tucson, Arizona. Retina Associates specialists see patients with a wide range of conditions, including macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.
Diabetes, a disease caused by the body’s inability to metabolize sugar, can give rise to a variety of symptoms, especially if patients with diabetes fail to control their blood sugar levels. For instance, diabetes can gradually harm blood vessels, including those in the retina. The resulting swelling can interfere with vision and even cause blindness.
This condition, called diabetic retinopathy, begins with few or no symptoms. Over time, however, patients begin to experience sight problems like blurring central vision and seeing spots However, if patients with diabetic retinopathy work with their doctors to control their blood sugar levels, and undergo retinal treatment, their sight should stabilize and may even improve.
Another way patients can improve their sight is to undergo laser surgery treatments that can address problematic leaking in the retinal blood vessels. In addition, injections of certain medications can reduce harmful retinal swelling and bleeding associated with diabetic retinopathy.
Furhermore, a microsurgery called vitrectomy can be performed by a retinal specialist which can successfully remove blood from the back of the eye often restoring vision.
Tucson, Arizona-based Retina Associates provides diagnosis and treatment for a variety of retina and vitreous disorders through a team of experienced vitreo-retinal surgeons that include Dr. Cameron Javid. Disorders treated by Retina Associates include retinal detachment, a serious eye condition that can lead to a permanent loss of vision if left untreated.
Retinal detachment occurs when the retina separates from the surrounding tissue, which can result from age, pre existing conditions causing thinning of the retina, injury, advanced diabetes, inflammatory eye disorders, or the shrinkage or contraction of the vitreous, a gel-like material inside the eye. Retinal detachment may also occur when vitreous collects underneath the retina through tears in the retinal tissue. Symptoms of the condition cause no pain but manifest instead in the form of darkening of the peripheral or central vision, flashes of light, and the appearance of debris or floaters in one’s vision. Permanent blindness may occur due to a prolonged lack of oxygen as the disorder restricts the flow of oxygen to retina cells.
Due to the risk of permanent blindness, ophthalmologists advise those with retinal detachment to seek immediate medical help. Patients require surgery in nearly every case, although the type of surgery depends upon the severity of the individual case. Vitreo-retinal surgeons can treat retinal tears that have yet to progress into full detachment with outpatient procedures; such as laser, however, full detachments may require more intensive surgical options. Treatment success varies on a case-by-case basis and in part depends upon damage done to the central area of the retina and the extent of oxygen loss to the retina cells. Vision can take months to improve even in the case of successful operations.
American Society of Retina Specialists
An ophthalmology clinic located Tucson, Arizona, Retina Associates focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of vitreous and retina disorders with an emphasis on patient satisfaction and quality care. Retina Associates also employees a skilled team of vitreo-retinal surgeons who maintain membership with the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS), a retinal organization that represents over 2,700 members nationwide. The ASRS will hold its 34th Annual Meeting at San Francisco’s Marriott Marquis in August 2016.
The ASRA Annual Meeting engages members of the organization in a six-day forum of discussion, networking, and instructional courses designed to foster the exchange of ideas regarding scientific concepts, research, and techniques. Physician members may submit abstracts in any of its seven categories, and non-ASRA members may submit abstracts exclusively to the scientific poster category. Additionally, the meeting will feature a number of exhibitors and advertisers.
Attendees can also participate in a number of special events, such as the 18th Annual Film Festival, and the Young Physicians Section lunch. During these events, attendees will interact with physicians across more than 59 countries. Registration for the meeting includes access to these events, in addition to attendance of the ASRS Award Ceremony.
The 34th Annual ASRS Meeting will take place on August 9 through 14, 2016. Rates for registration vary according to a number of factors, including membership with the ASRA, physician status, and fellowship affiliation. Fees include access to the welcome reception and gala dinner for members.
For additional information about the 2016 meeting, visit asrs.org/annual-meeting.