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Florida Eye Institute Blog

Dr. Karen Todd First to Offer DURYSTA for Glaucoma Patients on Treasure Coast

Dr. Karen Todd of Florida Eye Institute is the first physician on the Treasure Coast to offer DURYSTA, a sustained release implant for the treatment of open-angle glaucoma. The new technology is a boon for patients who have difficulty using daily eyedrops required to treat the potentially blinding disease. Individuals with cognitive issues and caregivers or with underlying medical conditions like Parkinson’s are especially at risk for missed dosing. Open-angle glaucoma, the most common form of the chronic disease, comprises 90% of cases. Fluid builds up in the front of the eye causing increased pressure which ultimately damages the optic nerve, responsible for transmitting images to the brain This type of glaucoma is often painless but can cause severe vision loss and blindness if not treated. The most common therapy for open-angle glaucoma is prostaglandin eye drops. Unfortunately, up to 80% of patients don’t use eye drops as prescribed. Dr. Todd, board-certified ophthalmologist fellowship trained in glaucoma admits, “The biggest hurdles for glaucoma compliance are patients forgetting to use daily eye drops, not getting the drops in correctly, and not being able to afford the drops. The results of poor compliance can be blindness, not something we want to risk!”

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Diabetes and Vision Loss

Annual Eye Exams are Important for Healthy Vision. According to a large study, 45% of those with diabetes already have some form of eye disease.  Yet, 95% of diabetes related vision loss can be prevented with regular eye exams.  “It is extremely important for anyone with diabetes to have an annual eye exam that includes the dilation of their eyes,”  states Dr. Thomas Baudo, board-certified ophthalmologist and fellowship-trained retina specialist with Florida Eye Institute. Since visual symptoms can be one of the first signs of diabetes in many individuals, a dilated eye exam can be a step towards receiving a diagnosis. “It’s just as important for those without a diagnosis of diabetes to have a dilated eye exam as part of their annual wellness routine.” Diabetes affects the entire body through small blood vessels largely concentrated within the extremities, heart, kidneys, and the eyes. Since visual symptoms can be one of the first signs of diabetes in many individuals, a dilated eye exam can be a step towards receiving a diagnosis. “The eyes are full of small vessels that nourish the retina,” Dr. Baudo explains. “When a person’s blood sugars are elevated, one of the first symptoms they experience is

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