Vision Walk 2012 – The Juliette Jog for Vision

The Juliette RP Vision Foundation formed in 2008 is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization. It provides scholarships for visually impaired children who are destined for

college and U.S. Ophthalmology resident physicians who are interested in pursuing research and/or clinical practice in the area of Retinitis Pigmentosa. We hope to provide research grants to scientists conducting RP research.

The 5K Walk/Run for vision is scheduled for Saturday, August 18th at 4005 High Resort Blvd in Rio Rancho, NM.

What is Retinitis Pigmentosa?

Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) refers to a group of inherited diseases causing retinal degeneration. The retina lines the back inside wall of the eye and is responsible for capturing images from the visual field. People with RP experience a gradual decline in their vision because photoreceptor cells (rods and cones) die.

News

A discovery of a new gene that causes Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA) and retinitis pigmentosa (RP), two devastating forms of childhood blindness, has been made at Montreal Children’s Hospital.

For more information please contact: Paula Strosnider (Event Director) or Rob Melendez 1-888-465-1482 (Toll Free) or e-mail: Paula@juliettefoundation.org or info@juliettefoundation.org.

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Pertussis (whooping cough) Cases in New Mexico Continues to Increase

Between January 1st and June 8th, 2012, the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) has identified 231 confirmed and probable cases of pertussis (whooping cough) statewide. There were 58 cases reported for the same time period in 2011. Cases have been reported from 14 New Mexico counties – Bernalillo, Chaves, Dona Ana, Grant, Luna, McKinley, Rio Arriba, San Juan, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe, Sierra, Socorro, and Valencia.  64% of cases have occurred in Bernalillo and Valencia counties; cases in McKinley, San Miguel and Santa Fe counties account for an additional 25% of the total. For the year, there have been 21 infant cases, 9 infant hospitalizations and 1 pertussis-related infant death in San Miguel County.  In 13 of the 21 infant cases, the likely source of the infection was a family member who was involved in care of the infant; for the remaining 8 infant cases, the source of infection is unknown.

Vaccination:

-DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis vaccine) – Children should get 5 doses at 2, 4, 6 and between 12-18 months and between 4-6 years

-Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) for children and adolescents who got DTaP or DTP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis) and have not yet gotten a booster dose of Td: the preferred age is 11-12 years but can be given as early as 7 years

-Adults who didn’t get Tdap as a pre-teen or teen should get one dose of Tdap, particularly those who have or anticipate having contact with infants

-Pregnant women who have not previously received Tdap should receive Tdap, preferably during the third or late second trimester (after 20 weeks gestation) or immediately postpartum

-Anyone who will be in contact with infants who has not received a dose of Tdap should receive one

-All healthcare workers who have not received Tdap should receive a dose as soon as possible

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) pertussis treatment guidelines can be accessed at: http://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/clinical/treatment.html

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EANM and Tricore Lab Interface

Eye Associates of New Mexico and Tricore Reference Laboratories are now live with a bi-directional lab order and results interface. Lab orders will be sent electronically and test results will be received automatically into our NextGen Electronic Health Record System.   This enables are physicians to review the electronic results providing continuity of  quality and timeliness of care.

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Wayne Delamater, M.D. in Roswell – Joining Eye Associates

Eye Associates of New Mexico is pleased to announce that Wayne Delamater, MD will be joining its integrated group of ophthalmologists and optometrists in the fall.  Dr. Delamater has provided comprehensive ophthalmology services to the residents of Roswell and Southeastern New Mexico for over 35 years. Eye Associates, with 43 doctors in 14 locations throughout the state, has been providing primary and specialty eye care to New Mexico and the Southwest U.S. for over 35 years.

“We have been ophthalmic surgeons and colleagues for a long time, collaborating on patient care through the years. Joining our practices and working out of Dr. Delamater’s Roswell office will be a good fit”, says Dr. Arthur Weinstein, Eye Associates’ Chairman.

Dr. Tina Watterberg, an Eye Associates ophthalmologist providing medical and surgical services in Clovis and Albuquerque, will begin monthly rotations in Roswell beginning in fall. She will be joining the medical staff at Lovelace Regional Hospital – Roswell for her surgical practice.

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Gadget Pain: strained eyes!

Dr. Rob Melendez estimates that he has seen a 10 to 15 percent increase in the past three years among people who have eye problems related to their use of personal electronic devices. Chief among the complaints is “dry eye,” with symptoms that include a feeling of tired or heavy eyes, a burning or stinging sensation, and blurred vision, particularly in contact lens wearers.

Dr. Melendez attributes prolonged and close-up work on computer screens  to dry eye.  People tend not to blink as much, which is necessary to coat the eyes with a fresh coat of tears.

Also resulting from staring too long into various screens is an imbalance in the eye muscles, a condition called convergence sufficiency.

Normally, both eyes converge or come together to focus on one object, such as when you’re reading or playing a game. When eyes are strained, one of them can drift out, so the brain sees two different images and this can cause a headache or make someone feel tired.

Dr. Melendez suggests limiting time spent working at a computer or other close-up electronic device, using an anti-glare screen where practical, adjusting the brightness and contrast of monitors, increasing the font size of text and using lubricating eye drops when needed.

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“Know Your Numbers” Wellness Screening; Health Risk Assessment

Knowing your numbers is one of the best ways to evaluate your health and provide motivation for managing health.  Once again this year, Eye Associates will be offering free and confidential  Health Risk Assessments (HRAs) and wellness screening (i.e., lab work, blood pressure, body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference) through The Solutions Group.   Eye Associates had a 51% participation last year and we are hoping to top that this year.

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Kristin Reidy, D.O. Receives Prestigious Award

Kristin Reidy, D.O. recently attended the 96th Clinical Assembly of the American Osteopathic College of Ophthalmology in Palm Springs, California.  Dr. Reidy, who currently serves on the Board of Governors, was awarded the Presidential Achievement Award.  This award is in recognition of noteworthy professional achievement or other valuable service performed on behalf of the American Osteopathic College of Ophthalmology or its Board of Examiners.

Dr. Reidy has been with Eye Associates of New Mexico for ten years and primarily works in the Santa Fe Clinic and ASC.  She also sees patients in our Las Vegas Clinic on a weekly basis.

Congratulations Dr. Reidy.

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Dr. Melendez Presents Physician On-Line Reviews/Doctor App

At the Spring Windsor Meeting held in New Orleans May 5th, Dr. Rob Melendez spoke about Online Reviews of Physicians.  Dr. Melendez spoke of the importance of acting on a constructive comment when posted by a patient and taking the opportunity to make improvements to the practice.  Patients should also be encouraged to post positive comments.  It is encouraging to staff when they receive recognition for a job well done. Two of the many on-line review sites are:  http://healthgrades.com  and Vitals.com

 

Dr. Melendez also reported on the increasing number of patients using Smartphones. He introduced a Doctor app available for the iPhone and Android platforms to allow patients increased access to the practice to schedule appointments, request lab results, and many other resources. The app is called The Doctorapp and can be purchased on-line at http://cloudninesilver.com/da_test/products.php

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