February 2014 – Precision Vision Newsletter

Optometry ranked No. 4 health care career for 2013

American Optometric Association

CareerCast has analyzed yearly survey data for the past 25 years to determine the best careers. This year, there was added context for health care: the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is expected to generate more than 5 million health care jobs by 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Alfuzosin for BPH Linked to Fewer Snags in Cataract Surgery


Patients taking systemic alfuzosin for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) were less likely to experience moderate or severe intraoperative floppy iris syndrome (IFIS) during cataract surgery than patients taking tamsulosin ( Flomax, Astellas Pharma), according to a head-to-head comparison published online December 5 in Ophthalmology.

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Blind and Low Vision Seniors Dance and Bowl with Microsoft Xbox Games


“You go girl!” “You got this!” Shouts of encouragement echo through the main auditorium at VISIONS at Selis Manor (a senior center in midtown Manhattan) as participants take turns stepping up to face the bowling alley on the screen. As each bowler winds back their arms to release an invisible ball towards the pins on the screen, an instructor or an on-screen announcement describes what’s happening: “you knocked two pins down!” or “strike!”

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Preclinical Screening for Retinopathy of Prematurity Risk Using IGF1 Levels at 3 Weeks Post-Partum


Following current recommendations for preventing retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) involves screening a large number of patients. We performed a prospective study to establish a useful screening system for ROP prediction and we have determined that measuring serum levels of IGF1 at week three and the presence of sepsis have a high predictive value for the subsequent development of ROP.

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5 Reasons to Stop Taking Days Off and Start Taking Days ‘On’


It sounds crazy, trading in your sun-soaked beach holiday for a full day at work. Although you might get some physical and mental rest during a day off, a day spent engaging in your interests and pursuing ideas you’re passionate about is the ultimate way to reinvigorate your life.

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