Clinical Updates:  Use of Avastin for Retinal Conditions other than Wet AMD

There are a variety of conditions, which can lead to leakage of blood and/or fluid into the retina resulting in vision loss. These include, but are not limited to: Diabetic macular edema (DME), branch retinal vein obstruction (BRVO), hemicentral retinal vein occlusion (HCRVO), and central retinal vein obstruction (CRVO). While use of traditional laser treatments may be of some value in all of these conditions, in many instances the severity of the problem is such that standard laser treatment is of little or no value. Several small-scale studies have been recently reported indicating the effectiveness of Avastin injected into the eyes of patients with loss of vision due to edema or swelling that follows these conditions. Further studies and longer follow-up will be required before the long-term benefits are fully understood.

 

Clinical Updates:  American Society of Retina Specialists

The ASRS is the largest professional organization of vitreoretinal specialists in the world. Its parent organization, The Vitreous Society, was founded in 1982. A full voting member of the ASRS is required to have the following qualifications:

  1. Completed residency training in ophthalmology and whose major professional activities are primarily devoted to instruction, research, or patient care in the field of retina and vitreous diseases.
  2. Has completed a vitreoretinal fellowship of one year or more.
  3. Is engaged in an active vitreoretinal practice.
  4. Is recommended by two current members of the ASRS.
  5. Is currently licensed to practice medicine and surgery in at least one of the United States or in Canada.
  6. Is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

While not all qualified vitreoretinal specialists in the US choose to maintain full membership in the ASRS, it is at least a readily identifiable indicator that your retina specialist is fully trained and adheres to the highest standards of care.

The ASRS has constructed a useful website for patients and families of patients who suffer from vitreoretinal disease. This information can be found online at www.savingvision.org.

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