Any doctor who has spent a day seeing patients knows that the repetitive motions and awkward postures are par for the course. But that time spent bending over equipment can lead to some pretty serious aches and pains by the end of the day. And those little aches and pains can lead to some pretty serious long-term musculoskeletal issues that can be temporarily or permanently debilitating.
Here are a few tips that can help prevent those little pains from becoming big ones.
- Pay attention to your posture throughout the day and try to keep your motions as ergonomic as you can.
- Be cognizant of your repetitive motions and try to vary them.
- Position equipment (and patients) with comfort in mind. Have your patients lean into you, rather than you to them.
- Invest in elbow rests where you need them. And wrist rests for your keyboard.
- Take time to stretch.
- When operating, consider standing versus sitting. And invest in anti-fatigue mats for anywhere youâ€™ll be standing for long periods of time.
- When purchasing new equipment, keep ergonomics in mind.
Remember that those little motions, while only lasting a moment at a time, can build up over the course of the day, weeks, and months, making for lasting effects over a career.
Could a simple eye exam replace the brain scan needed to detect Alzheimerâ€™s disease? Currently, doctors must perform a PET scan of patients’ brains for a definitive diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. Itâ€™s expensive and requires the injection of radioactive tracers. But soon, a simple eye scan may be all that’s needed. And it could catch the disease sooner.
Plaques made up of a protein known as beta-amyloid form in Alzheimerâ€™s victims’ brains, where they damage and destroy brain cells. The PET scans can identify these plaques. But a team from the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center discovered that these same protein deposits also occur on the retina. And the amount of plaque found on the retina correlates with the amount of plaque in specific areas of the brain.
In a clinical trial, 16 Alzheimer’s disease patients underwent a non-invasive eye exam after first drinking a solution containing curcumin. The curcumin caused the amyloid plaque in their retinas to light up, so it could be detected. When their scans were compared to those of a healthy control group, the connection between plaques in the retina and the brain was established.
The hope is that eye scans will be able to detect the condition years before patients experience any actual symptoms.
A paper on the research was recently published in the journal JCI Insight.
The Bell Ophthalmic Technology Team will be in our nationâ€™s capital April 13-17 for the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) annual meeting.
ASCRS is a great opportunity to hear about the newest trends, topics, and therapies that are shaping the field. And weâ€™ll have the information on the latest and greatest technology for your office.
Be sure to stop by booth #3006 in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and say hello!
See you in DC!
If youâ€™ve been putting off purchasing your next OCT, this OCT may be just what the doctor ordered. Recently approved by the FDA, the Topcon DRI OCT Triton is a multi-modal â€śSwept Sourceâ€ť OCT that is equipped with a non-mydriatic color fundus camera. The Triton Plus model combines OCT with a non-mydriatic color camera as well as modes for both FA and FAF imaging.
The Triton provides uniform scanning sensitivity at 100000 A-scans/sec. with a 1050nm wavelength source resulting in stunningly clear and detailed images. The superior light source allows imaging to the deepest layers of the retina as well as through opacities such as cataract and hemorrhage. Data management with ImageNet 6 provides for efficient data collection in a shorter period of time, improving workflow and saving time!
Call us at 800.255.5929 or email us to find out what the Triton can do for your practice!
Skating fast, jumping into the air, spinning two, three or even four times and landing on a virtual knife blade seems like a recipe for disaster for most of us. For those of us who strap on the skates only a few times a year, the result of attempting such acrobatics would probably result in multiple broken bones and an extended bout of traction. But Olympic level skaters seemingly make such jumps with ease, and if they don’t stick the landing, they usually bounce right back up and continue the routine.
So what’s the secret to the sorcery? Hundreds of hours of practice have helped elite skaters to rewire their brains to suppress the reflexes that result when we tilt our bodies at unusual angles. Reflexes that could result in flailing arms and falls for most of us are canceled out and the skater’s brain expects only delicate pirouettes and smooth landings.
And if you wonder how skaters don’t dizzy from all the spinning, their brains have learned to subdue a reflex, this time in the eyes. Normally, our eyes move to compensate for head movements so we can stare at the same point in space. If we twirl around and suddenly stop, we feel like we’re still moving because the fluid in the inner ear responsible for detecting movement continues to spin, making your brain think it’s still in motion. And because your eyes continue moving to correct your view, you feel dizzy. A skater’s brain learns to ignore the sense of motion and greatly reduce that eye reflex.
Doctors around the world can now able to stay up to date on the latest advancements in ophthalmology and earn continuing medical education credits courtesy of Wills Eye Hospital and the World Wide Web.
“Academic excellence and the continuous quest for knowledge are guiding principles at Wills Eye Hospital,” said Joe Bilson, CEO of Wills Eye. “We believe that offering ongoing education and sharing the knowledge and expertise of our esteemed medical staff helps us to not only live up to those principles but to shepherd and advance the importance of ophthalmology in our world.”
Wills Eye Saturday Update courses and live-streamed events, presented by some of the world’s leading ophthalmologists, helps healthcare providers stay abreast of the latest advancements and developments in ophthalmic medicine. And the Wills Eye Knowledge Portal offers continuously updated insight from experts across a variety of ophthalmology subspecialties.
Wills Eye Hospital is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.