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Children’s Vision Problems Often Go Undetected, Despite Calls for Regular Screening

By Collen DeGuzman from California Healthline   Jessica Oberoi, 13, can’t exactly remember when her eyesight started getting blurry. All she knows is that she had to squint to see the whiteboard at school. It wasn’t until last fall when her eighth grade class in Bloomington, Indiana, got vision screenings that Jessica’s extreme nearsightedness and amblyopia, or lazy eye, were discovered. She’s been going through intense treatment since then, and her optometrist, Dr. Katie Connolly, said Jessica has made great improvements — but her lazy eye, which causes depth perception problems, may never go ...

Patients Seek Mental Health Care From Their Doctor But Find Health Plans Standing in the Way

by Anrti Pattani of California Healthline When a longtime patient visited Dr. William Sawyer’s office after recovering from covid, the conversation quickly turned from the coronavirus to anxiety and ADHD. Sawyer — who has run a family medicine practice in the Cincinnati area for more than three decades — said he spent 30 minutes asking questions about the patient’s exercise and sleep habits, counseling him on breathing exercises, and writing a prescription for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder medication. At the end of the visit, Sawyer submitted a claim to the patient’s insurance using one code for ...

Tips for Caring for Individuals with Vision Loss and Dementia

Medically Reviewed by Dr. Melody Huang, O.D.  Written by: Kelly Brown  What is Dementia? Dementia describes a variety of conditions related to mental impairment. It includes memory loss, inability to think clearly and reason, and decision-making.  Alzheimer’s is the most well-known form of dementia but is by no means the only disease under this umbrella. In most cases, dementia interferes with someone’s ability to function day-to-day. It tends to affect older adults. But younger people are not immune to developing dementia. Despite its prevalence in the older community, it is not a normal part of ...

Aging and Eyesight

Written by Melody Huang, O.D. | Source: Vision Center  Updated on May 3, 2022  Many changes take place in our eyes as we get older. Many of these changes are normal, while others are serious eye diseases that require medical attention. While we are not able to stop or reverse the aging process, most of these eye conditions are treatable.  Beginning at age 40, ophthalmologists recommend getting regular eye exams every year (even if you have healthy eyes) in order to maintain eye health and detect any age-related vision problems. Presbyopia Presbyopia means losing the ability ...

COVID-19 Medications Are Available for You to Prescribe to Your Patients: Update from the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department

Prescribe the Oral Antiviral Paxlovid to Your Patients  · When given early in the course of infection, medications like Paxlovid can reduce the likelihood of severe symptoms, hospitalization, and death.  · The National Institute of Health COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines recommends Paxlovid, an oral antiviral, and Remdesivir, an intravenous antiviral, as preferential therapeutics based on their efficacy and convenience of use.   · If neither Paxlovid nor Remdesivir are available or clinically appropriate, the NIH recommends providers use the following alternative therapies: Molnupiravir, an oral antiviral, or Bebtelovimab, a monoclonal antibody treatment.    Prescribe Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis ...