Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Published by: Dr. Robert Castrovinci and Rebecca Richmond, COT
Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a deterioration of the macula. The macula is a small portion in the retina responsible for central and fine detailed vision, such as threading a needle, reading small print and driving.
Many older people develop macular degeneration as part of the body's natural aging process. About 15% of people over 75 have some degree of macular degeneration; symptoms may include blurriness, dark or distorted areas in your central vision. An example of what macular degeneration looks like would be seeing the TV set, while not being able to clearly see the images on the screen. People with more advanced cases of macular degeneration continue to have good peripheral vision.
Dry macular degeneration
Most people who have macular degeneration have the dry variety. With dry macular degeneration, vision loss is usually gradual. People who develop dry macular degeneration must monitor their central vision. Any noticed changes in vision, should be reported to your ophthalmologist. While there is no treatment for dry macular degeneration, the AREDS (Age-Related Eye Disease Study) vitamin regimen has been shown to slow the progression of dry macular degeneration.
Wet macular degeneration
Divine Savior Healthcare celebrates Perioperative Nurses Week, November 6 -12!
Perioperative nursing is a nursing specialty that works with patients who are having operative or other invasive procedures. Perioperative nurses work closely with Surgeons, Nurse Anesthetists, Surgical Technologists, First Assistants, and PA’s. They work in various settings including ambulatory surgery, surgery, recovery room, and endoscopy.
A perioperative nurse is a registered nurse who is responsible for taking care of surgical patients prior to, during, and after surgery. These tasks include attending to their physical, logistical and emotional needs. Perioperative nurses report on everything that transpires during their surgical care, including meticulous recording of vital signs, diagnostic tests and laboratory results, surgical dressings and medications. In addition to all this, they are responsible for the overall assessment and any warnings about the change in status, which to the physician are crucial. They assess and formulate a plan of care for the patient and their family. Relating information to their family and loved ones is also an important task taken by the nurse. They strive to make the patients and families comfortable and informed during their stay with us. Their priority is to provide exceptional care during a stressful time.
The perioperative nurse is an integral part of a surgical team, and as su
Celebrating National Physical Therapy Month
October is National Physical Therapy Month and the Divine Savior Healthcare Physical Therapy team is celebrating by recognizing the positive ways Physical Therapy can help people move forward.
Read about unique Physical Therapy applications you may not have known about, below. All are designed to help you stay active throughout life!
Foot and ankle conditions, such as plantar fasciitis, turf toe, and bunions
A Physical Therapist (PT) can help determine the underlying causes of each of these conditions, and provide treatment (including manual therapy, orthotics, taping, and more) to help provide relief.
Children with developmental challenges
A pediatric Physical Therapist is skilled at recognizing which areas of a child’s development are not occurring appropriately. PT’s will then design and implement a program to help improve areas such as strength, balance, and coordination.
Patients recovering from cancer
A Physical Therapist can be an important partner in helping to recover from cancer and its treatment effects. Interventions often include a personalized progressive exercise program which has been shown to greatly improve cancer survival and recovery, as well as management of pain, edema (swelling), and deconditioning.
Divine Savior Healthcare Celebrates Central Sterile Tech Week, October 9th—15th
September 18—24th is National Surgical Technologists Week, and the Surgery Department at Divine Savior Healthcare gives you a closer look at what it means to be a Surgical Technologist.
Understanding your health insurance options can be confusing. At Divine Savior Healthcare you can speak with Concierge Services or Prior Authorization Specialists to help ease the burden of understanding your healthcare coverage.