Glaucoma Awareness Month
Dr. Susan Kegarise has invited Dr. Michael Bingham as a guest blogger this month. Enjoy!
January is Glaucoma Awareness Month, which is a great time to update our patients on new technology and our processes for detecting early changes due to glaucoma. Recent research has shown that Electroretinography (ERG) has been helpful in detecting the function of the retinal ganglion cell layer in a very precise manner. What does this mean for our patients who have glaucoma or are at risk for glaucoma? It basically means that we have another helpful measure that we can utilize to determine whether any damage to the retina has occurred. Our goal is to detect damage from glaucoma as early as possible so we can minimize the potential for vision loss in our patients. A series of studies have shown that ERG is an extremely sensitive test, at times able to detect damage as much as 8 years earlier than any other method.
Fortunately, performing an ERG is very similar to the process of performing a VEP, which we have been using to monitor our glaucoma patients for years. If you’re being monitored for glaucoma at Cool Springs or Donelson EyeCare, the ERG may be a test we use for additional data in the future. This test will be very helpful for patients that are at risk for glaucoma, but have not yet been diagnosed. The ERG test will be helpful in determining existing damage as well as progression of glaucoma over time—ultimately leading to more informed decision-making for our glaucoma patients. One of our doctors can talk with you about the ERG and whether it would be helpful in your care and monitorization of glaucoma. For more information, click here to email our Glaucoma Care Coordinator.
Posted on 01/23/2017 9:15 AM by Dr. Susan Kegarise
Welcome to the team, Aaron J. Porter, MD!
We are excited to introduce to you our new ophthalmologist, Aaron J. Porter, MD. Aaron graduated optometry school from The Ohio State University and medical school from the University of Cincinnati. He was the Chief Resident at Vanderbilt in the early 2000s, which is when he fell in love with Nashville. After practicing for 13 years in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Aaron moved to the middle Tennessee area to our practice. He is a board certified ophthalmologist who treats glaucoma and specializes in laser cataract surgery and refractive surgery. He has performed over 20,000 cataract surgeries and 1,000 LASIK procedures. Aaron is happily married with four children. He enjoys outdoor life and traveling.
To book an appointment with this one-of-a-kind doctor, call our office at 615-889-0147.
Posted on 01/19/2017 9:58 AM by Dr. Susan Kegarise