E. B. Spaeth Oration- March 29, 2012

By: Rita M. Stern

The E. B. Spaeth Foundation lecture and dinner was held on March 29, 2012 at the College of Physicians in Philadelphia. Dr. Richard Lindstrom was the featured speaker this year. Dr. Lindstrom is the founder and attending surgeon of Minnesota Eye Consultants and Adjunct Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota, Department Of Ophthalmology. He is an internationally recognized leader in corneal, cataract, refractive, and laser surgery. He has been at the forefront of ophthalmology’s evolutionary changes ...

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What is Angle-Closure Glaucoma?

By Dr. George L. Spaeth

The word “glaucoma” sounds so specific and so scientific it’s only natural that when an eye doctor tells a patient, “You have glaucoma,” the patient feels something very meaningful has been said. Yet, if the doctor can not tell the patient what is actually causing the glaucoma, and, thus, when and to what extent it is likely to affect his or her vision, the word “glaucoma” may only serve to frighten the patient, making appropriate treatment ...

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Family Voices by George L. Spaeth

George L. Spaeth, MD’s newest book, “Family Voices” is just out. It’s not your typical medical book, this collection of works, instead, focuses on the personal side of Dr. Spaeth. The 500-plus page book contains essays, haiku, short stories and poems by Dr. Spaeth and his talented multi-generational family including the youngest contributor, 7 year old Hannah Spaeth. Copies are available at Barnes & Noble, or just look up Family Voices by George Spaeth on Amazon.com. You can also order ...

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Some Medications May Harm Glaucoma Patients

by George L Spaeth, MD

Three classes of medications can be harmful to individuals who have glaucoma or are predisposed to developing it: first, cortisone or cortisone-like drugs, second, drugs that lower blood pressure or affect blood flow, and third, drugs that make the pupil dilate.The word “can” is very important here, since the risks posed vary depending on the drug, how the drug is used, the type of glaucoma, and the individual involved.

Cortisone

An important class of medications of potential concern ...

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Treatment for Glaucoma: Not to be Taken Lightly

By Dr. George L. Spaeth

Millions of people use eye drops to treat their glaucoma, and in most cases the drops don’t cause serious problems. But heart attack, impotence, death due to stopping breathing, blood cells not being manufactured, retinal detachment, kidney failure, eyelids growing together, and many other problems just as important have been caused by medications used to treat glaucoma. Patients need to know this.

Less serious problems such as fatigue, forgetfulness, red eyes, a bad taste in the mouth, ...

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Now That I Have Glaucoma What Can I Expect

By George L. Spaeth

“Now that I’ve been told I have glaucoma, what can I expect? ” This question has to enter the mind of every person who has just learned that he or she has glaucoma. It may be a sufficiently frightening question that the person never speaks it aloud. But it’s the sort of question that most physicians dread, because it asks for projections that are extremely difficult to make. It asks the ophthalmologist to “play God,” and, while ...

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Understanding the Role of Blood Flow in Glaucoma

By George L. Spaeth

All physicians, including glaucoma specialists, seek to discover the fundamental causes of an individual’s disease. For it is only when those causes have been identified that the most appropriate treatment can begin.

Persons with glaucoma have suffered some kind of tissue damage, frequently to the optic nerve. But knowing that the cause of glaucoma is optic nerve damage does not provide the physician nearly enough information. To initiate effective therapy requires knowing the reason for the tissue damage, ...

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