How Does Lifestyle Affect Glaucoma

By George L. Spaeth

Once a person has glaucoma, his or her eyes are predisposed to more damage. Anything causing the eyes not to get the nutrients they need will increase the damage. Thus, marked malnutrition, such as the thiamin deficiency common in some parts of the world, damages tissues such as the optic nerve. Other forms of malnutrition (protein deficiency, other vitamin deficiencies, etc.) can also be damaging.
Obesity

At the other extreme, obesity also can predispose to damage and is ...

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Common Misconceptions of Glaucoma

By George L. Spaeth

One of the reasons so many patients with glaucoma get worse is that they have serious misunderstandings and misconceptions about it. Here are some of the more common ones.

It is a misconception that patients with glaucoma lose peripheral vision. “Peripheral vision” for most people means vision off to the side. That is, when a person is looking straight ahead, peripheral vision means vision way off to the right side and way off to the left side. But ...

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Diagnosis of Glaucoma

By George L. Spaeth

Both patients and doctors tend to underestimate the value of diagnosis. Foremost in their minds is getting and providing effective treatment. In fact, however, the key to effective treatment of glaucoma or any disease lies in an accurate diagnosis.

“Diagnosis” sounds simple and, indeed, the meaning of the word is simple. Diagnosis means putting a descriptive label on a problem so that appropriate measures can be taken to solve it.

Unfortunately, putting the label “glaucoma” on a set of ...

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Ethics Conference Wills Institute

January 18, 2012


Guest speaker at the ethics conference Walter Tsou (left), President of Physicians for Social Responsibility, previously Health Commissioner, City of Philadelphia. Also pictured are Dr. Spaeth (middle) and Dr. Tasman (right), previously Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at Wills.

 

Photo by Roger Barone

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The Weisenfeld Award Presented to George L. Spaeth, MD FARVO, Wills Eye Institute

The Weisenfeld Award Presented to George L. Spaeth, MD FARVO, Wills Eye Institute

The Weisenfeld Award is presented in recognition of distinguished scholarly contributions to the clinical practice of ophthalmology. Presented to Dr. Spaeth on May 3rd 2010 for lasting contributions to the gonioscopic evaluation of glaucoma and the advancement of its treatment, and to the education of two generations of ophthalmic physicians.

Dr. Spaeth received the Mildred Weisenfeld Award on May 3rd at the ARVO annual conference held in Fort Lauderdale, ...

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Laser Trabeculoplasty

Laser Trabeculoplasty
Chat from September 16, 2009
Guest Speaker – Dr. George Spaeth
Steven Beck, Editor
Lorraine Miller, Editor, Chat Topic Researcher

On Wednesday, September 16, 2009, Dr. George Spaeth, a glaucoma specialist at Wills, and the glaucoma chat group discussed “Laser Trabeculoplasty”.

Moderator: Tonight’s topic is laser trabeculoplasty (LT). Dr. Spaeth, what is laser trabeculoplasty?

Dr. George Spaeth: Well, the laser part is easy; trabeculoplasty is a misnomer held over from the early days. It was thought that applying ...

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