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If you are one of the more than 26 million Americans with diabetes (like your editor), you know the importance of watching your diet and keeping track of your blood sugar. But, did you know it’s also important to have regular eye exams? November is National Diabetes Month, a national eye health observance established by the National Eye Institute.

Diabetes is the leading cause of death, disability, and blindness in the United States. Diabetes currently afflicts 8% of the American population and is growing. It is expected to affect 10% of adults worldwide by 2030. More than one in 10 West Virginia adults has diabetes, ranking the state in the top five nationally.

All people with diabetes – both type 1 and type 2 and pregnant women with diabetes – are at risk for eye-related problems. The longer someone has diabetes, the more likely he or she will get diabetic retinopathy. Between 40% and 45% of Americans diagnosed with diabetes have some stage of diabetic retinopathy. Typically, diabetic retinopathy has no symptoms until it reaches an advanced stage. But, the disease can be detected early through a comprehensive dilated eye exam, which should be conducted annually.

image001Dr. Judie F. Charlton, M.D., professor of ophthalmology in the West Virginia University School of Medicine, has been named recipient of the Judie F. Charlton Chair for Glaucoma Outreach. Dr. Arthur J. Ross III, dean of the WVU School of Medicine, said creating the endowed chair will provide the resources to continue glaucoma outreach services, research, and education. It was funded with a $1.5 million gift from several individuals. A native West Virginian, Charlton was previously chair of the WVU Department of Ophthalmology and director of the WVU Eye Institute. In 2011, she was appointed chief medical officer at WVU Healthcare and also vice dean for clinical affairs at the WVU School of Medicine. ...

omicIn 2013, the Board of Directors of the Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Company (OMIC) announced a 25% dividend for physician insureds that will come in the form of a 2014 renewal premium credit. See below for details about distribution of the dividend credit.

Q:  When will I receive my 2013 dividend?

A:  OMIC announced a 25% dividend for physician insureds renewing in 2014. Issuance of this dividend requires that an active 2013 professional liability policy be renewed and maintained throughout a physician insured’s 2014 policy period.

Q:  What happens if I cancel during the year?

A:  Mid-term cancellation will result in a pro-rata dividend.

Q:  How will I receive my dividend?

AMSTERDAM — Too many unanswered questions hinder development of eye drops for delivery to the back of the eye, one corporate executive told colleagues here.

Protect Your Eyes from Harm

Protecting your eyes from harm is one of the most basic things you can do to keep your vision healthy throughout your lifetime. During National Eye Injury Prevention Month this October, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital reminds individuals the fundamentals when it comes to eye safety.

The AAO warns that wearing non prescription contact lenses can cause serious eye damage

(dailyRx News) As you plan this year's Halloween costume, you may want to leave out one accessory - the pair of non-prescription contact lenses.

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