New Device Offers Hope to People Blinded Due to Eye Diseases Posted on 11/20/2013
Retinal Implant System Research Provides Positive Results for People with Genetic Eye Disease
NEW ORLEANS: Nov. 16, 2013 Research presented today at the 117th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology shows promising data about a device that helps people who have lost their vision due to a blinding genetic disease to recognize common objects. In the study, the researchers found when the objects' outlines had been enhanced, there was increased recognition. The device, called the Argus II, is the first FDA-approved retinal implant for adults with retinitis pigmentosa.
Retinitis pigmentosa is a group of genetic disorders that affect the retina's ability to respond to light. The disease, which is inherited and affects about 1 in 4,000 Americans, causes slow loss of vision, beginning with decreased night vision and loss of peripheral vision and eventually leads to blindness.
Up to one-quarter of all patients with retinitis pigmentosa will become legally blind in both eyes. There is currently no cure for retinitis pigmentosa.
The Argus II retinal prosthesis is a system in which a miniature video camera is housed in the subject's glasses and sends information to a patient-worn video processing unit where the image captured by the camera is processed into instructions which are then transmitted wirelessly to a retinal implant fitted with 60 electrodes. These electrodes pulse to stimulate cells in the retina, transmitting visual information along the optic nerve to the brain, creating the perception of patterns of light.
In the study, eight patients wearing the retinal prosthesis were asked to identify white or metallic objects against a dark background, then were asked to identify the same objects with enhanced outlines. The tests were done in three ways: with the retinal prosthesis turned on in a standard mode, in a scrambled mode as a positive control, and turned off as a negative control.
The results for solid object identification rose from 12.5 percent correct with the device switched off to 32.8 percent with the device on with 26.2 percent correct identification when the device was scrambled. Results for the outlined object identification were at 9.4 percent with the device turned off and 41.4 percent with the device on, with 20.7 percent correct identification in scrambled mode.
"Despite the small sample size, statistically the results have achieved significance due to the magnitude of change in the performance of the use of the device within each subject." said Yvonne Luo, MA, FRCOphth, of London's Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and lead researcher on the study. "Moreover, these subjects represent people with the most severe form of the disease."
The Argus II is the only device currently on the market in the United States and is one of several devices intended to help people suffering from this disease. Other devices and therapies in development include an implanted microchip, electrical stimulation therapy, implantable capsules of timed-release medication, nutrient therapies to reduce retinal damage and gene therapies to halt or reverse retinitis pigmentosa. Another study on this device will be presented on Monday and will review the initial results of a 30 subject study, adverse events post-implant, system reliability and visual function results.
Dr. Nadine Forche' elected Chair of Board of Trustees Posted on 10/23/2013
Dr. Nadine Forche' was recently elected as the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees for the Georgia Optometric Association at their fall continuing education conference. The Georgia Optometric Association is a statewide, professional organization that represents over 700 optometrists throughout Georgia. Dr. Forche' has served as the Trustee for the Northeast District of the Georgia Optometric Association since 2006 and is in her fifth year as the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees.
Dr. Jon Forche' Will Be Featured On CW69's Focus Atlanta Program Posted on 10/04/2013
Dr. Jon Forche' was recently filmed to discuss the importance of glaucoma and vision impairment on CW 69 Focus Atlanta, a locally produced community affairs program. Dr. Jon Forche', an optometrist at Five Points Eye Care and the only residency-trained low vision rehabilitation specialist in the Athens area, dedicates himself to help patients who have lost sight from glaucoma, macular degeneration and other eye diseases. The taping will air on CW69 on Sunday, October 6th at Noon. Set your recording devices!
Tom Ford frames and suns are here! Posted on 08/28/2013
We are the only place in the Athens area to get Tom Ford frames! Today our sales representative from the exclusive line came to show our staff and doctors these amazing frames. They honestly look good on everyone - nevermind the fact that all the stars wear them!
Want to know more about our bulldog in the front yard? Posted on 07/31/2013
Our beloved bulldog, Dr. C.I. Dawg, was created by Dr. Nadine Forche and staff member Amye Donahoo. We created a brief video on what he looked like "naked" to the final product. Click here to learn more about our dog who sports a visual acuity chart and Harry Potter-like frames!
A new model for our frames Posted on 06/24/2013
Drs. Jon and Nadine's daughter, Addie, became our newest model for our frames when she got her first pair of glasses last week. Since both doctors have myopia (nearsightedness) their children have a 30-40% chance of having myopia, too. We think Addie looks beautiful in her new OGI frames!
Costa Del Mar New Ladies Sunglasses Posted on 05/31/2013
Costa Del Mar has introduced new ladies sunglasses in some fun colors! Stop by our optical to see their new look!
Welcome Abby Mason! Posted on 05/13/2013
We welcome our newest staff member, Abby Mason, to our Five
Points Eye Care family! Abby grew up in Jefferson and
worked in the service industry for several years before joining
our staff as an optometric technician. Abby is looking
forward to helping us keep our patients happy and seeing well!
Come Run with the Dawgs! Posted on 04/30/2013
Our office is a proud sponsor of the Athens Oconee Junior Woman's Club Running with the Dawgs 5K race held yearly on Memorial Day. This year Dr. Nadine Forche' painted the tabletop bulldog that gets raffled off to a lucky runner - he is wearing a patriotic shirt, runners watch and shows his support of the University of Georgia in his running gear.
Drs. Jon and Nadine become Diplomates in the American Board of Optometry Posted on 03/18/2013
Drs. Jon and Nadine Forche' are proud to announce that they are now Diplomates of the American Board of Optometry. In order to become Diplomates they passed a rigorous examination, exhibiting a level of clinical competence recognizing them as board certified optometrists. By achieving this Diplomate status they have demonstrated their intent to commit to a lifelong learning in their profession. Click here for more information about the American Board of Optometry.
Lyndon House Arts Center Purchase Award Posted on 03/03/2013
Drs. Jon and Nadine Forche' are avid supporters of local artists, recently sponsoring the Annual Gala at the Georgia Museum of Art and The Lyndon House Arts Center where they purchased a painting tiled "Pitcher Plants" by Keara Conner. Addie and Hayden Forche show off the painting at the open house for the juried exhibition. Check it out! It runs through May 4th and there are beautiful pieces by local artists.
Dr. Nadine Forche visits the Capitol Posted on 02/02/2013
On February 2, 2013 Dr. Nadine Forche' met with local Athens
and Georgia legislators with the Georgia Optometric Association
(GOA). She is the current Chair of the GOA Board of
Trustees and also serves as the Coordinator of the Third Party
Committee for the GOA. Pictured left to right are Ross
Montgomery (Five Points Eye Care Intern), Lieutenant Governor
Casey Cagle, Dr. Nadine Forche', Dr. Glenda Brown (GOA
President-Elect), Dr. Lauren Hacker and Senator Renee Unterman.
Happy holidays from the Five Points Eye Care staff! Posted on 12/17/2012
Here's a picture of our staff and families from our annual
staff appreciation party on December 13th. To celebrate
with loved ones the office will be closed December 24th and
25th, as well as on January 1st. We will have shortened
hours on December 31st with the office closing at 2 PM.
For any emergencies, please call our office number 706-543-2020
and the on-call doctor will be paged. We wish you all a
beautiful holiday season!
Our bulldog was featured in the Grady News! Posted on 11/15/2012
By Chelsea Anderson and Abby Johnson
Athens, GA (Grady News Digest)- Everywhere you go in Athens, you are bound to see a statue of a four-foot bulldog.
There are painted statues of bulldogs all throughout Athens. In 2002, these dogs were placed by the Athens-Oconee Junior Womans Club as an art exhibit for local artists to show their creativity. Artists painted 36 of them and scattered them throughout the city. Just a few of the many places include BB&T bank, Memorial Park, and Chick-Fil-A. Athens resident, Mart Hopkins says, "I see stone bulldogs everywhere in Athens. They are all painted differently and you never know where you're gonna see them because they pop up everywhere."
It isn't uncommon to see the dogs symbolizing the businesses who own them. This is shown in the Georgia Power dog who is wearing a hard hat, Steak N' Shake dog who has on a waiter's uniform, and the Jittery Joes dog who is decorated in coffee cups.
Bulldog Owner, Dr. Nadine Forche, says, "We purchased it in 2009 and we got it because we had lost the two big trees in our front yard. One of our staff members said, you know we should get one of those dogs and so I got one. We painted it and it took a long time. It was a labor of love (sic)." Just like most bulldogs, it represents what the business is all about. He has glasses, an eye chart, and if you look closely, eyeballs on his pants.
The seeing eye dog hasn't always lived here. "They only had the rights to have them in those public places for a certain amount of time. So when that expired, they raffled them off and that's when they donated the money to AIDS Athens." says Dr. Nadine Forche.
20,000 dollars to be exact.
Click here for the Grady Journalism video.
Dr. Meg Brya becomes a Fellow of the College Optometrists in Vision Development Posted on 10/22/2012
Dr. Meg Brya sat for her oral examination at the annual College of Optometrists in Vision Development meeting last week in Fort Worth, TX and found out that she has passed all the examinations to be awarded the F.C.O.V.D. (Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development) designation! Becoming a Fellow requires several years of extra studying, case reports, examinations and a final oral examination in front of a board of Fellows. It is rigorous process that demonstrates a higher level of professional competence in the area of behavioral and developmental vision care and vision therapy. To learn more about the COVD, click here.
Dr. Jon interviewed on TV! Posted on 10/08/2012
Dr. Jon Forche' was featured on Focus Atlanta for an episode on the causes of vision loss and how vision rehabilitation can help. Dr. Jon Forche is a consultant for Vision Rehabilitation Services in Smyrna, GA, a non-profit agency dedicated to serving the visually impaired and improving their quality of life. Click here to see the entire show.
A cool photo... Posted on 09/14/2012
This photo was taken on Dr. Nadine's phone during her son's
eye examination. Hayden thought the fluorescein dye to
check the health of the cornea and tear film was very cool!
Drs. Jon and Nadine Forche at Groovy Nights Posted on 08/25/2012
In August, Drs. Jon and Nadine Forche sponsored and attended the annual Groovy Nights Benefit for Project Safe, a non-profit organization that helps victims of domestic abuse. Check out Dr. Jon's 70's glasses - we made those in our optical!
Vote for Five Points Eye Care for the Athens Banner Herald Reader's Choice Award Posted on 08/01/2012
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We now have OGI eyewear! Posted on 06/22/2012
Five Points Optical has added a new eyewear line - OGI.
These frames are really cool! OGI frames are not only
fashionable but also high-quality and beautiful. Come on
in and take a look at the new collection!