Retina Health for Life Podcast

Welcome to ASRS's Retina Health for Life from the President's Corner podcast. Join host Dr. Timothy Murray, President of the Foundation of the American Society of Retina Specialists, as he brings you inspiring conversations about your sight and the special role the retina plays in making healthy vision possible. Dr. Murray interviews expert retina specialists and patients alike to bring you vital information on the latest advances in retina care as well as tips for living life to the fullest with retinal disease. Listen today and learn how to safeguard your retina health for life.

Audio episodes are available on Amazon MusicApple Podcasts, Google PodcastsSpotify and other podcast directories. Or visit our YouTube channel to watch the dynamic conversations in each episode.


Recent Episodes

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Episode Summary: What is Uveal Melanoma?

Uveal melanoma, or ocular melanoma, is the most common eye cancer diagnosed in adults, affecting approximately 2,500 people in the United States each year. Unrelated to skin melanoma, uveal melanomas often have no signs or symptoms, underscoring the importance of regular dilated retina exams for early diagnosis and treatment to safeguard sight. On this episode of ASRS’s Retina Health for Life, Dr. Prithvi Mruthyunjaya of Byers Eye Institute at Stanford University joins Dr. Timothy Murray to discuss treatment advances made possible by retina specialists that are helping more people with the condition preserve their vision. 

Resources:

Access a downloadable fact sheet on uveal melanoma here

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Episode Summary: Understanding Retinoblastoma

Retinoblastoma is a rare form of eye cancer that affects infants and small children. In recent years, significant advances have been made in retinoblastoma diagnosis and treatment, helping not only save children's lives but in many cases preserving vision in the eye affected by cancer. On this episode of ASRS’s Retina Health for Life, Dr. Carol Shields of the Wills Eye Hospital  joins Dr. Timothy Murray to discuss the causes of the condition, symptoms parents should be aware of and the importance of early, personalized treatment to ensure the best outcomes for children and their families.

Resources:

Access a downloadable fact sheet on retinoblastoma here


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Episode Summary: Easing Treatment Burden for Retinal Patients

Treatments for some retinal conditions like age-related macular degeneration (AMD) require frequent appointments, which can be a burden for both patients and their families. On this episode of ASRS’s Retina Health for Life, Dr. Jeffrey Heier of Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston joins Dr. Timothy Murray to discuss the treatment burden that many patients experience with regular eye injections and how retina specialists are striving to reduce that burden while improving patients’ vision.

Resources:

  • Access a downloadable fact sheet about AMD here.
  • Access a downloadable fact sheet about intravitreal injections here.

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Episode Summary: Advanced Imaging for Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Advanced imaging technologies have enhanced retina specialists’ ability to diagnose, manage and treat many retinal conditions including age-related macular degeneration (AMD). On this episode of ASRS’s Retina Health for Life, Dr. Justis Ehlers of the Cole Eye Institute at the Cleveland Clinic joins Dr. Timothy Murray to discuss these new imaging technologies that are less invasive, capture more of the retina and macula, and can even be used during surgery to help save sight. 

Resources:

  • Access a downloadable fact sheet on AMD at asrs.org/AMD.
  • Download our AMD infographic here.

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Episode SummaryAge-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD): Current and Emerging Therapies

Advances made in the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in the last two decades are among the most exciting in all of medicine. On this episode of ASRS’s Retina Health for Life, Dr. Peter Kaiser of the Cole Eye Institute at the Cleveland Clinic joins Dr. Timothy Murray to discuss #AMD treatments on the horizon that may lead to even better outcomes, lower treatment burden and improved vision for millions. 

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Episode Summary: AMD Update: What Patients Need to Know Now

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) affects 11 million Americans, but with early diagnosis and treatment by a retina specialist, vision loss from the wet form of AMD can be avoided. On this episode of ASRS’s Retina Health for Life, ASRS President Dr. Carl Awh of Tennessee Retina joins Dr. Timothy Murray to discuss all things AMD including imaging and treatment advances, as well as advice for maintaining retina health to help prevent AMD.

Resources:

  • Access a downloadable fact sheet on AMD at asrs.org/AMD.
  • Download our AMD infographic at here.

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Episode Summary: Gene Therapy for Retinal Disease

On this episode, Dr. Timothy Murray is joined by retina specialist Dr. Thomas Ciulla of the Midwest Eye Institute, a world's authority on gene therapy applied to the eye. Tune in to learn more about gene therapy breakthroughs that are saving and restoring vision for people with retinal conditions and what the future holds for this promising treatment advance.


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Episode Summary: Clinical Trials for Retinal Disease

Clinical trials have ushered in sight-saving advances in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of retinal disease. On this episode, Dr. Charles Wykoff of Retina Consultants of Texas joins Dr. Timothy Murray to discuss promising clinical trials currently underway for retina conditions and the role patients play in making advances possible. 

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Episode Summary: Retinal Detachment

Retina specialist Dr. Jay Stallman of Georgia Retina and his patient David Bragg join Dr. Timothy Murray to discuss retinal detachment, an emergency situation in which the retina separates from the back wall of the eye. Tune in to hear David's experience with retinal detachment, the symptoms to watch for and the importance of prompt treatment by a retina specialist which can help preserve vision.

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Episode Summary: Sickle Cell Retinopathy

Retina specialist Dr. Adrienne Scott of the Wilmer Eye Institute at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine joins Dr. Timothy Murray to discuss sickle cell retinopathy, a condition present in some patients with sickle cell disease which can lead to vision loss. Tune in to learn more about the condition and how early diagnosis and treatment can help preserve vision.

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Episode Summary: A Conversation about Diabetic Eye Disease with the American Diabetes Association

It’s possible to have a diabetes-related eye condition such as diabetic retinopathy and not even know it, as people with early stages of the disease may experience few, if any, symptoms. That’s why recognizing the risk, learning the symptoms and seeking early treatment from a retina specialist are critical to preserving and protecting vision. 

On this episode, Dr. Timothy Murray discusses the new American Diabetes Association® - Focus on Diabetes™ initiative with two special guests: ADA Chief Science and Medical Officer Robert Gabbay, MD, PhD; and ADA Healthy Vision Champion Natalie Karabel.

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Episode Summary: Advances in Surgical Treatments for Diabetic Retinopathy

Advances in the surgical treatment of diabetic retinopathy have increased the chances of preventing vision loss for many patients. On this episode of ASRS’s Retina Health for Life, Dr. Maria Berrocal joins Dr. Timothy Murray to discuss how surgical treatment for the condition has become quicker, safer and more effective. 

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Episode Summary: Diabetic Retinopathy: Risks, Symptoms, Prevention and Treatment

Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes that can cause blindness, but with early detection and treatment by a retina specialist, disease-related vision loss can be avoided. Retina specialist Dr. Sophie Bakri of the Mayo Clinic joins Dr. Timothy Murray to discuss all things diabetic retinopathy including imaging and treatment advances that are helping save sight.

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Episode Summary: Patient's Guide to Eye Injections

Eye injections, also known as intravitreal injections, are a vital treatment option that retina specialists use to help save and improve people’s sight. Retina specialist Dr. Geoffrey Emerson of the Phillips Eye Institute and Retina Center of Minnesota joins Dr. Murray to discuss what patients can expect during eye injections and address common patient questions and concerns about this revolutionary treatment.

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Episode Summary: Advances in Retinal Imaging

In the past decade, a revolution in retinal imaging has advanced the diagnosis, management and treatment of retinal conditions. Dr. Murray interviews retina specialist Dr. Christina Weng of the Baylor College of Medicine Cullen Eye Institute  to discuss how new imaging technologies have advanced retinal care.

Resources:

  • Visit the ASRS glossary for descriptions of a wide variety of imaging tools. 

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Episode Summary: Medicare Open Enrollment

ASRS Past Presdient Dr. John Thompson and ASRS EVP Jill Blim join Dr. Murray to discuss Medicare Open Enrollment and what retina patients need to know in order to select a plan that’s right for them.

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Episode Summary: What is a Retina Specialist? 

Retina specialist Dr. Nina Berrocal of the University of Miami’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute joins Dr. Murray to discuss what a retina specialist is and when to seek their expert care. Tune in to learn about the symptoms and risk factors of retina diseases like age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy as well as how specialized care by a retina specialist can save and improve vision.

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Episode Summary: Healthy Retinas and Healthy Aging

Did you know that vision loss and blindness are not a normal part of aging?  Dr. Murray and retina specialist Dr. Judy Kim of the Medical College of Wisconsin Eye Institute discuss how healthy retinas make healthy vision possible and what we can all do to maintain retina health especially as we age.

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Episode Summary: Using Mindfulness to Improve Health

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by a challenging health diagnosis or medical condition? Did you know that lifestyle modifications and positive thinking can help? Dr. Murray interviews retina specialist Dr. Tara McCannel of the UCLA Stein Eye Institute about simple mindfulness and lifestyle habits we can all adopt to improve our overall health and wellbeing.

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  • Meditation can help calm anxiety and increase overall wellness.  Many free apps are available to get you started including Calm, Headspace and InsightTimer.

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Retina Health for Life from the President's Corner is made possible in part through generous support from the Foundation of the American Society of Retina Specialists, Allergan, Genentech, Novartis, and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.

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