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Retinal disorders, including age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic macular edema (DME), and retinal vein occlusion (RVO) can result in vision loss if not treated early and—in some disorders—continuously. Significant challenges lie ahead in addressing these patients’ needs, as healthcare providers are being tasked with treating increasing numbers of patients. Prevent Blindness America has found the total healthcare costs of vision problems in the U.S. in people older than 40 years to reach almost $139 billion annually.
It is clear that retina specialists will continue to see an increasing number of patients in the future, as both society ages and as more people develop sight-threatening retina diseases. The need to be fully educated on the various treatment options remains crucial to delivering the best patient care. This need should be expanded beyond exposure to multiple clinical trial data and into “real world” outcomes. Increasing awareness about the more sophisticated imaging devices that are being used in clinics to confirm retina disease diagnoses and newer surgical devices, coupled with the increased interest in developing pharmacologic treatments with longer duration of action or novel mechanisms of action, will be necessary for retina physicians to continue to deliver superior patient care.
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The following faculty members have the following financial relationships with commercial interests:
David S. Boyer, MD, has had a financial agreement or affiliation during the past year with the following commercial interests in the form of Consultant/Advisory Board/Speaker’s Bureau: Allegan; Allegro; Alcon Laboratories, Inc; Aerpio; Bausch & Lomb; Bayer; Genentech, Inc; Roche; Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Clearside Biomedical; Santen; Apellis; OHR; Ora; and Thrombogenics.
Charles C. Wykoff, MD, PhD, has had a financial agreement or affiliation during the past year with the following commercial interests in the form of Consultant/Advisory Board/ Speaker’s Bureau: Alcon; Alimera Sciences, Inc.; Alnylam; Apellis Pharmaceutical; Bayer Pharmaceuticals; Clearside Biomedical, Inc.; DORC International; Genentech, Inc.; ONL Therapeutics; Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc; Roche; ThromboGenics NV; Tyrogenex; and Valeant. Grant/Research Support: Acucela Inc; Alcon; Allegro Ophthalmics; Allergan, Inc.; Ampio Pharmaceuticals Inc.; Apellis Pharmaceuticals Clearside Biomedical, Inc.; Genentech, Inc; Iconic Therapeutics; Opthotech Corporation; pSivida; Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc; Santen Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.; ThromboGenics NV; and XOMA Corporation.
Editorial Support Disclosure
Michelle Dalton, Writer and Cheryl Cavanaugh, MS, Evolve Medical Education LLC have no real or apparent conflicts of interest to report.
Rishi P. Singh, MD, Peer Reviewer, has had a financial agreement or affiliation during the past year with the following commercial interests in the form of Consultant/Advisory Board/Speaker’s Bureau: Alcon; Allergan Inc.; Carl Zeiss Meditec; Genentech, Inc; Optos; Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc; and Shire Plc. Grant/Research Support: Alcon; Apellis Pharmaceuticals; Genentech, Inc; and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.