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Extremely Rare Eye Infection Reported in Texas

It caused subconjunctival hemorrhage.

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A rare eye infection caused by a parasitic flatworm called a fluke has been reported in Texas.

The patient is the second person in the U.S. ever to be diagnosed with the philophthalmiasis infection, Healio reports.

The organism, which falls into a category known as trematodes, usually inhabits the conjunctival and orbital tissues of certain birds. Only 25 cases of the infection have been reported in humans.

In the recent case, a 47-year-old man in southern Texas presented to an ophthalmology clinic “with complaints of recurrent subconjunctival hemorrhage on the lateral aspect of the right eye.” He was otherwise healthy.

The trematode was removed with forceps. The hemorrhage did not recur.

The case was described in Open Forum Infectious Diseases.

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The authors write that that while it is rare, such infection “should be considered in some cases of otherwise unexplained conjunctivitis.”

It’s not clear exactly how the man, who had a history of day trips to Mexico, picked up the infection.

According to the case report: “Upon further questioning, the patient did not report swimming or other contact with natural bodies of water. However, he reported frequent consumption of raw fish in sushi and cooked crabs. He denied eating unwashed vegetation.”

Read more at Healio

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Burglary at Optometry Office Is Seventh in 2 Months

The front door lock was broken.

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The burglary of an optometry office in San Diego County, CA, marks the seventh such crime in the region since July.

The latest break-in occurred at an office in Mira Mesa, NBC 7 San Diego reports. The article doesn’t identify the practice, but in an accompanying photo, the sign says “Dr. Satnick.”

Police were called to the scene overnight Wednesday. It wasn’t clear right away how much merchandise was stolen.

The Times of San Diego reports that the front door lock was broken.

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Authorities haven’t said whether the burglary might be connected to six other recent incidents, NBC 7 San Diego reports. No arrests have been made.

In August, burglars hit three optometry offices in San Diego County in a three-hour period.

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10-Location Eyecare Group Is First to Join Medical Optometry America

The group has 29 optometrists.

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BLUE BELL, PA, and ASHBURN, VA — Medical Optometry America has signed an agreement with Associates in Eyecare – Optometrists, which will become first group of independent optometric practices to adopt the Medical Optometry America.

Associates in Eyecare – Optometrists has 29 optometrist working in the Northern Virginia and Washington, DC, areas.

“Many of us have known for some time that medical eye care is the future of our profession” said Robert Allen, OD, who serves as CEO of AIE, “and the state-of-the-art MOA System will allow our practices, and thousands more around the country, to accelerate this necessary advancement.”

Ken Krieg, CEO of Medical Optometry America, said, “MOA will provide independent optometrists the ability to participate in building a brand and practice management system that stands for exceptional medical eye care and inspires consumer confidence and demand for those services. In addition, optometry practices that choose to remain independent will now have viable marketing muscle to stay competitive in a fast-changing market.”

The foundation of the Medical Optometry System “is the creation of an education platform that facilitates the adoption of best practice protocols,” according to a press release.

Allen added, “We’re excited to be the flagship practice for MOA. No doubt the total MOA System will position us for the future and enable us to lead the transformation of our profession.”

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Vision Care Company to Add 8 Centers Across US

The practices are in California, Florida, Michigan and Texas.

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Treehouse Eyes, a company specializing in myopia care for children, has added 8 location in four states.

The practices are in California, Florida, Michigan and Texas, Healio.com reports.

The company’s original two locations are located in the Washington, DC-area communities of Bethesda and Tysons Corner, according to its website.

Healio.com quoted Gary Gerber, OD, co-founder of the company, saying, “By partnering with carefully vetted practices that meet certain predetermined requirements, we will rapidly accelerate myopia management within those practices and will continue our growth across the country and are currently lining up partners outside the U.S.”

Gerber said 20 more practices will be added to the U.S. network in 2020.

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