Everything Retina and Macula

December 11, 2014
Hosted by Robert Rothbard, O.D.

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Dr. Anthony Culotta of the Retina Institute of California will be our guest December 11. Dr. Culotta is an ophthalmologist specializing in retinal disease and surgery. He will be discussing advancements in treating patients with diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and retinal detachment. He will be discussing both surgical and medical treatments of these devastating eye conditions. I'm sure listeners to the show who have these conditions or who have family members who suffer from the above will benefit from tuning in to the show.

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We interview experts in the eye care industry. Topics include how your vision impacts your ability to perform in school, work or even in sports. The second area will deal with the eye itself. New developments in eye surgery and treatment of certain eye diseases such as diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration and glaucoma are discussed. Systemic disease and its effect on the eyes will be one of the topics discussed. Diet and the use of vitamins will also be a topic of discussion. Vision training and rehabilitation of one’s vision after traumatic injury will be discussed.

I invite you to call in with questions regarding these and other areas of vision and types of correction. Since a significant amount of eye problems are sight threatening as well as life threatening, I feel that some of the information discussed will be extremely important, and that you will realize there’s a lot more to good vision than 20/20.

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Robert Rothbard, O.D.

Robert Rothbard, O.D.

I graduated from Pacific University, College of Optometry in 1981. I have owned and operated my own optometric practice, Rancho Cucamonga Optometric Center in Southern California since 1989. Over the years my passion and enthusiasm for practicing optometry has increased markedly. A good part of this stems from the changes we have made in our patients’ lives.

I have been involved in health fairs promoting optometry and the benefits of regular eye exams. I have lectured on the effects of continuous computer use and what type of eyewear and lens is best suited for my patients, both adults and kids. I discuss the effects of certain visual conditions and their effects on learning.

Because I’ve been practicing so long, I have seen how the eye care field has evolved. This includes treatment of eye disease, development of better contact lens and spectacle materials and of course the advancement in many areas of eye care including surgeries. I have taken many hours of continuing education in many different areas of optometry.

I am a member of the American Optometric Association, the California Optometric Association and the Inland Empire Optometric Society. I am also a member of the Upland, Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga Chambers of Commerce in Southern California. In 2008, my business was voted “Small Business of the Year” by the Rancho Cucamonga Chamber of Commerce.

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December 2014

  • 12/18/2014: Vision Development and Your Child's Success Listen Now
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Dr. Madhu Agarwal

Dr. Madhu Agarwal is an expert in the evaluation and treatment of diseases of the eyelid, the eye muscles, and the optic nerve. She is one of the few specialists in the nation who is an expert in neuro-ophthalmology, oculoplastic and orbital surgery, as well as strabismus surgery and motility disorders, eliminating the need to see separate physicians and coordinate their treatment suggestions. As an invited speaker for the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society, Dr. Agarwal has played a critical role in establishing the standard of care for patients with various eyelid and neuro-ophthalmologic problems. She has taught many courses for the American Academy of Ophthalmology and has guided its coursework for its major symposia.

Dr. Agarwal has also laid the educational and testing groundwork for the recertification of ophthalmologists in her area of expertise, neuro-ophthalmology and orbital surgery. Furthermore, she has also co-authored a section of the key textbook in her field, Walsh and Hoyt’s Clinical Neuro-Ophthalmology. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Dr. Agarwal completed her undergraduate education in biochemistry at UCLA, magna cum laude with highest honors. She continued at UCLA School of Medicine graduating with an Alumni Achievement Award and trained in ophthalmology and subsequent fellowships at the world-renowned Doheny Eye Institute at USC.

When not hard at work, Dr. Agarwal enjoys baking with her children and dancing with her husband, Dr. Jay Agarwal. Guest Dr. Madhu Agarwal

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Dr. Beth Ballinger

Dr. Beth Ballinger is an optometrist in private practice in Newport Beach, California who specializes in assessments and visual rehabilitation for pediatric and adult patients with stroke and brain injury, and has done so for the last 35+ years. She also specializes in working with visual enhancement for special populations with respect to visual acquisition, visual motor integration and visual cognitive assessment and therapies. As a Fellow in the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, she served as a Board Director of this credentialing organization and has served on the organization’s Executive Committee as Treasurer. She helped develop and consulted with the Fountain Valley Vision Enhancement Research Project. She served at the state level for the California Optometric Association working with organizations dedicated to individuals with handicapping conditions. Guest Dr. Beth Ballinger

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Taylor Bladh,O.D.

Dr Bladh has been practicing optometry in Diamond Bar California for over 25 years. As part of a join effort by Nike/Vistakon he helped test and develop their sensory sports vision technology and his on-site sports vision training labs is state of the art. This last year he teamed with PFA owned by Dave Coggin to provide sports vision training in his local facility. He has a unique neuro approach to sport vision training that has now evolved into his pediatric evaluations starting at 6 month of age and his work with autism and ADHD. His practice is also centered around specialty contact lens fitting and managing the medical model of the modern optometric practice.

Other than his primary practice he is also contracted to provide services at a local neuro/psychiatric hospital. He has been part of a research project teamed with UCR to study ADHD and continues to develop new training and therapies for this growing population. His office is a clerkship site for Western University of Heath Sciences where current optometry doctorate candidates receive hands on training in a real world clinical setting and was recently appointed as a clinical assistant professor at Western.

His passion is still cutting edge sports vision training which he feels is more accurately called Sensory Training and the development and testing of new technologies to advance this field. Guest Taylor Bladh,O.D.

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Ida Chung, O.D.

Ida Chung, O.D., MSHE, F.C.OV.D., F.A.A.O.

Dr. Chung is the President of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. She is an Associate Professor and Director of Optometric Education at the Western University of Health Sciences College of Optometry.

Dr. Chung received her Doctor of Optometry from the SUNY College of Optometry in 1993. She completed her residency training in the area of Pediatrics and Binocular Vision at the Eye Institute of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University. Dr. Chung was formerly Chief of the Pediatrics Service and a full-time professor at the SUNY College of Optometry in New York for 19 years. Dr. Chung is a certified fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and the American Academy of Optometry.

Dr. Chung has published, lectured, and granted interviews on topics related to children eye and vision care, including topics related to vision development, vision and learning, vision therapy, myopia, ocular therapeutics, and pediatric ocular disease. Dr. Chung is a primary investigator for the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group (PEDIG) and has conducting research in the areas of hyperopia, convergence insufficiency, and amblyopia.

Dr. Chung frequently serves as a vision consultant for non-profit vision groups, private and public schools, and Head Start programs. Guest Ida Chung, O.D.

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Anthony Culotta, M.D.

Retina Institute of California

Dr. Anthony Culotta was a graduate of the Lawrenceville School and subsequently was an undergraduate scholar at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He then received his medical degree from Tulane University in New Orleans. After medical school, Dr. Culotta completed his residency training in ophthalmology at Louisiana State University. During his residency, Louisiana was devastated by hurricane Katrina. Dr. Culotta was one of the first responders. He was uniquely qualified to help address the thousands of ocular injuries that were seen in the aftermath. Following this dramatic experience, he chose again to help the people of New Orleans by completing a vitreoretinal surgery fellowship in the area with renowned retina pioneer, Dr. Kurt Gitter. Dr. Culotta became board-certified in ophthalmology in 2009.

Dr. Culotta has special interest in macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal detachment. Dr. Culotta is a pioneer in the treatment of advanced diabetic macular edema and complex macular degeneration. He has worked extensively at developing novel algorithms for layering laser photocoagulation into treatment paradigms of intravitreal Avastin injections for patients with recalcitrant diabetic edema. At the Retina Institute of California, Dr. Culotta is the head of the advanced laser therapeutics lab investigating new treatment protocols for neovascular diseases.

He is a member of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. In addition, he has been a clinical investigator in numerous trials for the treatment of macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. He is also the author of numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals and regularly attends the annual meeting of the American Society of Retina Specialists. Guest Anthony Culotta, M.D.

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Pinakin Gunvant Davey, O.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Pinakin Gunvant Davey is a tenured Professor at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Optometry. He holds Doctor of Optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry and a Ph.D. from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, England, in the area of corneal biomechanics and its influence on glaucoma related measurements. His post-doctoral research fellowship at University of Louisville for three years was focused on improving imaging techniques in glaucoma. He has authored over 50 international publications, and has given over 100 conference and invited presentations both nationally and internationally. Dr. Davey research area is focused on retinal and optic nerve physiology and researches methods of improving vision in glaucoma and macular degeneration. Dr. Davey is a fellow of American Academy of Optometry (AAO) and a member of Optometric Glaucoma Society (OGS), Association for research in vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), American Optometric Association (AOA). Guest Pinakin Gunvant Davey, O.D., Ph.D.

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Franklin W. Lusby, M.D.

Franklin W. Lusby, M.D. Board certified ophthalmologist Loma Linda University School of Medicine Internship in Boston Residency in Los Angeles Over 30 years in practice in Southern California Began specializing in refractive surgery in 1988 First performed LASIK in 1996 Over 50,000 procedures to date Recognized expert in the field Part-time Clinical Professor Marshall B. Ketchum University In addition to private practice in La Jolla, is Medical Director for NVISION at their Fullerton and Torrance centers Guest Franklin W. Lusby, M.D.

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Dr. Andrew Pumerantz

Dr. Andrew Pumerantz is Associate Professor of Internal Medicine; Chief of Infectious Disease; and Assistant Provost for Strategic Initiatives at Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA. He founded and heads the Western Diabetes Institute, an integrated practice unit whose mission is to deliver high-value, person-centered and cross-disciplinary, team-based care.

WDI provides "one-stop" comprehensive evaluations drawing from its various specialty units. WDI pilots novel care delivery with PCPs and health plans. Dr. Pumerantz holds an AB from Occidental College and a DO from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He trained in internal medicine and served as Chief Resident at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, and then completed infectious diseases fellowship at Yale School of Medicine. He maintains American Board of Internal Medicine certification in internal medicine and infectious disease, and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. Guest Dr. Andrew Pumerantz

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J. Richard Rishkow, O.D.

Dr Rishko is in private practice in southern California, He has been working with both professional, top amateur athletes, and youth sports programs since his start in optometry. He has lectured throughout the country to doctors, trainers, and coaches on topics including improving athletic performance through vision training, on the field sports injuries and their treatment, sports eyewear, including contact lenses and eye protection. He is a past president of the International Academy of Sports Vision, has contributed to the sports vision manual of the American Optometric Association and is presently on medical staff for Cal State University Nothridge Athletic Department working with the athletics to enhance their performance. Guest J. Richard Rishkow, O.D.

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David Sendrowski, O.D., FAAO

Dr. Sendrowski is a Full Professor at the Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University. He is presently the Chief of the Ophthalmology Consultation and Special Testing Service at the Eye Care Clinic. He was residency trained in the area of Hospital based primary care optometry in 1986 and he has lectured extensively in the area of ocular disease diagnosis and management at the college and continuing education venues. He was awarded the “COA Teacher of Excellence Award” in 2013 and continues to serve both the Optometric community with his teaching skills. He has co-authored a textbook called “Differential Diagnosis in Primary Eye Care” as well as the Thyroid Chapter is the last four editions of “Clinical Ocular Pharmacology” by Bartlett and Jaanus. He has also published several papers in the area of ocular disease and is a fellow in the American Academy of Optometry. Guest David Sendrowski, O.D., FAAO

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Valerie Wren, O.D.

Dr. Wren is an Associate Professor at Western University. She has been involved in multispecialty clinical education and research for 15 years. Additionally, she brings experience from hospital-based, rehabilitation, psychiatric, VA medical center, private practice, and outpatient surgical settings. As a Neuro-Optometrist, her focus lies in evaluation, treatment, and interprofessional management of patients with acquired brain injury. She provides state-of-the-art diagnostic, therapeutic, and rehabilitative assessments to enhance her patient’s visual capabilities, daily activities, and quality of live. She is actively involved in clinical research and continuing professional education in the area of Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation. She also has a hospital appointment at Casa Colina. Guest Valerie Wren, O.D.

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