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Welcome Dr. Kruti Dajee!!

September 1st, 2017 — 5:30pm

Retina Center of Texas would like to warmly welcome our newest physician Dr. Kruti Dajee.  She joins us after completing her fellowship training in vitreoretinal surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Dr. Dajee is a native Texan, born and raised in Plano, Texas. She received her undergraduate degree from SMU prior to attending medical school at UT Southwestern. She remains in the area with her husband Vivek and young daughter Roohi. When asked about her joining RCT she says, “I am honored and thrilled to be joining Retina Center of Texas and really look forward to serving the community with utmost compassion and respect.”

She will be seeing patients at both the Grapevine and Fort Worth locations. Please help us welcome her to the RCT family!

 

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Artificial Retina Technology Progresses

March 28th, 2017 — 2:13pm

One of the main problems in treating retinal disease is the fact that the retinal cells do not regenerate when damaged. Tremendous advances have been made in the treatment of retinal conditions but these interventions are based on controlling and limiting damage to the retina, after the damage occurs we have very little we can offer our patients.  Several different possible treatments are in development, one of the most promising of which is a retinal prosthesis.  Second Sight currently has the Argus II retinal implant on the market for use in patients with severe retinitis pigmentosa. The device works by an implanted electrode on the surface of the retina stimulating the tissue from signal it receives from a glasses mounted camera. The Argus II implant has been able to improve sight but to a limited degree based on the number of electrodes that can be implanted.

 

NBC news reports yesterday http://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/tiny-device-game-changer-people-facing-blindness-n738921 of new research in Italy that would increase the resolution of retinal implants significantly. Increasing the number of electrodes would increase the potential vision that patients could achieve as well as increasing the number of patients that could be benefited.

 

As the technology advances we at RCT remain dedicated to bringing these advanced treatments to our patients.

 

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Study details worry of vision loss in patients

February 21st, 2017 — 2:25pm

A New York Times article on February 20, 2017 highlights a study from JAMA Ophthalmology that details current perceptions of vision loss in patients.

In the study, 47.5% of respondents rated vision loss as the worst overall health outcome, outranking loss of limb, memory, or speech. The study also demonstrates that while the most common causes of vision loss in the United States are Age-Related Macular Degeneration and Diabetic Retinopathy, less than half of those surveyed could identify them as causes of vision loss.

We at RCT continue our commitment to education and treatment of these most blinding diseases.

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Retina Center of Texas Celebrates in Fort Worth

May 17th, 2016 — 4:46pm

Celebrating 2 years in Fort Worth and 1 year in the current location, RCT held a celebratory open house May 5, 2016 in conjunction with Cornea Consultants of Texas and Park Hill Surgery Center.  “Our success and growth as a practice is due to our partners in the community,” Dr. Jawad Qureshi, founder of RCT explains; “we wanted to take the opportunity to thank everyone who made this possible.”  The office, located at 3455 Locke Ave in Fort Worth, provides the same state-of-the-art care that RCT is known for in a setting that is more convenient for patients living in Fort Worth and the surrounding areas.  Additionally, having Park Hill Surgery Center on the first floor of the same building allows comprehensive care from beginning to end with one, accessible location. Please come by and visit if you’re in the area!

 

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Dr. Qureshi celebrates 5 year anniversary of founding RCT

January 22nd, 2016 — 10:20pm

In January 2011 Dr. Qureshi opened the doors of Retina Center of Texas.  Starting in Grapevine, in what is only the upstairs portion of the clinic today, he based the practice on unmatched patient care and compassion. 5 years has seen the practice grow to now more than twice the space in the original Grapevine location as well as the new Fort Worth office, partnering in the Park Hill Surgery Center, and the addition of Drs. Warminski to the team. During this time, Dr. Qureshi has been featured in local magazines, invited to lecture at prestigious Johns Hopkins University and Duke Medical Center, and honored by Tarrant County Medical Society for his charitable work. The practice growth and accolades demonstrate his dedication to providing top level retinal care to his patients. Dr. Warminski remembers, “When I first met Dr. Qureshi and spent time in his clinic it didn’t take long to realize that it was something different that most practices I had seen. The patients seemed more like family and friends and were very comfortable, even while dealing with potentially blinding retinal diseases. That made a deep impression on me and definitely drew me here to join him.”

Join us in congratulating Dr. Qureshi on an amazing 5 years and planning for many, many more in the future!

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Make These 3 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Sight

January 1st, 2016 — 3:11am

Improving your overall health is a good way to reduce the risk of serious retinal conditions. Make your New Year resolution to improve health and minimize the chance of vision loss.

  1. Control diabetes – Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in patients of working age and is the result of a lifetime of elevated blood glucose levels that damage the small blood vessels in the body. In the eye, the retinal vessels can become leaky and eventually can’t carry enough blood to supply the retinal tissue. Dr. Qureshi explains “fortunately, damage from diabetes is preventable with good control of blood sugar. Study after study shows that maintaining as close to normal blood sugar levels as possible can prevent retinal damage from diabetes.”  Make 2016 the year you get control of your diabetes.
  2. STOP SMOKING! – Age related macular degeneration remains the leading cause of blindness in people over the age of 65 and one of the principle problems treated by physicians at RCT. There are many risk factors for AMD but few are modifiable. Dr. Chavala states that “compelling animal studies suggest that smoking can worsen the severity of wet macular degeneration and possibly make the disease more difficult to treat.” He goes on to say: “In my personal experience, I have noticed that wet macular degeneration patients who smoke have more bleeding and fluid leakage making our therapies less effective.” Make 2016 the year you finally stop smoking.
  3. Get a complete eye exam – There are multiple different diseases that can affect your vision and can even cause irreversible blindness but few of them happen suddenly. Dr. Warminski recommends, “a thorough eye exam starting at the age of 40 can identify early disease or risk factors that can help reduce the chance of developing vision loss in the future.” National studies show 1 in 3 Americans have some vision threatening problem by the age of 65 and early detection is the best weapon against these conditions1. Dr. Warminski continues, “depending on the findings of the exam, family history, and other medical problems the appropriate interval exams can be determined to monitor for any disease progression.” Make 2016 the year you get a complete eye exam.

All here at RCT wish you and your families a happy, healthy 2016!

 

1 http://www.geteyesmart.org/eyesmart/living/screening.cfm

 

 

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November is Diabetic Retinopathy Awareness Month

November 10th, 2015 — 4:40am

Diabetic eye disease blinds more people of working age than any other condition. November marks Diabetes and Diabetic Eye Disease month to raise awareness of the serious consequences of diabetic retinopathy.

“Unfortunately, diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in people under 65 and is completely preventable,” notes Dr. Warminski, adding “the more people are aware of the consequences of their disease, the more proactive they can be.” Diabetes and elevated blood glucose levels cause blood vessel damage throughout the body. The damage is most severe to small blood vessels, especially in the eye, kidney, fingers and toes, heart, and brain. As long as the blood glucose is elevated, there is microscopic damage to the cells that line the walls of small blood vessels and microaneurysms form. These are focal areas of weakness in blood vessels that can bleed or leak fluid and lipid into the retina as the earliest signs of diabetic retinopathy. The beginning stages are known as Non-Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy (NPDR) and is graded based on severity; mild, moderate, and severe. As the damage progresses, the vessels in the periphery of the retina become unable to carry blood to supply the nutritional needs of the retina and eventually the retina responds with the development of new blood vessels, a process known as neovascularization. When new blood vessels form the damage is termed Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy.

During the progression of disease, the diabetic retinopathy can be complicated by the development of Diabetic Macular Edema (DME). In these cases, the central retina, known as the macula, begins to swell from fluid accumulating causing the retina’s function to worsen and can begin to cause decreased vision. DME is the most common cause of vision loss in patient with diabetes.

Dr. Sai Chavala describes that, “diabetes damage accumulates over a lifetime and is not the result of one short period of elevated blood glucose. As a result, most people will develop some diabetic retinopathy in their lifetime.” He adds, “it is recommended for patients with diabetes to have yearly, dilated exams to evaluate for signs of diabetic retinopathy.” To prevent developing retinal damage, maintaining blood glucose levels consistently below 120mg/dL and a Hemoglobin A1C less than 6.5% will greatly reduce the risk of developing advanced diabetic retinopathy as well as help stabilize any damage that might be present. Control of hypertension is also important, as elevated blood pressure can worsen diabetic retinopathy as well as cause damage itself.

“Diabetic retinopathy damage can be treated,” counseled Dr. Qureshi, “using the state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment with the latest procedures, and medications, we can control damage and minimize vision loss.”  He stresses, “the key is getting screening exams regularly.”

RCT physicians are skilled in the diagnosis of diabetic retinopathy and treatment of its complications. Working with partners in the community, they remain available should the need arise.

Please visit the main website for additional description about diabetic retinopathy as well as the treatment options.

 

 

 

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Tarrant County Medical Society Honors RCT Physicians

July 1st, 2015 — 11:45pm

The July 2015 board meeting of the Tarrant County Medical Society made special recognition of Drs. Qureshi and Warminski for their volunteerism in working with Project Access Tarrant County (PATC). Dr. Qureshi is among the initiatives most active members donating his services to the organization that organizes medical care for Tarrant County uninsured.

“Working with PATC is a natural partnership,” says Dr. Qureshi, founder of RCT, “we have always cared for those in need, Project Access provides a better way for patients to find physicians who can treat them.” The recognition highlights RCT physicians dedication to the community they serve.


 

 

 

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Dr. Warminski featured in PATC Newsletter

June 15th, 2015 — 7:40am

Project Access Tarrant County (PATC) featured Dr. Warminski in the June edition of its monthly newsletter. PATC is an initiative by the Tarrant County Medical Society to provide medical care for the uninsured and working poor in Tarrant County. Through their efforts, patients who would not have access to care are able to see primary care and specialty physicians while receiving treatments at hospitals through the donation of time and resources.

“It’s something I’m very happy to be a part of,” says Dr. Warminski, “Project Access is a wonderful organization that allows physicians to help members of the community who need it most.” In his interview, Dr. Warminski described his interaction with his PATC patients as “among the most rewarding and the patients among the most appreciative.”  He describes the program as “an essential part of the community, providing care to those that would otherwise fall through the cracks.”

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Our New Ft. Worth Location Opens!

May 4th, 2015 — 7:36am

Beginning May 4th we moved our Fort Worth location from 8th Avenue to 3455 Locke Avenue, #310 in conjunction with the opening of Park Hill Surgery Center.

“As our practice continues to grow, we now have the space necessary to expand the services we provide,” notes Dr Qureshi, adding, “the Fort Worth location will be the hub of our research activities, providing access for our patients to new medications and treatments. The added space will also allow multiple physicians to be in clinic simultaneously providing more access and availability.”

As an added bonus, located downstairs is the Park Hill Surgery Center, a state-of-the-art surgical facility where a full range of surgical procedures will be performed.

We will continue to provide the same, high quality care in our Grapevine office without interruption.

Please come by and say hello!

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