Advocacy Efforts of the American Society of Retina Specialists

American Society of Retina Specialists

American Society of Retina Specialists

 

An ophthalmologist and retina specialist, Dr. Roger T. Adler has worked in the field of medicine for more than 20 years. In addition to serving as a doctor at Bond Eye Associates offices in Peoria, Pekin, and Canton, Illinois, Dr. Roger T. Adler is a member of many professional associations including the American Society of Retina Specialists.

The largest organization of its kind, the ASRS is a community of close to 3,000 retina specialists across the United States and around the world. The association is dedicated to expanding research and education opportunities for doctors and advocating for beneficial legislation. One of the society’s many advocacy campaigns included a fight to gain greater access for eye specialists to the drug Avastin, the trade name for the medication bevacizumab.

A 2012 outbreak of fungal meningitis complicated patient access to this drug, which has been found effective for conditions such as age-related macular degeneration. The campaign resulted in the collection of hundreds of letters from ASRS members recommending the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) extend the recently shortened beyond-use dates of “repackaged” bevacizumab; the ASRS argued this restriction by the FDA makes the drug unobtainable for many retina specialists and their patients.

In January, 2017, a revised version of the FDA document pertaining to this matter was released which indicated a step in favor of the ASRS argument – the allowable beyond-use date had been extended.

Diseases of the Retina

Macular Degeneration pic

Macular Degeneration
Image: bondeye.com

Dr. Roger T. Adler is an ophthalmologist with Bond Eye Associates, a clinic comprised of three offices in and around Peoria, Illinois. A graduate of the Chicago Medical School, Dr. Roger T. Adler specializes in retinal surgery, and is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of the retina, including vitreous and macular diseases and conditions such as macular degeneration, retinopathy, and ocular inflammation.

Macular Degeneration: The primary cause of vision loss, macular degeneration is most often seen in older patients (age-related macular degeneration or AMD), and occurs when the center of the retina – the macula – begins to degrade. This part of the eye is critical to clear vision, and enables people to carry out tasks such as reading, driving, and recognizing colors.

Retinopathy: Often seen in individuals with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, retinopathy occurs when blood vessels in the retina incur damage. Though initially this condition may affect vision only slightly, it can eventually lead to blindness. Symptoms of retinopathy include seeing floating spots, dark or “empty” areas, and experiencing blurred vision.

Ocular Inflammation: Ocular inflammatory disease (OID) refers to any inflammation of the eye or the tissues surrounding the eye, including the optic nerve, blood vessels, and muscles. This disease can be caused by an infection or an existing inflammatory disorder, and can lead to glaucoma or cataracts.