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July 25, 2017

Leigh DeLozier, Asst. Dir., Publications, leigh.delozier@emory.edu

Emory Eye Center doctors to offer free screenings for Marfan syndrome patients

(Atlanta) – Four Emory Eye Center doctors are volunteering their time to provide free vision screenings for individuals diagnosed with Marfan syndrome during the 33rd annual Marfan Conference, being held in Atlanta August 3-6, 2017. 

The participating doctors from Emory Eye Center are optometrists Mary Carlton, OD, and Ann Van Wie, OD, FAAO, and ophthalmologists Natalie Weil, MD, and Soroosh Behshad, MD, MPH. Ireen Mauminee, MD, a leading national Marfan specialist, will be joining the team in conducting exams. Other Emory Healthcare physicians from across numerous specialties (including cardiology, orthopedics, pulmonology, and more) will provide other screenings or tests.

Marfans Syndrome Marfans Syndrome Marfan syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects the body’s connective tissue. Because connective tissue is found throughout the body, Marfan syndrome can affect many different areas. The heart, blood vessels, bones, joints, and eye are among the most commonly affected body parts.

Eye problems related to Marfan syndrome can include severe nearsightedness, dislocated lens, detached retina, early glaucoma, and early cataracts.

Early, accurate diagnosis and treatment are crucial for people with Marfan syndrome and related disorders. The earlier some treatments are started, the better the outcomes are likely to be.

“We are very excited to host the National Marfan Symposium this year at Emory, which has been in the planning for the past two years,” says Dr. Weil. “My particular interest in treating Marfan patients stems from my mentor Scott Lambert, MD, who is a leading specialist in managing children with ectopia lentis, or subluxed lens. Ophthalmologic management of these patients can be very complex and timely surgical intervention is key for visual development in children. Oftentimes, we are able to make a big difference in a child’s life through eyeglasses or surgery. Helping Marfan patients restore vision, especially young children, can be extremely rewarding. We have a wonderful team of expert doctors and expect somewhere around 70-80 patients all who need evaluation for Marfan syndrome.”

Cities across the U.S. host the Marfan Conference each year to give people living with Marfan syndrome and family members an opportunity to learn about the condition from medical experts, hear about the latest research, and connect with others who are on the same medical journey. Workshops and activities target every age, from children through older adults.

For more information on Marfan syndrome, visit https://www.marfan.org/.

 

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