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Eye Care Tips on Holi!

7 Mar

Holi is almost here. Dry Holi colours known as ‘Gulal’ and wet colours or ‘Rang’ were originally prepared naturally from the flowers and vegetables. However with time strong colours, chemical and artificial colours are being used.

The eyes are extremely at risk during Holi because of the use of harmful chemicals in synthetic colours which cause eye irritation / allergies and even temporary blindness.

The use of eco-friendly natural colours like herbal ‘gulals’ are now popular due to such reasons.

Some Helpful and Safety Tips: 

  • Ensure that your eyes remain protected at all times.
  • Use sunglasses or protective eye wear to protect your eyes from coloured water.
  • Use a hat or cap to protect your hair from strong chemical dyes.
  • Apply a thick layer of coconut oil on your body and hair so that the colour doesn’t stick and it can be washed

off easily later. While washing off the colour, use lukewarm water and keep your eyes tightly closed.

  • If you are travelling, keep the car windows tightly shut. Better still; avoid travelling on the day of playing

colours.

  • For children use non toxic colours.
  Leads to What to do?
 

Contact with eyes and skin

 

Irritation of eyes & skin, pain, swelling, photophobia [sensitivity to light]

 

Wash eyes with room temperature clean water. Remove contaminated clothing and wash exposed skin area thoroughly with soap and water.

 

If symptoms persist, see a doctor.

 

Eye injury with a high-speed balloon / stone

 

Severe injury, even rupturing the eyeball or causing a retinal detachment.

 

Do not attempt to clean the eye as the water may be contaminated and cause infection.

 

Shut the eye and rush to the nearest hospital.

 

Inhalation of the powders affects the respiratory tract

 

Irritation, cough or difficulty in breathing, bronchitis.

 

Move patient to fresh air. Administer oxygen if possible and assist ventilation as required.

 

If symptoms persist, see a doctor.

 

Encourage and motivate your friends to play a safe Holi this year!

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Diabetes and Diabetic Retinopathy – Dr Rahul Shroff

27 Dec

The past two decades have seen an explosive increase in the incidence of diabetes mellitus worldwide, making it one of the most common non-communicable diseases today. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there were an estimated 135 million diabetics in the world in 2000, and this number is expected to increase to 300 million by 2025.

What is of more consequence is that India has the largest number of diabetics in the world. In 1994, 19.4 million suffered from diabetes mellitus, 32 million were diabetics by 2000 and the number is expected to increase to 57.2 million by 2025. Moreover, according to current estimates, diabetics will increase by 42 per cent in developed nations and by 170 per cent in developing nations. According to an ICMR study, prevalence of diabetes mellitus, which was 2.3 per cent in urban population in 1970, increased to 12.1 per cent in 2001.

The increase in incidence of diabetes mellitus and its complications has been attributed to change in life style caused by increased urbanization, high calorie diet, decrease physical activity and stress. Other important factors are genetic factors, family history and increased longevity. And what is worrying that diabetes is striking at an early age among the urban population.

 

Types of Diabetes:

Diabetes mellitus occurs in two forms:

Type 1 (Insulin dependent) – Also called juvenile diabetes, this is seen in younger people and is characterized by absolute insulin deficiency due to which these patients are completely dependent on insulin treatment. The incidence of this form of diabetes is doubling every decade.

Type 2 (Non-Insulin dependent) – This is seen in older people and is characterized by insulin resistance or abnormal insulin secretion. These patients can be treated with tablets or may require insulin. This form accounts for 90 per cent of all cases seen globally, but its increasing incidence in India is due to changing diet, from traditional Indian food to modern diet caused by a more stressful life-style and increased urbanization. This type is being seen in younger people due to obesity. Moreover, type 2 diabetics have a greater tendency to develop hypertension and heart disease.

It’s not just the disease itself that is a cause for concern. Diabetics are more prone to develop systemic complications. They are also 25 times more likely to develop blindness, twice as likely to have a stroke, 2-4 times more likely to have myocardial infarction and much more likely to develop kidney disease or undergo amputation.

 

Effect of diabetes on the eye:

Diabetes can cause eye complications such as:

1. Diabetic Retinopathy: This is the most common complication and it has been seen that 25 per cent of all diabetics develop this complication after 10 years of diabetes and 50 per cent develop it after 20 years of diabetes. Diabetic Retinopathy is also more common in the upper socio-economic group.

 

Diabetic Retinopathy has two types –

Non-Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy – This is the early stage in which tiny blood vessels in the retina get damaged and leak blood or fluid, which cause the retina to swell or form deposits called exudates. 90 per cent of Diabetic Retinopathy cases are of this type. This stage often has no symptoms.

Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy – This is the advanced stage. Abnormal new blood vessels grow on the surface of the retina and often bleed into the jelly in front of the retina, giving rise to floaters, dots or lines or sometimes loss of vision. These new vessels can eventually pull the retina causing a traction retinal detachment. 10 per cent of Diabetic Retinopathy is of this type.

Maculopathy – Leaking fluid collects in the centre of the retina called the Macula giving rise to blurring of vision.

Studies have shown that there has been a 3-fold increase in the incidence of Diabetic Retinopathy in India in the last 10 years.

 

2. Cataract – This is more commonly seen in diabetics at a younger age and more commonly in the lower socio-economic group. Important causes are exposure to ultraviolet light and oxidative stress.

 

3. Glaucoma – This involves increase in intra-ocular pressure within eye and is more commonly seen in persons afflicted with diabetics.

 

4. Diabetics are also more prone to develop paralysis of the nerves of the eyes due to obstruction of the blood supply.

 

Incidence of vision loss:

The following categories of individuals are at a higher risk of losing vision in diabetes:

  • Those who have had diabetes from a younger age
  • Those who have had diabetes for many years
  • Those who have poorly controlled blood sugar
  • Those who have poorly controlled blood pressure
  • Those who smoke

 

Improving diet:

Diet plays an important role in the control of diabetes and diabetic retinopathy. Studies have shown a much lower incidence of diabetic retinopathy in persons who follow a healthy diet. A good diet consists of

 

  • Ghee as the cooking medium
  • Fish and fish-oil capsules, which are rich in selenium and zinc. Fish is considered to be one of the best foods for diabetics
  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Vitamin A rich foods like carrot and green leafy vegetables

·         Vitamin C rich foods such as citrus fruit like orange, lemon

  • Vitamin E rich foods like cereals and grains

 

Diabetics must avoid fried food, animal food (except milk and fish), processed food and preserved food.

Regular eye examination

All diabetics must have the eyes examined regularly with dilated pupils. Juvenile diabetics must have their eyes examined at least once a year after the age of 12 years because diabetic retinopathy is rarely known to occur before puberty. Those with diabetes at an older age must have the eye examination done once at the time of diagnosis and then at least every 6 months to one year thereafter.

If Diabetic Retinopathy has been diagnosed, they should have the eyes examined as often as recommended by their eye doctor.

 

Laser treatment:

A special test called fluorescein angiography may be required to identify areas that require laser treatment. If leakages or new vessels are detected, laser treatment must be promptly given. Sometimes there is leakage of blood from the retina of the eye into the jelly in front of the retina, which may cause blurring of vision. An operation called vitrectomy may be required to remove the bleeding and replace it with clear fluid.

Studies have shown that vision can be preserved in 90 per cent of diabetics if laser treatment in done in time.

 

Newer treatment modalities:

 Anti-VEGF Injections for Diabetic Retinopathy

 Injection treatments (Lucentis™, Avastine™) used commonly for macular degeneration have also proven to be effective for diabetic eye disease, in some cases better than laser treatment.

Results from a large clinical trial conducted by the Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network, or DRCR.net, demonstrated that patients receiving a combination of anti-VEGF treatments and laser treatments had greater gains in visual acuity as compared to others.

 

A newer injection viz. EYLEA™ (aflibercept), known in the scientific literature as VEGF Trap-Eye, is also being used as an injection into the eye to provide a therapeutic effect in patients suffering from various eye disorders including in some cases of diabetic retinopathy.

Prevention of complications:

All diabetics must adhere to the following to prevent complications:

 

  • Avoid obesity and have regular physical exercise
  • Control the blood sugar and blood pressure at all times
  • Avoid self-medication. It is better to follow the advise of a physician
  • Maintain a healthy diet. Insulin or pills is not a substitute for a proper diet
  • Have your eyes examined at least once every 6 months to a year by an eye doctor

Being a diabetic does not mean that you cannot enjoy a happy and healthy life. Follow the above-mentioned simple rules with a positive attitude, and you will see the change in your life.

Issued in public interest by Shroff Eye Hospital, Mumbai, India

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Mumbai – 400050.

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CONTACT LENS BUYING GUIDE, USE AND MISUSE

19 Sep

The contact lens has joined other products as a personal care item which has become more comfortable and convenient than before. They offer the freedom from glasses for most people, most age groups and for almost any situation. When cared for properly, contact lenses can provide a healthy and comfortable vision.

 

There are a variety of contact lenses that are available today. So, how do you choose with so many options?

Types of Lenses:

Soft Contact Lenses

Soft contact lenses are made of soft polymer-plastic material combined with a percentage of water. Water allows oxygen to pass through the contact lens material and increases comfort.

Newer soft lens materials provide more oxygen to your eye while you wear your lenses.

Soft lenses are available in various types – daily disposable, weekly disposable, monthly disposable, extended wear, toric (to correct astigmatism or cylindrical powers), bifocals (presbyopic lenses for those above age 40 years) and cosmetic to change the colour of one’s eyes for fashion. Many soft contact lenses also provide UV protection.

 

Disposable Soft Contact Lenses

“Disposable,” means used once and discarded. However, the majority of soft contact lens wearers are prescribed some sort of ‘frequent replacement schedule’.

The categories are:

Disposable lenses: Replaced daily, every week (7 days) or every two weeks (15 days)

Frequent replacement lenses: Replaced monthly or quarterly

Traditional (reusable) lenses: Replaced every six months or longer

With a ‘daily’ wear disposable schedule, a brand new pair of lenses is used each day.

If you are an allergy sufferer, daily disposables are the contact lenses for you.

However, some lenses may be used ‘frequently’ for the prescribed wearing period. These require to be removed every night, cleaned and placed in their lens case with its prescribed lens solution and thrown away after its given period for example monthly (30 days) or quarterly (3 months). Care of quarterly lenses is usually the same as a traditional yearly soft contact lens as some patients have difficulty to continue their wear after three months use due to deposits and lack of oxygen.

Advantage of disposables: Being able to have a fresh pair of soft contact lenses means not having to clean your contact lenses on a regular basis and hence less chance of infection, reduction of dry eye and irritation related to contact solutions. This lens helps people whose eyes naturally produce more protein which leaves deposits on the contact lenses

 

Traditional re usable soft lenses are usually soft contact lenses changed on an annual or a yearly basis. Some use them on a quarterly basis. The higher cost of frequent replacement lenses is usually the motivating factor to opt for this type. Most toric lenses for astigmatism, bifocals or multifocal lenses to help both near and far vision fit in this category. This category needs a

Extended Wear Soft Contact Lenses (leave in lenses for overnight or continuous wear)

These are usually soft lenses which range from one to six nights or up to 30 days continuous wear. They are made of flexible plastics that allow oxygen to pass through to the cornea. It is important for the eyes to have a rest without lenses for at least one night following each scheduled removal.

Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) Contact Lenses

These are not as comfortable initially as soft contacts and it may take a few weeks to get used to wearing RGPs, compared to several days for soft contacts. In today’s practice, these are reserved for some specific corneal conditions.

Cosmetic Coloured Lenses

Colour contact lenses can be used to either enhance your natural eye colour or even change the eye colour altogether. In addition, special designs can be placed on the lens for special occasions and fun! Specialized lenses are also used to help patients with disfigured or scarred eyes. These are usually soft lenses.

Dr Shroff’s guide for buying your first contact lens:

Your contact lens power may not match your spectacle power; hence one should not buy contact lenses based just on their spectacle powers, as these may not be the correct lenses for you. Which power? What size? This is based on your eye examination.

 

  1. When you try contact lenses for the first time you will need to ensure that you have an eye test and a full consultation first with an ophthalmologist or a contact lens specialist. This eye examination should include an Computerized mapping (topography) to check size and curvature of the cornea and microscopic corneal assessment to rule out signs of allergies, infection, dry eye, inflammation or scarring related to past contact lens wear, checking not only vision (visual acuity) but also how well your tears work in lubricating your eyes.

 

  1. There should be an in-depth discussion for your contact lens requirements, and then recommendations of the most suitable contact lenses for you. Some trial contact lenses may be fitted for a short while for you to become accustomed to them. These lenses are assessed to determine how well they fit and how well you can see.

 

  1. Getting used to your lenses:

The next step is intended to give you the confidence to insert and remove the contact lenses from the eyes yourself, and you should be given time to practice this with the contact lens specialist. You should also learn about cleaning the contact lenses (if applicable), and all of the ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ of wearing contact lenses. Only when the specialist is satisfied that you are comfortable with the trial lenses and all its instructions, only then your lens order should be placed.

 

An important test- Topography Mapping Test for Corneal Curvature

Many contact lens patients show corneal damage, allergies and disease and hence these conditions should be ruled out. At Shroff Eye, Mumbai, this test is done using a unique computerised mapping with the Wavelight Topolyser which measures over 25,000 points on the cornea to diagnoses corneal disease and determine optimal contact lens parameters. This test must be performed annually since these values can change due to aging, contact lens over-wear, injury, and trauma. (See image pic)

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Do’s and Don’ts with Contact Lenses

 Do’s

  1. Clean contact lenses properly as per the prescribed regimen, every day.

Dust or debris left on them may cause temporary irritation

  1. Thoroughly rinse the lenses before re-inserting them
  2. Even if you are not using the contact lenses, they should be cleaned and put back in the contact lens case every day
  3. Routine checks at the intervals recommended by your Contact Lens Specialist are essential to long term success with contact lenses and healthy eyes
  4.  Regular replacement of lenses and thorough attention to cleaning is essential
  5. Always keep your nails short so that you do not injure your eyes while inserting and removing lenses
  6. Put in your contact lens first and then wear eye makeup, so that you do not get any eye makeup on the lens while inserting them
  7. Take your lenses off before removing make-up and avoid using greasy cleansers
  8. It is possible for contact lenses to slip out of place. If this happens, simply close your eye and gently massage it back into position
  9. If you are a new user of contact lenses, gradually increase the length of time you wear the new contact lenses, starting with a few hours a day

Don’ts

  1. Avoid using lenses if you have dry eyes, as they will aggravate the dryness further
  2. Avoid using lenses if you suffer from eye allergies or repeated eye infections
  3. Avoid or limit the use of lenses when working on the computer (eg. IT industry) as this may decrease the life span of comfortable lens wear
  4. Avoid contact lenses while swimming unless wearing well-fitting swimming goggles
  5. Avoid any homemade or non-branded contact lens solutions
  6. Do not use expired contact lenses or contact lens solutions
  7. Do not wear your contact lenses while sleeping
  8. Do not use water to clean your lenses
  9. Do not wet your lenses with saliva even in emergencies. Saliva is packed with bacteria.
  10. Avoid powdery eye shadows, or mascara with fibres, in case particles get onto your lenses
  11. Avoid using coloured contact lenses on a daily basis as it may induce contact lens intolerance faster

 Common questions:

Q. At what age can you start wearing contact lenses? My daughter is only 12 and wants to wear contacts; is there a specific age for contact wearers?

There are no fixed lower age limits for contact lens use. The decisive factor with children is how responsible the patient and the parent are. An enthused 12-year-old could well become a successful contact lens wearer. However, do keep in mind, that there will probably be more frequent changes in the powers in patients younger than 18 years of age. Therefore, regular follow-up visits to the specialist who fits the contact lenses are important.

Q. What do I do first? Put make up or my contact lenses?

While applying makeup- lenses go in first, makeup second; while removing makeup- remove the makeup first, lenses second.

Q. My powers are high. Can I use contact lenses while swimming?

Do not wear your lenses while swimming unless wearing well-fitting swimming goggles.

The risk of wearing hard lenses in a pool is that they may float out if your eyes get wet. With soft lenses, impurities in the water might be absorbed, which could cause infection, so if you need to see underwater, get goggles.

 Did You Know?

Some report that contact lenses caused floaters or flashes to become more frequent and prominent. This is not true. You may however become more aware of them because of visual improvement. If you have an increase or change in your floaters and flashes, especially suddenly, this may be a sign of a more serious problem within the eye – having nothing to do with the contacts. You should have a dilated eye exam with your ophthalmologist to rule out other issues like retinal problems.

 

Author:

Dr Anand Shroff

Consultant Ophthalmologist

LASIK, C3R, Cataract Surgeon

Shroff Eye Clinic 

Gobind Mahal
86 – B Netaji Subhash Road
Marine Drive
Mumbai 400 002
Phone: 022 – 22814077, 2811863, 22029242
www.shroffeye.org

 

Age-related macular degeneration (ARMD)

25 Apr

Age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) is the one of the most common cause of vision loss in people over the age of 50 years. Its prevalence increases with age. It is caused by the degeneration of the Macula, the central and most sensitive part of the retina at the back of the eyes.

The macula provides the sharp, central vision we need for reading, driving, and seeing fine detail. Macular degeneration refers to the breakdown of the macula. This disorder results in the loss of central vision only. Degeneration results from the partial breakdown of the Retinal Pigment Epithelium (RPE) that is the insulating layer between the Retina and the Choroids and acts as a selective filter to determine what nutrients reach the retina.
Elaborating on the symptoms of this disease, Dr Rahul Shroff, vitreo-retinal surgeon, Shroff Eye Hospital, Mumbai says “Some people with macular degeneration notice that straight lines such as electricity poles, the sides of buildings or streets, appear wavy.
Macular degeneration cannot be reversed. Its impact, however, can be reduced. Timely laser surgery and medications can be used to treat certain types of macular degeneration.”

Newer Treatments for ARMD

Anti-VEGF drugs block the trouble-causing VEGF, reducing the growth of abnormal blood vessels and slowing their leakage. THE RECENT DEVELOPMENT OF ANTI-VEGF MEDICATIONS HAVE BECOME AN EXCITING ADVANCE IN THE TREATMENT OF WET AMD. Bevacizumab (Avastin) and Ranibizumab (Lucentis) are two very useful drugs. Most patients will retain the vision they have and some will regain some of the lost vision after these treatments. These procedures may preserve more sight overall, though they are not cures that restore vision to normal. Despite advanced medical treatment, most people with macular degeneration still experience some vision loss. There should be no delay in taking the treatment advised by the retinal surgeon. Many older people develop macular degeneration as part of the body’s natural aging process. Exactly why it develops is not known, and no treatment has been uniformly effective. All the above treatments for ARMD are offered at Shroff Eye, Mumbai.

We will be happy to assist you with any further information that you may need. Assuring you of our best services always.

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YOR EYES IN THE SKIES: How to avoid eye problems while flying

3 Dec

Date: 3rd December 2010

Author: Dr Anand Shroff

About: Cornea and LASIK surgeon, Shroff Eye Hospital, Mumbai

Contact: Shroff Eye Hospital and LASIK Centre, 222 S V Rd, Bandra West, Mumbai –400 050 | Ph: 66921000

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The dry air in the cabins of modern jets causes rapid evaporation of tears from the eyes surface. Without sufficient moisture the cornea, which is the transparent “watch glass” that lies over the iris (coloured part of the eye) can be deprived of oxygen and cause your eyes to become irritated.

There are many environmental reasons, which dehydrate the eyes’ tear film and cause dry eye symptoms. While most people think that this only occurs outdoor due to intense sunlight, many indoor conditions can be a much greater problem because of re-circulated air, artificial lighting, cleaning products, etc.

Symptoms of dry eye

  • Redness
  • Scratchy feeling in the eyes
  • Vision can get blurred

What makes symptoms worse?

  • Reading on the plane adds to the problem because you tend to blink less frequently when you read, leading to more evaporation of moisture from the eyes.
  • Wearing your contact lenses during a long flight can result in symptoms ranging from mild discomfort to severe pain.

This problem can occur with all types of contact lenses: hard, soft, gas permeable, or extended-wear due to less oxygen reaching the cornea. Dry air in the cabin evaporates the water from the contact lenses and contributes to the problem. Hence, if you are a contact lens wearer, it is better to wear spectacles in flight.

How can you avoid problems?

  • Put artificial tears or lubricating eye drops in your eyes during a flight as often as you feel they are necessary.
  • Airline personnel who wear contacts and have discomfort should always use these drops routinely.
  • It may be wiser to remove the contacts and wear your eyeglasses when flying.

OTHER EYE CARE TIPS

  • Carry a spare pair of spectacles especially if you have high numbers.
  • Carrying your spectacle prescription may also be handy.
  • Most airports are equipped reading glasses for those above forty; also available are contact lens cases and solutions.
  • Speak to your eye doctor to prescribe you a simple and safe antibiotic eye drop in case of red eyes due to infection.
  • Avoid putting spectacles in pockets, as is commonly a habit, carry a pouch instead for safekeeping.
  • If you are escaping the summer heat and heading towards a snowy region, there is extra care you have to take as far as eyes go. Snow can blind you! So use good ultra violet protected eyewear.

 

OTHER HEALTH TIPS WHILE TRAVELLING

  • Drink plenty of non-alcoholic, beverages. A glass of water every hour is good.
  • Put a pillow behind the small of your back to avoid backaches.
  • Take an occasional stroll around the cabin. This is especially for those who are overweight or have high-risk conditions such as high blood pressure. By moving around you will decrease the risk of deep venous thrombosis, which in simple terms is blood clotting in the lower limbs.
  • Bring a sweater or jacket – airplane cabins are usually cool.
  • Use lip-balm, moisturiser and eye-drops/contact lens lubricant to combat the effects of cabin dryness.
  • The relatively low air pressure in your aircraft can cause discomfort. If your ears bother you during takeoff and landing, try yawning, chewing gum or doing this: pinch your nostrils shut, inhale, close your mouth and try gently to blow your nose. Children should be encouraged to drink or suck on sweets especially during take- offs and landings.

If you have a cold, the dry air will make your sinuses feel worse. If you are taking medications, carry them with you in the cabin.  See your physician to rule out infection. Also, your fellow passengers will appreciate it because everyone is more susceptible to catching a cold in dry air than in moist due to the effect.

  • Always wash your hands as soon as possible after contacting surfaces in the public domain such as handrails, counter tops and doorknobs.
  • Use a hand sanitizer after washing and when soap and water are not readily available.
  • Comprehensive travel insurance is one of the best investments you can make when planning a vacation

JET LAG

 

In spite of your zealous efforts of doing and packing everything, having done your hair, nails and just about everything before taking off on your vacation, you still look “black-eyed” with deep black rings under your eyes and puffy lids!!  Blame it on ‘jet lag’!  Your regular internal clock is rather topsy-turvy at the moment. Disrupted eating pattern, bowel pattern and irregular and interrupted sleep pattern is why we get jet lag.

 

Solution?

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Don’t drink too much alcohol, as it tends to dehydrate your body.
  • Do stretching exercises in your seat to avoid cramped muscles.
  • Walk around the cabin during your flight, if possible.
  • Wear comfortable clothes and comfortable shoes.
  • Be well rested before you leave.
  • Make sure your pre-flight diet contains plenty of starch, carbohydrates and greens.
  • Arrange in-flight meals to reflect the time-of-day at your destination.
  • Set your watch to your destination time as you take off. Then start programming your body to it.
  • Allow a day for each time zone to get over the jet lag.

Medical option?

There is a drug called ‘Melatonin’ for jet lag problems. It is a hormone produced by the pineal gland in the brain. It helps to control the body’s sleep/wake cycle. By resetting the body’s internal clock, melatonin can treat the underlying cause of all jet lag problems, which is the disruption of the natural sleep/wake cycle. However, your physician should advise it.

 

Issued in public interest by Shroff Eye Hospital, Mumbai, India

India’s first Eye Hospital to be accredited by JCI- Joint Commission International (USA) for excellence in patient care and healthcare delivery.

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