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18 posts from March 2009

March 12, 2009

Paul Stewart 1st to Get Free LASIK Thru "LASIK the Refs!" Offer

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Back in September, Ed Hochuli blew a call that cost the San Diego Chargers the game.  At the time, I offered Hochuli a chance to make his job easier, free LASIK surgery.  He has yet to accept the offer! 

In October, I lamented about the rash of bad calls plaguing the World Series.  At this point I extended my free LASIK offer to any official or referee in any Major Professional sport.  Again, I had no takers... 

There have been many other bad calls made by the refs over th past few months, some I have written about, others I have ignored...  After each bad call I have reasserted my offer for free LASIK on any professional official.  Again I have had no takers, until today!!

Paul Stewart contacted us several months ago about our "LASIK the Refs!" program.  He was very interested in having LASIK and decided to take us up on our offer.  One of the most successful and respected individuals in hockey, Paul Stewart has done it all.  Player, Referee, and now Coach as he is the ECAC Director of Officiating.  Paul Stewart may be the only person to ever make it on the Ice in the NHL twice.

Well, Paul made it down to New Jersey today to have his LASIK!  All went well, and he is now sleeping it off.  He is due back in the office tomorrow for his post op check, I will keep you all abreast of how he is doing, along with some video testimonials from him.

FDA approves aspheric AcrySof IQ toric IOL

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Alcon Labs has recently announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Alcon's aspheric AcrySof IQ toric IOL for use in cataract surgery patients with astigmatism.  The new AcrySof toric lens has an enhanced aspheric optic for improved image quality, increased contrast sensitivity and quality distance vision without spectacle correction,


The first AcrySof® Toric lens was introduced in 2005 and quickly became the leading toric lens on the market, due to its predictable power outcomes and excellent rotational stability. These benefits are largely realized due to the strengths of the AcrySof® IOL material and proprietary single-piece design. 

I have gotten superb results in implanting this lens in my cataract patients with astigmatism.  These patients are able to attain incredible distance vision without the need for glasses or contacts!  I expect this new modification to furhter improve my patients ability to see clearly, especially in low contrast situations such as night driving.

March 11, 2009

Did you Know?

I received a link to this video on YouTube this morning.  IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH LASIK OR EYE CARE!  

It is "Fantastic video on the progression of information technology, researched by Karl Fisch, Scott McLeod, and Jeff Bronman, remixed By the way, I did not create this video! '

I just found it to be very interesting and have decided to share it with all readers of the LASIK Blog... enjoy!!


March 10, 2009

The Facts On "Pink Eye"



Lately, a number of friends and acquaintances, as well as their children, have been exposed to or have been diagnosed with conjunctivitis, also known as “pink eye”.

 

Conjunctivitis is the inflammation of the conjunctiva, or the outermost layer of the eye and the inner eyelids. Conjunctivitis can occur in adults, as well as young children. A pink eye, along with irritation, itching, burning, pain, stinging, crusting or light sensitivity are all common symptoms of conjunctivitis. The viral and bacterial forms of "pink eye" are contagious and care should be taken to avoid spreading the infection. Here are some tips on how to prevent a “pink eye”outbreak, provided by allaboutvision.com:

 

Wash hands frequently, and encourage children to do the same. Soap should always be available.

 

Never allow personal items, including hand towels to be shared at home or in school.

 

Discourage eye rubbing or touching to avoid the spread of bacteria and viruses. Use antiseptic solutions constantly to wipe household countertops, toys, work spaces, doorknobs and faucet handles.

 

If you wear contact lenses, do not wear your lenses until your condition has been resolved. Replace contaminated lenses and solutions immediately before resuming use. Always follow cleaning and care instructions to avoid further contamination.

 

You should see an eye doctor if you suspect you may have conjunctivitis. It is a common and easily treatable condition, which generally has no lasting effects and is not sight-threatening.

March 08, 2009

Education: The Key to Drug Compliance



I read an interesting article in this week's Ophthalmology Times.

A recent study by Dr. David Freidman of the Wilmer Eye Institute found that a group of 66 glaucoma patients only took their once a day drop 75% of the time.  These patients were than split into 2 groups, a control group and a intervention group.


The control group received a prescription and instructions on use of the drop.  The intervention group were also shown a video showing how to take the drop, were counseled on barriers to taking drops and solutions, received reminders via phone, and used an alarm to remind them to take their drop.

The results:  an improvement in compliance by 20% in the intervention group and no change in the control group!

A new study is underway by Dr. Michael Boland to determine if compliance can be improved with the use of such technologies as text messaging, phone calls, and drop bottles embedded with microchips.

TAKE HOME MESSAGE:  Patient compliance can be improved thru education and reminder systems.

March 04, 2009

Dr. Silverman Named New Jersey "Top Doc"

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In the October, 2008 issue of Hospital Newspaper-NJ, Dr. Silverman was named as the only ophthalmologist in the New Jersey Top Doc List.  Dr. Silverman has also been named in Castle & Connolly's Top Doctors in the Metro New York Area every year since 1997.  He has been named as a Top LASIK and Refractive Cataract Surgeon.

March 03, 2009

Marlene Marino's LASIK Video Testimonial

Marlene Marino is an optician at EyeCare 20/20.  She had LASIK several years ago, and discusses her results.

March 02, 2009

Wondering How To Spend That Tax Refund? Get LASIK



Don’t let that refund burn a hole in your pocket… invest it in your vision!

 

Patients often say that LASIK is the best investment they’ve ever made.  Think about it, what else can so dramatically change your life?  From every day routine activities to activities you were once unable to enjoy, everything could change. Now the affordability of LASIK has never been greater.

 

Did you know that LASIK, as a non-reimbursed medical expense, is tax deductible? Did you know you may be able to put money away for your LASIK procedure and use pre-tax dollars to do so?  With LASIK you can receive the greatest value: clearer vision without glasses or contact lenses.