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September 20, 2009

LASIK for the Gold Makes Front Page of Daily Record!


Dr. Cary Silverman, left, with Olympic medal-winner speedskater Chad Hedrick, who received a free LASIK procedure from the East Hanover LASIK specialist.

Last Sunday's Daily Record featured EyeCare 20/20's LASIK for the Gold Program.  This program allows US Olympic Athletes a chance to improve their performance through laser vision correction.  To learn more about this program you can:

  1. Visit the web site.
  2. Become a Facebook fan.
  3. Follow on Twitter.
  4. Read the Article.
  5. Download the article.  Download LASIK surgeon helping Olympians focus on gold | dailyrecord.com | Daily Record


Dr. Cary Silverman performs LASIK surgery on Frank Smith of Paramus.

September 15, 2009

LASIK the Lineswoman!

OUTTA HERE! Serena Williams yells at a lineswoman (above) who called her for a foot fault during the second set of Williams' 6-4, 7-5 semifinal loss to Kim Clijsters last night at the U.S. Open. Williams points her racket at the line judge while arguing the call. Reuters, Getty Images.

This years US Open was very entertaining...  I will start this post by saying that there was no excuse for Serena William's outburst that ended her semifinal match with Kim Clijsters at the US Open this weekend.  Although she has since publicly apologized for her actions, there is very little discussion about the call itself. WIth the score 15-30 at a critical moment in the set, how could the unnamed lines-woman make a foot fault call unless it was blatant?  Video review has shown that it was a blown call, there was no foot fault!

According to Geoff MacDonald in his blog, Straight sets:

A foot fault occurs when the server touches the baseline or the court with either foot. Sometimes a player’s foot slides forward and touches the line inadvertently, and, because a player can’t see the rule violation, the foot-fault call provokes a lot of anger. Often the players’ frustration with themselves is then directed at the line official. For Serena Williams, who has been called for foot faults throughout her career, the call came at a critical moment in the match. Down by a set and serving at 5-6 and 15-30, the call on her second serve gave Kim Clijsters two match points.

Carol Cox, a veteran tennis official who evaluates line officials and referees for the United States Tennis Association, said there were two schools of thought on making a foot-fault call at a critical juncture in the match. “One philosophy is that it is a rule, and you call it when you see it,” Cox said. “The second way of thinking is more in line with a good N.B.A. official: You don’t make a call that can decide a match unless it’s flagrant.”

John McEnroe had a similar view to the N.B.A. comparison when he was commenting on the CBS broadcast on Saturday night. “You can’t call that there,” he said.

The Lines-woman, who remains nameless, blew the call.  Maybe her glasses fogged up before the call, distorting her vision, maybe she needs a new refraction and pair of glasses.  Regardless of the reason, this cannot happen again, Linesman should not be involved in the outcome of a semifinal match at a Grand Slam Event!  I hereby extend our LASIK the Refs offer:   I invite the Linesman to contact me at EyeCare 20/20 and come in for free LASIK surgery, so that she can make a proper call ot non-call in the future.

September 11, 2009

Please Help The Puppy Mill Pups


We received this letter today from our friends at the Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter. If you are looking to care for or adopt a dog or would like to donate to the many animals who reside in shelters, please read below.

Hello Mt. Pleasant Friends:

It’s been a busy week at Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter!  Over two hundred cast-off puppy mill dogs from multiple states are now safe in the local shelters. Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter is now caring for puppy mill dogs from across the country.  Pup My Ride Rescue – a part of Best Friends’ Puppies Aren’t Products campaign - brought 150 dogs to North Shore Animal League in Long Island. In addition, St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, working with National Mill Dog Rescue, arranged for the release and transport of another 120 neglected dogs that arrived on Monday.  Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter partnered with both rescue efforts to give twelve of the most needy a second chance at a new life.

Among Mt. Pleasant’s rescued dogs are highly sought after breeds such as the Yorkshire Terrier (Yorkie), Poodles, Daschunds, Labradors, and Malteses - all adults that were used for breeding. Currently, hundreds of thousands of dogs are trapped in puppy mills. These large commercial breeding operations supply most pet stores across the United States and contribute heavily to the pet overpopulation problem. After a life filled with suffering and neglect, puppy mill dogs that no longer reproduce are considered by large commercial breeders as “used up” or unsalable and are typically killed or sold at mill dog auctions for as little as 25 cents. Instead, these dogs will find love, care, and attention at Mt. Pleasant while they wait patiently for their new family. These dogs are the lucky ones.

Rosie, a three year old Maltese is one of the twelve dogs who recently found her safe haven at Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter in East Hanover, NJ.  Healthy in comparison to some, Rosie needs extensive dental work after years of suffering in the horrendous conditions at the puppy mill.

Lulu is a Poodle who has endured years of neglect in a Missouri puppy mill.  She suffered a broken leg years ago when her leg was caught in the small wire cage that she called home for over 6 years.  The owners of this mill thought it would eventually heal - and since it did not interfere with her breeding, they did not seek any medical care.  Years later, the leg dangles AND her pain is great.  We are keeping her as comfortable as possible.  As you can see, (photo attached) her leg is at a 90 degree angle…backwards. She will need an amputation to relieve her suffering.  Aside from all of this, she is in great need of dental care with extractions — an affliction caused by drinking from water bottles common in commercial facilities — a typical problem that arise as a result of living out their lives as breeding dogs. Please DONATE today and help LuLu heal from her years of neglect.  Once she is healed she will find a new home through Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter.

Mt. Pleasant’s new arrivals are now in the medical evaluation process.  Mt. Pleasant’s vets estimate over $10,000 in immediate veterinary care in order for these dogs to become healthy and adoptable. Many of the dogs suffer from deteriorated jaws and rotten teeth — afflictions caused by drinking from water bottles common in commercial facilities —typical problems that arise as a result of living out their lives as breeding dogs. Other physical ailments include splayed feet and damaged foot pads from living day in and day out on wire-bottomed cages, badly matted and filthy coats, congenital defects such as heart murmurs, extra teeth and dry eye.  

 “Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter was honored to be asked to be a part of this rescue effort.  These dogs have all lived in deplorable conditions.  I am so thankful we have the opportunity to provide them with a new life.  Despite their horrific past these dogs still crave human companionship.  They are companion animals by nature and just want affection from all.  However, they will need a significant amount of veterinary care, socialization, and patience before they will be ready for adoption.” says Nicole Lewy Drummond, Executive Director of Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter.  “We are asking the public to help offset our veterinary expenses by donating to our ‘Road to Happiness Program’ as it will cost the shelter thousands of dollars in order to provide the care they so desperately need.”

Mt. Pleasant staff and volunteers will be spending much time with these dogs in order to prepare them to be a part of new families.  The dogs will be available for adoption after they are socialized, spayed or neutered, and deemed healthy by a veterinarian. 

Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter is open six days per week, with two extended evening hours. The hours are as follows:

Tuesday & Thursday: 12-7

Weds & Friday: 12-4

Saturday & Sunday: 12-5

Closed Mondays

Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter is a private, limited admission shelter.  No animal is ever euthanized for lack of space and all adoptable animals reside at the shelter until they find their new home.  To mail a donation to help the puppy mill dogs please send to:


Attn: Help Puppy Mill Dogs!

194 Route 10 West

East Hanover, NJ 07936

Or donate online at www.njshelter.org.

For more information, please call 973-386-0590 or visit www.njshelter.org


September 09, 2009

The ICL Option: When LASIK Won't Correct Your Vision


Lisa Velasquez was very disappointed when she came in for her free LASIK screening last month after I told her she was not a good candidate for the procedure.  With a -11.0 diopter prescription, I determined that there was not enough corneal tissue to safely perform LASIK on her.  I went on to explain that I could treat this amount of nearsightedness by implanting an ICL into her eye.

The Visian ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens) is a Phakic intraocular lens. It is an alternative to laser eye surgery, and is similar to the intraocular lenses (IOLs) used in cataract surgery but does not permanently alter the structure of the eye. No corneal tissue is removed as in LASIK and other laser eye surgery procedures. The ICL resembles a traditional contact lens and is surgically placed behind  the iris, in front of one's natural lens. Unlike the intraocular lenses used in cataract surgery, ICLs do not replace the eye's natural lens, but work with it, to correct moderate to large amounts of myopia (nearsightedness). Though phakic IOLs are intended to be permanent implants, they can be removed if complications arise or if the patient's vision changes.The insertion of the Visian ICL™ Implantable Collamer® Lens is  made through a small incision in the surface of the cornea. The Visian ICL™ is folded, requiring a smaller incision than other implantable lenses. Once inserted, the lens unfolds to its full size. No sutures are required in the procedure.  The procedure takes about 10 minutes, and is performed on an out patient basis.  One eye is treated at a time, a week or two apart.  Visual acuity is remarkably good, even 1 day after the procedure.

Lisa had her surgery last week on her right eye, and "has never seen better!"  She is anxiously awaiting surgery on her left eye.

September 02, 2009

Back to School: Vision Exams Recommended for Children


It's back to school time. Did you know, vision problems affect one in 20 preschoolers and one in four school-age children? Untreated eye problems can worsen and lead to other serious problems as well as affect learning ability, personality and adjustment at school.


The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends timely vision and eye health screening for the detection and early treatment of eye problems in America's children. This includes institution of vision screening during the preschool years. Screening by lay people mainly detects reduced vision in one or both eyes from errors of refraction, amblyopia, and strabismus. Other eye health screening is carried out during infancy, and depends in large part on parental awareness as well as on detection of eye disease by primary care physicians. Very early detection of treatable eyes disease in infancy and childhood can have far reaching implications for vision and, in some cases, for general health.


The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends that infants and children be screened as follows:

  1. A pediatrician or family physician should examine a newborn's eyes for general eye health in the nursery. An ophthalmologist should be asked to examine all high risk infants, i.e., those at risk to develop retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), those with a family history of retinoblastoma, congenital glaucoma, cataracts, or diseases associated with eye problems, or when any opacity of the ocular media or nystagmus (purposeless rhythmic movement of the eyes) is seen. Examination of those infants should be repeated at appropriate intervals. No infant is too young for an eye examination by an ophthalmologist. An ophthalmological examination should be performed whenever questions arise about the eye health of a child at any age.
  2. All infants by six months of age should be screened for ocular health by a pediatrician, family physician or an ophthalmologist.
  3. Each child at age approximately 3 ½ should be screened for eye health by a pediatrician, family physician, or an ophthalmologist. Emphasis should be placed on testing of visual acuity.
  4. Children at age 5 years should have vision evaluated and alignment assessed by a pediatrician, family physician, or an ophthalmologist. Those children who fail either test should be examined by an ophthalmologist.
  5. Further screening examinations should be done at routine school checks or after the appearance of symptoms. Routine professional eye examination of the normal child has no medical benefit.

Most serious ocular conditions, which can be found at screening and are treatable, are identified in the preschool years. Many of these conditions are associated with a positive family history. Screening emphasis should, therefore, be directed to at risk infants and to those children in the early preschool years.