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8 posts from May 2010

May 28, 2010

Nora Kirk Loves Her New Vision Following ICL


Dr. Sapna Parikh interviewing Nora Kirk for Fox 5 News.

As I mentioned yesterday, Fox 5 was at EyeCare 20/20 this week for an upcoming story.  Nora Kirk was one of our patients who was interviewed.  Nora sent us an e-mail today about her experience:

Hi Kerrie.

How are you . I just wanted to say thank you for thinking of me for the fox 5 news interview.  It was very exciting. I really have not given Dr. Silverman, you & your staff the proper thank you for all you have done.  I've been pretty busy with my family & work all of this time,  I have never forgotten the gift of sight that was made possible through Dr, Silverman and your staff.  I have very high regards for all of you and I always try to encourage those I come into contact with about the services you provide. I have and always will have the upmost respect and confidence in Dr. Silverman and his associates. Again if I may be of any service in the near future, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Yours truly,
Nora Kirk

May 27, 2010

Fox 5 Interviews "LASIK Alternative" Patients at EyeCare 20/20


Dr. Sapna Parikh was at EyeCare 20/20 yesterday interviewing two of our patients and me for an upcoming story about LASIK surgery.  Here are some pictures we took during the interview.  I am not sure when the story will air, but will keep you all informed when I get some more information.



May 24, 2010

WDHA Fan Loves Her LASIK at EyeCare 20/20

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We have had a lot of success treating many of WDHA's DJs and fans with LASIK.  I received this wonderful note today after seeing a DHA fan one month after her surgery:

May 24, 2010

Dear Dr. Silverman,

I want to thank you for the LASIK surgery I had last month.  I had been wearing contats for the past 30 years and when my doctor told me I could no longer wear them every day I didn't know what I would do.  So my husband and I decided to get a consultation to see if I would be a good candidate for the LASIK procedure.  I wanted to give EyeCare 20/20 a call since I heard a lot about them on my favorite radio station WDHA.  As soon as we walked in we felt welcomed and at ease.  Once we met you and saw the facility, we knew that this was where we wanted to be.  The surgery was quick and you explained each step while my husband was viewing the whole procedure on a screen outside the operating room.  I chose to have the mono vision since I do a lot of computer work and I was finding the need for readers as well.  As soon as the LASIK was complete, I could see things better than I even remember.  Everyday my vision is improving and my eyes are adjusting to the mono vision.

I am forever grateful to Dr. Silverman, Barbara, Keri, and the rest of the EyerCare 20/20 staff for a wonderful experience.

Thank you,



May 17, 2010

American Academy of Ophthalmology's Eye Injury Snapshot Begins

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The Eye Injury Snapshot is an annual study conducted by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Ocular Trauma to identify the nature and prevalence of eye injuries. It has been conducted each year since 2004.  This year's Eye Injury Snapshot will be held May 16 to 23, 2010.  Ophthalmologists are asked to report all eye injuries that occur during this week to a data base.  Results are used to educate the public.

Last year, 627 completed questionnaires were received.  Most of the findings were consistent with the 2008 results, though results showed an increase in injuries to children over previous years.

Here are last year's results:

  • 75% of the injuries reported were to males.
  • 44% of the injuries sustained were to people between the ages of 18 to 45. Nearly one in five reported injuries were to people 12 years of age or younger (17.8%), and 8% were to people 65 or older.
  • 48% of reported eye injuries occurred in the home, nearly a third of which (29%) were caused by play or sports. More than one in five at-home injuries were due to home repair or power tools.
  • Among injuries at home, almost one third (30%) were in the living areas of the home (e.g., the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, living or family room). The most common place of injury was the yard or garden (40%).
  • Accidents were reported as the cause of 80% of the injuries. Assaults accounted for slightly more than 10% of eye injuries.
  • 77% of injury victims were not wearing eyewear.
  • Drugs and/or alcohol were involved in less than 5% of reported injuries.
  • Among injuries involving motor vehicle crashes, 53% of patients were reportedly not wearing seat belts.
  • 44% of the injuries occurred to patients’ right eyes only, 39% sustained injuries to the left eye.
  • 56% of treatments were provided in the ophthalmologist’s office, while 32% was provided in a hospital emergency department/emergency room.
  • Generally, the prognoses were good. Ophthalmologists reported 77% of the patients who sustained eye injuries were expected to fully recover, while another 11% would experience mild impairment.
  • Most ophthalmologists felt that the eye injuries they examined and treated could have been avoided if the patients had worn appropriate protective eyewear.
  • 55% thought that the injuries could have been avoided with patient education.
Although EyeCare 20/20 plans on participating in this year's survey, it is our hope not to see any serious eye injuries this year!

May 12, 2010

Professional Hockey Ref Scott Cherrey Loving His LASIK 1 Year Later!


I received a very nice letter from Professional Hockey Referee, Scott Cherrey.  Its been 1 year since Scott took advantage of our LASIK the Refs program.  I was lucky enough to see Scott during the season, after he reffed a Devils game.  He was loving his new vision!

Here is a copy of Scott's letter:

To Dr. Cary Silverman, Keri McAuliffe, and & all the staff at Eyecare 20/20:
It has been 1 year (exactly today) since my lasik eye surgery at Dr. Silverman's office.  It is unbelievable how having the procedure has changed my life!  Not just for my job as an on ice official, but how it has effected my day to day life.  It has been unreal how easily accustomed I have become to life without glasses, and not having to fuss with contact lenses.  I was especially thankful during allergy season this past spring, not having to deal with itchy, scratchy contact lenses bugging my eyes.  Also, for my job I travel alot by airplane, it is so nice to not have to worry about dry contact lenses while in flight.  These little things are all issues that I no longer have to worry about.  Gone are the days of waking up in the morning and seeing a blurry alarm clock, or poking around trying to find my glasses to watch tv from bed.
I recently completed my one year 'post-op' check up with my local optometrist.  I am proud to inform you that my eye sight is better then 20/20!!  My optometrist commented that I read lines further down the eye chart then I ever had done in all my years getting check ups with him.  He was very impressed, and I was equally as gratified knowing I done the right thing by getting lasik surgery done at Eyecare 20/20!
Forever grateful!
Scott Cherrey
Professional Hockey Official - #50

May 11, 2010

The Seeing Eye Free LASIK Auction Ends Thursday!

The Seeing Eye is one of EyeCare 20/20's favorite charities.  Once again, EyeCare 20/20 has donated a LASIK surgery to the Seeing Eye's current on-line auction.

Since 1929, The Seeing Eye, Inc., located in Morristown, N.J., has been assisting people who are blind to enhance their independence and self-confidence through the use of Seeing Eye dogs.

This auction is your chance to assist them in their mission to help people transform challenges into opportunities, obstacles into victories, and Seeing Eye Dogs into partners in life's triumphs.  Your participation will ensure that The Seeing Eye continues to provide its pioneering and innovative services for generations to come.  

Click here to bid on this auction. But hurry, bidding closes at 11:59 PM EDT on May 13!

May 06, 2010

"Magic Wand": Driving at 92 Thanks to Cataract Surgery!

Morton Burstyn is a very nice 92 year old man, who I saw in my office for the first time several months ago.  He had poor vision in both eyes, and lost his independence.  I determined that I could improve the vision in 1 of his eyes through cataract surgery.

Surgery went well last month, Morton is now seeing well enough to drive again!  He was kind enough to discuss his EyeCare 20/20 cataract experience with me last week:

May 05, 2010

Want Long Lashes? Where to Buy Latisse


There certainly has been a lot of interest in Latisse in my office since I first mentioned its approval last year on this blog.

There was an interesting article in May 1's NY Times:  Long Lashes Without Prescription, but With Risks.  This article carefully describes a controversy new to me, the selling of Latisse without a prescription or seeing an eye doc.

It seems there are many places on the web where one can purchase Latisse.  From on-line pharmacies to RNs, to GPs.  Many of these sites will sell the Latisse without the patient being seen or evaluated.  Another business model is for patients to be evaluated by their dispenser, whether it be their GP, plastic surgeon, Ob/Gyn, or facialist!

I just don't get it.  As I remember correctly, I had a total of 1/2 day of ophthalmology while in med school., so how are these people evaluating and dealing with these patients.    I realize there are not many serious complications associated with Latisse, but who better to deal with them than your ophthalmologist:  see him for an initial evaluation, get an Rx, fill it at a pharmacy, and folow-up with the ophthalmologist if you are experiencing any side effects.  At EyeCare 20/20, if a patient is interested in Latisse, we have a discussion about its pros and cons, and a Rx is written, which can be filled anywhere.  We do not dispense Latisse, we have better things to do with our valuable time!

By the way, he most common side effects after using Latisse solution are an itching sensation in the eyes and/or eye redness. This was reported in approximately 4% of patients. Latisse solution may cause other less common side effects which typically occur on the skin close to where Latisse is applied, or in the eyes. These include skin darkening, eye irritation, dryness of the eyes, and redness of the eyelids.