Eye exam saves a life!

A teenage boy’s trip to the ophthalmologist turned out to be a visit that ultimately saved his life. Seeking only a prescription for contact lenses, Nick Myers ended up in an ambulance for emergency treatment for leukemia. The eye doctor first observed that even with glasses, Nick’s best vision was only 20/25 in both eyes […]

Ophthalmologists as Photographers?

Photos in the Eye Doctor’s Office KRAWITZ PHOTOGRAPHY, LLC ONE-THIRD OF ALL SALES ARE DONATED TO FOUNDATION FIGHTING BLINDNESS I guess it shouldn’t come as a surprise that a physician who treats vision and eye diseases is interested in the color and majesty of photography. Beginning two years ago, I began rescuing my best shots […]

Genetic testing for AMD not recommended

The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) has published its position in regards to the use of genetic testing to identify patients most likely to develop age-related macular degeneration (AMD). None of the AMD tests which are currently on the market can identify which patients are predisposed to developing the condition and the AAO recommends that […]

Eye Injuries require Eye Doctor Evaluation

This adorable four year-old presented to my office with a history of getting hit with a “rubber band” two days before. Why hadn’t mom brought him in earlier? Because the pediatrician took a look at him with a penlight, put him on some drops, and deemed him to be okay. But mom trusted her instincts […]

Eye Protection: What you need to know

Eye protection is something that needs to be on everyone’s mind. Everyone needs to be conscious of taking the proper precautions in protecting their eyes whether they are working on projects at home, participating in sports or working on the job. The American Acaedemy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and the American Society of Ocular Trauma (ASOT) […]

Eye doctor’s wife gets hit in eye with tennis ball

Remember the adage, “The son of the shoemaker has no shoes?” Ophthalmologists are of the same ilk. Many eye doctors fail to get their own eyes or their family members’ eyes examined. And even more alarming, many fail to take the same safety precautions that they recommend for their patients. This past Monday, I saw […]

Simple surgery corrects crossed eyes

The discovery of a simple surgery that corrects strabismus (crossed eyes) not only gives patients a quicker recovery time than previous surgical procedures but also improves their horizontal eye movement. Details of the procedure are in the February 2012 issue of Archives of Ophthalmology. The new technique is called rectus transposition with adjustable medial rectus […]

Are Lasik Surgeons a ‘Dime a Dozen’ ?

With Lasik, surgeons have commoditized themselves to such a degree that patients don’t even remember our names.

New Contact Lenses That are Able to Deliver Drugs Through Your Eye

A few weeks ago, I had a patient who was telling me that he heard about these new contact lenses that were able to deliver a steady stream of medication to the person wearing them.  I know eye drops are a huge problem for many of our patients.  It can be extremely difficult to put […]

Dilated eye exams preferred for those over 65

A recent study suggests that it would be cost effective for new Medicare enrollees to receive dilated eye exams in place of visual acuity screenings.