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Monthly Archives: July 2011

Crystalens: Cataracts’ Latest & Greatest

July 4th, 2011

Cataracts are common, but painless, eye problems affecting many people starting age 45 and older. In normal vision, the eye’s lens is clear, and allows light to pass through and hit the retina, the light-sensitive tissue in the back of the eye. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, the eyes consist mostly of water and protein. As people age, these proteins can break down and clump together, causing a yellowish-brown pigment that can cloud the lens. This clouding reduces the amount of light that can pass through to the retina and affect a person’s vision. The National Institutes of Health have determined that, by age 80, more than half of Americans will either have a cataract or will have undergone cataract surgery.

Cataract surgery is currently one of the safest and most performed outpatient procedures in the United States. Conventional procedure involves removing the clouded lens and replacing it with an artificial lens implant called an intraocular lens, also known as an IOL. If more than one eye is affected by cataracts, one eye is operated on at a time and allowed to heal for a few weeks before starting on the other. Traditionally, the patient would have to choose whether they want their IOL to correct near or distant vision. For these monofocal lenses, glasses would still have to be worn to compensate for the type of vision that was not corrected by the surgery. However, recent technology has created an option that allows the patient to retain the ability to control near and distance vision.

Crystalens by Bausch and Lomb is an FDA-approved silicone IOL that has hinges on each side of the lens that enables the user to automatically focus the lens at all distances. This method is called “accommodation” and simulates the natural tightening and relaxing of the eye muscles when adjusting the lens for close or distance vision. In an article published online for “All About Vision”, Crystalens has also been found to be less likely to produce visual side effects for distance vision such as glare and halos. It has also been shown to cause less problems with night vision.

Crystalens is categorized as a “presbyopia-correcting” or “premium” IOL. This means that the lens also corrects presbyopia, a gradual weakening of the eye muscles with age that makes it difficult to focus on and see things up close. This is another painless condition that affects people in their forties and over that can be accommodated by a premium implant.

It is always important to consult with a doctor of ophthalmology when considering any kind of surgery concerning your vision, but there seems to be a general consensus that the best candidates for Crystalens surgery include people who have both cataracts and hyperopia (farsightedness) that cause problems with near vision. Eighty percent of patients participating in U.S. clinical trials who received Crystalens HD implants achieved 20/20 or better near vision quality.

Some patients may express concerns about the durability of Crystalens. However, the company website at crystalens.com assures the potential patient that the implant is durable. Patients who have had the lenses in for over seven years have not experienced any loss of vision or reduction in the flexibility of the hinges.

We are fortunate to live in an era where technology is a constantly evolving part of our daily lives. Now, more than ever, there is a greater and more convenient range of treatments for cataracts and most types of eye disease. So if you’re looking for the latest in safe, effective cataract treatment, ask Dr. Feinerman about the new Crystalens premium IOL to give your eyes back a more natural range of vision.

The Benefits of LASIK Surgery!

July 3rd, 2011

People from all over the world travel to Southern California to experience its beautiful scenery and weather, especially during the summer months. Bad vision doesn’t have to limit your activities or keep you from wearing the latest, most fashionable sunglasses this season. Feinerman Vision Center offers one of the more popular corrective procedures, which is laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis, also known as LASIK eye surgery. The procedure is quick, and should not take more than 30 minutes. The laser used for the surgery is a narrowly focused beam of light that can be accurately pulsed onto the surface of the eye to vaporize small amounts of tissue. Feinerman Vision Center has the latest equipment in laser technology called an excimer laser from Technolas Perfect Vision. Excimer lasers use a mixture of gases that are excited through the use of electricity. This is a type of cool laser, meaning it does not generate heat. It is also very precise—critical to minimizing residual damage in surgery.

The excimer laser is also very safe, and its targets do not absorb radiation that comes from the particles used to create the laser. Patients are usually awake and placed under a local anesthetic during the short procedure. Once the cornea, or surface of the eye, is replaced after surgery, it begins to heal almost immediately. Many common vision problems can be corrected with LASIK, such as: myopia (or nearsightedness); hyperopia (farsightedness); and a condition called astigmatism that occurs when the shape of the lens is oblong instead of round. Standard eyeglasses can limit your range of activities and scope of vision, while contacts require daily care and extra expenses such as yearly exams, solution, and eyedrops. LASIK surgery provides you with a greater scope of vision without the inconveniences of daily cleaning routines. You can be sure your vision is at its optimum by having one of the best doctors help you achieve your potential. Doctor Feinerman is the first ophthalmologist in Southern California to receive a certificate of excellence from Technolas Perfect Vision for advanced control eye tracking.

According to Eye Doc News Ophthalmology online, advanced control eye tracking is an FDA-approved technology for LASIK eye surgery that allows lasers to compensate for any eye movement during a procedure. This technology maximizes the laser’s efficiency, while minimizing any discomfort to the patient. So why not try a hassle free alternative that doesn’t require a daily cleaning routine and gives you a larger scope of vision? Enjoy the benefits of LASIK surgery today so you can fully focus on the most important things in life.

Meet Linda Huang M.D.

July 2nd, 2011

Doctor Linda Huang is Feinerman Vision Center’s latest team member and is a board certified retina specialist. She is an expert in diseases of the retina, which is the light-sensitive back portion of the eye. This specialization has particular emphasis on macular degeneration, an eye condition that can affect central vision or damage light-sensing cells in the eye. Another emphasis of her retinal specialty is diabetic eye care.

Although born in New York, Dr. Huang earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Science at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. She later returned to New York to attain her medical degree at the New York University School of Medicine. She also participated in an internship in internal medicine at Saint Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital in New York as well as completed her residency in ophthalmology at New York University Medical Center/ Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital. Doctor Huang was also involved in a fellowship in medical retinal disease at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Doctor Huang has been at the forefront of medical technology involving the treatment of retinal disease. She was one of the first full-time retina physicians in Highlands County to use injections to treat macular degeneration. She was also involved in the first trial of a non-laser treatment for age-related macular degeneration called Macugen. She has experience with Photo-Dynamic Therapy, which is cold laser therapy for age-related macular degeneration. She also has extensive experience with non-laser treatments for age-related macular degeneration such as: Macugen, Avastin, and Lucentis. She is involved with the Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Project, and is a recipient of the Bausch & Lomb Young Investigator’s Travel Award. Doctor Huang is passionate about her profession and routinely presents unique cases regarding retinal imaging at various scientific gatherings.

Doctor Huang is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the American Medical Association, and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. She is involved in various research and development projects for drug development and pharmaceutical research and participated in the Diabetic Retinopathy study for the United States Air Force. Please join Feinerman Vision Center in welcoming their latest, outstanding team member!

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July 1st, 2011

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