July, 2017

Glaucoma and Treatment Options

Monday, July 24th, 2017

More than 4 million Americans are affected by glaucoma, an eye disease that gradually leads to loss of vision. There are no major symptoms to warn you of the increase in eye pressure caused by the eye’s drainage canals becoming clogged over time. Since there are few warning signs before damage occurs, it is important to see your eye doctor for regular eye examinations. Once glaucoma is diagnosed there are several treatments to help prevent further damage and vision loss.

Who is at risk for Glaucoma?

There are several factors that affect your risk of having glaucoma including, age (over 60), immediate family members with a history of glaucoma, some ethnicities (African Americans are 6-8 times more likely to have glaucoma than Caucasian populations) and Asians have a higher risk of angle-closure glaucoma, eye injuries and high myopia.

How is Glaucoma treated?

There is no cure for glaucoma and vision loss cannot be regained. However, medications and surgical procedures can help prevent further progression of the disease.  When eye drops alone are no longer effective in reducing the pressure in the eye, laser or surgical procedures may be used. Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty or SLT and Argon Laser Trabeculoplasty (ALT) are in-office laser procedures that help improve the drainage system in the eye. A more invasive surgical filtering procedure called Trabeculectomy is performed when medications and laser are not sufficient to control eye pressure.

How does Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS) treat Glaucoma?

MIGS is a procedure added to cataract surgery to lower the pressure in the eye due to glaucoma.  A miniature stent device, only 1mm long, is placed in the primary blockage site to allow fluid to flow through the natural pathway and lower eye pressure. Patients with mild to moderate glaucoma, currently using 1 – 3 drops to control glaucoma, can potentially reduce or eliminate drops following the MIGS procedure.

“Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the world, behind only cataracts,” says Dr. Julie Chung, a Glaucoma Specialist at Advanced Vision Care. “We are pleased to give patients access to technologies that can help treat this disease.”

Advanced Vision Care Honored as a Top Practice by CRST

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

We are pleased to announce that Advanced Vision Care has been honored as one of the Top Practices by CRST. Since 1977, Advanced Vision Care has been dedicated to providing high quality eye health care in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Samuel Masket, clinical professor of ophthalmology at Jules Stein Eye Institute of UCLA and a founding partner of Advanced Vision Care, discusses its origination and what their hopes and dreams were for the practice from day one.

Now with a team of five doctors, Advanced Vision Care offers an array of services covering cataracts, glaucoma, corneal disease, dry eye, retinal disorders, and ocular injuries. Read the full practice profile on Advanced Vision care here.

 

Dr. Shamie to be Featured in Restasis Commercials

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

 

If you’re watching TV tonight, you may see a familiar face. We are honored to announce that Dr. Neda Shamie will be the spokesperson in upcoming Restasis® television commercials.

As someone who previously suffered from dry eye symptoms , Dr. Shamie has been a Restasis user for the past five years. Dr. Shamie believes strongly in using the drops to treat and prevent worsening of the largely ignored problem of dry eyes. During her fellowship training, Dr. Shamie’s center played a pivotal role in evaluating the efficacy and utility of Restasis in treating chronic dry eyes due to lack of tear production and inflammation. As such, Dr. Shamie’s knowledge base in treating dry eyes and her passion for understanding and finding dry eye treatment options has flourished over the past decade.

Through the years, Dr. Shamie’s expertise and knowledge has enabled her to offer great relief to thousands of dry eye patients.

“RESTASIS®, is the prescription medication that is FDA-approved to help increase your eyes’ natural ability to produce tears, which may be reduced by inflammation due to Chronic Dry Eye disease It has truly been a centerpiece in my treatment protocols for my dry eye sufferers.” shared Dr. Shamie.

Through her work with Allergan and Restasis, Dr. Shamie hopes to increase awareness about dry eyes and spread the word nationally about this treatment option.

 

Fireworks Safety Tips

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

Fireworks are a visual treat for the eyes, but without proper safety precautions, they can also cause severe damage to your vision.

Thousands of people are admitted to the emergency room each year with firework-related eye injuries, many of them children. In severe cases, fireworks can rupture the globe of the eye, cause chemical and thermal burns, corneal abrasions and retinal detachment that can result in permanent vision impairment or loss.

Here are five ways to help you and your family stay safe this Fourth of July:

1. Attend a public fireworks display. Why not take the night off? Public fireworks displays allow you to enjoy professional-level pyrotechnics while maintaining a safe distance. Just make sure you adhere to the event’s safety guidelines and keep at least 500 feet from the display.
2. Wear protective eyewear. If you do decide to shoot off your own fireworks, provide protective eyewear for bystanders—and especially the person lighting the fireworks—to prevent sparks or stray debris from hitting the eye.
3. Don’t touch unexploded fireworks. No one likes a dud, but resist the urge to investigate an unexploded firework and instead contact your local fire or police department for assistance.
4. Keep the children away. They may look like toys, but young children should never play with fireworks of any kind. Even fireworks advertised as kid-friendly, such as sparklers, should not be held by children under the age of 5.
5. If you are injured, keep your hands off. If you do sustain an injury from a firework, seek medical attention immediately and do not rub, rinse or apply pressure to your eyes. Do not try to remove the debris or apply ointments or medications.

The Fourth of July is a time for celebration. With these safety precautions in mind, you can help ensure that you and your family can enjoy the spectacle for years to come.

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