May, 2017

What is Corneal Cross-Linking?

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Cross-linking is a procedure where UV light and riboflavin applied to the corneal surface strengthen collagen within the cornea. This helps to stabilize ectasia, a bulging of the eye’s surface, caused from progressive Keratoconus, other corneal disease or in rare complications of LASIK surgery.

What you need to know about corneal cross-linking?

Corneal cross-linking is a minimally invasive, in-office treatment for ectasia. In April of 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the corneal cross-linking as a means of treating patients with Keratoconus and ectasia.

Keratoconus is a progressive thinning and distortion of the cornea, that is vision threatening. It is the most common corneal dystrophy in the US, affecting approximately 170,000 people. Keratoconus changes the corneal curvature, resulting in blurred vision that is difficult to correct with spectacle lenses. This progressive thinning and weakening can result in significant visual loss and may lead to corneal transplants.

How does corneal cross-linking work?

In this procedure, the doctor applies a liquid form of vitamin B2 on the cornea and exposes it to ultraviolet light to strengthen the bonds of the cornea. This minimally invasive procedure works to shorten and thicken the collagen fibers, which stabilizes the thinning of the cornea and improves vision. The procedure does not require any surgical incisions, and corneal cross-linking may produce long-term and permanent results.

Corneal cross-linking:

  • makes new corneal collagen cross-links
  • shortens and thickens collagen fibrils
  • stiffens the cornea

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At Advanced Vision Care, our doctors will complete an examination to determine whether you are a candidate for this procedure. With corneal cross-linking, we aim to restore and strengthen the vision of our patients who struggle with ectasia. We are committed to giving you individualized care that provides you with the clearest vision possible.


Dr. Neda Shamie Receives Honor of Presenting at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive (ASCRS) Annual Meeting

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Dr. Neda Shamie of Advanced Vision Care received the honor of presenting at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive (ASCRS) Annual Meeting last weekend. Dr. Shamie spoke on how the technology can help ophthalmology practices grow clinically, functionally, and financially.

She presented specifically on the Modernizing Medicine's ophthalmology suite and her experience with the electronic health record software. She discussed how the software allows for greater efficiency for the doctors and staff at Advanced Vision Care.

To read more about Dr. Shamie’s presentation, visit

Advanced Vision Care Surgeons Are Featured Speakers at International Conference on The Art and Science of Ophthalmology

Sunday, May 14th, 2017

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Los Angeles, CA – Doctors Samuel Masket, Nicole Fram and Neda Shamie of Advanced Vision Care, will present topics ranging from premium and complex cataract surgery techniques, advanced lens implant technology, artificial iris prosthesis, corneal crosslinking and innovative corneal transplant techniques at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) Conference from May 5-8 th in Los Angeles.

The practice has been at the forefront of leading edge technology and clinical trials to advance visual outcomes for patients confronted with eye disease and poor vision.

Dr. Samuel Masket is the founding partner of Advanced Vision Care in Century City, Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology, Stein Eye Institute, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA, past-president of ASCRS and co- founder of the Samuel and Barbara Masket Foundation, a non-profit charitable trust to benefit patients in need of vision correcting surgery that they cannot otherwise afford. Dr. Masket is also credited for his pioneering work with the femtosecond laser in 2004 that helped lead to a revolutionary new method for cataract surgery. He will be presenting multiple courses and papers on complex cataract surgery, management of malpositioned IOLs and surgical solutions for Negative Dysphotopsia during the conference, as well as being the featured speaker of the named Richard L. Lindstrom, MD Lecture.

Dr. Nicole Fram is the managing partner at Advanced Vision Care in Century City, a Clinical Instructor of Ophthalmology, at the Stein Eye Institute, UCLA and has expertise in premium cataract surgery, anterior segment reconstruction, laser refractive surgery and cornea and external disease. She will be presenting at Cornea Day on implementing the newly FDA approved technique of Corneal Crosslinking into clinical practice. Corneal Crosslinking is indicated for progressive keratoconus or post-laser vision correction ectasia. This procedure can potentially prevent severe vision loss and eventual need for corneal transplantation in early identified and treated patients. In addition, she will be teaching several courses on subjects ranging from complex cataract surgery, management of malpositioned IOLs, astigmatism management, intraoperative aberrometry and innovative corneal transplantation techniques such as Descemet’s membrane Epithelial Keratoplasty (DMEK).

Dr. Neda Shamie has expertise in cornea and external disease, premium cataract surgery, anterior segment reconstruction and laser refractive surgery. She will be presenting at Cornea Day on endothelial keratoplasty and how to choose between DMEK and DSEK in complex cases. She will also be teaching several courses on topics such as optimizing results with laser cataract surgery, surgical correction of malpositioned IOLs in the setting of corneal disease, management of corneal astigmatism with cataract surgery, and diagnosis and treatment of dry eyes. She is recognized as a national and international expert in advanced corneal transplantation and a highly regarded educator of advanced surgical techniques. As such, she will be the lead instructor in a series of courses on the topic or corneal transplantation, including wet lab demonstrations on laser enabled Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty (DALK), Descemet’s Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSEK) and DMEK.

The ASCRS organization shares knowledge and skills with ophthalmic surgeons by providing clinical and practice management education and by working with patients, government, and the medical community to promote the delivery and advancement of high-quality eye care. Advanced Vision Care in Los Angeles, CA recognizes the benefits of sharing their surgeons’ experience with national and international colleagues to promote knowledge and treatments to correct vision disorders.

About Advanced Vision Care

Advanced Vision Care in Los Angeles, CA is dedicated to providing state-of- the-art, individually based, high quality, eye health care. Drs. Samuel Masket, Nicole Fram, Neda Shamie and Juliet Chung are board-certified skilled ophthalmologists that provide a variety of services to help patients attain the clearest vision possible. Their services cover a range of eye problems including cataracts, glaucoma, corneal disease and dry eye, retinal disorders, and ocular injuries. They have the common goal of ascertaining the most appropriate care for any given patient, explaining the purpose of the treatment, and in initiating said therapy in a courteous and compassionate manner irrespective of age, gender, nationality, race, or payment program. For more information on how to contribute to the Samuel and Barbara Masket Foundation, please visit the website by clicking here

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