Eye Care & Surgery Center NJ Bladeless LASIK Laser Cataract Surgeon Blog

Eye Care & Surgery Center NJ Bladeless LASIK Laser Cataract Surgeon Blog

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Laser Toy Eye Injury in Children

Inexpensive and extremely powerful lasers that are incorporated in toys are now available for purchase on the Internet. Laser pointers used for presentations or as toys typically have outputs of 5 milliwatts (mW) or less, usually in the red wavelength. These lasers are generally harmless to the human eye in short exposures. Ophthalmic lasers for treating diabetic retinopathy typically have a power output of 50 to 100 mW and come in a variety of wavelengths, depending on the clinical application. If misused, the lasers are capable of causing severe eye damage. Such lasers are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not available for public use. However, foreign companies sell lasers over the Internet that have outputs of up to 200 mW or more in dangerous green wavelengths.

These lasers can cause eye injuries plus confusion for eye doctors. Children who suffer eye damage from lasers may be misdiagnosed with genetic eye disorders and undergo expensive and unnecessary testing. It’s never advisable for children to play with lasers, but it’s especially worrisome that these devices are becoming more dangerous. The increased accessibility and stronger power of these devices most likely explains the sizable number of cases of eye damage in children being reported over the past two years.

If you or someone you know needs information or help with a laser toy eye injury in children please call The Eye Care & Surgery Center at 908-789-8999, visit The Eye Care & Surgery Center, Google+ or facebook.com/eyecareandsurgerycenter to schedule an appointment.

The Eye Care & Surgery Center is located at 592 Springfield Avenue, Westfield, New Jersey 07090, 10 Mountain Boulevard, Warren, New Jersey 07059 and 517 Route One South, Suite 1100, Iselin, New Jersey 08830, and is conveniently located for patients from throughout central and northern New Jersey.

Monday, December 4, 2017

LASIK Story from Sandy

It felt like my friends were one by one, getting rid of their contact lenses. When I had enough and got up the courage to find out if I was a candidate, I asked them each where they had it done. These friends did not know each other, or some of them didn’t, they ALL said Dr. Confino. WOW. I knew that was the doctor I wanted. I went for my examination, was there for several hours. They checked everything about my eyes, as explained to me, so there would be no surprises. I explained that when I wake up at night I can’t even see my clock and trying to make my way around the house if my glassed fall off the nightstand is downright dangerous. When I was down with my consultation, I was told the best news, I could have LASIK done by Dr. Confino. I booked my treatment on the spot. I was so scared but Jerette and the staff calmed my nerves and assured me. The night of my surgery I was given a Xanax to calm my nerves. Jerette stayed with me and prepared me for treatment then I went in. It seemed like a few minutes and I was done, no pain, no discomfort. I left wearing some goggles I needed to keep on until the morning then drove myself back to Dr. Confino’s office the next morning to be checked. I was 20/20. To go from what I was to that seemed nothing short of a miracle. Now I am the one sending all my other friends and family to Dr. Confino!” Sandy C

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about Bladeless LASIK or Schedule a Free LASIK Consultation please call The Eye Care & Surgery Center at 908-789-8999, visit The Eye Care & Surgery Center, Google+ or facebook.com/eyecareandsurgerycenter to schedule an appointment.

The Eye Care & Surgery Center is located at 592 Springfield Avenue, Westfield, New Jersey 07090, 10 Mountain Boulevard, Warren, New Jersey 07059 and 517 Route One South, Suite 1100, Iselin, New Jersey 08830, and is conveniently located for patients from throughout central and northern New Jersey.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

What Do You See During Cataract Surgery?


We always like to take the time to carefully explain all of the things patients having cataract surgery and lens implants might experience during their visit to the surgery center and even during their cataract surgery procedure. In this way we are hopefully helping them relax and have an easy and comfortable experience as we correct their vision. For just about all of our patients having cataract surgery, they are awake and quite aware of what is going on in the operating room. Every once in a while a patient will be curious about what they will actually see during the cataract procedure since they are awake. As this can really vary greatly from patient to patient we were please to find the results of a study that can give patients some guidance of what they might experience.

Results
Patients having cataract surgery were asked to describe the quality of the visual experience as, pleasant, neutral or unpleasant. The group of 200 patients interviewed in the study included an almost even mix of men and woman around the age of 70 years old and as is to be expected, were a bit anxious before the surgery and were given an oral tablet to help them relax. They all reported seeing some gradation of colors including in descending order blue, red, pink, yellow, green, purple, turquoise, and orange with the most common color combination being red-blue light which was most likely from the operating microscope. Most-61% of the light and color experiences during surgery were reported to be pleasant, 38% were neutral and 1% found them unpleasant. Overall the experience of light and colors seen during cataract surgery is mildly pleasant and in fact should reassure patients that the visual experience is actually somewhat calming and relaxing during cataract surgery.

If you or some you know is concerned about having a cataract or needing cataract surgery and lens implants and worried about what they will see please call The Eye Care & Surgery Center at 908-789-8999, visit The Eye Care & Surgery Center, Google+ or facebook.com/eyecareandsurgerycenter to schedule an appointment.

The Eye Care & Surgery Center is located at 592 Springfield Avenue, Westfield, New Jersey 07090, 10 Mountain Boulevard, Warren, New Jersey 07059 and 517 Route One South, Suite 1100, Iselin, New Jersey 08830, and is conveniently located for patients from throughout central and northern New Jersey.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Welcome Alexandra Braunstein, M.D.!



Please join all of us at The Eye Care & Surgery Center in welcoming Dr. Alexandra Braunstein to our practice. Dr. Braunstein is a Reconstructive & Cosmetic Eye Plastic Surgeon and will serve patients requiring eyelid and orbital reconstruction after trauma, eyelid skin cancer or ocular tumor surgery, minimally invasive endoscopic tear duct surgery and repair of eyelids that unnaturally turn inward or outward. She has a special interest in helping patients interested in blepharoplasty “eyelifts” or cosmetic eyelid surgery for baggy, puffy eyelids and brow and forehead surgery to lift troublesome areas.

At The Eye Care & Surgery Center in Westfield, Dr. Braunstein will provide in office, “no downtime” procedures for facial rejuvenation for men and women using non surgical treatments & injections to minimize or eliminate the effects of aging. These include treatment for eyelid bags, creases, folds, fine lines and wrinkles. Her approach for women is to restore their natural, refreshed, youthful appearance by gently tightening, volumizing and lifting the delicate eye, facial features and chin. For men, Dr. Braunstein strives to maintain an energetic, masculine but softened ruggedness. Depending on your areas of concern this may require BOTOX® injections alone or in combination with gel fillers and tightening injections such as JuvĂ©derm, Restylane®, Radiesse® or Kybella® to create the desired result.

About Alexandra Braunstein, M.D.
Dr. Braunstein is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Columbia University Harkness Eye Institute-New York Presbyterian Hospital where she is actively involved in teaching eye surgeons procedures and techniques for patient care in the areas of reconstructive eye plastic surgery. She earned her Medical Degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine and then completed a Residency in Ophthalmology at Columbia University Harkness Eye Institute-New York Presbyterian Hospital followed by a Fellowship in Orbital, Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Braunstein is trained as both an eye surgeon and cosmetic and reconstructive ophthalmic plastic surgeon.

Dr. Braunstein is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO), is a member and Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and a member of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS). 

To learn more about facial rejuvenation or cosmetic eyelid surgery or to meet or schedule an appointment with Dr. Braunstein please call The Eye Care & Surgery Center at 908-798-8999.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Dry Eye during Breast Cancer Treatment


Did you know that certain types of breast cancer treatment medications can cause dry eye symptoms? The class of medications called “aromatase inhibitors” (AIs) has been studied and found to cause dry eyes. Fortunately, we also know that this is a newly emerging, and easily treated side effect of AIs. But we need to know that you are taking one of the AIs in order to offer help for your dry eyes. Some of the medications in this class include Arimidex, Aromasin and Femara-although there are many others. Researchers used a validated questionnaire to assess the presence of Dry Eye Syndrome (DES). They found that DES is significantly more prevalent in women on AIs compared with controls. They recommend routine screening of patients on AIs with the Ocular Surface disease Index (OSDI) questionnaire with the aim of improving patient quality of life and possibly adherence.

If you or someone you know is being treated for breast cancer with aromatase inhibitors (AIs) and suffers from dry eyes, grittiness or is generally experiencing eye problems of fatigue or dryness please call The Eye Care & Surgery Center at 908-789-8999, visit The Eye Care & Surgery Center, Google+ or facebook.com/eyecareandsurgerycenter to schedule an appointment. 

The Eye Care & Surgery Center is located at 592 Springfield Avenue, Westfield, New Jersey 07090, 10 Mountain Boulevard, Warren, New Jersey 07059 and 517 Route One South, Suite 1100, Iselin, New Jersey 08830, and is conveniently located for patients from throughout central and northern New Jersey.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Shopping for Health Insurance & Deductibles

Obamacare was supposed to help patients become better healthcare consumers by allowing them to shop for high deductible health plans at lower cost. High deductible health plans are sold as a way for consumers to take greater control over managing their medical costs, but new research shows people on those plans are no better at price shopping for health care professionals or services than people on traditional insurance. The study surveyed more than 1,000 “high deductible" health insurance enrollees of which 71% believe out of pocket costs were important to consider when choosing a doctor. They compared this to 852 enrollees traditional of “low deductible” plans and they had the exact same perspective. The researchers also found that during their last use of medical care, the “high deductible” plan enrollees were no more likely than traditional plan enrollees to consider going to another professional for care or to compare out of pocket costs across health care professionals. They concluded that “having more skin in the game” makes no difference on how consumers shop for health care and insurance.

If you need help understanding your health insurance as it relates to any aspect of eye care service we provide please do not hesitate to ask us by calling The Eye Care & Surgery Center at 908-789-8999, visit The Eye Care & Surgery Center, Google+ or facebook.com/eyecareandsurgerycenter to schedule an appointment. 

The Eye Care & Surgery Center is located at 592 Springfield Avenue, Westfield, New Jersey 07090, 10 Mountain Boulevard, Warren, New Jersey 07059 and 517 Route One South, Suite 1100, Iselin, New Jersey 08830, and is conveniently located for patients from throughout central and northern New Jersey.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Nutrition & Prevention of Eye Problems


Age Related Macular Degeneration, Dry Eye Syndrome and Cataracts are very common senior eye problems. While we rarely think about nutrition problems in the U.S., there is global information that tells us what CAN happen if we allow people to develop nutritional deficiencies and thus what types of supplements and vitamins might be helpful in preventing these eye problems According to research presented in the Journal of Clinical Dermatology on the role of vitamins, essential fatty acids and antioxidants in age-related macular degeneration, dry eye syndrome and cataract, there is useful information and it helps us advise our patients on a daily basis. When we look around the world, we find that visual impairment is a global epidemic. In developing countries, nutritional deficiency and cataracts continue to be the leading cause of blindness, whereas age related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts are the leading causes in developed nations. The World Health Organization has instituted VISION 2020: "The Right to Sight" as a global mission to put an end to worldwide blindness. In industrialized societies, patients, physicians, researchers, nutritionists, and biochemists have been looking toward vitamins and nutrients to prevent AMD, cataracts, and dry eye syndrome (DES).

We know that nutrients from the AREDS2 -lutein, zeaxanthin, vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, copper, EPA and DHA as set forth by the National Institutes of Health remain the most proven nutritional therapy for reducing the rate of advanced AMD. We also know that Omega-3 fatty acids, especially DHA, have been found to improve dry eye syndrome in randomized clinical trials. Finally we know that there continue to be conflicting results with regard to multivitamin supplementation on the prevention of cataract. 

When you visit us for your regular eye exam, we may very well ask you about your nutrition and what vitamins and supplements you already take. If you are in a risk group for AMD or have complaints about dry eye symptoms we may also recommend supplements or vitamins to help you. Please call The Eye Care & Surgery Center at 908-789-8999, visit The Eye Care & Surgery Center, Google+ or facebook.com/eyecareandsurgerycenter to schedule an appointment. 

The Eye Care & Surgery Center is located at 592 Springfield Avenue, Westfield, New Jersey 07090, 10 Mountain Boulevard, Warren, New Jersey 07059 and 517 Route One South, Suite 1100, Iselin, New Jersey 08830, and is conveniently located for patients from throughout central and northern New Jersey.