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Stem Cells/Cell Therapy in Ophthalmology Tables Updated


  1. Ankit J: Hello, I am suffering from retinitis pigmentosa, few days...
  2. ari: please refer to the stem cell section of this website
  3. ari: please check out the stem cell section in this website...

New Technology Pioneered by Dr. Sheila Nirenberg May Restore Vision By Bypassing Damaged Photoreceptors


  1. david anderson: Might be a bit late. Advanced Cell Technology has been...

RetroSense Using Optogenetics to Treat Retinitis Pigmentosa and Dry AMD


  1. Paula Baron: I have very large opacities floating around in my line...
  2. ari: a few surgeons do yag laser of the opacities, but...
  3. Andre Gallo: Paula: Having suffered with not just a few floaters but with...
  4. Irv Arons: Paula, If you would like to read more about the use...

Probing to Treat Meibomian Gland Dysfunction


  1. Dr. Ari Weitzner: There's an excellent article - a bit dated but comprehensive...
  2. ari: To respond further, mgd is a chronic disease that takes...

Can Ellex’s 2RT Nanosecond Laser Halt the Progression of Macular Degeneration?


  1. Irv Arons: The ELLEX 2RT Retinal Regeneration Laser March 23, 2009 By: Irv Arons,...
  2. arlen: I get injections of Lucentis. every 6 week's, this is...
  3. ari: this laser is experimental and has not been shown to...

Who is Treating Wet AMD With Oraya Therapeutics’ IRay® Radiotherapy System?


  1. Jim Taylor: Additional locations will be added within the UK in the...

Floxin Eye Drops or Doxcycline Oral Antibiotics for Pink Eye?


  1. Dr. Derek MacDonald: In adults, the majority of eye infections are viral; antibiotic...
  2. ari: all pinkeye, by definition, goes away sooner or later, regardless...

Can a Niacin Flush Affect Eye Color?


  1. ari: nope

Is It Better to Have Cataract Surgery on Both Eyes or One Eye?


  1. Sam Jones: Call me crazy, but isn't this a bit obvious? Of...
  2. ari: yep. its obvious. but medicare and other insurance plans...

Fundus Exam With an iPhone (With iExaminer From Welch Allyn)


  1. tmpacc: If you're interested in more technical view of eye fundus...

List of Clinical Trials Evaluating Use of Stem Cells to Treat Eye Diseases


  1. Irv Arons: Thanks Arie and Josh, I think the table will help...
  2. Irv Arons: Actually there is one update -- I recently learned that...
  3. Irv Arons: A further update: ACT announced today that it had treated...
  4. Irv Arons: The latest versions of my three tables on stem cells/cell...
  5. kurtulus kaya: I have stargardt disease. Thank you for everything.
  6. James DuVall: What is the latest Re: Stem Cell Research & use...
  7. ari: all the stem cell info is on the website- feel...
  8. Todd Greeneway: Dr. Weitzner-My 82 year-old father has had NAION for about...
  9. Todd Greeneway: I was wondering if Dr. Weitzner ever responded to my...
  10. ari: please see the stem cell section and irv aron's posting-...

Do Vitamins Help Reduce the Risk of AMD?


  1. Hillary Pilar: Wow--this is such a breakthrough! I hope more research comes...

Polytrim for 16-Month-Old With Pink Eye?


  1. ari: perfectly good drug.

Diagnosed With Diabetic Retinopathy? Join Our Online Support Group


  1. Keith Petersen: Hello..........is anybody out there? I am a 57 y/o male...

Where In God’s Name Should We Perform the Iridectomy?!


  1. David Richardson, MD: I was taught the same but switched to nasal/termporal PIs...
  2. ari: im with you, sir, counter-intuitive as it seems.
  3. Nick: Which article was this? Do you have the link?
  4. ari: i apologize but cant recall exactly where the article is....

Blurry Vision With AcrySof IQ Toric IOL


  1. ari: if its blurred due to the occlusion, the problem is...

Topical Anesthesia vs. Peribulbar or Retrobulbar Blocks in Cataract Surgery


  1. Isaac Porter, MD: I perform topical cataract surgery with intracameral lidocaine. I agree...
  2. ari: yeah- diplopia is a very small risk. ive seen it...

VisionCare Telescope Implant For End Stage Macular Degeneration Now Available Nationwide With New CPT Code


  1. vision care: Thank you very much for sharing the very informative blog...

Do You Suffer from Glaucoma? Join Our New Online Support Group…


  1. Patti: I am searching for people who have had adverse reactions...
  2. ari: the drops do not cause alzheimers or any brain disorder....

ACT Secures Approval to Proceed with Increased RPE Dosage for Patients in Clinical Trial for Dry AMD


  1. Irv Arons: And, the first patient was treated with the higher dose...

Second Patient With Stargardt’s Macular Dystrophy Treated With Stem Cells in Advanced Cell Technology Trial


  1. Dwayne: ummm... SMD = Stargardt’s macular dystrophy. It's macular, not...
  2. Dr. Ari Weitzner: Good catch!
  3. Caio Ribas: Hello good day! My father has Stargardt's disease I was wondering...

Is There a Treatment for Lattice Degeneration?


  1. ari: lattice is very common- about 10% of population. risk of...

Eye Drop to Treat Wet Macular Degeneration Granted Fast Track Designation by FDA


  1. Delores: I just can't believe if their are no side affects...
  2. ari: you have to understand that it takes months-years to get...

Botox For Filamentary Keratitis


  1. Botox: Really is sort of a miracle drug. One thing i...
  2. Dr. Ari Weitzner: im pretty sure first medical use was strabismus

Blindness After Stem Cell Treatment in China


  1. MIchael: Actually if you read the article, the stem cells did...
  2. Dr. Ari Weitzner: true. i guess my point is that the treatments are...

ACT Adds Third Clinical Trial Site for Testing Treatment of Dry Macular Degeneration With Embryonic Stem Cells


  1. bob: if testing becomes availible in illinois i'll volunteer.i already went...
  2. Irv Arons: Bob, I'm not aware of any clinical trials planned for...

LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation System Effectively Treats Meibomian Gland Dysfunction


  1. is there a dr that does this in the cleveland ohio area?: I have had this problem with my eyes for 6...

Silicone Oil or Gas Tamponade to Treat Macular Hole?


  1. ari: hopefully dr. wong can chime in here- i have no...

What Are Risks of Cataract Surgery After Corneal Transplants?


  1. ari: transplant has no bearing on the surgery. getting the correct...
  2. Vivian: I had a cornea transplant, 2 years ago, later...
  3. ari: vision should be normal no more than 1 month...

PKP, DSEK or DMEK for Fuch’s Dystrophy?


  1. ari: the expected graft survival could be like 10 years or...

Gene Therapy Curing X-Linked Retinitis Pigmentosa in Dogs Paves the Way for Similar Treatment in Humans


  1. michael pressley: This is great news for those of us with the...
  2. Johan: This is fantastic news for people with RP as a...

Can Playing Violent Video Games Improve Vision?


  1. ari: in the wall street journal today, there is a long...

Will Macular Degeneration Eventually Be Treated With Eye Drops?


  1. Bob Batters: Without an injection, how will the eyedrop reach the retina?

Visudyne Therapy or Lucentis for Central Serous Retinopathy?


  1. ari: i dont think there is any greater risk with lucentis. i...

Potential Major Breakthrough in Treatment of Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration


  1. ari: if this is a device which is secreting drug over...
  2. Irv Arons: Ari, It is not a device, but a gene therapy biologic....
  3. ari: wow. impressive. thanks for the clarification.
  4. David Richardson, MD: I hate to be a cynic here with such potentially...
  5. Irv Arons: Dr. Richardson, You may be right about the price --...
  6. Irv Arons: I heard back from the company and they will consider...

KeraSoft IC Lenses for Keratoconus Patient in Pennsylvania


  1. Nick: Have you tried scleral lenses or a hybrid (part hard...
  2. Dr Mark Philips: Don't get your hopes up too much as there is...
  3. Sean: Northeastern Eye Institute (in Scranton) offers the Kerasoft lenses

Options for Patient With Damaged Corneas From Radial Keratotomy in 1982


  1. ari: a corneal transplant may very well help you, but your...

Atropine 0.01% Effective To Slow Down Myopia


  1. Rafael Iribarren: I was also gladly surprised by the paper showing that...

Do Ophthalmologists Suffer From Neck and Back Pain More Than Other Doctors?


  1. Dr Mark Cherny: I agree wholeheartedly. Ergonomics are is the greatest omission from...

Corneas Clear Up After Endothelium Removed!


  1. fusena habib: I cannot believe this great news. corneal endothelium regeneration? wow. i...
  2. ari: damage from an ulcer usually needs more than healthy endothelium,...

From the Lab- Improved Corneal Sensitivity Using Pigment Epithelial-Derived Factor


  1. VOC: Very detailed but very interesting article, thank you!
  2. Dan Popa: Dear Dr. Ari Weitzner.. My comment is not related to this...
  3. Dr. Ari Weitzner: gee thanks! i am humbled and flattered! i will give...

A Complete List of Current Ophthalmic Stem Cell Trials


  1. Hendrik Prins: The news on stem cell clinical trials is very encouraging....
  2. Irv Arons: Hendrik, Be aware that the Chinese Government is cracking down on...
  3. Dr. Ari Weitzner: Here's an article from Reuters indicating that China's version of...
  4. Patty: ...wondering if there are any stem cell research trials here...
  5. ari: please refer to irv aron's piece on stem cell research
  6. Julie: My mom has retinitis pigmentosa is blind. I am...
  7. Cristina: My mother also has Retinitis Pigmentosa complicated with macular edema....
  8. Irv Arons: Cristina, I also read your comment on my blog and...

Bausch + Lomb Launches KeraSoft® IC Contact Lenses for Keratoconus and Other Irregular Corneas


  1. Craig Eccher: Hello, I had CLX last year along with a toric...
  2. ari: not sure. i suggest you ask dr. pamel

Macular Hole: Medication or Vitrectomy?


  1. ari: you are correct- drops do not help holes. they sometimes...

Progress Made in Treating Stargardt’s and Dry AMD Using Embryonic Stem Cells


  1. Helga: Not enough information given to truly understand what is involved...
  2. ari: this is the first "baby steps" of an untested treatment-...
  3. Irv Arons: Anyone interested in learning more about the trials underway --...
  4. Efrain Ramirez-Torres MD: I have a 19-year-old daughter with Stargardt's Disease -- obviously,...
  5. ari: irv- thanks for this info. so many are so desperate,...
  6. Irv Arons: Ari, you're welcome. I agree, the legitimate trials need to...
  7. Irv Arons: Dr. Ramirez-Torres, Send me an email and I'll be happy...
  8. Londiwe: I have a brother who is 22yrs old who is...
  9. Irv Arons: Londiwe, I am not aware of any clinical trials for...
  10. Julie: I am 39 years old and was diagnosed with the...

Patient With Pain After ReLex FLEX Surgery


  1. ari: the cornea is exquisitely sensitive, in some patients more than...

More Research on Aspirin and Macular Degeneration


  1. mike bense: Don't believe a word of it! Another silly study going...
  2. ari: but this is the second one i read that suggested...
  3. Eileen Narwid: I see a definite link between taking aspirin and wet...
  4. ari: the benefits of aspirin (reduced risk of stroke/heart attack) almost...

Trabeculectomy vs. Trabectome


  1. Michael Schaller: Good post. Can you tell me which study are...
  2. ari: january's ophthalmology
  3. Debbie Sparrow: My 4 year old grandson has non-genetic glaucoma, discovered at...
  4. ari: stem cells are taken from the umbilical cord. consult the...

Trabeculectomy Beats Canaloplasty


  1. David Richardson, MD: This study comparing trabeculectomy and canaloplasty is certain to be...
  2. ari: you make a valid point--the P values were not great,...

How Effective is the BrainPort® Vision Device?


  1. Angelique: I would like to know when this device will become...

What Are the Latest Treatments for Retinitis Pigmentosa?


  1. Gregoire Cosendai: Hi, Actually regarding Second Sight, we have market approval in Europe...
  2. Bettie Maddrix: My son, Chad - age 42 and my daughter, Marnie...
  3. John Barron: Bettie My brother is in end stage retinitis pigmentosis. He lives...

Dyslexic Children See Major Reading Improvements With New Tinted Glasses


  1. John Hayes: Using a sledgehammer rather than the more elegant individual approach,...
  2. ari: i am always a skeptic until a randomized, double-blind study...
  3. John Hayes: Ari , I can understand your position about not purchasing...
  4. ari: i am not asking for zero risk- that's unreasonable and...
  5. John Hayes: Ari, Let me guess . You have actually no first...
  6. ari: i fail to understand why you keep harping on the...

Alternatives to Lumigan Eye Drops for Glaucoma?


  1. ari: timoptic can definitely make you lightheaded and tired. try putting...
  2. Derek MacDonald: Agreed - systemic absorption of Timoptic (a beta blocker) can...

Toric Lens Implant for Patient With Cataract and Astigmatism?


  1. ari: if you want to see better in the distance w/o...
  2. Malcolm McKellar: You have options, all with pros and cons. 1. As you...
  3. ari: fyi-- toric restor not available in the u.s. i...

PRK Surgery for 13 Year Old Girl?


  1. Gaurav: Is the power -5.25 (myopia) or +5.25 (hyperopia)? PRK or...
  2. ari: at age 13, no risk of amblyopia, so i see...

Catheter Used to Deliver Stem Cells to Macula to Treat Geographic Atrophy in Dry AMD


  1. Jie Tang: Why was the clinical trial for RP stopped? Thank...

Yeesh! Monocular Trial For Glaucoma Drops Useful After All?


  1. Derek MacDonald: I agree - go figure. Just heard an interesting presentation...

Vascular Abnormalities in Nail Bed Suggestive of Glaucoma


  1. Lynn Klassen: I was diagnosed with closed angle glaucoma in February 2008....
  2. ari: the timolol in the cosopt could very well be making...

Glassesoff App Promises to Eliminate Need for Reading Glasses in Patients With Presbyopia


  1. Snazzy Specs: What a fantastic advancement for presbyopia - though probably not...
  2. ari: i tend to doubt how effective it is. dont sell...

Omega 3 for Anterior Basement Membrane Dystrophy?


  1. ari: they are good for dry eye. your best bet, if you...
  2. Derek MacDonald: Non-surgical alternatives would also include oral doxycycline and/or oral vitamin...
  3. ari weitzner: doxy good for tear film in meibomian gland disease. the...

Descemet’s Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSAEK) or Penetrating Keratoplasty (PKP) for Damaged Cornea?


  1. Jim: Fuchs is a bilateral condition. However, if you had a...
  2. Bob Bellizzi: Fuchs' IS bilateral but doesn't always advance to requiring a...

Subconjunctival Steroid Injection Helpful in Scleritis


  1. Derek MacDonald: Very interesting. Can you provide the reference? Thanks in advance.
  2. ari: it was in this month or last month's ophthalmology. sorry...

Gene Therapy Trial for Retinitis Pigmentosa Based on Usher’s Syndrome To Begin


  1. feedo: I have RP but not usher syndrome ...can this trials...

Do Xalatan or Combigan Cause Wet Macular Degeneration?


  1. ari: absolutely not.

Alternate-night Dosing Schedule Effective With Lumigan


  1. tara: So, might be the results be the same with travatan...
  2. ari: no harm in trying an alternate day schedule and see...

Does Oral Medication (Gilenya) for Multiple Sclerorsis Cause Macular Edema?


  1. Pasadena Optometry: Thanks for this health alert! Real informative post. Best Regards, Monterey Park...

Dr. Masket Describes Fix To Negative Dysphotopsia


  1. c barnes: hi does anyone know of a surgeon who does...
  2. b rascn: I had an AcriSof ReStor multi-focal put in my right...
  3. ari: Time since surgery would make no difference, unless the capsule...
  4. Rozy: Is there a Dr. who does this in Oregon?

Risk Factors In Initial Parafoveal Scotomas in Glaucoma


  1. mike bense: Really. In reality, how often does POAG present to an...
  2. ari: not rare. plenty of patients come to me who have...

How Safe is Stem Cell Therapy?


  1. Anthony: they have tried the stem cells in rats, mice ect,...

Can PresView Scleral Implants be Removed Without Damage to Eyes?


  1. ari: i have no experience with this device. it never gained...

Drugs to Treat Both Leber Congenital Amaurosis and Retinitis Pigmentosa Fast Tracked by FDA


  1. Irv Arons: I have also written an extensive article on the potential...

ForeseeHome AMD Monitor Saves Eye Sight of Patient With Macular Degeneration


  1. Irv Arons: Anyone wishing to learn more about this device and how...

What Are Side Effects of Bromday Eye Drops?


  1. ari: not to worry, but consider switching to a different brand...

Will Your Eye Surgery Center Purchase a Femtosecond Laser for Cataract Surgery?


  1. Dr Mark Cherny: I am fortunate enough to own my own ambulatory centre...
  2. ari: i agree. i recently closed my office and am sub-leasing...

Synchrony Lens for Corneal Transplant Patient?


  1. ari: not sure when it will be approved. if only doing...

What Eye Drops Are Best for Dry Eye Relief?


  1. ari: restasis is a prescription that stimulates your eye to make...
  2. Derek MacDonald: Agreed re: Restasis; six to twelve months to show (and...
  3. ari: if the dry eye is due to meibomian gland dysfunction...
  4. Derek MacDonald: Great tip re: AzaSite - I'm looking forward to seeing...
  5. Telly Hendon: cc4health@yahoo.com Is a free healing info desk. It aims at...

What are the Pros and Cons of a Monofocal vs. Multifocal Lens?


  1. ari: cant show you pre-op what the vision will be like....
  2. Elise Leval: I wish this lady well, and am sure she will...
  3. Derek MacDonald: Multi-focal CLs may have given you a bit of an...
  4. ari: there is no treatment for crao. sorry
  5. Nelson: Dr. Ari Weitzner, Have you had any success implanting the Trulign...
  6. ari: trulign comes in 1.25, 2.00 and 2.75. powers for astigmatism,...
  7. Bethany: I've had very poor vision for most of my life....

Scientists Identify Genetic Cause of Goldman-Favre Syndrome


  1. Vittoria: My daughter was diagnosed with Goldman-Favre Syndrome in 2005. ...

What Are the Treatment Options for Adults With Lazy Eye?


  1. Derek MacDonald: If this 'lazy eye' has developed recently (that is, wasn't...
  2. ari weitzner: lazy eye is not a medical term. if you mean...

Treatment Options for Full Thickness Macular Hole


  1. Herbert L.Smith: I have had 3 surgeries to my left eye to...
  2. ari: im afaraid not, good buddy. hang in there

Why Would a Crystalens Implant Fail?


  1. ari: cataract surgery, and lasik too, will aggravate pre-existing dry eye....
  2. Ron: The tear film is an integral part of the optics...
  3. Paul Krawitz, M.D.: Pre-existing poor tear film quality and quantity can reduce the...

Head Down Position Following Vitrectomy for Macular Hole


  1. ari: maybe! if it were hopeless, i would think the surgeon...

Visual Chromatic Cover Therapy Offers New Treatment Option for Hemianopia (Hemianopsia)


  1. Mary1949: Where can Dr. Sadeghian's new treatment for hemianopia be obtained...
  2. Jill Gunzel: I would like to correspond with Dr. Sadeghian about his...
  3. Nicholas Staszko: I suffer from left side hemianopia bue to TBI. I...
  4. Dr. Ari Weitzner: We are only reporting on Dr. Sadeghian's technique. Please contact...
  5. Nazli Howa: I have homonymous hermianopia as a result of ischemic stroke...
  6. benny qvist: I am 74 years old and I had an minor...
  7. ari: this treatment has not been fully analyzed and tested in...

Treatment Options for Vitreous Hemorrhage


  1. ari: the only other option is to keep waiting for the...

Opinion: Healthcare Economics-Is Dr. Mackool Part Of A Trend?


  1. David Richardson, MD: I will also be opting out of Medicare and all...
  2. ari: i hope to follow in your footsteps in the near...
  3. Braden Talbot: What a refreshing take on healthcare economics. End government medical...

iPhone App Allows Patients to Self-Monitor Progress of Macular Degeneration and Diabetic Retinopathy


  1. Dr Rob Schertzer: This sounds like a good app that makes sense. Unfortunately,...
  2. Elizabeth Anderson: Would like to know how to get into the clinical...
  3. ari: its not a clinical trial. its an app you can...
  4. Nancy Moore: So how do you get this app? I searched for...
  5. Dr. Ari Weitzner: Nancy - hi, here is the URL for their website:...

Cataract Surgery After Corneal Implant and Radial Keratotomy


  1. ari: what kind of corneal implant did you have? do you...

What Are The Treatment Options for NAION?


  1. ari: naion is not treatable. bilateral involvement is not unusual. in...
  2. Dr. Ari Weitzner: Good news - just learned of a resource to locate...
  3. David Ash: Ask your brother-in-law if he has ever taken Cialis. ...

Treatment for Optic Nerve Damage in Child From Steroid-Induced Glaucoma


  1. ari: any vision lost to glaucoma is irreversible. stem cell therapy...
  2. Enda: Hi My nephew under similar circumstances lost his eye sight in...
  3. MAKARIUS: Hi, My son now 4 years lost his eye sight at...
  4. ari: the very young can sometimes improve from nerve damage than...

Is PRK or Other Surgery an Option to Treat a Mild Corneal Scar That Impairs Vision?


  1. ari: using the same prk laser to vaporize only the scar...
  2. Ching Legaspi: I have a corneal scar and it bothers me too. I...
  3. ari: where do you live?
  4. Julia Zel: I also have a similar issue with corneal scarring due...
  5. ari: jules stein in california

Asian Fruit Containing Lutein and Zeaxanthin May Protect from Diabetic Retinopathy


  1. Kathy: I am wondering if you have any information on the...
  2. ari weitzner: if the fuch's progresses to a point where your vision...

Update on Pediatric Vision Scanner That Offers Breakthrough Method of Detecting Any Form of Amblyopia in Small Children


  1. Parent: Since amblyopia may be caused by many other factors other...
  2. ari: i agree with you-i dont quite understand how this device...

LipiFlow Treatment for Meibomian Gland Dysfunction Approved by FDA


  1. Harold Pechakjian: Are there any Doctors in the southern california area who...
  2. ari: i dont know- sorry
  3. john magari: Where can I find a doctor in MIchigan that does...

Treatment Options for 67 YO Patient With History of Detached Retina and Cataracts


  1. ari: your retinal surgeon can give you an opinion whether further...

Treatment Options for 53 Year Old With Cataracts


  1. Dr. Ari Weitzner: you are not a candidate for multifocal due to...

Treatment for Giant Cell Arteritis


  1. ari: steroids are the main treatment. it cannot reverse damage done-only...
  2. Elise Leval: Can anyone put me in touch with bloggers (or just...
  3. ari: i am not familiar with any. please understand that...

New Entity- Prostaglandin-Associated Periorbitopathy


  1. David Richardson, MD: Dr. Weitzner, Would it be possible to set up future posts...
  2. ari: i read it in print- page 51 in volume 9,...
  3. Patricia Thompson: What's the remedy once left with Prostaglandin Associated Periorbitopathy(PAP)? ...
  4. Patricia Thompson: After being on Prostaglandin drops for years in one eye...

Using Mirtogenol to Treat Glaucoma


  1. ari: clinical ophthalmology is not considered a top journal-i never heard...
  2. ari: i just found and read the article. it actually looks...
  3. Rosa: I think this product is worth trying. All natural...
  4. George Goh: Can mirtogenol be used together with lumigan? George Singapore
  5. Bernie: I have Glaucoma on one eye , and had four...
  6. James DuVall: I have open angle Glaucoma; in one eye I use...
  7. ari: i am not familiar with those meds. sorry. they dont...

New Drug Delivery Device May Treat Retinal Damage Caused by Diabetes


  1. Diabetes Care: UCLA researchers demonstrated that an over-the-counter dietary supplement may help...

Evidence Builds for a Role of Omega-3 in Reducing AMD Risk


  1. Rocio: We have to eat more sardines
  2. ari: i prefer herring myself
  3. ari: by the way, an article just came out in archives,...

Toric IOL and Cataract Surgery


  1. ari: your question is relevant regardless of toric or not. toric...
  2. Lorraine: I've had this done over a year ago...very successful. ...
  3. Richard Ulrich: I had the toric lens implant and had the mono...
  4. ari: a regular (or toric) implant only gives you good vision...
  5. Richard Ulrich: Recently I had the toric lens removed and a new...
  6. ari: i dont understand. you had the toric lens removed which...

Toric Lens Options for Astigmatism


  1. ari: 1. you need to repeat corneal topography a few weeks...

Using Stem Cells to Treat Dry AMD and Stargardt’s Macular Dystrophy


  1. Cheri Fults: I have a severe case of dry eye. How...
  2. Irv Arons: Cheri, the trial is for the dry form of age-related...
  3. Irv Arons: In reference to the lead story -- the first two...
  4. Anthony: Hi, I have heredity macular degeneration, I'm a 37 year...
  5. Irv Arons: Anthony, Don't waste your money going to Germany -- most of...

Laser irodotomy for pigmentary glaucoma?


  1. ari: for a long time,it was thought the iridotomy would be...

Treat Meibomian Gland Dysfunction With Maskin Probe?


  1. Cynthia: Dr. Collins at the Center for Eye Care and Optical...
  2. ari: i really have to buy those probes and try it...

Xalatan, Lumigan or Travatan for Glaucoma?


  1. Samarjeet Singh: I want to get an impartial comment on which is...
  2. ari: lumigan has slight edge (about 1 point) over travatan and...

NAVILAS Shown To Be More Effective


  1. Raymond: A bit too expensive for us too, but we'll both...

Herpes Zoster Ophthalmicus Increases Risk of Cancer


  1. Caroline Copper: I had shingles (herpes zoster) around my right eye eight...
  2. Dr. Ari Weitzner: well, it's not meant to be a scare tactic- the...

How Come Patients Don’t Take Their Glaucoma Drops?


  1. David Richardson, MD: In what issue of Archives was this study?
  2. ari: i think it was last month may
  3. David Richardson, MD: I've actually gone a step further. As my experience...
  4. ari: in england, they go much faster even to penetrating surgery....

New Dry Eye Treatments in the Pipeline


  1. Maria: I cannot wait. I hope this works. I have tried...

Are There Other Options to Treat Uveitis Besides Steroids?


  1. Ashish: What is the best available immune-suppressive medicine to be...
  2. Dr. Ari Weitzner: thats out of my league. i am more familiar with...

Infant Visual Health Claims for Omega-3s Approved by European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)


  1. drwatson: The good news is that good quality omega-3 can be...

What’s With Bag-In-The-Lens Implant to Prevent Posterior Capsular Opacification?


  1. Vince Salvador: Our experience with our 6 year old was that she...
  2. ari: ordinarily, the surgeon would do an anterior vitrectomy and capsulectomy...

Can Dark Chocolate Improve Vision?


  1. Dean: And here are four steps to maximize the health benefits...

CATT Study Finds No Difference Between Avastin and Lucentis in Stopping Progression of Wet Macular Degeneration


  1. pedut: How about avastin(bevacizumab) or Lucentis (ranibizumab) more safety for inject...

Should Diamox Be Given Routinely After Cataract Surgery?


  1. Gerardo Garcia,MD: In my formation as an Ophthalmologist, we used to give...
  2. ari: well-done phaco has been shown to be safe on the...

Does SmartPlug Treatment for Dry Eye Pose an Infection Risk?


  1. David Richardson, MD: I wouldn't expect a response (just as they did not...
  2. ari: for years now, i abandoned permanent plugs, as i was...
  3. Gerardo Garcia,MD: Being a drainage, and having a constant epithelium growth is...

Is Stem Cell Therapy for Macular Degeneration Close to Reality?


  1. Dr Ron Allen: The stem cell developed by manipulation from skin cells are...
  2. Martin Epstein: My wife has AMD and her vision is deteriorating. ...
  3. ari: as i have said many times, xcell does not appear...

Laser Iridotomy Ineffective in Pigment Dispersion Syndrome After All


  1. Dr Rob Schertzer: Part of the trouble with iridotomy for pigmentary glaucoma is...
  2. ari weitzner: well said. thanks for your input.

Using a Femtosecond Laser to Adjust the Power of an IOL After Implantation


  1. ari: i would love to use these new toys, but you...
  2. Steven Ma: Makes a greater case for eye surgeons to work &...
  3. ari: i think politics and economics will continue to push doctors...
  4. Kevin Mc: With cataract surgery upcoming, and a fear of present multifocal...
  5. Kevin: Tweaking cataract replacement lenses with a revolutionary laser? Can hardly...

Clinical Trials of Using Subretinal Implants to Treat Retinitis Pigmentosa Set to Begin in United States


  1. jesurun Claasen: i am 22 year old student in South Africa and...
  2. Jeremy Elledge: I am a 33 year old male with RP. ...
  3. april beck: I am a 31 year old single mom of 3...
  4. ari: you will have to get in touch directly with the...
  5. Jennifer Becknell: my 16 year old was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa yesterday....

Can Microbots Deliver Drugs into the Eye to Treat Macular Degeneration?


  1. drtheeye: This is a good news and better than monthly injection...

What Are Complications of Using Riboflavin–UV-A Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking to Treat Keratoconus?


  1. Keratoconus Treatment: Wow thanks for this information I am about to get...
  2. Delores Underwood: Interesting Information. Do you know the advantages of doing...
  3. ari: it strengthens the cornea and can minimize progression or even...

High Incidence of Neovascularization After Retinal Artery Occlusion


  1. Elise Leval: I recently became blind in my left eye as a...
  2. ari: nothing can reverse the damage from crao. im sorry. it...

EndoSerter Approved By FDA for Corneal Transplants


  1. Barry Paul T.: I am a 66 year old male with only one...
  2. Dr. Ari Weitzner: there is absolutely no reason you cant do cataract surgery...

Why Am I Seeing Double After Toric Lens Implant?


  1. Dr. Ari Weitzner: yep! your eyes are not in balance now. hang in...
  2. bonnie: I am tentatively scheduled to have toric lens implant surgery...
  3. Dr. Ari Weitzner: you should ask to implant the toric lens but leaving...
  4. P Cawley: I want this message to be read by the person...
  5. Karen: Now, I'm worried. I just made an appointment for...
  6. Diane Donahue: Had toric lens implanted in worse eye Sept 1 -...
  7. ari: sounds like your prescription ended up near-sighted instead of far-sighted....
  8. virginia: i had toric's implanted in both eyes....developed double in both... only...
  9. Dawn: I had a toric implant 2 months ago in my...
  10. ari: interesting complaints. i would first make sure your retina is...
  11. Toni: I had toric implant and now my side vision isn't...
  12. ari: the side vision issue is due to the shape of...
  13. alice: i had a toric lens implanted in my Right Eye...
  14. charla: I am scheduled for cataract surgery and undecided about a...
  15. Karin: I had cataract surgery and a toric lens implanted on...
  16. ari: rare, but no unheard of. has nothing to do with...
  17. ari: charla- your prescription wil not change at all after surgery....
  18. Karin: I have my cataract surgery over a month ago and...
  19. ari: not any more risky than regular lasik. toric lens is...
  20. Jack: Had cataract and lens implant in both eyes about a...
  21. Judy Davis: I had the toric lens implant for cataract surgery. ...
  22. ari: yep- its a great lens. anyone with astigmatism should get...
  23. Dana: I had cataract surgery and a toric lens implanted in...
  24. Sylvia Johnson: I was referred to get cataracts removed and my eye...
  25. ari: this should have been made very clear prior to surgery....
  26. Diane: I had cataract surgery on my left eye on 1/10/13....
  27. Diane: Forgot to mention that I had a toric lens put...
  28. Bernie: I just had cataract surgery using toric lens, I am...
  29. ari: diane-- the dark ring is a not uncommon complaint with...
  30. louise: i have appt to start my surgery with implants---dont' know...
  31. ari: the toric lens is a no-brainer. why replace the...
  32. NITA COX: i'm scheduled to have cataract surgery soon, should i go...
  33. Jodie Lynn: Had cataract surgery with toric lens, BUT, decided on monovision....
  34. Margarete: I had cataract surgery on my right eye two months...
  35. ari: the foreign body sensation is from the incision- it will...
  36. ari: nita cox--the toric lens is worth the cost. you will...
  37. BOB FULLER: I am having cataract surgery and toric implants in a...
  38. Nina: I have been short-sighted (-6.50 at present) since the age...
  39. Nina: I forgot to mention that I am 59. Thank you. Nina
  40. ari: you can most certainly get "cataract" surgery even though there...
  41. Misty: Like Karin, (6/25/2012) I had toric implant in my right...
  42. ari: there are only a few surgery centers which have the...
  43. sharon liska: I had toric surgery 5 days ago for astigmatism and...
  44. c spruth: I am 16 and just had cataract surgery with a...
  45. ari: you may have some residual astigmatism or other non-lens issues,...
  46. Russell: I'm 67 and I've recently had cataracts removed from both...
  47. alyssa: I have very poor vision (-11.75 and -11.50). I...
  48. Carmen: Had a Toric Lens implant, unable to read, was told...
  49. clinton: I had astigmatism in both eyes, as well as poor...
  50. ari: russel- you are not expected to see well at near/computer...

Using QLT091001 to Treat Retinitis Pigmentosa


  1. ari: im afraid i do not have more information than can...
  2. Josh: Great news for sufferers of retinitis pigmentosa and other retinal...

Breakthrough in Using Stem Cells to Treat Retinitis Pigmentosa


  1. abbessi abdelbaki: hi, i'm happy to hear that there's a hope for...
  2. HEBA: I AM REALY HAPPY TO HEAR THAT BECOUSE MY FATHER...
  3. Eriola: I hope that rp will be cureable in the future!
  4. Eriola: I hope all these studies to make rp curable!
  5. saravanan: Really an happy news for me my father also suffering...
  6. ari: as i have stated many times, stem cell treatments will...
  7. steve: i wish there was hope soon im losing my eye...
  8. Dr. Ari Weitzner: your story is saddening- i wish i could offer more...
  9. Swathi: My mom has RP and has totally lost her sight....
  10. ari: i have no data. please consult with a world-class eye...
  11. Gaurav Jogi: Its nice to see some positive output seen! I would...
  12. ari: that kind of vision is many years away. please look...
  13. Carmen De Leon: Please let me know if a cure is developed. ...
  14. ari: many, many years away until a cure
  15. barbara anderson: I have read a new stem cell treatment for retinitis...

Can You Get NAION From Cialis?


  1. ari weitzner: there is some controversy about whether cialis/viagra can cause naion....
  2. Brianmf: I know this is an old thread but I think...
  3. ari: this issue has been studied to death, and there just...

What is Long Term Success Rate of Corneal Transplants to Treat Keratoconus?


  1. Ram: can u suggest me how much chances of success of...
  2. ari: success rate very high in keratoconus- i think about 95%.
  3. kanwal: Can you pls advise me the success rate for cornea...
  4. ari: same success rate.
  5. Sandra: Any advice on diabetes with herpes causing scar on cornea?...
  6. ari: supplements are worthless. herpes scar can be treated with surgery like...

Is a Single Intravitreal Injection of Avastin More Effective Than Lasers in Treating Retinopathy of Prematurity?


  1. Maria Ana Martinez-Castellanos: We have been working with avastin and retinopathy of prematurity...
  2. ari: Perhaps Avastin should be the new standard of care.
  3. Irv Arons: I have just written an extensive overview of the NEJM...
  4. Nadia: hi i have a son in 2 years old he...
  5. MIchelle Hurter: My daughter, born at 25 weeks in May 2006, received...
  6. nermin: Is avastin effective only for certain stages for ROP e.g....
  7. ari: his rop is too far advanced for injection- the retina...

Pre-Trab Phaco Means Lower Trab Success-But There’s a Catch


  1. David Richardson, MD: What a waste of time, paper, and effort. Perhaps...

Should Optometrists Be Allowed to Perform Eye Surgery?


  1. Dr. Martin: I am quite shocked that Kentucky is going to allow...
  2. ari: yeah, my feeling is that optometrists, who get relatively little...
  3. Eye Surgery in maryland: Today, there are many different treatment options available to help...
  4. Dr. Bill: Optometrists lobbying for these bills are absolutely ridiculous. I am...

What Are Side Effects of Crystalens?


  1. ari weitzner: the strength of crystalens is the absence of any side...
  2. R Thomas: 3 weeks after implant Having lots of problems with light...
  3. ari: you are seeing the edge of the lens, i think....
  4. Melanie Johnson: From the time I had the crystalens implant, about 2...
  5. m3: I had Crystalens inserted in both eyes 3 years ago...

What Are Possible Causes of Red Eye?


  1. ari: most red eyes are conjunctivitis, which will go away in...

Using Riboflavin and Ultraviolet Light to Treat Acanthamoeba


  1. Todd: Does anyone know of an FDA test program in the...
  2. ari: i would suggest contacting a world-class eye hospital like wills,...
  3. Todd: Thank you so much, Ari! I will do that.

Artificial Retinal Implant May Restore Sight to Blind


  1. Ryan: This is fascinating. I am blind due to retinal damage...
  2. ari weitzner: i can only suggest going to their website to find...
  3. Risa Schulman: The website for CSEM has a contact page where you...
  4. syed adnan ayub: my uncle is blind he has a problem in his...
  5. Madhan: I have 9 months old kid was confirmed with retina...
  6. Ari: I'm afraid not. Too young. Sorry.
  7. nicholas cort: I have wet macular degen in left eye and dry...

New emPower Electronic Glasses From Pixeloptics Finally Available


  1. Sylvia: Looking for a Dr. that can supply your pixel optic...

What is the Significance of a Shallow Anterior Chamber?


  1. ari: shallow anterior chamber can lead to angle closure glaucoma. we...

Seeing Double After Crystalens Implant and Cataract Surgery


  1. ari: if the 0.5 magnifier removes the double vision, then its...

What is Treatment for an Eye Freckle Found With Optomap Retinal Exam?


  1. ari: optomap is simply a camera that takes very wide angle...
  2. Jim Mayer, OD, FCOVD: Unless you had a problem with your previous doctor, I...
  3. ari: i didnt mean to sever the relationship. since malignant change...

Positive News for Drug to Treat Leber Congenital Amaurosis and Retinitis Pigmentosa


  1. mahtab araei: i have retinitis pigmentosa. i have CME now. and i...

Must Children’s Glasses Use Polycarbonate Lenses?


  1. ari weitzner: polycarbonate may be helpful, as it resists breakage, and kids...
  2. Dr. S: I am pretty sure there is no law about having...
  3. blueenigma: There is no law concerning polycarbonate lenses for children although...
  4. Angry at Walmart: I just contacted the Texas Optometry Board and asked this...
  5. Eleshiam mayers: My daughter is ten an getting her first pair of...
  6. Brad: In my 25 years of selling and manufacturing glasses, I've...
  7. ari: i have to agree. its not an enormous cost, and...
  8. Kairn: you buy non poly carb for your child when they...

Does High Myopia Predict Failure in Macular Hole Surgery?


  1. Sangeeta Mahendra: I have extremely high myopia of (-) 25 diopters with...
  2. ari: macular hole surgery may be risky but may your only...
  3. Micol Alkabes, MD: Hi, i'm an european ophthalmologist who spend a lot of...

3 YO Boy With Meningoencephalitis Presenting with Afferent Pupillary Defect (Right Side) and a Sluggish Reacting Pupil on the Left


  1. Dr. Ari Weitzner: 'total afferent defect" is not the standard way of description....

Can Eye Drops With Pirenoxine Be Used to Treat Cataract?


  1. R. Traub: In column "Better Health" published January 26, 2011 in Atlanta...
  2. ari: nothing can reverse advanced "brick-dense" cataract. i would advise cataract...

Is Avastin Helpful in Treatment of Retinopathy of Prematurity?


  1. Maria Ana Martinez-Castellanos: I have a question, why did some babies require laser....
  2. ari weitzner: according to the article, those 4 patients simply did not...
  3. Violeta Radenovich, MD MPH. Pediatric Ophthalmologist: I an one of the co-investigators of the BEAT-ROP trial....

Does Retinal Damage Progress Even Following Cessation of Antimalarial Drugs Hydroxychloroquine and Chloroquine?


  1. mickey scott: Can some body p,ease help. My mom has been on...
  2. David: I have a question...can mefloquine/Lariam also cause this problem?
  3. ari: i dont think this is used in the u.s.

Glaucoma Patients Will be Able to Use New Tonometer at Home to Measure Eye Pressure Through Eyelid


  1. Chantal Lefebvre: Question: i was told by my specialist that this. tool...
  2. ari: i doubt you can buy it out without a prescription....

Is Confocal Microscope Helpful in Diagnosing Fungal Keratitis?


  1. Olivia: I am trying to look for a doctor that can...
  2. Dr. Ari Weitzner: few private doctors have confocal. go to a university setting

Advanced Cell Technology Obtains FDA Approval to Treat Dry AMD with Embryonic Stem Cells


  1. Gary Cashman: My fiancee has Age Related Macular Degeneration. She was diagnosed...
  2. ari weitzner: please refer to our stem cell section. if her disease started...

Are Cataracts a Side Effect of Prostate Cancer Therapy Designed to Suppress Testosterone?


  1. Dr. Pat Roberts: Thank you for this valuable info on Prostate Cancer.

What Is Computer Vision Syndrome?


  1. Edmundo Fimbres: I call this the 20/20 rule. I think it helps...

Who Is Using Dr. Mackool’s Aphakic Refraction Technique to Calculate IOL Power in Post-LASIK Patients?


  1. Thomas: Are you using IOL Master in those post LASIK eye...
  2. Dr. Ari Weitzner: you'll have to ask dr. mackool!

Is CyberKnife Effective in Treating Eye Tumors?


  1. hcgcancercure: CyberKnife is unique in that it utilizes a small particle...

New Lumigan Eye Drops at Lower Strength But Same Effectiveness


  1. Tamar D: They reduced the drug but increased the preservative ( benzalkonium...

Is Lenstar Superior to IOLMaster?


  1. Regiani Malicia: May I use the Keratometris data from the Lenstar in...
  2. ari: i'm afraid i don't know- sorry.

What Technologies Are Available to Detect Macular Diseases?


  1. ari: i dont understand the question. by definition, functional disorders implies...

Crystalens Rebate Program Extended to Patients Implanting IOL Before March 31, 2011


  1. Ron O'Keeffe: I have had the Crystalens AO implanted in each eye...
  2. ari: not sure if i understand- respond to what
  3. Linda: I had the Crystalens implanted in both eyes in March...
  4. ari: if your surgery was uncomplicated, and your eyes are healthy,...
  5. Thelma D. White, PhD: I had Crystalens implanted in both eyes because of Cataracts...
  6. Ari: There is no guarantee that crystalens will work. The effectiveness...

The New LED Powered Slit Lamps From Haag Streit


  1. Gary Zhang: IntraVista's Vivid Light LED Light Bulb replace the tungsten bulbs...

How Soon Will Floaters Disappear After YAG Laser Treatment?


  1. Dr. Ari Weitzner: those floaters can last a lifetime, but more commonly 6...
  2. Dr.M.Illert: The floaters can persist over 1 year and even longer....
  3. Dr. Ari Weitzner: prednisolone drops would be helpful if the floaters were due...

Is Acupuncture as Effective as an Eye Patch in Treating Lazy Eye (Amblyopia)?


  1. Dr. Ari Weitzner: the only weakness in the study was that no sham...

Is the Kindle a Good Product for Patients With Low Vision From Conditions Such as Macular Degeneration?


  1. Josh: People who suffer from macular degeneration tell me that the...

Is Genipin Better Than Riboflavin in Corneal Crosslinking for Keratoconus?


  1. Dr Mark Philips: Great info. on Keratoconus on this site!

Will Light Adjustable Lens (LAL®) From Calhoun Vision Revolutionize Cataract Surgery?


  1. Patient: When do you think the Calhoun LAL will be approved...
  2. ari weitzner: i dont know. maybe this year or next? i cant...
  3. jamal: what is the LAL side effect
  4. ari weitzner: no side effects for the LAL lens as far as...
  5. jamal: hi 1. ...
  6. ari: the lal is a special lens. it is not something...
  7. Kevin McGrath: It's the middle of May in 2011 and the Calhoun...
  8. ari: the lal is only helpful if one's eye prescription is...
  9. Kevin McGrath: June 6, 2011 It's been about 17 days since the cataract...
  10. ari: the lal does not give you near vision. it simply...
  11. Kevin: July 14 Still working out the kinks in my left eye....
  12. Nathan: I had radial keratotomy performed about 25 years ago on...
  13. ari: laser results will be unpredictable. agree with implant- but go...
  14. Jennifer Sankey: I have extreme hypermyopia.I have made my appointment for the...
  15. ari: the lal looks great. not approved here in u.s., so...
  16. Doreen Schleifer: Had cataract surgery with single vision IOLs 6 months ago,-TOTAL...
  17. Doreen Schleifer: Had cataract surgery with single vision IOLs 6 months ago,-TOTAL...
  18. ari: if uncorrectable with glasses, then the problem is not with...
  19. Tell All: I had RK back in the 1980's with Karikoff but...
  20. ari: good q- the u.s. 's fda is notoriously slow and...
  21. Tracy Lenz: My daughter had a cataract at 10 months old due...
  22. ari: never heard of horror fusionist. its not a medical term....

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) For Dry Eye?


  1. SUSAN EVANS, OD: REVIEW OF OPHTHALMOLOGY NOV. 2010 ARTICLE "INTENSE PULSED LIGHT: FOR...
  2. ari: i have no idea- sorry.
  3. Rickie: Are there any doctors doing this procedure in the St....

Can a Congenital Cataract in 14 Day Old Baby Boy be Treated With Stem Cells?


  1. ari weitzner: no. cataract surgery can be very helpful and should be...

Can the Zeiss Cirrus HD-OCT Provide Early Diagnosis of AMD?


  1. ari weitzner: perhaps. maybe dr. wong knows better. but since there are...
  2. Josh: According to this post on another eye doctor blog, Zeiss...

What Are Treatment Options for Dry Eye and Fuch’s Dystrophy Following Cataract Surgery?


  1. ari weitzner: we have many posts about fuch's dystrophy- please use the...

New Laser System From OpticaMedica Uses Femto-Second Laser and Optical Coherence Tomography to Perform More Precise Cataract Surgery


  1. dr tushar bhatt: Results of femtocataract &how muchit can soften the hard nucleus...
  2. ari: femtosecond companies are working with cataract surgeons now to come...

Is Valproic Acid a Treatment for Retinitis Pigmentosa?


  1. Pankaj: This news I heard before few months. Such good reasearch...
  2. I.PRASHANT: i am suffering from retinitis pigmentosa - i lost 60%...
  3. Dr. Ari Weitzner: Here's information concerning an ongoing clinical trial to evaluate the...

Is The New Catena Drug a Good Treatment Option for Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON)?


  1. Dr. Ari Weitzner: i think i saw a piece about catena for leber's,...
  2. Irv Arons: I touched upon some of the gene therapy treatments for...
  3. ari weitzner: actually, Leber's congenital amaurosis ( LCA) and Leber’s hereditary optic...
  4. Jim leeder: Lhon is very different to LCA, and is caused by...
  5. Jody Cunningham: Hi Just reading through this article and was wondering if you...

Is SLT (Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty) After ALT (Argon Laser Trabeculoplasty) Effective for Treatment of Pigmentary Glaucoma?


  1. Dr. Ari Weitzner: hmm. not sure if there is an article for that...

What Are Treatment Options for Loss of Zeis, Moll and Meibomian Glands Due to Stevens-Johnson Syndrome/TEN?


  1. ari weitzner: he may very well benefit from limbal stem cell transplants....

What are Treatment Options for Macular Edema?


  1. ari weitzner: preservative-free may be slightly less irritating to the eye, but...
  2. david fagelson m.d.: have had multiple surgeries to correct a cataract surgery that...
  3. ari: systemic cortisone certainly bad idea- cant possibly be better than...

Retinal Implant Brings Vision to Blind


  1. Irv Arons: To read more about Retinal Implant AG and its retinal...

Is Endocycloplasty a Good Treatment Option for Plateau Iris Syndrome?


  1. Peter Galloway: Do you have reference to this article? If this is...
  2. ari weitzner: agreed. im pretty sure i read it in eyenet last...

What Are Treatment Options for Anterior Basement Membrane Dystrophy?


  1. ari: scraping the cornea or using an excimer laser to polish...

Can Retinal Implants Help With Retinopathy of Prematurity?


  1. rk thakur: thats great news. we hope something more substantial will come...
  2. ari: i am sure retinal implants have a future in all...
  3. Josh: For parents asking about treatment for retinopathy of prematurity, please...
  4. Russel Obuyes: I have a 6 year old daughter suffering from ROP....
  5. ari: many, many years away....
  6. Lou david: Hi im from the Philippines I gave birth to a...
  7. Rafy Dean: I have a one year old son who was diagnosed...
  8. ari: nothing is available now. retinal implant technology is decades away...

What are Treatment Options for Retinal Detachment in 3 Month Old Infant?


  1. rk thakur: i have 4 months kid suffering from same thing same...
  2. ari: cloning, stem cell etc. is not a near-term option, but...
  3. swati: i too have have a son of nine months with...
  4. small: Hello, there are many options outside of America as far...
  5. Dr. Ari Weitzner: i want to emphasize again that these stem cell centers...
  6. Gail Osmun: My 8 year old has retinopathy of prematurity. He...
  7. ari weitzner: please understand any progress in retinal implants will likely be...
  8. kiran salagala: Yes Gail. You are Correct. Whatever the advanced treatments are...
  9. randa: I'm from Jordan, my nephew is 6 months year old...
  10. Lauro Eli Lisboa Lopes: Tambem tenho um filho de 1 ano e 5 meses...
  11. Lauro Eli Lisboa Lopes: We also have a son of 1 year and 5...
  12. ari weitzner: there is no stem cell treatment for rop. if you...
  13. isha chugh: hi my 6 years old.. cousin is also...
  14. ari: there is nothing available- more surgery unlikely to help. im...
  15. Frank Piscitelli: Based on the current state of knowledge and treatment available...
  16. Lou david: I wish we could do something about this medical malpractices...
  17. ari: blindness from rop is due to the extent of the...
  18. Sara: My healthy 5 month old daughter was diagnosed with bilateral...
  19. ari: no. we are still in the early stages of this...
  20. roma: my son of 19 months has developed ROP due to...
  21. Siraj Karimi: Dear All , Its very unfortunate that this retina detachment...
  22. abbey: my 5mos old baby was diagnosed to have retinal detachment...

Patient With Toric Lens Implant, Corneal Transplant and YAG Laser Treatment


  1. ari: if you had a conventional corneal transplant, it takes almost...

Should I Get the Shingles Vaccine?


  1. CJ: If you've had shingles before will the vaccine prevent recurrences?
  2. ari: good question. not exactly sure, but i suspect yes- the...

Does It Make Sense to Perform Cataract Surgery Simultaneously on Both Eyes?


  1. Kevin: In my case, operating on both eyes at the same...

Retinal Disease Highlights From the 2010 AAO Meeting


  1. Lolly: Hello, I appreciate your blog and find it useful. ...
  2. ari weitzner: absorption of atropine drops in the body of an adult...

Should We Be Doing Early Vitrectomy for Vitreous Hemorrhage?


  1. Randall Wong, M.D.: I could not agree more. We should be operating...

Is Valtrex Helpful in Treatment of Acute Zonal Occult Outer Retinopathy?


  1. Jane: I took Valtrex after having AZOOR for 9 years. ...
  2. Dr. Ari Weitzner: if valtrex is started after the damage is done, we...
  3. Tonya: If there is a study out there, I would volunteer,...
  4. ari weitzner: im afraid vision cannot be restored after azoor has taken...
  5. Nicole: Hi Dr. - Can you tell me what the nice...
  6. Dr. Ari Weitzner: improvement in vision (even back to 20/20) and improvement in...
  7. Cathie Eaton: I was diagnosed with AZOOR in June of 2001 after...
  8. ari: valtrex is the only treatment i am aware of.
  9. Cherry: I was misdiagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa over a year ago....
  10. Crystal: I was stable for 13 years. It has recently begun...
  11. ari: valtrex may help azoor, but you have to take it...
  12. Crystal: Thank you. I go back to Mass Eye and Ear...
  13. ari: the mass eye and ear is a world-class institution. why...
  14. Crystal: I agree about their reputation and I feel lucky to...
  15. ari: no one knows the cause. just some theories. the data...
  16. Crystal: Thank you so much for conversing with me. I really...
  17. ari: my pleasure. good luck!
  18. Carol: I was diagnosed with Azoor 15 years ago in my...
  19. ari: thanks for sharing, god bless you, and good luck

Which is Better to Lower IOP – Travatan vs. Lumigan vs. Xalatan


  1. Drug rep: I am a drug rep, but I haven't bothered wasting...
  2. ari: of course all studies are flawed, and each drug rep...
  3. Debanjon Mukerjee: yes doctor. lumigan really showed superior iop control over xalatan...
  4. Debanjon Mukerjee: you always have to keep in mind about the best...
  5. Derrick Harding: The price of lumigan is doubled. The company recommrnd that...
  6. Dr. Ari Weitzner: typically there is little difference
  7. M. J. Kane: I used Xalatan for over a year without significant eye...
  8. ari: lumigan and travatan are very similar, but yea- i guess...
  9. A. Cosgrove: After almost a year on Travatan Z, it has proven...
  10. ari: the difference is typically 1 or 2 points

Should We Be Administering Besivance or Azasite Via DuraSite After Phaco?


  1. Barry Schechter, MD: Have used Besivance for a year now as pre-operative medication...

Is Accepting Insurance A Bad Business Model?


  1. Tulier family: Dear Dr Ari Weitzner, You are an exceptional MD. You...
  2. Dr. Ari Weitzner: hi tulier family! i am utterly humbled by your kind words....

Does It Make Sense for an Ophthalmologist to Do Refractions?


  1. David Richardson, MD: I absolutely agree. I have also taken this approach...
  2. ari: it is remarkable how utterly brainwashed people are- they truly...
  3. Robert Smith: Agreed. The interests of patients are more efficiently...

Anyone Using AzaSite Eye Drops To Treat Posterior Blepharitis/Meibomian Gland Disease?


  1. dr ryvkin: i have been using azasite for blepharitis for a long...
  2. Dr. Ari Weitzner: any experience with dr maskin's meibomian gland prober?
  3. suslibrarian: The Web posts about doctor's rx for AzaSyte say to...
  4. Dr. Ari Weitzner: not a bad idea to massage it into the lid....
  5. Dr Kapil Midha: i routinely use azithromycin eye drops for meibomian gland disease...
  6. ari: i prescribe it every night for a couple of weeks,...
  7. Becky Harrell: My doctor told me to use the drops twice a...
  8. ari: yes- typically once a day for a week, then 2-3...

What is Treatment for a Diabetic With Macular Edema?


  1. Dr. Ari Weitzner: even well-controlled diabetics can get retinopathy. reason is probably that...

Will Microplasmin Injections Transform Treatment of Vitreomacular Adhesion (Traction) and Macular Hole?


  1. Anil D. Pande: I have been hoping for the last few years that...
  2. ari: you are mistaken about macular hole surgery- it is often...
  3. rudolph viquez: Would like to know where I could get MICROPLASMIN treatmente,...
  4. ari: i believe microplasmin is available anywhere in the u.s.
  5. DMS: Ari - Do you know where microplasmin is offered in...
  6. ari: no-sorry
  7. jchin: I would also like to know where I could get...
  8. Nell: Yesterday I was diagnosed with Vitreomacular Traction OD causing cyst...
  9. ari: the injection is very safe and worth a try. you...

Study Finds No Difference Between Avastin and Lucentis in Treatment of AMD


  1. Mary Smalley: Last November, the dry macular degeneration that I knew I...
  2. ari: thank you so much for sharing your story. it is...

What is the Treatment for Vitreomacular Traction?


  1. Randall Wong, M.D.: The usual treatment for vitreomacular traction is vitrectomy. This...
  2. Rick: I also have vitreomacular traction, and my ophthalmologist also said...
  3. Rick: I have vitreomacular traction and there is a new non...
  4. Josh: We have published a blog post on ThromboGenics' announcement of...
  5. Carita Shockey: I am interested in what, if any, long term effects...
  6. Jeanie French: I am 55 and have just been diagnosed with early...
  7. ari: your doctor is right. i see a lot of pseudoholes...
  8. RKick: My doctor said that I have a pseudohole in my...
  9. ari: usually we remove the cataract first, then we doo the...
  10. DocC: Just was diagnosed with VRT this afternoon. My opthalmologist...
  11. ari: microplasmin is nice and worth trying.
  12. Shell: I was diagnosed with Vitreomacular Traction Syndrome on 10/4/13. ...
  13. ari: the injection is very very low risk- i would think...

What Is the Treatment for a Broken Capsule?


  1. ari: breaking the posterior capsule happens to every surgeon, and occurs...

What Are Treatment Options for Fast Growing Retinoma?


  1. ari: While i would have confidence in the ocular oncologist and...
  2. Patient: It has been over a month since I posted and...
  3. Dr. Ari Weitzner: your symptoms are very worrisome. you should see a eye...
  4. R. K.: So now, a year and a half later, the basal...
  5. ari: could not tell you- i have no experience with these...

Should I Use Cosopt to Manage Glaucoma?


  1. ari: not sure why you got glaucoma after cataract surgery- typically,...
  2. ALLOY ONWUTALOBI: I HAVE GLAUCOMA FOR OVER TEN YEARS NOW AND I...
  3. ari: eye drops can sometimes cause the heart and lungs to...

Are Superior Iridectomies Suboptimal?


  1. Podos: I think Podos' fellows do temporal iridectomies. I've never...
  2. ari: temporal trabs? um...not yet! i spoke with a dr. podell- he's...

Does Lucentis Help in Treating Central Retinal Vein Occlusion?


  1. AMINU ALKA: I had kenacort lucentis injection last year, but still up...
  2. ari: it depends on how many injections you got, for what...

What is the Future of Stem Cells in Treating Eye Disease?


  1. gilded: Are you familiar with Beike Biotech? They say they can...
  2. ari weitzner: Please review our entries in the “Stem Cell” category for...
  3. Irv Arons: I haven't come across Beike Biotech in my extensive research...
  4. Cheryl: I came across the article below and wonder if anyone...
  5. Irv Arons: As in the writeup above, it sounds too good to...
  6. ari: i get emails all the time about millions of dollars...
  7. shailesh singh: Hello every one, My son is also facing the same problem...
  8. liz: Matthew is 27 years old... recently lost his eye sight...
  9. ari: consult the stem cell section on this website, or a...

Can Stem Cells be Used to Treat Optic Nerve Damage?


  1. ari weitzner: stem cells cannot help you. sorry. you will simply be...
  2. millena barrros: Ask individuals who had stem cells transplantation. Research for yourself,...
  3. ari: i disagree strongly with this kind of reasoning. it is...
  4. sreedevi: my husband is a retired teacher. During the last...
  5. ari weitzner: this is a common question here at eyedocnews. unfortunately, there...
  6. Josh: Please see these prior posts on the blog regarding stem...
  7. sreedevi: can stem cell therapy help repair optic nerve damage from...
  8. Dr. Ari Weitzner: To my knowledge, stem cells can only help in surface...
  9. Stacey Loveless: My goodness. I'm going through something very similar and also...
  10. Hiya Chanda: Puja Chanda,23,a patient of damaged optic nerve in both eyes.She...
  11. Hadiyeh: My 6-years-old doughter was diagnosed with glioma optic nerve on...
  12. ari: we typically operate on glioma if it threatens the other...
  13. Cheryl Chan: I read and still wonders if the article I read...
  14. Cheryl Chan: There's yet hope........ UK scientists have shown stem cells can be...
  15. ari: as i have stated many times, stem cell therapy is...
  16. Shilpa: Dear all, Could someone please post some more comments if...
  17. reddy: My father had an accident in last oct.. He had...
  18. ari: any treatment would be many years in the future, and...
  19. Reddy: Thanks ari for advice.. As I see u replied in...
  20. ari: sorry- i have no info in india.
  21. Cheryl Chan: ((Shilpa on August 3rd, 2011 8:17 am Dear all, Could someone...
  22. Julianne Jabon: My friend has been blind from Sjögren's syndrome for many...
  23. ari: what is the source of the blindness?
  24. Julianne Jabon: She has about 1% vision left, and it is demyelination...
  25. Ernest Philson: I am being treated for advanced glacoma. My sight...
  26. ari: as usual, i advise contacting a world-class eye hospital
  27. Patel: Hey this the patient from chennai and the treatment worked...
  28. ari: again, i advise going to a world class eye hospital...
  29. TheJasonsmom: My youngest son, Jason at the age of 24 lost...
  30. ari: again, i advise going to a world class eye hospital...
  31. vinod: I had an accident and i got same problem. Doctors...
  32. john: RECENTLY MY MOTHER LOST HER VISION and it was...
  33. Patel: I got stem cells therapy and it worked for me....
  34. ari: as i always say, go to a reputable, world-class institution...
  35. Shambhu: Struck in my son's left eye and damage his...
  36. Richard Miller: I had a stroke and my optic nerve was damaged.I...
  37. ari: please see our "Stem Cell" category for resources and prior...
  38. Patty: I have an 89 year old retired Sheriff who had...
  39. ari: please refer to irv aron's list.
  40. Terry Rocks: I have optic atraphy in both eye no vision at...
  41. rajeev: i got an accident in which i lost my right...
  42. ari: perhaps stem cells, in many years, will offer you hope.
  43. Ajaz: As per my eye surgeon: Quote> Instead, the nature of your retinal...
  44. ari: none. i'm sorry.
  45. minhaj ahmad: i am taking about my mother problem in the both...
  46. Gopal Shastry: My wife has been detected Glaucoma about two years back....
  47. ari: no- stem cells and homeopathy are worthless. dont throw...
  48. Pamela B: I have been diagnosed with Nuero Myelitis Optica and I...
  49. ari: please consult the list in the stem cell section here,...
  50. Emma: @ ari, just want to say thank you, like others...

What are the Treatment Options for Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy (AION)?


  1. ari weitzner: for typical aion, nothing can be done, and it would...
  2. Ron Spradley: I suffered AION in left eye in 2006 and right...

What Could be the Cause of Bad Headaches After Cataract Surgery?


  1. ari weitzner: perhaps the pressure is high in the eye? That can...
  2. gb: I had cataract surgery on 12-15. It is now...
  3. Dr. Ari Weitzner: cant be from the surgery- impossible. see a neurologist.- a...
  4. Jeanne Adam: I have had a "brow" headache since right after my...
  5. ari: cant explain chronic headache to uncomplicated cataract surgery that lasts...
  6. G Canno: I just had cataract surgery on right eye. Instead of...
  7. Jeanne Adam: Now, 7months since that R. Cataract reemoval and still with...
  8. d. liebla: i also had cataract surgury. sept2011 and oct 2011. ...
  9. ari: some patients become very light sensitive after cataract surgery. be...
  10. B.Daring Pa.: Dr that seems to think things are "IMPOSSIBLE" after...
  11. Jeannin: I've lost all faith in eye doctors. ...
  12. ari: i would advise general anesthesia if you get pain despite...
  13. Delores: I have terrible sharp pains shooting through right side near...

Cataract Surgery Essentials or What All Patients Should Know About Cataract Surgery


  1. Olga Ledesma: Can I have my right eye implanted with monofocal lens...
  2. ari: 1. yes. its very common. its called monovision and works...
  3. ngiam kian hwa: I had advanced monofocal toric lense implanted to my right...
  4. ari: it's unrelated to the implant. it typically is from vitreous...
  5. gato: I was told a couple of days ago that I...
  6. ari: if you dont care about glasses, then simply get a...

Does the NuLens IOL Represent a Breakthrough in Cataract Surgery?


  1. Belinda: I thought there were now safety concerns about implanting silicon?
  2. ari: thats in the breast only. we have been implanting silicone...
  3. doreen schleifer: SIgn me up! where can I get this lens? I...
  4. ari: iol's do NOT distort vision. if you feel your vision...
  5. Paul: I was close to having cataract surg and Crystalens replacement,...
  6. ari: nulens may be a long way off before approval- not...

Acuvail vs. Nevanac Prior to Cataract Surgery


  1. ari weitzner: they are nearly identical and equally effective. maybe your drug...
  2. Appa: What I could understand is that although Acuvail is a...

Should Lasers Be Used to Treat Eye Floaters?


  1. ari weitzner: my understanding is that the risk is very very low,...
  2. Irv Arons: Ari, I agree, but only by doctors who have the right...
  3. ari weitzner: hi irv- not so sure about that- it's not the...
  4. Steve Barry: I've had my first YAG laser treatment for extremely bothersome...
  5. Dr. Ari Weitzner: i cant imagine how the procedure can be done without...
  6. Paula Baron: I developed vitreous floaters about 6 months ago. I...
  7. Josh: Paula - hi, Irv Arons has been interviewing ophthalmologists using...
  8. Irv Arons: Paula, To answer your question, yes, Dr. Geller did teach Dr....
  9. Dr. Ari Weitzner: if laser cannot help, and they are truly debilitating, then...
  10. Jane: Dear Mr. Arons, I would like to ask you, if there...
  11. Irv Arons: Jane, Yes, I have written about several of the doctors in...
  12. ari: any ophthalmologist with a regular YAG laser can do it,...
  13. Irv Arons: Ari is right, of course, any ophthalmologist who uses a...
  14. Irv Arons: Just one last thought on this subject -- as it...
  15. ari: i think very few do it because the success rate...
  16. jim: Have you ever heard of Dr. Thomas in Norristown PA?...
  17. Irv Arons: As I've said to you privately, yes I do know...
  18. Jose: Do you know of any doctors here in Miami where...
  19. Irv Arons: I don't know of any doctors who do this in...
  20. Ed: I had laser surgery for floaters in my right eye...
  21. ari: laser had absolutely nothing to do with the cataract. trust...
  22. floaterafflicted: Many of us afflicted with severe floaters are working at...
  23. ari: well, the fact is we scientists and doctors have to...
  24. Peg: I had the procedure done by Dr. Karickhoff to eliminate...
  25. ari: as i said, any doctor can do it. it's very...
  26. Joy: Any yag laser treatment clinic for eye floaters in india?
  27. Irv Arons: Joy, there may be doctors using their YAG lasers to...
  28. zivko grcic: Hi Irv, Just recently had a PVD and am experiencing a...
  29. Irv Arons: Zivko, I wrote the article several years ago and at that...
  30. Don: I have lived with some floaters in both eyes for...
  31. Irv Arons: Don, As I've just emailed you, get in touch with him/her...
  32. ari: the laser is beyond simple. any ophthalmologist can do it....
  33. Bev: I lived in Fort Myers for about 9 months and...
  34. MeLinda: Dr. Karickhoff performed this procedure on me three years ago...

How to Address Fuch’s Dystrophy After Cataract Surgery?


  1. ari weitzner: pain during or after surgery is not an indication of...
  2. gloria: My eyes seem to be getting more cloudy every day....
  3. ari: you need a corneal specialist who does transplant surgery. no...
  4. Jeanne Adam: Well, I'm 12 days post-op from cataract surgery on R....
  5. Joy: Gloria: If you are in Houston, you have probably...
  6. Betty Wilson: July 5th, R eye cataract surgery went well. See clearly....
  7. ari: fuch's should be noted prior to surgery. regardless, you probably...
  8. Sherri: It is now 5 months after my cataract surrgery. I...
  9. ari: an unethical/incompetent doctor will perform cataract surgery when he knows...
  10. Evelyn: I have cataracts, macular degeneration and Fuchs Dystrophy. I would...
  11. ari: just ask your primary doctor or ask friends, like you...
  12. Susan Sisk: I have Fuch's and am needing a corneal transplant. ...
  13. ari: im afraid i know no one
  14. Terry: Dr. Barry Lee in Atlanta is great!

Is Stem Cell Therapy Available to Treat Retinopathy of Prematurity?


  1. ari weitzner: i am so sorry, but there is no stem cell...
  2. rk thakur: I have a 3 month old baby suffering from retinopathy...
  3. Josh: Since this post appeared, there have been subsequent posts on...
  4. mostafa elbehairy: I'm from Egypt I have a child 8 years old...
  5. ari: yes- let us hope research will yield fruit soon, but...
  6. behtash: Hello. I am 34 years old. When I was 6...
  7. nermin: i have a son who was born premature and had...
  8. Vasanth: my baby boy was born premature and had retinopathy of...
  9. ari weitzner: please see the category on our blog related to stem...
  10. veeshan singh: my 4 year old son was born with stage 5...
  11. ari weitzner: there are no special glasses. just regular glasses to correct...
  12. Raja: Hi Every One We are from Hyderabad-India and I'm father twin...
  13. Syed Sameer Haider: My daughter was born Premature in seven month. she was...
  14. Kapil Soni: Hello, I have 1 year and 4month old baby boy...
  15. Kapil Soni: I am from India and have 1 and 1/2 year...
  16. ari: if you are a wealthy man with money to burn,...
  17. Lou david: Hi I have a 7 month premature baby delivered last...
  18. ari: stage 5 has a very poor prognosis, im afraid. there...
  19. Lou david: Thanks for the reply...will do more research.. God bless!
  20. salim: I had my premature twins 16 years ago. They were...
  21. kiran: Hi All, I have done lot of research on ROP related...
  22. nermin: i have also a 5 years old boy born premature,...
  23. shruti: Hi i hav a 50days old baby boy with rop...
  24. Filip: Hi, we live in the Czech Republic, Europe. Three years...
  25. richard: i am a teenager who has stage 5 ROP and...
  26. ari: nothing is available. sorry.
  27. Jerri: My son was born in December 2006 at 24 weeks....
  28. Dr. Ari Weitzner: if you have money to burn, then i guess its...
  29. S N TIWARI: My grandson aged 6 years has myopic astigmatism. As...
  30. ari: myopic astig is not a genetic disorder and is not...
  31. Gauri: Vasanth on January 26th, 2011 mentioned about the ...
  32. ari: again- stem cell treatments are experimental. please check out stem...

What is Appropriate Post-Operative Care for Canaloplasty?


  1. ari weitzner: i advise calling the surgeon and getting the post op...
  2. Dr David: Hi. After surgery, a patch is usually placed over the...

Are IOL’s No Better Than Contact Lens in Treating Infantile Aphakia?


  1. Tahmina Sultan: If IOL shows no benefit why doctors are still using...
  2. ari weitzner: i don't understand your question- before any study is published,...

Bausch+Lomb Recalls PreserVision Eye Vitamin AREDS 2 Formula with Omega 3 Softgels Due to Choking Sensation


  1. Gloria Marich: Any treatment for a 64 yr. old with Retinopathy of...
  2. Dr. Ari Weitzner: im afraid there is nothing

What Are Treatment Options for a Patient With Bilateral Vision Loss Due to Swelling Affecting Optic Nerve?


  1. ari: in paget's disease, bone growth can narrow and choke the...
  2. Dr. Ari Weitzner: interesting case. as a resident, i saw a patient with...
  3. Josh: The Harkness Eye Institute at Columbia Hospital in New York...
  4. ari: the new york eye and ear infirmary has an even...

What Are Treatment Options for a Patient With Optic Nerve Damage?


  1. ari weitzner: thats a little hard to explain- its pretty technical. for...
  2. Daron Hodder: Yes, i fell out of sky here in Aus in...
  3. d: I wish i could have my sight back. I lost...
  4. Abby: My grandfather fell very ill in Spring of 2009. He...
  5. Travis Hayden: I am a 39 year old diabetic.I was diagnosed with...
  6. lee knight: i am 42 years old and am blind due to...
  7. ari: please consult the list in the stem cell section here,...
  8. Michael T: I am 53 years old. Due to infection from cataract...
  9. TM Masha: I'm a 22 years male with optic nerve and macular...
  10. Sam E: My mom is 75yrs old with an optic nerve damage...
  11. Beth: Does anyone know of any treatment, , any kind...

What Are Available Treatments for Patient With Floater and Dry AMD?


  1. Randall Wong, M.D.: It sounds as though you have two separate eye problems;...

What Are Prospects for Success of Cataract Surgery for Patient Also Suffering From Macular Degeneration and Fuchs Dystrophy?


  1. ari weitzner: it can simply be hard to predict how much of...
  2. Trudy: I had cataract surgery 2 1/2 months ago. I have...

Can Treatments for Macular Degeneration Cause Glaucoma?


  1. ari weitzner: injection of steroid in the eye can cause glaucoma. but...

Sircle Labs Launches Macutek: New AREDS Formulated Vitamin With Lutein for Dry Age Related Macular Degeneration


  1. cohen: My son has RP in Ontario Canada, we have been...
  2. Greg: Hi there, this is not the same as MacuHealth. MacuHealth...

FDA Approves Lucentis for Treatment of Retinal Vein Occlusion


  1. Elise Leval: Is central retinal artery occlusion (CRAO) treatable or is...
  2. ari: not treatable/reversible, unless caught in the first few hours- then,...
  3. JD Bliss: You may want to reach out to the folks who...
  4. Elise Leval: Ari and JD thank both of you for your kind...

Would You Recommend a New Lens for an 85 YOM With AMD and Cataract?


  1. Randall V. Wong, M.D.: Overall, sounds like your dad would be a good candidate...

Do Antidepressants Increase the Risk of Cataracts?


  1. sandra: If it has been found that antidepressant medications may contribute...

Will Development of a Corneal Prosthesis Made of Plastic Revolutionize Corneal Transplants?


  1. Marco Vescovo: Since I had been the distributor of Barron trephines and...
  2. ari: i dont know anymore than can be read here.

Can I Mix Avastin and Lucentis to Treat AMD?


  1. ari weitzner: no evidence that lucentis is better. in fact, it seems...
  2. Randall Wong, M.D.: While I agree that 45 years old is too young...
  3. Dr. Ari Weitzner: dr wong- what disease are you referring to? cnv secondary...

Can a Corneal Implant Correct AMD?


  1. Randall Wong, M.D.: I am not aware of any corneal device that could...
  2. Neil: If you still have a lens in your eye, you...

Should I Treat My Conjunctivochalasis With Thermal Cautery?


  1. ari: very safe. practically no side effects or danger. if that...

How Long Does it Take for Bepreve to Work?


  1. ari: i suppose you should see relief in 48 hours. if...

Can a Branch Retinal Vein Occlusion Affect the Outcome of Cataract Surgery?


  1. ari: branch vein occlusion can cause edema or ischemia (poor blood...
  2. Laurie Kane: I have branch retinal vein occlusion. Can see light...
  3. ari: if the cataract is dense, then yes, you will have...

Topical Timolol Helps Hemangioma


  1. Jeremy: Our daughter was one of the first babies in the...

Lacrisert vs. Liposic vs. Refresh Lacri-Lube vs. Refresh Liquigel


  1. ari weitzner: an optician is someone who makes glasses. an optometrist is...
  2. Ben Uhl: An optometrist is trained in more than just "glasses/contacts and...
  3. ari weitzner: true, optometrists are trained in all eye diseases. my point...
  4. Eye patient: Well said, I do agree with ari altho I m...

Should a Patient With Fuch’s Dystrophy Lose Near Vision After Cataract Surgery?


  1. ari weitzner: your complaint has nothing to do with fuch's. you simply...
  2. Maxine: I suffer from presbyopia and I use varionet glasses (http://www.varionetglasses.com/)....
  3. V: I had cataract surgery two weeks ago in one eye...
  4. ari weitzner: if the surgery was uncomplicated, then the astigmatism did not...
  5. Oliver: Cataract surgery definitely made my vision worse in every way...
  6. ari: if you have fuchs, the vision can suffer. thats unavoidable....

Can Stem Cell Treatment Help a Patient With Retinal Detachment and Glaucoma?


  1. ari weitzner: it's remarkable how so many questions are posed here regarding...
  2. Randall V. Wong, M.D.: I will agree with Dr. Weitzner. There is no...
  3. Diane Schwartz: I will be making the decision this month to undergo...
  4. Diane: Additional information for your use on XCell Center which uses...
  5. Diane: Good link to other articles: (FYI -scroll down in the...
  6. Diane: Though this does not work with the optic nerve yet,...
  7. Diane: This was written in 2004: http://www.nature.com/eye/journal/v18/n11/full/6701577a.html Cambridge Ophthalmological Symposium Eye (2004) 18,...
  8. Dr. Ari Weitzner: i took a look at the xcell website. they charge...
  9. Diane: Thank you for your input but in my case pressure...
  10. Dr. Ari Weitzner: it is well known that pressure is only part of...
  11. Diane Schwartz: 1) Glaucoma Symptoms Halted with Eye Drops, Study at...
  12. RUBEN: I go a retinal detachment after an attack about two...
  13. ari weitzner: Please review our entries in the "Stem Cell" category for...
  14. Steve: Hi, I'm Steve 32 years old and have RP (Retinitis...
  15. ari weitzner: Please review our entries in the “Stem Cell” category for...
  16. ari: please refer to the stem cell section - http://eyedocnews.com/00category/blog/stem-cell/ there is no...
  17. Jim: I heard that x-cell is only able to use certain...
  18. ryan: i have a retinal detachment in my left eye, im...
  19. ari: nothing can be done to help the eye. if you...
  20. Anthony: they have tried the stem cells in rats, mice ect,...
  21. ari: this is an old problem- translating success from animals to...
  22. Gina Villalobos: Sight restored after 55 years - detatched retina http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/228805.php
  23. ari: the patient did not get "useful" vision. he can barely...

Can Stem Cell Treatment Help Repair Eye After Cryotherapy?


  1. ari weitzner: you mean you lost color vision? if due to damage...

What Can I Do About the Side Effects of an Iridotomy?


  1. ari: yeesh! side effects are so rare after iridotomy. i'm shocked...
  2. Tina: Hi, I recently had surgical iridectomy and an ICL implant...
  3. ari weitzner: corneal edema should resolve- usually not a problem in straightforward...
  4. Terry: I also had a personal injury. I really only...
  5. ari: corneal tatto not a bad option- agree to first try...
  6. Rita: I was scheduled for implantable contact lens (ICL) surgery and...
  7. ari: very very strange and unusual inflammatory reaction to a laser...
  8. Tony Carr: Seems as though the more I look into this the...
  9. ari: we do not do iridotomies for high pressure. so of...
  10. Brill: I had an adverse reaction to a medication on two...
  11. Zuli: Hi, I was scheduled for bilateral prophylactic iridotomies, because I have...
  12. ari weitzner: one iridotomy per eye at 3 or 9 oclock. no...
  13. Peter: I had an iridotomy on my left eye Dec.15 2011...
  14. Marylee Taylor: June 2010, I had an iridotomy on both eyes. My...
  15. ari: i cannot possibly explain blurred or damaged vision after iridotomy....
  16. Diana Maberry: I had laser iridotomy on my right eye 5 days...
  17. ari: rarely, the cornea can get scratched from the laser. perhaps...
  18. Mrs. Cleveland: I was told that I have narrow angles and was...
  19. ari: if you have narrow angles, you'd be crazy not to...
  20. Mary: I had a closed angle attack in July of 2011....
  21. olga: Mrs. Cleveland, Did you have your iridotomies? I was also diagnosed...
  22. olga: I am wondering if somebody had a positive experience with...
  23. olga: I am wondering if somebody had a positive experience with...
  24. ari: iridotomies only rarely cause problems. the benefit is great, as...
  25. joyce ireland: I have narrow angles and 1 week ago I had...
  26. Matt: I just had laser iridotomy in both eyes (2 weeks...
  27. ari: one does not need a specialist for this procedure. a...
  28. joyce: I had my second iridotomy done for my right eye....
  29. gwen: I had iridotomies done half a year ago and am...
  30. Elsa: My mother had an acute narrow angle attack when she...
  31. ari: side effects are rare. if you dont get the laser,...
  32. Sandy: I had a very positive experience with laser iridotomies. ...
  33. marilyn: I'm 71, developed "narrow angle glaucoma"...the specialist followed me for...
  34. Joe: I am 66. At a routine eye examination I was...
  35. Joe: Sorry - I meant.......... "the right eye should be...
  36. ari: your experience is typical. side effects are rare.
  37. Rich: I had the iridotomy a year ago and it's been...
  38. ari: i dont think i said the side effects were "acceptable"....
  39. ari: i meant to add that i sympathize with your complaints....
  40. Ann: I had a bilateral laser iridotomy done in November to...
  41. ari: the iridotomy cannot give you these symptoms now. the...
  42. Juanita: I questioned my doctor about the glare I had read...
  43. ari: it can be reversed pretty easily with special sutures to...
  44. seahappi: I find it comical that someone would actually post a...
  45. seahappi: oh, and one more thing I'd like to share. this...
  46. ari: the possible side effects of driving a car: death, loss...
  47. Patty: Hi, I had Lpi done on my left eye ...
  48. ari: side effects from lpi is rare, and well worth the...
  49. Jeanne: I was diagnosed with close angle glaucoma and had my...
  50. ari: this is the typical case. thanks.

48 YOM With Central Vein Occlusion, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, and Sleep Apnea


  1. Randall V. Wong, M.D.: One answer to your question is that Ozurdex may be...
  2. ari: hmm. those with sleep apnea often have trouble closing their...

Patient: 82 YOM With Fuchs Dystrophy, Cataract, and Detached Retina


  1. Jim: I too have Fuchs and am 60 years old. I...
  2. ari: he needs to see a very experienced cataract surgeon. if...
  3. state: need to know what city you live in to recommend...
  4. Dr. D.Pereira: Hi I'm suffering from fuchs and have been reading up...
  5. Jeanne Adam: 9days postoperative on cataract surgery, healing well, still cloudy vision....
  6. Jeanne Adam: And, my wonderful doc is Mark Gorovoy, M.D., In Ft.Myers,...
  7. dbl: It would be a good idea not to use acronyms,...
  8. Carol Clem: Went for pre-op eval for Cataracts, a year or so...

Will Familial Drusen Turn Into AMD?


  1. Randall V. Wong, M.D.: It is my experience that Familial Drusen are not related...
  2. ari: i haven't read much lately about familial drusen, also called...
  3. Anita: I don't believe this is true as I have had...

Congress Delays Medicare Pay Cut


  1. Luci: Sorry DR. Weitzer, I don't feel sorry for you. ...
  2. ari: 1. obamacare does nothing to rein in healthcare costs. only...
  3. Luci: Let me be clear you and I agree on one...
  4. Dr. Ari Weitzner: why in the world would i resent my patients for...

FDA Approves Softec HD IOL from Lenstec for Treating Cataracts


  1. Pat: I am so confused what makes these better than a...
  2. ari: it comes in 0.25 increments instead of 0.50

Crystalens or Restor as a Multifocal IOL After Cataract Surgery?


  1. Mick: There is some interesting discussion on the MedHelp website which...
  2. ari weitzner: restor is much better for close reading than crystalens. crytalens...
  3. ari weitzner: monovision happens to be a very good option, and there...
  4. Mick: There are advantages and disadvantages to both types. Monovision is...
  5. ari weitzner: mick- your reasoning is excellent. you touch on all the...
  6. Amy: monovision happens to be a very good option, and there...
  7. Mitch: I started this string asking for help. Thanks for the...
  8. Robert Bellizzi: Please note that none of the previous respondents mentioned Fuchs'...
  9. Tom Kogan: When I was 68 years old and an active private...
  10. ari weitzner: yeesh. when i have a patient who comes for a...
  11. Atif: Hi everyone, I am a 25 year old male (in...
  12. ari weitzner: you are right about everything except the monovision- i wouldn't...
  13. Kim, Akron Oh: wondering if you've had your surgery yet?? I am...
  14. ari: i am surprised you were given a multifocal in only...
  15. vivian mower: Too many problems with multifocal and even Cyrstalens. I...
  16. Dr. Ari Weitzner: you make an an excellent point. a well-known surgeon- i...
  17. Tom Kogan: Let me explain further. I lived in Western Maryland prior...
  18. Ben (Gatineau, Quebec, Canada): Hi, My cataract surgery is supposed to be in February 2011....
  19. ari weitzner: i think you made a very wise, informed decision. since you...
  20. Ben (Gatineau, Quebec, Canada): Thank you for your comments. I have to go...
  21. Dr. Ari Weitzner: oh- youre from canada- that explains the delay. here in...
  22. Judy in Texas: I've not seen addressed here, something which I wish I'd...
  23. ari: any ophthalmologist should be able to detect diabetic retinopathy prior/after...
  24. Nasir Abbas: It was very confusing to decide whether to have a...
  25. Nasir Abbas: By the way, halo is nothing compared to what I...
  26. ari: great to hear such a satisfied patient!
  27. Maggie: I'm 61 and had a monofocal IOL implanted after cataract...
  28. Dr. Ari Weitzner: you are not a good candidate for multifocal if you...
  29. Maggie: Thank you Dr Ari. I am worried becaues now my...
  30. Tom: I have had cataracts for at least 10 years, but...
  31. ari: a history of optic neuritis makes you a bad candidate...
  32. Tom: I AGREE..in fact, I am very pleased with the results!...
  33. Kathy: July 6 had surgery on right (dominant) eye and August...
  34. don: I have 2 have 2 cataracts done. Think I...
  35. ari: flomax makes it harder, with a slightly higher complication rate,...
  36. Dorota: Sept 30,2011 I am going to have my second cataract...
  37. ari: hard to say! restor works best when used binocularly,...
  38. paula hendrikse: hi there , i am 43 and never had a problem...
  39. ari: your vision will be excellent after surgery. the question only...
  40. Kathryn: I am scheduled to have a multifocal lens replaced in...
  41. ari: if you are really concerend about night driving and loss...
  42. ari: 1 last thing- crystalens has no such drawbacks- but the...
  43. Cheryl: I am 61 and had cataract surgery on the right...
  44. Cheryl: I should also clarify that I had astigmatism in both...
  45. ari: sounds like a benign floater. i would call the surgeon...
  46. Carol: I need to have a cataract removed from my left...
  47. ari: if you did monovision in the past, that's the way...
  48. Doug: I am 43 and like most people on this Board,...
  49. ari: monovision is having one eye focused at distance, and the...
  50. arun: Hi i am Arun from India Mumbai i developed cataract...

Should I Undergo Collagen Crosslinking with Riboflavin For My Keratoconus?


  1. ari weitzner: its an easy procedure. for about 20 minutes, drop after...
  2. Marie: C3R is a 45 minute in office treatment which halts...
  3. ari weitzner: marie- i think since it's so new, that it should...
  4. Gary Nelson: Great info on Keratoconus here given by your posts !...
  5. Marie: We have been performing Holcomb C3-R (crosslinking) since 2003. ...
  6. ari weitzner: i was not aware of your presentations at the meeting....

How Good Should My Near and Distance Vision be After a Toric IOL Implant?


  1. ari: toric lenses do zilch for near vision- only distance. ...
  2. divyesh.s.gandhi: i have implanted a toric lens in my right eye...
  3. ari: there is absolutely no reason to remove a toric lens....

Can Stem Cell Transplants Be Used to Treat Cone Degeneration?


  1. Dr. Ari Weitzner: experimental. no evidence that it works. consider volunteering for a...
  2. Randall V. Wong, M.D.: I would agree with Dr. Weitzer. The theory that...
  3. Mr. Uzair Shah: Dear Sir/Madam, I am the resident of Mardan, Pakistan and my...

Can I Use Eye Drops to Treat Cataract?


  1. Dr. Ari Weitzner: eye drops for cataract is pure snake oil. stay away-...
  2. Deb Mills: The thing is that this is a website from doctors....
  3. ari: i am growing tired of this line of thought. it...
  4. ari: you know what would be nice?- why not put a...

NAION and Using Stem Cell Treatment to Restore the Optic Nerve


  1. Dr. Ari Weitzner: again- it's all experimental. consider allowing yourself to be a...
  2. Lawrence Schelero: In November 2008 while asleep I had a stroke in...
  3. ari: my answer remains the same- totally experimental. results so far-...
  4. Crystal: My husband has Glaucoma and he wants to volunteer for...
  5. ari: Regeneration of nerve tissue is at its infancy. Your husband's...
  6. JOyce: In February of 2005 while on a trip to Daytona,...
  7. barbara: I have severe bilateral ischemic optic neuropathy which happened at...
  8. ari weitzner: the odds of going blind from cataract surgery are quite...
  9. ashley: I was diagnoised with optic neuropathy back in Feb. Now...
  10. Jody: If NAION occurred on the right eye, how to prevent...
  11. Dr. Ari Weitzner: ashley--viral infection causing optic neuritis is quite rare. Consult with...
  12. Dr. Ari Weitzner: joyce--im sorry about your condition. i wish we had better...
  13. karen harker: hi my eldest daughter now 12 was born premature by...
  14. Dr. Ari Weitzner: stem cells will have a role in the future- the...
  15. ghazala zafar: I have naion ,and my left eye is affected .it...
  16. ari weitzner: risk factors for naion that can be modified include high...
  17. Kal: Hi i am a 38-years old male, i was diagnosed...
  18. Robin Merry: I suffered from NAION about 4 yrs. ago, first in...
  19. ari: you are right that risk factors need to be optimized...
  20. Debbie Jordan: My husband suffered an optic nerve stroke after having cataract...
  21. ari: im afraid there is nothing. severe diabetes destroys the circulation...
  22. Limor: Hi my mother was diagnosed 2 weeks ago with...
  23. ari weitzner: the answer is no- sorry. again- look at the stem...
  24. ann: I have a friend who has optic nerve damage at...
  25. ari: homeopathic products are worthless- stay away. consult the stem cell section...
  26. Richard Miller: I had a stroke and lost my perefial vision.I heard...
  27. ari: look at the stem cell section here for centers, or...
  28. Irv Arons: Unfortunately, in my search of where stem cell research is...

Can Saffron Be Used to Treat Macular Degeneration?


  1. Dr. Ari Weitzner: i have read nothing reputable about saffron. there is no...

Can Saffron Reverse the Effects of Retinitis Pigmentosa?


  1. Dr. Ari Weitzner: wow- this saffron is getting a lot of press. again- no...

Synchrony IOL Gives Almost 3D of Accomodation


  1. Elizabeth: Has Synchrony IOL been implanted by surgeons in Europe ?...
  2. ari weitzner: im pretty sure it has been- europe always goes first!...
  3. Justin: Where can you get the Synchrony IOL in Europe? ...

Should Choroidal Nevus be Monitored?


  1. Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD: This sounds like common sense to me. All large choroidal...
  2. Deegan Lew, OD: I didn't know that nevi diameter was a predictor of...
  3. Dr. Ari Weitzner: what was a surprise was that the conversion rate was...
  4. ari: dr. lew- you make a perfectly valid point. the article...

Modified Deep Lamellar Keratoplasty Good for Keratoconus


  1. Wayne: Thank you Eye Dr News ! been reading your site...
  2. Dr. Ari Weitzner: thanks! my pleasure.

Should a Patient With AMD Have Cataract Surgery?


  1. Dr. Ari Weitzner: in bad macular degeneration-sometimes- if the cataract is pretty dense,...
  2. Randall V. Wong, M.D.: I agree with Dr. Weitzer. If your expectations are low (i.e....

Who Knew? Bifocals Retard Myopia After All


  1. Robert Kautz,OD: Who knew ? Optometrists knew.I also know no one...
  2. beth ballinger: I would love to have the reference for this article....
  3. Dominick M. Maino, OD, MEd, FAAO, FCOVD-A: For the folks at EyeDoc News Ophthalmology Online....Who knew? Functional...
  4. ari: well, i appreciate the fact that the optometrists had a...
  5. Jim Mayer, OD, FCOVD: Thanks for your blog information, Dr. Weitzner!! As ophthalmology...
  6. ari weitzner: here's what i want from you guys- take 1,000 kids with...
  7. Jim Mayer, OD, FCOVD: You wrote: "i have no beef with optometry. my beef...
  8. ari weitzner: i think the fact these optom's chose to publish in...
  9. Leonard J. Press, O.D., FCOVD, FAAO: Kudos to Dr. Mayer for professionally addressing the disingenuous and...
  10. ari: allow me to clarify- there is no good evidence that vision...
  11. Leonard J. Press, O.D., FCOVD, FAAO: I appreciate the reply, Dr. Weitzner. You wrote: "allow...
  12. Dr. Ari Weitzner: 1. you make a good point- that parents complaining about...
  13. Leonard J. Press, O.D., FCOVD, FAAO: I appreciate the left-handed compliments, Ari, as difficult as I...
  14. Leonard J. Press, O.D., FCOVD, FAAO: An errant finger resulted in my last post being truncated,...
  15. ari: i am too exhausted to answer all your points, most...
  16. Leonard J. Press, O.D., FCOVD, FAAO: Ah, the errant finger strikes again. As I...
  17. Leonard J. Press, O.D., FCOVD, FAAO: Wow, you're a prolific talker, Ari. Just when it...
  18. Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD: Dr. Weitzner says: "here’s what i want from you guys- take 1,000...
  19. David Cook, O.D.: Dr. Weitzner, You have described the upset of parents who have...
  20. Kenneth Koslowe OD MS: I am an Optometrist with a Masters Degree in Psychology...
  21. Dr. Ari Weitzner: dr. koslowe- it is meaningless to discuss whether ophthalmology...
  22. Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD: "dr. warford- i remain puzzled." Agreed. "simply take 1,000 kids with a...
  23. ari weitzner: c'mon. please dont play dumb- its aggravating. find an expert in...
  24. Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD: Ari, You've misunderstood most of what I'm trying to say....
  25. Sarah Lane, OD: Dr. Weitzner, You don't seem to realize that Vision Therapy is...
  26. ari weitzner: i see i need an attorney when i write here... ok- what...
  27. Sarah Lane, OD: Let me pose a question to you. Do you...
  28. ari weitzner: oh my god. for the love of mike. take 500 kids...
  29. Philip Bugaiski, OD, FCOVD: Dr. Weitzner, We got it. We hear your repeated invitation...
  30. Ryan LeBreton, OD: Just curious ari. Optometrists go and watch surgeons do...
  31. Clint Hoxie, OD: Dr. Weitzner, Learning is a thing that requires comparison between what...
  32. David Cook, O.D.: Dr. Weitzner, I can't tell from your posts if your interest...
  33. Leonard J. Press, O.D., FCOVD, FAAO: Incredible. I'll give you credit where credit is due,...
  34. Kenneth Koslowe OD MS FCOVD-A: Dr.Weitzner, Just to set the record straight on Amblyopia, Ophthalmology did...
  35. Merrill Bowan: ari, you are to be commended for hanging in with...
  36. Mark Dean: Ari, Thank you for interest. You are truly committed to...
  37. Richard C. Laudon, O.D.: Dear Ari, I am confused by your statements regarding vision therapy...
  38. Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD: Ari, Since you have made your son part of this...
  39. Kenneth Koslowe OD MS FCOVD-A: Dr. Weitz, Your arguements are starting to really go off the...
  40. Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD: Ari, Until you cite some double-blind, placebo controlled studies to...
  41. Dave: MDs are immune to trends in health care? Say...
  42. ari: this thread has veered wildly off topic, and we are...
  43. Dr. Ari Weitzner: although i am the medical editor of eyedocnews, this blog...
  44. Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD: Ari, I do appreciate the offer to join the blogging...
  45. Dave: "so, again- considering that i started this thread apologizing to...
  46. Benjamin Ticho: The Archives article suggested that base-in prism was not useful...
  47. Benjamin Ticho: In their conclusion, the Archives' authors stated their concerns that...

Is There Stem Cell Treatment Research Being Done for Ocular Histoplasmosis?


  1. Jim Goyjer: Yes, Research on retinal diseases is being done at the International...
  2. Dr. Ari Weitzner: maybe dr. wong can chime in. i am not aware....

Iris-Fixation of IOL With Titanium Clips


  1. David Richardson, MD: Wonderful! Although I do occasionally enjoy the challenge of...
  2. ari: im prety sure it was in archives january, or possibly...

What’s the Consensus on Using Vigamox After Eye Injections for Wet AMD?


  1. Dr. Ari Weitzner: dr wong probably knows best, but i believe you are...
  2. Randall V. Wong, M.D.: The use of antibiotics before, or after, in intraocular injection...

Can Bio Molecular Therapy Restore Vision Loss Caused by Glaucoma?


  1. Dr. Ari Weitzner: yeesh- trust me- if it were effective, it would be...

Instructions for Using Acuvail?


  1. Dr. Ari Weitzner: acuvail is twice a day. put in the fridge after...
  2. tom barone: Why is ACUVAIL so outrageously expensive? At more than $400...
  3. Dr. Ari Weitzner: the q is, why not? this is america, a capitalist...
  4. Vladislav Roytapel: Doctor what is the name of medication ? I...
  5. Dr. Ari Weitzner: xibrom and nevanac are the other non-steroidals. ketorolac is the...
  6. Terster: Hi, I read your post and was wondering if you...
  7. ari: alternatives to acuvail? xibrom, nevenac, and generics.

Voriconazole Shows Promise in Treating Acanthamoeba Keratitis


  1. Cheryl: I have Dr O'dell in my friends list on Facebook...
  2. Todd: I have resistant Acanthamoeba brought on by abrading my cornea...
  3. ari: sorry for your ordeal. yours is a classic case- corneal...
  4. Todd: I am now trying a combined Voriconazole, (chlorhexidine, PHMB ...
  5. ari: i have no knowledge in this area- sorry.

Does Avastin Work for Retinal Vein Occlusions?


  1. Joseph Nantista: My doctor wants to use AVASTIN-{OFF-Label} to treat my Macular...
  2. Randall V. Wong, M.D.: Not sure if I am aware of a study. ...
  3. John Scott: I just had my first shot of avastin today for...
  4. Annette: If someone has a retinal vein occlusion, and tries Avastin,...
  5. ari weitzner: complications are practically nil. should see improvement in about a...
  6. Randall Wong, M.D.: I agree with Dr. Weitzner. The combination of drugs, such as...
  7. Annette Gomez: Thank you Dr.'s Weitzner and Dr. Wong (do either of...
  8. Richo: Got a branch retinal vein occlusion , been observed for...
  9. Randall Wong, M.D.: Dear Richo, I wish you the best of luck. I...
  10. anthony S: my left eye was getting harder to focus about...
  11. R Johnson: I have been treated for approximately three three for BRVO...
  12. ari: if avastin/kenalog injections do not help you by now, most...
  13. Bubbles: My husband had a retinal vein occlusion last autumn. ...
  14. ari: typically a patient will need several injections- monthly for the...
  15. Diane Allen: I experienced a central vein occlusion/ left eye almost 1...
  16. Randall Wong, M.D.: Dear Diane, It has been my experience that we can easily...
  17. ari: you can get many injections- the risk is very small....
  18. DonnyB: I have been having injections of Avastin since 2007 and...
  19. ari: you may want to consider kenalog injection
  20. Andrea Sexton: I hate being a newby but I am kind of...
  21. ari: avastin is very safe- thousands of injections have been done,...
  22. Randall Wong, M.D.: Dear Andrea, There are 4 possible treatment options in patients with...
  23. Susan Fry: Hi All, especially Andrea, I know how you feel. I...
  24. Joan Emmrich: I have received 5 injections of Avastin for retinal vein...
  25. Noelle Silk: Back to the question of Avastin injections for macular pucker/epiretinal...
  26. Randall Wong, M.D.: Noelle, Your mom's doctor might be trying to improve any swelling/macular...
  27. Janel: I was diagnosed with proliferative retinopathy several days ago after...
  28. Randall Wong, M.D.: Dear Janel, Avastin may be effective in treating both the neovasularization...
  29. Tyler Long: That's really great that in this survey there were only...
  30. Dr Helena K.: Please, tell me when it is the best time to...
  31. ari: good q. no one really knows. its true that...
  32. Francis Pasquini: Hello, All: I am 69 and developed BRVO in...
  33. ari: sounds like your doctor is doing the right thing

An Overview of New Treatments for Dry AMD


  1. Gillian Wilson: There is hope for dry AMD sufferers Checkout the website...

How Do I Prevent Nucleus Drop During Phaco Emulsification?


  1. Dr. Ari Weitzner: this is a hard question to answer. if you are...

Does Long Term Intake of Aspirin Help Reduce the Risk of Macular Degeneration?


  1. Randall V. Wong, M.D.: Aspirin is also not going to complicate diabetic retinopathy, for...
  2. Dr. Ari Weitzner: we phaco surgeons dont even stop coumadin- its been well...

What is Normal Vision After Cataract Surgery?


  1. Dr. Ari Weitzner: if you had a standard implant, and the surgery had...
  2. Joy: Had cataract surgery on left eye 2 months ago (mono...

Are There Herbal Remedies to Relieve Minor Symptons of a Macular Hole?


  1. Dr. Randall Wong: Are you asking if the herbal remedies can help the...

LASIK for Child With Lattice Degeneration, Myelinated NF, and Amblyopia?


  1. Dr. Randall Wong: I would consult with your ophthalmologist/retina specialist. There is...
  2. Dr. Ari Weitzner: the suction ring used in lasik places pressure on the...

What is the Risk of Infection With Intravitreal Drug Injections Without Topical Antibiotics?


  1. Randall V. Wong, M.D.: While there may be no consensus regarding intravitreal injections, I...

Can Microcurrent Stimulation be Used to Treat Macular Degeneration?


  1. ari weitzner: i havent seen anything like that in respected journals. sorry.
  2. nadine: I'm looking for a doctor that does microcurrent stimulation for...

Corneal Transplant for Fuch’s Corneal Dystrophy?


  1. Jim: I would encourage you to check out this forum on...
  2. Dr. Ari Weitzner: dsaek/dlek and related procedures (replacing the critical layer of cells)...
  3. Erv Galecki: I underwent cataract surgery and corneal transplant 5 weeks ago...
  4. Carol Wise: I have Fuchs corneal dystrophy and macular degeneration. My...
  5. Dr. Ari Weitzner: it can sometimes be hard to figure out how much...

Using Acuvail After Treatment of AMD


  1. Randall V. Wong, M.D.: I would first make sure of the diagnosis. The...
  2. Dr. Ari Weitzner: maybe the diagnosis is cystoid macular edema, not amd. acuvail...

Is Toric IOL the Right Choice?


  1. Dr. Ari Weitzner: no reason not to take the toric iol. its wonderful...

Lumigan or Alphagan Drops for Glaucoma in Patient With Dry AMD and Past Cataract Surgery


  1. Dr. Ari Weitzner: lumigan can very rarely cause vision loss- almost always in...

Treatment for Cystoid Macular Edema?


  1. Dr. Ari Weitzner: usually we treat first with drops- pred forte and acular...

Is Ranibizumab Superior to Laser for DME?


  1. jatushan: but cost-effectiveness?
  2. Randall V. Wong, M.D.: I share your optimism. It is not clear in...

Does LASIK Cause Retinal Detachment?


  1. John: I'm living proof that LASIK will cause vitreous detachment. As...
  2. Randall Wong, M.D.: Dear John, It is not uncommon for a highly nearsighted person,...
  3. ari: dr. wong is 100% correct. i will say, though, that...

Will New Synchrony Lens Provide Better Outcomes for Cataract Patients?


  1. eye guy: Very interesting indeed! Looking forward to seeing if anything comes of...

Will Femtosecond Laser Technology Revolutionize Cataract Surgery?


  1. alkhatri: What I understand is that the femtosecondlaser emits...
  2. ari: yes- it's the same laser applied to the lens

Are IOP Spikes Following Avastin Injections Related to Your Compounding Pharmacy?


  1. Irv Arons: Randall, I also wrote this up for my online Journal (link:...
  2. Randall V. Wong, M.D.: I, too, have had a few questions. I called...
  3. Irv Arons: OK, I received copies of the email blast that the...

Patients with Open-Angle Glaucoma Have Increased Risk of Stroke


  1. Jennie Robinson: It doesn't state that eye drops for open angle glaucoma...
  2. ari: hard to imagine that glaucoma medication can cause stroke. what...
  3. Tilly: Glaucoma medication, especially prostagladines, can have all sorts of side...
  4. ari: the amount of medicine entering the bloodstream is not cumulative,...

CMS Reverses Position on Avastin for AMD


  1. Irv Arons: The change back (on January 1st) is now official. It...

How Does One Treat Subretinal Neovascularization?


  1. Randall V. Wong, M.D.: You got it! I agree whole heartedly. Give...
  2. Irv Arons: If anyone is interested in the early history of PDT...

Can Stem Cells Be Used to Treat Diabetic Retinopathy?


  1. Calgary Real Estate: Dear uncontrolled diabetes [type 2] for 18 years - Have you...
  2. Randall V. Wong, M.D.: I am wondering how much of the vision loss is...
  3. Aruna Th-Hollingshead: Dear Fellow Diabetic: I am a 56 yr old female, diagnosed...
  4. Hame: Hi Aruna I am 52 years old and had diabetes since...
  5. Ramkumar: Hi, I would like to know if there is any treatment...
  6. Dr. Ari Weitzner: no. i wish there were. all we have is laser...
  7. Clare: Hi I am 29years old and suffered with type1 Diabetes from...
  8. ari: the stem cell treatment in china has zero evidence that...

What Are the Treatment Options for Meibomian Gland Dysfunction?


  1. Dr. Ari Weitzner: i advise restasis and azasite- they are helpful in combating...
  2. vanna.fiore: Dear Doctor, I will try to cure my MGD...
  3. cristian: vanna.flore, could you tell me where to get azyter ?...

What Are the Symptoms of Charles Bonnet Syndrome?


  1. Randall V. Wong, M.D.: To me, Charles Bonnet Syndrome (CBS) occurs in individuals that...
  2. Dr. Ari Weitzner: agree- the hallucinations are purely visual, as far as i...
  3. nystagmite: My understanding is that Charles Bonnet syndrome is the condition...
  4. Lonzettte: My Mother has macular degeneration (dry). She has had...
  5. ari weitzner: i am not aware of anyone who specializes in this...

Is Silicone Oil Useful as Tamponade in Macular Hole Surgery?


  1. shubham chauhan: my mother 51years old having problem of macular hole in...

Can One Image the Retinal Pigment Epithelium In Vivo?


  1. Irv Arons: Ari, Isn't this the same story about David Williams' group at...
  2. ari weitzner: yep- it is. you're way ahead of me!

Can Stem Cell Transplantation Therapy Be Used to Restore Vision Lost Due to Glaucoma?


  1. Dr. Ari Weitzner: any retinal stem cell therapy at this time is purely...
  2. sharon: My father lost his eyesight due to glaucoma. He...
  3. Frank: Dr. Ari Weitzner, then is the story of Macie Morse a...
  4. JD Bliss: I don't think Dr. Weitzner is saying any particular case...
  5. ari: frank- if we relied on news reports about this or...

New Treatment for Posterior Blepharitis?


  1. Dr. Ari Weitzner: dr maskin is just an ophthalmologist who thought of and...
  2. Laura Lint: Yes, the probes are available now, at least in the...
  3. Nancy Derby: I have been diagnosed with MGD (meibomian gland dysfunction) and...

Systemic Absorption of Sub-Tenon’s Kenalog


  1. Elaine Blair: I had an injection of Kenalog approximately 6 weeks ago...
  2. ari weitzner: the kenalog can take quite a while to dissolve- months....
  3. Dorothy Zarba: To treat Cystoid Macula Edema, my retina specialist did a...
  4. ari: are you sure it was sub-tenons and not intravitreal? you...
  5. Andrea Norred: I had a Kenalog injection for cme. The next...

Are You Experiencing Difficulties With Retinal Surgery on Patient With Restor Intraocular Lens?


  1. Dr. Ari Weitzner: interesting- never heard of that. cant be the accomodation if...

Is DSEK Effective for Fuchs Dystrophy?


  1. Dr. Ari Weitzner: You have pretty bad fuch's. i would do cataract surgery...
  2. Linda Muller: I'm a 56 year old female. I had been...
  3. Nanette: I am 51 years old and have Fuch's Dystrophy. It...
  4. Lynn: My Dad has one eye with a bit of vision...
  5. K Berg: Does anyone know a Dr. in Los Angeles who...
  6. Bob Koehler: I'm 72 years old and it's recommended that I get...
  7. ari: what? very bizarre. shingles vaccine has no effect on...
  8. Nancy: I have been diagnosed with Fuch's Dystrophy for a few...
  9. ari: what is the problem? irritation? if its due to the...

Glaucoma, Fuchs Dystrophy and Cataract Surgery


  1. Dr. Ari Weitzner: In dsaek, the recovery time takes a few weeks, as...

Who Sees CMV Retinitis Anymore?


  1. Randall V. Wong, M.D.: I agree with Dr. Weitzer. I was a resident...

Does Complement Inhibitor Inhibit Both Forms of Macular Degeneration?


  1. Debra Marshall: My ms symptoms began several years ago, with weakness, and...
  2. ari: why cant you take an mri? what cant you get a...

Can DSEK Help Me Recover My Vision After a Corneal Scar?


  1. Dr. Wong: I would first ask if your doctor thinks you have...
  2. Dr. Ari Weitzner: dr wong is correct that dsek is not appropriate here....

Vision Improvement 1 Year after Gene Therapy in Leber’s Amaurosis


  1. Bob Sheffield: The clinical trial was nearly 4 years ago. With a...
  2. ari: good question. did you call univ of pa and inquire?

Can Nerve Growth Factor Eye Drops Protect Retinal and Optic Nerve Cells From Damage Caused by Glaucoma?


  1. Diane: I have normal tension glaucoma however my OCT tests over...
  2. irene: Where can one purchase nerve growth factor drops?
  3. Dr. Ari Weitzner: diane- sorry i missed your question. ngf is still experimental. not...
  4. Inzan: Hello , I am a Glaucoma patient . I...
  5. ari: ngf is in the very early stages of research. please...
  6. robin prospere: my husband is a diabetic and has been on 3...
  7. ari: an oophthalmologist came to your house? if not, you need...
  8. jenny: May I ask if there update on the experiment of...
  9. jenny: May I ask if theres an update on the experiment...

What Do You Think About the New Advances in Macular Hole Surgery?


  1. M Robertson: With SF6 tampon the anatomic success rate was 64% whilst...

Does Microplasmin Cause Posterior Vitreous Detachment?


  1. Randall V. Wong, M.D.: I have long been telling patients and friends that if...
  2. Nawat: I wish they can find the right way/ dose/ time...
  3. ari: it has recently been approved.

Medicare Payments for Glaucoma Procedures Dropping Even Though Number of Procedures Has Been Increasing


  1. Dr Robert Schertzer: There can be a few reasons for this shift to...
  2. Dr. Ari Weitzner: unethical doc will do more alt's, but ethical ones do...

New EyeCon Eye Dropper Device From Japan Never Misses the Target


  1. Dr Robert Schertzer: Their video looks pretty silly and doesn't really show the...

OcuCure Therapeutics Eye Drop Shows Efficacy in Primates for AMD


  1. Randall V. Wong, M.D.: If I read your article and the press release correctly,...
  2. Dominique Brooks, MD, MBA: No I don't think you are missing anything. The...

Can Corneal Refractive Therapy (a/k/a Overnight Orthokeratology) Control of Myopia?


  1. Contact Lens: Supplementation with the amino acid phenylalanine (LPA) may have value...
  2. Dr. Ari Weitzner: im surprised at this study- i thought it was pretty...

Charles Bonnet Syndrome: Cause of Visual Hallucinations In the Elderly


  1. Tony Perino: My 92 year old father-in-law has advanced macular degeneration, is...
  2. Randall V. Wong, M.D.: Hm. Sounds a little suspicious to be honest. ...

Videos: Planned ICCE, Chalazion Surgery, Intravitreal Injection, and More


  1. L. Lint: Another useful resource for ophthalmic surgical videos is Eyetube.net. Registration...

Is Uveal Melanoma Associated with Cell Phone Use?


  1. Symposier: Interesting! I never really heard that cell phones usage could...

Technolas Eyetracking Technology Approved For LASIK Surgery by FDA


  1. Grand Rapids LASIK: This is great news for LASIK operations - an added...

New Laser Treatment to Halt Blindness


  1. Irv Arons: OTEurope Digest just "tweeted" about the recent John Marshall press...
  2. Irv Arons: I have a feeling that I gave you a link...

Stemedica Cell Technologies Announces Breakthrough Discovery in Use of Stem Cells for Treating Retinal Degeneration


  1. Irv Arons: According to my contact within the company, this study was...
  2. Dr K James: Greetings everyone, Nice work with the RPE cells. I can't...
  3. Elise Leval: Will someone please start a blog of the possibility of...
  4. ari: once the retina dies from crao, it cannot be restored....

Optelec Reduces the Price of Compact+ Video Magnifier for the Visually Impaired


  1. eli: I am looking for this kind gadget for my mom...

Is There A Benefit to Cataract Surgery in Patients with Alzhemier’s Disease?


  1. Dr. Weitzner: i have had a handful of patients who looked very...

Is Avastin Better Than Laser for Diabetic Macular Edema?


  1. Randall V. Wong, M.D.: I think you are right on target, or rather, you've...
  2. Sandra Slayton: I was diagnosed with diabetes a little over a year...
  3. Dr. Ari Weitzner: avastin is now considered standard of care, even though it...

Transcend Medical Raises $35 Million for Development of CyPass Glaucoma Treatment System


  1. Irv Arons: As Larry Haimovitch wrote at the end of his coverage...
  2. Irv Arons: Dave Harmon of Market Scope responded to my request for...

Diabetic With Hypertension Being Treated for BRVO


  1. Dr. Randall Wong: Without examining you personally, I am not able to provide...
  2. Jenna: Pretty cool post. I just found your site and wanted...

Should Eye Doctors Sell Latisse?


  1. gacaldwell: I was sold Latisse at a spa (doctor owned) that...
  2. ari: nope. latisse is by prescription only. and samples may not...

Does Eating More Fish Prevent Macular Degeneration?


  1. Carol: I wrote to you back in october about a...
  2. Dr. Ari Weitzner: most people get drusen sooner or later, like getting grey...

Allergan Announces FDA Approval for OZURDEX™ For Treatment of Macular Edema Following Branch Retinal Vein Occlusion or Central Retinal Vein Occlusion


  1. ari weitzner: portroppo, non parlo bene l'italiano. per favore, scrive nel inglese....
  2. Randall V. Wong, M.D.: The announcement this week of the FDA's approval for Ozurdex...

Does Anyone Use Dodick PreChoppers?


  1. dk: I have not although I am very interested in learning...
  2. Lin Brister: Dr. Weitzner, I pulled up your very old question and...
  3. ari: thanks for the heads-up!

Is Non-Infectious Endophthalmitis After Intravitreal Injection of Kenalog Benign?


  1. Randall V. Wong, M.D.: Non-infectious endophthalmitis seems like a contradiction in terms. We...
  2. Dr. Weitzner: "seems" is the operative word. endophthalmitis, by strict definition, can...

Can Kenalog Before Panretinal Photocoagulation Protect Against Visual Loss and Macular Thickening?


  1. Randall V. Wong, M.D.: I think most of us forget that controlling macular edema,...
  2. Dr. Weitzner: of course you're right- we were always told to do...

QLT Announces Positive Results from Visudyne-Lucentis Combination Therapy for Wet AMD


  1. Dr. Wong: The results of this trial indicates that the number of...

Who Uses YAG Vitrolysis for Floaters?


  1. Irv Arons: I recall talking with an ophthalmologist in Florida (Scott Geller)...
  2. Irv Arons: I just came across an article on this subject in...
  3. Christian: Dr. Ari, are there anymore doctors doing yag laser for...
  4. ari: any doctor can do them. its very easy. i have...
  5. Irv Arons: As it turns out, after my comments above, back in...

Summary of Surgical Techniques to Correct Presbyopia


  1. iarons: In addition to the approach by LensAR, which Ron Krueger...

The Pursuit of Implants to Correct Presbyopia


  1. iarons: OK, I am now been able to identify the third...
  2. iarons: Also, for those of you that might be interested in...

Malyugin Ring vs. Iris Hooks


  1. TheLADIKDoc: The Malyugin Ring is the BEST device to treat both...

Eyenovations Developing Contact Lens That Delivers Continuous, Extended Release of Medications; Benefit Seen for Glaucoma Patients


  1. ari: not practical. i don't see glaucoma patients wearing contact lenses. much...

Do Cataract Eye Drops Work?


  1. MD: But... Where will Santen get their revenue from then?
  2. ari weitzner: santen makes legit products too. i dont think their cataract...
  3. k. lawrence: Sorry guys, but in 2004, or so, my dr. said...
  4. ari weitzner: what you just described is called an anecdote. anecdotes prove...

FDA Says LASIK Ads Must Warn Consumers of Side Effect Risks


  1. ari: not sure why lasik ads have to explain all the...

Cataract Surgery for 76 YOM 20/30 Vision Fuchs Dystrophy Guttata 1100 Corneal Thickness 560 MM


  1. Dr. Weitzner: those corneal numbers are not bad. if your surgery is...
  2. MD: DSAEK concurrently with cataract surgery an option?
  3. ari weitzner: i think dsaek concurrently is too aggressive. there is a...
  4. Marielle: I'm interested in your responses to cataract surgery if Fuchs'...
  5. ari weitzner: when the cornea fails, i mean it loses clarity (the...
  6. Ginny: I recently had cataract surgery in both eyes (6/11/09 and...
  7. Marielle: Ginny, have you joined the help group called Fuchs' Friends?...
  8. Ginny: Yes I am a member of both Fuch Groups. ...
  9. Dr. Ari Weitzner: hi ginny 20/30 vision is a great result- you are lucky....
  10. Ginny: Well after the cataract surgery on my left eye, I...
  11. carol opulski: I have been told I have Fuchs. I have been...
  12. ari weitzner: hi carol- dont be so panic-stricken from fuch's- the latest...
  13. Meg: I was just told I have Fuchs' dystrophy, & that...
  14. MK: I am 52 and have Fuchs dystrophy. I have...
  15. ari: mk- i would not advise lasik on a cornea that...
  16. ari: meg- the fuch's can create symptoms suddenly- not so unusual. i advise...
  17. Adrienne: I had cataract surgery almost 2 weeks ago. I...
  18. ari weitzner: if the surgery was uncomplicated, then you should be seeing...
  19. Betsy Ray: I am a 77 yr old female and I was...
  20. Joy: I have Fuchs' Dystrophy. My most recent cell count...
  21. Joy: Forgot to mention, I am 73 yrs old and was...
  22. ari: betsy- the torsional is simply a slightly different ultrasound. i...
  23. Jamesoh: I went a few months ago to see why my...
  24. ari weitzner: you have to ask your surgeon what percentage of your...
  25. Penny: I am 53 years old. I was diagnosed with...
  26. ari weitzner: if the cornea is nice and clear, and the retina...
  27. Joy: See my post in September. I had the cataract...
  28. ari: thats wonderful to hear! which iol did you choose?
  29. Joy: Well, 2 weeks plus 2 days after my cataract surgery....
  30. ari: again, which iol did you choose?
  31. Jeanne Adam: I have just had cataract surgery on R. Eye by...
  32. Jeanne Adam: Now, 3 1/2weeks post-op for IOL implant. I have...
  33. Betty Wilson: I regret having cataract surgery in my left eye. ...
  34. ari: subtle pre-fuch's can be overlooked pre-op. typically, it would not...
  35. Betty Wilson: Thank you, Ari, for your comment. I appreciate it. ...
  36. Maggie R: At 71, I have been diagnosed with Fuchs by two...
  37. ari: a crstalens in an eye with fuchs is, in my...

Studies Show Saffron Spice May Help Prevent Vision Loss or Even Reverse Vision Loss in Patients Suffering from AMD


  1. ari weitzner: this is not a recognized center that i have ever...
  2. Sam Jones: Ari I haven't seen where this company of doctors is trying...
  3. ari weitzner: i just think that when researchers state something like their...
  4. Joy Midge: This seems to be an initial investigation. To Ari Weitner:...
  5. Joy Midge: Also, the centre is existent : http://www.vision.edu.au/ One of their...
  6. Keith Hume: An article in the Daily Mail,( circulation 3.5 million) states...
  7. Dr John H Mogan: my wife has had A M D in one eye...
  8. ari: i suppose it cant hurt, except your wallet. unfortunately, no...
  9. Adrian: The unfounded dispute and general disregard shown by Mr Ari's...
  10. Andrew Stewart: A recent double-blind, peer reviewed trial at two Australian Universities...
  11. Andrew Stewart: Those with early or advanced MD, please Google Professor Silvia...
  12. ari: umm...i stick by my initial skepticism. i googled and...
  13. ari: i will add that there is an on-going study sponsored...
  14. Andrew Stewart: Hi again Dr. Ari, if you copy and paste ...
  15. ari: thanks for the link. the change in visual acuity was...

Corneal Implants for Presbyopia: What Ever Happened to the Presbylens?


  1. ari: why wouldn't pilocarpine have the same effect?

Avedro Using Microwave Technology to Change Shape of Cornea to Correct Vision


  1. Rick Foulkesf: Reproducabiltiy assumes a uniform density and hydration and perfect delivery....

Should Novice Phaco Surgeons Use the Ernst Nucleus Cracker?


  1. 1234: Great tip. I know this is an old thread,...

IOPtima Reports Successful Long-Term Results in the Use of its Laser System for Treatment of Glaucoma


  1. Dr. Weitzner: i like the idea of no penetrating the ac- hypotony...
  2. Irv Arons: Just a historical note -- Summit Technology tried this with...
  3. ari: actually, one company is advocating using the excimer to do...
  4. Irv Arons: We discussed it in the commentary following the ELT writeup,...

What is Treatment for Branch Retinal Vein Occlusion (BRVO)?


  1. Dr Weitzner: brvo has nothing to do with headache, except that you...
  2. Dr. Wong: I am not so sure that your symptoms are related...
  3. Barbara Cooney: I have BRVO, and have had 1 laser treatment and...
  4. Bettha: OOpps...I made an error ont he date in the first...
  5. Dr. Ari Weitzner: when i am asked to make a determination re disability...
  6. fran kaye: I have had BRVO `12 years ago and haven't had...
  7. Janet: I was diagnosed with BRVO in the left eye in...
  8. Connie: I am 46 years old and have been diagnosed with...
  9. ari: the chemo is not the chemo for cancer. there is...

What is the Range of Vision for Toric Lens After Implant?


  1. Dr. Weitzner: the toric lens only corrects cataract and about 3 diopters...

Vitreous Tap When AC Shallow During Phaco


  1. Grace Wu: Thank you for the useful tip. I would like to...
  2. ari: the vit tap maneuver is for cases when the ac...

Should We Prescribe Vigamox Eye Drops for Pink Eye?


  1. R Kautz: Are you serious? sulfa? Weren't sulfas invented during the...
  2. Dr. Weitzner: if you notice, your comment doesn't refute anything i wrote,...
  3. Sarah Desmond, CPNP: I Agree with Dr. Weitzner - why ARE so...
  4. Amber: Dr. Weitzner, I appreciate your comment and agree completely with your...
  5. Dr. Ari Weitzner: most conjunctivitis is viral and is NOT treated AT ALL,...
  6. Ashley: As a healthcare provider with small children with conjunctivitis, I...
  7. ari weitzner: i suspect that the gentamicin made the eyes feel better...
  8. John V: My daughter (5yrs old) got mild pink eye with green...
  9. Dr. Ari Weitzner: most conjunctivitis is contagious for about a week, so thats...
  10. Uche: I also thought that my daughter was prescribed moxifloxacin ophth....
  11. Dr. Ari Weitzner: the pink eye just ran its course regardless of the...
  12. Sharo: Wow, as a patient with pink eye for the first...
  13. ari weitzner: sounds like typical viral conjunctivitis, but since you started the...
  14. amy turner: I am allergic to sulfa, tobramycin, azasite, keratolac, gentamycin, and...
  15. ari weitzner: i agree!
  16. Angelina Mattera: I went to the doctor yesterday with what I think...
  17. Rache'l Clark: I am 63 years old and have had conjunctivitis for...
  18. Dr. Ari Weitzner: conjunctivitis is a self-limited disease. it always goes away, treated...
  19. Kacy B: My 3 year old son has conjunctivitis. We started...
  20. ari weitzner: once started, always important to finish the full course.
  21. Uche: Dr. Ari Weitzner, I wrote on June 17, 2010. As it...
  22. ari: i would prefer not to email you directly- it may...
  23. PAtricia: This is all so Interesting and informative, I have...
  24. Dr. Ari Weitzner: very hard to answer this question. what is the disease?...
  25. Kathy: I was diagnosed with a corneal ulcer and put on...
  26. ari weitzner: i suspect you have a virus. if the drop were...
  27. JenL: I'm so glad to see you on here! My...
  28. JenL: I forgot to mention that I woke in the middle...
  29. Dr. Ari Weitzner: sounds like this is viral conjunctivitis, and most likely no...
  30. JenL: Thank you so much for your response!
  31. ChrisP: Dear Dr. Weitzner, One week ago my 18-year-old daughter was diagnosed...
  32. ari: still probably viral, but i see no reason not to...
  33. samantha: What about the use of colloidal silver for eye infections...
  34. ari: no scientific proof behind colloidal silver. just like no scientific...
  35. Mariana: Dear Dr. Weitzner, 6 days ago my 2 year old...
  36. ari weitzner: i dont understand how one can get an allergic reaction...
  37. Mariana: Dr. Weitzner, Thank you for the fast response. Since I insisted...
  38. ari weitzner: also excellent choice
  39. amanda: Hello I have a question. I've been perscribed vigamox for...
  40. ari: as i mentioned, conjunctivitis (except for sexually transmitted diseases) is...
  41. amanda: Thank you so much for your advice!
  42. Dawn: Thank you ahead of time for your time. My 10...
  43. Dawn: And now, I don't know if this matters but my...
  44. ari: usually pink eye is contagious for about a week. rarely, conjunctivitis...
  45. Kel: For about 5 months now, I've been having sore eye...
  46. ari: sounds like you have blepharitis, a common chronic condition of...
  47. Josh: Dr. Weitzner, I totally agree with you about the over-use of...
  48. ari: exactly right! i believe that in the third world, betadine...
  49. lorsan: hi im having a pink eye now for about a...
  50. lorsan: and im just having red eyes no green discharge in...

Potential Nanotechnology Answer to Malfunctioning Retina


  1. iarons: An interesting video showing a prototype of the device developed...

Visiogen Raises $40 Million to Support Global Commercialization of the Synchrony Dual Optic Accommodating Intraocular Lens


  1. Dr. Weitzner: ive read the results of this lens- despite its remarkable...

IRIDEX Announces Shipment of New IQ 577(TM) Laser Systems


  1. Barbara: I am wondering if you can tell me what doctors...
  2. ari: there is no need to seek out a doctor using...

Question: Treating Macular Edema After Glaucoma and Cataract Surgery?


  1. Randall V. Wong, M.D.: In response to your macular edema, I am assuming that...
  2. Dr. Ari Weitzner: I assume the case was uncomplicated, and there are...

Which Are the Best Intraocular Lenses? C-flex® or ACRYSOF® IQ lens


  1. Dr. Ari Weitzner: most use iq by alcon. theoretically, the aspheric design of...
  2. mudassir: alcon iq model sn60wf are best comfortable for near or...
  3. ari: but sn60wf is monofocal- gives good vision for EITHER ...

Avastin Effective for BRVO


  1. Dr. Weitzner: if im not mistaken, there was little or no difference...

Vitreomacular Adhesion- Risk Factor for Wet ARMD


  1. Randall V. Wong, M.D.: In response, I have two comments. First, not only...

Conjunctivochalasis- underdiagnosed and easy to repair


  1. Cynthia Murphy: Where can I get this done in Hawaii?
  2. Dr. Weitzner: any ophthalmologist can perform this surgery
  3. jacky: My mother is due to have this operation very soon...
  4. ari: recuperation is nil. eye will feel a little scratchy
  5. vera speake: I had a procedure where they did away with extra...
  6. ari: sorry you had a bad result. its hard to explain,...

Early vs. Late Vitrectomy for Retained Lens Fragments After Phaco


  1. Randall V. Wong, M.D.: I agree with Dr. Weitzer. As a retina specialist,...

Embryonic Stem Cell Treatment for AMD


  1. Irv Arons: Here's some more about what the London Group is doing,...
  2. Irv Arons: Here's more on this story, taken from the press release...

Santen and Merck Sign Licensing Agreement for Tafluprost Treatment for Glaucoma and Ocular Hypertension


  1. Dr. Weitzner: yet another prostaglandin!

Sirion Therapeutics Announces Positive Results from Phase II Trials Evaluating Fenretinide for Treatment of Geographic Atrophy and Receipt of Fast Track Designation from the FDA


  1. Randall V. Wong, M.D.: This is the second news release this week indicating positive...

Prevalence of ARMD to Double by 2050 According to Recent Study


  1. Irv Arons: Just a reminder, I have published two listings; one of...

Othera Pharmaceuticals Announces Positive Interim Phase 2 Results of OT-551 Eye Drop Treatment for Dry AMD


  1. Randall V. Wong, M.D.: A topical application that will slow down the second most...

Ophthalmologists Opposing Legislation in at Least Five States Seeking to Expand Optometrists’ Scope of Practice


  1. Michael Dayton: This is a bad idea. A solution looking for a...
  2. ari weitzner: agreed. vast majority have no clue re difference between od...
  3. Oscar Cuzzani: I believe the political pressure is more to benefit optometrists...
  4. Dr. Weitzner: i think once od's start getting sued for poor medical...
  5. Sandra Krichbaum: As a patient I don't understand why someone would go...
  6. Irv Arons: Sandra, interesting comment about Dr. Fyodorov's RK "factory". I used...
  7. Sandra Krichbaum: One more question. Robotics. Is there a case for saying...
  8. Lonn Gary Schwartz, OD: The medical community suggested that there would be legions of...
  9. Dr. Weitzner: agreed- there are very good optom's out there. but for...
  10. Karine Shagoyan: I have high respect for MDs. However, I have to...
  11. samanthaOD: Let's keep things simple. Optometrists are more than capable...
  12. ari weitzner: i mostly agree. but i dispute the idea that optometrists...

Intravitreal Triamcinolone vs. Focal Laser for Diabetic Macular Edema


  1. Dr. Weitzner: i treat very similarly, dr. wong, if that makes you...

Synchrony Accomodative Lens- Just One Diopter


  1. Cataract Guy: I have read the same thing. It is a shame...
  2. ari weitzner: nothing lately, but last i heard, things looked promising.
  3. Carol Kern: I recently had cataract eye surgery on both eyes. I...
  4. ari: The lens power is often different from one eye to...
  5. Mike Jackson: I was a contact lens wearer (mono vision) for 40...
  6. Dr. Ari Weitzner: the laser cannot change the Synchrony lens. it can only...

LensX Lasers Raises $22.36 Million for Cataract Laser


  1. Irv Arons: I question that this company is developing a laser for...
  2. Irv Arons: I just found this tidbit that appeared in Cataract &...

Don’t Rush to Treat Diabetic Macular Edema Post-Phaco


  1. Randall Wong, M.D.: This was a helpful article. In the mid-1990's we...

April 2009 Issue of Ophthalmology from AAO Includes Peer-Reviewed Report Showing High Patient Satisfaction With LASIK Surgery


  1. Dr. Weitzner: good article in one of the throwaways that report satisfaction...

Implantable Miniature Telescope for AMD From VisionCare Ophthalmic Technologies Secures Approval From FDA Ophthalmic Devices Advisory Panel


  1. Elise Leval: When is someone going to come up with a solution...
  2. ari: crao causes immediate death of retinal tissue, which is pretty...

Young Ophthalmologists- Understand ROI!


  1. Randall V. Wong, M.D.: Excellent advice! ROI, by the way, means Return On...
  2. Randall V. Wong, M.D.: I just reread Dr. Weitzner's comment regarding ROI (Return On...

Mobile Ophthalmic Surgery Tables from UFSK-OSYS


  1. Mary Porfidio RN Surgery Manager: We bought 8 UFSK chairs in 2006 and they are...
  2. wisconsin surgery table: How come you are selling the chairs? Are you planning...

Neurotech Reports NT-501 Substantially Slowed Loss of Vision in Subjects With Dry AMD Involving Geographic Atrophy


  1. Irv Arons: I have published a list of this and other investigative...

Vitreo-Macular Traction in Persistent Edema


  1. Randall V. Wong, M.D.: Wow, I haven't "heard" much of this for a long...
  2. Dr. Weitzner: i am not a retinologist, so i cant answer your...

Researchers Create Ultra-Detailed 3-D Images of Retinas of Over 400 AMD Patients Using High Resolution OCT Machines


  1. Randall V. Wong, M.D.: This article and many others to follow are beginning to...

Woman With Retinitis Pigmentosa Obtains Rudimentary Vision With Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System From Second Sight


  1. s.p.bansal: sir Retinitis Pigmentosa being hereditory,three persons(2females aged 60&50yearsand one male...
  2. ari: this is an investigative procedure. the vision it gives is...
  3. Alvaro Hernandez: Hello, I suffered a detached retina in my left eye...
  4. ari: this is at the very, very early stage. it cannot...
  5. JimS: Doctor Weitzner - I take issue with your comment. The...
  6. ari: i am not shooting from the hip. what i meant...
  7. Marianne Hemer: could this eventually help with someone who has acromatopsia? ...
  8. ari: it should- the implant basically bypasses the rods and cones...

Visually Impaired Woman Works With Physicist to Create Mobile Version of Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscope


  1. Irv Arons: I visited Bob Webb when he first was working on...

Excimer Laser Trabeculostomy (ELT) in Glaucoma Treatment


  1. Irv Arons: If this is the Trabectome, it is not a laser,...
  2. Dr. Weitzner: no- not the trabecutome. its called excimer laser trabeculostomy (elt)....
  3. Irv Arons: I found the article. It's by an old friend, Michael...
  4. Dr. Weitzner: thanks for the follow-up!
  5. Irv Arons: More on ELT – when Michael Berlin’s name came up...

Researchers Announce New Class of Smart Prosthetic Implants to Provide Oxygen to Retinal Tissue


  1. Lorry: Any info re acupuncture for AMD or diabetic issues related...
  2. ari weitzner: acupuncture has been proven to be no better than placebo....

Triesence versus Kenalog


  1. Randall V. Wong, M.D.: This begs to bring up a very fine point in...

Intrastromal Ablation for the Correction of Presbyopia in Human Eyes


  1. David Richardson, MD: Very interesting and exciting technology. I wonder what will...
  2. Irv Arons: Dave, The new leader in the field is 20/10 Perfect Vision...

60 Year Old Man with Submacular Hemorrhage – Intravitreal Injection?


  1. Dr. Weitzner: interesting case. would an oct help- ie, is the resolution...

New Diagnostic Camera Will Make Screening For Diabetic Retinopathy Affordable


  1. Randall V. Wong, M.D.: Diabetic retinopathy is certainly going to rise in our life...

Implantation of SOLX Gold Shunt into Supraciliary Space Controls Intraocular Pressure in Glaucoma Patients


  1. ari weitzner: it's remarkable how much effort is being put into devices...

TrueVision Systems Continues to Refine 3D Digital Visualization Technology for Cataract Surgery


  1. Dr. Weitzner: there is no benefit except to help surgeons' back and...

British Ophthalmologist Develops New Cutting Tool to Make Cataract Surgery Safer By Enabling a More Precise and Predictable Capsulorrhexis


  1. Dr. Weitzner: i heard about this from potential investors. it's a kind...
  2. Lisa Banks: The previous commentator is mistaken, this device is not a...
  3. Andrew Gibbs: NIce to hear from Dr. Weitzner on March 13th, 2009...
  4. Dr. Weitzner: i stand corrected and i apologize- sorry about that! can anyone...

Is Lacrisert Good for Dry Eye?


  1. MHG: Dear Doctor, I am a patient who can answer your question...
  2. Dr. Weitzner: that is certainly a compelling endorsement and will motivate me...
  3. MHG: Dear Dr. Weitzner, It may be helpful to your patient if...
  4. Dr. Weitzner: thanks so much for your input. i will surely pass...
  5. Naaz: Hi MHG, Can you please tell me what do you use...
  6. BENAMARA: BONJOUR, Le lacrisert a également sauvé le confort de ma vie...
  7. Luci: I suffer from profound dry eye which had a temporal...
  8. ari weitzner: pataday is a good anti-itching drop. i have no good advise...
  9. ellen: I have been using Lacrisert for the past three days...
  10. ellen: as a followup to my comment above, I have found...
  11. Luci: Hi, Some further questions about Lacrisert. I am having...
  12. Angela: I have been using Lacrisert for the past 6 months....
  13. Luci: Angela, I brought Walgreens "Soothing eye wash" it cups with...
  14. Lynne: Due to scarring on my cornea as a result of...
  15. Luci: When my eyes are very dry some problems with Lacrisert...
  16. Janel: I have been using Lacrisert inserts for about a year...
  17. Miriam: I am interested in cutting them in half, too! The...
  18. MHG: Please read my 3/16/09 post re long-term use: In my...
  19. Miriam: I appreciate your notes very much (and everyone else's!). I...
  20. MHG: Miriam, I use a small pair of scissors (inexpensive sewing-type...
  21. Miriam: That helps very much. Thank you!!
  22. Jennifer: MHG, I was delighted to read your comments on Lacrisert. ...
  23. MHG: Jennifer, I read your comments with great interest and also appreciate...
  24. Jennifer: MHG, I'm sorry for not responding sooner. I also qualified...
  25. Drew: I have had dry eye from Lasik for about 5...
  26. Marilyn: Hi I just got Lacrisert today from my doctor. ...
  27. Dr. Ari Weitzner: please simply call your doctor. the lacrisert is not removed-...
  28. Marilyn: Hi, just wanted to let everyone know that I learned...
  29. Dr. Ari Weitzner: not cruel- its just that most eyedocs dont know about...
  30. Daniela Manuel: Hello All, i have dry eye syndrome and i currently...
  31. Dorai: Hi Marilyn and all. Really excited to read the positive...
  32. Jennifer: Dear Daniela Manuel, I have never experienced the problem you describe...
  33. BARBARA ALLEN: LACRISERTS HAVE CHANGED MY LIFE.I DON"T KNOW WHAT I WOULD...
  34. Dr. Ari Weitzner: i suppose the easiest thing is to go online and...
  35. Joann: I just started this week with the Lacrisert. My question...
  36. Dr. Ari Weitzner: i dont think you ned to remove the pellet left...
  37. Ruth Good: I am seventy three. I have no tears at...
  38. Ruth Good: God Bless this product
  39. Jennifer: Joann, I insert fresh Lacrisert pellets in the morning and...
  40. Barry: Sure am glad I found this thread. I've been treated...
  41. Karen: After trying every eye drop on the market and Restasis...
  42. Robin: Lacrisert has also become a lifesaver for me. I...
  43. Carole: Lacrisert is much more effective than I had expected. I...
  44. LDF: I stumbled across Lacrisert on the Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation website...
  45. Sweet Mary: I have been using Lacrisert for several years now. ...
  46. Louise: I have been using Lacrisert for several years now, and...
  47. Heather: I have only been using Lacrisert for two days. It...
  48. Shelly: Hi. I just got prescribed this last week. I have...
  49. ari: not familiar with accutane causing severe dry eye. i...
  50. G: Removing Lacrisert is very easy! Just rub the 'bags' under...

Which OCT Machine to Buy? Used or New?


  1. Randall V. Wong, M.D.: The development of OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) has really revolutionized...
  2. J.F Martin or Dr Tamela Martin Inc.: I am an administrator for Dr. Tamela Martin and we...
  3. Dr.Suhana: I m a post graduate dental student in india. I...
  4. Abu Baseer Specialist Eye clinic: HI Am looking for a sedond hand or refurbished OCT in...
  5. Henry Patterson: Abu, I recall that Veterans affairs hospitals often get rid...
  6. NKIRU KIZOR: Which OCT is the best to buy now especially if...
  7. Dr Sagar: Hi , I am starting my retina practice in Maharashtra...
  8. Padmanabhan: It would be greatly appreciated if any one can share...

Do You Use Capsular Tension Rings During Cataract Surgery?


  1. David D. Richardson, MD: I would consider myself a moderate-volume surgeon (about 300 cases/yr)...
  2. Dr. Weitzner: thanks dr. richardson. i also read about new ctr's that...

Trabecular Micro-Bypass Implant of Glaukos iStent With Phacoemulsification Helped Reduce IOP


  1. Dr. Weitzner: this may actually be something- easy to insert, no bleb,...
  2. RICHARD Goldenstein: Is the iStent a problem when a MRI is necessary?
  3. ari: i dont think its metallic, so no

Disc Drusen- Don’t Forget!


  1. Leah: my mother was just diagnosed with glaucoma with drusen of...
  2. ari: drusen of the optic nerve does not cause progression of...
  3. Matt: I'm an OD student. I also happen to ONH...

Is ExPRESS Shunt Just Hype?


  1. Annette Gomez: I have posted on the Avastin blog, for a friend....
  2. ari: sounds like the patient has neovascular glaucoma due to the...

Reported Eye Infections from LASIK Surgery Raise Safety Concerns in Japan


  1. Dr. Weitzner: infection is really rare- that shouldnt be an obstacle to...

Blind Man Fitted With Argus II Bionic Eye from Second Sight Now Sees Light


  1. Dr. Weitzner: not sure if i understand this- it seems that in...
  2. Dr. Weitzner: i checked out the video- this patient has rp- his...

Do You Need to Stop Taking Coumadin Prior to Cataract Surgery?


  1. Randall Wong: I am a retinal surgeon. I never stop anything...
  2. Dr. Weitzner: your clinical experience is borne out by the evidence- not...
  3. Pui Yune: Dear dr. My cataract surgeon said to stop all advil/aspirin drugs...

Lumigan vs. Travatan vs. Xalatan


  1. ana maria: I have read your thought about Travatan/Lumigan and Xalatan and...
  2. Dr. Ari Weitzner: i think lumigan has a very slight edge in controlling...
  3. Joshua Lee: I have a question. I've built up a tolerance...
  4. Deb G: I just started on Lumigan and I immediately noticed I...
  5. Ian M: Lumigan does lead to a lot of red eye, new...
  6. ari: the new lumigan (0.01%) is 1/3 as strong but equally...
  7. Al: I was on xalatan about two years with success. My...
  8. Irv Arons: Having just written about a sustained release version of latanoprost...
  9. ari weitzner: here's why: patients are reluctant to expose their eye to a...
  10. Irv Arons: Now I understand.
  11. R. Hill: I tried Lumigan for one week. The one eye...
  12. ari: not sure how critical it is, to be honest.
  13. Walt: Random thoughts/observations/experiences: I've been on Lumigan since 2006. My eyes...
  14. Abigai Toner: Hi I had a cornea transplant this past January. ...
  15. Eileen Previll: Lumigan .03% keep my pressure down to about 17 ea...
  16. ari: the concentrations of medicines cannot be compared to one another-...
  17. B. Cota: I appreciate all this info. I have been using Lumigan...
  18. Lynda Fowlie: because of the cost I just ordered my Travatan (generic)out...
  19. Pat Zorne: I am currently on Lumigan .03 (two yrs.) have two...
  20. ari: agree with stretching out restasis. never heard of lumigan being better...
  21. ROB LEE: I have been using LUMIGAN .03% for 5 years- one...
  22. Jack Cates: I am having problems finding the right combination of drops...
  23. Enrique Castaneda: I was on LUMIGAN first and after two months...
  24. ari: the beta blocker in the drop can lower your already...
  25. Enrique Castaneda: Hi again,well after being on Xalacom for a while and...
  26. ari: canaloplasty is a nice procedure, but not easy, time-consuming, and...
  27. Jenny Kirby: I have pigmentary dispersion syndrome and have been on combigan...
  28. ari: no risk. they are all very similar. cant hurt to...

New AREDS Study Concludes Age-Related Macular Degeneration Not Made Worse by Cataract Surgery


  1. Dr. Weitzner: as a resident, i remember being bombarded by conflicting evidence...
  2. David D. Richardson, MD: I do hope this conclusion is not refuted by additional...
  3. Dr. Weitzner: that certainly sounds reasonable!
  4. Randall V. Wong, M.D.: In a retina practice, the discovery of choroidal neovascularizationt is...
  5. Dr. Weitzner: agreed that screening with retinologist for every pre-op is undesireable...

Alcon AcrySof® IQ Toric IOL Approved for U.S. Patients with Cataracts and Astigmatism


  1. Dr. Weitzner: acrysof toric is a great lens. i hope they expand...
  2. robby: are reading glasses required after the implant of this lense
  3. Dr. Weitzner: this lens addresses astigmatism, not presbyopia. so yes, reading glasses...
  4. sallie: Have there been complaints from patients w/ this new toric...
  5. Dr. Ari Weitzner: this implant uses the same platform as the traditional acrysof...
  6. Deb Ozdinski: I have a .50 and .75 astigmatism and one doctor...

Fibrin Adhesive Versus Sutures in Pterygium Surgery


  1. Patrick Driscoll: For many applications, surgical sealants are as good or better...

Prophylactic Kenalog at Phaco for Diabetic Macular Edema


  1. Randall Wong: I work in the same group as a high volume...
  2. Dr. Weitzner: thanks dr wong for your input. of course, i appreciate the...

President Obama Declares March 1-7 Save Your Vision Week


  1. Vision Syndrome: The National Eye Instituted (NEI) was established by Congress in...

What Are the Causes of Epiphora?


  1. Barbara: Trying to find ophthamologists in Los Angeles who deal with...
  2. Dr. Ari Weitzner: Seem you need a plastics ophthalmologist to fix your tear...

Should You Stick with Divide and Conquer For Cataract Surgery?


  1. dk: Nothing wrong w/ divide and conquer. Although not as...
  2. ari weitzner: agreed!

Is Descemet’s Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSEK) Effective For Treating Fuchs Endothelial Dystrophy?


  1. Dr. Weitzner: i don't have personal experience, but these advances in cornea...
  2. Donna: This may not strictly apply since my mother was aphakik...

Is Conjunctivitis Overtreated?


  1. Dr Pitambar: U R very furious patient is to you for relieving...
  2. Dr. Weitzner: 1. since the vast majority of the time conjuctivitis is...
  3. Dr Durkee: Good job Dr Weitzner! That is exactly what...
  4. Apurav: I went down with conjunctivitis in sep 2009. I have...

Is Canaloplasty Worthwhile?


  1. AB: I've heard that experienced Canaloplasty surgeons are getting more in...
  2. Dr. Weitzner: no question that anything beats a bleb. but the data...
  3. ab: The published data is learning curve data. Most proficient Canaloplasty...
  4. Dr. Ari Weitzner: those are reasonable points. since i dont do too many trabs,...
  5. ab: Many doctors don't do many trabs because they don't like...
  6. David Richardson, MD: I also hate trabs because the only thing you can...
  7. ari weitzner: agree- of course trabs stink and patients hate them. but...
  8. ab: Ari- Canaloplasty is a bleb free procedure. The superficial flap...
  9. Dr. Ari Weitzner: you make a compelling case.
  10. Kent Goodwin: For what it is worth, I am a glaucoma patient...
  11. ari: an iop of 9 is very uncommon with canaloplasty. but...
  12. ab: Dr. Weitzner, It is true that whenever conjunctiva is touched...
  13. ari: based on the videos i saw, it looked to me...
  14. ab: All of the 'easier' procedures that are currently FDA approved...
  15. ari: you have inspired me to seek out a wetlab! thanks!...
  16. ab: That's wonderful, I would suggest calling iScience to ask about...
  17. David Richardson, MD: Very interesting and detailed thread. Since my earlier post...
  18. Dr. Soraya Lingbeek: Dear Sirs and Madam, my mother has secondary glaucoma resulting from...
  19. Dr. Ari Weitzner: but what choice do you have if you want to...
  20. Dr. Patel: Ari: Thank you for the forum to discuss current topics, it...
  21. Dr. Ari Weitzner: i was not aware that dr richardson is a paid...
  22. David Richardson, MD: Dr. Patel, I can certainly understand your concerns and will address...
  23. ari: you certainly make perfectly valid points. my only criticism is...
  24. Robert Strange: I am a glaucoma patient and my Doc is having...
  25. David Richardson, MD: Dear Robert, Following are two doctors near you that should be...
  26. Jan: I am 42 and have had normal tension glaucoma for...
  27. ari: after a failed trab, canaloplasty unlikely to get you to...
  28. David Richardson, MD: I agree with Dr. Weitzner. Although canaloplasty can be...
  29. Barbara Lamar: 12 year history of open angle glaucoma, have changed meds...
  30. ari: for sure, at bascom palmer in florida, the best eye...
  31. Moise l joseph: Happy to find this site....I am 39 years old an...
  32. ari: if pressure 29, i dont think canaloplasty is a good...

North Carolina Practice First in U.S. to Acquire Ziemer FEMTO LDV Surgical Laser


  1. Kelly: Great job putting this together! I recently ran into The...

Trabectome Versus Canaloplasty Versus Trabeculectomy in Treating Glaucoma


  1. David Richardson, MD: Dr. Weitzner, I enjoy your posts, but I think you may...
  2. Dr. Ari Weitzner: i defer to your experience and expertise!

Retinal Pigment Epithelial Cells of Living Retina Imaged For First Time


  1. Irv Arons: I've been able to capture a picture of the imaging...
  2. David McCulloch: My previous understanding of the RPE cells was that they...
  3. ari weitzner: the retina gets detached due to vitreous tugging, not due...
  4. David McCulloch: Ari, I wasn't arguing against that. I was merely...
  5. Dr. Ari Weitzner: understood!
  6. David McCulloch: Ari, two questions: 1. Where exactly does the retina usually detach...
  7. David McCulloch: Sorry, I made two mistakes in my last post. The...
  8. David McCulloch: Ari, A late thought: It occurs to me that the RPE cells...

Would You Recommend Intacs for a 27 Year Old Patient With Early Keratoconus?


  1. Dr. Mark Swanson: The results with INTACS are very good. INTACS have...
  2. Dr. Weitzner: thanks so much dr. swanson- i will be sure to...
  3. Chris Williams: Please consult with Dr. Brian Boxer-Wachler he knows everything there...

Restor vs. Rezoom vs. Crystalens-Help!


  1. Eeckhaut Erwin: Normally last week I should receive IOL from Acrysof ReStor....
  2. ari weitzner: the nulens does sound promising, but i have a bad...
  3. roncarter: I had ReStor lenses implanted in both eyes approximately 2...

EyeScience Launches Comprehensive Online Resource Devoted to Age-Related Macular Degeneration Education and Prevention


  1. Irv Arons: In addition to writing about SLT, as I have commented...

Kenalog for Diabetic CSME


  1. Randall Wong: Anyone have any feeling about Triesence? Any billing issues?
  2. Dr. Weitzner: i have no personal experience with Triesence, but it looks...

Is Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) Really Worth It?


  1. Irv Arons: Dr. Weitzner, I have written extensively on SLT, after interviewing the...
  2. Dr. Weitzner: thanks dr. arons do you have a link to an article...
  3. Irv Arons: Dr. Weitzner, Unfortunately, since my retirement, I have not been attending...

25g vs. traditional vitrectomy


  1. Randall V. Wong, M.D.: I use 25 gauge almost exclusively. Even with some...
  2. Jose Dalma-Weiszhausz: It appears that the big advantage to 25 g vitrectomy...
  3. Randall V. Wong, M.D.: Without a doubt, much of the time savings is due...

Avastin vs. Lucentis


  1. Randall V. Wong, M.D.: I don't know of any retinal physicians that prefer to...
  2. Dr. Weitzner: In my area, I think most use Lucentis- I think...
  3. Randall V. Wong, M.D.: I think most of us do not see a clinical...
  4. Dr. Weitzner: That's was my impression too. Thanks!
  5. lucille hicks: My husband recently had the avastin shot in his eye...
  6. Dr. Ari Weitzner: We have continued to monitor studies concerning the effectiveness of...

Glaucoma Basics


  1. Todd: I suddenly have Acanthamoeba treatment induced glaucoma. The latest...
  2. ari: i'm afraid i have nothing new to offer. this glaucoma...

Right Eye Does Not Rise, Covered by Droopy Right Eyelid (Ptosis) – Third Nerve Palsy?


  1. Dr. Weitzner: Sounds like a third nerve palsy. Briefly, there are twelve...
  2. renee moses: my son ,age 33, has this exact condition. he has...

HIPAA and Big Computer Screens


  1. Anonymous: Reed Tinsley is certainly an expert I recommend that physicians...

Cataract Basics


  1. Carol Aaron: I think it's time for people to start thinking seriously...

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