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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. Carmen: Thanks for your reply, Is Lasik safe procedure after Implant,...
  2. Sam: Hello ... I am scheduled to have a Toric implant...
  3. ari: lasik can be helpful for distance vision after cataract, when...
  4. Russell: russel- you are not expected to see well at near/computer...
  5. ari: even though the toric lens is not perfect, you still...
  6. Russell: Thanks again for the reply. Very reassuring.
  7. ari: my pleasure
  8. Georg: I had a Acrysof Toric lense implant 10 days ago...
  9. ari: the prescription should be sable in another 2-3 weeks. if...
  10. Michael Deehan: Had the toric implants 10 months ago. Don't recommend them...
  11. ari: im afraid that makes no sense, it is impossible for...
  12. Michael: Four hours is correct. In at 710 am, out...
  13. ari: if 2 doctors were there, it sounds like you went...
  14. Deborah: My mother had cataract surgery with TORIC implants approximately 3/4...
  15. ari: of course you should be. ask the doctor why the...
  16. nonnie: Yes I to have had Toric Lens Implants in March...
  17. Ray: I'm a 51 year old truck driver that has recently...
  18. Ann Taylor: I had toric lenses implanted in both eyes approximately 1...
  19. Ann Baker: I had cataract surgery on right eye and it turned...
  20. Sharron: It will be one year to date next mont that...
  21. Dr. Ari Weitzner: you are describing one of the side effects of the...
  22. Dr. Ari Weitzner: ann baker-the toric lens has nothing to do with the...
  23. Dee: I am grateful that I found this website! Had...
  24. Billie: Oh my! I am a 60 year old woman...
  25. Fra: I had a toric lens that replaced the lens covered...
  26. ari: the "double vision" is usually due to the cataract causing...
  27. ari: dee- sometimes vision can take a few weeks, or rarely...
  28. Cindy: My eye challenges continue. Firstly, I had a vitrectomy...
  29. Dawn: I had toric lenses placed in both eyes about 2...
  30. ari: floaters are unrelated to cataract surgery- we get them no...
  31. ari: cindy--shifting of the implant occurs like 5% of the time....
  32. jjn85710: I had cataract surgery on my right eye in April,...
  33. ari: looks to me the implant power is off. whether it...
  34. Dave: First off, I am 52 years old. Going to the doctor...
  35. Ari: That would work, but LASIK for astigmatism can be a...
  36. Susan: Prior to cataract surgery, I had bilateral astigmatism. I had...
  37. ari: if you see double like you describe, lasik will not...
  38. Dodie: I had cataract surgery 12/13/13, he said I wouldn't need...
  39. Marilyn Dec. 30, 2013: I have irregular astigmatism and had cataract surgery on Nov....
  40. ari: the toric lens should not cause distortion. it can only...
  41. ari: dodie--have the first eye checked out thouroughly before doing second...
  42. Parto: I just had a check up last week and my...
  43. parto: I just had a check up last week and my...
  44. Morgaine: I have been near-sighted my whole life with mild astigmatism,...
  45. oll: i wish i had read this before getting cataract surgery,...
  46. Morgaine: I need to correct something in what I said in...
  47. ari: not sure why you got cataract surgery if you could...
  48. marco: I just had a toric implant about 2 days ago...

Can Stem Cells be Used to Treat Optic Nerve Damage?


  1. Teresa Horrox: My ex husband was badly burned in a motorcycle accident...
  2. ari: no. im very sorry. hopefully in the future.
  3. Nafi Khan: Hi everyone. I had a problem with my father who...
  4. Jim Mason: I had a stroke in 2002 and because of optic...
  5. ari: none at this time. please see irv's stem cell list...
  6. Sundeep Dawale: Hi everybody! I am so glad I came across this...
  7. Rani T. Oct 7, 2012: My son is 27 years old and born in the...
  8. Rani T. Oct 7, 2012: No, I don't have any insights to contribute.
  9. Terry Rocks: I am 47 with optic nerve atraphy. Is there...
  10. Dr. Ari Weitzner: none. sorry. it will be many years. feel free to...
  11. Otaaghol: Dear all My father had a methanol intoxication and after a...
  12. ari: im afraid there is none.
  13. Joseph Booth: Where are these "world-class eye research centers located?"
  14. Joseph Booth: Where are the world-class eye research centers located?
  15. Dr. Ari Weitzner: Check out the centers collaborating in ACTC's stem cell trials....
  16. milind p: hello all, my bother sufering from macro pitutary adenoma, after doing...
  17. ari: please go to our stem cell section regarding research centers...
  18. Ragbhir Singh: About 12 years back, my wife got injured in Left...
  19. ari: nothing can help if retina and nerve damaged. sorry.
  20. Steven Kalabokes: My mom, who is 82, recently, about 5-6 weeks ago...
  21. ari: dilating drops, steroid drops- these are what we can give....
  22. Maaz: hi...my cousin is 11 years she is blind due to...
  23. Tumun: dear all. my father got injury on right eye and...
  24. Ran: Hi Patel, did you get the stem cell treatment...

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


  1. wiscskis: I had the same laser iridotomy done to both my...
  2. ari: i think he meant he never saw this complication. of...
  3. jo: After suffering the painful symptoms of partial closure attacks multiple...
  4. ari: you are 100% correct
  5. Joann Klucsarits: My 91 year old father is scheduled for a iridotony...
  6. Sherry: I had a laser iridotomy of my left eye in...
  7. Sherry: I had an LPI (laser peripheral iridotomy) performed on my...
  8. Pat: I just had iridotomy performed on both eyes for high...

Crystalens or Restor as a Multifocal IOL After Cataract Surgery?


  1. ari: floaters, especially after surgery, are normal as we get older...
  2. Jack: Aloha all. I'm going to have my first cataract removed...
  3. ari: Multifocals may not be for you. they require a tolerance...
  4. Caroline: I had ReStor multifocal lens in right eye July 2011...
  5. Jodi: I'm am 51 and scheduled for surgery on my right...
  6. Christine: My right eye was corrected, with monofccal iol goal of...
  7. ari weitzner: there is no hard and fast rule. you could do...
  8. Ed: I am 57 yr who has cataracts in both eyes....
  9. ari: monovision and crystalens both good options, but mono is free....
  10. John: I am 65 yrs old. I have significant near...
  11. Nancy: I am 67 and had perfect vision until my 40's,...
  12. ari: if you are concerned about depth perception, then monovision may...
  13. Nancy: Thanks Ari. The glare is there with and without...
  14. ari: ask the doctor to make you a litle near-sighted in...
  15. Dev: Hi, My Dad needs to get a surgery for...
  16. Greg: Ari, I am really intrigued by your response above to...
  17. ari: we typically dont go for the full monovision- the asymmetry...
  18. Tina: I am 50 and have cataracts in both eyes (left...
  19. ari: monovision would give you least side effects, but vision may...
  20. Mary C: I am 68 years old and need cataract surgery in...
  21. Mary C: I have fine tuned my question to this. Should I...
  22. ari: not easy to get the right power of the crystalens...
  23. Neha: Hi, My mother has got cataract in both eyes with...
  24. ari: depends on her motivation to be less dependent on glasses....
  25. CM: Regarding Crystalens.... I had my surgery in March 2012 for my...
  26. Simran: Hi! I am 24 and had steriod induced cataracts in...
  27. ari: it may be related to the edge design of the...
  28. ari: i dont understand your symptoms CM. it may be that...
  29. CM: Ari, I have seen 2 other doctors for second opinions...
  30. ari weitzner: considering your problems, i would go with standard iol for...
  31. Simran: The main problem is that I had one eye operated...
  32. ari: so...if the operated eye feels fine, and the symptoms are...
  33. Susan: I'm due for cataract surgery and on a waiting list...
  34. Susan: One more thing I wanted to mention is that I...
  35. ari: crystalens, when it works, will give you greater range, so...
  36. Susan: Thanks for your response. Restor has not been offered to...
  37. ari: monofocal simply means clarity at 1 distance- either near or...
  38. CM: Susan, I would not reccomend the Crystalens. I have...
  39. CM: Ari, What do you know of the risks of removing...
  40. ari: replacing an implant can be tricky and can tear the...
  41. ari: as i mentioned before, im not sure why you are...
  42. CM: Ari, The position of the lens is correct. Four...
  43. ari: mixing implants typically not a problem, esp with crystalens. if then...
  44. George: My situation is a little unique. I am 40 years...
  45. ari: my feeling is that you would be happiest with regular...
  46. George: Tank you for the respons ari. By regular implants, do you...
  47. ari: yes- monofocal is regular yes- plano means zero prescription for distance as...
  48. George: Thanks again Ari, Very encoraging. I am actually looking forward to...
  49. ari: recovery is very short- day or two. until the second...
  50. George: Than you for the info and advice. I very much appreciate...

Should We Prescribe Vigamox Eye Drops for Pink Eye?


  1. ari: pink eye is not typically painful. you are taking quite a...
  2. Amy: Dear Dr. Weitzner, I read your above comments and I too...
  3. ari: yes-you are asking for problems if you wear contact lenses...
  4. Jen: I've had recurring pinkeye on and off for about 2...
  5. Dr. Ari Weitzner: viral conj should not wax and wane. conj that lingers...
  6. Jen: Thanks for your response. The pinkeye has been pretty...
  7. Jen: I forgot to add: After my third full day...
  8. ari: you have ruled out chlamydia. the swollen gland is very suspicious...
  9. Jen: Yes...I just found out the chlamydia is ruled out. ...
  10. Rachel: A few days ago my 2yr old son woke up...
  11. ari: a body rash would be pretty rare from a drop,...
  12. Ivan: Hello, I'm the type of person that rarely goes to...
  13. Dr. Ari Weitzner: intramuscular antibx? very strange- not sure what to make of...
  14. Mohamed Dukuly: I accidentally used vigamox for nearly a month without realizing...
  15. Dr. Ari Weitzner: Without hearing more, I would say nothing to worry about,...
  16. Bob: Thank you doctor for all the information. I have recurring...
  17. ari: what do you mean by "so many symptoms"? all you...
  18. Ivan: Ok. So I went to my doctor Monday morning and...
  19. Dr. Ari Weitzner: hard to say. best advice at this point is to...
  20. Mohd: i was diagnosed with viral pink eye, and the doctor...
  21. ari: dont be sad. im sure you will be fine!
  22. carol: My Grandson stuck a stick in his eye and and...
  23. ari: off the record i would say its probably not necessary...
  24. Lauren R.: Pink Eye has been going through my childrens school for...
  25. ari: i am not familiar with moxeza. if the eye is...
  26. Saph: Sorry but I disagree, there are few body parts I...
  27. Dr. Ari Weitzner: i respectfully, and in strong terms, disagree. a doctor...
  28. Mary: Dr. Weitzner, I'm a 39 year old female. I was...
  29. Mary: I forgot to mentioned I also have Tobradex ointment. ...
  30. ari: looks like you have typical viral conjunctivitis- the sore throat...
  31. Terec: I would disagree about waiting two weeks. I waited a...
  32. ari: You can't possibly mean blisters on retina. Maybe you meant...
  33. Tricia: My 5 year old is c/o that her eyes are...
  34. Kelly: My 6 year old has pinkeye and was prescribed sulfacetmide...
  35. ari: if it looks like pus, it is likely bacterial and...
  36. JLS: About a month, or so, ago, I came down with...
  37. kris: I've read through the comments and appreciate all the info,...
  38. ari: oral antibiotics a good idea in a 20 month old...
  39. misty: Hi, My son developed a low grade case of pink eye,...
  40. ari: you should not have stopped treatment after 2 days for...
  41. Nikki: How soon can a child return to school after starting...
  42. ari: for viral conjunctivitis, we typically keep kids out of school...
  43. Joan: Put in new contacts with new solution @ 630 am....
  44. Dr. Ari Weitzner: likely a reaction to new solution- go back to your...
  45. Nikki: Very thankful to be able to ask this question. My...
  46. ari: since you started the vigamox, continue 4 times a day....
  47. Louise: Is it really unsafe to use Vigamox after the 28...
  48. ari: expired medicines are not unsafe- just slightly less effective.
  49. Shreya: Hi this is very informative. I have gotten pink eye...
  50. Shreya: Forgot to mention, claritin that i started taking from first...

Is Lacrisert Good for Dry Eye?


  1. Dee-dee: I had lasik surgery when I was 50 years old...
  2. Nancy: All the users of Lacrisert seem to suffer from...
  3. ari: lacrisert is for dry eye, not rhinitis. sounds like he...
  4. Pat: I wanted to share this experience. I have been...
  5. Jane: I've been using Lacriserts for 5 weeks. I have...
  6. saved by lacrisert: I don't know why doctors don't at least mention if...
  7. Brian Briggs: Hello, could you tell me if it is possible...
  8. Steve: I was optimistic about this product but find that I...
  9. Rita: Been using lacrisert for 2 years along with rastasis. ...
  10. Almondiyz: I just started using Lacrisert August 28, 2013. ...
  11. Margaret: I have been using Lacriserts now for two weeks and...
  12. Jody: I have had a severe dry right eye since having...
  13. Jody: It is Oct. 25 and the lacriserts are still working...
  14. Chantal: I had LASIK in 2002. Since then my eyes...
  15. Andrew: Does Dr Ali or anyone else know if the Johnson...
  16. Andrew: I keep a bottle of eye drops in the refrigerator...
  17. Anita: I have just recently tried Lacrisert. It is wonderful. I...

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