Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery in Fuchs Endothelial Corneal Dystrophy: Long-term Outcomes

Fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy (FECD) is characterized by progressive loss of corneal endothelial cells, thickening of Descemet’s membrane and deposition of extracellular matrix in the form of guttae. When the number of endothelial cells becomes critically low, the cornea swells and causes loss of vision. The clinical course of FECD usually spans 10–20 years. Corneal…

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Floaters Treatment Goes Beyond the Retina Specialist

YAG laser treatment for vitreous floaters has gained in popularity, especially with the advent of new lasers that can focus on-axis while simultaneously allowing greater depth of treatment and improved spatial reference. This allows lower energy, minimizing the risk of damage to the natural lens or the retina. Once the province of retinal specialists only,…


Study Examines NSAID Use Linked to AMD?

Inflammation has been implicated in the pathogenesis of age-related degeneration(AMD), which suggests that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs(NSAIDs) may change disease activity. The prospective cohort study on NSAID and AMD included 51,371 participants in the California Men’s Health Study (CMHS) conducted by Kaiser Permanente. Of the total participants, 292 had wet AMD, and 1536 had the dry…


Statins Prevent Retinal Detachment Recurrence

Large study shows 28% risk reduction. ■ Statins may reduce the risk of repeated surgery in patients who undergo surgery for detached retina. Finnish researchers believe that statins might prevent the formation of scar tissue inside the eye. The study was conducted at the Helsinki University Central Hospital (HUCH), and based on data from a…


Daily Cup of Tea Lowers Risk of Glaucoma?

Researchers have found that people who drink a cup of hot tea daily are 74% less likely to be diagnosed with glaucoma than those who do not drink tea. This study was published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology. The study found that drinking caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee, iced tea, decaffeinated tea, as well as…

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October is Eye Injury Prevention Month

October is known as Eye Injury Prevention Month. Your eyes are one of the most important components of your body. Imagine what it would be like if your eyes experienced an injury that would make you lose most or all of your eyesight. It is important that you never avoid using safety measures when you…


New Research Findings Prompted Updated Recommendations

The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) recently updated its recommendations for the screening of chloroquine (CQ) and hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) retinopathy.1 The recommendations affect patients who may use CQ or HCQ for rheumatoid arthritis or systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), as well as some inflammatory and dermatologic conditions. The drugs are also used as antimalarials. Retinopathy caused…

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Dr. Mittleman, Among the First Cataract Surgeons in Palm County to Use the New FDA Approved Symfony Lenses

On July, 15, 2016 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Tecnis Symfony® Intraocular Lenses for the treatment of cataracts. The first in a new category of intraocular lenses (IOLs), the Tecnis Symfony lenses are the only lenses in the United States that provide a full range of continuous high-quality vision following cataract…


Introducing the New Kahook Dual Blade

The Kahook Dual Blade (KDB) is an elegant, single-use, ophthalmic blade that makes parallel incisions in the trabecular meshwork (TM) and inner wall of the Canal of Schlemm. The device has a micro-engineered profile which allows for insertion into the eye through a clear cornea micro incision. The surgical grade stainless steel body is comprised…


Cataract Surgery and Mortality in the United States Medicare Population

Purpose To determine the association between cataract surgery and all-cause mortality in United States Medicare patients with cataract. Design Retrospective cohort study. Participants A 5% random sample of United States Medicare beneficiaries with a diagnosis of cataract from the 2002 through 2012 Denominator and Physician/Supplier Part B files. Methods The exposure of interest was cataract…

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Dr. Mittleman Trains Future Ophthalmologists

David A. Mittleman, MD and Mittleman Eye have teamed up with Nova University and Larkin Community Hospital to proctor third and fourth year residents in ophthalmology. Having already completed medical school and several years of training, these future ophthalmologists will finish their final training in medical and surgical care of the eye with Dr. Mittleman.…


April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Drinking too much alcohol increases people’s risk of injuries, violence, drowning, liver disease, and some types of cancer. This April during Alcohol Awareness Month, Mittleman Eye encourages you to educate yourself and your loved ones about the dangers of drinking too much. In Florida alone, there have been 40,677 drunk driving arrests within the past year. To spread the…


World Health Day – April 7

World Health Day is celebrated every year on the founding day of the World Health Organization. Established in 1950 this event has a theme each year to draw attention to a current world health issue. The WHO puts together regional, local, and international events on this day related to that theme. Local governments also tend…


HIV Drugs May Fight Geographic Atrophy

Some of the same antiretroviral drugs that brought hope into the lives of HIV-infected patients might now be poised to do the same for a completely new group: people who are slowly going blind from retinal geographic atrophy (GA). A multinational research team recently published a report on this intriguing and potentially revolutionary therapeutic approach,1…


Woman Becomes First British Person To Receive Stem Cell Treatment For Most Common Form Of Blindness

A woman has become the first person in the UK to receive treatment using stem cells for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the most common form of blindness. The procedure was carried out by surgeons at Moorfields eye hospital in London, following research by scientists at University College London. A further nine patients will be treated over…


Association Between Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D Levels and Age-Related Cataracts.

Purpose To investigate associations between serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels and age-related cataracts. Setting Department of Ophthalmology, College of Medicine, Catholic University of Korea, South Korea. Design Observational cross-sectional study. Methods Participants aged 40 years or older in the fourth (2008 to 2009) and fifth (2010 to 2012) Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (KNHANES) had evaluation…