Dr. Alberto Ortiz Joins the Mittleman Eye Team

Mittleman Eye proudly introduces Dr. Alberto Ortiz-Arroyo, formally with Sibia Eye Institute, to our practice. Born and raised in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, Alberto now makes his home in South Florida. He earned his undergraduate degree, his medical degree and completed his residency at the University of Puerto Rico. Alberto completed his fellowship at Associates in…

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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…

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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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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…

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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…

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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…

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Increased Cataract-Related Complications Seen In Previously Injected Eyes

Retrospective analysis of Duke Eye Center records and U.S. Medicare claims data showed a higher rate of cataract surgery-related complications in eyes that previously underwent intravitreal injections. The Duke study identified 197 eyes with history of prior intravitreal injection in 10,105 cataract surgeries performed, and compared them with an equal number of control eyes, matched…

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Association between Smoking and Uvetis

Association between Smoking and Uvetis: Results from the Pacific Ocular Inflammation Study. PURPOSE: To assess whether cigarette smoking is associated with the development of uveitis in a population-based setting. DESIGN: Retrospective, population-based, case-control study. PARTICIPANTS: Patients aged ≥ 18 years who were seen at a Kaiser Permanente Hawaii clinic between January 1, 2006, and December…

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Amlodipine, Marginal Pupil Dilation Correlation Explored in Research

Amlodipine, Marginal Pupil Dilation Correlation Explored in Research Iris-dilating rings may be needed in certain cases to enlarge pupil, ease cataract surgery Instillation of a calcium channel blocker, amlodipine (Norvasc, Pfizer), into the eye may complicate phacoemulsification by causing marginal dilation of the pupil. In such cases, pupil-dilating devices may facilitate cataract removal, said Matthew…

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Cataract Surgery in Patients with Bilateral Advanced Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Cataract Surgery in Patients with Bilateral Advanced Age-Related Macular Degeneration Measurement of visual acuity and quality of life PURPOSE: To measure the change in visual acuity and vision-related quality of life in patients with both age-related cataract and bilateral age-related macular degeneration (AMD) after cataract surgery. SETTING: Department of Ophthalmology, Shanghai General Hospital, Shanghai Jiao…

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