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The clinical staff at the Wellington Eye Clinic recently collaborated to compile a short document which succinctly explains causes of the condition, and also outlines the treatment options currently available here.
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Hear Dr. Cummings explain what a cataract is and how it forms:
“A cataract is when your natural lens starts clouding. Your natural lens is inside your eye, your natural lens is clear, is relaxed when you’re looking far, and it changes shape when you’re looking up close, and as we get older we lose this ability to change shape and that’s when people get reading glasses, but the lens continues to grow. That’s one of the reasons that this happens, but as the lens continues to grow, more and more fibres pack into the lens, so the lens becomes more dense and it becomes less clear. The best analogy is, mainly because the lens is the most protein-rich part of your body (there are more proteins in your lens than in muscle). The best way to think about this is thinking of an egg; if you’re frying an egg and you break the egg up in the pan, you can clearly see the yolk, and around the yolk you can very clearly see the bottom of the pan, and as the egg starts frying, the clear material starts becoming cloudy, it goes white eventually, and if you fry it for too long it goes black. Exactly the same with your lens. As the lens starts becoming more cloudy and the proteins are coagulating, they become less clear, and then you have a cataract. It comes from the Latin word that means “waterfall”. The first person who described this and called it a cataract, said it’s like standing in a waterfall and looking out through the waterfall. That’s how my vision feels – it’s blurred.”
QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR SURGEON IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING LASER EYE SURGERY?
Making a choice about which Surgeon to carry out your laser eye procedure can be a little overwhelming.
Attached is an excellent summary from the American Academy of Ophthalmology of the questions you might consider asking.
For more details on how to help eliminate your need for glasses or contact lenses at the Wellington Eye Clinic you can visit our Laser Vision Correction page at http://wellingtoneyeclinic.ie/vision-correction-procedures/laser-eye-surgery.php
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Listen to Dr. Cummings talk about what you should look for in a laser eye surgery clinic:
“A good laser eye surgery clinic? You’ll never get the sense that you’re being pressurized into making a decision. I think a second thing about a good laser eye surgery clinic is that they do much more than just laser eye surgery. I’m sure you’ve heard the term, if you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail. So if you’re doing laser eye surgery or refractive surgery and the only tool you have is a laser, then anyone who comes in your door, you want to laser, even though they might not be a perfect candidate. The moment the clinic offers everything there is to offer and has a full toolbox then you can start saying when one surgery might be a better option than another for a particular prescription. That’s the first thing, the second thing is, a clinic where the surgeons have done a certain number of cases, so they’re not learning on you, they’re experienced. A third thing would be, where it’s a primary focus of the clinic. If you’re doing laser refractive surgery, you need to remember this is people who healthy, on the go, economically active and there’s no place for error. You don’t want your surgery being done by someone who’s doing this as a hobby and does two or three now and then. You want this done by someone who is doing this seriously, who wants it to be done perfectly every single time. Those are the key things for me that I’d be looking out for (in a good laser eye surgery clinic).”
Keratoconus (or KC) is a progressive disease affecting the outer-most layer of the eye (the cornea), causing permanent blurred vision and sensitivity to light at night (presence of glare or haloes). Corneal Cross-Linking (CXL) is an established surgical procedure. It was first introduced to Ireland by the Wellington Eye Clinic in January 2007 and is mainly used to treat keratoconus. The standard treatment takes one hour, although recent trials at the Wellington Eye Clinic have reduced treatment time to 40 minutes. The aim of CXL is to stop the progression of keratoconus by stiffening the corneal tissue through the use of UV-A light and riboflavin (vitamin B2). By halting the progression, a patient’s vision can be prevented from deteriorating and on occasion contact lenses can be worn in order to obtain normal vision.
The annual Corneal Cross-Linking (CXL) experts meeting, the most recent being held in Zurich Switzerland in December 2016, is no doubt my favourite conference of the year. With an average of 200 attendees, the two day congress is filled with the latest clinical and research findings on how to treat keratoconus, ectasia or corneal infection with CXL in the most efficient and painless method possible.
Epi-on or Epi-off? How much riboflavin to apply? What is the role of oxygen during the procedure? CXL with refractive surgery? Is it safe to treat children? These questions we discussed are only the tip of the iceberg of topics covered.
I have been studying CXL since 2010, and will hopefully finish my PhD in the coming months. So when I spend two days talking to the world’s leading researchers and surgeons in the field of CXL, it makes me appreciate how much the Wellington Eye Clinic contributes to research. And to be frank, we also want to improve the treatment and patient’s visual outcomes as much as everyone else in the field. Mr. Arthur Cummings, together with Dr Mazen Sinjab, recently published a book on CXL and I had the pleasure of contributing to. The book is now available and adds significant knowledge to the CXL space. (Corneal Collagen Cross Linking – Springer)
Rebecca McQuaid MSc
The Wellington Eye Clinic, Beacon Medical Campus, Dublin 18 is pleased to introduce the SMILE vision correction procedure.
The SMILE procedure (Small Incision Lenticule Extraction) is the latest in laser eye surgery and is often referred to as “3rd Generation Laser Eye Surgery.”
Following on from the success of surface treatments (LASEK & PRK) and flap-based treatments (LASIK), the SMILE procedure reshapes the cornea in a novel way without making a flap, and allows patients to eliminate their need for glasses and contact lenses.
A new vision correction procedure called Contoura Vision was launched on 13 November 2015 at the American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting in Las Vegas. Dr Cummings participated in this launch event as an international expert on the topic of topography-guided laser vision correction.
Contoura Vision is a new procedure that has just been launched globally at the American Academy of Ophthalmology annual meeting held in Las Vegas in November 2015.
Contoura Vision is a further refinement in the evolution towards providing the best possible vision with laser vision correction. In the multi-centre FDA study in the US this study provided the best results yet seen for a vision correction procedure.
The procedure uses the corneal topography of your eye to personalise the treatment and to extract the best possible result from your procedure. The cornea is the most powerful optical part of the human eye and having the ability to include its imperfections in the treatment planning with the aim of making the cornea as regular and smooth as possible is the key ingredient to these world-beating outcomes. If you want to read more about the FDA study, please follow this link: Myalcon Clinical Study If you are interested in finding out if you are a candidate for Contoura Vision please contact the clinic now
People that have always enjoyed good vision and then suddenly find that they cannot read the price on a garment or the ingredients on an item of food in the supermarket, realize that seeing up close is almost just as important as seeing in the distance. They’ve tried reading glasses but find they are annoying. They’d rather do without them. Well, Raindrop provides a solution to this very problem. We are now offering this procedure at the Wellington Eye Clinic and during your evaluation to help you become less dependent on reading glasses, we will determine if this is your best option. For more information see Revisionoptics