NEWSLETTER - SUMMER 2001
|American Society of Cataract & Refractive
Surgery incoming President Dr. Fine with outgoing President,
This year, April showered Dr. Fine with professional accolades: First
he was named president of the prestigious American Society of Cataract
and Refractive Surgery, an international educational and scientific
organization whose 8500 member ophthalmologists specialize in cataract
and refractive surgery. In making the announcement, outgoing ASCRS
president Douglas Koch, M.D. called Dr. Fine a brilliant surgeon
and innovator, a great advocate for our patients and our profession,
and a remarkable individual.
Also in April, Inside Eyecare Technology awarded Dr. Fine its Lifetime
Achievement Award for Contributions in the Advancement of Ophthalmic
Technology. The annual award is presented to individuals who have
changed the face of ophthalmic technology through innovation
and/or advanced techniques in surgery resulting in better patient
care. But in addition to recognizing his prolific
technical contributions, Inside Eyecare Technology also praised Dr.
Fine for contributions of a more personal nature.
Early in life, I was told that we have an obligation to share
our talents with others and to pass on our wisdom, writes Nick
Mathe, IETs editor-in-chief. Dr. Fine embodies this philosophy,
living an unselfish life by sharing his time and talent with others,
so that ultimately, patients around the world may also benefit from
the higher degree of skill among doctors who learned from Dr. Fine.
As Mathe pointed out, Dr. Fine has served as a Core Clinical Investigator
for nearly every phacoemul-sification system and intraocular
lens developed in recent years and has developed techniques and instruments
that have revol- utionized eye surgery. He has been a
visiting professor at 23 medical schools here and abroad, has presented
more than 800 courses worldwide and has demonstrated live surgical
techniques in more than 30 countries. In recognition of these and
other accomplishments, he was named one of the 25 most influential
ophthalmologists of the Twentieth Century by a vote of 16,000 ophthalmologists
Calling Dr. Fine an exceedingly gracious gentleman, Mathe
concludes that the future is bright for ophthalmology and medicine
as a whole, considering we have been blessed with such gifted teacher-innovator-surgeons
as Dr. I. Howard Fine. He has shown us the way by living an exemplary
life of sharing his God-given talents and providing new instruments,
techniques and devices to the world, resulting in better patient outcomes,
more highly skilled surgeons and giving us a roadmap on how to live
the good life while making a huge difference in the world.
Congratulations, Dr. Fine, for these latest in a lifetime of achievements.
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The correction of farsightedness has now moved
from the operating room to the office!
|Mark Packer, M.D
Laser Thermal Keratoplasty, or LTK, is a new procedure that allows
the correction of farsightedness with the Sunrise laser in just
a few seconds while you are seated in one of our office exam rooms.
The Sunrise LTK Procedure was designed specifically for people
age 40 and older who have low to mild farsightedness. If youve
been farsighted all your life or if youve suddenly noticed
you need glasses when you didnt need them before, the Sunrise
LTK Procedure may be the option for you.
be at least age 40 for the Sunrise LTK Procedure;
have stable vision for at least six months and have healthy
be in the low to moderate range of farsightedness (+0.75
D to +2.50 D).
Our office participated in the FDA clinical investigation of the
LTK system, and found it safe and effective for the treatment of
farsightedness. The treatment begins with the patient seated at
the laser in our office. In just three seconds a ring of laser spots
is eral cornea, shrinking corneal collagen and steepening the central
cornea. LTK is truly a no-touch procedure, as no surgical
instrument ever comes in contact with the eye. Patients appreciate
the added safety benefit that the central cornea, or visual axis,
is left untouched.
Drs. Fine, Hoffman and Packer can help you determine if you are
a good candidate for Sunrise LTK laser vision correction. To learn
more about the Sunrise LTK Procedure or to schedule a complimentary
screening call Tony Reynolds at (541) 687-2110. [ top ]
The next frontier in refractive cataract surgery
will be the treatment of presbyopia at the time of lens removal. Currently,
when we perform cataract surgery the cloudy human crystalline lens
is removed and replaced with a lens implant. Standard monofocal lens
implants allow us to eliminate our patients refractive errors
so that they can see well at a distance. However, patients still require
glasses for near vision unless we purposely leave one eye nearsighted
in a condition we term monovision.
| Richard S. Hoffman,
The Array® multifocal intraocular lens has been used with great
success in our practice and has allowed many patients to function
without glasses at distance and near after cataract surgery. A multifocal
lens creates multiple focal points behind the lens and allows patients
to maintain functional vision over a range of distances. One of
the drawbacks of multifocal lenses is the potential for halos around
lights at night and individuals who frequently drive at night may
not be the best candidates for this lens.
Our practice is one of fifteen practices in the United States currently
investigating the new C&C Vision CrystaLens. The CrystaLens
is a monofocal accommodating lens that is hinged next to the optic
of the lens. This allows the optic to move forward slightly during
an accommodative effort such as for near tasks. This pseudo-accommodation
simulates the way our natural lens worked before age 45, and allows
patients to function at both distance and near without the potential
halos of multifocal lens technology. The accommodating IOL is currently
being investigated by Drs. Fine, Hoffman, & Packer as part of
an FDA monitored clinical trial. Early results within our practice
have been very exciting.
To be included in the CrystaLens study, patients need to be greater
than fifty years of age with visually significant cataracts. They
should have less than one diopter of astigmatism and have no other
significant ocular diseases. [ top ]
| Cataract surgery patient,
Marjorie Wilkinson is a patient with some very special
accomplishments to share. She was one of the first female Alaskan bush
pilots and hunting guides. She received her first pilots license
in 1948 and went on to get her commercial license one year later. She
was in the air 364 days a year, piloting planes outfitted with skis
in the winter and floats in the summer. She would fly parties of ten
in and out of the Alaskan bush for fall moose hunts followed by caribou,
sheep, and bear the last hunt of the season. Marjorie was in high demand
because she could fly and cook, and if there was a woman in the
party, it made her feel more comfortable.
Margie is quite a markswoman, too. She claims her new eyes
allow her to hit dead center now! Out of necessity, she
learned a lot about guns in her days in the bush and brought us the
target in which she recently shot four bullseyes in a row at 100 yards
with her 357 Magnum. Margie also shares a great love of motorcycles
with Dr. Fine and brought in this picture of her on her Harley. [ top ]
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