NEWSLETTER - WINTER 2000
/ SPRING 2001
Throughout our work day we are reminded by some
of our patients' inquiries of various myths and inaccuracies that
persist in the general public regarding eye care. The two most common
myths we encounter regard the possibility that sitting too close
to the television and reading for prolonged periods in dim light
can be harmful to the eyes. The eye functions much like a camera
in focusing light and, because of this, the dimness of the light
or closeness of the object will not harm it any more than taking
a photograph in dim light will harm a camera. Adequate illumination,
however, can make reading easier especially when patients are approaching
the age when bifocals are needed. Holding books close to the face
to read and sitting close to the television are common in normal
children and are not harmful to the eyes although occasionally these
can be signs of nearsightedness requiring glasses.
| Richard S. Hoffman,
There is also a misconception that children who have learning
problems are likely to have an eye coordination problem and
can be helped with special exercises. This myth has never
been supported by any accepted scientific evidence and, unfortunately,
concerned parents with good intentions may waste their time
and money on such exercises. Eye exercises have been found
to be useful in individuals who have a convergence insufficiency
that creates eye fatigue after even short periods of reading.
When indicated, these exercises can be prescribed and performed
easily and inexpensively at home or work.
We are frequently asked whether looking through the wrong
eyeglass prescription (especially immediately after cataract
surgery, before the correct postoperative spectacles have
been prescribed) is harmful to the eyes. Although the image
that is perceived by looking through the old glasses may not
be sharp, no damage occurs to the eyes. This question is also
frequently asked with regard to over-the-counter reading glasses.
These "dime-store" glasses cause no damage to the
eyes even when the power chosen by the patient may be inadequate
or too strong.
These myths are just a few of the many misconceptions we
encounter on a daily basis. We are hopeful that through
continued education, we can avoid unnecessary stress and
expense to our patients. [ top ]
Clear lens replacement is gaining popularity
as a refractive surgery option for people over forty who want to decrease
or eliminate their dependence on glasses or contact lenses. Based
on technological advances that have fostered the tremendous success
of cataract surgery, clear lens replacement involves the exchange
of the crystalline lens of the eye for a multifocal intraocular lens.
Clear lens replacement holds the promise of excellent visual acuity
at both distance and near without glasses.
|Mark Packer, M.D
After the age of forty all of us begin to lose our ability to focus
on (or accommodate) objects at near range. The loss of accommodation
is due to aging changes in the lens of the eye that make it impossible
for the eye to bring near objects into focus.
The multifocal intraocular lens, or Array, has been widely used
in cataract surgery since 1998. Early studies of the Array demonstrated
that about half of cataract patients receiving the Array in both
eyes never needed to wear glasses at all. Most of the remaining
patients wore glasses occasionally for certain activities.
A small number of patients continued to wear glasses as they did
prior to surgery. The results of clear lens replacement have been
extremely gratifying. Almost all of our patients have been able
to drive and read the newspaper without glasses.
Clear lens replacement is not for everyone, but it may be right
for you. Drs. Fine, Hoffman and I all perform this surgery and offer
a free initial consultation to those considering surgery. Tell us
about your visual goals, and we can provide the information you
need to make an educated decision. [ top ]
David and Linda with Dr. Hoffman and Tony.
Before my LASIK procedure I read through some of the testimonials
in your office. Although I was impressed, many of them sounded too
good to be true. After my surgery, I must say no words can describe
the wonderful difference in my vision. It truly is amazing!
In less than a half-hour I gained a whole new way of viewing
my world. When I lay down for the procedure, I saw a blurry scene
before me and couldn't read the clock on the wall. Immediately
after the procedure, images were very clear and I could easily
see the time. The results are better than I expected. I can even
read at a normal distance without glasses.
I credit the success of my results to the careful screening
and thorough examination process prior to surgery. Your team took
the time to explain the surgery and what to expect. Your caring
manner and professionalism made the procedure much less fearful
than I imagined before I visited your office. Thank you for a
job very well done! [ top ]
For many years I had suffered from
dry eyes and the inability to wear contact lenses longer than
just a few hours to minister on television. I had heard about
the different kinds of eye surgeries that were available,
did some research and my interest began to swell. Finances
were holding me back and I wish now that years earlier I would
have taken advantage of the financing options that are available
through Dr. Fine's office.
Taylor of Crossfire
World Outreach Ministries.
Like many, I had the normal trepidation
before surgery but the outcome was nothing short of a miracle,
a miracle of modern technology and a very skilled surgeon.
I wore glasses into the operating room and, within minutes,
walked out without glasses and with significantly improved
vision. After the prescribed four-hour nap, I woke up a new
man (at least a man with new eyes). Within 24 hours, I was
Now it has been a few months and to say that
I would do it over again is an understatement. After seeing
the dramatic results, many of my friends and family have chosen
to have the LASIK surgery for themselves to improve the quality
of their lives, as it has mine. [ top ]
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