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William Tullo, OD
Dr. Tullo is the vice president of clinical services for TLC Vision and adjunct assistant clinical professor at SUNY College of Optometry.
Clinical implications of corneal cross-linking
Now that we have CXL , it is imperative for clinicians to incorporate new technologies that can help us achieve disease detection at the earliest clinical stage prior to onset of visual symptoms.
Will the SMILE procedure replace LASIK?
Will the SMILE procedure replace LASIK?
The femtosecond laser has brought many significant advances to eye surgery. For more than a decade, it has been used to create lamellar corneal flaps for laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK), and more recently this laser is used to precisely perform several steps in cataract surgery.
Topography-guided LASIK provides personalized vision
One of the most common questions I hear every day from patients is, “What is new in refractive surgery?” I have asked Jim Owen, OD, an expert in refractive surgery technology, to discuss the latest version of LASIK—topography-guided LASIK—with David Geffen, OD, FAAO, who participated in Alcon’s Contoura Vision clinical trials.
Corneal inlay technology offers new advantages
Corneal inlays to correct refractive errors are not new—various materials have been tried for more than 50 years to correct blurred vision. The greatest barriers to success of corneal inlays have been a lack of biocompatibility with the cornea, the difficulty of placing them within the corneal stroma safely, and refractive predictably.
Quality of life after LASIK
In October of 2009 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), National Eye Institute (NEI), and the Department of Defense (DOD) launched the LASIK Quality of Life Collaboration Project (LQOLCP) to help better understand the potential risk of severe problems that can result from LASIK.
Are your patient’s eyes healthy enough for LASIK surgery?
Before recommending laser vision correction for your patient, there are a number of factors you as an eyecare practitioner must consider.
Measuring LASIK patient satisfaction
Most of us would probably say that the vast majority of our patients are quite satisfied with the care they receive in our offices. But how do we know this for sure?
Comanaging non-corneal refractive surgery
Last time we discussed the benefits of phakic intraocular lenses (IOLs), including patient selection criteria for both anterior chamber and posterior chamber lenses. Now, let’s discuss the comanagement of phakic IOLs including outcomes, perioperative care, and complication management.
Identifying candidates for non-corneal refractive surgery
Today, the surgical correction of refractive error is most commonly performed on the cornea. LASIK surgery is the most popular form of refractive surgery in the U.S. with more than 16.5 million procedures performed to date.1 For many of our patients, LASIK may be the best surgical option, but sometimes removing tissue from the cornea may not be the best surgical option.
Is your patient healthy enough for LASIK surgery?
Your patients rely on you to help determine if they are good candidates for laser vision correction. We know that a patient’s systemic health can affect the safety and efficacy of refractive surgery.