Have Floaters, Dry Eye or Poor Reading Vision? New Technology Provides Relief
- Posted on: Mar 16 2017
At Key-Whitman Eye Center we’re always on the lookout for new eye
health technology. In fact, our eye doctors and surgeons regularly participate
in research and clinical trials to bring these ophthalmologic advances
In honor of
National Save Your Vision Month, we’d like to share a few breakthroughs that might interest you.
Vision-saving and vision-enhancing technology have been emerging at breakneck
speeds. In case you’ve missed any of these advances, here are some
of the leading-edge technologies you can take advantage of now.
No. 1: Ellex Medical Laser To Treat Floaters
If you suffer from annoying
floaters, such as specks or dots obscuring your field of vision and associated
flashes of light, the Ellex Medical Laser may be a good option for you.
As Key-Whitman President and Chief Surgeon
Jeffrey Whitman, M.D. explains,
“About 60 percent of people age 50 and older will develop floaters
in their lifetimes. In fact, it’s the most common eye condition
we see in patients of those ages.”
While floaters are not a serious issue for most people, and the condition
often resolves itself, floaters and accompanying flashes can be bothersome
for certain individuals.
“The Ellex Laser is a quick, painless procedure that may vaporize
or eliminate many types of floaters. The best candidates for the Ellex
Laser are those who have had solitary floaters that have been interfering
with their vision for three months or longer,” says Dr. Whitman.
IMPORTANT: If you experience new and/or a sudden onset of floaters and flashes, what
appears as a curtain obscuring your field of vision or missing areas of
vision, call your eye doctor immediately. These symptoms typically occur
due to a torn or detached retina. If not treated promptly, permanent vision
loss may occur.
No. 2: Raindrop®
Near Vision Inlay To Correct Reading Vision
40+ and tired of wearing readers? Then this innovative near vision correction procedure is definitely worth
checking out. The Raindrop Near Vision Inlay is a tiny, clear, medical
device an eye surgeon implants under a LASIK flap.
The inlay changes the shape of the cornea to correct near vision in qualified
FDA approval was granted June 29, 2016.
According to Dr. Whitman,
“Patients interested in this procedure regularly say they are sick
and tired of wearing readers. If that sounds like you, come in and talk with us.
You may be a candidate for the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay procedure if
you meet the following criteria: Age 40 or older, good distance vision
without glasses, and healthy eyes that would take well to a LASIK flap.”
Dr. Whitman explains how the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay works and how patients
have responded to the procedure.
No. 3: Lipiflow®
To Alleviate Dry Eye Symptoms
Millions of Americans struggle with
dry eye syndrome and the dry, itchy eyes and blurry vision that accompany the condition.
While many people do find relief with artificial tears like Restasis,® topical steroid drops, serum tears or tear duct plugs, these treatments
don’t work for every patient.
There are two main causes for dry eye syndrome – either oil layer
deficiency or water layer deficiency in the tear film. Some people suffer
LipiFlow is a breakthrough treatment designed to treat patients with oil layer deficiency.
“The LipiFlow treatment warms up and massages the eyelids to unclog
the oil glands in the eyelids (also known as meibomian glands) and get
the oil flowing freely again. Key-Whitman has been offering LipiFlow since
2013, and most patients have been able to go a year or two or more without
retreatment,” Dr. Whitman says.
Left untreated, dry eye symptoms can result in serious complications, including
corneal abrasions, and in extreme cases, vision loss. If dry eye symptoms
are affecting your quality of life,
visit a dry eye specialist to discuss your options.
Have Uncomfortable or Substandard Vision? – You Don’t Have To
To find out if you are a good candidate for the Ellex Medical Laser, Raindrop
Near Vision Inlay or LipiFlow, contact us to schedule an eye exam and
Simply give us a call at
(972) 905-9128, or feel free to
set up an appointment online by clicking here.
About Dr. Whitman
Jeffrey Whitman, M.D., is a nationally renowned eye surgeon, board certified
by the American Board of Ophthalmology. President and Chief Surgeon of
Key-Whitman Eye Centers in Dallas since 1996, Dr. Whitman is a frequent
participant in clinical trials and is known as a respected researcher,
innovator and leader in refractive cataract surgery, LASIK eye surgery
and for his extensive experience implanting high-technology lenses. He
is frequently called upon to serve on the boards of local and national
medical associations and organizations. Dr. Whitman and his wife reside
in Dallas and enjoy fitness, playing tennis and traveling.
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