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iStent : Size does matter

By Thomas Harvey, MD
 
The iStent Trabecular Micro-Bypass device has recently been released for the treatment of glaucoma. The iStent is the smallest FDA-approved medical device in existence! Smaller than the head of a pin, it is placed in the eye at the time of cataract surgery to help reduce eye pressure by enhancing fluid exit.
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Glaucoma? SLT for me please

By Thomas Harvey, MD

 
Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the world. In our country, nearly 3 million people have glaucoma. Much like high blood pressure, it can be present without symptoms. The most common risk factor for glaucoma is higher eye pressure. The end result of glaucoma is optic nerve damage that can compromise valuable peripheral and eventually central vision.

How is glaucoma treated? Traditionally, eye drops to lower eye pressure are attempted first. In the last two decades, a host of newer eye drops have become available to combat high eye pressure. They are usually effective, but cost, side effects and strict requirements for use make these prescription therapies less desirable. The most distressing realization for a new glaucoma patient is that the drops must be used every day, sometimes multiple times, for the remainder of one’s life!

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Eyebrows an open window into your emotions

By Heidi Jarecki, MD

 
Happy, surprised, melancholy? When it comes to expressing emotions brows tell it all. Eyebrows set the tone for a face and are key conveyors of mood. An appropriately positioned and shaped brow contributes to a pleasant, alert facial outlook, while a droopy or sparse brow conveys tiredness or sadness. Apart from their role in expression, eyebrow position can also influence side vision and apparent eyelid position. Sagging brows are a surprisingly common and often unappreciated cause of side vision loss.

Eyebrows accomplish their important role in conveying mood and emotion through the interplay of several muscles.

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