Thursday, December 15, 2011

Multifocal Lens Implants (IOL) at D’Ambrosio Eye Care

Intraocular lenses, or IOLs as they are more commonly known, are artificial lenses that are used to replace natural lenses that have become clouded with cataracts. They can also be used as a solution for people who suffer from presbyopia, a condition in which the lens becomes less flexible, thus losing its ability to focus on near objects. Before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the use of intraocular lenses in 1981, patients who had cataract surgery were forced to wear thick eyeglasses or contact lenses to improve their vision.

Monofocal Lens Implants vs. Multifocal Lens Implants
Traditional, or Monofocal IOLs, can only offer patients improvement at one set distance, usually for seeing far away. At D’Ambrosio Eye Care we offer our patients Multifocal Implants to help our presbyopic and Cataract Surgery patients see more clearly at a range of distances. This technology allows us to replace the eye’s natural lens with a new, artificial lens that can help restore visual clarity to near, intermediate and distance vision.

If you have any questions about Cataracts, Cataract Surgery or Lens Implants please feel free to phone D’Ambrosio Eye Care Toll Free at 800.325.3937 to schedule a consultation and examination.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Lucentis for Diabetic Eye Disease

Reports of a two-year clinical study of the anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) drug Lucentis when used to treat Diabetic Macular Edema (DME) showed that it helped eliminate the problem which is a cause of significant vision loss in patients with diabetes. Patients with Diabetic Retinopathy in the form of DME who received the drug experienced rapid and sustained improvement in vision compared to those who received a placebo injection.

Diabetic Macular Edema or DME is the swelling of retina in people with diabetic eye disease called diabetic retinopathy, which causes damage to the blood vessels of retina. The DME patients suffers fluid leak from the damaged blood vessel to the central portion of retina, causing it to swell leading to blurred vision, severe vision loss and blindness.

Of the 26 million U.S. people with diabetes, a portion of up to 10 percent tends to develop DME during their lifetime, and up to 75,000 new cases of DME are estimated to develop each year. Currently, DME patients are treated with laser surgery that helps seal the leaky blood vessels to slow the leakage of fluid and reduce the amount of fluid in the retina.

Lucentis is approved for use by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of “Wet” Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and for Macular Edema following Retinal Vein Occlusion. In 2011, Lucentis was approved for treatment of visual impairment due to DME in Europe.

If you have any questions about Diabetic eye problems or Diabetic Retinopathy please feel free to phone D’Ambrosio Eye Care Toll Free at 800-325-3937 to schedule a consultation and examination.