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AlanCarlsonMD.com - duke eye center, eye doctor, and lasik eye surgery raleigh ncThis section is designed to keep you up to date on current issues relevant to eye care. I could not be any more thrilled than I already am as part of the Duke Eye Center and the Department of Ophthalmology with 64 full time faculty members and a shared mission of delivering the very best care, finding disease cures through research, and training the next generation of the finest physicians and specialists in eye care.

Tearscience Achieves 20,000+ Dry Eye Treatments Using LipiFlow

Posted by Alan on Jun 30, 2013 in Blog, Dry Eye, Duke Eye Center, LASIK, Refractive Surgery

The LipiView diagnostic instrumentation and LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation Units by TearScience bring an enormous advance for our patients suffering from one of the most common conditions seen in virtually every optometric and ophthalmic practice – including the Duke Eye Center in Durham, NC.  This condition is dry eye and the most common cause resulting in dry eye is tear film instability rather than tear production.  If you asked me 15 years ago about dryness of the ocular surface, I would relate the problem to aging, hormonal changes,...

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Panuveitis Treated with Cataract Surgery, Intraocular Lens Insertion, Synechialysis, Retisert Steroid Implant, and Glaucoma Filtration Tube

Posted by Alan on Aug 12, 2012 in Blog, Cataract Surgery, Duke Eye Center, Glaucoma, Retina, Uncategorized

  Panuveitis can be one of the most challenging problems in Ophthalmic Surgery as this type of severe and pervasive inflammation can affect multiple aspects of the eye resulting in loss of vision.  This particular patient needs the Retisert steroid implant for the treatment of severe inflammatory complications.  Alan N. Carlson, M.D., Professor of Ophthalmology and Chief of the Corneal and Refractive Surgery Service at the Duke Eye Center in Durham, NC works closely with Glenn Jaffe, MD and Pratap Challa MD to treat this patient with...

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Duke Eye Center Links Obstructive Sleep Apnea to Keratoconus

Posted by Alan on Jul 5, 2012 in Blog, Corneal Transplantation, Duke Eye Center, Keratoconus

Research Digest New & Noteworthy Journal Articles Compiled by Andrew E. Mathis, PhD, Medical Editor ► Keratoconus and sleep apnea. Noting the sparseness of post-keratoplasty patients among their elderly patients, ophthalmologists Preeya Gupta, M.D., Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Alan N. Carlson, M.D., Professor of Ophthalmology and Chief of the Corneal Service at the Duke Eye Center in Durham, NC, undertook a study to determine whether there was any correlation between keratoconus and mortality, looking specifically at sleep...

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A Dry Eye Patient Discusses Her Improvement 8-Weeks After LipiFlow Treatment at Duke Eye Center

Posted by Alan on May 23, 2012 in Blog, Dry Eye, Duke Eye Center, LASIK

  LipiFlow is a thermal pulsation treatment produced by TearScience (Morrisville, NC) invented by Dr. Donald Korb (Boston, MA) that received FDA approval in July 2011 established as safe and effective in the treatment of meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) and its role leading to evaporative dry eye.  This treatment has been available at Duke Eye Center since October 2011 when Duke became the first medical center in the country to offer this treatment on a commercial, non-experimental basis.  Alan N. Carlson, M.D., Professor of...

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Leading Eye Surgeons Gather to Teach the 8th Annual Harvard Cataract Course

Posted by Alan on May 22, 2012 in Cataract Surgery, Duke Eye Center

Leading eye surgeons selected by their peers as best teachers / surgeons from 28 Universities gathered to teach the 8th Annual Harvard Cataract Course under course directors Roberto Pineda II, M.D. and Sherleen Chen, M.D from Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary.  The course, given over two days included Dr. Natalie Afshari, Professor of Ophthalmology at Duke Eye Center addressing the importance of intraocular lens calculations.  Dr.  Barry Seibel lectured on Phaco settings and Fluidics and Dr. Bob Avery gave a meticulous discussion on Phaco Chop...

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Seven Scientific Posters Sponsored by TearScience at ARVO Advance Understanding of Evaporative Dry Eye to Improve Patient Care

Posted by Alan on May 14, 2012 in Blog, Dry Eye, Duke Eye Center, LASIK, Uncategorized

TearScience Inc. announced that it sponsored research for seven scientific posters on evaporative dry eye and its technology at ARVO. Subjects reflect new, ongoing research on the disease, TearScience’s technology, and clinical outcomes. The posters cover topics such as how the LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation System can rejuvenate Meibomian gland secretions for up to a year as well as LipiFlow’s efficacy and safety over warm compress therapy for treating Meibomian gland dysfunction. Another demonstrates LipiView Ocular Surface...

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Pupillary Circlage: Repairing the Permanently Dilated Traumatic Pupil During Cataract Surgery

Posted by Alan on Apr 30, 2012 in Blog, Cataract Surgery, Duke Eye Center, Glaucoma

There are a number of potential injuries that can occur to the eye producing the permanently dilated pupil.  Infection, angle closure glaucoma, previous surgery, and blunt trauma can all produce this problem.  The permanently dilated pupil is more likely to produce unwanted glare, brightness during the day, and halos around oncoming headlights.  This functional impact may also include a cosmetic problem as well in patients that have a light colored iris  making the problem of anisocoria more apparent. Alan N. Carlson, M.D., Professor of...

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Ceremonial Ground-Breaking for New Duke Eye Center Clinical Facility

Posted by Alan on Apr 20, 2012 in Blog, Cataract Surgery, Corneal Transplantation, Dry Eye, Duke Eye Center, Glaucoma, Keratoconus, LASIK, Myopia, Refractive Surgery, Retina

Thanks to Bill and Kathy Hudson and LC Industries for their generosity toward the new state-of-the-art clinical Duke Eye Center in Durham, NC.  From: Victor J. Dzau, M.D., Chancellor for Health Affairs; CEO, DUHS Subject: Ceremonial Ground-Breaking for New Eye Center Clinical Facility _____________________________________________________________________ This morning we held a ground-breaking ceremony for a new, state-of-the-art Duke Eye Center building that will add much-needed clinical examination space and enhance the patient...

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Before and After: LipiFlow Treatment for Dry Eye at Duke Eye Center

Posted by Alan on Apr 17, 2012 in Blog, Dry Eye, Duke Eye Center

A gracious and wonderful patient has offered to share her story as we meet her today to evaluate and treat her severe dry eye condition.  Her story is remarkably common and she has offered to share it because the Duke Eye Center has a new and improved ways of addressing this serious problem.  Alan N. Carlson, M.D., Professor of Ophthalmology and Chief of the Corneal and Refractive Surgery Service at the Duke Eye Center interviews this patient prior to treatment and then again 20 minutes after her 12 minute treatment, after the topical...

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Congratulations Drs. Toth and Afshari as Two Eye Center Physicians Named to 2012 Top 10 Women in Medicine

Posted by Alan on Apr 16, 2012 in Blog, Duke Eye Center

http://www.dukehealth.org/eye_center/health_library/news/two-eye-center-physicians-named-to-2012-top-ten-women-in-medicine Two of Duke Eye Center’s faculty are honored by being named to the Triangle’s Top 10 Women in Medicine by Triangle Medical News. Appearing in the May edition, the faculty members receiving the award are: Natalie Adel Afshari, MD, FACS, professor of ophthalmology, director of the Centers of Excellence, and the Cornea and Refractive Surgery Fellowship Program for Duke University Eye Center Cynthia A. Toth, MD,...

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