Ceremonial Ground-Breaking for New Duke Eye Center Clinical Facility

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 experience.

The ceremony celebrated the team effort that has turned this dream of building a new Eye Center clinical facility into a reality. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of our legion of generous donors, […]

LASIK Eye Surgery Improves Quality of Life for Patients at Duke Center for Vision Correction

As you contemplate your decision to undergo Laser vision correction or LASIK eye surgery, recognize that it is an extremely complex and personal one.  Dr. Alan N. Carlson, Professor of Ophthalmology and Chief of the Corneal and Refractive Surgery Service of the Duke Eye Center meets with each patient to discuss the options, risks, limitations, benefits, and likely outcome to set expectations.  He prides himself more on carefully screening and often steering a patient away from surgery rather than treating the most patients when it comes to laser vision correction surgery.  There are a large number of patients who should […]

By |January 9th, 2012|Duke Eye Center, LASIK, Myopia|0 Comments

What can I expect the day after LASIK eye surgery?

The decision to undergo LASIK eye surgery is an extremely complex one.  Dr. Alan N. Carlson, Professor of Ophthalmology and Chief of the Corneal and Refractive Surgery Service of the Duke Eye Center prides himself more on turning away the most patients rather than treating the most patients when it comes to laser vision correction surgery.  There are a large number of patients who should not have surgery and also a significant number of patients where LASIK may not be the best procedure for that particular patient.  One critical aspect of patient selection is recognizing that it should never be […]

By |January 6th, 2012|Blog, Duke Eye Center, LASIK, Myopia|0 Comments

Astronauts’ Eyesight Damaged During Long Space Missions

by James Brice

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November 8, 2011 — Medical researchers have proposed theories but lack clear answers explaining why many astronauts see their vision deteriorate during long-term exposure to weightlessness in space.

Clinical evaluations conducted by the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) have uncovered pathologic ophthalmic findings in a retrospective study that could have implications for NASA’s planned journey to Mars and for long-duration missions at the International Space Station.

Published in the October issue of Ophthalmology, the results […]

By |January 5th, 2012|Blog, LASIK, Myopia, Retina|0 Comments

A Cell Phone Implanted in Your Tooth and Now a TV in Your Contact Lens

Alan N. Carlson, M.D., Professor of Ophthalmology at the Duke Eye Center in Durham, NC recently reviewed some of the technology leading to the implantation of cell phone technology in a tooth and now it looks like we are moving in the direction of putting a television or computer monitor in a contact lens.  Where will it end?

Computerised contact lens will keep you up to date with news and texts

Prototype could create hands-free information
Was placed into a rabbit’s eye without causing any health problems
Inventor also looking to incorporate sensors to pick up important medical data
Meanwhile, Britons to try out bionic […]

By |November 22nd, 2011|Blog, Duke Eye Center, LASIK, Myopia, Retina|0 Comments

Acanthamoeba Keratitis is Still a Problem!

It is hard to believe that 36 years has passed since the first documented case of Acanthamoeba Keratitis.

I attribute our recent success in treating Acanthamoeba Keratitis at the Duke Eye Center to the collaborative work between the Cornea Service and also Dr. John Perfect in the Infectious Disease Department.  Our initial treatment regimen consists of the following:

Discontinue all contact lens wear.  Patients often don’t realize that their other eye is at risk with continued contact lens wear.  Particularly if they are sleeping while wearing their contact lens.

Culturing the case along with their eye often confirms that the contact lens is […]

Duke Eye Center Becomes First Major Medical Center To Offer The TearScience System to Improve Care for Evaporative Dry Eye Patients

TearScience’s LipiFlow® Redefines Duke Eye Center’s Management of Dry Eye Patients

DURHAM, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–TearScience, Inc., a venture funded medical device company, today announced that Duke Eye Center, an academic research and education-based university eye care center, has purchased TearScience’s LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation System, a breakthrough treatment for evaporative dry eye disease and meibomian gland dysfunction. Duke Eye Center focuses on the latest technology, research, and education to provide the most advanced patient care, including the management of dry eye disease.
“Dr. Carlson and the Duke Eye Center are well known for an innovative and caring approach to patient care”
“The LipiFlow system is […]

The Eye Rubbing Link to Keratoconus May Start Earlier Than We Realize

The link between eye rubbing and keratoconus is strengthening – http://www.revophth.com/content/i/1211/c/22833/

I am concerned that intense eye rubbing may start even earlier than we realize and may turn into a “habit” or compulsion that eventually exacerbates keratoconus!



Avoid Contact Lens-Associated Eye Infections

In an effort to reduce serious eye infection, the Cornea Service at the Duke Eye Center is recommending that patients avoid sleeping or napping while wearing contact lenses.  Also, do not wear contact lenses while swimming or sitting in a hot tub.  Remove a contact lens whenever your eye feels irritated or is red or injured.  Make sure you review proper lens care with your eye doctor to make sure you are properly cleaning, disinfecting, enzyme cleaning, and replacing your contact lenses on schedule.

Are You Thinking About LASIK? Weigh all of the options!

A great overview from the AAO is as follows:

LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is an outpatientrefractive surgery procedure used to treat nearsightedness,farsightedness and astigmatism. A laser is used to reshape the cornea — the clear, round dome at the front of the eye — to improve the way the eye focuses light rays onto the retina at the back of the eye.

With LASIK, an ophthalmologist (Eye M.D.) creates a thin flap in the cornea using either a blade or a laser. The surgeon folds back the flap and precisely removes a very specific amount of corneal tissue under the flap using an excimer laser. […]

By |September 26th, 2011|Astigmatism, Blog, Duke Eye Center, LASIK, Myopia|0 Comments