Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The Dangers of Choosing “Low Cost” LASIK Surgery

New York, NY, August 06, 2012 --(PR.com)-- Now that the general public accepts that LASIK vision correction surgery has a very low risk of complications, a number of commercials and print advertisements offer “low cost” LASIK surgery. However, getting a discounted rate on eye surgery often means inexperienced doctors and equipment that is at least 10 years old.

Dr. Ilan Cohen, director of 5th Avenue Eye Center in Manhattan, serves patients throughout New York and New Jersey with his state-of-the-art LASIK and cataract surgical techniques. He hopes to educate people throughout the world about the importance of choosing a qualified doctor for LASIK surgery.

“There are many great doctors offering LASIK for reasonable prices,” Dr. Cohen said. “I serve a small part of the population and want to encourage people living in other areas such as California or Texas to thoroughly check the qualifications of a doctor before signing up for LASIK.”

Ideally, a doctor performing LASIK should offer other services and be a fellowship trained corneal specialist. Modern laser equipment is expensive and involves “click fees” (royalties paid to the excimer laser manufacturer), so surgeons who use older equipment can charge very low treatment prices.

“Older laser equipment might work fine for your eyes, but the risk that it might not fully correct your vision or even damage your eyesight is too high,” Dr. Cohen said. “There is really no ‘cheap’ substitute for modern equipment, an experienced and moral surgeon, and trained staff members.”

5th Avenue Eye Center is a comprehensive vision clinic with branches in Manhattan and Queens, New York as well as New Jersey. Dr. Cohen was fellowship trained in corneal surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. and Catholic Medical Center in Boston, Mass. His state-of-the-art LASIK techniques and ability to correct other surgeons’ mistakes have garnered international media attention on CBS, CNBC, and FOX News. Dr. Cohen teaches LASIK surgery at the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

The advent of patient financing programs has made high-quality vision correction technology accessible to almost everyone, notes Dr. Cohen. Many reputable LASIK clinics offer in-house financing or connections to medical loans and credit cards. Some medical lenders can even work with people who have a history of credit problems.

“With so many financing options out there, I encourage people to research their local LASIK clinics and find the most experienced surgeon with the best possible technology,” Dr. Cohen said. “Your eyes are worth paying slightly more money for the very best care.”

For more information or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cohen, call 5th Avenue Eye Center at (212) 764-2020.
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Monday, April 23, 2012

Abbott's iFS Advanced Femtosecond Laser Technology gets US FDA nod to use in cataract surgery

The US Food and Drug Administration has cleared to use Abbott's iFS Advanced Femtosecond Laser to create bow-shaped or curved arcuate incisions in corneal surgery, including cataract surgery.

The iFS Laser is currently used to create LASIK flaps and other corneal incisions in the eye and is the fifth generation of IntraLase technology, which has been used in more than 5 million procedures worldwide.

Nearly 3 million patients undergo cataract surgery each year in the United States. With this new clearance, the iFS Laser now gives surgeons the ability to make precise, bladeless arcuate incisions during surgery and customize the incision for each individual patient.

Factors such as placement, length, depth and radius of curvature can influence the surgeon's desired change to the cornea. These parameters can be difficult to control through traditional incisions made by hand using surgical knives. Now, using the iFS Laser, arcuate incisions can be performed with greater precision, predictability and customization than is possible with a manual technique.

"This is a major advancement and expansion of our Femtosecond laser technology," said Jim Mazzo, senior vice president, Abbott Medical Optics. "Abbott has been a pioneer in the ophthalmic use of Femtosecond lasers, and this new use of our technology demonstrates our leadership position in this very dynamic and competitive market. This is an important step as we look to utilize Femtosecond laser technology as a potential standard of care during the cataract procedure.”

Study data support that the iFS Femtosecond laser creates arcuate incisions safely and effectively as prescribed by the physician, and complies with applicable safety standards.

This new use of Abbott's iFS Femtosecond laser is available now in the United States.

Abbott Medical Optics is focused on delivering life-improving vision technologies to people of all ages. The company offers a comprehensive portfolio of cataract, refractive and eye care products. Products in the cataract line include monofocal and multifocal intraocular lenses (IOLs), phacoemulsification systems, viscoelastics, and related products used in ocular surgery. Products in the refractive line include wavefront diagnostic devices, femtosecond lasers and associated patient interface devices; excimer laser vision correction systems and treatment cards. Products in the eye care line include disinfecting solutions, enzymatic cleaners, lens rewetting drops and artificial tears.

Abbott is a global, broad-based health care company devoted to the discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of pharmaceuticals and medical products, including nutritionals, devices and diagnostics.


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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Meet your merchant: Spivack Western Slope LASIK Center

Historically, patients had to drive to Denver for their laser vision correction surgery. This caused inconvenience, missed work and increased expense. The need for a local LASIK clinic was the No. 1 requested service improvement, and we listened. As a result, we invited a highly qualified, world-class surgeon, Dr. Lawrence Spivack, to Glenwood Springs.

We also built an operating room right here inside the office of 20/20 EyeCare to house our permanent laser equipment. To the patient, this means that our laser does not travel. Our laser remains in the operating room and is calibrated to this altitude, elevation, humidity and temperature.

Combining the best equipment with tremendous surgical skill has created outcomes not previously obtained, and we are proud of the results we have seen.

Just ask one of our happy patients. Creating the perfect environment for both the patient and equipment was not an easy or inexpensive task, but the results have been phenomenal, and our extremely satisfied patients are always willing to share with you their experience.

What do you sell?

We sell freedom. By that we mean freedom from dependence on glasses or contact lenses. The technology used at Spivack Western Slope LASIK Center is the most advanced in the industry and affords those people with blurry vision the ability to see again. During the 20-minute procedure, the front surface of the eye is reshaped by laser so that clear distance vision is restored.

With LASIK surgery, most patients are corrected so that they no longer require glasses for driving or watching television. Those of you with poor eyesight can truly understand what a blessing this is.

Spivack Western Slope Laser Center only uses the most advanced laser technology. The equipment used here is the only technology approved by NASA and the U.S. Military for their astronauts and fighter pilots. Dr. Spivack performs LASIK surgery to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.

We offer a free, personalized LASIK consultation to determine if laser vision correction surgery would be a valuable option for you and your lifestyle. Even if you've been told your prescription doesn't qualify, please call us and ask. With technology in this field advancing, there's a good possibility that you, too, could now qualify for laser vision correction surgery.

What makes having a good surgeon so important?

Dr. Lawrence Spivack is ranked in the top 1 percent of all refractive surgeons in the United States. He has performed more than 50,000 laser vision correction procedures since he first began in 1984. Dr. Spivack is a nationally trained, certified trainer for the VISX laser system.

This means that he trains other surgeons on the use and technique of the laser system that he uses in both his Denver center and in Glenwood Springs.

He is the caliber of surgeon that is called upon to be an expert witness in the field of refractive eye surgery and is frequently asked to consult for other doctors who have complicated surgical cases.

The benefit of this for our patients is that they truly have an expert surgeon performing the entire surgery, from start to finish, and can rest assured that they are in very capable hands.

What is your strategy for growth next year?

We are pleased to be blessed with very happy patients who graciously spread the word about their surgery with their friends and colleagues. This word of mouth advertising has proven to be our greatest source of referrals.

Additionally, other eye surgeons and optometrists from all over the Western Slope play a large role in our referral program. This brings wonderful patients to us from Delta, Montrose and Grand Junction as well as from Aspen to Vail.

We are fortunate to have such a competent and professional staff, a world-class surgeon, attentive co-managing doctors, and state-of-the-art equipment that steady growth comes naturally.

Our main objective is to always take exceptional care of each patient to ensure their safety and satisfaction. Doing so prevents the need for aggressive sales tactics and pricing schemes. For the services we provide, we maintain fair prices and a good value.

What is the best thing about running a business here?

Without a doubt, the wonderful people living in this beautiful valley are what make this the perfect place to run a laser vision correction surgery center. Here, we have a pool of potential patients who enjoy the outdoors, are healthy and are active.

Whether a patient's vision needs include skiing, hiking and biking our magnificent trails, or taking photos of our beautiful scenery, seeing clearly makes all the difference when there are so important things to see.

Being able to offer this life-altering surgery so close to home has given us a sense of accomplishment and pride.

As locals ourselves, seeing our satisfied patients out in the community and witnessing the improvement in their quality of life makes this an even more enjoyable place to do business.

What positive lessons did you learn during the recession?

Regardless of economic times, we understand that vision is one of our most precious resources. Whether your bank account is healthy or not, the desire to look and feel good can always be afforded when you know you are getting a great service for a good value.

Another consideration is that you may actually save money over your lifetime by no longer purchasing contact lenses or expensive glasses.

Payment for surgery can also seem less intense by taking advantage of our free consultation and coordinating payment through your Flexible Spending Account, Health Savings Account or our flexible financing options.

By continuing to offer the safest surgical options and maintaining only the highest standard of care, we offer our patients laser vision correction for a good value, at a convenient location.

It is possible to find surgery advertised for a lower price. There is always a reason for a lower price, and this could be a sacrifice in safety, expertise and even results in order to save money.

Spivack Western Slope LASIK Center only offers the safest, most accurate and professional care possible at an affordable price. We believe that there is only one way to do surgery, and that is the right way.

You can probably describe several ways to spend the cost of a cup of coffee a day, but what better way than to correct your vision, your most precious of the five senses.


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Friday, April 20, 2012

Moretsky Cassidy LASIK Contest Free LASIK to Social Media Star

Arizona Contest: Reality Star to Win Free LASIK

Moretsky Cassidy LASIK is pleased to announce they are offering a free LASIK procedure to someone in their Facebook community; they are calling the contest “Arizona Eye-dol.” The Arizona contest for free

LASIK is a lead-up to launching reality LASIK social videos in which the LASIK winner will be the featured patient, sharing their experience throughout their LASIK procedure!

“Dr. Cassidy and I have helped thousands of Phoenix LASIK patients obtain better vision,” said Dr. Moretsky. “The purpose of Arizona Eye-dol is to give back to the Phoenix community and reward one lucky fan for their support of Moretsky Cassidy LASIK.”

LASIK is an innovative procedure that takes about 10 minutes per eye to complete. Both eyes can be corrected in the same surgery. LASIK patients can return to work one to two days following the procedure. Once complete, a patient’s dependence on glasses is greatly reduced or eliminated altogether. Patients over 40 may still need reading glasses, but over 99 percent of Moretsky Cassidy LASIK patients can pass a driver’s license test without wearing glasses and many of them achieve better than 20/20 vision.

Those who want a chance to win free LASIK should become familiar with the contest rules. Then, they can enter the Arizona contest by signing up for a free consultation on the LASIKTopDocsAZ Facebook page.

The consultation includes a series of vision evaluations that are necessary to determine if the contestant is qualified for the LASIK surgery. These evaluations must be completed by May 2, 2012.

Upon the completion of the consultation, if it is determined that the contestant’s vision can be improved with LASIK surgery, the participants will be given the opportunity to complete their entry by stating their hopes for their LASIK outcome on a video. Participating fans will have their video posted on the LASIKTopDocsAZ Facebook page wall and have an opportunity to win a $50 gift card to Outback Steakhouse by acquiring the most votes (“Likes”) on their video. One lucky winner will be announced as the star of the Reality LASIK videos and receive free LASIK surgery. To qualify, contestants must be 21 or older and be available May 18-20, 2012, for surgery and filming.

About Moretsky Cassidy LASIK:

The Phoenix LASIK surgeons, Moretsky Cassidy have been represented in Top Doctors in Phoenix Magazine for 7 years including 2012, and served 170 doctors and their families in their LASIK eye surgery needs. Their professional reputation and quality patient care has made them known as “The Doctors the Doctors Trust.”


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Monday, April 16, 2012

Vision Expert and Celebrity Surgeon, Rajesh Khanna, Caters to Patients with Fears and Phobias About LASIK Eye Procedures

LASIK expert Dr. Rajesh Khanna M.D. offers his advice and expertise to those in need of vision correction. The Khanna Institute educates readers on advanced eye procedures and how to solve fluctuating vision.

Beverly Hills, Ca (PRWEB) March 29, 2012 

Phobias and fears prevent many people from seeking LASIK surgery and experiencing the clarity of vision they deserve. Internationally acclaimed LASIK expert and owner of the Khanna Institute of LASIK and Refractive Surgery, Dr. Rajesh Khanna, believes gaining superior eyesight should be painless and caters to those with anxiety and fear. He’s improved the vision of some of the most well-known celebrities, athletes and musicians in the world.

“Are you afraid of someone touching your eyes?” asked Khanna. “Has fear kept you in the bondage of irritating contact lenses or those of archaic glasses? You are not alone. Fear of LASIK eye surgery has prevented a whole generation from enjoying the visual liberty they deserve.”

Khanna understands the fear and misgivings of patients and utilizes numbing eye drops, local blocks, state-of-the-art technology and the establishment of a comfort zone to insure patients are calm, comfortable and pain free. A leader and pioneer in LASIK procedures, Khanna is recognized as one of the preeminent vision care specialists in the world and is responsible for developing many of the tools and techniques that have become industry standards.

Khanna provides clients with a variety of vision services, customized to meet their individual needs. LASIK surgery with Wavefront technology provides clients with an unsurpassed level of accuracy to help them achieve 20/20 vision or better. For eye conditions that don’t lend themselves to LASIK surgery, blade and flap free SuperLASIK procedures are offered.

Those above 50 years of age with myopia and hyperopia can choose refractive lens exchange surgery, a non-laser procedure that utilizes ReSTOR lenses and eliminates the need for future cataract surgery. Patients who already suffer with cataracts have access to Crystalens HD technology that enhances visual function and reduces dependency on eyeglasses. Clients who aren’t good candidates for LASIK surgery and want to loose the reading glasses can select a PRELEX procedure to prevent cataracts and enhance vision.

Voted Best LASIK Surgeon in 2009 by the Los Angeles Daily News, he also received the Ventura County Star’s Reader Choice Award four years in a row. Featured in showcase Newsweek in Oct. 2011, Khanna maintains an informative blog and offers website visitors an online LASIK self-evaluation.

The Khanna Institute maintains two locations in California for patient convenience. One is located at 240 S. La Cienega Blvd., #250 in Beverly Hills and the second is at 179 Auburn Court #1 in Westlake Village.

Bright, modern facilities, innovative technology and Khanna’s expertise as a world-class LASIK vision specialist puts patients at ease and insures a pain-free experience. Khanna believes everyone deserves the best eyesight possible and is dedicated to repairing, restoring and enhancing the vision of clients with techniques that cater to those with fears and phobias. He specializes in painless vision treatments and has pioneered the methods to accomplishment that goal. He utilizes his skills to minimize risk, reduce recovery times and provide patients with the crystal clear vision they deserve.

Khanna can be reached by phone at 1-877-2-KHANNA or via email with the convenient form on the website. For more information, visit the website at http://www.khannainstitute.com.

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