The April 3, 2016 Cover of the New Yorker and the Women Surgeons of PEG

Drs. Anita Miedziak, Suzanne Jadico, and Sarah Kuchar accepted the challenge put out by Dr. Susan Pitt, a surgeon at the University of Wisconsin, to female surgeons around the world to replicate the April 3, 2017 cover of The New Yorker. #NewYorker #FemaleSurgeons #ILookLikeASurgeon

http://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/the-new-yorker-cover-thats-being-replicated-by-women-surgeons-across-the-world


from Princeton Eye Group link

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ReSTOR-Toric Lens – A historical breakthrough in refractive surgery

On February 22, our own Dr. Michael Wong made history in the ophthalmology world. He was the first surgeon in the United States to insert an intra-ocular lens (IOL) following cataract surgery.

The result was correction of all the refractive errors at once: nearsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia.

The lens is called the ReSTOR-Toric, and is manufactured by Alcon, a division of Novartis. Up to now, surgeons and patients could only treat nearsightedness. When more advanced IOLs were introduced, it allowed us to pick two of the three focusing abnormalities. Now, we can address all three at once, and the synergy is amazing. We’ve come a long way.

Prior to being the first surgeon in the United States to perform this procedure, Dr. Wong had experience with this implant as one of the principal investigators evaluating the lens for the FDA; he also testified to the FDA to help gain its approval.

Here are some photos from this day of surgery which was nothing less than historical, or as Dr. Wong dubs it, “ReSTORICAL”. 🙂


from Princeton Eye Group link

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Lafont Eyewear Sale – Exclusive Trunk Show on 4/27/17 – One day only!

We are pleased to announce that The Optical Shoppe’s annual Lafont Eyewear event will be on April 27, 2017 from 5:00 PM til 8:00 PM in the evening.

The Lafont family is honored to be celebrating 30 years of selling eyewear in the North American market. Lafont originally found success in their business model originally established by Louis Lafont in 1923 in Paris, France.  Lafont soon grew into the premier eyewear manufacturer in France and started to look towards expanding their reach. The patriarch of the family looked to the US market in 1987 as they recognized that the US consumer was ready for a sophisticated, handmade eyeglass. Their continued growth and success is evident at boutiques across the nation.

The family business of creating exceptional eyewear designs has been able to sustain itself over 90 years and continues to surpass their expectations for design integrity and creativity. The city and people of Paris have been the inspiration for their designs using the finest materials by the finest craftsmen.

Lafont is a leading eyewear maker from Paris with over ninety years of experience. They handmake their eye glasses and frames in France, making Parisian chic accessible worldwide.They provide unparalleled expertise with an emphasis on elegance and strong family values- all backed by a name you can depend on.

Mark your calendars and come help The Optical Shoppe and Lafont celebrate its 30th Anniversary here in North America!


from Princeton Eye Group link

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Notes and Photos from Dr. Michael Wong’s Recent Volunteer Work in Belize

Strange but true. The whole country of Belize has zero ophthalmologists on the “public” side of their health system to care for the indigent. They rely 100% on foreign volunteers. I had the privilege, along with Dr. Priya Sharma and Nurse Annice Bascik, to do cataract surgery to help these people. About $250,000 of supplies were brought down and donated as well. Support came from Dr. Brad Feldman and Dr. Sarah Kuchar of Wills Eye, Surgical Eye Expeditions, Alcon and Allergan.
opthalmology work in belize

Dr. Michael Wong providing indigent care in Belize City, assisted by Nurse Annice Bacsik. Annice has been assisting Dr. Wong in eye surgery for over 33 years.

 

dr. michael wong and volunteers in belize

The team, who worked diligently from 7 in the morning to 9 at night: Frank, Dr. Sharma, Dr. Wong (back); Caroline, Leolyn, Annice (middle); Ifile (front). Frank, Caroline, Leolyn and Ifile are native workers for the Belize Council for the Visually Impaired.

 

cataract surgery

Annice Bacsik handing Dr. Wong antibiotic medicine prior to injection.

 

dr. wong checks up on a patient in belize

Dr. Michael Wong examining a patient in preparation for cataract surgery.

 

cataract surgery patient

“This is why we do it.” A patient forever grateful for his new eyes, with Drs. Wong and Priya Sharma.

 

eye examination

Dr. Priya Sharma, a resident from Wills Eye Hospital who learned the manual cataract surgery techniques from Dr. Wong on this mission, examining a patient post-operatively.

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Eye Opening, by Colin Goedecke

A pterygium is a benign but often bothersome growth of the conjunctiva which can be removed via a surgical procedure. Thank you to Colin Goedecke for penning such a beautiful poem to Dr. Miedziak while reflecting upon his successful pterygium surgery.

Eye Opening
contemplation on a pterygium

I lie down quietly,
patiently,
on the operating table,
to have a veil removed,
skillfully scalpeled away.
A pterygium, triangular,
from the Greek:
a kind of wing ~
though not for flight.
Yet feel sure the surgery
is beyond physical:
is, in stereo, metaphysical,
a Sacred Optometry
to further free my inner eye.
To create a greater opening
through which I can
more clearly, unobstructedly
perceive the alchemies,
beauties, totalities
of the light and life around me.

Colin Goedecke
on Kitchell Pond
Loantaka Brook Reservation
Convent Station, NJ
http://www.pleinairpoetry.com/
Mid-November, 2016

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Today is the first ever World Keratoconus Day #worldkcday #nkcf #keratoconus #cxl #crosslinking #princetoneyegroup #willslaservision

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from Princeton Eye Group link

Today is the first ever World Keratoconus Day, sponsored by the National Keratoconus Foundation. To celebrate, our esteemed cornea specialist, Dr. Anita Miedziak, performed our first FDA-approved corneal cross-linking surgery. Dr. Miedizak was one of only two surgeons in New Jersey to participate in the FDA study of corneal cross-linking, and we are so proud of her efforts to make the world a better place, one eye at at time! Congrats to our wonderful patient Mohammed! #worldkcday #nkcf #keratoconus #cxl #crosslinking #princetoneyegroup #willslaservision

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Do you suffer from Keratoconus or Corneal Ectasia?

keratoconus

Anita Miedziak, M.D. of the Princeton Eye Group in Princeton has conducted years of clinical research trials to study the effectiveness of an innovative treatment to stop or slow the progression of Keratoconus and Corneal Ectasia. Dr. Miedziak is one, of only two, principal investigators in FDA cross-linking trials in New Jersey. She has vast experience in arresting the progression of Keratoconus and Corneal Ectasia and is now the only ophthalmologist in this area performing the procedure.

Princeton Eye Group has acquired the KXL by Avedro Inc. – the only FDA approved cross-linking system in the USA – and is the only area provider to offer this technology. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Miedziak, please call 609-924-9200.

What is Keratoconus?

Keratoconus is a non-inflammatory eye condition in which the cornea progressively thins and weakens, altering its round dome shape to a cone-like bulge which can result in significant visual impairment.

What is Corneal Ectasia?

The term Corneal Ectasia refers to a group of conditions, including Keratoconus. In some cases, Corneal Ectasia can occur after a patient has undergone refractive surgery (LASIK or PRK), where irregular astigmatism has developed. In both instances, visual impairment can increase as the cornea continues to bulge.

Symptoms

Individuals in their late teens or early twenties may experience the first signs of Keratoconus. The condition may progress for 10-20 years before stabilizing or slowing down. Each eye may be affected differently. In the early stages of Keratoconus, people might experience:

  • Glare
  • Distortion of vision
  • Ghost images

What is Cross-Linking?

Corneal collagen cross-linking is a medical procedure that combines the use of ultra-violet (UV) light and riboflavin (vitamin B2) eye drops. Corneal cross-linking:

  • Arrests progressive stretching of the corneal collagen
  • Creates new corneal collagen cross-links
  • Results in a shortening and thickening of the collagen fibrils
  • Leads to the stiffening of the cornea

corneal collagen cross-linking

 

 

 

 

For more information on Collagen Cross-Linking using Avedro KXL system, please visit our Services page.

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Voluntary Recall of PeroxiClear 3% Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaning & Disinfecting Solution

 

peroxiclear-boxBausch + Lomb is conducting a voluntary recall, proposed Class II, of PeroxiClear® 3% Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaning & Disinfecting solution in the U.S. and Canada from retailers, wholesalers, and eye care professionals. PeroxiClear is a specialty contact lens solution with a special lens case and neutralizing disc and is indicated for soft and rigid gas permeable contact lenses.

The company chose to initiate this voluntary action based on internal testing that simulated normal product use. Over the course of the recommended 5 uses of the lens case, testing showed occasional occurrences where the residual peroxide remaining in the lens case after neutralization was above product specification.

Although the product impacted by this voluntary recall represents low risk to the consumer/patient and is unlikely to cause serious health consequences, the company is voluntarily recalling the product out of an abundance of caution. If the residual hydrogen peroxide is above product specification the user of the product could experience symptoms of burning/stinging, irritation, red eye and in rare circumstances other more serious health consequences. No other Bausch + Lomb products are affected by this voluntary recall.

The decision to conduct this voluntary recall is part of our ongoing commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. We are continuing our evaluation for PeroxiClear, and it is unlikely that we will be able to return the product to the marketplace within 12 months.

Product: PeroxiClear® 3% Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaning & Disinfecting Solution
Lot Numbers: All Lots
UPC Code (USA):

310119038154
310119039106
310119038161
310119038178
310119039083
310119097120

UPC Code (Canada): 010119039211
010119039228

 

 

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