Friday, August 12, 2016

The Story of the LASIK Boom & Bust

From the Review of Optometry article "Refractive Surgery in Retrospect" "In the early days of laser vision correction, just after LASIK was approved, its popularity exploded—from about 100,000 procedures in 1996 to 1.4 million in 2000—a 14-fold increase in just five years.1 LASIK had quickly become the most common refractive procedure in the world. But then in early 2000s, the dot-com bubble popped, and the volume of procedures dipped for a few years. In 2004, the number of laser refractive surgeries nearly recovered to that high water mark of the year 2000, but never surpassed it. The numbers plateaued just beneath 1.4 million for the following three or four years. Then in 2007-2008, the housing bubble burst. The economy took a nosedive and laser refractive surgery—typically an elective procedure—followed the plunge. The numbers bottomed out in 2011-2012 at about 600,000 procedures a year, less than half than that of its high point. The number of procedures has edged up a little bit since, but it’s clear that laser refractive surgery never fully took over the eye care world, as many people back in the late 1990s had expected it would."

Biennial "My Favorite Contact Lenses" List

Right now in Aug 2016 here are my go-to soft disposable contact lenses: BEST OVERALL LENS: Acuvue Oasys One Day. Supreme comfort, vision and safety. Its one knock is cost. A close second is Alcon's Dailies Total One (even more expensive!) BEST DAILY DISPOSABLE: See above (Acuvue Oasys One Day). BEST 2 WEEK LENS: Acuvue Oasys. Two week lenses are pretty much going the way of the Dodo. No longer big sellers. Most docs are moving away from this modality, probably because it's too hard for patients to remember their schedule and be compliant. BEST MONTHLY: Bausch & Lomb ULTRA. I am loving this lens right now. Very comfortable, very good optical quality, and currently has a great rebate, making it one of the least costly options. The new Acuvue Vita is a close second. BEST TORIC (ASTIGMATISM): Air Optix for Astigmatism. Still the best and most stable toric design out there. BEST DAILY TORIC: Dailies Aqua Comfort Plus for Astigmatism. Good lens, terrible name. BEST MULTIFOCAL: Bausch & Lomb ULTRA Multifocal. This is a great product for presbyopes (patients over 40 who need bifocals or reading glasses). The comfort of the ULTRA material in a multifocal design that works well. And that's it for now! Let me know what you think!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Michael Prince, O.D. Now in Bryan, TX at Greene Eyes

http://www.greeneeyesbcs.com/ As I have blogged before, I quit my job in Huntsville to work with Dr. Mindi Greene at Greene Eyes in Bryan, TX. It has come to my attention that my former place of employment is not informing patients who want to see me the location of my new practice. Not to worry - nothing a quick blog post and Google search can't clear up. Hopefully now with this post up you can find me with Google! Good luck out there...

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Greene Eyes Website Under Attack From Hackers

The website for Greene Eyes (greene-eyes.com) is under attack from a hacker. We are very sorry for this development and we are working continuously to remedy this problem, although our attorneys tell us it may take some time. For the time being you may visit our FACEBOOK PAGE or our alternate website greeneeyesbcs.com. The hacker has redirected our site to a message about "suspension for nonpayment", and has demanded a large sum of money. Again we are very sorry for the inconvenience. There are some mean people in this world.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Senate Bill 2777 Amends the Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act

Changes verification process from "passive" (vendor can fill if we don't answer in 8 hours) to "active" (vendor MUST wait on us to answer). https://legiscan.com/US/bill/SB2777/2015

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Personal Responsibility for Your Health

Take some, haha. I have so, so many patients who have NO IDEA what their prescription is. They don't know what brand of contacts they wear, or which eye is their "far" eye or "near" eye in monovision, or even if they are nearsighted or farsighted or have astigmatism. They know NOTHING. They tell me their last doctor found some problem that they wanted to monitor but they have NO IDEA what it was. Cataract, retinal problem, glaucoma, they literally don't know ANYTHING about their eye health. That's not only kind of...uh..."not smart", it's also just irresponsible. If you take pills I think you need to know what they are and what they are for, and if you wear contacts you need to know what brand and approx what Rx. I don't think too many docs would be upset if you don't know exactly what the dosage in milligrams your heart medication is, but you should absolutely know the NAME of it and what it's for. Your life may depend on it! By the same token I will not even ask you what your exact diopter measurement of your contacts are (I'll probably change it anyway), but I would like to know if you're wearing Acuvue or Air Optix or Ultra or Biomedics, etc. Obviously I don't absolutely have to have that info in order to perform an exam and Rx you some good contacts, but if you have a preference for a brand/size/Rx then you need to know what it is so I can help you get closer to repeating it!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Acuvue Vita

Johnson & Johnson's entry into the monthly contact lens market. Acuvue Vita isn't released until July 5, 2016 but we have a kit in advance! Can't wait to try it on patients, probably today! I have heard a lot of good things about moisture and comfort as well as vision in this new lens. Plus it comes in the PLUS powers in the initial kit which is not only rare but also very appreciated by docs and patients alike! We have them to try right now at Greene Eyes in Bryan, TX http://greene-eyes.com/