When a Retinal Detachment Becomes an Emergency

Retinal Detachments may pose true emergency.

Most retinal detachments do not require emergency surgery.  I operated this Saturday morning, however, to repair a retinal detachment for a patient who should not wait through the weekend for the operation.  In this case it was an "emergency." First Symptom of Retinal Detachment Often, as with my patient (RR), there is a history of flashes and/or floaters preceding … [Read more...]

Vitrectomy for Floaters (FOV)

A vitrectomy is the basic operation used by a retina specialist for treatment of blood, epiretinal membranes, macular holes, retinal detachments and...floaters. There is no difference between a vitrectomy for floaters (FOV) and a vitrectomy for removal of blood, macular pucker, etc.  In all cases, the vitreous must be removed to allow me to safely operate on the … [Read more...]

This Doctor’s View on Social Media and Medicine

Randall Wong, M.D., Social media for medicine.

I'm going to Chicago this weekend to talk about Social Media and medicine! The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) has its annual meeting this year in Chicago.  Ophthalmology Management, an ophthalmology business development company, and Allergan are hosting a "roundtable" discussion on the use of social media in ophthalmology. Allergan has a … [Read more...]

Does Cataract Surgery Cause Macular Degeneration?

Does Cataract Surgery Cause Macular Degeneration? Randall Wong, M.D., Ophthalmologist, Fairfax, Virginia

Cataract surgery does not cause macular degeneration.  Macular degeneration, however, is often discovered just after cataract surgery when the vision fails to improve as hoped, causing many patients (and their frustrated families) to wonder if the cataract surgery caused macular degeneration. Failure for Vision to Improve In most cases of cataract surgery, vision gets … [Read more...]

Back from the AAO

Amy and I got back from Orlando, last week.  We attended the American Academy of Ophthalmology annual meeting, the world's largest gathering of ophthalmologists and those associated with our "industry."  It's our huge trade show.  For us, we got some national exposure for our new company. Telling a Story You may remember that we received a nice endorsement from the AAO … [Read more...]

October is the AAO Meeting

We are leaving for Orlando, FL in a few days to attend the American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting.  It is our industry's largest meeting of the year...worldwide. The meeting has become so large that only a certain cities can host the event;  Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, San Francisco, Las Vegas, New Orleans and Orlando.  Literally tens of thousands of people will … [Read more...]

Avastin Does Not Cause Infection

One of the most feared complications of eye injections is blindness.  This infection is called endophthalmitis.  Last week the FDA issued an alert the 12 cases of endophthalmitis were caused by the injections. The cause of the infections is NOT Avastin.  There is nothing wrong with the drug itself. Avastin Must Be RePackaged Upon further investigation, a common … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving 2010: My Eyesight Returns

Happy Thanksgiving!  I had a great weekend and hope you did, too.  This year, I am thankful for my friends and family ...and especially my eyesight. Turkey Day As with many of you, we had a marvelous feast.  We celebrated with our parents, friends and the kids.  Amy did a wonderful job with roasting a turkey, stuffing from scratch and her famous garlic mashed! I … [Read more...]

Parents’ Weekend and Your Eye Exams

Your eye exams and parents' visits to college are similar.  Both are necessary types of checkups, even when you don't suspect a problem.  I have two kids in college and had simultaneous parents' weekends.  We drove to southern Maryland (SMCM) on Saturday and I went to Pennsylvania (DelVal) solo on Sunday (our pee wee hockey players had games on Sunday).  Parents' … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday Betty!

Happy Birthday Betty

Betty O turns 80 this month and on Friday we celebrated her birthday.  Betty is an operating room (OR) nurse and works with me at Woodburn Surgical Center in Fairfax, Virginia.  Her specialty is Ophthalmology.   She pioneered the development of the retina service at Fairfax hospital in the early 1970's. Who is Betty O Betty has been an OR nurse for 59 years.  She has … [Read more...]

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