Dear Dr. Wong….

Social Media Improves Health Information on the Internet

I want to share this with you.  It is a testament to how valuable a medical website, using social media, can be in terms of providing value...to both patients and doctors. If you've been reading here for awhile, I firmly believe in the power of social media (a blog is the purest form of social media) and how it can improve public health information. Amy and I founded a … [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...]

Eye Drops to Help You Heal

After eye surgery, there are several eye drops to help you recuperate, and heal, quickly.  These eye drops usually include an antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, and sometimes, an eye drop to keep  you dilated for comfort. There are many types of eye surgery; cataract, glaucoma, corneal, retina, etc.  In general, the post-operative medications/drops that we use are about the … [Read more...]

Retina Surgery is “Same Day” Surgery

Retinal eye surgery, either vitrectomy or scleral buckle, is usually performed while the patient is awake and as an outpatient, allowing you to go home the "same day."  Usually, there is absolutely no pain with retina surgery and recovery takes place in the comfort of your own home. In most cases, operations are performed under "local sedation."  This term varies, … [Read more...]

Medical Blogger: What’s in a Name?

Am I a Medical Blogger? A "blogger" is someone who blogs.  "Blogging" is the act of writing articles, usually about a personal opinion, or posts, and publishing them on a blog.  A "medical blogger"  is usually a doctor that blogs about medical issues.  I am not sure where I fit in.  I am a blogger and I am a doctor, but I try to keep my opinions to myself. Blogging is … [Read more...]

Your Retina Sees Backwards

Emmetropia with Insert

Images on your retina are reversed.  Your retina "sees" everything backwards.  Your brain reorients you.  This image reversal is an adaptive advantage providing us with tremendous peripheral vision and the ability to view objects much larger than just a few millimeters. Everything is Upside Down...and Reversed The simplest illustration of how your retina sees is … [Read more...]

It’s Not What You Look At, It’s What You Look For

Making a diagnosis can be difficult.  Diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration are easy to diagnose, but you have to know to look for it to see it.  The diagnosis then becomes pretty obvious.  Knowing what to look for is essential to making a correct medical diagnosis.  Retinal disease, such as ARMD and diabetic retinopathy, is easy to diagnose as we can also "see" … [Read more...]

Mom Should Have Washed Your Eye With Soap!

Your eye is as dirty as your mouth.  The bacteria found on the eyeball and in the nose and mouth are very similar.  The three areas are all connected anatomically and bacteria are free to roam to and fro.  While each organ does have its own particular defense system to fight infection, the eye, by no means is "clean." It's Why Your Nose Runs When You Cry When you cry, … [Read more...]

Blood in the Retina: You Make the Call

Retinal Blood, Right Eye

A patient of mine returned this morning with complaints of decreased vision in the right eye.  She is 84 years old, has a history of smoking and noted some "blurriness" in the right eye for the past few months.  With both eyes open, however, she sees pretty well. The first thing we did was examine her.  This is a retinal photograph of the right eye.  What do you see?  … [Read more...]

A “Toy Story”…………Stories that Blind

Airsoft with Safety Eyeware

Most retina specialists are also surgeons.  We operate on retinal detachments, advanced diabetic retinopathy.............and trauma.  Trauma includes careless accidents involving projectiles...........like toys.  This holiday season, think about eye safety. Paintball - I hate this one.  A compact canister fired at a high rate of speed.  The fancier the gun, the … [Read more...]

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