April is Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month

Greenville, SC, April 2017

Prevent Blindness America designated April as Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month to educate women about the important steps they can take to maintain healthy vision and stop vision loss.

About 64 percent of the patients Clemson Eye sees on an annual basis are women.

According to the International Communications Research for the Society for Women’s Health Research, 62 percent of women between 34 and 50 suffer from dry eye syndrome. Dry eye occurs when there are insufficient tears to provide adequate moisture or when the tear film over the eye is of poor quality.

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Pediatric Strabismus

By Alison Smith, MD

Clemson Eye News, January 2017

Strabismus is the most common condition encountered by pediatric ophthalmologists. The lay term is “crossed or lazy eyes”. This terminology stems from the appearance that an individual’s eyes are not aligned with one another. The condition is actually fairly common affecting approximately 2 percent of children and those untreated can persist into adulthood.

USC School of Medicine educator to lead Clemson Eye’s new pediatric wing

Greenville, SC, December 2016

 Dr. Alison Schutt Smith, associate professor at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and pediatric ophthalmologist at Greenville Health System, has joined the Clemson Eye staff. The addition of Dr. Smith, a fellow in pediatric ophthalmology, will enable the practice to open a new pediatric wing at the Greenville facility.

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Diabetics should get yearly eye exams to protect their sight

Greenville, SC, November 2016

When was your last eye exam? If you’re a diabetic, there’s a 60 percent chance you haven’t had an eye exam this year. And that’s risky behavior, since diabetes has many vision-robbing consequences that even those coping with the disease may be unaware of. Although diabetes is the leading cause of new blindness in adults, most conditions can be effectively treated or even prevented with early diagnosis.

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, so we are hearing a lot about healthy weight, diet and exercise.

Advanced Treatment for Dry Eye

By Brian Johnson, MD

Clemson Eye News, October 2016

Dry Eye affects an estimated 25 million Americans and is the most common reason for a visit to an eye specialist. It is a complex disease involving the tear quantity, quality, inflammation, and eyelid oil or Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD).There are several dry eye symptoms such as a stinging, burning or scratchy sensation in your eyes, stringy mucus in or around your eyes, sensitivity to light, eye redness, difficulty wearing contact lenses, difficulty with nighttime driving, and watery eyes, which is the body's response to the irritation of dry eyes.

Tecnis Symfony IOL
Clemson Eye News, September 2016 - Clemson Eye is proud to be the first in Greenville to offer patients the Tecnis Symfony IOL, a revolutionary full focus lens implant for cataract patients.  This lifestyle lens gives patients the ability to ditch their glasses and live life to the fullest without being fully dependent on spectacles.  The Tecnis Symfony also offers patients with high amounts of astigmatism a Toric, or astigmatism correcting option.  This gives many patients the opportunity to have a full-focus lens implant that would not have had this option prior to the Tecnis Symfony. On Wednesday September 7, Clemson Eye surgeon Dr. Brian Johnson implanted the very first Tecnis Symfony lens in Greenville for cataract surgery patient Mr. Howard Jenkins. Click here to make an apointment to hear more about the new Tecnis Symfony IOL

Multifocal Lens Implants: A New Era

By Donald Glaser, MD

Clemson Eye Newsletter, July 2016

Today, cataract patients have more choices when selecting an intraocular lens implant. One of their more intriguing options is a multifocal lens.

This advanced lens is designed to reduce dependence on glasses for both far and near vision. It can help a patient, regardless of their age, see both the speed-limit sign and the dashboard. And if they are headed to the grocery store, they won’t need their glasses to exam-ine the nutritional details or pricing on their purchases.

Reading Vision Correction Is Here!

By Joseph Parisi, MD, FRCSC, FACS

Clemson Eye News, April 2016

Clemson Eye is proud to be among the first clinics in the U.S. and the only clinic in the Upstate, to offer patients reading vision correction through the KamraTM corneal inlay.

The Kamra is designed to reduce or eliminate the need for reading glasses in people generally over 40 who have good distance vision, but problems with near vision (presbyopia). It received FDA approval for use in the U.S. in April 2015. I was honored to be chosen by AcuFocus, the manufacturer, to be among the first 50 surgeons nationwide to introduce this reading vision correction solution to patients.

Almost 114 million people in America struggle with presbyopia. This natural age-related vision loss reduces the eye’s ability to focus on near objects, resulting in blurry near vision.

Read Our Latest Article in All About Seniors Online Magazine
Greenville, SC (March 14, 2016) - Read the latest article, Seeing Clearly, by Dr. Joseph Parisi.

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