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October 2013

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Cynthia Matossian, MD, FACS participated as faculty at the Bausch + Lomb Headquarters in Aliso Viejo, California on August 2-3rd to discuss the latest cataract surgery techniques for the resident mentor program.

Ilya Rozenbaum, MD showcased his photographs for the Matossian Eye Associates Local Artist Program July through October 2013.

Cynthia Matossian, MD, FACS participated as faculty at the OSN New York meeting on September 6-8th to share videos of the latest cataract surgery techniques and procedures.

Cynthia Matossian, MD, FACS has been invited to participate as faculty at the Hawaiian Eye Meeting on January 18-24th to discuss Toric IOLs.

Cynthia Matossian, MD, FACS presented a variety of lectures on ophthalmic products, medications and/or surgical techniques throughout the United States to many groups of ophthalmologists.
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Source: Your Webinar Invitation: Join us for "Eyemaginations Premium Webinar: IPLs, MGD and More!". Eyemaginations. Email. September 7, 2013.
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MEA is Active in a Variety of Clinical Studies
  • Phase II Lifitegrast Ophthalmic Solution vs Placebo (SONATA/SARcode)
  • Tear Osmolarity on Pre-Surgical Calculations in Cataract Surgery
  • Rapid Pathogen Screening Adeno Virus
  • The influence of the PRN Dry Eye Omega 3 nutritional regimen in osmolarity.
  • Restasis Induction Study: Restasis alone, with Loteprednol Gel, or with Bromday/Prolensa
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New Contact Lenses bring us one step closer to being able to Scan and take Pictures
Scientists in South Korea have created the first soft contact lens fitted with LEDs that opens the opportunity for a nullflexible, transparent material that can take pictures and scan. Researchers at Ulsan National Institute of Science & Technology created a thin, transparent electrode capable of stretching from a combination of graphene with silver nano-wires.

When tested for durability, the scientists found little resistance to folding or bending, and the material was able to sustain its optical and electrical properties. When tested for wear for up to five hours, there were no signs of any health problems or irritation.

To view the whole article, click here.

Source: Daily Mail Reporter. Mission Impossible-style contact lenses that can take pictures and scan data are a step closer to reality as scientists develop LED soft lenses. Daily Mail. May 2013. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2334257/Mission-Impossible-style-contact-lenses-pictures-scan-data-step-closer-reality-scientists-develop-LED-soft-lenses.html.

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Flip-and-Slice Cataract Surgery

Cataract & Refract Surgery Today June 2013 featured the surgical technique video of Cynthianull Matossian, MD's supra-capsular cataract disassembly technique called Flip-and-Slice using Healon Endocoat and Healon 5 (Abbott Medical Optics, Inc.).

To view the video, click here.

Source: Matossian, Cynthia, MD, FACs. Flip and Slice Cataract Surgery Technique Using Healon Endocoat and Healon 5. Eyetube.net. June 2013. http://eyetube.net/video/pehir/.

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Woman who sees 99 million more colors than others

According to Digital Journal, after 20 years of searching, Gabriele Jordan, MD, a neuroscientist from Newcastle University found a woman who is a "tetrachromat" or woman who has the ability to see 100 million colors.

A tetrachromat is someone who has four types of cones in the eye, whereas the majority of people are trichromats and have three types ofnull cones in the eye. Each cone is triggered by a different wavelength of light, and combined offer a total of a hundred million colors. Individuals who have only two types of cones are "dichromats" or color blind. Almost all animals are dichromats.

Jordan found the first tetrachromat, a woman identified as subject cDa29 who passed the test for tetrachromatic vision, two years ago. Jordan's research suggests that there are more women who are tetrachromatic yet she is not aware of what allows said person the ability to be a functional tetrachromatic.

The full article can be read here.

Source: Didymus, JohnThomas. Scientists Find Woman Who Sees 99 Million More Colors than Others. Digital Journal. June 2012.

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Reducing Spectacle Dependence after cataract surgery with Mini-monovision

American Academy of Ophthalmology's (AAO) One Network in August, 2013 published an article by Cynthia Matossian, MD, FACS on Mini-Monovision. She writes that "Modified monovision or 'mini-monovision,' which requires a smaller interocular diopteric power difference between eyes than traditional monovision, appears to be a safe and effective treatment for presbyopia. With the use of aspheric monofocal equiconvex IOLs to achieve 'blended vision', not only are the photopic phenomena associated with multifocal IOLs minimized, but a larger number of patients can be considered as potential candidates."

Dr. Matossian in SurgeryShe finds that traditional monovision correcting for distance and near vision with 2.0 to 2.5 D of anisometropia is impractical as the difference is too large. This traditional monovision does not provide adequate intermediate range which is where commonly used items such as cell phones, tablets, and laptops fall. 'Blended Vision' with a 0.75 D difference between eyes offers a safe and effective option to achieve a reduction on spectacle dependency after cataract surgery.

The full study can be read here.

Source: Matossian, MD, FACS, Cynthia. Mini-Monovision: Reducing spectacle dependence after cataract surgery. One Network: The Ophthalmic News & Education Network.

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New Study shows patients who have cataract surgery live longer

A study released from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) has found that people who have had vision loss from cataracts and underwent cataract surgery have a 40% lower long term mortality risk than those who do not have the surgery. The Blue Mountains Eye Study evaluated 354 cataract patients 49 years old and older between 1997 and 2007. Of these patients only some of them underwent cataract surgery. The subjects were re-evaluated anywhere from 5 to 10 years after the baseline exam.

A previous study had indicated people with visual impairments were at a higher mortality risk than same age peers with normal vision. It suggests that cataract surgery could potentially reduce this risk. The Blue Mountain Eye study showed a relationship between living longer and having had cataract surgery, however the link is not clearly understood. Some factors according to the AAO include, "improvements in physical and emotional well-being, optimism, greater confidence associated with independent living after vision improvement, as well as greater ability to comply with prescription medications." The participants who did not have surgery may have had other health problems which prevented them from getting cataract surgery and may explain the poorer survival rate.

Source: Chang, David F., Chan, MD, Clara, C., Solomon, MD, Kerry D. Study: cataract patients who undergo surgery live longer. EyeWorld Week Online. Volume 18, Number 31. September 6, 2013.

American Academy of Ophthalmology News Release. September 2013. http://www.aao.org/newsroom/release/20130904.cfm.

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