MGE: A New Treatment for Dry Eye, MGD and Blepharitis

MGE: An Alternative Treatment for Dry Eye Symptoms | Mandel Vision Blog Post

A decreased volume of tears may not be the cause of dry eye symptoms for all patients.  Many patients with dry eyes have underlying factors which cause dryness. One of the most common of these factors is meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), also known as posterior blepharitis .  Employing treatments that target the root cause of dry eye symptoms is the most effective way to treat dry eye. What are the meibomian glands? The meibomian glands are located in the eyelid margins, near the lashes.  …
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Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD) FAQ’s

Flashes and Floaters | Mandel Vision Blog Post

February is ARMD (aka:  AMD) awareness month, so it’s a great time to familiarize yourself with the signs and symptoms of this degenerative eye disease.  ARMD affects more than 10 million Americans and is the leading cause of central vision loss for those aged 55 and older in the United States. What is ARMD? ARMD is a painless eye disease which is marked by degeneration of the macula.  The macula of the eye is the part of the retina responsible …
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Latisse Treatment for Longer Eyelashes ~ FAQ’s

Latisse FAQs | Mandel Vision Blog Post

What is Latisse? Latisse® is a prescription medication that is used as a treatment for a condition known as hypotrichosis (inadequte eyelashes).  Latisse helps grow eyelashes longer, fuller and darker and has been available since the FDA approved it in December of 2008. The actual formula is bimatoprost 0.03% which was originally used as a glaucoma medication.  Patients who used this eye drop to treat glaucoma, and their ophthalmologists, noticed a side effect of longer eyelashes which is what ultimately …
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Google Glass: Bad for Your Eyes?

Technology is amazing.  Futuristic devices that we’ve seen in movies for the past decade or so are now a reality.  Some are even affordable enough for the masses.  Although arguably not very affordable, at $1,500.00 apiece, Google Glass is certainly a revolution in “wearable” technology.  In our busy world when we all struggle to do 3 things at once, this is a major advantage.   You can send a text or email, take a picture or video, post on social media, …
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Flashes and Floaters – What Do They Mean?

Flashes and Floaters | Mandel Vision Blog Post

At Mandel Vision, we often see patients who come in complaining of seeing floating spots in front of their eyes.  Occasionally, these spots are accompanied by flashes of light.  This can be a little disconcerting, to say the least.  In order to understand this phenomenon, it’s helpful to know a bit about the anatomy of the eye. The vitreous is a jelly-like substance that gives the eye its spherical shape and acts as a sort of shock-absorber for the eye.  …
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LASIK and Flexible Spending in 2014

LASIK and Flexible Spending Accounts 2014

Yes, it’s flexible spending time again!  The good news for those of you considering LASIK is that you can use money from your flexible spending account (FSA) to pay for a portion of your LASIK procedure.  But, you have to plan ahead!  So, if your goal is to have LASIK in 2015, you’ll need to contribute to your FSA very soon in order to use those tax-free dollars in 2015. Not sure if you have an FSA?  Check with your …
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The Laser Eye Surgery Message: Clearing Up the Confusion ~ Blog #2

Clearing up the Confusion_LASIK or PRK

The Procedures In the final blog of this 2-part series, we’ll explore the individual procedures available for laser eye surgery today which include:  LASIK, PRK, LASEK, ICL’S and Clear Lens Extraction.  This will include a definition, in laymen’s terms, the indication of each surgery as well as the advantages and disadvantages, for each procedure. *If you haven’t read Blog 1 in this series, catch up now!  Blog #1:  The Basics LASIK:  Definition: The acronym, LASIK, stands for laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis.  In this …
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The Laser Eye Surgery Message: Clearing Up the Confusion ~ Blog #1

Clearing Up the Confusion | Mandel Vision Blog Post

The Basics There’s a lot of marketing hype surrounding laser eye surgery these days.  We feel this does patients a disservice and makes it difficult not only to choose the right surgeon, but also the right procedure.  In this 2-part blog series we’ll clarify some concepts and leave out the hype, in an effort to clear up the confusion. In order to understand the procedures, we first need to have a general understanding of the different types of eye problems. …
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The Fine Art of Treating Dry Eye

The Fine Art of Treating Dry Eye_Mandel Vision Blog Post

Dry eyes can be unsightly, as well as painful.  Dry eyes can also be a chronic problem. There are many causes of dry eye symptoms. Therefore, when it comes to treatment, one size definitely does not fit all. The art in treating dry eye comes from recognizing the cause as well as contributing factors that can exacerbate this very common eye problem.  Once these factors are considered, a treatment regimen that targets these causes can be established.  Much like the …
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The PRK Experience Video Blog Series ~ Blog 8

1 Month Post Operative Check Up It’s now 1 month after Nori’s PRK surgery with Dr. Mandel. As you’ve probably guessed from our previous blogs, her preliminary exam is completed by our Certified Ophthalmic Technician, Kim Procci.  This exam includes a review of her medications as well as a vision check. Once her preliminary exam is completed, she is ready for her 1 month check up with her PRK surgeon, Dr. Mandel.  Dr. Mandel begins this visit by examining Nori’s …
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