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Cape Fear Eye Digest Spring 2024 Newsletter


Whats New at Cape Fear Eye Associates

May – Healthy Vision Month

Approximately 37 million adults in America have age-related macular degeneration, cataract, diabetic retinopathy, or glaucoma, all of which can cause visual impairment or blindness.


During Healthy Vision Month! Learn about what steps you can take to keep your eyes healthy as you get older:


Surgical Care. the Next Level.

Cape Fear Eye Surgical

Our surgical suites provide the patient an optimal surgical experience utilizing the most advanced and innovative technology available today, while ensuring the highest-level of safety. Our Office-Based Surgery Center follows the same or more stringent safety standards and is accredited by the same national organizations as a hospital or ASC.


Patient Experience

Hassle-Free Scheduling & Flexibility

One Location Convenience

Streamline Patient Care

Surgical Staff Specializing in Ophthalmic Procedures

No IV's

No Fasting



In March 2024, plastics and glaucoma procedures were added to our office-based surgery center services. We are excited to provide this state of the art facility, specialty services and patient experience to the communities we serve.



Enhancing the Patient Experience

To help expedite the check-in process and technician work-up time, beginning April 29, 2024, pre-registration and health record update links will be included in your appointment reminders to complete prior to your scheduled visit. Links submitted are based on your specific appointment type scheduled.


If you have questions or need assistance, a front desk staff member can assist you through this process.



OUR TEAM IS EXPANDING - INTRODUCING

Cape Fear Eye Associates is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Alex Stoddard, Dr. Alexandra Castillejos and Dr. Walt Bogart to our team of eye care professionals. Their addition to the practice will enable us to better serve our community, shorten wait time for appointments, and continue to provide the best quality treatment to our patients.



ALEXANDER STODDARD, MD

(Ophthalmologist)


CLINICAL INTERESTS:

Cataract Surgery & Premium IOL implants

LenSx Laser Cataract Surgery

Refractive Surgery (LASIK, PRK)

Medical & Surgical Glaucoma Treatment

Implantable Contact Lens (Visian ICL)

Pterygium Excision

Medical Retina injections (diabetes, macular degeneration)



        



ALEXANDRA CASTILLEJOS, MD

(Ophthalmologist)

Duke University, Glaucoma Fellow, Durham, NC 


Joining Cape Fear Eye Associates, August 2024.


CLINICAL INTERESTS: 

Medical & Surgical Glaucoma Treatment

Complex Glaucoma Surgery

Cataract Surgery & Premium IOL implants

LenSx Laser Cataract Surgery






WALT BOGART, MD

(Ophthalmologist)


Joining Cape Fear Eye Associates, Summer 2024.


CLINICAL INTERESTS:

Refractive Surgery (LASIK, PRK)

Medical Retina/Intravitreal Injections,(Diabetic Macular Edema, Age Related Macular Degeneration)

Glaucoma, medical and laser 

YAG laser for secondary cataract and narrow angles

Dry eye treatment and management

Minor Lid Procedures 





LEADING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY



EVO Implantable Collamer Lens

EVO is additive and doesn’t remove corneal tissue. The EVO procedure involves implanting a biocompatible, flexible lens made from Collamer® into the eye between the iris and the natural lens to correct vision. EVO works in harmony with the natural eye while delivering sharp, clear vision, excellent night vision, built-in UV protection, and does not induce dry eye syndrome. Learn More






Revolutionizing Cataract Surgery

The Light Adjustable Lens™ (LAL®) is the first and only lens that can be adjusted in the eye, after cataract surgery.



Precise UV light treatments adjust the shape of the Light Adjustable Lens, giving your patients truly custom vision that is literally transformative. Decisions about final lens power is made after surgery. This way, the process can be more precise than ever, accounting for lens shift and refractive changes during the healing process, to achieve the best possible outcome. Learn More



Wavefront & Topography-Guided LASIK 

WaveLight® refractive technology combines the latest surgical advancements into a procedure personalized for your ideal vision.


SPECIAL PROMO - Mention Promo Code 'WAVELIGHT' when scheduling your Refractive Consultation and receive $1000 OFF your LASIK Procedure. Learn More



WaveLight® technology gives your surgeon the ability to create a personalized laser treatment for your eye capturing its unique features with more precise measuring of the cornea, increased treatment speed and fewer side-effects.



What causes Dry Eye?

Our eyes need tears to stay healthy and comfortable. If your eyes do not produce enough tears, it is called dry eye. Dry eye is also when your eyes do not make the right type of tears or tear film. When you blink, a film of tears spreads over the eye. This keeps the eye’s surface smooth and clear. The tear film is important for good vision.


The tear film is made of three layers:

  • An oily layer

  • A watery layer

  • A mucus layer

Each layer of the tear film serves a purpose.



Normally, our eyes constantly make tears to stay moist. If our eyes are irritated, or we cry, our eyes make a lot of tears. But, sometimes the eyes don’t make enough tears or something affects one or more layers of the tear film. In those cases, we end up with dry eyes.


Here are some of the symptoms of dry eye

  • You feel like your eyes are stinging and burning.

  • Blurred vision, especially when reading.

  • There is a scratchy or gritty feeling like something is in your eye.

  • There are strings of mucus in or around your eyes.

  • Your eyes are red or irritated. This is especially true when you are in the wind or near cigarette smoke.

  • It is painful to wear contact lenses.

  • You have lots of tears in your eyes (Having a lot of tears in your eyes with dry eye might sound odd. But your eyes make more tears when they are irritated by dry eye).


Here are some other causes of dry eye

  • Certain diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, Sjögren’s syndrome, thyroid disease, and lupus

  • Blepharitis (when eyelids are swollen or red)

  • Entropion (when eyelids turn in); ectropion (eyelids turn outward)

  • Being in smoke, wind or a very dry climate

  • Looking at a computer screen for a long time, reading and other activities that reduce blinking

  • Using contact lenses for a long time

  • Having refractive eye surgery, such as LASIK

  • Taking certain medicines, such as:

    • Diuretics (water pills) for high blood pressure

    • Beta-blockers, for heart problems or high blood pressure

    • Allergy and cold medicines (antihistamines)

    • Sleeping pills

    • Anxiety and antidepressant medicines

    • Heartburn medicines

Tell your ophthalmologist about all the prescription and non-prescription medicines you take.


How Is Dry Eye Diagnosed?

Your ophthalmologist will begin with an eye exam. They will look at your eyelids and the surface of the eye. They will also check how you blink. There are many different tests that help diagnose dry eyes. Your ophthalmologist may do a test that measures the quality or the thickness of your tears. They may also measure how quickly you produce tears.

To schedule a Dry Eye consultation call 910-484-2284 or click to Learn More


Is IPL(Intense Pulsed lighting) Right for You?- treatment for dry eye

IPL or Intense Pulsed Lighting is a light based technology, commonly used in Dermatology to treat Rosacea and to reduce Telangectasia. IPL is now being used in ophthalmology practices to treat dry eye disease, eyelid inflammation and Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. During the procedure, a strategic level of light pulses is administered to penetrate the skin under the eye and targets the root cause of the inflammation. As the IPL treatment treats overall skin appearance, eyelid inflammation is treated and improved as well. IPL procedures are effective, gentle and safe. Ask your ophthalmologist if this treatment is right for you.


Benefits Include:

-          Improves eye comfort and tear quality

-          Safe and Comfortable – FDA approved

-          Reduces inflammation of eyelids and ocular surface

-          Treats the root cause of the problem


We wish all the incredible moms, past, present and soon to be a very Happy Mother's Day!


To those who courageously gave their lives and those who bravely fight today. THANK YOU!


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