2004 News Releases

  • Emory Eye Center treats first patient in the country in age-related macular degeneration trial using new treatment system
    Emory Eye Center recently treated the first patient in the United States using a new system developed by the Theragenics Corporation. The new clinical trial has been designed to evaluate the safety and feasibility of the new TheraSight Ocular Brachytherapy System for the treatment of sub-foveal choroidal neovascularization associated with exudative (wet) age-related macular degeneration (AMD). This is a pilot study of three doses of radiation delivered to 30 patients at up to six clinical sites, Emory Eye Center among them. Favorable results of this study may be used to expand to a larger pivotal trial designed to further test the safety and effectiveness of the TheraSight System.
    October 27, 2004

  • Emory Laser Vision first in Georgia to offer laser vision correction with PerfectPulse Technology
    A new custom refractive laser, shown to improve quality of vision with regard to daytime and night driving glare, is available for the first time in Georgia, at Emory Laser Vision. The European-designed ALLEGRETTO WAVE excimer laser system with PerfectPulse Technology was the first new platform to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in five years. It is also the only laser system that has received concurrent approvals for nearsightedness and farsightedness with astigmatism and clearance for the widest treatment range ever initially granted to a new laser.
    October 19, 2004

  • Pass up those costume contact lenses at the flea market or gas station: see a professional
    Just because contact lenses are easily accessible and affordable these days doesn't mean they should be treated as cosmetic items. Because of massive advertising campaigns by contact lens manufacturers in the past, many have come to think of contact lenses as beauty and lifestyle enhancements instead of the medical devices that they are. We can change our eye color at will with a choice of lenses widely available in shades of lavender, green, brown, blue and more. With Halloween around the corner, the opportunity to change looks with a contact lens is enticing, but may be potentially dangerous for eyes.
    October 7, 2004

  • Emory Eye Center the site of study to determine best treatment for babies with cataract
    Emory Eye Center will be the lead center among other eye institutes across the country to study what treatment for infants born with a cataract in one eye is the better to attain corrected vision once that cataract is removed: 1) using a contact lens or 2) surgically placing a plastic lens (intra-ocular lens [IOL]) in the baby's eye following removal of the cataract. The Infant Aphakia Treatment Study (IATS) will study infants from age four weeks to seven months.
    October 5, 2004

  • Fall allergies affect contact lens wear too, says Emory Eye Center: What you can do for more comfortable lenses
    Atlanta in the fall is a beautiful place. Streets canopied by orange and red leafed trees, yellow mums on every corner and bright, blue skies. However, lurking in our crisp, dry air are unseen allergens. While those beautiful fall colors abound, so does the ragweed pollen, which begins to bloom in late August, continuing until late October or mid-November. In fact pollen counts can reach numbers comparable to many a spring day. Ragweed, often referred to as "hardy" because it grows prolifically in undeveloped places, such as fields and roadsides and can travel hundreds of miles in the air, is a prime offender in fall. The following tips may help contact lens wearer compete with fall allergens that face them every time they go outside.
    October 5, 2004

  • Emory Eye Center pathology lab passes milestone
    Emory Eye Center's L. F. Montgomery Lab, its pathology facility, passed a monumental milestone recently. In the past 15 years of service (from 1989-2004), the lab's staff has evaluated some 30,000 specimens-an impressive volume-since from its inception in 1941 to 1989 (48 years) it saw 15,000 cases.
    August 16, 2004

  • Emory Eye Center enlarges its Comprehensive
    Ophthalmology offerings with Vision and Optical Services now on the 1st floor of Clinic B
    Emory Eye Center has enlarged its Comprehensive Ophthalmology service with a 4,300 square foot expansion on the first floor of The Emory Clinic, B Building. Housing the Vision and Optical Services sections, the new suite will include clinics for vision care, low vision rehabilitation and a new state-of-the-art optical shop. Previously, these services were housed on the fifth floor of the clinic, where Emory Eye Center's Comprehensive and Specialty Contact Lens sections remain. The new clinic is the culmination of 13 years of leadership by Ned S. Witkin, OD. director of Optometric and Low Vision Services from 1991 to 2004. Dr. Witkin, the Eye Center's first optometrist, known for his co-development of the JORDY-a low vision device-was instrumental in the vision for and creation of this new expanded clinic before he died on January 24, 2004.
    June 24, 2004

  • Emory Eye Center suggests celebrating safely on July 4th: Just leave the fireworks to professionals
    Ophthalmologists at Emory Eye Center and across the nation are reminding those who will participate in July 4th fireworks displays put on by professionals to do just that-leave the fireworks to the professionals. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), more than 9,000 fireworks-related injuries are seen in emergency rooms each year. Of these, nearly half are injuries to the head, nearly 30 percent of these injuries are to the eyes and one-fourth result in permanent vision loss or blindness.
    June 23, 2004

  • Emory Eye Center physician named one of six "Health Care Heroes" by Atlanta Business Chronicle

    Doyle Stulting, MD, PhD, director of the Cornea Service at Emory Eye Center and medical director of the newly opened Emory Laser Vision, won the prestigious "Health Care Hero" award presented by the Atlanta Business Chronicle at their annual Health Care Heroes Awards and Forum event on May 13. The winner in the "Innovations" category, Dr. Stulting was cited for his groundbreaking artificial cornea transplant surgery last year-the first such surgery in the United States.
    May 17, 2004

  • Emory Eye Center announces opening of Emory Laser Vision
    Emory Eye Center, ranked as one of the top 15 in the U.S. News & World Report's annual survey of the nation's best eye centers, announced today that it will open a refractive surgery center located at The Emory Clinic Perimeter on MAY 11. Emory Laser Vision combines the academic prowess of internationally renowned physicians with a state-of-the-art refractive surgery center. Backed by more than 100 years of eye care at Emory, Emory Laser Vision will feature four surgeons who are already part of Emory Eye Center's renowned Cornea and Comprehensive sections: Doyle Stulting, MD, PhD, Diane Song, MD, John Kim, MD and J. Bradley Randleman, MD. Bringing their combined years of xperience and academic expertise to the table, these four physicians will provide a superior experience to those seeking refractive surgery.
    May 6, 2004

  • Emory Eye Center physician wins top retina award

    Emory Eye Center retina specialist Daniel F. Martin, MD was the recent winner of the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award in the Visual Sciences through the Macula Society. The Society met in late February in Las Vegas, where Dr. Martin presented the Rosenthal Lecture, as this year's winner of the prestigious award. The Rosenthal award is presented yearly to "that individual or group of individuals under 45 years of age whose work gives high promise of a notable advance in the clinical treatment of disorders of the eye." Dr. Martin joins a prestigious list of retina physicians who have won this award since its inception in 1991, the highest award bestowed upon retinal specialists in that age category.
    March 8 , 2004

  • Eye ophthalmologist urges eye exams during Glaucoma Awareness Month
    The American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Eye M.D. Association, and the Emory Eye Center, Atlanta, urge those who may be at risk for developing glaucoma to get a complete eye examination from an Eye M.D. during January as part of Glaucoma Awareness Month. Glaucoma, a condition associated with elevated pressure inside the eye, can damage the optic nerve and cause vision loss.
    January 14, 2004

  • Early treatment of blinding eye disease in infant can prevent severe vision loss says Emory Ophthalmologist
    An important clinical trial, sponsored by the National Eye Institute (NEI), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has provided doctors with improved prognostic indicators and treatment options for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), a blinding disease that affects premature, low birthweight infants. ROP spurs the growth of abnormal blood vessels in the back of the eye. These vessels leak fluid and blood and scar the nerve tissue inside the eye, increasing the risk of retinal detachment and severe vision loss in infants.
    January 6, 2004

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