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Michael J. Siegel, MD
Tue, 01/15/2019 - 12:57

Many of you may have seen Dr. Les Siegel recently interviewed on Fox 2 News (see video) regarding something called Acute Angle Closure Glaucoma and its relationship to over the counter (OTC) cold medications. While this is something that can happen, it is undoubtedly relatively rare and just falls into one of the many categories of angle closure glaucoma. Angle closure glaucoma itself results from an elevation of the intraocular pressure in the eye due to anterior compression and blockage of the internal angle (or drainage system) of the eye. This eye pressure elevation in turn damages the optic nerve leading to what we call glaucoma. In angle closure the internal eye pressure elevation can happen due to multiple reasons and it can present chronically, sub-acutely or acutely. Narrow angle is different than acute angle closure.

Michael J. Siegel, M.D.
Mon, 10/22/2018 - 16:14

A recent study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association/Ophthalmology edition regarding the positive effects of cataract surgery on reduction of patients’ risks of having a serious traffic crash as a driver.

Michael J. Siegel, M.D.
Thu, 02/22/2018 - 11:39

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, as highlighted in the New York Times Article  "Cataract Surgery May Prolong Your Life" showed the long term positive effects of cataract surgery on quality of life and life expectancy itself. The 20-year study, conducted among 74,044 women aged 65 and older, all of whom had cataracts, found a 60 percent lower risk of death among the 41,735 women who had their cataracts removed. 

Michael J. Siegel, M.D.
Mon, 02/12/2018 - 11:27

Standard glaucoma surgeries, trabeculectomy and external tube-shunts are major and sometimes necessary surgeries. While they are very often effective at lowering eye pressure and preventing progression of glaucoma, they have a long list of potential complications. Many patients require these procedures and they have been utilized successfully for many years for preventing further vision loss and progression of glaucoma. More recently, the MIGS group of operations have been developed to reduce some of the risk associated with traditional glaucoma surgeries.

Marc Siegel, M.D.
Wed, 06/12/2013 - 11:11

There are many variables to consider once the decision has been made that cataract surgery is indicated to improve your vision.  The three main areas where costs are incurred are:  facility costs (ASC or hospital), surgeon fees, and special implants (premium IOL’s)  

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