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Tips for Treating Dry Eyes

Tips for Treating Dry EyesDry eye syndrome is a very common condition, affecting approximately 48 percent of adults in the U.S. Common symptoms include red eyes, dry, scratchy irritation and burning sensations in the eyes. The Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island offer the following tips to help you relieve dry eye symptoms and keep your vision healthy. Continue reading “Tips for Treating Dry Eyes”

Comparing Laser Cataract Surgery and Traditional Surgery

Laser Cataract Surgery vs. Traditional SurgeryAt Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island, we are pleased to offer our patients two options for cataract removal: traditional cataract surgery and laser cataract surgery. While both provide safe and effective results, there are several differences between the two. In this blog post, we explain the major differences. Continue reading “Comparing Laser Cataract Surgery and Traditional Surgery”

Cataracts: Myths vs Facts

Cataract mythsIf you have started to develop cataracts, you may have begun researching the condition on your own. However, there are many misconceptions out there that can make it hard to separate fact from fiction. To help you better understand the condition, the cataract specialists at Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island (OCLI) would like to share with you the truth behind some of the most common cataract myths.

Myth: Eye Drops Can Prevent or Dissolve Cataracts

Fact: As of right now, there are no FDA-approved eye drops that can cure or delay cataracts. Cataracts are a natural part of the eye’s aging process, so be wary of products that claim they can prevent cataracts. Other eye drops may claim they can dissolve cataracts. This is simply not true as cataracts are not a “substance” and therefore cannot be dissolved. The only proven way to restore your vision affected by cataracts is through traditional or laser cataract surgery.

Myth: Cataracts are Reversible

Fact: Unfortunately, this is not true, as the eye’s lens naturally clouds as it ages. However, there are ways to slow down the progression of cataracts, including not smoking and eating a healthy diet. Studies have shown a diet high in vitamin E can significantly decrease risks of cataracts. Foods rich in vitamin E include sunflower seeds, almonds and spinach. Wearing sunglasses that block 100 percent of UV rays can also decrease your chances of developing cataracts.

Myth: Cataract Surgery is Dangerous

Fact: Thanks to the latest technological and surgical advances, cataract surgery has a 95 percent success rate. But as with any surgery, there are certain risks and possible complications that come with both traditional and laser cataract surgery. Before your surgery, a trusted eye doctor from OCLI will discuss the risks with you in detail. They will also provide a list of directions for you to follow before and after your surgery. Following these guidelines will help ensure your surgery is a success. Many cataract patients notice vision improvement immediately following surgery, while others experience a more gradual improvement during the months following surgery.

Schedule an Appointment with OCLI

To learn more about cataracts including traditional and laser cataract surgery, schedule an appointment with one of the trusted eye doctors at OCLI. Contact us at our Long Island office by calling (866) 733-6254.

Healthy Lifestyle Habits for Your Eyes

Healthy eye habitsHealthy, strong vision is important at any age. A great way to maintain your eyesight is by practicing eye-friendly habits in your everyday life. Here, the trusted eye doctors at Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island share some simple yet effective habits that can help you see your best well into your golden years.

Wear Sunglasses

Overexposure to the sun’s UV rays can lead to a sunburn of the eye, also known as photokeratitis. Symptoms of this condition include painful burning, irritation and sensitivity to light. Long-term exposure to UV radiation can increase your risk of or macular degeneration. Before heading outside, remember to wear sunglasses with 100 UVA and UVB protection. Sunglasses with larger frames or wraparound sunglasses can better protect the eyes from the sun’s rays that can sneak in through the top or sides of the glasses. Remember to wear sunglasses even during winter weather, as the sun’s rays can still reach your eyes.

Take Breaks From Technology

According to The Vision Council, nearly 70 percent of American adults experience some form of digital eye strain. Symptoms of digital eye strain include physical fatigue, eye twitching, and red eyes caused by overexposure to digital devices such as computers, smartphones and tablets. Reduce your risk of digital eye strain by taking regular breaks from your computer or smartphone. Hold your smartphone or place your computer monitor at least 20 inches away from your eyes and slightly below eye level, if possible.

Exercise Your Eyes

Eye exercises on a regular basis can strengthen eye muscles to help them focus, reduce digital eye strain and relax tired eyes. When using a computer or digital device for long periods of time, remember to blink often, as we tend to blink much less when using a computer. You can also try the “20-20-20 rule.” Look away from your monitor at least every 20 minutes and look at a distant object for at least 20 seconds. Another exercise to try is looking at a distant object for 10 to 15 seconds then gazing at something up close for 10 to 15 seconds. Look back at the distant object for another 10 to 15 seconds. Repeat this exercise 10 times.

Remove Contacts Before Bed

Your eyes need constant oxygen to refresh themselves. Contact lenses block the flow of oxygen to the eyes, so it’s important to take them out before going to sleep every night. This allows the eyes to regain moisture. Remember to place your contacts in solution every night to remove bacteria.

Wash Off Makeup Every Night

Makeup left on overnight can irritate your eyes and can affect your vision the next day or possibly lead to infections. Carefully and gently wash off your eye makeup before going to bed, especially mascara that can stick to your lashes. Equally important is keeping your makeup brushes clean. Bacteria accumulates on cosmetic brushes over time and can cause an eye infection. Wash makeup brushes with mild soap and water at least once a month.

Schedule a Comprehensive Eye Exam

The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends scheduling a routine eye exam at least once a year. Having your eyes checked can help treat eye diseases in their early stages and prevent them from worsening. Regular eye exams can also detect diseases such as glaucoma and macular degeneration, which often have no symptoms. Schedule an eye exam with one of the trusted eye doctors at OCLI today. Please call our Long Island office at (866) 733-6254.

Gerard D’Aversa, MD Recently Honored at the 33rd Golden Lion Awards

OCLIDr. Gerard D’Aversa, partner, Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island (OCLI) and Garden City and Valley Stream ophthalmologist was recognized at the 33rd annual Golden Lion Awards hosted by the Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA) New York Grand Lodge Foundation, Inc. The Golden Lion award honors Italian Americans for their cultural and philanthropic contributions within the community.  The dinner took place on Friday April 24th at the Garden City Hotel in Garden City, N.Y. Dr. D’Aversa has been involved in multiple mission trips performing sight restoring cataract and corneal transplant surgeries.

“Being honored at an event such as this is always a big achievement.   Anytime you can help the community and those within it, it’s a win/win for everyone,” said Dr. D’Aversa.  “Thank you to everyone that has helped make this award possible.”

The OSIA New York Grand Lodge Foundation, Inc. was created to carry out the cultural, educational, and philanthropic endeavors of the Order.  The OSIA is a leading contributor to a vast number of great charities including wounded troops’ & veterans’ causes, Alzheimer’s Association, the SIF Scholarship Fund and numerous other causes. Other major Foundation programs include: the Commission of Social Justice, formed to fight bias and stereotyping, particularly in the media: and the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum, a city, state, and national landmark owned and administered by the Oder Sons of Italy in America.

Five Benefits of LASIK

shutterstock_181701701If you’ve been considering having your vision corrected through LASIK surgery, you probably already anticipate seeing clearly without glasses or contacts. Maybe you are tired of dried out contact lenses or glasses that fog up when you exercise. At Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island (OCLI), we offer both LASIK and iLASIK (or bladeless LASIK) surgical procedures. In this blog post, we will share with you the top five benefits of having one of these laser eye surgeries.

Clear Vision

The main benefit of having LASIK is, of course, to have clear vision without having to rely on glasses or contacts. LASIK gives you not only clear straight-ahead vision (such as you get with glasses and contacts) but also clear peripheral vision (such as you get with contact lenses, but without the complications that come with wearing them). In fact, the majority of LASIK patients achieve at least 20/20 vision, if not better, from the surgery.

No More Depending on Glasses or Contacts

Imagine waking up in the morning and seeing the alarm clock without putting on your glasses. You won’t have to worry about your contact lenses tearing or drying your eyes out as mid-afternoon rolls around. And there will be no more spending money on new prescriptions, frames, saline solution or eye drops.

Short, Painless Surgery

The LASIK procedure takes less than 15 minutes. Before the surgery begins, the doctor will numb the eye with anesthetic eye drops. During the procedure, there is no discomfort but rather a light pressure on the eye that usually lasts less than a minute.

Quick and Easy Recovery

The majority of people who have undergone LASIK report being able to resume normal daily activities, including driving, the very next day. After surgery, there are no stitches to remove, and any mild discomfort that may be experienced can be alleviated with an over-the-counter pain medication.

Lasting Results

In the overwhelming majority of cases, the results of LASIK are permanent. This surgery can permanently correct myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism. Changes to vision as a result of presbyopia (the gradual loss of vision due to the aging process) can still occur after LASIK.

Schedule Your Appointment

Have you heard friends or family members who’ve had LASIK go on about experiencing a whole new world with their new, clear vision? This is not uncommon. Of the over 20 million people worldwide who’ve had LASIK surgery, over 95 percent of them have reported overwhelmingly positive results. Would you like to join that number? Or maybe you are just interested in learning more about the procedure and seeing if you’re a candidate. Why not contact OCLI and schedule an appointment with one of our eye surgeons? Call (866) 733-6254 today.

OCLI Gives Back to Community With Bake Sale

Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island (OCLI) held a bake sale on Wednesday, May 21, at their Valley Stream office to raise money for the American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” (MSABC). They raised $801 from the sale of baked goods made by OCLI staff members.

Last year, OCLI raised over $93,000 to support breast cancer research through events such as this, the 2013 MSABC walk and other fundraising activities throughout the year. OCLI will again be a Local Flagship sponsor of the MSABC Walk that will take place on October 19, 2014.

Pictured in the photo from left to right are: Keshia Beckford, Office Manager; Stefania Pena, Patient Care Coordinator; Hannah Thompson, Patient Care Coordinator; Dr. Gerard D’Aversa, Cataract/Cornea and Refractive Surgeon/OCLI Partner; Natasha Kelly, Patient Care Coordinator; Janice Santiago, Patient Care Coordinator.



GC doctor performs LI’s first implantable telescope surgery

Ophthalmologist and Garden City resident Gerard D’Aversa, MD, Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island (OCLI), performed Long Island’s first telescope implant on two patients with end-stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a debilitating eye disease that destroys the eye’s macula, limiting central and detailed vision. People with the condition can only see fragments before them, with a large black spot in the middle of their field of vision. In its most advanced stages, the spot widens and wipes out most of the visual field.

Dr. D’Aversa performed both implant procedures at South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside, NY. “While it does not cure AMD, a leading cause of blindness in the elderly, it could help those who are legally blind resume reading, recognize faces and hopefully, increase their level of independence,” said Dr. D’Aversa.

The first-ever implantable telescope, about the size of a pea, is implanted inside one eye, behind the iris (the colored part of the eye). The tiny telescope received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Admin- istration (FDA) in 2010. The cost for the telescope implant and visits associated with the treatment program are Medicare eligible.

“Once the telescope is implanted, the patient works with a trained low-vision specialist for a few months to learn how to adjust to their new vision,” explained Dr. D’Aversa. “Patients learn to retrain their brain by using visual techniques and exercises that help them get used to seeing with the implant.”

Before the implantable telescope was introduced, there was no surgical treatment available that could restore a portion of the patient’s lost vision. Now with this device, there is new hope for patients with end-stage age-related AMD.

“We are very excited about the implantable telescope and since it has been demonstrated to improve vision and quality of life, we have received a lot of inquiries about it,” said Glenn Stoller, MD and retinal specialist with OCLI. “We are currently screening patients to determine if they are potential candidates to receive the implantable telescope.”

The implant is currently restricted to patients 75 years and older, in keeping with FDA guidelines. In general, to be considered a potential candidate for the telescope implant, the ophthalmologist must first confirm that potential candidates:

  • Have irreversible, End-Stage AMD resulting from either dry or wet AMD
  • Are no longer a candidate for drug treatment of their AMD
  • Have not had cataract surgery in the eye in which the telescope will be implanted
  • Have their doctor assess they have distance vision no better than 20/160 but no worse than 20/800
  • May have glaucoma as long as the glaucoma is well-controlled, but must not have other diseases in the affected eye

What is Sjögren’s Syndrome? – Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island

Diagnosing & Treating Sjögren’s Syndrome

Your dry eye could be a sign of Sjögren’s Syndrome. This slowly progressing autoimmune disease causes a degrading of the exocrine glands, which are responsible for producing moisture. It affects an estimated 4 million people in the U.S. Unfortunately, 3 million of those people are undiagnosed.

In the past, diagnosing Sjögren’s Syndrome was a challenge that involved limited tools and invasive procedures. Delays in diagnosis and treatment can eventually lead to serious complications, including:

  • Salivary and lacrimal gland destruction
  • Lymphoma and chronic debilitating lung disease
  • Psychiatric disorders, including depression and anxiety

Because dry eye is a hallmark symptom of this disease, eye care professionals are in an ideal position for early diagnosis. Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island is excited to introduce Sjö, a brand-new early-detection test for Sjögren’s Syndrome. Sjö is a simple in-office test that has significantly higher sensitivity and specificity than traditional screenings. Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island is the first practice in Long Island to perform this crucial new test.

Often, Sjögren’s Syndrome first presents as dry eye, but it can progress until it affects the entire body.

Common Symptoms:

  • Dry eye
  • Dry mouth
  • Fatigue
  • Musculoskeletal pain

Other Systemic Manifestations:

  • Cough
  • Dry skin
  • Risk of lymphoma
  • Lung disease
  • Liver dysfunction
  • Pancreas dysfunction
  • Kidney dysfunction
  • Gastrointestinal complications
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Peripheral Neuropathy (nerve damage in the peripheral nervous system)

If you suffer from dry eye or any of the symptoms listed above, contact us today by calling 1-866-SEE-OCLI or 1-866-733-6254, and ask us about the Sjö early detection test.


Free Dry Eye Screenings Provided to Attendees

Dry eye disease is the most common reason why patients visit their doctor. It affects more than 100 million people worldwide and is often under-recognized and under-diagnosed. Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island (OCLI) was on hand at the Town of Hempstead Senior Health & Wellness Fair in Lido Beach to provide dry eye screenings to the hundreds of seniors that attended the event. Dr. JoAnn Chang, who recently joined OCLI, was one of the guest lecturers. She spoke about cataracts, how to maintain optimum eye health and the latest advancements in treating cataracts. Dr. Chang is a board certified ophthalmologist and fellowship trained corneal specialist with intensive training and experience in all the latest refractive surgical technology including Laser Vision Correction for nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism such as Bladefree LASIK. A resident of Baldwin, Dr. Chang works in OCLI’s Rockville Centre, Lynbrook and Garden City offices.

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray welcomed hundreds of senior citizens to this year’s Health and Wellness Fair, an annual event that takes place in June at Lido Beach Town Park. The fair offered a number of free.