Sunday, January 10, 2021

Adam T Shares Michelson LASIK His Experience

“For years I had thought about getting LASIK surgery but I was always nervous about the procedure. After hearing Michelson’s commercials on the radio, I convinced myself to go in for an eye exam to see if I was a good candidate and to learn more. I am sooo thankful that I did! Jennifer and the staff at Michelson Laser Vision walked me through everything about the procedure and answered all of my many questions. They were extremely nice and welcoming in the office and very professional. There was never a point during my time there that I didn’t know what was happening, or why they were doing what they were doing. HIGHLY recommend Michelson Laser Vision! The whole procedure takes roughly 20 minutes, and they schedule weekly and monthly check ups periodically for the next year and a half to ensure your eyes are in the best possible shape they can be. Another awesome part about LASIK at Michelson Laser Vision is the down time was very minimal. Had it done on a Thursday and was back to work the next Monday. Only a 3 day turnaround! Thanks to Jennifer and the team at Michelson, I now have 20/15 vision with NO contacts or glasses! Changed my life!” - Adam T.

If you or some you know is tired of the hassle of glasses or contact lenses for seeing at distance and would like to find out if LASIK might be a good vision correction option, please call Michelson Laser Vision, Inc. in Birmingham at 205-969-8100, visit Michelson Laser Vision, or www.facebook.com/michelsonlaservision.

Michelson Laser Vision, Inc. is a leading LASIK center in Birmingham located at UAB-Highlands, 1201 11th Avenue S, Suite 501, Birmingham, Alabama 35205 and staffed by UAB Medicine eye doctors and eye specialists.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Know Your Glaucoma Risk Factors

 


Did you know that glaucoma doesn’t affect all of us equally? January Glaucoma Awareness Month is an excellent time to Know Your Glaucoma Risk Factors! Your glaucoma risk is increased if:

·       You are over 40 years old.

·       You are African American. African Americans are 6-8x more likely to get glaucoma and 6-8 x more likely to have severe vision loss and blindness.

·       You have diabetes. People with diabetes are 2x more likely to get glaucoma.

·       You are Hispanic American. Hispanic Americans face an increased risk comparable to African Americans, but the disease may also progress faster as they age, compared with other ethnic groups.

·       You are Asian American. Asians are at an increased risk for the less common types of glaucoma: Angle-Closure Glaucoma and Normal-Tension Glaucoma.

Glaucoma is a leading cause of vision loss, affecting about 3 million people in the United States. Glaucoma is a group of diseases that damages the eye’s optic nerve. The optic nerve transmits visual information to the brain, allowing us to see. Because glaucoma often progresses slowly, affecting just peripheral or side vision, people with glaucoma can lose most of their vision before they even experience any symptoms. Central vision, the vision used to read, drive or watch TV, is unaffected until the disease is advanced. Just because you think you can see well, doesn’t mean all is well. The key to preventing vision loss from glaucoma is early detection, diagnosis and treatment. If you or someone you know needs a glaucoma eye exam please schedule an appointment today at Alabama Eye & Cataract Center in Birmingham at 205-930-0930, visit Alabama Eye & Cataract Center or Facebook.

Alabama Eye & Cataract Center is a leading eye care center in Birmingham located at UAB-Highlands, 1201 11th Avenue S, Suite 501, Birmingham, Alabama 35205 and staffed by UAB Medicine eye doctors and eye specialists.

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Visual Perception in Kids with Epilepsy

 

Brain surgery for epilepsy in kids is sometimes necessary to stop seizures and allow children to function. However, brain surgery carries significant risks, including impairment in visual perception. Normal visual function requires not just information sent from the eye, but also image and neurological processing in the brain that allows us to understand and act on that information, or perception. Signals from the eye are first processed in the early visual cortex, a region at the back of the brain that is necessary for sight. They then travel through other parts of the cerebral cortex, enabling recognition of patterns, faces, objects, scenes, and written words. In adults, even if their sight is still present, injury or removal of even a small area of the brain’s vision processing centers can lead to dramatic, permanent loss of perception, making them unable to recognize faces, locations, or to read, for example. But in children, who are still developing, this part of the brain appears able to rewire itself, a process known as plasticity.

According to a study funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), due to this neuroplasticity, children can keep full visual perception—the ability to process and understand visual information—after brain surgery for severe epilepsy. Plasticity is a sort of “rewiring” process that can occur in children because they are still developing.

Alabama Eye & Cataract Center is a leading eye care center in Birmingham located at UAB-Highlands, 1201 11th Avenue S, Suite 501, Birmingham, Alabama 35205 and staffed by UAB Medicine eye doctors and eye specialists.

Friday, November 27, 2020

Eva Shares Her Cataract Story

"I have been seeing Dr. Marc Michelson for eye care for about 35 years. Dr Michelson provided me with good vision when neither glasses nor contacts would work. He corrected my nearsightedness with refractive surgeries before the LASIK procedure was approved by the FDA and I was one of his patients in his study for FDA approval of the procedure. The result of his efforts have been nothing short of miraculous for me. I went from struggling as a trainee in a profession that required a tremendous amount of reading and visual observation to reaching each goal efficiently and having a successful career. More recently, I have required cataract surgery. Dr Michelson performed cataract surgery in my left eye yesterday. As usual the results are amazing. My next day post-surgery recheck this morning revealed that I had 20/30 vision and it is expected to improve significantly more in the next few weeks. I did feel pressure on my eye, but no pain, during the procedure. I will have Dr. Michelson take care of the cataract in my other eye without hesitation. I cannot say enough good things about Alabama Eye and Cataract Center. The nurses assistants and office staff are excellent.”-Eva 

If you or some you know is experiencing cataract symptoms such as cloudy foggy vision, glare or difficult night driving and would like to learn more about cataract surgery & lens implants please call Alabama Eye & Cataract Center in Birmingham at 205-930-0930, visit Alabama Eye & Cataract Center or www.facebook.com/alabamaeyecataractcenter

Alabama Eye & Cataract Center, P.C. leading eye care center in Birmingham located at UAB-Highlands, 1201 11th Avenue S, Suite 501, Birmingham, Alabama 35205 and staffed by UAB Medicine eye doctors and eye specialists.

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Preventing Vision Loss From Diabetes

 

Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness in adults. This is a growing problem as the number of people living with diabetes increases, so does the number of people with impaired vision. Diabetes can cause a disease of the eye called diabetic retinopathy (DR). In its early stages, you may not notice any symptoms or changes to your eyesight, and you cannot tell that this condition is damaging your eyes. If it is not detected and treated in a timely manner, your vision can be damaged permanently. A recent study, conducted at Centers for Disease Control found that the prevalence of diabetic retinopathy was high, affecting almost one-third of adults over age 40 years with diabetes, and more than one-third of African-Americans and Mexican Americans.

If you or someone you know has diabetes there are important steps you can take to prevent vision loss including a) maintain good control of your blood sugar and blood pressure with diet, exercise and medications prescribed by your physician, b) having regular eye exams as recommended by your eye doctor. Depending on how long you have had diabetes and the health of your retina, your eye doctor may recommend specialized testing including scans and pictures in order to monitor changes that occur from diabetic retinopathy. Be sure to follow up on appointments and testing.

The key to preventing vision loss from diabetes and diabetic retinopathy is early detection, diagnosis and treatment if necessary. If you or someone you know has diabetes and not had a recent eye exam please schedule an appointment at Alabama Eye & Cataract Center in Birmingham at 205-930-0930, visit Alabama Eye & Cataract Center or www.facebook.com/alabamaeyecataractcenter.

Alabama Eye & Cataract Center is a leading eye care center in Birmingham located at UAB-Highlands, 1201 11th Avenue S, Suite 501, Birmingham, Alabama 35205 and staffed by UAB Medicine eye doctors and eye specialists.

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Glaucoma & Risk of Falling from Visual Field Damage

 


The visual field loss resulting from the progression of glaucoma can pose a risk of falling to patients. Falling and the fear of falling (FoF) is a significant risk to patients-especially seniors. Researchers were interested in finding out more about how and when patients with visual field damage from glaucoma were at risk of falling and thus reported on a study in the American Journal of Ophthalmology in which they investigated where glaucoma patients most often fall and how integrated visual field (IVF) damage affects falls rates per year (falls/year) and per step (falls/step) at and away from home.

Their research conclusions for this glaucoma population suggested that a) most falls occurred at home, b) the risk of any step resulting in a fall was higher at home and c) those with greater visual field damage were more likely to fall for each step taken both at and away from home. Based on this, it is important to consider making efforts such as home environmental modification to prevent falls while maintaining physical activity.

If you are someone you know has glaucoma and has questions about risks, safety or has not had a recent eye exam please schedule an appointment at Alabama Eye & Cataract Center in Birmingham at 205-930-0930, visit Alabama Eye & Cataract Center or www.facebook.com/alabamaeyecataractcenter

Alabama Eye & Cataract Center is a leading eye care center in Birmingham located at UAB-Highlands, 1201 11th Avenue S, Suite 501, Birmingham, Alabama 35205 and staffed by UAB Medicine eye doctors and eye specialists.

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Phillip Shares His LASIK Thoughts

"First, I want to humbly thank our lord and savior for blessing Dr. Michelson and his staff with the knowledge and skills to do what they do! I did a lot ... and I mean a LOT ... of research and contemplating on where I would even consider having this surgery done at, but eventually I started comparing everyone else to Dr. Michelson. So, with all of the research and information that I had gathered up, I had almost certainly made up my mind. I decided to ask my eye doctor back home, just who he would recommend, if I ever had the thought of having LASIK done. He instantly said that he wouldn’t trust anyone else other than Dr. Michelson at UAB Highlands. So, I met with Dr. Michelson and was a candidate. I trusted him to perform my LASIK on 10/4/18 and as of today I have 20/20 vision! I honestly cannot find the words to thank him enough!

He performed my surgery at 9am and not only did he make sure that I was comfortable during the surgery and as I was leaving his office, but he personally called me the same night around 8pm! He called to check and see how I was doing! I have never had a doctor or surgeon take their own personal time to call me, just to make sure that I was doing ok. Secondly, the staff are beyond AWESOME! I never once felt pressured to sign my name on anything, have something scheduled, or feel like I was being forced into doing the surgery simply because I had walked through the doors.

Last, but not definitely not least .... Teri! She made me feel totally comfortable during a rather nerve racking time. She was there from my initial screening just to see if I was a candidate, to the day of the procedure, to the follow up and so on, she has been simply amazing! You will not find anyone more caring and professional. Thank you, Teri!

Dr. Michelson and his staff are second to none. Again, I cannot recommend them enough!

From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank everyone at Michelson Laser Vision. You guys gave me 20/20 vision and I will now be able to see my new born son grow up, without the constant struggle to see! I promise you that if you’re thinking about possibly having LASIK done, give Dr. Michelson a call! Believe me, I did all of the research and can’t stress it anymore. Please do yourself a favor and go to the absolute best ! You will be so thankful that you did 🤘🏻”

If you or some you know is tired of the hassle of glasses or contact lenses for seeing at distance and would like to find out if LASIK might be a good vision correction option, please call Michelson Laser Vision, Inc. in Birmingham at 205-969-8100, visit Michelson Laser Vision, or www.facebook.com/michelsonlaservision.

Michelson Laser Vision, Inc. is a leading LASIK center in Birmingham located at UAB-Highlands, 1201 11th Avenue S, Suite 501, Birmingham, Alabama 35205 and staffed by UAB Medicine eye doctors and eye specialists.