The Bell Ophthalmic Technology Team will be in our nationâ€™s capital April 13-17 for the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) annual meeting.
ASCRS is a great opportunity to hear about the newest trends, topics, and therapies that are shaping the field. And weâ€™ll have the information on the latest and greatest technology for your office.
Be sure to stop by booth #3006 in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and say hello!
See you in DC!
Skating fast, jumping into the air, spinning two, three or even four times and landing on a virtual knife blade seems like a recipe for disaster for most of us. For those of us who strap on the skates only a few times a year, the result of attempting such acrobatics would probably result in multiple broken bones and an extended bout of traction. But Olympic level skaters seemingly make such jumps with ease, and if they don’t stick the landing, they usually bounce right back up and continue the routine.
So what’s the secret to the sorcery? Hundreds of hours of practice have helped elite skaters to rewire their brains to suppress the reflexes that result when we tilt our bodies at unusual angles. Reflexes that could result in flailing arms and falls for most of us are canceled out and the skater’s brain expects only delicate pirouettes and smooth landings.
And if you wonder how skaters don’t dizzy from all the spinning, their brains have learned to subdue a reflex, this time in the eyes. Normally, our eyes move to compensate for head movements so we can stare at the same point in space. If we twirl around and suddenly stop, we feel like we’re still moving because the fluid in the inner ear responsible for detecting movement continues to spin, making your brain think it’s still in motion. And because your eyes continue moving to correct your view, you feel dizzy. A skater’s brain learns to ignore the sense of motion and greatly reduce that eye reflex.
Doctors around the world can now able to stay up to date on the latest advancements in ophthalmology and earn continuing medical education credits courtesy of Wills Eye Hospital and the World Wide Web.
“Academic excellence and the continuous quest for knowledge are guiding principles at Wills Eye Hospital,” said Joe Bilson, CEO of Wills Eye. “We believe that offering ongoing education and sharing the knowledge and expertise of our esteemed medical staff helps us to not only live up to those principles but to shepherd and advance the importance of ophthalmology in our world.”
Wills Eye Saturday Update courses and live-streamed events, presented by some of the world’s leading ophthalmologists, helps healthcare providers stay abreast of the latest advancements and developments in ophthalmic medicine. And the Wills Eye Knowledge Portal offers continuously updated insight from experts across a variety of ophthalmology subspecialties.
Wills Eye Hospital is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The five-in-one KR-1W Wavefront Analyzer brings you the combined technologies of wavefront aberration, corneal topography, keratometry, pupillometry and auto-refraction, providing you with all the required information on the human refractive system to perform optimal wavefront analysis. The KR-1W features full auto-alignment, a large color touch screen, onboard evaluation software, wavefront image sequence and simulated visual acuity assessment,
Easy to operate with right/left fully automated measurement and touchscreen panel, the KR-1W provides valuable pre and post-op data for cataract and refractive procedures, is fully networkable in various configurations and provides multiple maps for overview analysis.
More information on the KR-1W is available here or call or email us to check out one for yourself! 800.255.5929.
We all look for ways to streamline costs, but short-term savings can equal long-term expense.
Many times buying a cheaper product means settling for inferior quality or fewer amenities and sometimes thatâ€™s okay. But sometimes itâ€™s not. Being frugal doesnâ€™t just mean saving money, it means buying wisely.
A doctor fell off a stool resulting in the end of a surgical career and the beginning of a multi-million dollar lawsuit
Recently a doctor fell off a rolling stool while at work and cracked his head, resulting in the end of a surgical career and a multi-million dollar lawsuit. The lawsuit blamed a poorly designed stool and plastic casters.
Of course, this is an extreme example. Sometimes going cheap might just result in equipment downtime, the need for repeated tests, wasted time and a grumbling staff.
Some level of cost-benefit analysis when making purchases could provide peace of mind when plunking down the money for procurements. Is the item in question a consumable where quality might not matter much? Or is it an item that you donâ€™t want to replace often? Will having a quality item be a better experience for both you and your patient? Do you want to glide across the floor on your stool like Fred Astaire or drag yourself along with an errant caster vibrating like a broke-down shopping cart?
The cost of an item becomes amortized over the useful life of the item, so decide where it makes sense to save money and where it might be better spent on quality. Penny-wise and pound foolish, as the old saying goes.
OCT is a vital diagnostic tool for most doctors, but until now, the price tag has been out of reach for some. Topcon has introduced the Maestro, a 3D OCT system that combines a high resolution color non-mydriatic retinal camera with the latest Spectral Domain OCT technology at a price that even the tightest budgets can afford.
The Maestro features a rotating touch panel and fully automated alignment, focus and capture. In addition, proprietary Pinpointâ„˘ Registration indicates the location of the OCT image within the fundus image. A 12mm x 9mm scan along with automated segmentation provides measurement and topographical maps of the optic nerve and macula with a reference database in one scan.