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Last Thursday November 7th, the doctors at the Kansas City Eye Clinic hosted their annual Grand Rounds for local optometrists at Hallbrook Country Club.  There were 65 optometrists in attendance and each attendee received 2 credits towards continuing education.  We hosted a cocktail hour followed by an excellent dinner in part of Hallbrook’s newly renovated clubhouse.

Dr. Carl Migliazzo, Dr. Fred Bodker, and Dr. Stephen Nichols were in attendance along with physician emeritus Dr. Michael Hettinger and Retina Associates’ Dr. Blake Cooper.  Our presenters for the evening were Dr. Sara O’Connell and Dr. Chris Ketcherside.  Dr. Sara O’Connell presented several neuro-ophthalmology cases and introduced a new glaucoma procedure known as the iStent.  Dr. Chris Ketcherside’s presentation was a Corneacopia of various cornea cases he has followed in the clinic within the last year.

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We would like to thank all of our generous sponsors for contributing to the success of the evening: Duffens Optical, VisionCare Ophthalmic Technologies, SynergEyes, Sutherlin Optical Lab, PowerGroup Companies, Commerce Bank, and Control Printing.  A special thanks to Amy Teague from SynergEyes for attending and donating a basket filled with a couple bottles of wine and goodies to be raffled off; winner was Dr. Jeff Luthi.  Finally, none of this could be possible without the dedication and hard work of our Public Relations Coordinator Mary Galloway, she is amazing!

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From KMBZ: http://www.kmbz.com/Local-doctor-says-you-might-want-to-rethink-Hallow/17601748

Listen to audio here: http://www.kmbz.com/topic/play_window.php?audioType=Episode&audioId=6572169

OVERLAND PARK- Eye doctors are warning about the dangers of using crazy contact lenses this Halloween.

Dr. Stephen Nichols with the Kansas City Eye Clinic in Overland Park says while the cat-eye lenses or the scary demon eyes might look cool, but they could be very dangerous.

“The main safety issue is how the lenses stay on your eyes. It can lead to all kinds of problems and some of them very traumatic to the eye,” says Dr. Nichols.

He says the only truly safe contacts are ones that are fit by a licensed ophthalmologist or optometrist.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology warns that the lenses can cause cuts and open sores in your eyes and potentially blinding bacterial infections and they’re also illegal. The FDA banned cosmetic contact lenses back in 2005.

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Cost-Benefit of Corneal Transplants

Washington, DC– (October 8, 2013) – Corneal transplants performed in the United States this year will result in nearly $6 billion in total net benefits over the lifetime of the recipients, according to a six-month study undertaken by the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA).

The study compared the medical cost of transplant procedures to the direct and indirect lifetime costs of the alternative – living with blindness or severe vision impairment. With a corneal transplant, an individual avoids the direct expenditures that come with vision loss, such as higher routine medical costs and long-term care costs, and the indirect costs of potential years of lost productivity to both the patients and their family caregivers.

Eye disorders are the fifth costliest to the U.S. economy after heart disease, cancer, emotional disorders and pulmonary conditions.

“Our association represents 80 eye banks, providing corneal tissue to over 60,000 recipients each year,” said Kevin Corcoran, President and CEO of the Eye Bank Association of America. “I’ve spoken personally with a number of cornea recipients and felt the impact of giving someone their vision back. Now we understand, in real numbers, the economic impact of our work. It’s all made possible through the generosity of donors and the care and dedication of EBAA member eye banks and corneal surgeons.”

EBAA commissioned the study to determine the economic impact of corneal transplants.  Researchers used previous years’ transplant numbers and census data to estimate total corneal transplants for the full 2013 calendar year.

The cost-benefit analysis depicted in the table below reveals that the lifetime benefit of the procedure is overwhelmingly greater than the costs of the surgery.

Since EBAA’s founding in 1961, more than one million men, women and children have received corneal transplants to restore vision and relieve pain from injury and disease to the eye. With a success rate greater than 95 percent, the one-hour procedure restores the patient’s sight and his or her quality of life. In fact, it’s one of the most common and least invasive transplant procedures.

The EBAA study proves the value of the procedure and the economic benefit to the patient, family and society.  Corneal transplants also translate to direct federal and state government savings. This study assumed full retirement at age 65, so the net indirect cost savings is small for these patients, but the per-capita lifetime net medical benefits of $67,500 for patients age 65 or greater receiving corneal transplants in 2013 will save Medicare, Medicaid and patients a combined $2.4 billion.

For a full copy of the report, please contact EBAA at info@restoresight.org.

About EBAA: The Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA), established in 1961, is the oldest transplant association in the nation and champions the restoration of sight through corneal transplantation. Over 80 member eye banks operate in the United States, Canada and Asia.  These eye banks made possible more than 70,000 sight-restoring corneal transplants in 2012 and the opportunity to perform more transplants is significant because virtually everyone is a universal donor. The function of corneal tissue is not dependent on blood type, age, strength of eyesight or the color of the eye. To learn more, visit www.restoresight.org

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Wednesday October 23, 2013
5:30 – 7:00 pm
7504 Antioch Road
Overland Park, KS

• Informational Presentation and Q&A Session given by our refractive surgeon Dr. Christopher Ketcherside
• Receive a free LASIK pre-screening
• FSA and HSA Accounts Welcome
• Financing Available
• Enter for a chance to win $1000 off your procedure*
• Lifetime Warranty±
• Refreshments Served
• Call Mary Galloway at 913.322.9148 to RSVP to this event by October 16th.

*$1000 off when having both eyes done at the same time or $500 off per eye
±Restrictions apply.

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©2010 John Mutrux. Dr. Chris Ketcherside, Kansas City Eye Clinic

Christopher S. Ketcherside, M.D. is a board-certified corneal surgeon specializing in refractive surgery, cataract and lens implant surgery, and corneal disorders.  He received his Bachelor of Science and Medical degrees from the University of Missouri.  Then, he completed an ophthalmology residency at the University of Virginia and a fellowship in cornea, external disease, and refractive surgery at the renowned Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute at the University of Colorado-Denver.  Dr. Ketcherside has performed thousands of surgical cases, and his outstanding professional and clinical judgement, as well as his specialized skills and knowledge in the field of cornea and refractive surgery, will provide you with a state-of-the-art experience.

The most common refractive surgery procedure of the cornea is LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis).  In LASIK, laser energy is used to reshape your cornea, essentially sculpting your prescription into your eye.  A thin flap is cut on the surface of your cornea, then folded out of the way.  Dr. Ketcherside treats all LASIK patients with a bladeless or all-laser corrective surgery with the Femmtosecond laser.  Laser energy is then used to sculpt your exposed cornea to correct your vision, then the flap is replaced, covering the treated area.  LASIK is nearly painless, highly successful, and you can see the improvement in your vision immediately after surgery.  Another type of corneal refractive surgery is called PRK (photorefractive keratectomy), which differs from LASIK in that no flap is made; the laser directly sculpts the front surface of your cornea.  This can be a safe alternative for some patients who do not qualify for LASIK.  Each refractive patient receives a custom treatment and a lifetime warranty for future enhancements.

If you are interested in refractive surgery, please call our LASIK coordinator Mary Galloway at 913.341.3100.  We offer a free refractive screening and at that time Mary can answer your questions and give you more information about the procedure.  Starting September 1st, we are offering a 10% discount (not to be combined with other discounts) for all qualifying refractive patients through the end of 2013, just mention you saw this post to Mary when you call to schedule.

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contact room

We are here for all your contacts needs!  We carry many brands in-stock such as Acuvue Oasys, Air Optix, and B&L Soflens Daily.  All other major brands and types are available to order and arrive within 5-7 business days.  We also fit Rigid Gas Permeable lenses, hybrid lenses, multifocal/bifocal lenses, and scleral lenses.  We have specialty trained individuals that will spend one-on-one time with you to help you learn how to insert, remove, and care for your contacts.  Call us for an appointment today!

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exam room

Anyone who has visited us in 2013 has probably recognized some changes in the clinic as we give our 20+ year old office a face-lift.  We are almost done with our major renovations which include new paint, wallpaper, carpet, and new exam rooms.  All the exam rooms have been outfitted with new cabinets and new computerized eye charts (so no more memorizing the letters!) and we have a completely remodeled contact lens room.  We are still working on refurbishing some of the other testing rooms and the technician/doctor stations, but it is getting so close to being completed.  We are also getting new chairs for the hallways and then restaining the wooden doors to all the rooms.  Thank you for being so patient throughout this process, hopefully just another month or so until the entire back-office is sporting its new look!  Then we can move on to getting the waiting room and front office remodeled as well.