93 Kooyong Rd
Tel: 9079 0888
Fax: 8692 1131
Newsletter # 1: June 2013
Welcome to the bimonthly newsletter from the Armadale Eye Clinic. The purpose of this newsletter is to provide patients and referring practitioners an update on some of the latest ophthalmic health information and issues which we have learned from the literature.
Feel free to make any comments via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. We welcome any comments/criticisms which you would like to make.
Armadale Eye Clinic (AEC):
We are a newly established eye surgery consultant group in the Eastern Suburbs. We are located on the corner of High Street and Kooyong Rd in Armadale. We are a short walk from the Armadale train station and Tram stops on High street. There is ample parking at the Armadale station and on Kooyong Rd. Our contact details are above.
We provide a comprehensive ophthalmic service including: cataract surgery; glaucoma management; retinal surgery; management of macular disease and oculoplastic surgery. We will also be providing a refractive surgery service in the near future.
- Dr Anton van Heerden (General ophthalmic surgeon; retinal sub-specialist)
- Dr Edward Roufail (Retinal surgeon)
- Dr Sue Cochrane (General ophthalmic surgeon; retinal sub-specialist)
- Dr Phil Hoffman (General ophthalmic surgeon)
The outcome s of the AREDS 2 study has just been published. This is particularly relevant to our patients suffering with AMD, who are at risk of developing AMD or who are taking expensive dietary supplements for AMD and would like to know their benefit.
The conclusions were the following:
- There is no benefit from taking Omega-3 fish oils . Although it must be said that other studies have shown some benefit in taking Omega-3.
- There is no benefit in taking beta-carotene and beta-carotene is associated with a high risk of lung cancer in patients who already smoke.
- The addition of Lutein and zeaxanthin did show some benefit in patients who had low-levels of lutein in their diet.
In summary, if you have a healthy diet, then there is little benefit in taking any supplements. If you have high risk disease then taking the AREDS formula with lutein/zeaxanthin is preferable to taking beta-carotene and there is little added benefit in taking additional Omega-3 supplements.
Update on Femtosecond assisted cataract surgery:
Femtosecond assisted cataract surgery is very new, novel and exciting technology which promises slightly safer and more precise surgery. This obviously comes at an extra out of pocket cost to patients. The real question is whether there is a visual benefit to patients? To date, there have been a plethora of articles on the efficiency of this technology. It has been shown to reduce the time and energy used in the eye to remove the cataract. There also appears to be a reduction in the degree of corneal endothelial cell loss. Still, I could not find any evidence to indicate a visual benefit from this technology? The bottom line is that traditional manual cataract surgery is an excellent procedure which produces as good results as laser-assisted surgery.
The surgeons at AEC offer surgery with and without the femtosecond laser. We have access to the Catalys system at VPSC in East Melbourne.
We have acquired the new “Captiv8” software at AEC. This technology gives us the opportunity to show patients animations of common ocular pathology and surgical procedures. This is proving to be an excellent tool in patient management. Please let me know if you would like an example sent to you by email?
I hope this newsletter has been informative and useful. Please feel free to contact me at Armadale Eye Clinic if you have any comments you would like to make.
Dr Anton van Heerden