Archive for October 2021
There is a medicine called dupilumab (sold under the brand name Dupixent). It is used to treat allergic diseases, and it is a relatively new medication. One of the side effects of this medicine can be inflammation of the conjunctiva, which can be thought of as the “skin” over the white part of the eye.…Read More
Better is the Enemy of Good
Recently, I heard the story of a patient. He has been happy with the outcome of his cataract surgery for years, but he has now seen someone else who got a special lens implant with their cataract surgery. He is envious of that outcome, and he is wondering if he can get his implant “swapped…Read More
When asked about their history of eye problems, many people tell me they have “a stigmatism in [their] eye.” What is that? Actually, astigmatism is a single word that indicates that the corneal curvature is not perfectly symmetric and smooth. The cornea is the very front part of the eye. Sometimes, people describe an cornea…Read More
What’s a Zonule?
When we perform cataract surgery, we take natural crystalline lens out of the eye and replace it with an artificial lens implant. I sometimes describe the natural lens of the eye as an M&M: there is an outer “candy shell” with “chocolate” inside. The chocolate represents the cataract itself, and the candy shell represents the…Read More