Archive for December 2019

Christmas in your eye!

Sometimes, the names of diseases are pretty interesting. One example of this is the “Christmas tree cataract.” It is called a “Christmas tree” because of many multicolored highly reflective spots seen in the cataract. It can be associated with a disease called myotonic dystrophy, but it doesn’t have to be. Anyway, Happy Holidays to all!

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Would you take the brown bath?

One of the most common ailments that we see in the ophthalmologist’s office is adenoviral conjunctivitis, which is a type of the common “pink eye.” Unfortunately, there is no traditional antiviral treatment for adenoviral infection. However, one of the treatments that seems to help to some degree is a rinse of betadine in the eye.…

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What is “Peeco”?

I once had a patient repeatedly ask about “peeco.” Initially, I did not understand what she was talking about, but then I realized that she was pronouncing the acronym “PCO.” PCO stands for Posterior Capsular Opacification. Well what the heck is that? When a cataract is removed surgically, we usually leave the capsule that contains…

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