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Climate Change and Eye Health

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on December 22, 2015

It seems like every time there is a heat wave or a major snowstorm, climate change is blamed for the weather event. Still, when it comes to climate change, it isn’t just extremes in weather that have people worried. Eyes can be affected by climate change, especially since the cornea, eyelid, sclera and the lens […]

Eye Care Resources

Posted by Elliot Franz | Posted on December 15, 2015

    Many people do not seek out eye care because they are not able to afford it. Over the past four years, the national uninsured rate has gone down approximately five percent. Even so, there are people who do not get routine eye exams or other eye procedures because of the costs involved. In […]

Patient Education – Survey Results!

Posted by Elliot Franz | Posted on October 23, 2015

    Earlier this month, I reached out to our contacts and asked a series of questions concerning how they handle patient education.  Some things I wanted to know were:  how much time is spent educating each patient on average, what means are most commonly used to communicate information to the patient, and how confident are care […]

Cosmetic Contacts are Spooky!

Posted by Elliot Franz | Posted on October 14, 2015

    It happens every year around Halloween. People buy non prescription contact lenses at a variety store or costume shop to add a little extra to their outfit. A few days later, they end up in the eye doctor’s office with an infection, injury, or damaged vision!     One type of non prescription […]

We’ve Set Our Eyes on Helping CHOP!

Posted by Elliot Franz | Posted on October 5, 2015

    Gulden Ophthalmics wants to do its part to “help the world see and look better.” In addition to designing, developing, and manufacturing tools for eyecare professionals, we recently started an online fundraising campaign for the Ophthalmology Department at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). You can find our CHOP donor page HERE. Please consider […]

Will Gene Therapy Replace Medical Devices?

Posted by Elliot Franz | Posted on September 11, 2015

    What is the best solution for those with genetic disorders that lead to blindness? As an engineer, I tend to think that the answer should lie in some sort of novel device which solves the problem. For example, if the retina is destroyed, why not ‘plug’ an array of light detecting electrodes in […]

Quick, Reliable Pupil Testing for All

Posted by Elliot Franz | Posted on August 5, 2015

    For over a year, I have been working with Dr. Joe Ruskiewicz of Salus University (PCO) to develop a device which streamlines and standardizes pupil measurement and testing.  We call the device (pictured below) the APT (Accurate Pupil Tester).       The APT is two devices in one:  a pupilometer and an automated […]

When the Eye Drops Don’t Go In

Posted by Elliot Franz | Posted on June 29, 2015

    For drop-based glaucoma treatment to be effective, the patient must adhere to the dosage regimen and apply the medication correctly. The problem is that this doesn’t always happen. Drops are often installed improperly, not used, or not taken according to the prescribed regimen.     Improper installation of drops can be a huge waste of money. One […]

How to Communicate with Older Patients

Posted by Elliot Franz | Posted on June 12, 2015

    As an eye care professional, you may have noticed that a good number of your patients are over the age of 65. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 10,000 people each day turn age 65. Age makes a difference on how often you will be seeing your patients. On average, people over the age of 65 […]

The Future of Eye Health: Stem Cells

Posted by Elliot Franz | Posted on May 13, 2015

    Going to the dentist doesn’t evoke warm and fuzzy feelings. Especially when it comes to wisdom tooth extraction. However, new research from the University of Pittsburgh shows that stem cells from dental pulp can be transformed into corneal cells.     The research was published in the journal STEM CELLS Translational Medicine is good news for those […]