New LASIK option broadens candidate base
After waiting on industry developments to fully mature, Emory Vision now offers bladeless (femtosecond) LASIK. Cornea specialist and refractive surgeon Brad Randleman reports that outcomes using the new technology are excellent. Emory surgeons are evaluating a variety of factors and are finding the overall technology superior to Emory’s already outstanding LASIK outcomes since opening Emory Vision in 2004.
“Femtosecond LASIK has allowed certain patients who were not candidates in the past for LASIK with a microkeratome to be excellent candidates now,” says Randleman.
Emory Vision is located at The Emory Clinic Perimeter on Atlanta’s north side.
Emory Healthcare recently acquired Paces Plastic Surgery Center in the Buckhead area. Emory has had an ongoing relationship with the surgeons who practice there for many years, and the acquisition is a natural next step in developing a presence in the northwest metro area. Focusing on a multidisciplinary approach to aesthetic and reconstructive surgery, the center will include members of Emory Eye Center's oculoplastic section, bringing oculoplastic surgery and cosmetic treatments to the location along with general plastic surgery, facial plastics and ENT surgeons.
Emory Eye Center's oculoplastics physicians Ted Wojno, H. Joon Kim and Brent Hayek will provide consultation and various rejuvenating procedures.
Services offered include:
- Eyelid lifts and other treatments for sagging/baggy appearance (blepharoplasty)
- Asian blepharoplasty (double eyelid surgery)
- Eyebrow/forehead and cheek lifts
- Rejuvenating procedures: Botox®, Restylane®, Juvederm®
- Fillers and Peels
- Laser treatments for pigment spots, hair, rosacea, and skin resurfacing
Knights Templar provides ongoing funding
The Emory Eye Center was awarded $32,000 by the Georgia Knights Templar Educational Foundation, Inc. The funding will be used to continue important educational and research opportunities that impact the entire state of Georgia. Over the past several years, the Georgia Knights Templar has awarded $750,000 to the Emory Eye Center. This year’s awards include:
- Support for the Georgia Knights Templar Lectures in Pediatric Ophthalmology
- ($3,000) for two pediatric ophthalmology speakers. This year’s Knights Templar speakers were Graham E. Quinn, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, in January, and Ken Nischal, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, in March.
- The Learning Resources Center ($6,000) received funding to support on-line education and digital management of the Calhoun Auditorium, Emory Eye Center’s lecture hall, during Grand Rounds, the Vision Research Seminar Series, and other key educational events.
- Pediatric ophthalmologist Phoebe Lenhart and cornea specialist Bhairavi Dholakia ($20,000) will study keratoconus in young people with Trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome), who have a higher prevalence of this disease, with the intent of preventing progression of the disease.
- Continued support for Molecular Vision ($3,000), www.molvis.org, the standard for “open-source” (free to all users on the web) publishing for ophthalmology articles. Molecular Vision has ongoing international support and collaboration between Emory and Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China.
RPB and Emory Eye
Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) is the leading voluntary health organization supporting eye research directed at the prevention, treatment or eradication of all diseases that threaten vision. RPB provides major eye research funding to more than 50 leading scientific institutions in the United States and supports the work of hundreds of talented vision scientists engaged in a diverse range of disease-oriented research. The organization has provided more than $3M in funding to Emory Eye Center. This year, Emory Eye Center received a one-year departmental grant of $110,000 to further research efforts.
BLIND/SIGHT at Emory through September
An extraordinary photographic exhibit depicting blindness now hangs in the hallways of Emory Eye Center.
The exhibit, Blind/ Sight, by award-winning photographer Billy Howard and illustrator Laurie Schock, shows both the visually-impaired subject and, in illustrations by Shock, a rendering of what the blind person might “see.”
Our latest clinic renovations
The coming year will mark the completion of extensive renovations in Emory Eye Center's clinical and educational areas.
In 2011, beginning on the tunnel level, our Learning Resources Center and Calhoun Auditorium were renovated. Following that, in 2012, the third floor—our busiest clinical area—was gutted and remodeled, resulting in a spacious, streamlined and welcoming clinical space, complete with a vintage French art poster collection.
This year we are renovating the entire fourth floor for those services that concentrate on the orbit, optic nerve, and visual pathways. These services include the sections of neuroophthalmology, glaucoma, oculoplastics, visual field testing rooms and administrative offices.
These new and improved spaces will enable Emory Eye Center to better serve patients and their families, while creating a beautiful, functional working environment for our employees.
EUH — a new wing
Construction is underway for Emory University Hospital’s (EUH) new nine-story hospital bed tower, referred to as the “J wing.” Located in the former green space in front our Clinic, Building B, the new addition to the existing hospital will include 210 inpatient beds, a combination of new and existing beds that the hospital will relocate from the current building. The new building also will include operating rooms and various ancillary services. The J wing will rest on an underground, four-level parking deck, which will provide 400 to 600 spaces for cars. Importantly, the new wing will create a new and exciting “sense of arrival” for the Emory Eye Center and Building B. Projected for completion in 2016, occupancy should occur in 2017.