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Carey T., New York, NY

“One day I found a strange bump underneath my eyelid and wanted to get it checked out right away. I started calling around to ophthalmologists in the area but the first few I reached were either very rude or didn’t have any openings for at least a month. Dr. MacKay’s office, on the other hand, was able fit me in the very next day…” (more at YELP reviews)

Nancy L. Burleson MD FACOG, Gonzales, Texas

My son, Max Cronin, age 27 years old, committed suicide 1-14-16, as a direct result of complications he experienced from Lasik. He left suicide letters stating this and kept details of his complications. He experienced vision loss, constant eye pain, dry eyes, haze, and loss of quality of life resulting in depression and his suicide. He was unable to work or continue his life goals due to his eye complications.

As a medical physician, I can definitely state that Lasik complications can lead to suicide. I can also say that no one should have elective Lasik on their eyes.

For an elective procedure, the risks and long term complications are understated. The resultant complications and negative quality of life issues increase the risks of depression, attempted suicide, and suicide.

After Eyeball Tattoo, Model Is Partially Blind, in ‘Excruciating’ Pain

From The Chicago Tribune
October 2, 2017
Written by Amy B Wang

Purple is Catt Gallinger’s favorite color.

Pictures of the Canadian model often showed her sporting purple hair or purple lipstick, or the purple tinge of her numerous tattoos peeking out from beneath a tank top. So when the already heavily inked Ottawa resident had the opportunity to “tattoo” her eyeball — a procedure called sclera staining, in which ink is injected into the white part of the eye — she chose the color purple. (more…)

Solar Eclipse

Recently, we were lucky enough to be able to watch a solar eclipse here in the Northeast part of the United States.

Unfortunately, quite a number of people did not pay attention to the warnings given and actually looked up at the sun. I saw a number of new patients with eye problems caused by doing just this.

Solar retinopathy is when the retina receives ultraviolet light and is actually burned, much like a rapid sunburn. Patients were reporting seeing blurry after the exposure, or seeing a small spot in the middle of their vision that made it hard or impossible to see what was directly in front of them.

The other problem that comes from having looked at the eclipse is photokeratitis which is like a sunburn of the cornea. This is a very painful condition because of the huge number of nerve endings in the cornea. This can also occur when you look at a large area of snow on a very sunny day.

If you or a loved one has looked at the eclipse and is suffering from any of the above mentioned symptoms, you see an ophthalmologist as soon as possible.

Eye Danger Signs

If you experience any of the following eye symptoms, you should call the office immediately.  If I am out of town, please call the doctor covering my patients immediately. His/her phone number will be left on the outgoing voicemail message.

Eye Danger Symptoms

  • Flashing lights/floating black spots, veils or curtains. These can be symptoms of a retinal tear or a retinal detachment, which needs immediate attention.
  • Pain/ extreme redness /deceased vision/ light sensitivity. These may have several causes, including infections of the cornea, corneal abrasions, inflammation in the eye and acute glaucoma
  • Distorted vision/wavy lines. These can be caused by retina problems, including “wet” macular degeneration.
  • In a child under 6 years of age, one eye suddenly turning out, in or up. After an eye turns, it may become “lazy” and will lose vision.
  • In a child, a white pupil

Do You Have Dry Eye Syndrome?

If your eyes burn and sting, if you have a foreign body sensation (like grit), if your eyes are sensitive to light, or if your vision is intermittently blurred, you could have dry eye syndrome.

To diagnosis dry eye, your ophthalmologist will examine your eyes with a slit lamp using a special stain. He or she may also use a filter paper test called a “Schirmer test”. (more…)