In the Media
“For patients who happily wear contact lenses as well as our many friends and colleagues in the optometric community, the article featured in today’s Daily Mail was part of a wider discussion regarding the long-term risks and benefits of contact lens wear.”
“My position on contact lens wear is that providing patients get a regular examination by a properly qualified eye care practitioner and wear their lenses responsibly, significant problems from contact lens wear are rare.”
“We fully support such patients who wear contact lenses, and in fact, only recommend refractive surgery in patients who are not happy or intolerant of contact lenses.”
“It should also be noted that Blepharitis is extremely common even in the absence of contact lens wear. It is estimated to affect around half of all people at some point in life. When it occurs it does not always produce a visible redness around the margin (edges) of the eyelids. This tends to only occur in the more severe or chronic cases and it is treatable. Again a well-qualified eye care practitioner would be able to identify this and advise on proper management. Minor age-related skin changes are well known and accepted to occur with any manipulation of the delicate skin around the eye – not only improper contact lens handling but also eye rubbing.”
“Furthermore, we often work with and on behalf of our contact lens wearing patients (and contact lens prescribing eye care practitioners) to optimise a patient’s ocular surface to allow them to continue wearing contact lenses.”
“Finally, there are many diseases of the cornea, such as keratoconus, where contact lenses are the best and sometimes only option to allow patients adequate vision.”
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Corporate Vision Magazine’s Global Excellence Awards 2017 took place in July this year, showcasing the successes of visionaries and high achievers from across the global marketplace. Allon Barsam was delighted to be named amongst this year’s winners, as Most Outstanding Ophthalmology Consultant 2017. Take a look at this supplement to see Allon and some of the other winners
Reis-Bucklers corneal dystrophy is a rare eye condition affecting the outer layers of the cornea. Patients usually experience painful light sensitivity episodes and their vision progressively worsens if untreated. Appearing on the popular TV series Medical Mysteries, Allon Barsam performed life-changing surgery to treat a male patient suffering from the rare condition.
Allon Barsam speaks with eye surgeon and researcher Professor Farhad Hafezi for an episode of Global Innovations. They discuss the development and research of corneal collagen crosslinking and analyze how techniques are currently evolving and what the future may hold for CXL. Watch the video online.
Over 50,000 refractive surgery treatments have been carried out in the UK alone (with thirty million worldwide). Mr Barsam recently spoke at 100% Optical (4–6 February, ExCeL London) to reveal the optometrist’s role, scepticism and benefits of the surgery. Allon reveals that the visual recovery is astounding but that there are patients worth avoiding, for example those with unrealistic or unreasonable expectations of refractive eye surgery. Read the full article here.
Mr Barsam discusses his choice of lens when piggybacking an IOL and how it can be used to address a number of things. These include post-cataract surgery, detached three-piece lenses and when pseudophakic emmetropes decide that they would like more reading or intermediate vision.The Sulcoflex range of pseudophakic IOLs is a versatile platform with several advantages compared to other lenses. Read the full article for more details.
Ground breaking lens implant surgery now means that thousands of people can enjoy perfect vision for the first time. This newly practiced surgery performed by Allon Barsam at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital, is used to treat those with unusual cases of cataracts, where the cornea is an irregular shape. This has allowed many patients to be able to see with perfect vision for the first time. Read the full article here.
World-renowned Consultant Ophthalmologist Mr Allon Barsam carried out an innovative new lens implant procedure at the Luton & Dunstable University Hospital in Bedfordshire on November 8th, the first procedure of its’ kind ever performed in England. Read the full article here.
Mr Barsam discusses with Béatrice Cochener, MD, PhD; and Oliver Findl, MD, MBA, FEBO, about the multifocal IOLs and the development of lens technology throughout the last 10 years. Dr. Cochener comments on whether the advances in multifocal IOLs have bettered the satisfaction, quality of vision and the results of patients. Dr. Findl analyzes recent progressions in lens designs and the impact they have had on surgical outcomes, as well as discussing the process physicians undertake to choose the right lens for each patient. Watch the video online.
Allon Barsam sits down with Michael Mrochen, PhD, and A. John Kanellopoulos, MD to consider treatments for keratoconus, including corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL). Dr. Mrochen suggests that, while CXL is efficient at halting the progression of keratoconus, patients with a further progressed form of the disease will require visual rehabilitation. Dr. Kanellopoulos discusses the longstanding stability of numerous surgical and nonsurgical approaches to keratoconus treatment. Watch the video online.