Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Prevent Blindness America has designated January 2011 as National Glaucoma Awareness Month. This is an important time to spread the word about this sight-stealing disease. Our understanding of this disease along with the ways in which we can diagnose and treat it have improved considerably. The key to successful treatment of glaucoma is early detection and intervention. Please share this information with friends and especially with relatives if you have glaucoma as the family predisposition toward getting glaucoma has been demonstrated to be pretty strong. At Eyecare Medical Group,  we are pleased to be able to offer the full scope of glaucoma diagnosis and treatment through our eye doctors. Our patients should feel particularly confident as Robert Daly, M.D. and Samuel Solish, M.D. are both fellowship trained glaucoma specialists who can attend to even the most complex glaucoma patient problems and needs.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Fall Optometry Seminar

On November 16th, EMG hosted a Fall Optometry Seminar, where we invited optometrists from all over the state to come hear presentations by our doctors. The course was approved by the Maine Board of Optometry for 2 credit hours in Diagnostic and Treatment.  We had about 60 optometrists in attendance at the seminar.

Dr. Ravi Shah spoke about corneal surgical techniques, such as endothelial keratoplasty and amniotic membrane transplantation. He showed a video of how a DSAEK procedure is done, and explained the rational for using DSAEK as a means of corneal transplantation for patients with Fuchs dystrophy over the traditional penetrating keratoplasty surgery.
Dr. Shah also presented the results of a study he did at the Cleveland Clinic, "Transitioning to Optimized Correction with the Wavelight ALLEGRETTO WAVE".
Dr. Bruce Cassidy spoke about the new Ziemer CrystalLine LDV Femtosecond Laser that EMG recently purchased.  He showed a video of how the flap is made with the Ziemer femtosecond laser and how easily a flap created with this laser lifts.  Dr. Cassidy also discussed why Eyecare Medical Group decided to switch from the traditional method of performing LASIK surgery, with a microkeratome, to this new bladeless technology.

Dr. Steidl's presentation was on the new PASCAL Laser Photocoagulation technology used in our retinal practice. He explained the rational for a short duration retinal laser, and the results of the pattern laser treatment that the PASCAL laser provides.  He also pointed out that the PASCAL laser is better from a patient perspective, as patients seem to experience less pain than with the traditional laser photocoagulation.

Finally, Dr. Sterrer spoke about Dysfunctional Tear Syndrome, or dry eyes, and about the dry eye clinic here at EMG.  Dr. Sterrer discussed the prevalence of DTS, with about 25-40 million Americans suffering from the syndrome, and how debilitating it can.  Treatments for DTS were presented, including autologous serum eye drops, a cutting edge treatment that EMG has started using.

Monday, November 15, 2010

American Academy of Ophthalmology Meeting- Dr. Sterrer

Dr. Jordan Sterrer, another of our Cataract and Refractive Surgeons here at EMG, also attended the American Academy of Ophthalmology Meeting in Chicago.  In addition to seminars on cataract surgery, as well as refractive surgery, Dr. Sterrer was excited to attend meetings about dry eye.  Dr. Sterrer has been running a dry eye clinic in our office every other Thursday since August, so the dry eye seminar was beneficial in helping build our own dry eye clinic here at Eyecare Medical Group.  In fact, Dr. Sterrer was proud to report that we obtained serum from our first patient last week to use as autologous tears for a cutting edge treatment of severe dry eyes!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

American Academy of Ophthalmology Meeting- Dr. Cassidy

Several of the doctors in our practice went to the American Academy of Ophthalmology annual meeting in Chicago last month.  They each attended several different classes or seminars of their choice.  These next few blogs will be about their experiences at Academy.

Dr. Bruce Cassidy, one our ophthalmologists who specialzies in cataract and refractive surgery, said the most informational part of the meeting for him was the four hour "Spotlight on Cataracts" symposium that he attended.  He indicated that this program focused  on cataract surgery and some of the complications that can arise from surgery, and how to manage those issues.  The symposium ended with talk of the new femtosecond laser cataract surgery, and the three options for femtosecond lasers that will be available for cataract surgeons once full FDA clearance has been given.

Femtosecond lasers are a newer technology to ophthalmology.  We currently use a femtosecond laser in LASIK surgery for the creation of the flap, it will soon be available for use in cataract surgeries.  Femtosecond lasers automate certain parts of cataract surgery - the corneal incision, the capsulorhexis, and the subdividing of the nucleus,- and can also perform limbal relaxing incisions, or LRI's, when necessary.

Friday, November 5, 2010


Approximately 29 million Americans have diabetes.  Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of the disease, causing damage to the retina that occurs with long term diabetes.  Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in Americans.  People with type 1 and type 2 diabetes are at risk for this disease.    

If you are a diabetic, you should have a comprehensive dilated eye exam every year.  Diabetic retinopathy typically does not cause noticable symptoms until significant damage has occured and complications of the disease have developed, so it is very important that diabetics have yearly eye exams. Most insurance policies will cover eye exams once a year for individuals with diabetes. 

 If you are a diabetic and you have not had an eye exam yet this year, now is the time to call!

Thursday, November 4, 2010


...if you are, now is the time to come in for a free consultation! Find out if you are a candidate in time to talk to your employer about contributing the funds to a tax-free flexible spending account.  Our staff will tell you if you are a candidate for LASIK at your consultation, and how much to set aside in your flex plan to cover the costs.  Call us at 207-828-2020, or email me at emitchell@eyecaremed.com for more information!!!!

Friday, May 28, 2010


We welcome you to learn about the latest trends, procedures, innovations in eye surgery, cataract and lens implant techniques and technology, LASIK, Cosmetic Eye Surgery such as eye lifts or blepharoplasty, treatment of diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, retinal detachment and glaucoma. Please visit us often and we will share our news and updates.