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Do You Suffer from Dry Eye Disease?

To understand dry eye disease, you must first know a little about its causes. Dry eye stems from one of two main reasons. Sometimes the lacrimal glands in the eye do not produce enough of the watery part of the tears, creating an insufficient quantity of tears. The more common cause, however, is poor quality of tears, usually caused by the meibomian gland not producing enough of the lipid layer, or oily part of the tear. This layer acts to stabilize tears and keeps them from evaporating too quickly. This type of dry eye, known as evaporative dry eye, leaves the tear film vulnerable and can make it difficult to perform activities such as using a computer or reading for extended periods.

Evaporative dry eye can cause inflammation of the surface of the eye that left untreated can lead to pain, ulcers or scarring on the cornea, as well as some loss of vision. In the past, the best treatment for this condition was the regular use of eyelid hygiene, including warm compresses, lid scrubs, antibiotic eye drops and ointments, as well as oral antibiotics. Dry eye disease affects more than 100 million people throughout the world, with 65% of those cases stemming from evaporative dry eye. If not treated correctly, this can lead to permanent damage to the meibomian glands with potentially serious damage to the cornea, which could cause loss of vision.

Introducing LipiFlow®

Harvard Eye Associates is proud to be one of the first practices in Southern California to offer LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation, a new medical technology to treat patients with dry eye.

LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation treats evaporative dry eye at the source of the problem by applying direct, controlled warmth and pressure to the inner eyelid and glands. Pulsations clear the affected glands of clogging oils, allowing the eye’s normal lipid flow to resume. The process is virtually painless and can usually be performed the same day as the initial eye exam. In a clinical study, 79% of patients who underwent LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation reported improvement of their symptoms within four weeks of the start of treatment.

As gland function and normal lipid flow resume, patients reported being less susceptible to dry eye symptoms, with many claiming complete relief of symptoms.

If you would like more information on LipiFlow®, contact Harvard Eye Associates at 1-800-974-EYES (3937).

January Is Glaucoma Awareness Month

Since January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, Harvard Eye Associates is making a special effort to increase awareness about this sight-stealing disease.

Glaucoma is actually a group of diseases that can lead to loss of vision or complete blindness with little warning. It is known as “the silent thief of sight” because there are often no noticeable symptoms and the loss of vision is so gradual that it goes unnoticed until permanent damage to the optic nerve has occurred.

While over 3 million Americans and nearly 70 million people worldwide have glaucoma, experts estimate that half of them don’t know it. Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness. This is why it is so important to raise awareness about this disease and the importance of regular eye exams to preserve vision.

While many cases of glaucoma have no noticeable symptoms, some people may experience blurred vision, red eye, eye pain, seeing halos, dilated pupils, or severe pain in the head. As the disease progresses, peripheral (side) vision gradually fails and there is a loss of contrast sensitivity. Knowledge of the symptoms is not enough, however, since many cases do not present noticeable symptoms until after permanent damage is done. This is why it is crucial to have regular eye exams with a glaucoma screening.

Primary open angle glaucoma, the most common type of glaucoma, is hereditary; so if you do have glaucoma, be sure to let your family members know they are at increased risk. Other risk factors include diabetes, high myopia, hypertension, eye injury, steroid use, and factors of age and race.

Dr. Savak Teymoorian, M.D., the glaucoma specialist at Harvard Eye Associates, believes that annual eye exams are the key to early detection. Glaucoma can almost always be controlled and vision preserved. Sadly, glaucoma cannot be cured, and once vision is lost it cannot be restored.

Did You Know: Harvard Now Has a Hearing Center!

There is a strong connection between vision and hearing. It’s because of this connection, and our constant search for ways to provide valuable services to our patients, that we are pleased to provide a Hearing Screening and comprehensive Hearing Evaluation as a complimentary service! Additionally, we now offer a full range of hearing services for our patients in our convenient and comfortable hearing center. Licensed Hearing Care Practitioner Sandie Dela Cruz will assist patients who suffer from hearing loss, as well as those who may not even be aware they are suffering from hearing loss, find a solution that best fits their needs. With Harvard Hearing Center, we can help our patients catch hearing loss early and achieve a better quality of life.

Amazing Skin Treatment and Resurfacing

Skin care is now better than ever before with fractional noninvasive laser treatment, now available at Harvard Eye Associates. This new treatment utilizes both the advanced Palomar Icon Aesthetic System and the expertise of an experienced dermatology nurse certified in various lasers and laser treatments.

This marvelous new technology allows Harvard Aesthetics to reduce and smooth wrinkles, acne/surgical scars, brown/red spots, crow’s feet, or any other such blemishes on the body. Furthermore, the Palomar Icon™ Aesthetic System uses the only laser that is FDA-approved to treat stretch marks. This remarkable type of skin resurfacing promotes skin coagulation (rather than vaporization techniques used by other lasers) through simple treatments that leave minimal swelling or redness. The results are astonishing!

Through the use of microbeams, the Palomar Icon™ Aesthetic System treats areas of tissue by extending through the epidermis and dermis layers. The surrounding tissue is left untreated, which promotes a quicker, more natural healing process with reduced side effects. The result is old tissue being replaced by new, healthy tissue and a new, younger-looking you! For a FREE consultation on the options and benefits of laser skin resurfacing, call 1-800-974-EYES (3937) today!

Introducing Brian T. Kim, M.D.

Harvard Eye Associates is excited to introduce the newest member of our vision care team, Dr. Brian T. Kim. Dr. Brian T. Kim is an accomplished and compassionate ophthalmologist who specializes in the medical treatment of retinal and macular diseases, including macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and uveitis. He is also adept at performing advanced cataract surgery, using premium IOL implants. After receiving his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Columbia University in New York, he earned his medical degree from Pennsylvania State University. He then completed his internal medicine internship at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix,Arizona. Dr. Kim then came to Orange County where he completed his residency training in comprehensive eye disease and cataract surgery at the University of California, Irvine. He went on to complete a fellowship in medical retina at the prestigious Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Florida – currently the #1 ranked ophthalmology-training program in the country.

Dr. Kim has always had a penchant for technology, from working on assembling robotic dinosaurs for museums, to work in the research lab of the famous TV physician Dr. Mehmet Oz studying mechanical cardiac assist devices. It is this passion for advanced technology that has led him into the field of ophthalmology and to Harvard Eye Associates. Dr. Kim is honored to return home and join Harvard Eye Associates with his father, Dr. Edward Kim. He looks forward to beginning his work in helping patients.

"Vision is our most valuable sense — I feel extremely privileged to help people in the care of their eyesight." -Brian T. Kim, M.D.

Join us in welcoming Dr. Kim to Harvard Eye Associates!

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The eye doctors of Harvard Eye Associates perform advanced technology diagnostic testing and treatment, as well as taking the time necessary to provide each patient with information needed to fully understand his or her condition and to achieve the best possible visual outcome.

If you or a family member or friend have not had a recent routine eye examination, have a specific eye condition that needs addressing, or are looking for an eye specialist, second opinion, or professional eye consultant please take a moment to Request an Appointment.

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When exciting improvements in a current technique or product are introduced to the ophthalmic world, Harvard Eye Associates is often involved in the related clinical studies.

As a trusted, advanced clinical research study center, Harvard Eye Assoicates makes it possible to offer qualifying patients access to advancements in eye care not yet available to the general public.

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Ask The Eye Doctor

If you have questions about your eyes, Harvard Eye Associates is here with the information you need.

We've dedicated sections of our website expressly to list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers, covering cataract surgery, glaucoma, retina, LASIK, macular degeneration, dry eyes and more, plus an online form where you may submit questions directly to an eye doctor.

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Why Choose Us

Internationally regarded as the go-to specialist in eye care, Harvard Eye offers a combined experience of over 100 years and over 100,000 surgical procedures. The doctors of Harvard Eye Associates have treated virtually every known eye condition there is, plus a few previously unknown.

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Before Your Visit

Whether you or a loved one are having a first eye exam, a repeat eye exam, or are seeing a new eye doctor at Harvard Eye for the first time, there are a number of routine questions you can expect.

Your answers to these questions during eye exams are anything but routine for your eye doctor, so you may want to arrive prepared.

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Meet Our Patients

Read testimonials and watch videos of actual Harvard Eye Associates patients who have benefited from our professionalism, dedication, and commitment to high quality patient care.

Our offices provide patients with all eye care needs from routine eye exams to complex surgical procedures.

We are both proud and grateful that our patients have chosen to trust their vision with Harvard Eye!

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How We Give Back

Volunteer work is extremely important to Harvard Eye Associates. Twice yearly, we travel the world to teach and perform surgery to people who have no other resources, and have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to providing medical training and supplies to developing countries.

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