Innovative Cornea Care

Corneal Therapy offers Successful Healing

Moran Eye Associates’ Dr. Bianca Tang recently used an innovative treatment to help a patient’s cornea heal faster and more effectively.  This treatment promotes healing using amniotic membranes suspended in a ring that sits on the eye like a contact lens.

The patient had been using prescription drop therapy over a period of months to help with a painful area of corneal thinning, but her eye wasn’t getting better. She was in pain, and and she was having cloudy vision. She was over 80 years old, and had other health issues that caused slower healing.

What did the patient think of the process?

“Dr. Tang recommended a new procedure that cured my cornea erosion issue. It was a stem cell lens that aided healing of the cornea. I now have my sight back in both eyes with no pain. Thank you so much for using this new procedure. It worked like a charm.”

The treatment Dr. Tang recommended was Prokera.  The amniotic membranes in Prokera are safe, promote new cell growth, and prevent the development of scar tissue. The membrane itself dissolves after one week, and the doctor removes the ring following treatment.

Dr. Tang’s response to the results.

“The outcome was even better than I could have imagined. The area of epithelial defect that covered almost a quarter of her cornea was completely resolved. The most rewarding part of this treatment is knowing that the patient was no longer in pain, and that her vision was much improved.”

Studies show that using amniotic membranes:

  • Reduces pain
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Reduces Scar Formation
  • Introduces essential factors for new cell growth

Whether managing disease, trauma, or post-operative care, healing of the ocular surface is essential to patients’ comfort and vision.

At Moran Eye Associates, our doctors offer excellent care that is personalized, innovative and effective. You can depend on us for all of your eye care needs for your entire family.

Complete Eye Care

A patient asked the other day, “Do you do regular eye exams?” 

Of course we do!  At Moran Eye Associates we offer Complete Eye Care, which includes Vision, Medical and Surgical services.

VISION:  We accept VSP & NVA 

  • Routine Eye Exams
  • Contact Lenses: Traditional & Specialty Lenses

MEDICAL: We accept most medical insurances

  • Diabetic Eye Care: Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Glaucoma Care: Medical and Surgical Treatment Options
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Dry Eye Treatment: Diagnostic Services & Thermal Therapy
  • Eye Emergencies
  • Infection/Inflammation
  • Low Vision Services

SURGICAL: Dr. Moran does surgery at the Surgery Center of Allentown, Sightpath LASIK Center in Bethlehem, as well as some procedures in our Delaware Avenue office

  • Cataracts
  • LASIK
  • PRK
  • Laser Floater Removal
  • Glaucoma Eye Surgery
  • Foreign Body Removal
  • Eye Lid Surgery

Please contact our office if you need an appointment for your eye care. Call or text us at 610-628-2022, or send us an email by filling out the form on the right!

 

 

Another Staff Certification Achievement!

The certificate has arrived, so now it is official!

 

Bobbi Spain has received her COA designation from the International Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAPHO). Bobbi is our surgical coordinator, who works with LASIK and cataract patients. She was surprised to see that the package from JCAPHO also included an official COA card, pin and patch!

The Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) is a core designation for eye care professionals. Along with hours spent under the teaching and supervision of an Ophthalmologist, COA applicants must complete an independent study course. The COA exam is three hours in length.  It is comprised of 200 scored multiple-choice questions in 19 specific content areas including:

  • Microbiology
  • Surgical Assisting
  • Ophthalmic Imaging
  • Patient services and education
  • Medical ethics, legal and regulatory issues.

To provide the best care for our patients, the staff at Moran Eye Associates makes learning a priority.  Every member of the team takes part in monthly compliance training, as well as taking on additional programs of study in general ophthalmology, low vision, dry eye management, regulations and billing.  They also attend industry conferences each year to keep up with advances in technology and and patient care.

In 2017, Mandy, Beth and Dr. Moran attended the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) conference in New Orleans. In April of this year, Bobbi and Cindy accompanied Dr. Moran to the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS) in Washington, D.C.

Bobbi joins Mandy and Cindy, who already have their COA certificates on display.  Mandy received her COA in 2017.  Cindy has been a COA since 2004.  In order to maintain certification, a total of 18 credits in continuing education must be completed every three years. Eighteen credits is an easy to complete at Moran Eye Associates, where continuing education plays a key role in our success!

 

Providing Education to Doctors

Dr. Moran leads continuing education session on new technology and treatments.

This past month, Moran Eye Associates held an educational event for local optometrists in the Lehigh Valley. Dr. Moran presented two lectures one on dry eye heat therapy, and the other on laser treatment for floaters.  These sessions  were approved by the Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE) for continuing education credits for the doctors whoattended.

During the lecture, our visiting doctors enjoyed a Summery spread of barbecue, salad, and snacks while listening to Dr. Moran’s lectures. Everyone in the office pitched in to make this homemade buffet. Beth made her famous barbecue (the secret is bacon!), Dr. Tang provided a chocolate fountain, Cindy brought her mom’s special recipe potato salad, Bobbi made the tossed salad, Mandy made the drinks and decorated the office for the occasion.

Buffet bbqDessert table

 

Back to the topic at hand! Dr. Moran explained the advantages and benefits of the novel treatments we offer in the office: “Dry eye treatment has become more sophisticated as the tools for analyzing tear film have developed. Now that we can image the tear film and the oil producing glands in the eye, we can more accurately diagnose the cause of dry eye. A more accurate diagnosis allows for more effective treatment.”

Until recently, doctors had limited options to offer their patients who experienced discomfort from dry eye, or whose vision was obstructed by bothersome floaters. Moran Eye Associates has been successfully implementing these new treatment options for the past six months with great feedback from our patients!

“I feel that I had an extremely positive experience with the laser surgery on both eyes performed by Dr.Moran. I would recommend it highly.”  Trudy S.

After the lecture, each optometrist had the opportunity to experience the heat therapy firsthand. They relaxed in our comfortable heat therapy room for 15-minutes, which is the same treatment that we provide our patients.

The heat therapy treatment works by targeting the Meibomian glands in the lids. Our lids are lined with small Meibomian glands that secrete oil, which is an integral component of our tears. The oil prevents our tears from evaporating too quickly. Oftentimes, the glands become clogged, and the lack of oil flow leads to dryness, discomfort, and blurred vision. The focused heat treatment helps to improve the flow of oils. After the treatment, either Dr. Moran or Dr. Tang will help to further improve oil flow by manually manipulating the glands.

After a 15-minute heat therapy treatment, they could see (and feel!) how this process improved the quality of their tear film. Dr. Dan Klinger, who practices in Schnecksville, remarked “The treatment was soothing and comfortable. I could feel the difference after just one session.”

Treating Eye Floaters

Dr. Moran showed a video that showed the YAG laser in action as it targeted floaters. This painless treatment uses laser energy to transform the solid floater into a gas bubble, which then dissolves on its own. Moran Eye Associates is one of a few practices in the area that offers this unique in-office treatment.

Educating patients and professionals is key to offering the best care to our patients.  If you have any questions about Heat Therapy Treatment or  Laser Floater Treatment , contact our office for more information or to schedule an appointment.

 

 

 

 

 

Now Scheduling FRIDAYS!

Making an appointment just got easier…we have now added  Fridays to our schedule!

 

To schedule your visit contact our office at 610-628-2022  – OR – click to request an appointment ONLINE.

Any way that you schedule it, you can be certain that you are making an appointment for quality eye care, with less time in the waiting room, more time in the exam room.

You can trust Moran Eye Associates to care for all of your vision needs including:
  • Comprehensive Exams
  • LASIK
  • Cataract Surgery
  • Dry Eye Treatment
  • Laser Treatment
  • Diabetic Eye Care
  • Macular Degeneration 
  • Glaucoma. 

 

We participate in most medical insurances and now accept VSP Vision Insurance as well!

 

Continuing to Learn and Innovate

Rooftop viewEducational Excursion 

Dr. Moran, Bobbi, and Cindy attended the ASCRS (American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons) Conference in our nation’s capital, Washington, DC. The conference ran over a “long” April weekend and presented a great opportunity to learn more about the diagnosis and treatment of cataracts and glaucoma, as well as vision correction procedures like LASIK.

 

The ASCRS Conference a great way to learn.

“Ongoing education is a priority not only for physicians.  It is important for every member of our team to be up-to-date on innovations and technology now available to offer the best eye care.  While at this conference, we were able to learn from industry experts on ways to more effectively care for our patients.  It was also a chance to share what we do at Moran Eye Associates,”  Dr. Moran explains.

Information sessions at the conference included new treatment techniques to manage dry eye, cataract surgery case studies, and advances in pre-surgical measurements.  There was much to learn in classes and from networking and exchanging ideas with other professionals there.  They were able to talk about how our new in-office procedures for floaters and dry eye are helping our patients see more clearly.

Cindy uses Virtual Reality to LearnNew Ways to Learn

In addition to the formal educational sessions, there were also many opportunities for hands-on learning.

Using Virtual Reality, Bobbi & Cindy were able to have a 360-degree view inside the eye.  They were able to witness how the eye is affected by glaucoma, macular degeneration, and cataracts.  They agreed it was a little disorienting to be “floating” around inside an eye, but it was a memorable experience to see detailed images of changes to retina, vitreous and lens.

We look forward to using the knowledge gained to improve the care of our patients. After a busy and productive few days away, it is back to the office!

Winter Survival Tips for Dry Eyes

If you are one of the many people who suffer from dry eye, winter can be the worst of times.  Discomfort from dry eye goes up as the temperature goes down!snowing happy woman

With cold, windy weather outside and dry heat inside, winter can be the most challenging season for patients with dry eye.

While we recommended that you come in to see Dr. Moran for a medical evaluation of your dry eye, there are some things that you can do to help improve your comfort during the dry winter months.

Winter Survival Tips for Dry Eye

Turn on the Humidifier: Humidifiers improve air quality, making it more comfortable in your home or office.  Environmental factors can play a big role in the comfort of your eyes.  Adding a humidifier in your work or sleep areas can provide some relief.

Use Lubricating Eye Drops (Artificial Tears):  Lubricating eye drops provide instant relief for dry eyes.  They can be used as often as needed.  Using artificial tears not only improves the comfort of your eyes, it improves your vision as well.  Contact lens wearers should use these drops to make their lenses more comfortable. Supplementing your tear film is beneficial to the health of your eye.  Dr. Moran recommends using lubricating eye drops all year round!  Stay away from the drops that “get the red out!”  They contain vasoconstrictors that can cause long-term issues with your eyes.

Understand Medication Side Effects: If you are taking antihistamines to help combat a cold or flu, the medicine that dries up your sinuses, makes your eyes dry as well. When you pick up cold medicine at the pharmacy, make sure to pick up lubricating eye drops as well!

Drink Plenty of Fluids: Dehydration happens when your body does not have enough fluids.  Water is needed for  the proper functioning of your organs, including your eyes, to function properly.  For most people, eight 8oz glasses of water are recommended daily.  If you are dehydrated from medication or exercise, staying hydrated will keep you healthier from head to toe.

WASH YOUR HANDS!  Staying healthy will help you to avoid added eye issues. Not only will hand washing help against the spread of winter colds and flu, it will also help to protect you from the spread of eye infections, like pink eye.  If you are using drops, make sure your hands are clean before you put in your drops!

While our winter survival tips above will help make you more comfortable through the winter,  they won’t cure your dry eye.  There is no substitute for a medical eye exam when you are having problems with your eyes.  Don’t suffer, there are medications and procedures that can give you relief.

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Moran to fully explore the options for dry eye treatment that are right for you.  Call or text us at 610-628-2022.

Click to read more about  Heat Therapy for Dry Eye