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DMEK Corneal Surgery

Dr. Josephson is proud to be the first surgeon in the Northern Virginia area to offer DMEK endothelial transplantation.  Partial corneal transplantation, namely DSAEK, has been around for some time but advances have made it possible now to transplant the thinnest layer of the cornea allowing for faster recovery, quicker healing time, and negligible chance for rejection.  Though this surgery is more technically difficult visual results are better then the predecessor DSAEK surgery.  Dr. Josephson has undergone additional training and has already successfully performed hundreds of corneal procedures.

If you have been diagnosed with corneal swelling, FUCHS dystrophy, or are experiencing trouble with glare/haloes, DMEK surgery may be your best chance at visual recovery.

Symfony Lens: Offering the Newest Technology in Cataract Surgery

Dr. John Josephson is proud to be one of a handful of Surgeon’s in the region to already be offering the latest in cataract lens technology.  The FDA approved the Symfony Lens by Technis in July and we are privileged to already have access to this technology.  Dr. Josephson has already implanted many with superb results.  This lens is the first of its kind to offer an extended range of vision rather then the predecessor multifocal options.  This allows for a range of clarity without compromising any particular focus.  It also comes with options to correct astigmatism.

If you are interested in learning more about the latest in advanced cataract surgery please make an appointment with us at 571-349-2191 or essnv.com.

The Gift of New Vision

We are honored to serve along side our Community Partners like the Lamb Center in Fairfax Virginia. Dr. John Josephson was recently mentioned in a publication from the Lamb Center regarding restoration of sight that we are proud and humbled to share with you all.

                

               The Gift of New Vision

August 12, 2016
 

As he approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging.When he heard a crowd going by, he asked what was happening.They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth[a]is passing by.”Then he shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Luke 18: 35-38 NRSV

 

When this blind man outside of Jericho heard that Jesus was passing by, he shouted to Jesus, the son of David, to have mercy on him. He would not be quieted by the crowd who felt Jesus had no time for a blind beggar, but yelled even louder. This blind beggar had no name since society had already given him a label. Jesus always saw through these labels and knew him as a precious child of God. When Jesus asked what he wanted, the man knew he wanted to see. Vision would transform his life in so many ways. With vison, he would no longer be labeled as “that blind beggar.”

 

Joshua had always been a hard worker, but working became impossible when he lost his vision. Since he was unable to work and he had no family to turn to, he ended up without housing in suburban Fairfax. Joshua found himself confined to a suburban shopping center in the second wealthiest county in the United States. People in the community were concerned about Joshua and one couple, working as the hands and feet of Jesus, reached out to the Lamb Center for assistance.

 

When Joshua came to the Lamb Center, we referred him to Dr. Joanna Barnett, who has provided free eye examinations for many of our guests through the “Gift of Sight” program. Dr. Barnett diagnosed Joshua with mature cataracts in both eyes and referred Joshua to Dr. John Josephson of Eye Specialists and Surgeons of Northern Virginia for cataract surgery. Despite the maturity of the cataracts, this surgery was successful. Like the man on the road to Jericho, Joshua “glorified God” for a second chance to see. Like the man on the road to Jericho, Joshua can experience new possibilities in his life as old labels fall to the wayside.

 

 

In Christ’s Love,

Dave Larrabee

 

 

DaveLarrabee@thelambcenter.org

PattiBrown@thelambcenter.org

 

The Lamb Center

3160 Campbell Dr.

Fairfax VA

 

P.O. Box 1385

Fairfax VA 22038-1385

 

703-691-3178

www.TheLambCenter.Org

Recurrent Erosion Syndrome

20160715_090914We at Eye Specialists thought it would be a good time to discuss Recurrent Erosion Syndrome (RES) since it seems to be coming up more often and being missed on routine eye exams as dry eyes or allergies.  RES has a high prevalence in the USA and has multiple causes.  A typical story is someone complains of pain, discomfort, or foreign body sensation especially in the morning when waking up.  Sometimes it will be in the middle of night feeling like opening the eyes causes a “ripping apart” discomfort.  The feelings are actually right on in that the surface of the eye is essentially being abraded off by the inside of the eyelid pulling it apart.  Most commonly this is due to a prior trauma like a child’s fingernail injury that may have occurred many years ago. There is also a genetic condition that may make someone more prone to this issue.  Diagnosis can be made by history and an exam with a cornea specialist.

Since this can be such a debilitating condition Dr. Josephson has worked hard to offer the most advanced options for this condition.  Usually we start with drops and ointments but if not working we have options to resurface the eye with stem-cell therapies and lasers.  We do not quit until we find the treatment that will work for you.

NOT ALL RED EYES ARE CREATED EQUAL

20160706_162917 With the school year starting we know allergy season is approaching. I thought it would be important to share a quick word on red eyes.  We all have experience with our eyes having discomfort and looking in the mirror and seeing our eyes are red.  There are many reasons this can occur from a blood vessel bursting (ie subconjunctival hemorrhage), eye infection, eye inflammation, and allergies to name a few.  It is important to evaluate the symptoms in context of how you are generally feeling and consider seeing an eye specialist to make sure that nothing vision threatening is occurring.  This is especially true if you are a contact lens wearer since some of the infections can be more severe.  An example to consider is a condition called dendritic keratitis or herpetic keratitis shown in the picture.  It is from the virus that causes the common cold sore and is found in a majority of the population (over 80% in some studies).  It can be brought on by stress or if a person is under the weather.  Many times a person will complain that their eye feels gritty and look red.  When we look in the microscope we see this condition.  Timely treatment is key so that vision can be recovered fully.

Wishing you the best in the new Season!

Wondering if Vision Correction is right for you?

I would like to thank my very kind patient for sharing her experience and kind words in a recent email we received.  She was also kind enough to share a picture of the experience as well.  If you have any questions about vision correction feel free to call us at 571-349-2191.

“I wanted to thank you, officially, very much for your patience and your understanding as you worked with me through my initial hesitation in getting the surgery. A little over four months on, now, and I still marvel at how downright miraculous it is to be able to wake up seeing perfectly. It’s such a simple thing, but so incredibly freeing! I’m really grateful to you for being so reassuring through the whole experience.” Dr. Josephson n Ray Charles

Designated Dry Eye Center of Excellence!

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It is an honor as a relatively new practice to already be awarded for our tireless efforts for our patients. This month Eye Specialists & Surgeons of Northern Virginia , the office of Dr. John Josephson, was designated a Dry Eye Center of Excellence for the advanced techniques used for the cornea in dry eye patients.  This is a very unique distinction for the region of Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince-William counties.

If you feel your sandy, uncomfortable, dry eyes are continuing to be a bother please call us at 571-349-2191 for a consultation or visit us at www.ESSNV.com.