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Did You Know?

Did you know that you could be going blind and not even know it? That's what glaucoma does. It sneaks up on you very slowly over time. It's a leading cause of blindness in all adults over 60. But some people are especially at risk. If you're Black and over 40, you're up to five times more likely to get glaucoma. Or if you have a family history of glaucoma, you're also at high risk. Glaucoma can't be cured, but it can be controlled and the risk of blindness reduced-if glaucoma is detected and treated in time. That's why it's so important for people with an increased risk to have regular eye exams. Seattle glaucoma specialist, Howard Barnebey, MD is one of a very small group of local eye doctors dedicated to glaucoma and helping patients with this terrible eye disease.

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What's NEW

Did you know Botox® can be used for the treatment of axillary hyperhidrosis otherwise known as excessive underarm sweating? An estimated 2%-3% of Americans suffer from excessive sweating of the underarms (axillary hyperhidrosis) or of the palms and soles of the feet (palmoplantar hyperhidrosis). Sweating is embarrassing, it stains clothes, and it complicates business and social interactions. .

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3D Eye Online

Visit our eye education section! At Specialty Eyecarè Centre we believe better patient education leads to superior patient experiences. Regardless if you are visiting us for a general eye exam, looking at treatment options, seeking surgery or just looking to review your pre and post surgical instructions, we have an extensive selection of diverse educational videos just for you!

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See Better After Cataract Surgery!

Cataract patients now have an option to see at both near and far distances after cataract surgery! Individuals suffering from cataracts previously had only a mono-focal lens implant option after surgery. NEW multi-focal IOL technology can now decrease dependence on glasses after surgery. Our Seattle cataract surgeons welcome you to come into our office for a consultation regarding Advanced Technology Lens cataract surgery.

See Better After Cataract Surgery

Eyelid Surgery

If you are experiencing sagging eyelids and eyelids that are obstructing your vision please contact us for an eye exam. Depending on your specific condition there is a possibility that insurance may cover a surgery that can improve your vision dramatically. If you are seeking an Oculoplastic surgeon in Seattle for eyelid surgery we are Seattles Eyelid Surgery experts. Call us us today! For more information on eyelid surgery please visit our web page dedicated to this topic.

Eyelid Surgery

Generic Medications

Most of us are familiar with generic medications, but are unsure if it is appropriate to switch from our branded medications to the generic substitution. Generic medications can certainly provide a cost savings, so why would the physician recommend continuing with a branded drug? Are there differences of which I should be aware? Are there differences between topical medications such as eye drops and medications you take by mouth?

The answer is yes. To answer these questions, let’s start with the definition of a generic medication. Simply stated, generics are considered to be identical in dose, strength, route of administration, safety, efficacy, and intended use of the branded version. The major difference between the generics and the branded drugs deals with a medical term called bioequivalence, or in the case of eye drops, how well the drugs will get into the eye and work.

So why would the doctor prescribe a brand name drug for me instead of the generic? Not every brand-name drug has a generic drug. If in fact there is a generic drug as an option, there can be a challenge regarding how well the drug works when applied topically as the eye drop formulations are not typically tested for generic eye drops. And on rare occasion, there can be adverse side effects.

For the majority of patients, generic drugs will work very well, however, it is possible for a generic medication to work or feel differently. If your glaucoma is stable and you are using one medication, then switching to a generic could be reasonable. However, if your glaucoma is more advanced requiring multiple medications, it may not be a good choice to switch. We support any patient request to change to a generic medication unless we know that the generic does not work as well or creates a side effect.

When a patient wishes to change from a branded medication to a generic, we recommend a follow up visit with the doctor to determine if the new generic drug is working as well as expected. Be aware there may not be a direct generic substitution for the medication that you are taking, but there may be one close within the same class of medications.

 

We are here for you. Do not hesitate to ask us any questions regarding your current medications.