Articles, Publications & Press Releases

Cataract Surgery in Patients with Diabetes

Our very own retina specialist, Scott Peterson, DO, co-authored an article on cataract surgery and management strategy in patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. As a fellowship trained and board certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Peterson specializes in the medical management of retinal disease including age-related macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease, and other retinal disorders. Read an excerpt below, and follow the link to learn more: “Cataract surgery is a common and safe procedure, but can be associated with vision-threatening complications in the diabetic population, such as diabetic macular edema, postoperative macular edema, diabetic retinopathy progression, and posterior capsular opacification. This article is a brief review of diabetic cataract and complications associated with cataract extraction in this population of patients.” Cataract Surgery in Patients with Diabetes: Management Strategies Scott R. Peterson, Paolo A. Silva, Timothy J. Murtha & Jennifer K. Sun Seminars in Ophthalmology Vol. 33, Iss. 1, 2018...

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Glasses No Longer Allowed in Passport Photos

  Effective November 1st, 2016, people applying for a new passport must take off their glasses before their picture is taken. Within the past year, there were more than 200,000 passport photos submitted of such poor quality that they did not pass government standards. What was the number one reason? Glasses. Lenses cause shadows and glares on the face that can make someone almost unrecognizable, which ultimately makes the passport deemed useless. With 20 million passport applications expected to come through the State Department this year, this change will help avoid needless clogging.   Under this rule, there are certain exceptions that allow glasses to be worn. The State Department says that in situations of “documented medical necessity during urgent-travel,” glasses may be worn if you have a signed statement from a medical professional.   If you’ve already had your passport picture taken with glasses prior to this change don’t worry, it’s still valid, you’ll just be asked to take them off when you get it renewed.   This change creates a perfect opportunity to shed the glasses for good and learn more about your options with LASIK surgery. With our free LASIK consultations, you’ll be able to learn about the ease and benefits of losing your contacts and...

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North Suburban Eye Specialists Introduces AMO Symfony IOL

Recently, Dr. Lobanoff became the first surgeon at North Suburban Eye Specialists to use the new AMO Symfony IOL, the latest addition to the TECNIS® Family of IOLs. Approved in July 2016, AMO Symfony IOL are the only lenses in the United States that provide a full range of continuous high-quality vision following cataract surgery, while also minimizing the symptoms of presbyopia by helping patients focus on near objects. During a cataract surgery, the natural lens of the eye is removed, and an artificial lens, called an intraocular lens, or IOL, is then inserted into the cataract patient’s eye. The Symfony lens has been approved in more than 50 countries around the world, and has been widely studied. In clinical studies, it was found the Symfony lens: ● Provided patients seamless, day-to-night vision ● Provided improved, high-quality vision ● Demonstrated a low incidence of halo and glare Cataracts continue to be an extremely common condition with in Americans, with approximately 4 million cataract surgeries performed each year. By age 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery. North Suburban Eye Specialists Cataract Surgery Center is the premier cataract center in the Twin Cities, bringing together the industry’s leading cataract surgery services,...

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David Folden, MD named a Top Doctor in ‘Rising Stars’ by Mpls. St. Paul Magazine

Congratulations to David Folden, MD for being named in Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine’s annual listing of Rising Stars for the third year in a row! MSP Mag listed 383 Docs in 43 different specialties to watch in 2017, with Dr. Folden being honored as a rising star in Ophthalmology. Dr. Folden specializes in LASIK, cataract, and refractive lens implant surgery. As an early adopter of femtosecond laser technology, he is now considered to be among the most experienced laser cataract surgeons in the state of Minnesota.  He works closely within the industry to improve the design of instruments used for laser cataract surgery, enhancing overall safety and prioritizing comfort for patients undergoing this procedure. In 2015, in partnership with Rhein Medical, Dr. Folden invented a cataract surgical tool, the Folden Femto Dissector. This instrument was designed to simplify laser-created corneal incision opening and improving outcomes, safety and comfort for patients. The tool has received great reviews and acclaim. Dr. Folden received his medical degree from the University of North Dakota  where he gained recognition for his research in cardiac physiology and infectious disease. He and his wife, Rachel, have two children. For entertainment, they enjoy local restaurants and travel. See the full listing...

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North Suburban Eye Specialists First in Minnesota to Introduce Contoura Vision Treatment

Revolutionary new procedure provides surgeons the ability to improve vision through a treatment of each patient’s unique corneal topography.   Blaine, Minn. – North Suburban Eye Specialists, a technologically leading eye care center and regional hub for patients seeking cataract, LASIK, corneal and glaucoma eye surgeries, has recently become the first eye care facility in Minnesota to perform Alcon’s Contoura Vision Treatment, a topography-guided LASIK treatment for patients with nearsightedness and nearsightedness with astigmatism. The new procedure represents the first big advancement in LASIK technology in the last 10 years and is the first procedure to offer improved night vision. FDA trials for Contoura LASIK showed the best vision results for any LASIK study ever performed. See results here. Fully 1 in 3 patients obtained 20/12 vision (twice as good as 20/20). Thirty percent of patients could see a full line better than with their glasses or contacts.  After Contoura, patients had less light sensitivity and less glare than they did with their glasses or contacts, the first time this has ever been achieved in an FDA LASIK treatment study. Developed over 10 years and backed by FDA approval, Contoura Vision was designed to provide surgeons like North Suburban Eye Specialists’ Dr. Mark Lobanoff with the ability to perform a laser...

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