Articles, Publications & Press Releases

Dr. Axelson is New President of The Minnesota Optometric Association

Dr. Axelson was officially sworn in as President of The Minnesota Optometric Association (MOA) during their Annual Meeting on February 28, 2020. She has served on the MOA board since 2014 and has been a member of the organization since 2001. The MOA has approximately 500 member doctors of optometry around the state and is a voluntary organization committed to enhancing eye health care for all Minnesotans through continuing education, legislative and advocacy efforts, and community service. The MOA, a non-profit affiliation, is committed to furthering awareness of optometrists as primary eye care or family eye doctors and to bringing about change that positively impacts the MOA member doctors and their...

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Dr. Lobanoff Presents Research on AI Software to Improve LASIK Outcomes

Dr. Lobanoff was asked to be the keynote speaker at the Military Refractive Surgery Symposium. He presented on his research using artificial intelligence software to improve LASIK outcomes. Dr. Lobanoff’s Phorcides program is now being used by the Army, Navy, and Air Force to give our armed forces the best vision on the planet      ...

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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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