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Celebrating National Health Centers Week

The Cincinnati Eye Institute and The Cincinnati Eye Institute Foundation are proud to be a key part of the public and private partnership that came together to form the OneSight Vision Center at Oyler School, the first self-sustaining school-based vision center. Now, the center sees more than 4,000 patients a year.

As America's health centers are celebrated during National Health Centers Week from August 13-19, 2017, here's a look at the impact the vision center has on local children and their families.




CEI retina fellow offers more eye safety tips to view solar eclipse safely

Dr. Steven Christiansen, a retina fellow at the Cincinnati Eye Institute, wants people to know about the danger associated with looking directly at the solar eclipse on Monday, August 21.

Watch the video he made on his blog site to learn more and steps you need to take to protect your eyes. To see more of Dr. Christiansen's blog and video posts, visit

CEI adds preoperative and wellness clinic to make surgery process easier for patients

The Cincinnati Eye Institute is pleased to announce Christina Wilson, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, has joined the practice to offer patients a convenient option for a preoperative history and physical exam. She will begin seeing patients in mid-August.

Wilson, a nurse practitioner, will see CEI patients for same-day or future appointments if they are unable to schedule a preoperative physical with their primary care doctor within the 30 days needed before surgery. Patients can schedule their appointment through the CEI surgery scheduler or by calling 513-984-5133.

“The mandatory preoperative exam within a month of surgery has been a barrier to many patients whose primary care physician is booked, or they don’t regularly see a family doctor,” said Todd Albertz, VP of Surgical and Specialty Services at CEI.

Wilson is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She graduated from Xavier University’s Family Nurse Practitioner program and has worked in a variety of hospital settings, including preoperative and postoperative surgical areas.

Dr. Matthew Manry talks about ways to protect your eyes during the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017

Dr. Matthew Manry talks about ways to protect your eyes during the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017

Here's more information by the @American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS) ---->…/d…/fact-sheet-31-solar-retinopathy.pdf

CEI doctors perform surgery in hopes to improve girl's sight

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A team of local eye surgeons are making a big difference for a young girl with a rare syndrome. She's been traveling to Cincinnati from Alabama for a breakthrough treatment that may help restore her sight. She just turned 9-years-old, but she has a big fighting spirit. After 40 days in the hospital, initially in Alabama, she is now on the road to recovery thanks to a team of specialists at the Cincinnati Eye Institute who hope to help her see the world in the way her family is praying she will see it again. It was just a few months ago when little Phoenix went from a smiling, healthy girl to someone her family says they barely recognized.
As her condition deteriorated, her family said they stayed by her side and they began what has now become a worldwide campaign, they “Prayed for Phoenix.” “We stayed up and prayed all night long,” said Phoenix’s mother, Nicole Richey. “We really went and grabbed heaven and touched heaven and said we don't want her to go, heaven is a wonderful place but that's not where she needs to be right now.” Eventually, Phoenix was diagnosed with what's called Stephen's Johnson Syndrome
“It is a fairly rare disorder that starts with a red rash, and develops blisters on skin and mucus membranes, like the eye or mouth, and then that skin sloughs off,” said Dr. Jeff Nerad an Eye Surgeon.
Dr. Nerad says that can cause serious scarring to her skin and eyelids. But for Phoenix, that has not scarred her spirit. One the things her family is still praying for is better vision.
“I can see like people and fingers,” said Phoenix. “I just can’t see too far away.” The scarring has turned Phoenix's eyelids inside out and destroyed her ears, so Dr. Nerad is one of just a handful of surgeons in the country who just used tissue from her cheek “to reposition the eyelid so the eyelashes don't cause more scarring on the cornea.” Soon, they will head for the next step in this journey, but until then they have a special request from everyone, as you may imagine they are looking for a few more people to be part of the #PrayersforPhoenix chain. That's because Phoenix is being considered for a stem cell transplant. It uses donated cells from a family member and will repopulate or new cells will grow across the eye that will lubricate the eye. More than anything though, her family wants those “Prayers for Phoenix” to stay strong.
“At times, where we didn't even know what to do or what to think, what to say, her life has spoken to so many people,” said Phoenix’s father Joey. Her dad, who is also the music minister at her church says her favorite song is: “I’ve got joy, joy, joy in my soul, the spirit of the living all over you.” Which is not surprising, since Phoenix brings that joy everywhere she goes. Phoenix starts the fourth grade this year she has a follow up appointment on the stem cell transplant in September. Her family has invited us to follow her progress.

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Digital Eye Strain: Take Breaks From Screen Time to Save Sight

CINCINNATI (Liz Bonis) - A report just released from The Vision Council has a warning about how much time you spend on your smart phone, computer or tablet.

Upload: May 19, 2016

Digital Eye Strain

Betsy Behne comes in to see her optometrist, Doctor Brian Kuhlman, at least once a year. She had surgery at age eight to repair the retina of one of her eyes, which could have destroyed her vision.

"They had to cover both eyes with patches, so I know what it's like to be completely blind and I don't want to lose what I have," she said.

According to the new report many people could be at risk for losing some sight for another reason, one Betsy also knows all too well, "I have an iPhone, iPad and a laptop, and at work I work on the desk top."

The problem is too much screen time. For most people it's at least two hours a day on one device, for many its the use of multiple devices at one time. This has already led to nearly 7 in 10 adults reporting symptoms of what's now called digital eye strain.

"So when you're working on both a tablet or a screen, our eye muscles have to focus the entire time and just like any muscle in our body, our eyes get fatigued," said Dr. Kuhlman.

It's not exactly clear yet what is contributing to the digital eye strain. It could be that a person's blink rate changes which could lead to drier eyes. In addition to that, there's some question about the actual light that's coming from the screen.

"Probably the biggest question is about blue light, there is a lot of thought that blue wavelength light, emitted from our tablets, computers and phones, can increase the risk of macular degeneration," said Dr. Kuhlan.

Macular degeneration makes people lose focus from the center of their eye out. So to stop digital eye strain a general rule is called the 20/20/20 rule; for every 20 minutes a person is working they take a 20 second break, looking at something 20 feet away. That's extra important if people already notice early warning signs of eye strain, which include headaches, dry eyes or eye fatigue. That's a break three times an hour.

Congratulations CEI - Winner Healthiest Employer Award!

The Business Courier recognized the winners of this year's Healthiest Employers Awards at a breakfast event on Tuesday at Xavier University's Cintas Center.

The awards honor companies that are dedicated to inspiring health and wellness in the workplace. Six winners were chosen from 29 finalists in five size categories.

Dr. Kevin Corcoran on Fox 19

Kevin Corcoran, OD, appeared on Fox 19 News to speak on diabetic eye disease.


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