Summit Eye Center Blog

New Glaucoma Treatment at Summit Eye Center

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Summit Eye Center continues to provide the most current treatment options to our patients with Dr. Skelsey’s first Glaukos iStent inject cases being preformed last week. In doing so, our patients are among the first in the Midwest to receive this exciting new glaucoma treatment.

The iStent inject is the smallest medical device known to be implanted in the human body. It is a heparin coated titanium stent that facilitates the outflow of fluid through the eye’s natural outflow pathway. With this procedure, two stents are placed in the eye in conjunction with traditional cataract surgery.

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What does it mean to have 20/20 vision?

When you have an eye exam, the doctor will state your vision is 20/20 or 20/something. What does that mean? Is 20/20 “perfect vision”? If not, what is “perfect vision”?

Let’s take a closer look at how your vision is assessed when you have an eye exam and what the terminology the doctor uses actually means.

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True Tear

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The doctors at Summit Eye Center are excited to be able to offer a new, innovative treatment for Dry Eye Disease, TrueTear from Allergan. This is a treatment that patients can do at home or on the go that does not involve eye drops or a medication.

TrueTear is a neurostimulation device that temporarily increases the production of your natural tears. The fact that it is your natural tears is important. The natural tear film is composed of lipids, mucins, proteins and salts that are vital to nourishment and protection of the cornea.

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Dry Eye

Dry Eye Disease is one of the most common reasons for patients to visit an eye doctor. A 2012 Gallup poll showed that over 26 million Americans suffer from Dry Eye. Another poll has found that over 45% of the population over the age of 18 in the United States regularly experience Dry Eye symptoms. Dry Eye is characterized by a breakdown in the stability of the tear film.

The tear film is critical in maintaining the health of the front surface of the eye. It is also important in providing clear vision. The cornea, which is the window into the eye, plays the largest focusing role in the eye. Wetting of the cornea by the tear film is critical to maximizing the quality of the images we see.

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Dr. Kleinsasser is Here to See You!

Summit Eye Center Welcomes New Doctor with Two Decades of Professional Experience

Dr. Kelsey Kleinsasser has joined Summit Eye Center as one of our expert optometrists and will be available to start seeing patients immediately. Dr. Kleinsasser specializes in clinical management of glaucoma, cataract, cornea, retina and refractive surgery treatments. He has taught and practiced these areas passionately to help patients and others with their eye care needs.

Dr. Kleinsasser earned his Doctor of Optometry from Illinois College of Optometry in 2000. He then completed a residency with Kansas City’s Hunkeler Eye Centers, focusing on refractive surgery and cornea treatments. Dr. Kleinsasser worked with Silverstein Eye Centers in Kansas City, MO for 16 years, as an optometrist and clinical researcher, with further emphasis on cataract and refractive surgery co-management, and eye diseases. This past year, Dr. Kleinsasser worked with ReVision Optics in Lake Forest, CA. His focus was teaching and cultivating relationships with physicians, optometrists, and their staff with regards to a new surgical technology. Dr. Kleinsasser will now serve the Kansas City area with his new role at Summit Eye Center, located in Lee’s Summit, where he will continue patient care, providing services to help individuals with their vision needs.

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