COA Vision Blog

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September 6, 2019 Uncategorized

Ophthalmologists have been using Botox to treat patients longer than any other physician. In the 1950s, scientists discovered that botulinum toxic could reduce muscle spasms. In the 1960s and 1970s, researchers studied its effect on patients with crossed eyes. In 1989, Allergan (a pharmaceutical company that specializes in products for the eye) introduced Botox, the first botulinum toxin approved by the FDA to treat blepharospasms (eyelid spasms) as well as crossed eyes. Botox was used by Ophthalmologists exclusively for over a decade. But after recognizing the impact Botox had on decreasing the appearance of wrinkles, the FDA approved Botox to minimize frown lines between the brows in 2002.

Botox works by blocking signals from the nerve to the muscles. The injected muscle can no longer contract which causes wrinkles to relax and soften. When injected into the eye muscles, it reduces their movement and can be very effetive in aligning in the eyes. They can also be injected for eye spasms, and can help with overactive blinking.

Since the FDA’s approval of Botox for cosmetic purposes, Botox use has exploded. It has been found to improve not only eye issues and wrinkles, but is now being used to treat severe underarm sweating and migraines. Botox is even being studied to measure its effects on treating depression. So while its uses continues to grow, Ophthalmologists will always be steeped in Botox history and will remain the physicians with the most experience.


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Blinking is essential. Every time our eyelids close, salty secretions from our tear glands sweep over our eyes’ surfaces, protecting them from harmful particles. The average person blinks 12 to 15 times per minute but when you’re in front of a computer screen, that number decreases dramatically to 3 to 4 times per minute. With the average American spending 6 to 8 hours each day in front of a computer, we’re missing out on hundreds of opportunities to cleanse and protect our eyes.



April 12, 2017 Uncategorized

At Columbus Ophthalmology Associates, we shoot for the moon. In our world, the moon is each satisfied patient, which is our goal 100% of the time. Our Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, and Opticians take a lot of pride in the relationship that they have with each patient. They also pride themselves in the work that they do to ensure each patient has optimal visual ability. And we LOVE when our patients are happy with their results. The best compliment that we can receive as a practice is from our patients. We are driven by the desire for each patient to have an excellent experience with all of our staff and with their procedures. The best compliments to our practice come from our patients. When they volunteer amazing feedback and testimonials about their experience, we know we’ve successfully accomplished our goal. Take a look at the patient testimonial that Debra shared with us after her brow lift with Dr. Cho:

Another satisfied patient testimonial!
Another satisfied patient testimonial!

 

We love to highlight the work that we do as well as our patients. You can see some of our other satisfied patient testimonials by visiting the Columbus Ophthalmology Associates YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/user/coavisioncolumbus.


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March 26, 2014 Uncategorized

Spring is here and the warmer temperature along with the lingering winter ills creates the perfect environment for conjunctivitis, more commonly known as pink eye. This condition is a result of inflammation of the membrane (conjunctiva) that covers the white of the eye and the inner portion of the upper and lower eyelids.




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