At EcofNY, we see complex cataract surgical consults daily.  In this Continuing Medical Education (CME) monograph, Dr. Raviv and fellow ophthalmic surgeon experts present actual cases they’ve treated for educational purposes.

Complications from unapproved cosmetic iris implants continue to dominate the news this month: New York Post: Instagram Model Destroys Eyes in Cosmetic Surgery Gone Wrong

In this month’s EyeWorld, Dr. Raviv discussed his experience handling the damaging, irreversible, ocular complications of outside-the-US, cosmetic implants such as BrightOcular.

Our practice’s most recent cosmetic iris patient came in with a complete loss of vision in one eye 11 years after implantation.

“Almost every one of these implants will have to come out due to the irreversible corneal and glaucoma damage they inevitably cause,” says Dr. Raviv, who has removed both the original New Color Iris and its recent version – BrightOcular.

Dr. Raviv was on some big stages at the annual meeting of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery in Washington DC.

Joining leading experts, Dr. Raviv presented on topics ranging from multifocal and enhanced depth of focus IOLs (i.e. the Symfony lens) to proper planning of toric IOLs, to managing complex cases with femtosecond laser cataract surgery.

The iStent is a minimally invasive treatment for glaucoma. Used at the time of cataract surgery, Dr. Raviv is able to treat concurrent glaucoma which occurs in 1 in 6 cataract surgical patients. So with one laser cataract surgery procedure, Dr. Raviv is able to decrease patients’ dependence on glasses as well as their glaucoma drops.