Technology has undoubtedly made our lives more comfortable, but what about the physicians using it? It would seem that when you go for an evaluation for a surgical procedure that the surgeon would be properly credentialed, Board Certified and knowledgeable about the technology he chooses to use. Dr. Omar F. Almallah is just such a surgeon. Not only is he Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, but also the American Board of Eye Surgeons. It provides us with a sense of security and comfort when we think of surgical procedures such as cataract surgery and Laser Vision Correction (LASIK). “Deluxe” lenses such as Crystalens®, an accommodating intraocular lens, Restor®and ReZoom® multifocal lenses and the Verisyse™ lens, for patients with a higher degree of nearsightedness, are just a few examples of options patients have with Omar F. Almallah, M.D. at Susskind & Almallah Eye Associates, PA.
The crystalens® accommodating intraocular lens by Eyeonics™ is designed to mimic the eye’s natural process of accommodation, allowing patients, in most cases, freedom from glasses or contacts. Omar F. Almallah, M.D. is one of the areas premier ophthalmologic surgeons credentialed and performing the crystalens® procedure here at the Jersey Shore.
In a clinical study performed in the United States, the crystalens® was implanted in 497 eyes in 324 adult patients over 50 years of age. The results showed that most of the patients that underwent crystalens® implantation in both eyes had vision that was good enough to pass a driver’s licensure exam. All patients had good “intermediate” vision; simply meaning they could see their computer screen or items at an arm’s length without their glasses. Amazingly, 98.4% of patients in this study could read print the size of stock quotes in the newspaper or phone numbers in the telephone book without glasses. In addition, patient questionnaires have shown that 93% of patients involved in this study and having the crystalens® implanted in both eyes, state that they can perform most daily activities such as shopping or applying makeup without the use of their glasses. When patient’s cataracts are adequately advanced so that they require surgery, their insurance covers the cataract portion of the procedure, but the “deluxe” portion of the surgery is an out of pocket expense. Nevertheless, the demand for this technology is high and an experienced surgeon is likely to produce the results patients expect.
If you have recently turned 63 or 64 you may be making the decision as to whether or not you will be taking advantage of the Medicare system, as promised by our government to you at age 65. We encourage you to come in for a thorough eye exam to determine if cataracts are present. We will discuss with you the options now available for vision restoration. Fortunately, Medicare allows patients the opportunity to upgrade from traditional lens implants to “deluxe” implants such as crystalens®, ReStor® and ReZoom®. Medicare does not fully cover cataract lens upgrades and it is important to meet with our surgical coordinators for more information.
The Verisyse™ Phakic IOL is used to treat moderate to severe myopia, the medical term for nearsightedness. With over 18 years of use and 150,000 procedures performed worldwide, results prove that the Verisyse™ design is safe and effective for very nearsighted people who are tired of thick glasses and are not candidates for Custom LASIK. The procedure involves placing the Verisyse™ Phakic IOL behind your cornea and on top of your iris. This gives your eye another focusing lens that provides high-quality, high-definition vision like a normal eye. The word “phakic” means that your natural crystalline lens is left in the eye. This is important because your natural lens plays an important role in helping your eye adjust between seeing objects that are near and far. As with the crystalens®, Dr. Almallah offers a complimentary evaluation for those patients interested in having their nearsightedness corrected, especially patients that may not be good candidates for laser vision correction.
Dr. Almallah is a Board Certified ophthalmologist both by the American Board of Ophthalmology and the American Board of Eye Surgeons. His primary practice is devoted to eye surgery and he has been practicing in Toms River and the surrounding communities for the last nineteen years. He is internationally recognized as a refractive ocular surgeon and is acknowledged by his peers as one of the finest and most skilled eye surgeons. In fact, patients have traveled from England, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Korea, India and across the United States to have their eye surgery performed by Dr. Almallah. He has also operated on several ophthalmologists. Dr. Almallah graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh and received his Doctorate of Medicine from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. His training to be an eye specialist was at Temple University Hospital where he was ranked number 1 out of 500 applicants for one of 3 very coveted training positions. He completed his residency and was Chief Resident his senior year at the Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia.
Dr. Almallah evaluates every surgical candidate personally and applies his extensive knowledge in ocular surgery to educate patients and their families to the appropriateness of recommending particular ocular procedures to patients. When he does recommend a procedure, it’s with great confidence that the patient will benefit.
Susskind & Almallah Eye Associates, PA have five convenient locations in Ocean and Monmouth counties for routine eye exams, contact lens fits, glaucoma treatment, cataract evaluations, LASIK evaluations and consultations for cataract lens upgrades such as the crystalens™ and verisyse™ lenses.
To schedule an evaluation with Dr. Almallah, simply contact Ed Brooks at the Toms River location at 732-349-5622 ext. 37.