LASIK for Monovision: Say Goodbye to Reading Glasses

LASIK for Monovision: Say Goodbye to Reading Glasses

LASIK has evolved to address a variety of visual impairments. One advancement, especially beneficial for individuals over 40, is monovision LASIK. This approach offers a solution to the age-related condition of presbyopia, eliminating the need for reading glasses. In this article, we’ll explore how monovision LASIK works and its potential to free individuals from the […]

Celebrating National Women Physicians Day!

National Women Physicians Day is a celebration that honors the remarkable contributions of women in the field of medicine and recognizes the challenges they have overcome to make significant strides in healthcare. Established on February 3rd, National Women Physicians Day commemorates the birthday of Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, who, in 1849, became the first woman to […]

LASIK vs. PRK: Which Laser Eye Surgery Is Right for You?

Laser eye surgery has revolutionized the field of vision correction, offering alternatives to traditional glasses or contact lenses. Two popular procedures, LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) and PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy), stand out as effective solutions for vision correction. Understanding the differences between these procedures is crucial in determining which might be the most suitable option. […]

Spotlight on Carla Siegfried, MD

As we celebrate National Women Physicians Day, we are honored to shine a spotlight on the remarkable Carla Siegfried, MD Jacquelyn E and Allan E Kolker MD Distinguished Professor of Ophthalmology, a Washington University Glaucoma Specialist. Beyond her role as an accomplished ophthalmologist; we celebrate a trailblazer whose resilience, dedication, and mentorship are shaping the […]

Spotlight on Amritha Kanakamedala, MD

As we celebrate National Women Physicians Day, we are honored to shine a spotlight on the remarkable Amritha Kanakamedala, MD a Washington University Ophthalmology Resident. As a passionate and dedicated ophthalmologist, Dr. Kanakamedala’s journey is an inspiring testament to the impact women physicians make in the world of medicine. Education Inspiration and Career Calling Dr. […]

Spotlight on Cynthia L. Montana, MD, PhD

On this National Women Physicians Day, we honor the outstanding contributions of Cynthia L. Montana, MD, PhD, a distinguished Washington University Comprehensive Ophthalmologist. Dr. Montana’s story in the field of medicine is not merely one of accolades and achievements, but a narrative of perseverance, inspiration, and unwavering commitment to excellence. Education Inspiration and Career Path […]

Spotlight on Mary-Grace Reeves, MD, MBA

Mary-Grace Reeves, MD, MBA

As we celebrate National Women Physicians Day, we are honored to shine a spotlight on the remarkable Mary-Grace Reeves, MD, MBA, a Washington University Ophthalmology Resident. Her journey in medicine has been marked by dedication and a commitment to supporting and mentoring those in the early stages of their medical training. Education Inspiration and Career […]

Spotlight on Linda Tsai, MD, FACS

Linda Tsai, MD, FACS

On National Women’s Physician’s Day, we are pleased to honor the exemplary career of Linda Tsai, MD, FACS. As we celebrate her achievements as an accomplished ophthalmologist, let’s also acknowledge her pivotal role as a mentor dedicated to guiding and empowering the next generation of healthcare professionals. Join us in expressing gratitude for Dr. Tsai’s […]

Congratulations, Carla Siegfried, MD

We are thrilled to share that Carla Siegfried, MD, Jacquelyn E. and Allan E. Kolker, MD, Distinguished Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, and Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity, and Professionalism, took the stage as a distinguished speaker at the Ophthalmology at the Crossroads Conference 2023 at University of Texas- Southwestern. Dr. Siegfried shared valuable […]

Congratulations, Dr. Mitsukuni Yoshida!

Congratulations to Dr. Mitsukuni Yoshida from the Apte lab, who has been chosen by the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) as an Emerging-Generation (E-Gen) Awardee. The ASCI acknowledges post-MD, pre-faculty appointment physician-scientists actively involved in immersive research, providing them with access to the ASCI joint meeting and longitudinal programming over a 2-year period. Mitsu […]

LASIK vs. Contact Lenses: Pros and Cons 

LASIK VS Contact Lenses

When it comes to achieving clear vision without the aid of glasses, two popular options often come to mind: LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) and contact lenses. Both offer distinct advantages and potential drawbacks, making the choice between them a personal one. Let’s compare LASIK and contact lenses, weighing their respective pros and cons to […]

Glaucoma Awareness: Detecting and Managing the Silent Thief of Sight 

Eyesight is often considered one of our most valuable senses, allowing us to perceive the world around us in vivid detail. However, there’s a condition that silently threatens this precious sense—glaucoma. Glaucoma is often referred to as the “silent thief of sight” because it can cause irreparable damage without showing early symptoms. As we enter […]

Congratulations Viviana Barquet, MD!

Viviana Barquet

Viviana Barquet, MD selected for The TGF (sponsored by Patricia Hill) / RPB Fellowship in Glaucoma In a collaboration, The Glaucoma Foundation (TGF) and Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) have joined forces to champion diversity and innovation in the field of glaucoma research. This strategic partnership has selected Viviana Barquet, MD, as one of the […]

Are You a Candidate for LASIK? Find Out Now! 

Are You a Candidate for LASIK in St. Louis

Are you tired of constantly reaching for your glasses or fumbling with contact lenses? Do you dream of waking up with clear vision and bidding farewell to vision correction devices? LASIK, or Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis, may be the answer you’re looking for. But how do you know if you’re a suitable candidate for this […]

Isabella Gomes Awarded Prestigious Research Fellowship!

In the ever-evolving realm of medical research, breakthroughs often emerge from the synergy of passion, intellect, and mentorship. One such promising endeavor is underway in the Chen and Rajagopal Labs, where Isabella Gomes is set to embark on a groundbreaking journey! Gomes, the recent recipient of the Research to Prevent Blindness/Janssen Medical Student Eye Research […]

Congratulations Rajendra Apte, MD, PhD

Rajendra Apte, MD, PhD

Recently, Rajendra Apte, MD, PhD had the honor of being invited as international faculty to speak at the prestigious Vitreoretina Society of India. His expertise and insights into retina captivated the audience, further solidifying his reputation as a leader in the field. Dr. Apte’s influence extends globally, as evidenced by his role as a visiting […]

Your Top Five Pediatric Eye Care Questions Answered

In the world of parenting, ensuring the well-being of your child often involves navigating a maze of uncertainties. When it comes to their vision, the stakes are high, and questions abound. As a parent, you may find yourself pondering the intricacies of pediatric eye care, wondering about the right time for your child’s first eye […]

2023 VitreoRetinal Surgery Foundation Research Award Recipient!

Mary-Grace Reeves, MD, MBA

In a momentous stride towards advancing our understanding of macular and retinal diseases, Dr. Mary-Grace Reeves, MD, MBA, has recently been honored as a recipient of the prestigious 2023 VitreoRetinal Surgery Foundation Research Award. This recognition not only underscores her dedication to the field but also highlights the significance of her groundbreaking work in the […]

LASIK for Patients with Diabetes: Is It Safe? 


Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis, commonly known as LASIK, is a popular and effective vision correction procedure that has transformed the lives of millions of people by providing freedom from glasses and contact lenses. However, for individuals with diabetes, the decision to undergo LASIK surgery requires careful consideration. Addressing Concerns for Diabetic Individuals LASIK is a […]

Digital Eye Strain: Tips for a Healthier Screen Time

Digital Eye Strain

Understanding and Managing Digital Eye Strain In today’s digital age, it’s become almost impossible to avoid screens. From smartphones and tablets to laptops and desktop computers, we rely on digital devices for work, communication, and entertainment. However, this increasing screen time has brought with it a concerning side effect – digital eye strain. This condition, […]

Congratulations Carla Siegfried, MD

Carla Siegfried, MD, Jacquelyn E. and Allan E. Kolker, MD, Distinguished Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences; Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity and Professionalism, was the Keynote Speaker at the Wisconsin Academy of Ophthalmology’s 2023 Fall Symposium at The Trade Hotel on September 30th, 2023. She was also a Visiting Professor at the University of […]

K08 Award Grant Recipient!

Dr. Walsh has received a K08 federal award for the grant titled ‘Antigen presentation to the adaptive immune system in the choroid contributes to ocular autoimmune disease’. Uveitis is one of the leading causes of preventable blindness, and while much work has gone into evaluating the effects of T cell-derived cytokines, there is a significant […]

Unveiling the Silent Threat: Diabetic Retinopathy

November is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month, a dedicated time to focus on the importance of eye health in individuals living with diabetes. As a silent and potentially blinding complication, diabetic eye diseases, such as Diabetic Retinopathy, demand attention. Parth Shah, DO, Retina Fellow 2022-2024, sheds light on this progressive eye disease caused by diabetes. […]

LASIK for Military Personnel: Benefits and Considerations

Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis, commonly known as LASIK, has revolutionized vision correction and provided numerous benefits to individuals in various walks of life. Among those who stand to gain significantly from LASIK are military personnel. Let’s explore the benefits and considerations of LASIK for our service members. Benefits of LASIK for Military Personnel 1. Enhanced […]

Carl Marshall & Mildred Almen Reeves Foundation Award Recipient!

Rajendra Apte, MD, PhD

Congratulations Dr. Apte! Rajendra Apte, MD, PhD, Paul A. Cibis Distinguished Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences received an award from the Carl Marshall & Mildred Almen Reeves Foundation entitled ‘Cross-tissue Receptor Ligand Interactions to Identify Novel Targets in Neovascular AMD’. This grant will be used to fund studies that help us identify novel therapeutic targets […]

NIH RO1 Sub Award Grant Recipient!

Congratulations Dr. Ferguson! Dr. Ferguson recently received a sub award from a R01 that Dr. Vladimir Kefalov at the university of California, Irvine received entitled “Modulation of cone photoreceptor function by autophagy”. Autophagy is an intracellular process that supports cell survival through the recycling of macromolecular complexes by the removal of nonfunctional and potentially toxic […]

Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month | What is Diabetic Eye Disease?

Diabetic Eye Disease

November is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month, a time when we shine a spotlight on the lesser-known consequences of diabetes, a condition affecting millions worldwide. While diabetes primarily involves managing blood sugar levels, it can also silently threaten our eyesight. Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects millions of people worldwide. While many are familiar […]

The Spooky Risks of Non-Prescription Colored Contacts for Halloween

colored contact lenses for Halloween

Halloween is the time of year when people go all out to transform themselves into their favorite ghouls, superheroes, or creatures of the night. From elaborate costumes to face paint, it’s all about having fun and getting into the spirit of the holiday. Many people opt to complete their spooky looks with colored contact lenses, […]

NIH RO1 Grant Recipient!

Congratulations Dr. Siegfried! Carla Siegfried, MD, Jacquelyn E. and Allan E. Kolker, MD, Distinguished Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences received a new NIH RO1 Grant entitled ‘Racial disparities of open-angle glaucoma: A study of mitochondria and oxidative stress in human trabecular meshwork’.  Glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness worldwide and frequent cause of visual […]