This Halloween … Be Careful with Decorative Contact Lenses

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Each year, as Halloween approaches, revelers find new and interesting ways to enhance their costumes. Many have turned to decorative contact lenses to complete their ghoulish or fantasy-like looks. Topping off a costume with blood-drenched vampire eyes, glow-in-the-dark lizard lenses or maybe even the newest fad, circle lenses are all cool and trendy options. But most people do not know …


The FDA has approved the Implantable Miniature Telescope for use in patients living with bilateral end-stage macular degeneration who are 65 years and older.

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The telescope implant is the only FDA approved surgical device for end-stage AMD and is Medicare eligible. Dr. Mujtaba A. Qazi, a corneal specialist and Director of Clinical Studies at Pepose Vision Institute, performed the first surgeries of the Implantable Miniature Telescope (IMT) in the Bi-State region in June 2012.   The telescope implant improves visual acuity and quality of life …

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After 30 years, blind man sees with ‘bionic eye’

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Here’s a fascinating story from the Today Show. For years Larry Hester lived in darkness, his sight stolen by a disease that destroyed the photoreceptor cells in his retinas. But last week, through the help of a “bionic eye,” Hester got a chance to once again glimpse a bit of the world around him.   Visit for breaking news, …

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Dr. Holekamp Had a Busy September

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At Pepose Vision, we do even more than provide great vision services for our patients.  Our doctors keep busy as leaders in the ophthalmology field, often traveling nationally and internationally to speak on a variety of topics and also present findings from our own research. Here’s how Dr. Holekamp kept busy in September: September 11-13:   Dr. Holekamp was the …


Lifelong Vision Foundation Presents The Eye Ball Nov 1st

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Mark your calendars for The Eye Ball, St. Louis on November 1, 2014 at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. Champion the cause of clear vision! Join us for an evening of dinner, drinks, and Lifelong Vision Awards to honor extraordinary people who are making a difference today in how we see tomorrow. Wonder at amazing advances in vision research, …


Parents’ Quick Guide to Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)

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Conjunctivitis: A Common Infection in Children According to a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control, more than 164 million school days are missed annually in US public schools due to the spread of infectious diseases. An astonishing 3 million of those school days are lost as a result of acute conjunctivitis . . . also known as pink …

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Dr. Rieger Selected Top 25 Optometrist in Missouri

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Dr. Rieger was recently informed he has been chosen by the American Society of Healthcare Professionals for induction as a TOP 25 Optometrist in Missouri.  Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase process which includes patient and peer nominations combined with third-party research.  The Top 25 distinction is extended exclusively to the select few of the most qualified healthcare professionals …

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Dr. Pepose Interview at ESCRS in London

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Click here to watch an interview with Dr. Pepose at the prestigious European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESNRS) in London.   (If the above link doesn’t work, please copy  and paste the following:


Dr. Pepose will be presenting and instructing at the prestigious ESCRS in London

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Dr. Pepose is on his way to London to present and instruct at the European Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS). Founded in 1991, the ESCRS is Europe’s leading organization for cataract and refractive surgeons and is at the forefront of developments in anterior segment surgery. The society has over 5,000 members from almost 100 countries worldwide. The ESCRS offers …

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Dr. Pepose will be in London to present at the ISOP

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Dr. Pepose will be in London on the 12th of September as a Member of the Program Faculty and Invited Speaker at The International Society of Presbyopia’s 6th conference. He is one of just 48 Program Faculty participants, with only 17 from the USA. The International Society of Presbyopia (ISOP) provides an International forum for the promotion of interdisciplinary collaboration between ophthalmologists, scientists, optometrists …


What It’s Like To Be Among The First People In The World To Have A Bionic Eye

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The first glasses in the world, it seems, were created some 700 years ago. It’s taken until this year, 2014, for patients to receive the first FDA-approved bionic eyes. This breakthrough comes via Second Sight, a California company whose Argus II technology revolves around implanting patients with an artificial retina. As of now, only people with severe cases of retinitis pigmentosa …

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Six Smart Things College Students Should Do For Their Eyes

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Good vision is vital to learning in college. However, life on campus makes students susceptible to a host of vision and eye problems, such as injury, infection and increased nearsightedness. These six tips can help keep students seeing 20/20 throughout college. Read more at Eye Smart.


Researchers create molecular map of eye to help detect loss of vision

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Researchers from the University of Iowa (UI) can now start figuring out root causes behind eye diseases and vision loss, following their creation of the most-detailed molecular map of a section of the human eye. This section of the eye has long been associated with blindness. The map in high-resolution records over 4,000 unique proteins found in the choroid’s areas, …

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Be sure to have your kid’s eyes checked for school

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As Children’s Eye Health & Safety/ Back to School Eye Health Month comes to a close, please be sure to have their eyes checked. Most children have healthy eyes. But there are conditions that can threaten good vision. Because you can’t always “look” into your child’s eyes to tell if they have eye health problems, set up some time today …


Eye tests ‘could spot’ early Alzheimer’s disease

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New research suggests eye checks could be used to identify those with early Alzheimer’s disease long before any symptoms. Simple regular eye tests could be used to identify Alzheimer’s disease at a very early stage, new research suggests. Early trials of two different techniques show that a key biomarker for the disease can be identified in the retina and lens …


What Doctors Can Tell About Your Health Just By Looking At Your Eyes

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If seeing well isn’t enough of a priority, here’s a better reason to get your vision checked regularly: A third of all known genetic syndromes can affect your eyes. In the video below, from National Geographic, Dr. Neal Adams lists the gamut of systemic disorders — diseases that affect the entire body — that ophthalmologists can detect during a simple eye …


Eye Protection From the Sun Especially Important for Kids

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Most parents are careful to spread sunscreen on their children. One risk from the sun that often gets overlooked: damage to young eyes. Vision-care experts are stepping up efforts to raise awareness of the danger of overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays, which is cumulative and irreversible. Children and adolescents are especially vulnerable to the sun’s rays because their ocular …


With school just around the corner, this is the perfect time for your children to have their eyes checked.

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August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month – a nationwide effort to educate parents on the importance of healthy vision for their children. Much of a child’s learning is visually based, yet kids often don’t have the perspective to even know they have vision problems, much less tell their parents. In fact, did you know that many kids who …