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Center Re-opening Schedule

posted Jun 2, 2020, 6:28 PM by Jen Weigel

IMPORTANT UPDATE

And, we're back!

All TLC Centers had been closed for as a precaution during the COVID-19 pandemic.

But, we're slowly reopening after implementing heavy safety and cleaning protocols.  Believe me, there are a TON of protocols!

TLC Tysons opens 6/1/20.

TLC Charlottesville opens 6/8/20.

TLC Rockville's specific date is still TBD.

TLC Gainesville and DC will open shortly after Rockville is able to join us.

All paperwork, lead submissions, contact information is the same as before, so you guys should know the drill on getting patients interested in LASIK to us.

Thank you!!

COVID-19 Closure

posted Jun 2, 2020, 6:23 PM by Jen Weigel

Previously posted on homepage and reposted here as a reference:


IMPORTANT UPDATE:  COVID-19

Effective Saturday, March 21, 2020, all TLC Centers will be closed due to COVID-19 pandemic.  We hope to resume normal patient care on Monday, April 13, 2020. 

In the meantime, we are still available for essential post-op visits (defined below), and we will be in the office periodically to help your patients with refill requests and prior authorizations to prepare for future procedures.  Please contact your Clinical Director for case of emergency so that patient care at a TLC center can be arranged.

Essential post-op visits have been defined as the following:

LASIK = 1 day and 1 week post-op, and

PRK = 1 day, 4-5 day, and 2 week post-op.

If you are not able to provide these services for your patient that recently had surgery, TLC Clinical Directors will complete these visits with your patient.  Please coordinate details with your respective Clinical Directors.  We will/you can resume post-op care when TLC is able to return to normal office hours.

TLC has contacted all patients having surgery in the two weeks prior to our temporary closure.  A general email was sent out to all patients that have had surgery with TLC to update them on our status.  Two email updates were sent to local Affiliates with similar information as well. 

Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Joan Really Liked This KAMRA Webinar

posted Nov 1, 2016, 12:33 PM by Jen Weigel   [ updated Nov 1, 2016, 12:34 PM ]

From our guest blogger, Joan:

This webinar greatly helped me in answering questions I get from the affiliates.  I learn something new every day about KAMRA  and these webinars have been very helpful in expanding my knowledge.    This particular one is given by Sondra Black, OD who is a Clinical VP for Crystal Clear Vision in Toronto. She also personally has had the KAMRA inlay for 3 years now. 

Please note that there is no CE connected to this webinar, but the education is still invaluable. As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to any of us at TLC Tysons.

KAMRA Inlay Webinar - Dr. Sondra Black


Cross-linking CE by TLC Clinical Team

posted Oct 30, 2016, 6:55 PM by Jen Weigel

October 25, 2016

Drs. Bill Tullo and Clark Chang have lectured nationally on the topic of KCN and CXL.  We're so lucky that they are part of the TLC Clinical Services team.  They have been a fabulous resource for me as I prepare cases for surgery and manage post-surgery patients.  It's just nice to have people with such extended clinical backgrounds in refractive surgery co-mx to brainstorm with on cases!

At the CE, they discussed an update on CXL.  As you know, CXL was recently approved - finally! - this year for the treatment of KCN and then later for the treatment of post-LVC extasia.  Previously, Drs. Holzman and Solomon were co-investigators for the CXL study that was used to seek FDA approval for this treatment modality.  Now that it's approved, we have to seriously consider this surgical procedure for our KCN patients.

Be on the look out for more information on how to refer your patients in for CXL!!  - jw

    








VOA Fall Conference, Virginia Beach, VA

posted Oct 23, 2016, 4:47 PM by Jen Weigel   [ updated Oct 29, 2016, 5:16 PM ]

October 15-16, 2016

The VOA offered 8 hours of education + unlimited fun at the VOA Fall Conference in Virginia Beach, VA.  Saturday has four hours of education in the morning and then time to explore the area in the afternoon and evening.  Sunday has four hours of education in the morning, and then you have to cross your fingers that you beat afternoon traffic getting back to NOVA.

One of the lectures was about refractive surgery co-management.  Even though I do this every single day, I do try to attend CE on this topic because others have great points of view that can expand my own.  I was happy to learn quite a few pearls that can help me in patient care.

I don't know how you guys down in VA Beach do it down there.  The sound of the water hitting the beach is so relaxing that I could just listen to that all day long.  If I were down there, I'd never get anything done!  - jw

  




Sunrise at VA Beach



LASIK 101 Night with New and Familiar Faces

posted Oct 23, 2016, 3:54 PM by Jen Weigel   [ updated Oct 29, 2016, 5:12 PM ]

September 21, 2016

We held another successful LASIK 101 Night.  LASIK 101 is for Affiliates that are new graduates or new to the area or returning to co-management.

It was nice to met so many new people that I'd emailed with prior to the event but had never met in person.  I met new Associates of doctors that I have known for years.  We also hosted Affiliates that had been co-managing for a while and were able to attend this event to get to know the Center better.

We revamped Dr. Holzman's lecture to focus more on what a new Affiliate would need to know in caring for their first few cases.  We also expanded to include new surgical services of KAMRA inlay and corneal crosslinking.  - jw


Senator Chap Petersen and Delegate David Bulova

posted Oct 22, 2016, 6:05 PM by Jen Weigel   [ updated Oct 30, 2016, 6:48 PM ]

August 2016

Senator Chap Petersen and Delegate David Bulova represent me in the Virginia General Assembly.  Both are Fairfax County natives that have worked diligently to represent Northern Virginia in Richmond.  Dr. Roxann Robinson is the only optometrist in the General Assembly.  I get to work with our representatives as part of my work with the Virginia Optometric Association.  - jw




10/30/16 ... Just found this pic from Congressional Advocacy Conference 2016.  I was wondering where that was!  Each year, optometrists from all over the country meet up in DC for a 3-day long conference discussion advocacy for our profession.  The last day, we all make visits to our respective legislators.  Here, our VA group visited Virginia US Representative Morgan Griffith.  He was in a Committee Meeting at the time of our visit to his office, so he asked one of his staffers to bring us to him!  WOW!  During a break in the meeting, he came out to personally talk with us about optometry's needs.  That was so wonderful that he took time out to meet with us and more specifically, with the two members of his group from his district.  - jw



KAMRA Inlay Webinar Hosted by Dr. Holzman

posted Oct 22, 2016, 5:53 PM by Jen Weigel

August 10, 2016

We held our first webinar on this day!  Dr. Holzman discussed KAMRA inlay techology for surgical correction of presbyopia.  Webinars are a great way to squeeze in some CE when your schedule is busy since you eliminate travel time, but I still like live CE, too, because you get to interact with your peers.  

Dr. Holzman on GMA discussing KAMRA inlays



Read more about the KAMRA inlay by referencing this short set of slides:


If you think you have a good candidate, let us know!!  

All qualification criteria for LASIK/PRK still apply to KAMRA qualification.  Additionally, we're looking for:

1.  Ability to successfully obtain good results on AcuTarget testing (KAMRA diagnostic instrument).
2.  Laid back personalities that are not tied in to one specific visual task all day long.
3.  People that are 45-60 yoa-ish that are looking for visual freedom in their near vision (and distance).

Pre-KAMRA work-up would be like you would do for LASIK or PRK.  Post-op would be similar to what you would do for PRK ... lots of patience, reassurance, and then the near vision kicks in over time ... with great results! - jw

TLC Tysons CE: Topography-guided Laser Technology

posted Oct 22, 2016, 5:47 PM by Jen Weigel

July 20, 2016    

Dr. Holzman discussed topography-guided laser technology at a TLC Tysons Corner summer CE.

As mentioned previously, we were one of the first centers in the country to offer this laser technology for your patients.  

In order to qualify for topography-guided laser technology, a patient must have a certain prescription range.  It's pretty much the myopic range for current treatment on the WaveLight EX500 laser.  Then, we have to capture at least 4 different Vario corneal topography scans that are virtually identical.  If the eye is dry, that greatly affects our ability to get good, consistent scans, so we are changing our protocols to allow for more use of NPAT prior to preop scans.  Dr. Holzman then reviews these scans along with the patient's refractive data to finalize topography-guided treatments.

In studies, by correcting corneal aberrations on the cornea using topography-guided laser technology, patients can experience sharper vision post-op LASIK and PRK.  Those with irregular corneas, say from a scar, can also have more regular corneal topography post-op, too.  

We had some extra time to review KAMRA inlay technology.  This is a photo of live Dr. Holzman talking about recorded Dr. Holzman on GMA earlier this year.


TLC has always supported all levels of optometry:  local, state, and national.  This brochure demonstrated all the ways that TLC has provided support for our profession.  - jw



Dr. Jennifer Lee, Merrifield, VA

posted Oct 22, 2016, 5:35 PM by Jen Weigel

July 14, 2016

Dr. Jennifer Lee is new to the Merrifield area.  That's such a hot new location in Fairfax County.

She had such a nice, easygoing personality.  It made the day very enjoyable working with her to discuss LASIK/PRK co-management.  I can't tell you how many times I thought that she reminded me of myself when I was "younger".  

Here we are with Dr. Holzman's newest addition to our Wall of Fame.  Nationals pitcher Wilson Ramos autographed a bat for us to display in our waiting room.  - jw


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