During the show, Dr. Christenbury and host, Dr. Bruce Feinberg, explored several ophthalmologic health topics, ranging from the intricacies of LASIK surgery and the advancements in cataract procedures.
While taking questions from callers, Dr. Christenbury expanded upon the Light Adjustable Lens, calling it “incredible technology,” due to the surgeon’s ability to customize the lens after it’s been installed during cataract surgery. The Light Adjustable Lens, made of photosensitive material, allows the shape and power of the patient’s new lens to respond to ultraviolet light, enhancing the patient’s vision. It can be reshaped based on the visual correction needed for the patient’s custom prescription.
When asked about the progressions of LASIK surgery, Dr. Christenbury shared, “LASIK is as safe as it’s ever been. It’s a great procedure. The technology’s gotten better and better every year. At our practice, we use only lasers for LASIK like it’s been done for a long time.” He continued, “It reduces the risks of long-term contact lens wear, which can lead to infections and other problems with the cornea.”
Beyond his expertise in LASIK surgery, Dr. Christenbury was also able to provide expert advice on cataracts and cataract surgery. When asked, he explained that a cataract is a cloudy lens that hinders the eye’s ability to focus. Regarding advancements in cataract surgery, he stated, “With modern cataract surgery, we make a smaller incision than was done 50 years ago. The surgery is safer, and less risky than it was 40 or 50 years ago. Patients used to have to stay in the hospital after cataract surgery to get medicines and be monitored for several days. But now, it’s all outpatient.”
Joseph Christenbury, M.D., F.A.C.S. is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist specializing in cornea, external diseases, refractive (LASIK) surgery, and cataract surgery. His undergraduate degree is from Duke University, and his medical school degree is from Duke University School of Medicine. His internship was at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center. He completed residency training at the UCLA Stein Eye Institute and his fellowship training at Eye Consultants of Atlanta. Dr. Christenbury joined Eye Consultants of Atlanta in 2018 and practices at the Cumberland, Buckhead, and Lawrenceville, locations. Committed to furthering advancements in ophthalmology, Dr. Christenbury has published a number of articles in peer-reviewed ophthalmology journals, contributed to ophthalmology textbooks, and given presentations at various national meetings. Dr. Christenbury is also an EVO Visian ICL certified surgeon.
Did you miss Dr. Joseph Christenbury on “The Weekly Check-Up” on Sunday, January 7? See below for the full segment.