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Milan Eye Center welcomes eye cosmetic surgeon Dr. Kiran Sajja Milan Eye Center is excited to announce the arrival of Dr. Kiran Sajja, a Board-Certified ophthalmologist specializing in functional and cosmetic eyelid and facial surgery. Dr. Sajja has a unique blend of experience, compassion and artistry that he shares with

each and every patient. With the addition of Dr. Sajja, Milan Eye Center will expand the unsurpassed level of care and services provided to the Atlanta community. Dr. Sajja cares for patients with a wide variety of conditions, including eyelid droopi-

ness, eyelid bagginess, and tearing. Eyelid ptosis or “eyelid droopiness” is most often related to stretching or detachment of the muscle used to open your eyes. Over time, this condition can interfere with your vision resulting in

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Kiran Sajja, M.D. Joining Milan Eye Center in June Dr. Sajja’s procedures include: Eyelid Lifts, Blepharoplasty, Botox and Fillers.

Dr. Kiran Sajja is a Board-Certified ophthalmologist who specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of the eyelids, face, orbit and lacrimal system. At Milan Eye Center, Dr. Sajja has dedicated his practice to reconstructive and aesthetic oculofacial plastic surgery.

a decreased field of view or overall dimming of your vision. Common complaints often include needing more light to read, difficulty driving, and headaches. Eyelid ptosis is often associated with a tired or disinterested appearance. This condition can be corrected with a quick, minimally-invasive outpatient surgical procedure which is often covered by your medical insurance. Eyelid dermatochalasis or “eyelid bagginess” is related to stretching and thinning of the eyelid skin. This often affects both the upper and lower eyelids giving a puffy or wrinkled appearance. At times, the excess skin can rest on or over your eyelashes interfering with your vision. Other common complaints include eyelid redness or itchiness, tearing, or headache. Women often note difficulty applying and maintaining eye make-up, such as mascara, eyeliner or eye shadow. This condition can be significantly improved with an easy outpatient surgical procedure. An evaluation with Dr. Sajja would determine if the procedure is covered by your medical insurance. Tearing or “watery eyes” can be separated into two main issues: producing too many tears or not effectively draining the tears away. Common complaints include blurred vision, itchiness, redness and discharge. During an evaluation with Dr. Sajja, he will perform a comprehensive examination of your eyes and your

tear drainage system to determine the possible causes of your watery eyes. Based on your symptoms and examination, Dr. Sajja Sajja will discuss a treatment regimen including diet, medication and surgical intervention. Many procedures are performed in the office with little to no down time; and are often covered by your medical insurance. In addition, Dr. Sajja has considerable experience in cosmetic concerns of the eyelids and face employing advanced surgical techniques and facial injectibles, such as Botox®, Juvederm® XC, Belotero®, and Restylane®. Dr. Sajja will perform a detailed evaluation and provide recommendations to allow you to achieve a balanced, youthful and energetic appearance. Dr. Sajja will be joining Milan Eye Center on June 9th. Call 678-688-4575 for more information on Dr. Sajja and his procedures. Milan Eye Center has four convenient locations around Atlanta: Johns Creek, Cumming, Canton, and Buford. Milan Eye Center is a premier ophthalmology practice and is affiliated with Atlanta’s finest hospitals including Northside Forsyth, Northside Cherokee, and Emory Johns Creek Hospital.

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Belmont Village offers food for thought Nutritional Basics for Brain Health Research indicates that the right diet can help maintain your brain. Like the heart, the brain needs the right balance of nutrients to function well. A brain-healthy diet is most effective when combined with physical and mental activity and social interaction. Belmont Village’s Smart Tips for Brain Health: Eat in moderation and eat more protective foods that may reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke and protect brain cells. Avoid artery-clogging saturated fats and cholesterol that can put you at higher risk for Alzheimer’s. Use monoor polyunsaturated fats like olive oil. Bake or grill – don’t fry! Eat your brussel sprouts! Darkskinned fruits and vegetables are highest in naturally occurring antioxidants – kale, spinach, broccoli, beets, red bell pepper, and eggplant are other great options. Plum picks for antioxidant-rich fruits include, well, plums. Also, prunes, raisins, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, oranges, red grapes and cherries Reel in beneficial omega-3 fatty acids by eating cold water catches like halibut, mackerel, salmon, trout, and tuna.

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Life is a highway Generally speaking, most people pay attention to auto maintenance. Whether it’s tires, brakes, transmission, or just a dirty windshield, most of people make sure their cars perform the way they should. People count on their cars to perform effectively. No one wants a surprise, especially in a critical situation. But in stark contrast, people often give less attention to their own physical function than they do to several critical performance factors related to their automobiles. The metaphor of car maintenance standing in for health maintenance is common but relevant. Many people allow their physical conditions to deteriorate beyond the point which they would ever tolerate in their cars… or even lawnmowers! The immediate consequences of such neglect manifest as diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. What changes are required with respect to our physical health and welfare? As with our cars, a “long view” is needed. Our cars require routine check-ups, and we as flesh-

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Cataracts and advancements in cataract surgery A cataract is a common condition in which the normally clear lens of the eye becomes increasingly cloudy. Compared to vision with a clear lens, your vision with a cataract my look fuzzy, colors might be muted, and you may experience difficulty reading signs while driving at night. The symptoms of cataracts are progressive and cannot be corrected with glasses or contacts. When symptoms become bothersome or limit your daily activities, it is time to consider treatment. Treatment for cataracts involves removal of the cataract and replacement with an artificial lens. During your cataract procedure, your vision will be restored with the implantation of the intraocular lens (IOL) of your choice. The decision as to which type of IOL you want is an important one, because it will affect how you will see for the rest of your life. IOLs are available with optics that provide a wide range of visual clarity and focusing capabilities. The goal is to give you the best overall quality of postoperative vision with the lens that is best suited for your eye. Monofocal IOLs provide a

single zone of clear focus and are usually targeted to provide clear distance vision when patients do not have astigmatism. Toric Monofocal IOLs or Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery can be used for patients that have astigmatism. Multifocal and Accommodating IOLs can potentially provide a more broad range of vision: near, intermediate, and distance, often with minimal, if any, need for glasses or contact lenses. Patients with astigmatism that want a more broad range of vision can also have it corrected when choosing one of these lenses. Which lens is right for you depends on your ocular health, occupational needs, and lifestyle interests. Many of the steps of cataract surgery that are traditionally performed using handheld instruments can now be completed using the precision of a laser. Although traditional cataract surgery continues to be very successful, laserassisted cataract surgery has many added benefits over tradition cataract surgery. 3D Imaging – Like a fingerprint, every eye has a unique size and shape. Prior to treatment, the laser system images your eye and makes precise 3D maps of relevant

structures. This enables the surgeon to create a tailored treatment plan that is uniquely customized for your eye. Laser Precision – The surgeon can use the laser to create precise incisions, including a circular opening in the lens capsule to access and remove the cataract. The improved accuracy of the incision helps the surgeon place the new artificial lens where intended.

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Gentle Approach – The surgeon can use the laser to soften the hard cataract. Softening of the lens with the laser potentially enables the surgeon to more gently remove the cataract and reduce the amount of energy used inside the eye. This may result in less inflammation, and quicker recovery of post-surgical vision. If you have been diagnosed

Tuesday, July 29th 7pm The Diner at Northpoint Enjoy dinner on us while learning how you can effectively heal your thyroid and increase your energy and vitality. 6. Adaptogen Supplements 7. Silver Fillings Removal  8. Lower Carbohydrate Intake  Join me, Dr. Sean Savedoff for a FREE Dinner Seminar where you can: Discover WHY your lab tests may read normal but you STILL SUFFER with all the same thyroid symptoms. Once and for all discover how easy it is to live life free of fatigue and other thyroid disease symptoms! If you are ready to correct the cause of your problem, tired of treating the symptoms and taking useless drugs, or just sick and tired of being sick and tired… this seminar is FOR YOU. RSVP to reserve your FREE Dinner Seat – 678-297-0901. Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 7pm

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Cataracts? See your world more clearly.

Your Vision Is Our Priority Leading the way with laser-assisted cataract surgery Our mission has always been to help set the standard in cataract care and lens implantation. Today, our tradition of eye care excellence continues with the introduction of a breakthrough procedure. Now, we are offering laser-assisted cataract surgery, the most advanced technique for cataract surgery available today. After researching and testing the available technologies, we confidently selected the Catalys Femtosecond Laser for our patients. The laser is designed to increase the safety and precision of key aspects of the cataract procedure. The Catalys laser enables us to not only perform bladeless cataract surgery while reducing astigmatism, but also create a precise circular opening in the cataract while softening the cataract prior to its removal. Dr. Kaufman is a leading board certified ophthalmologist in Northern Georgia. Fellowship trained to sub-specialize in laservision correction, corneal disorders, and cataract surgery, he is the Director of Cataract and Refractive Surgery at North Georgia Eye Clinic. Dr. Kaufman graduated with high honors from Vanderbilt University. He also received his Doctor of Medicine from Vanderbilt. Dr. Kaufman completed an internship in internal medicine at the Matthew B. Kaufman, MD University of Virginia and a residency in ophthalmology at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He elected to further his training by accepting a fellowship in cataract and corneal surgery at the University of California. While in California, Dr. Kaufman had the privilege to train directly with Dr. Peter McDonnell, the current chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Kaufman has also served as a faculty instructor at the University of California and has published articles on topics including LASIK and cataract surgery. He has been the recipient of many awards and honors throughout his professional and academic career.

Potential benefits of laser-assisted cataract surgery: • Precise incisions and capsulorrhexis (a circular opening in the cataract) results in more stable lens position and improved visual performance. • Softening of the cataract helps to reduce the amount of energy required for its removal. Using less energy inside the eye results in less inflammation and often a quicker recovery. • Correction of mild to moderate amounts of astigmatism improves post-operative surgical vision and may reduce the need for glasses.

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