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  • Seeing Stars Again

    Edition: North/West Palm Beach Published: Winter 2018

    Premium lens implants reveal beauty of the night sky.

    Katie Gilroy saw what seemed like snowstorms, even on warm, sunny days in Florida. “My vision was foggy, almost like a light snowstorm,” she recalls. “It was causing me driving problems, and my eyes bothered me a lot.” Driving is now a breeze for Katie. Katie, a former Wisconsin resident who now lives in Hobe Sound, ignored her nearsightedness for years. She tried glasses in her 40s but decided she was better off without them. “I was able to see,” she shares. “I managed without problems.” But another health issue ended up having detrimental consequences for her eyesight. Katie underwent hyperbaric oxygen therapy for several months to relieve dysfunction of her pelvic fl...

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  • Relief From Dry, Scratchy Eyes

    Edition: North/West Palm Beach, South Palm Beach County Published: Winter 2018

    Martha “Marcy” McClanahan loves books so much, she could read from morning till night, but her dry, scratchy eyes caused her to blink and squint a lot. Her regular eye doctor prescribed drops to improve her eyes’ natural ability to produce tears, but she didn’t find consistent relief. Reading her favorite novels is no longer a challenge for Marcy. “I tried not to drive myself crazy scratching my eyes with my hands,” the Port St. Lucie resident remembers. Her eye doctor eventually referred her to Dr. Salinger, who offers extensive testing and comprehensive treatment for dry eye disease. “We offer the LipiView® test for evaluating the oil layer of the eyes; lactoferrin for evaluating the aqueous, or water layer; a test called IgE for e...

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  • Eye Can See Clearly Now

    Edition: North/West Palm Beach, South Palm Beach County Published: Winter 2018

    The precision of LASEK brings freedom from glasses, contacts.

    After nearly a lifetime of wearing corrective lenses, Judy* decided they didn’t work for her anymore. Sometimes, her contacts would literally fall out of her eyes, and she suffered from burning and other discomfort that forced her to remove her lenses to get relief. Worse, her world was going in and out of focus. For someone who’d already had cataract surgery on both eyes, that was especially disconcerting. “Sometimes, my vision would get blurry, and it was because the contacts were not staying in place,” recalls Judy. “I was just not too happy with them.” She complained to her optometrist, who recommended she see Clifford L. Salinger, MD, a board-cert...

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  • Surgery-Free Solutions

    Edition: North/West Palm Beach Published: Winter 2018

    All-natural therapies bring relief from aching back.

    Carol McKee had suffered from low back pain on and off for years, but it didn’t significantly affect her life. That changed one day, some six years ago, when she bent down to give her cat some water and couldn’t straighten up. Carol is now able to refill her pet’s water bowl. “I felt something click in my lower spine, and I said, What the heck was that?” she recalls. “I couldn’t do anything for three or four days. I put hot compresses and cold compresses on my back to get some relief, but that didn’t help. Finally, I had to have somebody help me get dressed, put me in a car, take me to the chiropractor and help me up off the seat to bring me into the office.” After about...

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  • Winning Against Gum Disease

    Edition: Charlotte County Published: Winter 2018

    Save teeth and gums and eliminate periodontal disease.

    Jim Baker’s battle with periodontal disease, an inflammation of the gums, began more than 20 years ago in his native Fort Wayne, Indiana. Jim Baker When his gums were swollen and bleeding, Jim turned to his dentist for help. To rectify the problem, he underwent gum surgery to eradicate the diseased tissue. At that time, traditional gum treatment involved cutting away the infected gum tissue and placing sutures to hold the reduced tissue in place during the healing process. During conventional gum surgery, the scalpel cannot differentiate between healthy and diseased gum, so the patient loses both. This approach typically resulted in recession of the gums – a lowering of t...

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  • Hidden Harm

    Edition: Charlotte County Published: Winter 2018

    Leg ulcers are a result of underlying venous disease.

    Last November, Brenda Ryan noticed a small sore on her right leg near her ankle. She didn’t know what caused the wound, and didn’t think much about it. She treated it herself, but it didn’t go away. Instead of healing, it got larger and uglier. Brenda finally sought the advice of her family physician. The ulcer on Brenda’s right leg is completely healed. “My doctor gave me some salve and wanted to keep an eye on it,” recalls Brenda. “When I went back the next week, the sore had gotten bigger. She decided to send me for a biopsy because she said it looked like skin cancer to her. “I went to a local surgeon who did a deep tissue biopsy. She said it would be a couple of day...

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  • Clearing the Cobwebs

    Edition: South Palm Beach County Published: Winter 2018

    Laser procedure vanquishes troublesome eye floaters.

    Ann Hobson was among millions of people living with eye floaters, those pesky flecks, cloud-like spots, dots and cobwebs that can dart in and out of one’s field of vision. Ann’s were little and didn’t bother her that much initially. Ann Hobson’s improved vision has benefited her drawing and painting pursuits. “Then, I started having ones that were really affecting my eyesight,” she recalls. “I was constantly aware of them because I would see dark shadows coming at me, as if a bird was flying overhead. Everything I did was taking a little more effort.” The floaters so distracted her that she stopped driving in heavy traffic because she was afraid of causing an acci...

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  • Twist of Fate

    Edition: Charlotte County Published: Winter 2018

    Ankle replacement offers long-term solution.

    Patricia Meesit admits she’s been rough on her feet over the years. She twisted and sprained her left ankle numerous times in her younger years. As she aged, she developed arthritis in her ankle. Patricia can once again enjoy long walks with her dog, Emma. “I was not the most graceful person in the world,” Patricia relates. “I was just clumsy on my feet.” The arthritis, combined with the earlier sprains and other injuries, left her in constant, agonizing pain. “I had done so much damage over the years, I developed the arthritis, and I was in a lot of constant pain,” Patricia explains. “It didn’t matter if I was sitting down, walking or trying to sleep, my left ankle always hurt. T...

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  • Put an End to Chronic Headaches

    Edition: North/West Palm Beach Published: Winter 2018

    Natural process trains the brain to stop debilitating migraines

    As a teen, Joyce DeFrancesco began having migraine headaches that, over the years, worsened in intensity, frequency and duration. To cope, she would retreat to a darkened room, avoid movement and noise, and endure nausea and vomiting. Numerous times the pain was so unbearable that her husband took her to the emergency room for medication that would knock her out for four to five hours. She would then return home and sleep for 12 hours, hoping the headache would be gone by the time she awoke. Joyce’s migraines, which she described as “more like a severe pressure pain,” often began with an aura of heavy yawning. Next, the pain would become excruciating on eithe...

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  • Enjoy Life, Hear Better

    Edition: South Palm Beach County Published: Winter 2018

    Treat yourself to the best in hearing technology.

    As a Realtor®, Susan* relied on her communication skills. Buying and selling property was successfully negotiated through group discussion and debate. After retiring and moving to Florida, the New York native struggled to understand conversations due to a nagging hearing loss. “I’d been having difficulty hearing for a long time,” she admits. “If I was in a room with people speaking and they were far away, I couldn’t hear them. One-on-one, I could usually hear okay, but if it was something like an audience situation, I didn’t hear well at all. “My TV had to be very loud for me to hear it. I had difficulty hearing at movies and in crowds unless the sound was loud. I also c...

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