Amherst, NY, November 4, 2008 – Fichte, Endl & Elmer Eyecare, one of the area’s largest ophthalmology practices, has announced their selection by the Food and Drug Administration to participate in a national trial using the application of the topical vitamin Riboflavin activated by a UV light source to treat Keratoconus, a disease marked by a progressive thinning of the cornea. The firm is one of just two firms selected to participate in this trial.
One in every fifteen hundred people could have Keratoconus. Until now, the only available treatment has been contact lenses or a very involved corneal transplant. Now, through six years of follow-up on European trials, Fichte, Endl & Elmer has been selected, in conjunction with James Reidy, M.D. and Sandra Everett, M.D. at the University at Buffalo, to expand trials in the US for this revolutionary treatment. The procedure attempts to halt the progressive thinning of the cornea and prevent the need for a corneal transplant.
Dr. Michael Endl of the practice has been one of a handful of surgeons in the Northeast that has successfully worked to get minimally invasive procedures for Keratoconus approved by local insurance carriers. “This is a tremendous opportunity for Western New York patients who may qualify to participate in this trial,” stated Dr. Endl. “The results of seven year trials in Germany and Italy are especially promising, with all patients realizing improved vision without the need for surgery.” Dr. Endl has performed the Intacs in office procedure for Keratoconus patients from around the region for over three years, and sits on the International Advisory Panel for Addition Technologies.
Fichte, Endl & Elmer Eyecare is a leading ophthalmology practice that provides comprehensive care within a comfortable, professional atmosphere in offices located in Amherst and Niagara Falls, NY. Their highly trained doctors and staff utilize state-of-the-art facilities to provide the best technology available for all eye care needs, including cataract and Lasik surgery, using technology utilized by NASA and the US Military. Their optical department also provides the latest designer eyewear and contact lenses.