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Advanced LASIK Procedure Now Offered at The Lennar Foundation Medical Center

The most advanced LASIK vision correction procedure—already offered by Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, part of the University of Miami Health System, at its Miami health district and Palm Beach Gardens locations—is coming to The Lennar Foundation Medical Center on UM’s Coral Gables campus this week.

The Laser Vision Center at the Lennar Center will treat patients using the Allegretto 500 Laser, which features a guidance system that follows the actual topography of each patient’s eye. This permits individualized treatment that is unique to each patient and corrects all of the aberrations in the patient’s cornea. The result is crisper, clearer vision correction than is available with eyeglasses, contact lenses, or other LASIK systems.

“Some patients notice a dramatic difference immediately after the procedure, and almost all patients recover from any discomfort quickly enough to drive themselves to a follow-up check the next morning,” said Sonia H. Yoo, M.D., professor of ophthalmology, who will be one of the Bascom Palmer surgeons performing the procedure at the Lennar Center.

Still, said Yoo, not every patient is a good candidate for LASIK surgery. Conditions that typically disqualify a patient are having dry eye, a cornea that is too thin or irregular astigmatism.

“Where you choose to have your laser vision correction is critical,” said William W. Culbertson, M.D., another Bascom Palmer surgeon who will be treating patients at the Lennar Center, and professor of ophthalmology at the University of Miami Miller school of Medicine. “We have 35 years of experience with refractive surgery, and we have trained on every piece of equipment available, including the new Allegretto 500. Our patients can be confident that they are receiving the best LASIK treatment in South Florida.”

Ben Riestra, M.B.A., chief administrative officer at the Lennar Center, is excited about the opening of the Laser Vision Center.

“The concept behind the Lennar Center is bringing UHealth’s unmatched outpatient specialty services to Coral Gables, closer to where many of our patients, and prospective patients, live,” he said. “The Laser Vision Center will be one more way we provide both close-to-home convenience and state-of-the-art clinical treatment.”

To make an appointment at the Laser Vision Center, call 305-326-6575.

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Free Skin Screenings

WellCanes-608x342The Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, in partnership with Well ’Canes, offers free full-body skin examinations for University of Miami faculty and staff enrolled in a UM/Aetna medical plan. Skin cancer screenings are recommended for everyone, regardless of personal or family medical history.

Skin cancer is prevalent in south Florida with more than one out of five people developing skin cancer in their lifetime.  There are three major forms of skin cancer.  Basal cell carcinoma is the most common, often present on the face, particularly the nose, and may appear as a translucent area, which can easily breakdown and bleed.  Squamous cell carcinoma generally develops in heavily sun damaged areas on the face and arms and appears as a firm scaly area, which may be somewhat tender when picked.

The most deadly major form of skin cancer in melanoma.  Melanoma can be tricky to identify early as it often appears similar to a mole; however, it tends to not match the other moles on the body. As it grows, it becomes progressively more non-uniform.  In a recent study from Germany death from melanoma was decreased by 47% in men and 49% in women suggesting skin cancer screening saves lives.  Early detection also results in simpler and smaller cancer treatments resulting in less scarring if treatment is necessary.

UM offers free skin cancer screening to all it employees enrolled in a UM/Aetna medical plan on an annual basis.  These screenings are designed to be quick to allow you to return to work right away.  Most patients can be in and out of the office within 15 minutes.  If biopsies or other advanced care, such as use of total body photos or confocal imaging, are required, then a formal appointment will be required.  If a lesion poses concern, patients may choose to follow up with a physician of their choice and UM dermatology will expedite the appointment if a UM physician is chosen.  Ultimately, it is the patient’s responsibility to follow up on a lesion.

Please call 305-243-6704 to schedule your appointment with our dermatologists. Remember to bring your Aetna medical insurance card to your appointment. For additional information about the University of Miami’s wellness offerings, visit www.miami.edu/wellcanes.

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Life Strategies for Managing Stress

This seminar, offered by the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP), provides participants with an understanding of stress and the ways it can be managed to optimize health. Stressors are hard at work in many facets of our lives. Learn to develop proactive responses that can help to lower stress, shift mindsets, and eliminate unhealthy habits. This seminar will be facilitated by a UM FSAP consultant.

Coral Gables campus: Tuesday, April 18, 12-1 p.m., McKnight Building, room 201AB

Rosenstiel campus: Wednesday, April 19, 12-1 p.m., Library Media room

Miller School campus: Thursday, April 20, 12-1 p.m., Don Soffer Clinical Research Center, room 692

FSAP health and wellness seminars are offered as part of the University of Miami’s Well ’Canes Program. Register through ulearn.miami.edu. For help with ULearn registration, or to receive email announcements of upcoming seminars, please call the FSAP at 305-284-6604.

 

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Free Skin Cancer Screenings and Well ’Canes Points

The Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, in partnership with ’Well Canes, offers free full-body skin examinations for University of Miami faculty and staff enrolled in a UM/Aetna medical plan. Skin cancer screenings are recommended for everyone, regardless of personal or family medical history.

Skin cancer is prevalent in South Florida with more than one out of five people developing skin cancer in their lifetime. There are three major forms of skin cancer. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common, often present on the face, particularly the nose, and may appear as a translucent area, which can easily break down and bleed. Squamous cell carcinoma generally develops in heavily sun damaged areas on the face and arms and appears as a firm scaly area, which may be somewhat tender when picked.

The most deadly major form of skin cancer in melanoma. Melanoma can be tricky to identify early as it often appears similar to a mole; however, it tends to not match the other moles on the body. As it grows, it becomes progressively more non-uniform. In a recent study in Germany, deaths from melanoma decreased by 47 percent in men and 49 percent in women, suggesting skin cancer screenings save lives. Early detection also results in simpler and smaller cancer treatments, resulting in less scarring if treatment is necessary.

UM offers free skin cancer screenings to all it employees on an annual basis. These screenings are designed to be quick to allow you to return to work right away. Most patients can be in and out of the office within 15 minutes. If biopsies or other advanced care, such as use of total body photos or confocal imaging, are required, then a formal appointment will be required. If a lesion poses concern, patients may choose to follow up with a physician of their choice and UM dermatology will expedite the appointment if a UM physician is chosen. Ultimately, it is the patient’s responsibility to follow up on a lesion.

Please call 305-243-6704 to schedule your appointment with our dermatologists. Remember to bring your Aetna medical insurance card to your appointment.

 

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UM Enhances Well-Being Through Laughter and Meditation

WOW-2017Between free massages, yoga sessions, and even a lesson on using humor to be healthier, faculty, staff, and students took the time to zen out during the University’s fifth annual Week of Well-Being. This year’s events, held April 3-7, encouraged the UM community across campuses and satellite locations to find their best selves through a number of activities designed to change the way they think about psychological health.

Isaac Prilleltensky, vice provost for institutional culture and dean of the School of Education and Human Development, led sessions sharing insight from his book, ‘The Laughing Guide to Well-Being,’ to show how humor and science can lead to a happier and healthier lifestyle. The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program helped participants explore the principles of mindfulness for everyday life. Other returning WOW favorites included yoga sessions led by the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center, and Wellness Fairs featuring giveaways, snacks, and a large ‘U’ installation presented by Fidelity Investments, inspiring employees to take steps towards their financial well-being.

View the slideshow below and take a survey to provide your feedback and improve next year’s WOW.

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