Dr. Elise Brisco, O.D., and Dr. Paul Dougherty, M.D. are conducting a medical research study to compare the effectiveness of a new homeopathic dry eye drop to traditional artificial tear drops in controlling symptoms of dry eye in the first week after LASIK.
It is relatively common for LASIK patients to experience burning and stinging from dry eyes, especially during the first week after LASIK. It is traditionally treated with artificial tear drops, but in this study patients undergoing all-laser LASIK in both eyes will be randomly assigned to use either artificial tears or the new homeopathic dry eye drops. Both eye drops replace tears temporarily, but homeopathic dry eye drops also stimulate tear production. At the 1-week post-operative visit, each patient will be asked to fill out a questionnaire about dry eye symptoms and will undergo a few routine, non-invasive tests to evaluate signs of dry eye.
Patients participating in the study will be offered a discount of $1700 off of the usual charge of all-laser LASIK of $5900 (for a net cost of $4200) for participating in the study. In addition, all study eye drops (i.e. artificial tears or homeopathic dry eye drops) will be provided at no cost.
Dr. Dougherty and Dr. Brisco are excited to be collaborating on this research study, and invite patients to participate in this monumental study.
Paul Dougherty, M.D.
Dr. Dougherty has personally performed more than 17,000 LASIK eye surgeries, which puts him in the top 1% of the LASIK Surgery specialists in the world.
He served as a principal investigator on FDA clinical trials to evaluate the latest approved technologies including the Staar Visian ICL (Implantable Contact Lens). Dr. Dougherty is one of just 39 eye surgeons in the world to serve on the editorial board of the Journal of Refractive Surgery — the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s peer-reviewed scientific journal about new developments in refractive surgery.
Elise Brisco, O.D., F.A.A.O. , F.C.O.V.D.
Dr. Brisco co-founded the Rehabilitative Vision Clinic at the Cedars Sinai Medical Center in the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She is the Director for an Integrated Wellness Clinic whose practitioners include: Functional Medicine, Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, Ophthalmology, Osteopath, and Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Brisco Served as the Team Optometrist for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, the Long Beach Ice Dogs and the Los Angeles Galaxy. She is on the Medical Advisory Board: Los Angeles Zoo and Women in Optometry journal.
Dr. Brisco has been interviewed frequently in the media including appearances on: The Doctors, Disney Channel, KTLA, ABC, NBC, Wall Street Journal, FOX, CBS. She has been the media spokesperson for Acuvue (Johnson & Johnson), Visine (McNeil-PPC), Ciba Vision (Novartis), American Optometric Association, and the California Optometric Association.
Please contact our office if you are interested in participating in this research study (323)521-4770