Greg Ogawa, MD Teaches Advanced Surgical Techniques

Dr. Gregory Ogawa recently served as an invited instructor in courses teaching other ophthalmologists advanced surgical techniques in Sarasota, FL.

One of the courses covered advanced suturing techniques for iris reconstruction as well as suturing of intraocular lens implants, while the other focused on the latest techniques for removing vitreous from the eye.  The courses were at a meeting designed for cataract surgeons entitled, ‘Cataract Surgery: Telling It Like It Is’ (January 16-19 2014).

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LASIK Informational Video


Mark P. Lesher, MD

In an effort to use social media to market and promote Lasik surgery, the Lasik Program Committee came up with the idea of an informational video for prospective patients who use technology as their primary source of information.  After months of hard work and preparation, the video was shot at our Northside clinic

Dr. Mark Lesher and Darren Pantoja, Surgical Program Manager, are featured in an interview-style format that contains answers to the basic questions frequently asked about Lasik surgery.  The video also features an animated clip of Lasik surgery courtesy of Eyemaginations.

Thanks to our talented IT Department, the full-length version of the video can be seen on the “Laser Vision Center” page of our website.  There are also 5 minute versions of the video available on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.  Check out the video and share it with anyone who may be interested in Lasik!




Whooping Cough – Vaccinations

-DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis vaccine) – Children should get 5 doses at 2, 4, 6 and between 12-18 months and between 4-6 years

-Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) for children and adolescents who got DTaP or DTP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis) and have not yet gotten a booster dose of Td: the preferred age is 11-12 years but can be given as early as 7 years

-Adults who didn’t get Tdap as a pre-teen or teen should get one dose of Tdap, particularly those who have or anticipate having contact with infants

-Pregnant women who have not previously received Tdap should receive Tdap, preferably during the third or late second trimester (after 20 weeks gestation) or immediately postpartum

-Anyone who will be in contact with infants who has not received a dose of Tdap should receive one

-All healthcare workers who have not received Tdap should receive a dose as soon as possible

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) pertussis treatment guidelines can be accessed at:





EANM Gallup Staff – Relay for Life


The staff at the Gallup clinic walked in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life which took place June 15th and 16th. This was the  first year  they participated.  The Team started with the ‘right’ foot, symbolizing hard work and dedication to the cause.   The Eye Associates members who participated were Audrey Brito, Brandi McGraw, O.D., Dee Sanchez, Michelle Tenorio, Andy Trujillo, Sandra James and Mari Arreguin-Espinoza.

A day before the event, members of the team placed more than 66 luminarias at the event site.  The team was composed of 17 enthusiastic people and most of them stayed throughout the night, taking turn walking.  The team actively participated in several of the special events that took place during the night and enjoyed the fun of trying to stay awake in the wee hours of the morning.

The event brought a new perspective to their lives.  They had the opportunity see many of our patients who had been, or currently are fighting cancer in their own lives.  They felt the reward of spending time with them, allowing them to show that they are there for them not just as their eye care provider, but as a group of friends that care for their overall health.

Mari was quoted as saying “we all have been touched by cancer in our lives in one form or another, and we anxiously anticipate the day when there will be a cure.”