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Alanna Nattis, DO, FAAO

Dr. Alanna Nattis is a cornea, cataract and refractive surgeon, as well as the Director of Clinical Research at SightMD. She is an Ophthalmology Editor for Eyes On Eyecare, and serves as an associate professor in ophthalmology and surgery at NYIT-College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed a prestigious Ophthalmology residency at New York Medical College and gained vast experience with ophthalmic pathology in her training at both Westchester County Medical Center and Metropolitan Hospital Center in Manhattan.

Following her residency, she was chosen to be a cornea/refractive surgical fellow by one of the most sought after sub-specialty ophthalmic fellowships in the country, training with world-renowned eye surgeons Dr. Henry Perry and Dr. Eric Donnenfeld. During residency and fellowship, Dr. Nattis published over 15 articles in peer-reviewed journals, wrote 2 book chapters in ophthalmic textbooks, and has co-authored a landmark Ophthalmology textbook describing every type of eye surgical procedure performed, designed to help guide and teach surgical techniques to Ophthalmology residents and fellows. Additionally, she has been chosen to present over 20 research papers and posters at several national Ophthalmology conferences. In addition to her academic accomplishments, she is an expert in femtosecond laser cataract surgery, corneal refractive surgery including LASIK, PRK, laser resurfacing of the cornea, corneal crosslinking for keratoconus, corneal transplantation, and diagnosing and treating unusual corneal pathology. Dr. Nattis believes that communication and the physician-patient relationship are key when treating patients.

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Resources
Autoimmune Vascular Disease and the Eye Study Guide
Eyecare July 15th, 2021
Autoimmune Vascular Disease and the Eye Study Guide

The eye is frequently involved in numerous autoimmune and vascular disorders. In part four of this four-part study guide, we discuss giant cell arteritis.

Autoimmune Endocrine Disease and the Eye Study Guide
Eyecare July 14th, 2021
Autoimmune Endocrine Disease and the Eye Study Guide

The eye is frequently involved in numerous autoimmune and endocrine disorders. In part three of this four-part study guide, we discuss Graves' disease.

Autoimmune Dermatologic Disorders and the Eye Study Guide
Eyecare July 13th, 2021
Autoimmune Dermatologic Disorders and the Eye Study Guide

The eye is frequently involved in numerous autoimmune and dermatologic disorders. In part two of this four-part study guide, we discuss psoriasis, systemic lupus erythematosus, and scleroderma.

How I Do Preoperative Evaluations for Complex Cataract Cases
Eyecare July 12th, 2021
How I Do Preoperative Evaluations for Complex Cataract Cases

When dealing with complicated cataract cases, it is imperative to be prepared. This article explores the key considerations, risk factors, and tools you need on hand to ensure success.

Autoimmune Rheumatologic Disorders and the Eye: Study Guide
Eyecare July 8th, 2021
Autoimmune Rheumatologic Disorders and the Eye: Study Guide

The eye is frequently involved in numerous autoimmune and rheumatologic disorders. In part one of this four-part study guide, we discuss rheumatoid arthritis, Sjögren's syndrome, and seronegative spondyloarthropathies.

3D Cataract Surgery - The Ophthalmology Resident's Guide
Eyecare May 25th, 2021
3D Cataract Surgery - The Ophthalmology Resident's Guide

3-dimensional (3D) visualization systems are an exciting development in surgical microscopes with benefits for surgeons, patients, and the entire OR team. Here's what to know about this new technology!

The Ophthalmology Resident's Guide to Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery
Eyecare May 20th, 2021
The Ophthalmology Resident's Guide to Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery

Here's what ophthalmology residents should know about its benefits, drawbacks, and possibilities of femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (FLACS).

The Ultimate Corneal Dystrophies Study Guide
Eyecare May 13th, 2021
The Ultimate Corneal Dystrophies Study Guide

Corneal dystrophies are a group of inherited genetic eye disorders. This article and free downloadable study guide with clinical photos will walk you through the most common corneal dystrophies by corneal layer.

Gonioscopy Tips: Understanding Anatomical Landmarks and Their Significance
Eyecare April 8th, 2021
Gonioscopy Tips: Understanding Anatomical Landmarks and Their Significance

Gonioscopy can be daunting at first, but with practice and a solid understanding of the anatomy of the angle, you'll soon be comfortable performing this exam!

What Ophthalmology Residents Should Know About Flame Hemorrhages
Eyecare April 7th, 2021
What Ophthalmology Residents Should Know About Flame Hemorrhages

When you find a flame hemorrhage on exam, it can be difficult to determine its underlying etiology because there are many possibilities. Here's what to know about this type of retinal hemorrhage.

The Ultimate Guide to Eyelid Dermatitis
Eyecare March 26th, 2021
The Ultimate Guide to Eyelid Dermatitis

When a patient comes in with itchy, swollen, and red eyelids, what is an ophthalmologist to do? Here, we cover how to approach eyelid dermatitis, and how to best sort out treatment options depending on underlying cause and severity.

Deciphering and Understanding IOL Choices: Refractive Cataract Surgery
Eyecare December 17th, 2020
Deciphering and Understanding IOL Choices: Refractive Cataract Surgery

For a new ophthalmology resident, the vast choices of IOL options available can sometimes be overwhelming. Here's what to know to best give your patients an understanding of their surgery and postoperative expectations.

How to Introduce Clinical Research to Ophthalmology Patients
Eyecare November 12th, 2020
How to Introduce Clinical Research to Ophthalmology Patients

As an ophthalmology resident or early career surgeon, it's important to be involved in clinical research opportunities. But how can you bring up these opportunities in the clinic? This article walks you through definitions and tips for introducing clinical research to your patients.

The Ophthalmology Resident's Guide to Diagnosing and Managing Neurotrophic Keratopathy
Eyecare September 10th, 2020
The Ophthalmology Resident's Guide to Diagnosing and Managing Neurotrophic Keratopathy

Neurotrophic keratopathy (NK) is a degenerative condition that can lead to a variety of corneal pathologies and, if left untreated, can progress to severe and even permanent vision loss. Here's what ophthalmology students should know about this condition.

Managing Acanthamoeba Keratitis as an Ophthalmology Resident
Eyecare August 13th, 2020
Managing Acanthamoeba Keratitis as an Ophthalmology Resident

Though rare, Acanthamoeba Keratitis is associated with the use of a contaminated water source. Take this brief review course to learn about the diagnosis and treatment of this debilitating ocular infection.

The Ophthalmology Resident's Guide to Recurrent Erosion Syndrome
Eyecare July 16th, 2020
The Ophthalmology Resident's Guide to Recurrent Erosion Syndrome

Patients who complain of pain, particularly upon awakening, and foreign body sensations might be experiencing recurrent corneal erosion (RCE). Here's what ophthalmology residents should know about the etiology, pathophysiology, and management options for this diagnosis.

Managing Refractive Laser Surgery Complications: Tips for Ophthalmology Residents
Eyecare May 28th, 2020
Managing Refractive Laser Surgery Complications: Tips for Ophthalmology Residents

Refractive surgery is one of the most rewarding fields in ophthalmology—patients tend to be extremely satisfied with their care, and the treatments themselves are extraordinarily reliable. However, complications can still arise. Here's a handy reference guide for new surgeons on how to handle the most common complications of LASIK and PRK.

Emerging Diagnostics and Therapies for Keratoconus: What Ophthalmology Residents Should Know
Eyecare April 15th, 2020
Emerging Diagnostics and Therapies for Keratoconus: What Ophthalmology Residents Should Know

The last few decades have seen many exciting advances in the diagnosis and treatment of keratoconus, allowing doctors to help preserve and enhance vision for these patients in ways we never could before!

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