Summer 2011  
Newsletter Sections  

Announcing: The Addition of a new doctor in July 2011!

Kay , Tabas, and Niknam Ophthalmology Associates welcomes the addition of Dr. Jennifer Kim, MD to our practice.

Dr. Jennifer Kim was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia and graduated as valedictorian of her class from Harriton High School. She then went on to complete her undergraduate studies at Yale University, where she majored in music with a focus on piano performance. Following college, she returned to Philadelphia, where she went on to medical school at the University of Pennsylvania. After her internship year at the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia, she completed a three year residency in ophthalmology at the prestigious Wills Eye Institute. She went on to pursue training in cornea at the Duke Eye Center, considered one of the premier cornea fellowships in the country.

As a cornea fellowship-trained surgeon, Dr. Kim has experience in both partial and full-thickness cornea transplantion, including both DSAEK and DALK, as well as implantation of INTACs ring segments for keratoconus. She also specializes in presbyopia and astigmatism correcting lens implants as well as bladeless LASIK surgery and PRK.

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on the Main Line

We are excited to announce that Dr. Michael Kay, M.D. has just been named Best Ophthalmologist on the Main Line for 2011.

Featured Employee

Erika Smith

Erika Smith has been providing our practice with excellent customer service since May of 2007.A South Philly native,Erika came to us after working in the medical field for many years. Erika brings a focused effort towards efficiency and great patient experiences. When she isn't working working at Kay, Tabas and Niknam Opthalmology Associates,She enjoys spending time with her niece and nephews and shopping.



New Technology at Kay, Tabas, and Niknam Ophthalmology

The Zeiss Meditec Stratus OCT camera allows us to take cross-sectional photographic images of the eye. This state-of-the-art technology assists us in the detection and treatment of retinal diseases, which are often difficult to detect with the naked eye. Abnormalities of the retina where this is useful include macular pucker, macular holes, diabetic eye disease, macular degeneration, and macular edema.

Please contact our office for more information or call our Philadelphia location at (215) 925-6402 or our Bala Cynwyd location at
(610) 667-6760

Philadelphia 76'ers Team Trainer at Kay, Tabas & Niknam Ophthalmology

When the Phila 76'ers and their staff need Laser Vision Correction, they consistently turn to Kay, Tabas, and Niknam Ophthalmology. Team Trainer Monte Shubik underwent Lasik Laser Vision correction by Dr. Michael Kay this June at the TLC Laser Vision Center in Plymouth Meeting, PA.

from left to right:
Dan Fish (Director - TLC laser vision center in Plymouth Meeting, PA) - Monte Shubik (Philadelphia 76'ers Team Trainer) - Dr. Michael Kay - Derrick Sterling (Lasik Coordinator)

Please contact our office for more information or call our Philadelphia location at (215) 925-6402 or our Bala Cynwyd location at
(610) 667-6760

Ocular Allergies

Up to 50 million Americans suffer from the miseries of allergies, with allergic reactions involving the eyes being a common complaint. An allergic reaction that affects the conjunctiva, a clear layer of skin overlying the eyes, is commonly referred to as allergic conjunctivitis.

Allergic conjunctivitis is triggered by an immune reaction involving a sensitized individual and an allergen. Simply stated, this means that if you are allergic to a particular substance and then come into contact with it, you experience an allergic reaction (eg, itching, sneezing).

Allergic conjunctivitis is most commonly seen in areas with high seasonal allergens.

Common allergens include:

  • Pollen
  • Grass
  • Weeds
  • Dust
  • Pet dander

The primary symptom is ocular itching. In addition to ocular itching, you may experience the following symptoms:

  • Redness
  • Tearing
  • Burning sensation
  • Blurrred vision
  • Mattering and/or mucous production



Avoiding the allergen (s) you are allergic to is the most effective preventive measure.

Unfortunately, avoidance is not always easy or possible. In this case, the following at-home treatments may provide you with some relief from your ocular allergies.

  • Apply cold compresses to your eyes to help reduce the allergic reaction.
  • Use artificial tears/lubricating eyedrops as needed to help flush out allergens that get into your eyes.
  • Use over-the-counter medications, such as allergy eyedrops and oral antihistamines, as directed for mild allergies.
  • Sometimes prescription eyedrops are necessary for symptom relief. These include effective ocular antihistamines, mast cell stabilizers, or steriod medication

If ocular allergies are problematic foor you, the doctors at Kay, Tabas, Niknam Ophthalmology Associates would be happy to recommend the right regimen for your needs. Please call us today and we would be
happy to help, so you can enjoy the rest of the summer symptom-free.

Please contact our office for more information or call our Philadelphia location at (215) 925-6402 or our Bala Cynwyd location at
(610) 667-6760

Thank you for choosing Kay & Tabas Ophthalmology as your eye care providers.