Dating with Spex, XEN Gel Stent FDA Approval, and Early Alzheimer’s Disease Detection

Welcome to what’s trending in eye care, brought to you by and 20/20 Glance! I’m Dr. Ryan Corte, here to bring you the news!

Spex dating website

Do you wear glasses AND happen to be single? If so, grab your “sexy spex” and listen up!

The new dating site Spex recently went live and is designed for people who wear glasses or, get this, are interested in dating someone who wears glasses. According to the site, approximately 50% of the world’s population wears glasses, so there’s that for narrowing things down. Regardless, it’s time to break out those old college specs and tweak up those nose pads before your hipster competition steals the love of your life!

Allergan logo

Tired of your daily glaucoma drops?! There’s good news on the horizon!

The FDA recently approved Allergan’s newly acquired XEN® Gel Stent for patients with glaucoma who have been unsuccessful with previous medical or surgical treatments!

Xen gel stent

This minimally invasive device is surgically placed in the front of your eye to make a new, permanent pathway to reduce the pressure (amount of fluid) in your eye. For more information, schedule an appointment with your local glaucoma specialist – who is most likely looking at this new approval as the greatest thing since sliced bread!

University of Texas medical branch logo

Concerned you might develop Alzheimer’s disease one day? You’re not the only one!

A new study out of The University of Texas Medical Branch discovered a relationship between inflammation, a toxic protein and the early onset of Alzheimer’s disease. The kicker, neuroscientists are pointing to the back of your eye, known as your retina, as a cost-effective place to screen and detect this early development since it can easily be incorporated into your yearly eye exam! Point eye health!  

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Ryan Corte, OD
Dr. Ryan Corte was born and raised in Novi, MI where he attended Novi High School. He graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Science in 2008. He also attended The Ohio State University College of Optometry where he graduated with a Doctor of Optometry degree in 2012. Dr. Corte completed an Optometric Residency in Primary Care and Ocular Disease at the Illinois College of Optometry in 2013. During his residency, he obtained advanced clinical competency to practice optometry at the highest level as well as provided educational assistance and supervision of third and fourth year students as a clinical faculty member. He now practices just north of Charlotte, NC at Northlake Eye. In addition to his clinical expertise, Dr. Corte has contributed to optometry through multiple leadership roles. He is a former Executive President of the American Optometric Student Association and is currently serving on the Young ODs and Membership committee of the North Carolina Optometric Society Optometric. He also was a senior journalist for and is a co-founder of Dr. Corte thrives on involvement and looks forward to remaining very active throughout his professional career. Outside of work, he loves spending time with his wife, family and friends as well as continuing to stay active in his community and in life.