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Monday, July 25, 2016

Blueberries Can Help Night Vision?

Blueberries Can Help Night Vision?
Everyone has heard that carrots are good for your eyes. Many folks are probably even aware that eating green leafy vegetables is helpful for those at risk for age related macular degeneration (AMD). But, have you ever heard that blueberries are good for your night vision? Blueberries are considered “super stars” among health food advocates, who tout the fruit for not only promoting heart health, better memory and digestion, but also for improving night vision. Now, scientists have taken a closer look at this and have found reason to doubt that the popular berry helps most healthy people see better in the dark. Their report appears in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural & Food Chemistry. Blueberries were thought to be possibly be helpful for your night vision because they contain anthocyanins, which are pigment molecules in blueberries and other plants, that promote the regeneration of key molecules in the eye involved in perceiving light. But reviews of the earlier clinical research that tested the effect of blueberries on night vision in human subjects revealed that the studies were poorly controlled. The researchers found that a blueberry-supplemented diet did not improve sight in the dark, but they did help subjects recover normal vision after exposure to a bright light. The enhancement, however, was small and not likely noticeable to most healthy people, the researchers concluded. So, if you like blueberries feel free to eat and enjoy them, but don’t wait for your night vision to improve.

If you or someone you know has problems with night vision, it is important to have a thorough eye exam to rule out the possibility of cataracts or other eye problem, condition or disease that may affect the retina or optic nerve. Please call Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland, Maine 04102 at 888-374-2020, visit Eyecare Medical Group, Google+ or facebook.com/eyecaremedicalgroup to schedule an appointment



Sunday, July 17, 2016

Tumors on the Eye Surface

Ocular Surface Tumors
As part of my fellowship training I expanded my experience in evaluating and treating various tumors that can appear on the surface of the eye including Ocular Surface Squamous Neoplasia, or OSSN. These tumors are similar to early skin cancers that can develop on the face, nose, scalp, and ears as people age. Diagnosis is based upon the clinical appearance in combination with an imaging technique called Ocular Coherence Tomography. Sometimes an excisional biopsy must be performed to reach a definitive diagnosis. The most important risk factor for the development of OSSN is exposure to UV light. Fortunately, these lesions are uncommon and carry a good prognosis if diagnosed early. The two main forms of treatment are surgical excision and topical chemotherapy. Depending on the size and appearance of the lesion, one treatment may be more effective than the other. In most cases, however, the two treatment options are both effective in treating the cancer, and a discussion with each patient helps better determine which therapy is best for them. While this can be a scary diagnosis for a patient to receive, prompt diagnosis and treatment often results in excellent outcomes.

If you or someone you know has questions about Ocular Surface Tumors feel free to call Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland, Maine 04102 at 888-374-2020, visit Eyecare Medical Group, Google+ or facebook.com/eyecaremedicalgroup to schedule an appointment.



Sunday, July 10, 2016

LASIK Story from Dale

“I recently had LASIK eye surgery at Eyecare Medical Group in Portland Maine. My experience was nothing short of outstanding. From the very thorough pre-op exam to the post-op exam, the staff was very kind and courteous. They really took the time to make sure all of my questions were answered and ensured that I was comfortable with the procedure. My doctor even came in on his day off to do my post-op so I could travel home to Fort Kent sooner. I would recommend LASIK to anyone who is a good candidate. I had 20/450 vision in both eyes. After LASIK my corrected vision is 20/15, which is amazing. I had the team under correct one of my eyes so that I wouldn’t need bifocals and could read without glasses. I really found the procedure to be painless. I didn’t take any pain meds and three hours after the surgery I was watching TV with no glasses. I am a 1000% satisfied I only wish I would have done it sooner.”

Dale

If you or someone you know wishes to learn more about freedom from the hassle of glasses and contact lenses with Bladeless LASIK or schedule a Free LASIK Consultation, please call Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland, Maine 04102 at 888-374-2020, visit Eyecare Medical Group, Google+ or facebook.com/eyecaremedicalgroup to schedule an appointment.



Thursday, July 7, 2016

Cataract Surgery Story

“From my first contact with Dr. Cassidy's office to the conclusion of my cataract surgery, I was overwhelmed with the courtesy, professionalism, friendliness, and above all, competence, of this medical practice. I have recommended Dr. Cassidy to all of my friends who are candidates for cataract care. My results were even better than we had anticipated, and I am THRILLED to be enjoying 20/15 vision now! I am deeply grateful to the entire staff at Eyecare Medical Group.”


Anne P.

If you or someone you know suffers from cloudy, blurry vision with night vision problems or fading of colors you should be checked for cataracts and learn more about cataract surgery and lens implants. Please call Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland, Maine 04102 at 888-374-2020, visit Eyecare Medical Group, Google+ or facebook.com/eyecaremedicalgroup to schedule an appointment.



Monday, June 27, 2016

Kid’s Sunglasses Help Avoid Solar Retinopathy

About Solar Retinopathy
Solar retinopathy is a condition where the retina becomes damaged as a result of bright light from the sun. The retina is made up of layers of light sensing cells that make vision possible. When they're over stimulated by sunlight, they release a flood of communication chemicals that can damage the retina. This damage is often painless, so people don't realize what they're doing to their vision. Solar retinopathy has been reported to occur from staring at the sun, regardless of its phase. Sometimes people high on drugs have stared at the sun for long periods of time causing serious damage as well adherents of sun worshipping religious sects are also victims. BUT, children too can stare at the sun and painlessly lose their vision from solar retinopathy!

Sunglasses for Children Not Simply About Fashion
Making sure children wear UV protective sunglasses is important to help kid’s protect their eye health and vision as sun damage to the retina, called “solar retinopathy” does affect BOTH children and adults according to researchers reporting in the Journal of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.

If you or someone you know has children and would like to learn more about sunglasses for kids please call Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland, Maine 04102 at 888-374-2020, visit Eyecare Medical Group, Google+ or facebook.com/eyecaremedicalgroup to schedule an appointment.



Monday, June 20, 2016

Cataract Surgery Patient Satisfaction

Patient Satisfaction & Cataract Surgery
The benefits of cataract surgery in restoring poor vision as well as quality of life are very obvious. As cataract surgeons we are also very pleased to report that cataract surgery has an extremely high level of overall patient satisfaction-in our practice as well as in national surveys collected by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) Institute for Quality Improvement. By 2030, 38 million Americans will suffer from cataracts, a number that will increase to 50 million by 2050, according to the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health. According to the study, from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) Institute for Quality Improvement, 99.7% of patients would recommend the procedure to friends or relatives suffering from cataracts. 96% of patients reported that their vision was better post-surgery, and 98 percent said they were comfortable during the procedure and right after their surgery. What’s more, 96% returned to normal activities of daily living within one week of their cataract surgery procedure. This is very typical of what we see at Eyecare Medical group and the data clearly shows that patients find value in cataract surgery and are generally very pleased with the outcomes of the procedure,” said Bruce Cassidy, M.D.

If you or someone you know suspects or has been told they have a cataract and would like to learn more about cataract surgery and lens implants, please call Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland, Maine 04102 at 888-374-2020, visit Eyecare Medical Group, Google+ or facebook.com/eyecaremedicalgroup to schedule an appointment.



Monday, June 13, 2016

Cataract Surgery Lens Implants and Driving

Driving, Cataract Surgery & Lens Implants
People with cataracts often are unaware of the subtle changes in lifestyle and mobility that they adopt as they await the “right time” for cataract surgery. Almost always, people who have cataract surgery immediately feel an improved quality of life from the restored freedom of clear vision, especially for those who wish to continue to drive. A
recent study also tells us that the choice of lens implant can play a role in restoring driving habits. When you schedule an appointment for a cataract evaluation or if you are visiting us for a cataract eye exam before surgery, please be sure to discuss and advise us of your driving habits and desires-especially night driving-so that we can counsel you on the different types of lens implants that we might use to help you return to a comfortable, convenient, safe and active driving pattern along with the other activities that the cataract might have limited for you.

If you or someone you know has a cataract or wishes to learn more about cataract surgery and lens implants especially as related to driving and mobility, please schedule a cataract eye exam by calling Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland, Maine 04102 at 888-374-2020, or visit Eyecare Medical Group, Google+ or facebook.com/eyecaremedicalgroup to schedule an appointment.