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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Macular Degeneration Risk: Diet, Lifestyle & Genes

Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Risk
Unhealthy lifestyles that include smoking, high levels of alcohol consumption, high fat diets and other vascular risk factors are known to contribute to your risk of age related macular degeneration (AMD). Further, we also know that those with a family history of AMD are even at additional risk. Recently a study published in Ophthalmology told us about the further risk that you might experience if you actually have a genetic predisposition. The results showed that odds of developing AMD were 3.3 times greater if you had both unhealthy lifestyle behaviors in combination with high genetic risk as compared to those who had low genetic risk and healthy lifestyles. This shows the powerful negative effect both your genes and lifestyle can play in your risk of developing age related macular degeneration (AMD).

If you or someone you know has a family history of AMD and demonstrates unhealthy lifestyle behaviors it is important to have a comprehensive eye exam on a regular schedule recommended by your eye doctor, at which you clearly make the doctor aware of your risk factors and concerns. Please call 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, September 12, 2016

Corneal Crosslinking for Keratoconus

I am often asked to evaluate patients with a disease of the cornea called ectasia. This is a group of conditions where the cornea becomes thin and unstable. The result is that the cornea takes on a conical shape compared to its normal spherical contour. The most common type of ectasia is keratoconus. This is a condition often diagnosed in adolescence when patients note a change in their glasses prescription with increasing astigmatism. An analysis of the corneal shape, called topography, reveals signs of thinning with associated changes in the corneal shape. Currently there is no cure for this disease. Therapies are used to improve vision and include contact lenses, intrastromal corneal inlays, and even corneal transplantation. We are fortunate because a treatment has become available for Keratoconus and other ectasias. This procedure is called corneal collagen crosslinking. Eyecare Medical Group was proud to be a part of the investigative trial for this technology. The treatment aims to strengthen the cornea and prevent progressive thinning and warpage of the cornea. Our results are very promising and many of our patients were able to benefit from this treatment as part of the investigative trial. This is a major milestone in the treatment of ectasias and EMG is excited to be able to offer this treatment to our patients.

If you or someone you know has questions about Crosslinking/Keratoconus 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.



Monday, September 5, 2016

Thyroid Disease and Eye Problems

Thyroid Eye Problems
Did you know that having thyroid disease can cause eye problems? And, thyroid eye problems can be quite different depending on your age. In general, younger patients under the age of 40 are more likely to have thyroid eye disease characterized by “eye bulging”, clinically called proptosis, along with a retraction or “pulling back” of their eyelids. Older patients, those above 40 years old are more likely to have thyroid eye disease characterized by double vision or “diplopia” from eye muscle problems as well “optic neuropathy” or damage to their optic nerve. In most cases younger patients have milder signs and symptoms of eye problems.

If you or someone you know has thyroid disease or experiences any of the signs or symptoms of bulging eyes, double vision or reduced vision, it is important to immediately schedule an eye exam and share your diagnosis of thyroid disease with your eye doctor or the symptoms you are experiencing. 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, August 21, 2016

Rheumatoid Arthritis & Your Eyes

Rheumatoid Arthritis & Eye Problems
What does arthritis have to do with your eyes? Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an inflammatory disease characterized by swelling and irritation. The inflammation of RA occurs when your body's defense system (immune system) attacks your own body tissues instead of foreign invaders like viruses or bacteria. Most of these attacks occur in your joints, but RA inflammation can also affect other parts of your body, including your eyes. In fact, your eyes are especially vulnerable. Some of the more common eye complications of rheumatoid arthritis include dry eyes, scleritis-an inflammation of the “white” of your eye-which is uncomfortable and even painful, iritis-an inflammation of the colored part of the eye or the iris, or uveitis, an inflammation of the middle lining inside the eye that supplies blood to other internal structures.
Any of these rheumatoid arthritis complications can requirement treatment to avoid at a minimum discomfort and more seriously vision loss. So, if you have been told you have rheumatoid arthritis and experience dry eyes, redness, pain, or changes in your vision, you should make sure to see us for a diagnosis and treatment if needed.

If you or someone you know wishes to learn more about how rheumatoid arthritis can cause eye problems, 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, August 15, 2016

Cataract Surgery with Dr. Sterrer at EMG

Connie C. shared her cataract surgery experience with Dr. Sterrer at EMG:

“Cataract surgery! How could this be? Tales of yesteryear when this was a tedious procedure with a tedious recovery made today's "simple" procedure seem almost too good to be true. Yet the end results would surely be worth the effort, right? I was about to find out. One must believe that first impressions are lasting impressions. So when I entered the Eyecare Medical Group it was clear that folks were confident, knowledgeable and able to put the patient at ease from the first receptionist encounter until the last good-bye with Dr. Sterrer. The waiting room was comfortable with coffee and ample reading material to help pass the time. There was, however, never much time to read anything because appointments were always prompt with little to no wait time. The staff on each leg of the surgical team was equally professional yet gentle and kind. It was such a pleasant environment. Lots of reassuring! One could easily surmise that no one here was an entity unto itself: It was a team approach from beginning to end. I clearly remember happy chatter in the operating room. And music! Very soothing for the nerves.

It all went so fast. And there was absolutely no pain! I was able to drive myself to the Eyecare Medical Group facility the next day for a follow-up appointment. As I also had toric implants for my astigmatism, it was doubly wonderful to see so much more clearly. Yes, cataract surgery. How easy could this be? VERY EASY! Thanks to all with whom I came in contact with.”

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, August 8, 2016

Eye Problems and Psoriasis

Psoriasis and Retinal Vein Occlusion
What does having psoriasis have to do with eye and retina problems? As it turns out having psoriasis is associated with a higher risk of developing an eye problem called Retinal Vein Occlusion (RVO), a condition where one or more veins in the retina become blocked with a high risk of vision loss and many complications.

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes raised, red, scaly patches to appear on the skin. It typically affects the outside of the elbows, knees or scalp, though it can appear on any location. Some people report that psoriasis is itchy, burns and stings. Psoriasis is associated with other serious health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and depression. If you develop a rash that doesn't go away with an over-the-counter medication, you should consider contacting your doctor. Further, if indeed you are diagnosed with psoriasis, you should make sure to have regular eye exams and tell us that you have this condition.

If you or someone you know suffers from psoriasis, you should schedule regular eye exams and be sure to tell your eye doctor about your condition. Please call please call 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.



Sunday, July 31, 2016

Contact Lens Case Safety

About Contact Lens Case Safety
There is good news for contact lens wearers from the American Society for Microbiology 55th Interscience Conference of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC/ICC). New research has developed a “microbiosensor”-novel sensor device that alerts contact lens wearers when it is unsafe to put contact lenses in their eyes. This new device could reduce the incidence of severe eye infections which occur when dirty contact lenses are worn. This technology has potential for use as a both a research tool in clinical studies to monitor levels of bacterial growth associated with contact lens wear, and as a new approach to reducing and even preventing eye infections associated with contaminated contact lenses. While contact lenses are quite safe and effective properly fitted and cared for, there are a significant number of patients who just don’t take great care and misuse their solutions and especially their cases. Most often, they simply don’t keep their cases clean or replace them or don’t replace the solution in the case each and every day they wear their lenses. These kinds of risky behaviors expose the contact lens wear to increased eye safety risk of infection.

If you or someone you know wears contact lenses and has questions about contact lens safety, please call Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland, Maine 04102 at 888-374-2020, visit Eyecare Medical Group, Google+ or facebook.com/eyecaremedicalgroup.