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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.



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.