Maine LASIK Cataract Eye Care Surgery Blog Portland EMG

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Welcome Cornea Specialist & LASIK Surgeon Adam Sise, M.D.

 Adam Sise, M.D.

EMG is very excited to announce that Cornea Specialist,Cataract & LASIK Surgeon Adam Sise, M.D. will be joining EMG in July, 2015. A New England native, Dr. Sise is completing Fellowship at the University of Miami-Bascom Palmer Eye Institute prior to commencing practice in Portland, Maine. Dr. Sise will be available to see patients for all types of corneal diseases and problems and will be performing LASIK surgery, corneal transplants, cataract surgery and lens implants, as well as other types of corneal procedures in our outpatient ambulatory surgery center (ASC). If you need a cornea specialist or have been referred for a an existing corneal problem that you need care for, please call us at 207-828-2020 to set up an appointment with Dr. Sise after July 2015.

Monday, May 11, 2015

LASIK Day with Dr. Sterrer

A typical LASIK day with Dr. Sterrer begins with a technician going over post op instructions with the patient before they are taken into the laser room. Once the post op instructions have been completed and the patient is comfortable and ready to go, the technician will bring the patient to the laser room. We try to make sure every patient is as comfortably situated as possible on the laser bed. Once we have ensured they are comfortable and positioned for treatment, they are covered with a warm blanket and the process of getting them ready for surgery begins.  The eye that is not being worked on first will be patched so that Dr. Sterrer focuses only on the eye that he is performing surgery on.

 Numbing drops are administered and the femtosecond laser, the laser that creates the flap for an all laser, bladeless LASIK procedure, is applied to the eye. This process takes about 20 seconds. Once this is done, Dr. Sterrer will fold the newly made flap back, and prepare the eye for the excimer laser, or the laser that changes the shape of one’s cornea to improve their vision.  The amount of time the excimer laser takes depends upon your prescription, so it can take anywhere from 5 to 20 seconds. Once the excimer laser does it’s work, Dr. Sterrer will lay the flap back down and then move to the other eye. The entire treatment process takes about 15 to 30 minutes from start to finish for both eyes!

 Once the treatment is done, Dr. Sterrer will take the patient into an exam room to check their vision. After that, we send our LASIK patients home to take a nap. We see all of our LASIK patients for a one day post op to ensure that everything looks good. Patients will have three different sets of drops to use post operatively, usually for about a week. Except for minor restrictions, patients are usually able to resume normal daily activities in about a day.

 If you or someone you know would like to learn more about LASIK or schedule a Free LASIK Consultation please feel free to call Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland, Maine 04102 at 207-791-8273, visit Eyecare Medical Group or to schedule an appointment.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Useful Eye Infection Information

Common eye infections can be easily confused with allergies and even dry eyes. In fact, if you have ever had red, itchy eyes, you may have wondered whether it’s a symptom of allergies or dry eyes or a more serious condition, such as an eye infection.  Here is some useful information about eye infections as compared to allergies and dry eye problems:

About Allergies & Dry Eyes
Symptoms of Allergies or Dry Eyes
  •  If you work at a computer for an extended time or have allergies to products or airborne substances, you may experience dry, red or irritated eyes.
  • Generally allergies and dry eyes affect both eyes.
  • Treatment options usually include resting your eyes or using an over-the-counter or prescription eye drops, as recommended by your eye doctor.

About Eye Infections
Symptoms of Eye Infections
  •  Frequently occurs when bacteria, fungi or viruses attack any part of your eye, including the surface, membrane lining of the outer eye and inner eyelid, interior portions or the soft tissue of the eyelid.
  • Infections inside the eye or in the soft tissue of the eyelid are the most dangerous and if left untreated, the condition may spread throughout the eye.
  • Symptoms usually include redness, pain, discharge, watering and sensitivity to light; usually occurs only in one eye; if symptoms are detected, immediately contact your eye doctor for an evaluation

Types of Eye Infections
  • Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis) – A common infection that is highly contagious.
  • Viral Keratitis –Can be simply related to a respiratory virus or cold or more serious such as Ocular Herpes that occurs when exposed to the Herpes Simplex Virus.
  • Fungal Keratitis – A fungus commonly found in organic matter such as soil, leaves or branches of a tree.
  • Acanthamoeba Keratitis – A parasite that attacks the eye more often in individuals wearing contact lenses and swimming in pools, lakes, ponds, hot tubs or streams who are at increased risk for contracting this infection.
  • Trachoma – Usually found in underdeveloped countries. Typically infects the inner eyelid along with eyelashes touching the area can infect the cornea and cause permanent blindness.
  • Endophthalmitis – Occurs with a penetrating eye injury or complication following eye surgery and if left untreated, may lead to blindness.
Preventing Eye Infections
  •  If you experience symptoms associated with an eye infection, contact Eyecare Medical Group immediately. Prompt treatment is necessary to reduce the risk of permanent blindness.
  • To avoid eye infections, wash your hands throughout the day, especially if you are near an individual with a red eye or other signs of infection. Contact lens wearers should follow care and handling instructions provided by their eye doctor.

If you or someone you know is concerned about having an eye infection or is confused about they have an eye infection, an eye allergy or even a dry eye problem, please call Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland, Maine 04102 at 888-374-2020, visit Eyecare Medical Group or to schedule an appointment.

Monday, April 27, 2015

About Ocular Melanoma Eye Cancer

What to Know About Ocular Melanoma Eye Cancer
While many of us are quite aware of the different types of cancer that can affect us throughout life, relatively few are aware of the most common type of eye cancer-called Ocular Melanoma (OM). Approximately 2,500 American adults are diagnosed with ocular melanoma (OM) annually in the United States.

What is Ocular Melanoma (OM)?
OM is an aggressive malignant cancer that starts in the pigment cells of the eye that produce eye color. In general, OM tends to occur in people with light skin pigmentation and more typically, blue or green eyes and who are over age 50. However, OM also can occur in individuals of every race and at any age. For about 50 percent of individuals diagnosed with OM, the cancer may be fatal, because it metastasizes and spreads to other parts of the body. OM is considered a silent killer. There are no early warning signs, and it is difficult to see when studying your eyes in the mirror.

Diagnosis, Signs & Symptoms of Ocular Melanoma (OM)
Often, during a routine eye exam through a dilated pupil, it is possible for eye doctors to detect OM, reinforcing the importance of scheduling regular eye exam appointments. Once OM has developed, people may experience blurred vision, a change in the shape of the pupil, flashing lights in their vision, loss of vision in the affected eye or a dark spot on the iris. Researchers have discovered that people with OM tend to have certain gene mutations, which could suggest there is a strong genetic component to the disease. However, scientists have not concluded that these abnormalities are the cause. They believe there may be a connection between the development of OM and prolonged exposure to sunlight or artificial light, such as from tanning beds, but there is not significant research confirming this link.

If you or someone you know is concerned about their risk of Ocular Melanoma (OM) or has any family member who has been diagnosed with Ocular Melanoma, please be sure to call Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland, Maine 04102 at 888-374-2020, visit Eyecare Medical Group or to schedule an eye exam appointment.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Association Between Early Cataracts & Cancer Early Cataracts May Indicate Cancer Risk

We have known that the early onset of cataracts is linked to insufficient antioxidative activity in one’s metabolism. We also know that insufficient antioxidative activity is a risk factor for developing cancer. Researchers investigated whether there was an association between the early onset of cataracts-in patients under 55 years old and the potential risk for developing cancer.

Research on Early Cataracts & Cancer Risk
Researchers reporting the journal Cancer Science, the official journal of the Japanese Cancer Association investigated the risk of cancer after being diagnosed with early onset cataract. The researchers examined claims from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD) of patients with early onset cataract, aged 20-55 and also compared it to a group of the same age range without cataracts. By using powerful statistical analysis they found that the overall incidence rate of all cancers was 2.19-fold higher in the early onset cataract group as compared to those without cataracts.  Further they were able to analyze where these patients were at greatest risk of developing cancer and found head and neck areas highest, followed by liver cancer and then breast cancer. This study suggests that patients with early onset cataract are at an increased risk of being diagnosed with cancer in subsequent years.

If you or someone you know is concerned about early cataract development and risk of cancer or needs a regular eye exam where do a routine cataract screening and exam, please share this information with them and ask them to call Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland, Maine 04102 at 888-374-2020, visit Eyecare Medical Group or to schedule an appointment.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Help for Dry Eyes with Diet Supplements

Dry eye problems affect many people we see at Eyecare Medical Group. Depending on the cause of the dry eye problems, we are fortunate to be able to help dry eye symptoms and complaints with specially formulated artificial tears, ointments, microscopic punctual plugs we can insert into the tear drainage canals, anti-inflammatory eye drops, oral antibiotics and even prescription eye drops called Restasis that help you make more of your own natural tears. Research now suggests that certain diet supplements may also be useful in helping dry eye symptoms and problems.

 Research on Diet Supplements & Dry Eye
According to researchers reporting in Clinical Ophthalmology taking dietary supplements that contain a combination of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and antioxidants can be helpful in the treatment of dry eye symptoms. A study was conducted to understand the effectiveness and tolerability of dietary supplements containing a combination of omega-3 essential fatty acids and antioxidants for help for dry eye symptoms and complaints. The researchers wanted to know if the dry eye diet supplements helped scratchy and stinging sensation in the eyes, eye redness, grittiness, painful eyes, tired eyes, grating sensation, and blurry vision. After 12 weeks of taking the supplements all individual symptoms improved significantly from an average rating of 11.9 to 6.8 indicating that dietary supplementation with a combination of omega-3 essential fatty acids and antioxidants was an effective treatment for dry eye.

If you or someone you know has questions about dry eye help with diet supplements please feel free to call Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland, Maine 04102 at 888-374-2020, visit EyecareMedical Group or to schedule an appointment.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Pink Eye Conjunctivitis: Do I Have It?

We frequently receive calls at Eyecare Medical Group from patients wondering is their “red eyes” might be conjunctivitis or “pink eye”. First, without coming in to see us for an external eye exam it is really not possible to tell over the phone. But when you do come in, we will be able to look for a number of signs and thoroughly discuss your symptoms to help determine whether you have “pink eye” or conjunctivitis.

Signs & Symptoms of Pink Eye Conjunctivitis

About Bacterial Conjunctivitis
If you have a bacterial infection causing pink eye conjunctivitis, you will usually have very red eyes. You may find crusting on your eyelids that can make them stick together as well as a heavy, pus-like discharge from your eyes that may be greenish at times. This infection may spread to both eyes.

About Viral Conjunctivitis
If you have a viral conjunctivitis we often will find a very red, swollen eye, crusty eyelids and a more watery discharge. This discharge can also have strands of mucus or white, ropy strands. While many cases of viral pink eye infect only one eye, this infection can also spread to the other eye.

About Allergic Conjunctivitis
If you have an allergic conjunctivitis and your allergies are causing your conjunctivitis, it will often look similar to viral conjunctivitis. Your eyes will be red and tearing. However, they will also be itchy. It is likely you may have a stuffy, runny or itchy nose as well.

Treatment of Pink Eye Conjunctivitis
Typically, treatment is mostly supportive. Antibiotics do not treat viral infections but do work well in treating bacterial conjunctivitis. Regardless of the cause, it is important to minimize exposure of others by washing your hands frequently and throwing away used tissues. Do not share towels or pillow cases. Consider staying home from work or school until you are symptom-free for 24 hours. If you are a contact lens wearer, you should discontinue their use and stick with glasses until your infection clears. Then start with a fresh pair of lenses and a clean lens case.

If you or someone you know has questions about pink eye conjunctivitis, symptoms or treatment please feel free to call Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland, Maine 04102 at 888-374-2020, visit Eyecare Medical Group or to schedule an appointment.