Thursday, March 22, 2012

Doctors for Bulging Eyes in Maine

Bulging eye problems can be a warning sign that needs to be thoroughly examined according to Maine Ophthalmologists at Eyecare Medical Group in Portland. “Bulging Eyes” is the common description of the eye conditions known as Exophthalmos or Proptosis. Besides possibly being a bit odd looking, bulging eye conditions can also cause a number of problems such as not being able to completely close your eyes during sleep or even during normal blinking which can lead to dry eye symptoms, discomfort and ultimately damage the eye’s surface as a result of scarring. Sometimes eye bulging can restrict or interfere with normal eye movements. We need to be able to properly diagnose the difference between eyes that are simply “prominent” as compared to eyes that actually “bulging”. In instances of true bulging eyes, we need to carefully determine the cause, so that we can offer an appropriate treatment as necessary. Causes of bulging eyes can include
  • Graves Disease, that results in hyperthyroidism and too much thyroid hormone
  • Inflammation of the tissue around the eye and inside the bony orbit of the eye called Cellulitis
  • Certain tumors behind, inside or around the eye
  • Hemorrhages behind the eye, and
  • Injury to the eye.
If you or someone you know suffers from bulging eyes please feel free to schedule an examination at Eyecare Medical Group in Portland Maine at 888-374-2020.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Contact Lenses for Swimming in Maine

Contact Lenses for swimming in Maine becomes a very popular topic this time of year as March marks the time of year many students-especially college students-get ready for spring break activities that often include swimming, hot tubs and water sports. Contact lenses really should not be worn for swimming, taking showers, in bath tubs or in hot tubs as this poses safety risks to patients. “We often hear patient questions about wanting to wear their contacts while in a pool or hot tub or even while in the shower. This is not a good idea and can significantly increase the safety risks of contact lens wear,” said Maine Corneal Specialist Ravi Shah, M.D. of Eyecare Medical Group in Portland. 

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recommended that contact lenses not be exposed to any form of water. Although rare, a sight-threatening eye complication, Acanthamoeba Keratitis, is caused by an organism present in all forms of impure water (i.e., swimming pools, tap water, saunas, wells, and showers). Acanthamoeba, and certain forms of bacteria present in water, can become attached to the contact lenses, possibly resulting in an infection. It would be preferable to insert your contact lenses after showering. If lenses are being worn while showering, it is recommended to keep your eyes firmly closed. If you accidentally wear your contact lenses while in the bathtub or hot tub, care should be taken to avoid water being splashed into the eyes. If your eyes are exposed to water, instill a lubricating drop to help loosen the lens on the eye, remove the lens with clean, dry hands, then clean and disinfect it the lens, or discard it. Never sleep in a lens that has been exposed to water without first cleaning and disinfecting it. If lenses were removed prior to getting in a hot tub, they must be properly cleaned and disinfected before being re-inserted.

“Contact Lenses are really quite safe to wear if your follow proper care guidelines and instructions. However, if water restrictions such as swimming, bath tubs and showering are part of your daily routine, you do need to keep your lenses out. Many more patients-even very successful contact lens wearers-finds this to be a hassle and are now interested in discussing LASIK as an option,” said Dr. Shah. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about LASIK or scheduling a Free LASIK Consultation please call Eyecare Medical Group at 888-374-2020. 

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Maine Cataract & Ovarian Cancer Risk

Maine eyecare patients might find it useful to know that there may be a relationship whereby women who develop Cataracts are less prone to developing Ovarian Cancer according to researchers. It is widely recognized that the major health benefit of exposure to Ultraviolet (UV) Radiation from the sun is the production of Vitamin D, which is helpful in protection against several human cancers, including Ovarian Carcinoma. On the other hand, Ultraviolet (UV) Radiation from the sun is a recognized risk factor for Cataract development.

Researchers reporting in the November 2011 publication Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention studied 709 women with primary invasive ovarian carcinoma and 1101 controls to examine the association of Ovarian Carcinoma risk with a history of Cataracts. Some interesting findings were that older age, a history of Type 2 Diabetes and skin cancer were significant risk factors for developing a Cataract. Further, a history of Cataract was reported by 14% of cases and 17% of controls and was significantly associated with a reduced Ovarian Carcinoma risk. These findings add indirect evidence to the hypothesis that lifetime Vitamin D exposure may be inversely associated with risk of Ovarian Carcinoma. Additional studies are needed to further investigate the potential behavioral and biological factors that might influence association of cataract with ovarian cancer.