Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Cost of LASIK in Maine: Can I Afford It?

Eyecare Medical Group in Portland, Maine shared some thoughts about the cost of LASIK in Maine and how to see if it’s affordable. “I speak to many patients from throughout Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont who call us and really want LASIK but are concerned about how to make it affordable, “commented Erica Mitchell, Refractive Surgery Coordinator at EMG. “With the economy being tough it can be unnerving to think about spending money on anything-no less something that seems a bit frivolous. For folks who consider their eyes and vision correction frivolous-LASIK is not for them. For people who can imagine doing the kinds of things they do each day-or would like to do each day-without the hassle of having to wear glasses or contacts all the time-LASIK can be a real priority,” she further stated.

Many people who decide to have LASIK think they should shop for the best price. We’re not sure what would possess folks to think about price shopping for surgery. Maybe because they forgot that LASIK is surgery? Maybe it’s because they see a bunch of deceptive advertisements and hype. It’s tough to believe that folks would shop around for LASIK like they shop for a brake job for their car-but it happens every single day. It’s also tough to believe that folks would shop price for LASIK RATHER than shop for the best LASIK Surgeons to whom they are entrusting their eye health and vision.

LASIK is about three things…..First, LASIK is about safety and results. Second, LASIK is about safety and results. Third, LASIK is about safety and results. Safety and results depend on the skill, experience and expertise of surgeon and the staff. 

Almost ALL practices today have ways of making LASIK affordable. This can be through the use of monthly payment plans, the use of employer Flex Plans and special offers that can help you use your tax refund or bonus. Shop surgeon quality-NOT price……find the best LASIK surgeon with whom you can develop TRUST. One who gets to know you. One who you can get to know. You may already know them based on their reputation in the community or by the fact that they have taken care of a family member, co-worker or friend. There is no way of setting a best price on empathy, trust, comfort, safety and results. 

If you or someone you know is thinking about LASIK please call Eyecare Medical Group for a Free LASIK Evaluation at 888-374-2020. Let us tell you if you are even a good candidate for Laser Eye Surgery for Laser Vision Correction. Then let us help make LASIK affordable. To schedule a FREE LASIK Consultation call us at 888-374-2020, visit Eyecare Medical Group or facebook.com/eyecaremedicalgroup. 

Eyecare Medical Group is a leading ophthalmology practice in Portland, Maine staffed by a team of eye care specialists including eye doctors who are fellowship trained glaucoma specialists, retina specialists, cornea specialists and cataract and lens implant specialists-all board certified Ophthalmologists-as well as Optometrists, Opticians, technical and administrative staff who provide eye examinations for adults and children, cataract surgery and intraocular lens implants, (IOL), laser vision correction such as LASIK, diagnosis and treatment of cornea disease including cornea transplants, care for diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration and diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma. 

Eyecare Medical Group is conveniently located for patients from throughout Maine including
Auburn, Augusta, Bangor, Bath, Berwick, Biddeford, Bridgeton, Brunswick, Cape Neddick, Casco Bay, Cumberland Center, Eliot, Freeport, Gardiner, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Kittery, Lewiston, Old Orchard Beach, Sanford, Scarborough, South Portland, Springvale, Topsham, Waterville, Westbrook, Winslow, Wiscasset, Yarmouth, Portland, Skowhegan and York Maine.


Monday, July 30, 2012

Eyecare Medical Group Mobile Web Site Launch

The Maine Ophthalmologists and Optometrists at Eyecare Medical Group are pleased to announce the launch of its new mobile web site. “Patients who use an iPhone or Android-really any mobile smartphone or computer tablet like an iPad and need to schedule eye exams, LASIK consultations, cataract and lens implant evaluations and appointments for any type of eye disease or problem including glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration-will be able to easily find and contact us on their mobile devices today,” stated Clement Berry, Chief Executive Officer of Eyecare Medical Group. “It’s really very easy to reach us on your smartphone-just search Eyecare Medical Group on your smartphone you can click right through to see it!,” said Mr. Berry.

If you are at a desktop computer and want to use a regular phone to schedule an appointment reach us at 888-374-2020 or for greater detail and more in depth information visit Eyecare Medical Group or to just be social come see us at facebook.com/eyecaremedicalgroup.


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Maine LASIK Discount & Military, Police & Firefighters

We are pleased to offer Maine military personnel, police and firefighters a LASIK discount. Military personnel, police and firefighters in Maine will be pleased to learn that at Eyecare Medical Group we recognize the value and importance of LASIK for these professions and thus offer a LASIK discount and benefit for these first responders and patriots. Military personnel are often involved in activities that are simply unsuitable for wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses. Trying to wear eyeglasses with night vision goggles or use eyewear with gas masks, aiming devices and other systems can be a real safety concern as well as a hindrance in the performance of duties. Further, consider a police officer involved in a pursuit, investigation or search or even a physical altercation and the hassle eyeglasses and contact lenses can potentially expose a police or law enforcement officer to. With firefighters one can only imagine trying to wear eyeglasses with SCUBA breathing devices or wearing contact lenses in the heat and dusty environment of a fire.

Our Maine LASIK Surgeons-Drs. Cassidy, Sterrer and Shah believe that by making Bladeless LASIK at Eyecare Medical Group more affordable, military personnel, police and firefighters will perform better and feel safer if they don't have to worry about breaking eyeglasses, losing contact lenses or glasses, or thinking about lenses fogging up or being uncomfortable at crucial moments. 

Eyecare Medical Group offers a Free LASIK Consultation as well as the military, police and firefighter LASIK discount by calling 888-374-2020. Our $500 per eye LASIK discount* allows first responders and active and retired military personnel to have Bladeless LASIK at Eyecare Medical Group-regularly $2395 per eye for $1895 per eye. 

If you or someone you know has a question about LASIK or wish to schedule a Free LASIK consultation please feel free to call Eyecare Medical Group at 888-374-2020 or visit facebook.com/eyecaremedicalgroup

Eyecare Medical Group is conveniently located for LASIK patients from throughout Maine including Auburn, Augusta, Bangor, Bath, Berwick, Biddeford, Bridgeton, Brunswick, Cape Neddick, Casco Bay, Cumberland Center, Eliot, Freeport, Gardiner, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Kittery, Lewiston, Old Orchard Beach, Sanford, Scarborough, South Portland, Springvale, Topsham, Waterville, Westbrook, Winslow, Wiscasset, Yarmouth, Portland, Skowhegan and York Maine. 

*May not be combined with any other offer, benefit or discount.


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Eyelid Inflammation, Infection & Blepharitis

The Maine eye doctors from Eyecare Medical Group in Portland, ME shared some information about eyelid inflammation, infection and Blepharitis. Eyelid inflammation, called Blepharitis is a common and ongoing condition where the eyelids become inflamed and swollen, with oily particles and bacteria coating the eyelid margin near the base of the eyelashes. This annoying condition causes irritation, itchiness, redness, and stinging or burning of the eyes. While the underlying causes of blepharitis aren't completely understood, it can be associated with a bacterial eye infection, symptoms of dry eyes or certain types of skin conditions such as acne rosacea. Blepharitis is often a chronic, or ongoing, condition, but it can be controlled with one of more types of treatment that may include warm compresses, eyelid scrubs, antibiotic ointment, nutritional therapy and good overall eyebrow, scalp and hair hygiene. 

If you or someone you know suffers from eyelid inflammation, infection and blepharitis please feel free to call Eyecare Medical Group at 888-374-2020, visit Eyecare Medical Group or facebook.com/eyecaremedicalgroup to schedule an appointment so that we can help. 

Eyecare Medical Group is a leading ophthalmology practice in Portland, Maine staffed by a team of eye care specialists including eye doctors who are fellowship trained glaucoma specialists, retina specialists, cornea specialists and cataract specialists and lens implant specialists-all board certified Ophthalmologists-as well as Optometrists, Opticians, technical and administrative staff who provide eye examinations for adults and children, cataract surgery and intraocular lens implants, (IOL), laser vision correction such as LASIK, diagnosis and treatment of cornea disease including cornea transplants, care for diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration and diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma

Eyecare Medical Group is conveniently located for patients from throughout Maine including 

Auburn, Augusta, Bangor, Bath, Berwick, Biddeford, Bridgeton, Brunswick, Cape Neddick, Casco Bay, Cumberland Center, Eliot, Freeport, Gardiner, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Kittery, Lewiston, Old Orchard Beach, Sanford, Scarborough, South Portland, Springvale, Topsham, Waterville, Westbrook, Winslow, Wiscasset, Yarmouth, Portland, Skowhegan and York Maine.


Thursday, July 19, 2012

Your Eyes, Sun Damage & Maine Summer

“Summer in Maine means lots of outdoor activities-and the need to remember to protect your eyes from sun damage,” commented Jordan Sterrer, M.D. a Maine Ophthalmologist at Eyecare Medical Group in Portland, ME. “It’s a great time of year to enjoy all that the Maine outdoors can offer, but many people don’t realize the multiple effects and degree to which the sun can damage your eyes and the surrounding tissue,” stated Dr. Sterrer. “Too much UV light from the sun can affect the surface of the cornea and actually cause an “eye sunburn” or “photokeratitis” which is uncomfortable and may temporarily impact vision,” noted Eyecare Medical Group Corneal Specialist Ravi Shah, M.D. “Excessive ultraviolet inside the eye can hasten the formation of cataracts-and if it reaches the retina can also cause a type of “solar retinitis” and increase the risk of macular degeneration, explained Dr.Sterrer. “Further, we are all susceptible to eye and eyelid cancers from the sun. Even though the eyelid is designed to protect the eye itself from the sun, eyelid skin is very thin and fragile and can be easily damaged by the sun. The number and types of eyelid cancers are many and a cause for concern among everyone,” noted Robert Daly, M.D. a Maine eye surgeon at Eyecare Medical Group who is a specialist is cataract surgery, glaucoma as well as eye plastic surgery. 

Thus, we should ALL take simple but effective precautions to protect our eyes and the structures inside and around our eyes: 

Wear a Brimmed Hat 

Use Sunscreen 

Wear Proper UV Protecting Sunglasses 

Using some common sense precautions goes a long way to protecting your eye health and vision. If you or someone you know has questions about eyes and sunlight or proper UV and sun protection for eyes, please feel free to call Eyecare Medical Group at 888-374-2020 and schedule an appointment, visit Eyecare Medical Group or facebook.com/eyecaremedicalgroup 

Eyecare Medical Group is a leading ophthalmology practice in Portland, Maine staffed by a team of eye care specialists including eye doctors who are fellowship trained glaucoma specialists, retina specialists, cornea specialists and cataract and lens implant specialists-all board certified Ophthalmologists-as well as Optometrists, Opticians, technical and administrative staff who provide eye examinations for adults and children, cataract surgery and intraocular lens implants, (IOL), laser vision correction such as LASIK, diagnosis and treatment of cornea disease including cornea transplants, care for diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration and diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma. 

Eyecare Medical Group is conveniently located for patients from throughout Maine including 

Auburn, Augusta, Bangor, Bath, Berwick, Biddeford, Bridgeton, Brunswick, Cape Neddick, Casco Bay, Cumberland Center, Eliot, Freeport, Gardiner, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Kittery, Lewiston, Old Orchard Beach, Sanford, Scarborough, South Portland, Springvale, Topsham, Waterville, Westbrook, Winslow, Wiscasset, Yarmouth, Portland, Skowhegan and York Maine.


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Medical Tourism Information for Maine Patients

“Maine patients considering medical tourism as a healthcare option should have as much information as possible,” commented Clement Berry, Chief Executive officer of Eyecare Medical group in Portland, ME. “Leaving the country for healthcare services, otherwise known as medical tourism, is becoming more and more common, but is not without its risks.”

Individuals may leave the country to receive experimental treatments or surgeries that are either not performed in the United States or are more cost effective in other countries. Typical surgeries that people may seek out of country include cardiac procedures, joint replacements, and cosmetic procedures, including LASIK surgery.

Although having surgery in another country can initially seem more cost effective, it can be a risky choice to make. It can often be difficult to find follow up care in the United States, and what would normally be included as post-operative care when done by a physician in the US can require additional charges. Procedures may be done differently in other countries, so it can be difficult for a surgeon to treat any post-operative complications that may arise. Traveling long distances after surgery can also increase the risk of complication for certain types of surgery.

There is also the issue of infectious disease. Different diseases occur in different parts of the world. Travelers do not have the built up natural immunity to the infectious diseases specific to a region and can be more susceptible to those illnesses, especially after surgery when the immune system can be weakened. If a patient returns home to the United States not knowing that they have acquired a particular illness, it can be very difficult to diagnosis, especially if it is something that is rarely seen here.

It is important to weigh the pros and cons of traveling out of country for medical services. We at Eyecare Medical Group have seen several complications related to services rendered outside of the United States. These cases are always more difficult to treat especially when there are no records from the original surgery. To learn more about medical tourism, please call Eyecare Medical Group in Portland at 888-374-2020, visit Eyecare Medical Group or facebook.com/eyecaremedicalgroup.

Eyecare Medical Group is a leading ophthalmology practice in Portland, Maine staffed by a team of eye care specialists including eye doctors who are fellowship trained glaucoma specialists, retina specialists, cornea specialists and cataract and lens implant specialists-all board certified Ophthalmologists-as well as Optometrists, Opticians, technical and administrative staff who provide eye examinations for adults and children, cataract surgery and intraocular lens implants, (IOL), laser vision correction such as LASIK, diagnosis and treatment of cornea disease including cornea transplants, care for diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration and diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma.

Eyecare Medical Group is conveniently located for patients from throughout Maine including Auburn, Augusta, Bangor, Bath, Berwick, Biddeford, Bridgeton, Brunswick, Cape Neddick, Casco Bay, Cumberland Center, Eliot, Freeport, Gardiner, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Kittery, Lewiston, Old Orchard Beach, Sanford, Scarborough, South Portland, Springvale, Topsham, Waterville, Westbrook, Winslow, Wiscasset, Yarmouth, Portland, Skowhegan and York Maine.


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Maine Cataract Surgery with Diabetes

Maine Cataract Surgeon Bruce Cassidy, M.D. shared some insight for people with in need of cataract surgery who also have diabetes. “Diabetes is a known risk factor for developing cataracts. We believe that the abnormal carbohydrate and sugar metabolism that diabetic patients suffer causes the sugars and metabolic byproducts to damage the crystalline lens of the eye and form a cataract. Thus, it is not uncommon for diabetic patients to actually need cataract surgery at an even earlier age than others who are not diabetic, explained Dr. Cassidy. “By doing the types of high technology imaging and testing we do, along with using tiny incisions and meticulous eye surgery procedures, we can successfully perform cataract surgery for patients for our patients with diabetes.”

Even though diabetes is known to cause some difficulty with poor wound healing, the type of small incision cataract surgery performed by Eyecare Medical Group Maine Cataract Surgeons really poses no increased risk to diabetic patients as compared to non diabetic patients. “It is important that diabetics considering cataract surgery have a careful evaluation of the retina-especially the macula-using ocular coherence tomography (OCT) to identify the presence of diabetic macular edema (DME), a known finding in diabetic retinopathy that can cause less then optimal results after cataract surgery, noted Eyecare Medical Group Maine Retina Specialist Scott Steidl, M.D. “Further, in certain situations it might take an added precaution of placing an injection of VEGF inhibitor such as Lucentis™ into the vitreous of the eye to prevent new blood vessel growth. Other than these considerations it is usually quite possible for our cataract surgeons to offer patients good results.

Early diagnosis and treatment is the key to preserving eye health and vision with diabetes. See your eye doctor regularly as he or she requests. If you or someone you know has questions about Diabetes and Cataract Surgery please feel free to call Eyecare Medical Group at 888-374-2020, visit Eyecare Medical Group or facebook.com/eyecaremedicalgroup.

Eyecare Medical Group is a leading ophthalmology practice in Portland, Maine staffed by a team of eye care specialists including eye doctors who are fellowship trained glaucoma specialists, retina specialists, cornea specialists and cataract and lens implant specialists-all board certified Ophthalmologists-as well as Optometrists, Opticians, technical and administrative staff who provide eye examinations for adults and children, cataract surgery and intraocular lens implants, (IOL), laser vision correction such as LASIK, diagnosis and treatment of cornea disease including cornea transplants, care for diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration and diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma.
Eyecare Medical Group is conveniently located for patients from throughout Maine including Auburn, Augusta, Bangor, Bath, Berwick, Biddeford, Bridgeton, Brunswick, Cape Neddick, Casco Bay, Cumberland Center, Eliot, Freeport, Gardiner, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Kittery, Lewiston, Old Orchard Beach, Sanford, Scarborough, South Portland, Springvale, Topsham, Waterville, Westbrook, Winslow, Wiscasset, Yarmouth, Portland, Skowhegan and York Maine.


Thursday, July 5, 2012

Maine Eyelash Problems: Trichiasis

Maine Ophthalmologist Robert Daly, M.D. of Eyecare medical Group in Portland, ME commented on the eyelash problem known as Trichiasis. “Trichiasis can cause some discomfort but is rarely serious, although it is important to monitor the patient to make sure no permanent damage is done to the cornea,” commented Dr. Daly.

Trichiasis is the abnormal growth of the eyelashes toward the eye, touching the cornea or the conjunctiva. Trichiasis is not typically a serious condition but can cause a lot of eye irritation and has the potential to damage the cornea if it is untreated and can cause vision loss.

Trichiasis is often caused by an entropion, or the inversion of the lower eye lid. When this occurs, the lashes have nowhere to go but in and can scratch the surface of the conjunctiva or cornea. The repeated scratching of the cornea from the lashes can cause damage to the cornea and can be painful. Trichiasis is not common in the United States, but can be more common in other countries when the cause of the trichiasis is an infection. 

Treatment for trichiasis ranges depending on the cause and how severe the condition may be. For mild cases, lubricating the eye with artificial tears is enough to protect the cornea from damage. When an infection is the cause of the irritation, antibiotics can be beneficial. Some cases of trichiasis can be treated with epilation of the lashes, in which the lashes are plucked to prevent them from scratching the cornea. If the cause of the trichiasis is an entropion, surgery can be performed to repair the lower lid muscles so that the lid no longer turns it and allows the cornea to be scratched by the eye lashes. Argon laser treatment, cryotherapy and cautery procedures are other potential methods used to treat trichiasis.

If you require treatment for trichiasis, or have questions about treatment, please feel free to call Eyecare Medical Group at 1-888-374-2020, visit eyecaremed.com or facebook.com/eyecaremedicalgroup

Eyecare Medical Group is a leading ophthalmology practice in Portland, Maine staffed by a team of eye care specialists including eye doctors who are fellowship trained glaucoma specialists, retina specialists, cornea specialists and cataract and lens implant specialists-all board certified Ophthalmologists-as well as Optometrists, Opticians, technical and administrative staff who provide eye examinations for adults and children, cataract surgery and intraocular lens implants, (IOL), laser vision correction such as LASIK, diagnosis and treatment of cornea disease including cornea transplants, care for diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration and diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma.

Eyecare Medical Group is conveniently located for patients from throughout Maine including Auburn, Augusta, Bangor, Bath, Berwick, Biddeford, Bridgeton, Brunswick, Cape Neddick, Casco Bay, Cumberland Center, Eliot, Freeport, Gardiner, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Kittery, Lewiston, Old Orchard Beach, Sanford, Scarborough, South Portland, Springvale, Topsham, Waterville, Westbrook, Winslow, Wiscasset, Yarmouth, Portland, Skowhegan and York Maine.



Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Maine Fireworks Eye Safety

Maine Retinal Specialist Jackie Nguyen, M.D. of Eyecare Medical Group in Portland, ME offered some guidance regarding fireworks eye safety and eye injury prevention in preparation for the July 4th celebrations and fun.
“Fireworks eye safety and avoiding eye injury is best achieved when we leave the use of fireworks to professionals trained in their safe use. Nonprofessionals are at undue risk of eye injury-no matter how much fun it might seem-when they use fireworks on their own,” commented Dr. Nguyen. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, fireworks are involved in approximately 10,000 injuries per year that are treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms. Of those, 2/3 occurred during the one month period surrounding the July 4th holiday. It is important to note that:
· Eyes were the Second Most Commonly Injured Part of the Body!
· Males Were Injured 3x More than Females.
· Approximately 25% of Injuries are to Children under 15.
Fireworks and celebrations go together, especially during the Fourth of July. But there are precautions parents can take to prevent these injuries. The best defense against kids suffering severe eye injuries and burns is to not let kids play with any fireworks. Do not purchase, use or store fireworks of any type. Protect yourself, your family and your friends by avoiding fireworks. Attend only authorized public fireworks displays conducted by licensed operators, but be aware that even professional displays can be dangerous.
If an eye accident does occur, what should you know?
· Do not rub the eye.
· Do not attempt to rinse out the eye. This can be even more damaging than rubbing.
· Do not apply pressure to the eye itself-but protecting the eye from further contact with any item, including the child's hand.
· Do not stop for medicine! Over-the-counter pain relievers will not do much to relieve pain. Aspirin (should never be given to children) and ibuprofen can thin the blood, increasing bleeding. Take the child to the emergency room at once.
· Do not apply ointments or drops. They may not be sterile and may make the area around the eye slippery and harder for the doctor to examine.
Once you are seen in the emergency room please feel free to have them call Eyecare Medical Group at 888-374-2020 as we always have an eye doctor “on call” to provide consultation and continued care for you.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about eye safety, fireworks injury and prevention you can reach Eyecare Medical group at 888-374-2020, visit http://www.eyecaremed.com/ or facebook.com/eyecaremedicalgroup.

Eyecare Medical Group is a leading ophthalmology practice in Portland, Maine staffed by a team of eye care specialists including eye doctors who are fellowship trained glaucoma specialists, retina specialists, cornea specialists and cataract and lens implant specialists-all board certified Ophthalmologists-as well as Optometrists, Opticians, technical and administrative staff who provide eye examinations for adults and children, cataract surgery and intraocular lens implants, (IOL), laser vision correction such as LASIK, diagnosis and treatment of cornea disease including cornea transplants, care for diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration and diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma.

Eyecare Medical Group is conveniently located for patients from throughout Maine including Auburn, Augusta, Bangor, Bath, Berwick, Biddeford, Bridgeton, Brunswick, Cape Neddick, Casco Bay, Cumberland Center, Eliot, Freeport, Gardiner, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Kittery, Lewiston, Old Orchard Beach, Sanford, Scarborough, South Portland, Springvale, Topsham, Waterville, Westbrook, Winslow, Wiscasset, Yarmouth, Portland, Skowhegan and York Maine.