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.