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.



Thursday, July 7, 2016

Cataract Surgery Story

“From my first contact with Dr. Cassidy's office to the conclusion of my cataract surgery, I was overwhelmed with the courtesy, professionalism, friendliness, and above all, competence, of this medical practice. I have recommended Dr. Cassidy to all of my friends who are candidates for cataract care. My results were even better than we had anticipated, and I am THRILLED to be enjoying 20/15 vision now! I am deeply grateful to the entire staff at Eyecare Medical Group.”


Anne P.

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.