Sunday, August 21, 2016

Rheumatoid Arthritis & Your Eyes

Rheumatoid Arthritis & Eye Problems
What does arthritis have to do with your eyes? Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an inflammatory disease characterized by swelling and irritation. The inflammation of RA occurs when your body's defense system (immune system) attacks your own body tissues instead of foreign invaders like viruses or bacteria. Most of these attacks occur in your joints, but RA inflammation can also affect other parts of your body, including your eyes. In fact, your eyes are especially vulnerable. Some of the more common eye complications of rheumatoid arthritis include dry eyes, scleritis-an inflammation of the “white” of your eye-which is uncomfortable and even painful, iritis-an inflammation of the colored part of the eye or the iris, or uveitis, an inflammation of the middle lining inside the eye that supplies blood to other internal structures.
Any of these rheumatoid arthritis complications can requirement treatment to avoid at a minimum discomfort and more seriously vision loss. So, if you have been told you have rheumatoid arthritis and experience dry eyes, redness, pain, or changes in your vision, you should make sure to see us for a diagnosis and treatment if needed.

If you or someone you know wishes to learn more about how rheumatoid arthritis can cause eye problems, 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.



Monday, August 15, 2016

Cataract Surgery with Dr. Sterrer at EMG

Connie C. shared her cataract surgery experience with Dr. Sterrer at EMG:

“Cataract surgery! How could this be? Tales of yesteryear when this was a tedious procedure with a tedious recovery made today's "simple" procedure seem almost too good to be true. Yet the end results would surely be worth the effort, right? I was about to find out. One must believe that first impressions are lasting impressions. So when I entered the Eyecare Medical Group it was clear that folks were confident, knowledgeable and able to put the patient at ease from the first receptionist encounter until the last good-bye with Dr. Sterrer. The waiting room was comfortable with coffee and ample reading material to help pass the time. There was, however, never much time to read anything because appointments were always prompt with little to no wait time. The staff on each leg of the surgical team was equally professional yet gentle and kind. It was such a pleasant environment. Lots of reassuring! One could easily surmise that no one here was an entity unto itself: It was a team approach from beginning to end. I clearly remember happy chatter in the operating room. And music! Very soothing for the nerves.

It all went so fast. And there was absolutely no pain! I was able to drive myself to the Eyecare Medical Group facility the next day for a follow-up appointment. As I also had toric implants for my astigmatism, it was doubly wonderful to see so much more clearly. Yes, cataract surgery. How easy could this be? VERY EASY! Thanks to all with whom I came in contact with.”

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.



Monday, August 8, 2016

Eye Problems and Psoriasis

Psoriasis and Retinal Vein Occlusion
What does having psoriasis have to do with eye and retina problems? As it turns out having psoriasis is associated with a higher risk of developing an eye problem called Retinal Vein Occlusion (RVO), a condition where one or more veins in the retina become blocked with a high risk of vision loss and many complications.

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes raised, red, scaly patches to appear on the skin. It typically affects the outside of the elbows, knees or scalp, though it can appear on any location. Some people report that psoriasis is itchy, burns and stings. Psoriasis is associated with other serious health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and depression. If you develop a rash that doesn't go away with an over-the-counter medication, you should consider contacting your doctor. Further, if indeed you are diagnosed with psoriasis, you should make sure to have regular eye exams and tell us that you have this condition.

If you or someone you know suffers from psoriasis, you should schedule regular eye exams and be sure to tell your eye doctor about your condition. Please call please call Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland, Maine 04102 at 888-374-2020, or visit Eyecare Medical Group, Google+ or facebook.com/eyecaremedicalgroup to schedule an appointment.