Monday, September 26, 2016

A Cataract Patient Story

Marcia G shared her cataract surgery experience.

“Cataract surgery was a breeze at Eyecare Medical Group! Of course I expected nothing less of the facility and staff I've come to know. Everyone, from the check in counter to the assistants, nurses and surgeons.... made me feel like a friend (whose name they knew!) and not like a body sitting in a large impersonal waiting room that was just a means to a paycheck! I shouldn't have worried so because Dr. Sise and his team are just wonderful. They just make it so easy. After all, how could you NOT love a team that not only dresses in costume, but display the pictures on the EMG Facebook page? Seriously.....they are. Nothing to worry about. My questions were many and each was dealt with patiently prior to the cataract surgery. I'd been so unhappy with my declining vision for SO long and each and every staff member commiserated with me and shared information to ease my concerns. The tests were non-invasive and very interesting. I especially liked all the pretty colors some of them caused me to see! The pre-op with Barbara was easy and she's so knowledgeable. It seems odd to say this, but by the time she was done with me, I was looking forward to the procedure! Eye drops a few days prior to check in was simple and check in day? The team didn't even give me a chance to sit down and wait for my name to be called. I was led to the next room and given a really comfy seat while more eye drops were rapidly installed. Then Dr. Sise appeared, and with a grin on his face, asked which eye? Then the black pen appeared and he gave me a big black X to mark the spot! I was never uncomfortable and I was awake enough to join in conversations before they started. Can't believe it’s so quick! Voila! And we were done! I have to say, don't forget to say "yes" when the nurse asks you if you'd like a cinnamon muffin afterward! And by the way......Cataract Surgery number two! Just as smooth as the first and the muffin was something I looked forward to on the way there! Don't hesitate to work with any of the Doctors at EMG. The ones I've met are top notch....as is everyone there. Thanks SO much for my new eyes!”

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.



Sunday, September 18, 2016

Macular Degeneration Risk: Diet, Lifestyle & Genes

Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Risk
Unhealthy lifestyles that include smoking, high levels of alcohol consumption, high fat diets and other vascular risk factors are known to contribute to your risk of age related macular degeneration (AMD). Further, we also know that those with a family history of AMD are even at additional risk. Recently a study published in Ophthalmology told us about the further risk that you might experience if you actually have a genetic predisposition. The results showed that odds of developing AMD were 3.3 times greater if you had both unhealthy lifestyle behaviors in combination with high genetic risk as compared to those who had low genetic risk and healthy lifestyles. This shows the powerful negative effect both your genes and lifestyle can play in your risk of developing age related macular degeneration (AMD).

If you or someone you know has a family history of AMD and demonstrates unhealthy lifestyle behaviors it is important to have a comprehensive eye exam on a regular schedule recommended by your eye doctor, at which you clearly make the doctor aware of your risk factors and concerns. Please call 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, September 12, 2016

Corneal Crosslinking for Keratoconus

I am often asked to evaluate patients with a disease of the cornea called ectasia. This is a group of conditions where the cornea becomes thin and unstable. The result is that the cornea takes on a conical shape compared to its normal spherical contour. The most common type of ectasia is keratoconus. This is a condition often diagnosed in adolescence when patients note a change in their glasses prescription with increasing astigmatism. An analysis of the corneal shape, called topography, reveals signs of thinning with associated changes in the corneal shape. Currently there is no cure for this disease. Therapies are used to improve vision and include contact lenses, intrastromal corneal inlays, and even corneal transplantation. We are fortunate because a treatment has become available for Keratoconus and other ectasias. This procedure is called corneal collagen crosslinking. Eyecare Medical Group was proud to be a part of the investigative trial for this technology. The treatment aims to strengthen the cornea and prevent progressive thinning and warpage of the cornea. Our results are very promising and many of our patients were able to benefit from this treatment as part of the investigative trial. This is a major milestone in the treatment of ectasias and EMG is excited to be able to offer this treatment to our patients.

If you or someone you know has questions about Crosslinking/Keratoconus 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.



Monday, September 5, 2016

Thyroid Disease and Eye Problems

Thyroid Eye Problems
Did you know that having thyroid disease can cause eye problems? And, thyroid eye problems can be quite different depending on your age. In general, younger patients under the age of 40 are more likely to have thyroid eye disease characterized by “eye bulging”, clinically called proptosis, along with a retraction or “pulling back” of their eyelids. Older patients, those above 40 years old are more likely to have thyroid eye disease characterized by double vision or “diplopia” from eye muscle problems as well “optic neuropathy” or damage to their optic nerve. In most cases younger patients have milder signs and symptoms of eye problems.

If you or someone you know has thyroid disease or experiences any of the signs or symptoms of bulging eyes, double vision or reduced vision, it is important to immediately schedule an eye exam and share your diagnosis of thyroid disease with your eye doctor or the symptoms you are experiencing. 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.