Sunday, April 30, 2017

AMD Risk from Sunlight Exposure

There has been discussion about whether sun exposure can be a risk factor for developing AMD-a common senior eye problem. We know that excess exposure to sunlight can cause many untoward effects on the delicate tissues of the eye and the surrounding facial skin. Sun exposure is a known cataract risk factor, too much UV exposure can cause a “cornea sunburn” or “solar keratitis” and even damage the retina by causing a “solar retinitis”. Researchers reporting in the journal Retina evaluated the effects of current and past sunlight exposure and iris color on early and late Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). Their conclusions were that sunlight exposure during working life is an important risk factor for AMD, whereas sunlight exposure after retirement seems to have less influence on the disease development. Therefore, preventive measures, for example, wearing sunglasses to minimize sunlight exposure, should start early to prevent development of AMD later in life.

If you are concerned about senior eye health and specifically your risk of AMD please consider wearing sunglasses to limit your exposure to sunlight beginning EARLY in life to preserve your eye health and vision. If you have not had a recent eye exam 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, April 23, 2017

Vitamin C & Cataracts


Vitamin C & Cataracts

Cataracts are a common senior eye problem that occurs naturally with age and clouds the eye’s lens, turning it opaque. Despite the advent of modern cataract removal surgery, cataracts are still something seniors need to be aware of and work to limit their risk factors if possible. The role of vitamins and supplements in cataract development has generally been a bit uncertain. Based on some new research, it is thought that eating foods high in Vitamin C can cut the risk of cataract progression by as much as a third. The research is also the first to show that diet and lifestyle may play a greater role than genetics in cataract development and severity.

Probably the most important finding in this study was that vitamin C intake from food seemed to protect against cataract progression. While we cannot totally avoid developing cataracts, we may be able to delay their onset and keep them from worsening significantly by eating a diet rich in vitamin C.

If you or someone you know is concerned about senior eye problems such as cataracts or even has a cataract, please share this information. If you need a cataract eye exam 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, April 17, 2017

Loose Eyelids & Dry Eye Problems

Dry Eyes from Loose Eyelids
Sometimes we are surprised by the many conditions and circumstances that can cause you to have dry eye problems. We know that many common medications, including those for blood pressure and allergies can certainly cause dry eyes. We know that the hormonal changes associated with menopause can cause dry eyes as well as certain environmental conditions of dustiness, breeziness or dryness you might encounter. We also know that problems with eyelid inflammation, called blepharitis, or systemic inflammatory diseases as well as contact lens wear can contribute to dry eye symptoms. Now, according to research we reviewed in Cornea we also know that loose eyelids may also cause a disruption of the normal tear film and lead to dry eye complaints. In a study of some 138 patients, those who had loose eyelids were much more likely to suffer from sensations of grittiness, in adequate tear film quality and quantity and dry spots on their cornea-all key sign and symptoms of dry eye. The researchers concluded that eyelid laxity or looseness should be tested in anyone with dry eye complaints as it might be a source of the problem.

If you or someone you know is bothered by dry eyes 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, April 9, 2017

EMG LASIK Experience for Julie B

Julia B shared her LASIK experience at Eyecare Medical Group

“I’ve worn either glasses or contact lenses to correct my vision for reading and distance for more than 30 years. Anyone who wears corrective lenses knows what a hassle it can be — albeit certainly better than stumbling through life with blurry vision. If you’re active, you can double the hassle factor. Bicycling in the rain with glasses means stopping constantly to wipe off the lenses. Mushing dogs means stopping to clear frosted glasses. And how much fun is it to come in from the cold to a warm room and instantly fog up? Contacts are great, but they need to be changed, cleaned and every so often will fly off an eyeball or — better yet — slide up and seemingly behind one’s eye and need to be gently tugged back out and repositioned. Travels? Some years back I did some climbing in the Andes, and that required a pair of prescription dark glacier goggles. More recent trips have meant juggling and keeping track of an impressive array of glasses for seeing distance, glasses for reading — one pair with contacts in, another with contacts out — and sunglasses. This spring, at the suggestion of my friend, I began to seriously consider correcting my ever-failing vision with LASIK surgery. I’ll be the first to admit the idea of someone firing a laser in my eyes was concerning, but after talking to numerous people who have had it done, I talked to my own eye doctor about it. According to my optometrist, I was the perfect candidate, and he referred me to Eyecare Medical Group in Portland. I was under the care of Dr. Adam Sise and his team. On the first visit he explained the process and, ideally, I’d have 20-20 or better vision. All told, each eye would take less than 40 seconds of laser start to finish. Once the actual procedure was complete, the team helped me up and out of the room and into the hallway, where for the first time in more than three decades I could see clearly. It was sort of like looking through a fog bank, but sure enough I could read the clock over the nurses’ station, posters along the walls and even the titles of books lining a shelf. I was so happy, I was hugging everyone in sight. LASIK is everything I had been told it would be — perfect vision, no glasses and immediate results. The only downside, wondering how long my friends will put up with me pointing out all the new things I can see.”

If you or some you know is tired of the hassle of glasses or contact lenses for seeing at distance and would like to find out if LASIK might be a good vision correction option, 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 a Free LASIK Consultation.


Sunday, April 2, 2017

Sports Eye Injuries Can Cause Retinal Detachment


If you or some you know has questions about eye diseases, problems or conditions 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.