Monday, July 30, 2018

Stroke Warning: Retinal Artery Blockage!


Retinal Artery Blockage May Warn of Impending Stroke
A certain retinal vessel disease may be a warning of an impending stroke! When an artery or vein in the retina becomes blocked or “occluded” it can be a sign of more serious health issues that need to be looked-quickly! A central retinal artery occlusion (CRAO) is a disease of the eye where the flow of blood through the central retinal artery is blocked. Patients suffering from a central artery occlusion experience a sudden, severe, painless loss of vision in one eye. While there can be several different causes of the blockage, most often a central retinal artery occlusion is caused by unhealthy carotid arteries which supply the head and neck with oxygen. Unhealthy carotid arteries are those that have atherosclerosis, are narrowed and filled with a waxy fatty substance that forms plaques that can break off and end up in the retinal circulation. Retinal artery occlusion is a significant warning of a stroke risk and indeed more than 15% of the patients having a central retinal artery occlusion experience a stroke within 4 years after the artery blockage.

A retinal artery occlusion is a medical emergency as the loss of vision is fast an irreversible.  If you or someone you know experiences a quick painless severe loss of vision in one eye, please call your local optometrist to schedule an appointment. If specialty care, treatment or surgery is required, please ask to be referred to one of the physicians at Eyecare Medical Group.



Sunday, July 22, 2018

An EMG Cataract Patient Story


“First, I need to say that I seldom take the time to do public reviews. Dr. Cassidy and his staff are extremely customer service oriented - such a rarity today. I was very surprised. Everyone, from the front desk, to the techs, to billing, to the OR nurses to the anesthesiologist are all focused on providing excellent patient care. Procedures are explained completely - there are no surprises. I had two surgeries, and have had several office appointments as well - never waited more than 5 minutes past appointment time! I had a survey on patient care sent after every appointment and very thoughtful ‘thank yous’ for choosing them after both surgeries. After my second surgery, I called the on-call doctor with a question. Half an hour after I contacted the answering service they called me back to make sure that I had spoken to the doctor and was all set. I have NEVER had that happen before. I would recommend Dr. Cassidy and Eyecare Medical Group without any reservations! The best part - after 54 years of wearing glasses I can see when I wake up in the morning and no longer need glasses to function! I have 20/20 vision now and cannot thank Dr. Cassidy and his staff enough!”

If you or some you know is experiencing cataract symptoms such as cloudy foggy vision, glare or difficult night driving and would like to learn more about cataract surgery & lens implants please call your local optometrist to schedule an appointment. If specialty care, treatment or surgery is required, please ask to be referred to one of the physicians at Eyecare Medical Group. For more information, visit our website or facebook.com/eyecaremedicalgroup.



Saturday, July 7, 2018

Sunglasses Help Protect You from Serious Eye Problems!


With summer in full swing, the days are longer, the sun hotter, and the threat from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays, greater. Excess sun exposure can put you at risk of serious short-term and long-term eye problems. This is true for young and old, year-round. Prevention is simple. Wear sunglasses that block ultraviolet radiation.

Keeping Your Eyes Safe from the Sun
When shopping for sunglasses always ask the optician, or look for a tag or label that says 100% protection against both UVA and UVB or 100% protection against UV 400. UV protection is the essential piece you need to look for in a pair of sunglasses. Darkness and color do not indicate the strength of UV protection, and neither does the price tag! There is no doubt about the consequences of not protecting your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays. If your eyes are exposed to strong sunlight for too long without proper protection, UV rays can burn the cornea-called photokeratitis- and cause temporary blindness in a matter of hours. Long-term sun exposure is linked to more serious eye disease, such as cataracts, certain types eyelid cancer and growths on or near the eye. A lifetime of exposure also likely increases progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a condition that can cause blindness. In addition to wearing UV protecting sunglasses, also consider wearing a hat with broad brim. They have been shown to significantly cut exposure to harmful rays. Also, don’t forget the sunscreen! 

If you or someone you know needs to learn more about UV damage to the eye or select and be fit with proper sunglasses, please call your local optometrist to schedule an appointment.



Sunday, July 1, 2018

Eye Accident from Blunt Trauma



Blunt force eye injuries (such as tennis ball injuries) can affect the entire eye. Because the eye is a closed organ, any sudden impact can cause shock wave effects through the eye. In this case, the shock wave from a tennis ball caused a hemorrhage in the retina and underlying layers.

If you or some you know has questions about eye diseases, problems or conditions please call your local optometrist to schedule an appointment. If specialty care, treatment or surgery is required, please ask to be referred to one of the physicians at Eyecare Medical Group. For more information, visit our website or facebook.com/eyecaremedicalgroup.