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New therapeutic target may prevent blindness in premature babies at risk of retinopathy

New therapeutic target may prevent blindness in premature babies at risk of retinopathy | Eastside Optometric | Scoop.it
New research opens the possibility of developing new, more selective drugs to control the abnormal growth of blood vessels and prevent blindness including retinopathy of prematurity, a disorder that may result in retinal detachment due to abnormal...
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Exciting information regarding a possible new therapeutic target for treatment of abnormal proliferation of blood vessels. 

Abnormal proliferation of blood vessels may lead to a number of disorders. Therefore, the finding may offer therapeutic potential for other conditions, particularly proliferative diabetic retinopathy and cancer. 


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Fixing vision problems key to long life for people who are older

Fixing vision problems key to long life for people who are older | Eastside Optometric | Scoop.it
If someone wants to help an older friend or family member live a long life, encourage that senior citizen to get his or her eyes examined and take care of vision problems as they arise.
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This is a very important article that underscores the importance of good vision in a long and healthy life. Family members and care givers should encourage their elderly family members to get an annual eye exam.  This article mentions that many Americans live with vision impairment that is correctible with eyeglasses and contact lenses.

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, September 16, 11:36 AM

A recent study in JAMA Opthalmology linked  seeing well  to independence and self-care, both important for a long life. The researchers from Purdue University noted multiple implications from their study:

1. These findings reinforce the need for the primary prevention of visual impairment.

2. The early detection of disabling eye diseases is suboptimal in the U.S. health care system, leading to otherwise preventable visual impairment.

3. Many Americans live with visual impairment that is correctable through the proper fitting of glasses or contact lenses.

4. When uncorrectable visual impairment is present, helping affected individuals maintain robust instrumental activities of daily living is important.”

UpTempo Group's curator insight, September 16, 6:41 PM

This article highlights the importance of maintaining good vision for the elderly.  The authors reviewed a study from Purdue University where quality of life measures were evaluated in patients and compared to the visual health.  Patients with a good visual health had a much better quality of life and were able to function better. 


The authors claim that this study underscores the importance of  an annual eye exam for the elderly, as too many Americans have visual impairments that can be easily corrected through eyeglasses or contact lenses. The authors also recommend early diagnosis and treatment for those with visual impairments to help them best cope with their daily functioning.


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6 Unexpected Ways Eye Problems Can Hurt You

6 Unexpected Ways Eye Problems Can Hurt You | Eastside Optometric | Scoop.it
Changes in vision aren't unusual, but could point to a health danger.
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This article provides an overview of the key reasons why we should take our eyesight very seriously.  Below are the six reasons.  Please remember to schedule your annual eye exam to stay in good health.


1. Vision loss can increase your risk of death. 

2. Vision problems may be a red flag for other health issues. A

3. Vision loss has been linked to depression. 

4. Vision loss can cause anxiety. 

5. Less field of vision, more falls. 

6. Glaucoma raises risk of auto accidents. 


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This article provides a summary of six reasons why taking care of your eyes is extremely important.  Your vision is related to your ability to perform regular activities of your life.  When your quality of life is impacted by loss of vision, other aspects of your health may get worse as well.  This article really touches upon the importance of good vision in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  Depression is highly linked to loss of vision and glaucoma has been indicated as a cause of auto accidents.


Whether you're caring for yourself or your loved ones, focusing on good vision care should be a top priority.  Below are the 6 reasons according to this article to maintain good vision care.

Here are 6 reasons to take your vision seriously: 

1. Vision loss can increase your risk of death. Vision loss interferes with a person’s ability to complete basic tasks, 

2. Vision problems may be a red flag for other health issues. Aging isn’t the only factor that can affect your vision. Health conditions like diabetes and hypertension can cause eye problems. 

3. Vision loss has been linked to depression. Adults with vision loss were 90 percent more likely to be depressed than those with no vision problems, according to a 2013 study

4. Vision loss can cause anxiety. A 2014 study found that vision loss was significantly associated with symptoms of anxiety among older adults. 

5. Less field of vision, more falls. A 2007 study found that the loss of visual field function – meaning the total area in which objects can be seen using peripheral vision while the eyes are focused on a central object – raises the risk of fall in older adults. 

6. Glaucoma raises risk of auto accidents. People with advanced glaucoma – an eye disease that affects peripheral vision – had twice as many car accidents,according to a 2012 study


UpTempo Group's curator insight, August 27, 1:24 PM

This article provides a summary of six reasons why taking care of your eyes is extremely important.  Your vision is related to your ability to perform regular activities of your life.  When your quality of life is impacted by loss of vision, other aspects of your health may get worse as well.  This article really touches upon the importance of good vision in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  Depression is highly linked to loss of vision and glaucoma has been indicated as a cause of auto accidents.


Whether you're caring for yourself or your loved ones, focusing on good vision care should be a top priority.  Below are the 6 reasons according to this article to maintain good vision care.

Here are 6 reasons to take your vision seriously: 

1. Vision loss can increase your risk of death. Vision loss interferes with a person’s ability to complete basic tasks, 

2. Vision problems may be a red flag for other health issues. Aging isn’t the only factor that can affect your vision. Health conditions like diabetes and hypertension can cause eye problems. 

3. Vision loss has been linked to depression. Adults with vision loss were 90 percent more likely to be depressed than those with no vision problems, according to a 2013 study

4. Vision loss can cause anxiety. A 2014 study found that vision loss was significantly associated with symptoms of anxiety among older adults. 

5. Less field of vision, more falls. A 2007 study found that the loss of visual field function – meaning the total area in which objects can be seen using peripheral vision while the eyes are focused on a central object – raises the risk of fall in older adults. 

6. Glaucoma raises risk of auto accidents. People with advanced glaucoma – an eye disease that affects peripheral vision – had twice as many car accidents,according to a 2012 study

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Like a bad habit: Patients’ 6 common contact lens mistakes

Like a bad habit: Patients’ 6 common contact lens mistakes | Eastside Optometric | Scoop.it
Rookie mistakes or force of habit? The bad routines contact lens patients fall into are more than just nails on a chalkboard to optometrists—they put patients’ eye health at risk.

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These are some common mistakes of contact lens wearers.  If contact lens care is a problem for you, please give our office a call.  daily disposable contact lenses may be a very good solution for you.

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, July 30, 3:14 PM

This is a very good article from the American Optometric Association reviewing the top 6 Rookie mistakes with contact lens care.  Below is a summary:

  1. Overstayed welcome: About half of patients use their contact lenses longer than the approved schedule.  Contact lenses are designed to be worn according to their approved schedule.  Many patients wear contact lenses until the start to bother them.  This is a top Rookie mistake! You're risking your eye care to save a few bucks.  It isn't worth it.

  2. Caught dirty-handed. Be sure to wash your hands before handling your contact lenses.  Eye infections are frequently caused by dirty hands 

  3. Damp digits. Make sure you dry your hands before handling your contact lenses.  Water has microorganisms in it and can transfer the harmful bugs to your contact lenses and your eyes.

  4. No respect for the system. "The cheapest solution isn't always the best solution," Dr. Quinn says. Bottom line is, use the contact lens treatment system that is recommended by your doctor and the contact lens manufacturer.

  5. A case of grimy cases. The AOA recommends wearers replace lens cases at least every three months, and cases should be cleaned and disinfected periodically in between. If you have questions about appropriate contact lens case care, please ask our doctors or staff. 

  6. Dozing dangers. Sleeping in contact lenses that are not designed for sleep has a very high rate of eye infections.  Only sleep in contact lenses that are designed for overnight wear.

 

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What are the six common mistakes for contact lens wearers?

1. Overstayed Welcome 2. Caught Dirty Handed 3. Damp digits 4. No respect for the system 5. A case of grimy cases 6. Dozing Dangers

Check out this link to a fun and helpful article on contact lens care.

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Diagnosing Cancer By Scanning The Family Photo Album For White Eyes

Diagnosing Cancer By Scanning The Family Photo Album For White Eyes | Eastside Optometric | Scoop.it
A new app can scan for leukocoria, a symptom of certain types of cancer and other diseases.
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This is an interesting new iPad and iPhone application that scans your photos for possible signs of leukocoria.  Leukocoria is also known as "white eye", an effect that occurs when the retina has an abnormal white reflection.  Leukocoria is the symptom of several disease such as pediatric cataracts and retinoblastoma.  Retinoblastoma is a rare cancer of the eye that most often occurs in children.  The developer of this application notes that this app is an early warning sign, and professional follow up with your eye care professional is important. Please call our office if you find any signs of Leukocoria in your children and their photos.

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Dr. Robert Goldberg Sings the National Anthem - YouTube

Dr. Robert Goldberg Optometrist and Owner, Eastside Optometric, NY, NY Sings the National Anthem at the American Optometric Association 2014 Philadelphia, PA...
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Staring at screens all day linked to changes in eye secretions

Staring at screens all day linked to changes in eye secretions | Eastside Optometric | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Office workers who spend long hours looking at computer screens have changes in their tear fluid similar to people with the disease known as dry eye, according to a study from
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A Study recently published in JAMA Ophthalmology reviewed the causes behind eye strain due to Computer Vision Syndrome.  The authors concluded the following:

  1. When we stare at computers, our blinking times decreased compared to reading a book at the table
  2. People staring at screens also tend to open their eyelids wider than while doing other tasks, and the extra exposed surface area in addition to infrequent blinking can accelerate tear evaporation and is associated with dry eye disease
  3. The protein MUC5AC, secreted by cells in the upper eyelid, makes up part of the normally occurring mucus layer, or “tear film,” that keeps the eye moist. But study participants with the most screen time had MUC5AC levels nearing those of people with diagnosed dry eye.
If you are experiencing eye strain or eye fatigue as a result of staring at a computer screen all day, please give our office a call or set up an appointment online: http://www.eastsideoptometric.com
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UpTempo Group's curator insight, June 17, 2:07 PM

Based on a recent article in JAMA Opthalmology, those of us that work in from of a computer screen need to take extra care of our eyes.


The author's discovered the link between excessive time in front of a computer screen and dry eyes.


Below are the author's key takeaways from this study:


1. The protein MUC5AC, secreted by cells in the upper eyelid, makes up part of the normally occurring mucus layer, or “tear film,” that keeps the eye moist. But study participants with the most screen time had MUC5AC levels nearing those of people with diagnosed dry eye.


2.When we stare at a computer screen our blinking rate is significantly reduced compared to when we are reading a book.


3. People staring at computers tend to keep their eyelids open wider, and the extra exposed surface area can contribute to tear evaporation.


4. Past studies suggest that 5 Million men and women over the age of 50 suffer from Dry Eye Disease in the U.S.



If you are suffering from these symptoms, please set up an appointment online and visit our website: http://www.cccontacts.com

UpTempo Group's curator insight, June 17, 2:21 PM

Scientists have discovered even clearer links between dry eye syndrome and staring at a computer screen all day.  If you work in an office environment and you're staring at a computer screen, your eye may be susceptible to damage due to lack of the necessary components in tear film.   


This study from JAMA Opthalmology listed the following key takeaways:


1. “Mucin is one of the most important components of the tear film,” said Dr. Yuichi Hori, who was not a part of the new study. “Mucins (like MUC5AC) function to hold water on the ocular surface of the epithelia that synthesize them, hence, they are major players in maintenance of the tear film on the ocular surface,”


2. The protein MUC5AC, secreted by cells in the upper eyelid, makes up part of the normally occurring mucus layer, or “tear film,” that keeps the eye moist. But study participants with the most screen time had MUC5AC levels nearing those of people with diagnosed dry eye.


3. People staring at screens also tend to open their eyelids wider than while doing other tasks, and the extra exposed surface area in addition to infrequent blinking can accelerate tear evaporation and is associated with dry eye disease


Please call our office or visit us online if you are at risk of eye strain due to excessive time in front of a computer screen. 

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If you are on Facebook all day, it may not be good for your eyes!  So if you are reading this, please give our office a call or book an appointment online :-)

http://www.royvision.com


This is an important study from the JAMA Opthalmology journal reviewing the links between Dry Eye Syndrome and excessive time in front of a computer.

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Surgically implanted telescope restores vision for California man

Surgically implanted telescope restores vision for California man | Eastside Optometric | Scoop.it

what's inside Dunbar isn't theoretical 1970s NASA gadgetry, but 21st-century practical technology: a tiny telescope, with a lens that's 3.2 millimeters in diameter, surgically implanted into his eyeball. He had the procedure done in 2011 to improve his vision, which had been failing for years because of age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, a condition characterized by a blurry gray or dark spot in the central vision.


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Very good story about the use of new technology to significantly improve a man's vision from the effects of age-related macular degeneration.  This is a disease that most often occurs in those over 60 and with a doubling of risk in smokers.  An annual exam is an important step forward to support early detection of this blinding disease.

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, May 28, 5:36 PM

This is a very interesting article about an 82 year old man from California suffering from AMD,or age-related macular degeneration, in his left eye.  This man received a surgically implanted telescope which allowed him the ability to not only see better but also to start skiing again.  The article calls this the modern day "Bionic Eye"

UpTempo Group's curator insight, May 28, 5:51 PM

Very interesting article about the use of a new technology to repair blindness from age-related macular degeneration.  This amazing technology allowed an 82 year old man to start skiing again after implanting a tiny telescope in his eye.


Age-related Macular Degeneration is an important reason to prioritize an annual eye exam for those near the age of 60.  If you smoke, research shows that you may have double the risk of developing this disease.

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New tech detects early signs of vision loss due to diabetes

New tech detects early signs of vision loss due to diabetes | Eastside Optometric | Scoop.it
New research and advanced optics instruments could help detect early warning signs of diabetic retinopathy.
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A visit to your optometrist is often the 1st step in identifying Type 2 Diabetes.  Optometrists can identify changes in your retina which indicate early signs of diabetic retinopathy.  This article highlights new technologies which can further increase the ability for optometrists to identify diabetes sooner.

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, May 20, 12:05 PM

New technologies are creating greater precision for optometrists to identify diabetic retinopathy early and early for patients.  For many patients a visit to their optometrist may be the 1st step in identifying diabetes and managing the disease.  An examination of your retina is often one of the early diagnostic tests for type 2 diabetes.

UpTempo Group's curator insight, May 20, 12:09 PM

Technologies are getting better and better for optometrists to identify Diabetes at an early stage.  Please call our office today if you have concerns about type 2 diabetes.  We have the latest equipment which provides our optometrists with an enhanced image of your retina, providing our doctors with important information for diagnosing diabetic retinopathy.  Call us or book an appointment online. Diabetes is a very difficult disease and early detection and management is very important for your health.

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Research shows bananas effective way to naturally improve eye health

Research shows bananas effective way to naturally improve eye health | Eastside Optometric | Scoop.it
Research shows bananas effective way to naturally improve eye health
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Enjoy those bananas for better eye health..according to a recent study published in the Archives of Opthalmology

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, May 9, 12:49 PM

Interesting study links a diet rich in fruits to improved eye health.

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A new study links improved eye health to a diet rich in fruits such as bananas.

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A new study links eye health to a diet rich in fruits such as bananas.

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Eye Disease Simulations [NEI Health Information]

Eye Disease Simulations [NEI Health Information] | Eastside Optometric | Scoop.it
Eye Disease Examples (@NatEyeInstitute created eye disease simulations to show what vision is like with other eye diseases. Check it out!
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Very good example from the National Eye Institute of the vision loss caused by various eye related diseases and disorders. Please call our office if you or a family member are experiencing these symptoms of vision loss.

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, April 28, 1:33 PM

Very good example from the National Eye Institute of the vision loss caused by various eye related diseases and disorders. Please call our office if you or a family member are experiencing these symptoms of vision loss.

UpTempo Group's curator insight, April 28, 1:33 PM

Very good example from the National Eye Institute of the vision loss caused by various eye related diseases and disorders. Please call our office if you or a family member are experiencing these symptoms of vision loss.

UpTempo Group's curator insight, April 28, 1:34 PM

Very good example from the National Eye Institute of the vision loss caused by various eye related diseases and disorders. Please call our office if you or a family member are experiencing these symptoms of vision loss.

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Why You Should Never Shower In Your Contacts

Why You Should Never Shower In Your Contacts | Eastside Optometric | Scoop.it
You expect your contact lens cleaning solution to kill germs so that you can wear your lenses safely without risking an eye infection.
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Some helpful tips on proper eye hygiene and contact lens care.

Please give the office a call if you have any questions on caring for your eyes and contact lenses.

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, April 18, 12:12 PM

Very good tips on eye hygiene and contact lens care.

UpTempo Group's curator insight, April 18, 12:14 PM

Some helpful tips on proper eye care hygiene and contact lens care.  As always, please call the office f you are having any issues with your eyes or contact lenses.

Ling Tzi Yeoh's curator insight, April 29, 8:22 AM

Some simple yet effective phrases we can use in communicating with contact lens patients

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BBC - Newsbeat - Smartphone overuse may 'damage' eyes, say opticians

BBC - Newsbeat - Smartphone overuse may 'damage' eyes, say opticians | Eastside Optometric | Scoop.it
Opticians say people are so addicted to things like smart phones there's increasing risk of damaging their eyes.
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If you are experiencing eye strain or headaches from use of your mobile devices, please give our office a call.


This article also suggests and annual eye exam due to the over exposure to blue violet light from smartphones. 

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, March 28, 2:09 PM

Interesting discussion from the UK regarding the over exposure of blue violet light from smartphones and the potential damage to one's eyes.

A survey suggested that people under 25 check their cell phones over 35 times a day. This may lead to an increase in headaches due to eye strain.

The article recommends an annual eye exam if your eye are exposed to prolonged use with a smartphone. As always, please give us a call if you are experiencing any eye strain from your mobile device.

UpTempo Group's curator insight, March 28, 2:11 PM

Smartphone use may be leading to increased eye strain and potentially other issues due to blue violet light exposure based on this article from the UK.

UpTempo Group's curator insight, March 28, 2:13 PM

If you are experiencing eye strain or headaches from using your mobile device please give us a call.  This article states that an annual eye exam is very important if your eyes have prolonged use with smartphones due to blue violet light exposure.

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Newly discovered cause of glaucoma may lead to new treatments

Newly discovered cause of glaucoma may lead to new treatments | Eastside Optometric | Scoop.it

Scientists in the US have uncovered a molecular cause of glaucoma which may lead to the development of eye drops to repair faulty drainage vessels in the eye.

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Some exciting research that may yield to a breakthrough in the treatment of Glaucoma

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, September 18, 7:25 PM

Very interesting early research which may yield to a great breakthrough in the care of patients with Glaucoma. A team at Northwestern University, Illinois, identified the signalling pathway which regulates the drainage of fluid from the eye, maintaining intraocular pressure (IOP) – a key risk factor for glaucoma.


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More People -- Even Kids -- Need to Wear Sunglasses

More People -- Even Kids -- Need to Wear Sunglasses | Eastside Optometric | Scoop.it

With summer upon us, our sunglass habits could use improvement, according to a new report issued today by The Vision Council, an industry group. (Why kids should wear sunglasses when playing outside!


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This is an important reminder to protect your eyes and your children's eye from the sun on a daily basis

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, September 9, 3:50 PM

This is a very good article that reviews the importance of UV protection for children and adults with the regular use of sunglasses. The article notes that some of the problems due to long term UV exposure of the eyes could lead to:


  • "Surfer's eye," also known as pterygium: This abnormal but usually benign growth on the eye's surface can itch, swell, and become irritated. Surgery can be done to remove it, but it can come back.
  • Cataracts: The progressive clouding of the lens of the eye.
  • Age-related macular degeneration: The macula is at the back of the eye, in the middle of the retina. Damage to the nerve cell in the macula can dull colors and blur fine detail in your vision.
  • Cancer of the eye, eyelid, or nearby skin.
UpTempo Group's curator insight, September 9, 3:53 PM

This is a very important article reviewing the importance of UV eye protection for both children and adults.  Wearing sunglasses to protect our eyes from the sun's harmful rays is a very important reason to speak with your Optometrist about appropriate eye protection. Exposure to the sun's rays may lead to some of the most difficult to treat eye problems such as :

  • "Surfer's eye," also known as pterygium: This abnormal but usually benign growth on the eye's surface can itch, swell, and become irritated. Surgery can be done to remove it, but it can come back.
  • Cataracts: The progressive clouding of the lens of the eye.
  • Age-related macular degeneration: The macula is at the back of the eye, in the middle of the retina. Damage to the nerve cell in the macula can dull colors and blur fine detail in your vision.
  • Cancer of the eye, eyelid, or nearby skin.

This article recommends that parents speak with their optometrist about appropriate sunglasses for their children when the play outside during the summer.

UpTempo Group's curator insight, September 9, 3:57 PM

Important reminder for all of us to wear appropriate sunglasses to protect our eyes from the sun's harmful UV rays. 

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9 Worst Eye Care Mistakes You're Making

9 Worst Eye Care Mistakes You're Making | Eastside Optometric | Scoop.it
 LHere’s what not to do to make sure your vision stays healthy well into your golden years.
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Let's not make these mistakes regarding your eye care.  One of the key behavioral changes mentioned in this article is scheduling your annual eye exam.  We have appointments open at http://www.eastsideoptometric.com

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, August 20, 2:39 PM

These are some very great tips for changes to make in order to improve your vision.


# 3 is not making an annual eye exam.


Please don't take your eyes for granted.  Many of the technologies we use can help identify other problems you may be having such as diabetic retinopathy at an earlier stage.

UpTempo Group's curator insight, August 20, 3:06 PM

Some nice tips toward making the right behavioral changes for better eye care!

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Eyes are window to potential problems in the body - Health - MiamiHerald.com

Eyes are window to potential problems in the body - Health - MiamiHerald.com | Eastside Optometric | Scoop.it
Eye exams can help reveal a range of health problems, including allergies, diabetes — and cancer.
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This is an important reminder for parents to play close attention to their own eyecare and those of their children.  Our optometrists have access to some of the best technology to discover possible problems with not only your eyes but also your overall health.  This article tells a story of a little girl that was diagnosed with cancer of her retina through an eye exam, and now is cancer free. As the specialists in the article note, children often do not notice problems with their eyes, and it is often up to the parents to identify these issues.

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, July 23, 5:34 PM

This is a very good article from the Miami Herald that discusses the importance of eye exams for all of us, especially our children. In this situation, a child had been suffering from nausea and vomiting and their primary care doctor could not identify the problem. After this little girl, Grace,  received an eye exam, the opthalmologist noticed a swollen optic nerve, and later she was diagnosed with a retinoblastoma, a cancer of the retina.  As the doctors in this article note, often children do not complain of eye problems.  It is usually the parents who notice that their children's eyes are misaligned or they see whiteness in the retina. Fortunately, in this case, the Grace received therapy for her cancer, and after 2 years is considered cancer free.  Please remember to prioritize your eyes in your family's wellness plans. Our optometrists have access to some of the best technology to support your health through your annual eye exams.

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4 Eye Tests That Look Like Magic

4 Eye Tests That Look Like Magic | Eastside Optometric | Scoop.it
Seeing is believing.
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Our eyes may look like two simple orbs in our head, but they are more complex then one may believe. The eye contains seven significant parts that cooperate with one another to transmit information to the brain, detect light, and keep the mind focus. Any disruptions with the part of the eye will damage an individual’s sight.

 

Our eyes are one of the most fascinating and complex parts of the body. Although we can function without sight, we rely heavily on vision to live our everyday lives. To reveal the complexity of the eye, Buzzfeed has created four interactive activities people can learn about the eye:

 

1. The Blind Spot

The eyeball has a blind spot where the optic nerve leaves the back of the eye. This area has no light receptors because the nerve is in the way. In the Buzzfeed link, stare at the red cross with your right eye and cover your left. Move your head close to the computer screen, and back out. As you witnessed, the blue dot soon disappears at a certain distance. There you have discovered your blind spot! 

 

2. After-Images

The human eye has three types of color receptors: blue, red, and green. After-images emerge when an individual stares at a certain color for too long and the receptors become “tired.” To witness this yourself, stare at the Buzzfeed picture in the link below. As the fish picture suddenly turns black and white, your color receptors remain “tired” and your see the reverse colors of the original picture for a few seconds.

 

3. Reveal Your Veins

Blood vessels are necessary for the eyes as they transport blood to the photosensitive cells, and they cast shadows on your retina. In order to see these vessels, stab a hole in a piece of paper. Then, hold the paper near a white light or background and look through the hole while shaking the paper. You will be able to see small lines like the veins in a leaf.

 

4. Show Your Dominant Eye

An interesting fact is that an individual has a dominant eye that sends more information to the brain than the other. To discover your dominant eye, create a triangle between your thumbs and forefingers. Looking through the triangle with both eyes, center an object inside the triangle. Close one eye, then the other. The view from the dominant eye will look like the image on the left, and the view from the non-dominant eye will look like the image on the right.

 

http://www.buzzfeed.com/caitlincowie/these-incredibly-cool-eye-tests-look-like-magic

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, July 9, 6:18 PM

Our eyes are one of the most fascinating and complex parts of the body. Although we can function without sight, we rely heavily on vision to live our everyday lives. To reveal the complexity of the eye, Buzzfeed has created four interactive activities people can learn about the eye:

 

1. The Blind Spot

The eyeball has a blind spot where the optic nerve leaves the back of the eye. This area has no light receptors because the nerve is in the way. In the Buzzfeed link, stare at the red cross with your right eye and cover your left. Move your head close to the computer screen, and back out. As you witnessed, the blue dot soon disappears at a certain distance. There you have discovered your blind spot! 

 

2. After-Images

The human eye has three types of color receptors: blue, red, and green. After-images emerge when an individual stares at a certain color for too long and the receptors become “tired.” To witness this yourself, stare at the Buzzfeed picture in the link below. As the fish picture suddenly turns black and white, your color receptors remain “tired” and your see the reverse colors of the original picture for a few seconds.

 

3. Reveal Your Veins

Blood vessels are necessary for the eyes as they transport blood to the photosensitive cells, and they cast shadows on your retina. In order to see these vessels, stab a hole in a piece of paper. Then, hold the paper near a white light or background and look through the hole while shaking the paper. You will be able to see small lines like the veins in a leaf.

 

4. Show Your Dominant Eye

An interesting fact is that an individual has a dominant eye that sends more information to the brain than the other. To discover your dominant eye, create a triangle between your thumbs and forefingers. Looking through the triangle with both eyes, center an object inside the triangle. Close one eye, then the other. The view from the dominant eye will look like the image on the left, and the view from the non-dominant eye will look like the image on the right.

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Yankees Honor 'Goose' Gossage With Plaque At Old Timers' Day - CBS Local

Yankees Honor 'Goose' Gossage With Plaque At Old Timers' Day - CBS Local | Eastside Optometric | Scoop.it
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Yankees Honor 'Goose' Gossage With Plaque At Old Timers' Day
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Rich “Goose” Gossage was honored by the New York Yankees on Old Timers' Day Sunday with a plaque to be placed in Monument Park.
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Congrats to Goose Gossage on earning a plaque in Monument Park in Yankees Stadium!

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June is Cataract Awareness Month | Optos Blog

June is Cataract Awareness Month | Optos Blog | Eastside Optometric | Scoop.it

An optomap® image of a patient with cataracts.

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As June is cataract awareness month, this is an important time to recognize the value of an annual eye exam.  Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness worldwide and can be identified early with the Optomap retinal eye scan displayed in this picture above.


Please set up your annual appointment by visiting our website. Our eye doctors can support your eye exam with the latest technology to provide imaging of your retina.


Below are important risk factors for developing cataracts:

  • – Overexposure to UV rays from the sun
  • – Diseases such as diabetes that affect the eye
  • – Hereditary conditions
  • – German measles or other conditions an individual’s mother may have suffered during pregnancy
  • – Long-term smoking and steroid use
  • – Eye disease or injury
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June is cataract awareness month and this is a very important time to recognize that cataracts are the leading cause of blindness worldwide.  Technology such as the Optomap shown in this picture can help your eye doctor identify the early signs for cataracts through a painless retinal exam.  


Our practice has the leading technology in eye exams with the Optomap as well as the cutting edge AccuExam offered in only a few LensCrafters locations.


Please visit our office website today and schedule your annual eye exam, especially if you have any of the risk factors of developing cataracts:


  • – Overexposure to UV rays from the sun
  • – Diseases such as diabetes that affect the eye
  • – Hereditary conditions
  • – German measles or other conditions an individual’s mother may have suffered during pregnancy
  • – Long-term smoking and steroid use
  • – Eye disease or injury


UpTempo Group's curator insight, June 10, 1:50 PM

June is cataract awareness month, and an important time to recognize that cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the world.  The risk factors for cataracts are:

  • – Overexposure to UV rays from the sun
  • – Diseases such as diabetes that affect the eye
  • – Hereditary conditions
  • – German measles or other conditions an individual’s mother may have suffered during pregnancy
  • – Long-term smoking and steroid use
  • – Eye disease or injury

If you have any of these risk factors and you have not yet scheduled your annual eye exam, please visit our website at http://www.royvision.com

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Do tears of grief look different from onion tears under a microscope?

Do tears of grief look different from onion tears under a microscope? | Eastside Optometric | Scoop.it
VYou may joke that, when something sad brings a tear to your eye, someone is chopping onions in the room. But if you compared those two types of tears under a microscope, would they look similar?
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Very interesting article on the difference between tears of joy and tears of onions...Enjoy the article..it's an interesting read!

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This is a very interesting article on the difference between onion tears and tears from Sadness or Joy.  There is actually a pretty big difference. Tears from onions contain enzymes like lysozyme, which fights bacteria, while tears from Sadness or Joy contain leucine enkephalin, a natural painkiller.  We wish you all tears of Joy!!! or tears of onions if you enjoy cooking ;-)

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Can you guess the difference between tears of joy and tears of the onion?  Actually our bodies produces a different response to both stimuli.  Tears of an onion include enzymes like lysozyme, which fights bacteria, and tears of joy or sadness  contains leucine enkephalin, a natural painkiller.

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Why Eye Care is Important for Women

Why Eye Care is Important for Women | Eastside Optometric | Scoop.it
Women are often responsible for taking care of their Family’s health concerns but often neglect their own health, including the health of their eyes. Did you know that women account for two-thirds of people in the world affected by visual impairments and blindness even though they represent only 53 percent of the population?

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Very good article outlining the importance of eye care for women.

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, May 14, 7:09 PM

Women are at a greater risk of developing blindness or visual impairment in their lives than men.  This is a very good article describing the key steps a woman can take to care for her eyes.  

UpTempo Group's curator insight, May 14, 7:10 PM

Very good article that highlights the importance of eye care for women and provides some great advice for caring for your eyes.

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This is a very important article to remind us all how to care for our eyes, especially women. Unfortunately, women are at a much greater risk than men of developing eye disorders or blindness.  The first tip in this article is to schedule an eye exam.  Please give us a call and see one of our great doctors to discuss your eye health and wellness plan.

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Blepharitis

Blepharitis | Eastside Optometric | Scoop.it

Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelids causing red, irritated, itchy eyelids and the formation of dandruff-like scales on eyelashes. It is a common eye disorder caused by either bacterial or a skin condition such as dandruff of the scalp or acne rosacea. It affects people of all ages. Although uncomfortable, blepharitis is not contagious and generally does not cause any permanent damage to eyesight.

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This is a very good article on a common eye disorder, blepharitis.  If you are experiencing eyelid inflammation or irritation, please give our office a call or set up an online appointment to see our staff of caring optometrists.

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, May 6, 12:15 PM

This is a helpful article from the AOA on blepharitis, a very common condition causing eyelid irritation.  If you're having similar symptoms, please call schedule an appointment for a comprehensive eye exam.

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This is a very helpful article from the American Optometric Association regarding blepharitis, a very common eye disorder.  If you are experiencing eyelid inflammation or irritation, please set up an appointment online or give us a call to visit one of our caring optometrists.

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Spring allergy relief: Here's what to try first - USA TODAY

Spring allergy relief: Here's what to try first - USA TODAY | Eastside Optometric | Scoop.it
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Spring allergy relief: Here's what to try first
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Sneezing, congestion, runny noses and itchy eyes. For people with seasonal nasal allergies — commonly known as hay fever — these symptoms are nothing new.
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• Don't forget your eyes. Strategies that help your nose often help eyes too. But some people need more. That might include prescription eye drops but also can include rinsing the eyes with cold water, using cold compresses or chilling artificial tear drops before use, says Mark Blecher, an ophthalmologist at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. "People tend to forget that things that are so simple and safe can be very helpful," he says.

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• Don't forget your eyes. Strategies that help your nose often help eyes too. But some people need more. That might include prescription eye drops but also can include rinsing the eyes with cold water, using cold compresses or chilling artificial tear drops before use, says Mark Blecher, an ophthalmologist at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. "People tend to forget that things that are so simple and safe can be very helpful," he says.

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• Don't forget your eyes. Strategies that help your nose often help eyes too. But some people need more. That might include prescription eye drops but also can include rinsing the eyes with cold water, using cold compresses or chilling artificial tear drops before use, says Mark Blecher, an ophthalmologist at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. "People tend to forget that things that are so simple and safe can be very helpful," he says.

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Naturally Beautiful - Ep 125 - Elana Abilevitz - YouTube

Dr. Elana Abilevitz from Eastside Optometric in Manhattan, NY reviews the importance of personal eye care in the successful caring of our overall wellness. She also discusses dry eye, and the impact that technology screens have on our eye care.

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This is an excellent and informative video by Dr. Elana Abilevitz from Eastside Optometric, in New York City.  She provides an excellent presentation on the importance of caring for our eyes in this new age of technology.  She also reviews the importance of getting an eye exam in order to manage our overall personal wellness.  Please view the video as it is very helpful summary of eye care for the individual

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, April 4, 6:18 PM

Great video that provides an overview of the importance of eye care presented by optometrist, Dr. Alana Abilevitz from Eastside Optometric, a LensCrafters practice in NY,NY.

UpTempo Group's curator insight, April 4, 6:19 PM

Great video on the importance of eye care for your personal wellness from Dr. Alana Abilevitz, an optometrist from Eastside Optometric, a LensCrafters practice in NY,NY.

UpTempo Group's curator insight, April 4, 6:26 PM

This is a great video on eye care and the importance of eye exams for the general wellness of your body.  Dr. Alan Abilevitz, an optometrist from Eastside Optometric, a LensCrafters practice in NY,NY, provides an excellent presentation.