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Monday, June 13, 2016

Dry Eye Disease and Hair Loss

About Dry Eye and Hair Loss
What do dry eye and hair loss have to do with each other? As it turns out, recent research suggests there may very well be a link through your immune system. Alopecia means hair loss. When a person has a condition called Alopecia Areata the hair falls out in round patches on the scalp or elsewhere on the body. Alopecia is not contagious and it is not due to anxiety as some people think. Alopecia is actually due to your immune system attacking the hair follicles and resulting in hair loss. This disease is most occurs in otherwise healthy people. We now know that people with alopecia often suffer from dry eye disease. Researchers examined a series of patients who were previously diagnosed with Alopecia Areata and compared them to a control group who did not have the hair loss problem. They had each patient complete an Ocular Surface Disease Index (OSDI) questionnaire and evaluated their tear film using a Schirmer Test for tear quantity, a tear break-up time test and corneal staining stage tests. Dry eye disease (DED) was diagnosed in 84% of Alopecia Areata patients and in 15% of the controls, and there was a significant difference between the groups. They believe that a certain type of cell mediated autoimmunity has a key role in BOTH Alopecia Areata and dry eye disease and that the inflammatory mechanisms causing Alopecia Areata may trigger dry eye disease or vice versa. Based on this research it is recommended that all patients with Alopecia Areata be examined and evaluated for dry eye disease.

If you or someone you know suffers from Alopecia Areata hair loss and wish to be evaluated for dry eye disease and problems, please call us at 800-325-3937, visit D’Ambrosio Eye Care, Google+ or facebook.com/dambrosioeyecare so that we can help.


D'Ambrosio Eye Care provides eye care for patients throughout greater Boston, central and western Massachusetts with office locations at 479 Old Union Turnpike, Lancaster, Massachusetts 01523, 100 Powder Mill Road, Acton, Massachusetts 01720, 413 Main Street, Athol, Massachusetts 01331, 865 Merriam Avenue, Suite 119, Leominster, Massachusetts 01453

Monday, June 6, 2016

Polaroid is not just camera film!

Polaroid is a brand with long standing heritage. It makes sense since quality optics lie in both the camera and eyeglass industries. Our Polaroid sunglass line comes with polarized lenses which is a great value since the price point compares to sunglass frames that come with only tinted lenses. If you are in need of prescription sunglasses these frames are prescription ready as well. This line it worth checking out as it houses the top shapes and styles on the market. They are Italian designed with bold, colorful, unique yet very wearable fashion. It is time for a new pair of sunglasses for the summer so come in and check out Polaroid. We also have many other product choices like Maui Jim, Gucci, Carrera and many of our other designer brands come with a section of sunglass frames. Stop in any of our locations and have one of our licensed Opticians help you pick out your next pair of polarized sunglasses. 


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D'Ambrosio Optical Center provides personalized service fitting and selection of eyewear for patients throughout greater Boston, central and western Massachusetts with office locations at 479 Old Union Turnpike, Lancaster, Massachusetts 01523, 100 Powder Mill Road, Acton, Massachusetts 01720, 413 Main Street, Athol, Massachusetts 01331 and 74 Main Street, Gardner, Massachusetts 01440.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Eyelid Surgery: What to Expect?

How Will You Look after Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery?

Cosmetic eyelid surgery-whether and upper eyelid blepharoplasty or lower eyelid blepharoplasty may be important elements of your facial rejuvenation plan. Generally after upper eyelid blepharoplasty more of the upper eyelid area becomes visible and patients tell me that they look “refreshed” and “more awake” and for patients who could not wear eye makeup because the eyelid was covered by the excess skin, they are now able to wear it once again. This provides a restoration of the once youthful eyelid contour. Typically after lower eyelid blepharoplasty, patient remark that the puffiness of the lower eyelid is reduced or eliminated and the skin appears smoother and tighter. I like to know what you looked like in your 20’s or early 30’s, so I will often ask you to bring some pictures of yourself to your consultation. By using this for guidance I can discuss your blepharoplasty eyelid surgery and review your individual expectations. This helps me get the best possible results for you. Patients who have cosmetic eyelid surgery can expect that their facial features look more youthful and rejuvenated and tell me that they now look as young as they feel!

If you or someone you know would like to learn more or schedule a consultation for cosmetic eyelid or blepharoplasty, please call D’Ambrosio Eye Care at 800-325-3937, visit D’Ambrosio Eye Care, Google+ or facebook.com/dambrosioeyecare so that we can help.

D'Ambrosio Eye Care provides eye care for patients throughout greater Boston, central and western Massachusetts with office locations at 479 Old Union Turnpike, Lancaster, Massachusetts 01523, 100 Powder Mill Road, Acton, Massachusetts 01720, 413 Main Street, Athol, Massachusetts 01331 and 74 Main Street, Gardner, Massachusetts 01440.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Rachael’s LASIK Story

Before I had my LASIK Surgery at D’Ambrosio Eye Care, I wore contact lenses about 16 hours a day, 7 days a week. My biggest complaint was how dry my eyes would get. I work late nights in a hospital and I’d constantly be rubbing my eyes all night. I also like to be physically active with running, biking, and swimming so glasses were not an option either.

I had enough and decided to schedule a consultation at another facility. The doctors and staff there pressured me into scheduling the surgery and wanted money immediately. I left feeling scared and resigned myself to simply wearing my contacts again. A few months later, a friend posted on Facebook that she had LASIK at D'Ambrosio Eye Care and how happy she was with her outcome. I messaged her immediately and, after asking a few questions about her experience, I scheduled a consultation.

Every single person I came into contact with at D'Ambrosio was friendly and put me right at ease. They walked me through the entire procedure and assured me it would be quick and painless. The day of the surgery I was extremely nervous but the team walked me through every step beforehand. All of the prep and eye drops beforehand lasted longer than the surgery itself. A nurse in the surgery held my hand the entire time and, as silly as it sounds, it made me feel so much better. Upon sitting up after the LASIK, I definitely noticed an improvement in my vision. I went home, slept for 4 hours, and when I woke up, I could see. There are no words to describe those first few days of shock of waking up in the middle of the night and being able to see my alarm clock or not having to worry about dry, blurry vision driving home late at night or not needing to find my glasses anymore first thing in the morning.

I don't need to spend hundreds of dollars on contact lenses anymore. I don't need to bring extra solution and lenses with me everywhere I go just in case of dry eyes. I don't need to worry about whether I should wear contacts or glasses today because it's supposed to rain. Before, I was the last person my family asked to read that sign far away. Now I have the best vision in my family.

Having elective surgery on my eyes sounded terrifying. But I am 100% happy I had LASIK. And so glad I chose D'Ambrosio Eye Care as the place to do it. Olivia was a big factor in my overall fantastic experience with D'Ambrosio. Her patience with me and her explanations made me feel 10x better. She did a terrific job and I just wanted to acknowledge that. From the bottom of my heart comes a sincere thank you!
If you or someone you know would like to learn more about LASIK or Schedule a Free LASIK Consultation please call us at 800-325-3937, visit D’Ambrosio Eye Care, Google+ or facebook.com/dambrosioeyecare so that we can help.

D'Ambrosio Eye Care provides eye care for patients throughout greater Boston, central and western Massachusetts with office locations at 479 Old Union Turnpike, Lancaster, Massachusetts 01523, 100 Powder Mill Road, Acton, Massachusetts 01720, 413 Main Street, Athol, Massachusetts 01331 and 74 Main Street, Gardner, Massachusetts 01440.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Spring & Pollen Means Itchy, Watery Eye Allergies


Spring is beautiful, except for pollen and itchy eyes! While many people enjoy the spring, millions of others live with hatred of those times when the trees, grass and weeds begin to pollinate. People who are sensitive to these allergens experience seasonal allergic conjunctivitis, the most common type of eye allergy. Allergic conjunctivitis-which causes red, itchy, watery eyes-results in the conjunctiva, the clear membrane like skin that covers the eye, becoming inflamed when triggered by an allergen. It is estimated that in the United States, some 20 percent of the population suffers from eye allergies making them anything but unusual. Further, the incidence appears to be on the rise. Some researchers believe that our increasingly clean, modern society which no longer requires our bodies to fight off multiple childhood infections has caused our immune systems to shift from an infection-fighting stance to more of an allergic stance. When the body's immune system becomes sensitized and overreacts to substances such as seasonal pollens and pet allergens, an allergic reaction can occur whenever they come in contact with your eyes.

If you or someone you know suffers when pollen season and spring arrives, resulting in red, itchy, watery eyes, please call us at 800-325-3937, visit D’Ambrosio Eye Care, Google+ or facebook.com/dambrosioeyecare so that we can help.


D'Ambrosio Eye Care provides eye care for patients throughout greater Boston, central and western Massachusetts with office locations at 479 Old Union Turnpike, Lancaster, Massachusetts 01523, 100 Powder Mill Road, Acton, Massachusetts 01720, 413 Main Street, Athol, Massachusetts 01331 and 74 Main Street, Gardner, Massachusetts 01440.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Rheumatoid Arthritis & Your Eyes

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 us at 800-325-3937, visit D’Ambrosio Eye Care, Google+ or facebook.com/dambrosioeyecare so that we can help.

D'Ambrosio Eye Care provides eye care for patients throughout greater Boston, central and western Massachusetts with office locations at 479 Old Union Turnpike, Lancaster, Massachusetts 01523, 100 Powder Mill Road, Acton, Massachusetts 01720, 413 Main Street, Athol, Massachusetts 01331 and 74 Main Street, Gardner, Massachusetts 01440.

Monday, May 2, 2016

It’s motorcycle season!

Is your bike all shined and tuned ready to ride with a new inspection sticker yet? Are you ready to ride? We offer a collection of motorcycle eyeglasses for men and women from 7 Eye that offer wind resistance, polarized lenses and even day to night color changing lenses. If you want to be able to remove your wind resistant insert once you are off your bike we have those too. If you need prescription motorcycle eyeglasses, you bet, we have those too. Stop in and check them out anytime and ask our licensed Opticians about what options are available to you, and if you ride two up, maybe she would like a pair too. 

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Visit D’Ambrosio Optical Center, or visit us at D’Ambrosio Optical Center, Google+ or facebook.com/dambrosioeyecare so that we can help select fashionable, comfortable and durable eyeglasses and eyewear for your entire family.

D'Ambrosio Optical Center provides personalized service fitting and selection of eyewear for patients throughout greater Boston, central and western Massachusetts with office locations at 479 Old Union Turnpike, Lancaster, Massachusetts 01523, 100 Powder Mill Road, Acton, Massachusetts 01720, 413 Main Street, Athol, Massachusetts 01331 and 74 Main Street, Gardner, Massachusetts 01440.