Sunday, November 23, 2014

Eyeglass & Eyewear Trunk Show in Lancaster on Saturday December 6 from 9:00am to 1:00pm


Great News from D’Ambrosio Eye Care! We are inviting you to attend the showing of winter eyeglass and eyewear lines from leading designers and eyeglass lens manufacturers at the 

Winter Trunk Show!! 
Lancaster Office
479 Old Union Turnpike
Lancaster, Massachusetts 01523
 on 
Saturday, December 6, 2014 
from 
9:00 AM-1:00 PM.

“We know that central and western Massachusetts eyeglass wearers as well as many patients from the greater Boston areas look forward to visiting us during our eyeglass trunk shows so that they can see the latest eyeglasses and eyewear fashions and high technology eyeglass lenses. Our trunk shows give eyeglass wearers an opportunity to see the new frame lines, try them on and consult with our opticians and frame stylists as well as the manufacturers’ representatives from the top designers,” said Jocelyn Mylott, Optical Manager at D’Ambrosio Eye Care. “We will feature eyeglass frames from Juicy Couture, Carrera, Liz Claiborne, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Denim and Banana Republic to name a few. Our staff will be available to assist guests in eyeglass lens selection in order to configure the best looking, best fitting and best performing eyeglass choices. Anyone attending who orders eyeglasses at the trunk show will be given a 35% discount on complete eyeglasses and lenses,” explained Ms. Mylott.

For additional information you may contact D’Ambrosio Eye Care Toll Free at 1-800-325-3937 or you may visit www.dambrosioeyecare.com or facebook.com/dambrosioeyecare.

Polarized Sunglasses Improved with Crizal® Sun


If you currently have non-glare on your primary clear pair of eyewear you already know the benefits of non-glare.  How it reduces the glare reflecting off your lenses, how driving at night is easier and, with the premium non-glare, keeping your lenses clean has never been easier.  Why would you not want those benefits on your sunglasses?  Since you cannot apply non-glare to the front surface of a polarized lens, because it can affect the polarization process and reduces the darkness of the lens, patients have only been able to get these benefits on the backside until Crizal® Sun.  

Crizal® Sun has the non-glare properties applied to the backside of the lens, reducing the amount glare and light reflected directly into the wearer’s eye from light behind them.  The difference with this lens is the cleanability of non-glare is applied to the front surface, making your lenses stay cleaner and be easier to clean.  This feature can also come with or without a grey mirror coating.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Diabetic Retinopathy & Weight Loss Surgery

What does weight loss surgery have to do with diabetic retinopathy? Researchers reporting at the annual meeting of the American Diabetes Association on a small pilot study found weight-loss surgery might accelerate progression of diabetic retinopathy in some cases. In the study, seven of the 40 or 17.5% of the diabetes patients screened about a year before and again after bariatric surgery suffered a progression of their diabetic retinopathy as compared with the 2% to 4% of the overall diabetes patients who develop retinopathy each year. The opposite impact might have been expected. If you have a condition such as diabetic retinopathy that is the result of the diabetes and the diabetes is in remission, it makes intuitive sense that the progression of the condition would be arrested. Although a few patients did appear to have regression of their eye disease most remained unchanged after surgery in the study.

The patients who did progress had higher pre-surgical glucose levels and the greatest reduction in glucose levels afterward. A rapid reduction in blood glucose after the weight loss surgery-which is called “normoglycemic re-entry” or a temporary anemic episode after the weight loss surgery may actually be responsible for in the progression of preexisting diabetic retinopathy, but the mechanism is really unclear and requires a great deal of further investigation. One fact for sure-even if after weight loss surgery your blood glucose is normal, people with moderate background diabetic retinopathy prior to weight loss surgery should be monitored closely post-surgery for evidence of progression.

If you or someone you know is diabetic and considering weight loss surgery they are encouraged to schedule an eye examination at D’Ambrosio Eye Care by calling us at 800-325-3937, visiting D’Ambrosio Eye Care or facebook.com/dambrosioeyecare so that we can help recommend an appropriate treatment plan.

Staffed by a team of Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Opticians, technical and administrative staff who provide eye examinations for adults and children, cataract surgery and intraocular lens implants (IOL), laser vision correction such as LASIK, diagnosis and treatment of cornea disease including cornea transplants, care for diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration and diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma as well as contact lenses, eyeglasses, eyewear  and optical services.

D'Ambrosio Eye Care is a leading eye and LASIK care practice 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 that serve the greater Boston and central Massachusetts area. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Diabetic Retinopathy Increases Cardiovascular Events

Research has found that diabetic retinopathy may predict an increased risk in cardiovascular events as we now see a close association between the presence and severity of diabetic retinopathy and future cardiovascular (CV) events such as heart attack or stroke. The relationship between diabetic retinopathy, its 4-year progression, and CV outcomes including CV death or nonfatal myocardial infarction or stroke was analyzed in participants in the Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes (ACCORD) trial who also participated in the ACCORD Eye Study. The diabetic retinopathy was classified as either none, mild, moderate, or severe and whether it was worsening was also graded. The hazard of CV death or nonfatal myocardial infarction or stroke increased by 38% for every category of change in retinopathy severity and steps of progression further raised the hazard. Thus the researchers believe that both the severity of retinopathy and its progression are determinants of predisposition to CV outcomes. The retina may provide an anatomical index of the effect of metabolic and hemodynamic factors on future CV outcomes.

If you or someone you know is concerned about cardiovascular risk such as heart attack or stroke as a result of diabetic retinopathy are encouraged to schedule an eye examination at D’Ambrosio Eye Care by calling us at 800-325-3937, visiting D’Ambrosio Eye Care or facebook.com/dambrosioeyecare so that we can help recommend an appropriate treatment plan.

D'Ambrosio Eye Care is a leading eye and LASIK care practice 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 that serve the greater Boston and central Massachusetts area. 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Highlighting Diabetic Eye Disease Problems

Prevent Blindness America has designated November as National Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month in order to highlight the risks of diabetic eye disease problems. Patients need to be aware that diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness in adults 20-74 years of age. There are almost 8 million people ages 40 and older who have diabeticretinopathy. This represents a significant increase due to the aging of the baby boomer population along with an epidemic of obesity and diabetes.

While there is no cure for diabetic retinopathy, the vision loss from diabetic eye problems can be prevented if it's caught early and treated in time. More than one third of those diagnosed with diabetes do not adhere to vision care guidelines recommending a dilated eye exam every year. As part of Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month we are urging people with diabetes to have a dilated eye exam every year. The longer a person has diabetes, the greater his or her risk for developing diabetic retinopathy. However, diabetic retinopathy does not only affect people who have had diabetes for many years, it can also appear within the first year or two after the onset of the disease.

In addition to having regular eye examinations and testing at the direction of your eye doctor, patients can help to reduce the risk of developing diabetic eye disease  by not smoking, controlling their cholesterol and lipid profile and blood pressure, as well as working to eat a heart-healthy diet rich in fish, fruit and green leafy vegetables and exercising. 

If you or someone you know has diabetes or even elevated blood sugar levels they should work to prevent diabetic eye disease and problems with regular eye exams by calling D’Ambrosio Eye Care at 800-325-3937, visiting D’Ambrosio Eye Care or facebook.com/dambrosioeyecare so that we can help recommend an appropriate treatment plan.

D'Ambrosio Eye Care is a leading eye and LASIK care practice 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 that serve the greater Boston and central Massachusetts area. 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Vision Quality with LASIK vs. Ortho-K Contact Lenses

Researchers reporting in the journal Cornea compared the differences in vision quality between Ortho-K contact lenses and LASIK for the treatment of low-to-moderate myopia. LASIK is a type of laser eye surgery that provides a method of vision correction to help people with common vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism see clearly at distance without being dependent on glasses or contact lenses. Ortho-K or Orthokeratology is a method of contact lens fitting used to temporarily reshape the cornea to allow people to see at distance and be independent of eyeglasses and contacts for periods of time throughout the day. The results in this study suggest that LASIK provides better vision quality outcomes than Ortho-K contact lenses for the treatment of low-to-moderate myopia and thus LASIK should be favored for those in need of the best vision.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about LASIK or schedule a Free LASIK consultation they are encouraged to schedule an eye examination at D’Ambrosio Eye Care by calling us at 800-325-3937, visiting D’Ambrosio Eye Care or facebook.com/dambrosioeyecare so that we can help recommend an appropriate treatment plan.

D'Ambrosio Eye Care is a leading eye and LASIK care practice 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 that serve the greater Boston and central Massachusetts area. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Caution on Decorative Contact Lenses for Halloween

The eye doctors and staff at D’Ambrosio Eye Care want to caution patients about the use of decorative contact lenses for Halloween. According to the Food and Drug Administration, all contact lenses are regulated medical devices that require a prescription and proper fitting by an eye-care professional. Even someone with perfect vision would still require an eye exam and a prescription in order to wear any kind of contacts, including cosmetic lenses. Some websites advertise decorative contacts as if they were fashion accessories or toys with fanciful, playful packaging in order to attract teens and young adults, especially girls. The problem is not that people use decorative, noncorrective lenses, but that they buy the devices without a prescription through unlicensed vendors on the Internet or at flea markets and specialty shops.

 Michael Fu, O.D.
Michael Fu, O.D.
“People buying these over-the-counter decorative contact lenses face considerable risk including scratched corneas, pink eye and more serious types of blinding infection as a result of corneal ulcers,” explained Massachusetts Optometrist& Contact Lens Specialist Dr. Michael Fu

The safe and effective use of contact lenses-whether decorative or not-requires proper fitting and education about their care to prevent the potential for serious eye  problems from becoming a reality. If you or a friend would like to learn more about contact lenses of any type including decorative contacts please schedule an eye examination at D’Ambrosio Eye Care by calling us at 800-325-3937, visiting D’Ambrosio Eye Care or facebook.com/dambrosioeyecare so that we can help recommend an appropriate treatment plan.

D'Ambrosio Eye Care is a leading eye and LASIK care practice 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 that serve the greater Boston and central Massachusetts area. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Multifocal Lens Implant & Cataract Story

I needed cataract surgery and I never needed glasses until I turned 40. Then I began using the “cheaters” to read.  I found my glasses a complete nuisance so when I needed surgery, I chose the Multifocal lenses to be placed in my eyes because this was a once-in-a-lifetime surgery and I was told that I would be less dependent on the glasses.  After using glasses for reading of course my eyes kept on getting worse and I needed to get stronger ones every year.  With the multifocal lenses in my eyes, I can see far and near.  I can even read the fine print on the medicine bottles!  If you need surgery or want to improve your eyesight, why not get the best?  You deserve it!  The surgery was a breeze, no complications and no regrets.


Joan