Monday, December 15, 2014

LASIK Story from Stephanie

Before my LASIK procedure, my vision was so bad I could not even find my glasses in the morning! I was always afraid of losing my glasses or contact lens and being totally helpless.

Although I was very nervous at the thought of LASIK, I felt more at ease after my consultation at D’Ambrosio Eye Care. I had been walked through every step with detailed explanations by a confident staff. I was still a little bit nervous on the day of my LASIK, but the staff really puts you at ease and talks you through every step. 

Before I knew it, it was done and I was ready to go home to take a nap! Now, I can see every detail with more clarity than any pair of glasses or contact lenses. I could not be happier. Thank you all so much!


Stephanie

Monday, December 8, 2014

Contact Lens Success & Age of Fitting

Sometimes parents wonder what the best age is to fit their children with contact lenses is in order to give them the most successful and safest wearing experience. Researchers reporting in Eye & Contact Lens: Science and Clinical Practice  studied differences  in current symptoms, compliance, ocular health and adverse events between current successful long–term contact lens wearers fit as children or as teenagers. They found that successful contact lens wearers fit as children are no more likely to report previous contact lens–related adverse events, problems with compliance, decreased wearing time, or worse ocular health than those fit as teenagers amd suggest that parents should not rely on age as a primary determinant in fitting children with contact lenses, but should rely on their eye doctor’s recommendations and evaluation of their child.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about contact lens fitting for children 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'AmbrosioEye 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, December 1, 2014

Omega 3 Supplements for Age Related Macular Degeneration


Omega 3 supplements may provide benefits for reducing the risk of age related macular degeneration (AMD). Taking diet supplements with antioxidant vitamins C and E, Beta Carotene and Zinc has been shown to reduce the risk of progression to advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS). In addition to this “AREDS Supplement Formulation”, some data suggests that increased dietary intake of lutein + zeaxanthin (carotenoids), omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (docosahexaenoic acid [DHA] + eicosapentaenoic acid [EPA]), or both might further reduce this risk.

Researchers from the Age Related Eye Disease 2 (AREDS) Research Group reporting in the Journal of the  American Medical Association concluded that the addition of lutein + zeaxanthin, DHA + EPA, or both to the AREDS formulation did not further reduce risk of progression to advanced AMD but lutein + zeaxanthin could be an appropriate carotenoid substitute in the AREDS formulation for former smokers who were at risk for lung cancer.

If you or someone you know is concerned about age related macular degeneration risk or has any family history of AMD 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 orfacebook.com/dambrosioeyecare so that we can help recommend an appropriate treatment plan.

D'AmbrosioEye Care is a leading eye and LASIK care practice with office locations at 79 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. 

Voted Best Optical & Eye Care!

D'Ambrosio Eye Care, Inc. has been voted the “Best Optical and Best Eye Care” for 2014 by the Reader’s Choice Awards of the Leominster Champion.  “Our staff spends a great deal of time, effort and energy delivering eye care, services and products to the central Massachusetts community. We do it with dedication to being easily available and convenient for patients in terms of hours and locations, we do it in a friendly but professional manner and we do it affordably,” said Francis D’Ambrosio, Jr., M.D. “Eye health and vision care along with great eyewear is who we are. It is always nice and rewarding to hear from patients and organizations, that we are doing a good job for central Massachusetts residents-THANK YOU to all of the patients and friends in our community!”

If you have questions about any aspect of eye heath and vision or eyeglasses or eyewear please contact us 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. 

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.