LASIK Boston Laser Cataract Surgery D’Ambrosio Eye Care Blog

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.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Kids’ Eye Exams: When to Have Them

At D’Ambrosio Eye Care we are often asked about the best time to have kids’ eyes screened, examined and evaluated for eye health and vision problems. As both a Pediatric Ophthalmologist and a parent of young children I am especially sensitive to doing the right things at the right times for kids. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Ophthalmology recommend that your child's eyes be screened for problems at birth, by 6 months of age, at 3 to 4 years of age, at 5 years of age, and every following year. Getting your kids eyes checked and screened regularly is critical for finding any issues that should be caught treated early. In most instances it may not actually be necessary for your child to have an exam with an eye doctor as your pediatrician can do the initial screenings at the routine well child visits. However, for preemies or if there is any family history of childhood eye problems it’s probably a good idea to bring them in to see us and we might recommend more frequent or more detailed exams

If you or someone you know would like to learn more or schedule a kids eye exam, 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, April 24, 2016

BOTOX®, Xeomin® & Dysport® for Wrinkles

BOTOX®, Xeomin® & Dysport® Injections: What’s the Difference?
BOTOX®, Xeomin® & Dysport®, are each slightly different preparations of Botulinum Toxin A, which is a class of medication called a “neurotoxin” and is derived from a protein that works to relax targeted muscles. Each preparation is slightly different in that they may differ in the protein structure or size of the molecules in the medication. BOTOX® was the first and is the oldest neurotoxin on the market having been approved by the FDA in 1989. Dysport® was approved in 2009 and Xeomin® in 2010, however both have been around in Europe for a long time. The dosage varies between the drugs. All three have very similar safety profiles and effectiveness. My experience is that each works very effectively when used to reduce wrinkles and shape your brow position.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more or schedule a consultation for help with facial wrinkles of fine lines using nonsurgical treatments such as BOTOX®, Xeomin® & Dysport® injections, 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.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Blueberries Help Night Vision?

Everyone has heard that carrots are good for your eyes. Many folks are probably even aware that eating green leafy vegetables is helpful for those at risk for age related macular degeneration (AMD). But, have you ever heard that blueberries are good for your night vision? Blueberries are considered “super stars” among health food advocates, who tout the fruit for not only promoting heart health, better memory and digestion, but also for improving night vision. Now, scientists have taken a closer look at this and have found reason to doubt that the popular berry helps most healthy people see better in the dark. Their report appears in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural & Food Chemistry. Blueberries were thought to be possibly be helpful for your night vision because they contain anthocyanins, which are pigment molecules in blueberries and other plants, that promote the regeneration of key molecules in the eye involved in perceiving light. But reviews of the earlier clinical research that tested the effect of blueberries on night vision in human subjects revealed that the studies were poorly controlled. The researchers found that a blueberry-supplemented diet did not improve sight in the dark, but they did help subjects recover normal vision after exposure to a bright light. The enhancement, however, was small and not likely noticeable to most healthy people, the researchers concluded. So, if you like blueberries feel free to eat and enjoy them, but don’t wait for your night vision to improve.

If you or someone you know has problems with night vision, it is important to have a thorough eye exam to rule out the possibility of cataracts or other eye problem, condition or disease that may affect the retina or optic nerve. 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.