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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Google Artificial Intelligence Can Help Diabetic Eye Exams



According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) more than 29 million people in the U.S. have diabetes and are therefore at risk for diabetic retinopathy and its associated vision loss and potential blinding complications. All diabetics should have regular eye exams with thorough retina exams. The task of diabetic eye exams is enormous and soon will be assisted by Google Artificial Intelligence disease detecting software. Researchers, reporting in Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology showed that by using Google software to analyze images and then having retina specialists provide input to refine the algorithms,  it allowed the computer software disease detection software to become roughly as effective at the retina specialists. This technique of using machine learning “neural networks” to refine disease detection is hopefully able to bring even more effective early detection and diagnosis of diabetic retinopathy to those at risk.

If you or someone you know has diabetes please be sure to have regular eye exams as early detection, diagnosis and treatment are the keys to preventing vision loss from diabetes. Schedule a diabetic eye exam at 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, 865 Merriam Avenue, Suite 119, Leominster, Massachusetts 01453, 100 Powder Mill Road, Acton, Massachusetts 01720, 413 Main Street, Athol, Massachusetts 01331, 74 Main Street, Gardner, Massachusetts 01440 and 255 Park Avenue, Suite 606, Worcester, Massachusetts 01609

Migraine Help with Glaucoma Eye Drops



The beta-blocker eye drop Timolol or TIMOPTIC® may help relieve migraine headache pain according to research in JAMA Neurology. While there are several bets-blocker medications that can be taken by mouth for migraine, they tend to work very slowly-sometimes hours or days-and are not terribly helpful for migraine sufferers. TIMOPTIC® eye drops are very quickly absorbed into the blood and seem to alleviate the pain in most patients with migraines fairly quickly. Research in underway to determine the best dose and frequency of these eye drop to help those with migraines.

If you or someone you know suffers from migraines, help with eye drops may be on the way. Learn more at 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, 865 Merriam Avenue, Suite 119, Leominster, Massachusetts 01453, 100 Powder Mill Road, Acton, Massachusetts 01720, 413 Main Street, Athol, Massachusetts 01331, 74 Main Street, Gardner, Massachusetts 01440 and 255 Park Avenue, Suite 606, Worcester, Massachusetts 01609.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Welcome David Terrell, M.D., Ph.D.!


Please join all of us at Eye Surgeons of Worcester, a D’Ambrosio Eye Care Medical Practice in welcoming Ophthalmologist David Terrell, M.D., Ph.D. Dr. Terrell is a Comprehensive Ophthalmologist, Cataract Surgeon & Retinal Disease Specialist who sees patients for cataract surgery and lens implants, specialized eye exams for the diagnosis and treatment of retinal disease, such as diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration (AMD) and inherited diseases of the retina, diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma, as well as routine eye health and comprehensive ophthalmology needs.

About David Terrell, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Terrell earned his Medical Degree as well as a Ph.D. in Developmental and Molecular Biology from the University of Cincinnati College Of Medicine. Dr. Terrell completed his Residency in Ophthalmology at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago and his Fellowship in Ophthalmology-Inherited Retinal Degenerations at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, Boston.

Dr. Terrell brings D'Ambrosio Eye Care patients clinical experience and patient management techniques as a specialist in inherited retinal diseases including Leber Congenital Amaurosis, Retinitis Pigmentosa, inherited Macular Dystrophy such as Stargardt Disease, Cone-Rod Dystrophy and Achromatopsia as well as Usher Syndrome. Dr. Terrell is a Member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Association of Research and Ophthalmology and the Massachusetts Medical Society.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Lipid Lowering Medication Can Help Diabetic Retinopathy


Did you know that medications used to treat high cholesterol and triglycerides in your blood can help diabetic retinopathy? In two clinical studies, the Fenofibrate Intervention and Event Lowering in Diabetes (FIELD) study and the Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes (ACCORD) study, the medications Fenofibrate (TriCor, Lipofen, Triglide, Trilipix) and Statins (Lipitor, Crestor, Mevacor, Pravachol, Zocor) have been found, to reduce the signs of blood vessel disease in the retina from diabetic retinopathy but also to actually reduce the need for certain treatments for diabetic retinopathy.  We are hoping that additional research becomes available that helps us help patients with diabetes avoid the sight threatening complications of this terribly common disease.

If you or someone you know has diabetes please be sure to have regular eye exams in order to avoid the potentially blinding vision loss from this disease. Schedule an eye exam at 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, 865 Merriam Avenue, Suite 119, Leominster, Massachusetts 01453, 100 Powder Mill Road, Acton, Massachusetts 01720, 413 Main Street, Athol, Massachusetts 01331, 74 Main Street, Gardner, Massachusetts 01440 and 255 Park Avenue, Suite 606, Worcester, Massachusetts 01609.

Flex Spending-Use It or Lose it!


Piggy Bank With Coins
Use your flex spending on something fun!
Many flexible spending accounts expire at year end. Don’t let your hard earned money go to waste on sun block and Band-Aids at the online flexible spending stores when you could come in and get a new pair of Maui Jim, Ray Ban, or Kate Spade eyeglasses. Use your flex spending on a new pair of eyeglasses or sunglasses. Many of our patients who have flexible spending accounts also have VSP vision insurance which also normally expires at year end. Use both and you may even walk out of our store without paying anything out of pocket! Stop by any of our locations and talk with our Opticians about how to get the most out of your insurance and flexible spending.

Visit D’Ambrosio Optical Center to learn more, 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, 865 Merriam Avenue, Suite 119, Leominster, Massachusetts 01453, 413 Main Street, Athol, Massachusetts 01331 and 74 Main Street, Gardner, Massachusetts 01440.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Cataract Patient Story from Richard K.

Bin Wu, M.D.

“If you are contemplating cataract surgery, take my recommendation and get it done sooner than later.  It is a very easy procedure to have done and the results are great.  The appointments in the office take longer than the surgery itself.  Because I also have glaucoma, I’m seen regularly by Dr. Bin Wu and he is the one that did my cataract surgery.  He was wonderful explaining what would happen and was so comforting in the operating room.  I’m very happy with the results and have just had my second eye done within the last month.  My driving confidence has improved and I just wish I had this done a couple of years ago when Dr. Wu first recommended it.”-Richard K.

If you or some you know is experiencing cataract symptoms such as cloudy foggy vision, glare or difficult night driving and would like to learn more about cataract surgery & lens implants 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, 865 Merriam Avenue, Suite 119, Leominster, Massachusetts 01453, 100 Powder Mill Road, Acton, Massachusetts 01720, 413 Main Street, Athol, Massachusetts 01331, 74 Main Street, Gardner, Massachusetts 01440 and 255 Park Avenue, Suite 606, Worcester, Massachusetts 01609

Monday, October 21, 2019

LASIK Experience from Donna A.



“Overall it was a wonderful experience from my first consultation, my pre- and post-op visits with Dr. Fu and my day of surgery with Dr. D’Ambrosio.  Everyone took the time to explain things and were happy to answer any questions or concerns that I had.  Megan (in LASIK scheduling) was extremely helpful and comforting.  The office in general is a very busy place.  The staff members at the front desk and discharge desk were friendly and courteous as were the staff members who walked me from place-to-place. I would highly recommend this office.”

If you or some you know is tired of the hassle of glasses or contact lenses for seeing at distance and would like to find out if LASIK might be a good vision correction option, 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, 865 Merriam Avenue, Suite 119, Leominster, Massachusetts 01453, 100 Powder Mill Road, Acton, Massachusetts 01720, 413 Main Street, Athol, Massachusetts 01331 and 74 Main Street, Gardner, Massachusetts 01440.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Eyeglass & Optical Loyalty Card!



When you purchase in our Optical shops (not including insurance) you will receive a loyalty card. This card holds a discount toward future pairs for up to 3 months. The more you purchase the higher your discount, up to 40% off! Your purchase also comes with complimentary “perks” like a 90-day money back or exchange policy, 1 year manufacturer’s warranty, 1 year damage warranty, and free repairs and adjustments. Some places charge you to get a warranty; we offer these for free. The best part is if you want, you can give your card to someone else, anyone else, so they can use your discount. This helps families get the cost down on eyewear or if you had a friend you knew was coming in to make a purchase you could give them your card.

Visit D’Ambrosio Optical Center to learn more, 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, 865 Merriam Avenue, Suite 119, Leominster, Massachusetts 01453, 413 Main Street, Athol, Massachusetts 01331 and 74 Main Street, Gardner, Massachusetts 01440.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Retinal Blood Vessel Blockage Warns About Heart Arrhythmia


Certain types of blockage of blood vessels in the retina may be an indicator of a recently developed heart arrhythmia called Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) according to research reported in BMC Cardiovascular Disorders. Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) is the most common type of cardiac or heart arrhythmia where patients experience an irregular and often rapid heart rate that can increase the risk of stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications. While any retinal artery or vein occlusion warrants a complete workup by a cardiologist, in particular if you should suffer a Retinal Artery Occlusion (RAO) you have a significant risk of having a recent onset of AFib.

Learn more about retinal blood vessel blockage and AFib by scheduling an eye exam at 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, 865 Merriam Avenue, Suite 119, Leominster, Massachusetts 01453, 100 Powder Mill Road, Acton, Massachusetts 01720, 413 Main Street, Athol, Massachusetts 01331, 74 Main Street, Gardner, Massachusetts 01440 and 255 Park Avenue, Suite 606, Worcester, Massachusetts 01609