Thursday, May 26, 2011

Eyewear for Memorial Day Just Around the Corner!

Memorial Day is the official kick-off to summer and brings families and friends together. It’s also a time when folks are doing activities they may not have done for several months and it requires a little planning. If you or your family members are going to be outdoors, remember the sun block and don’t forget your protective eyewear! Whether you’re playing sports or just kicking back on the deck, the right eyewear for your activity is important.

D’Ambrosio Eye Care wants to remind you it’s important to wear UV-blocking sunglasses and a brimmed hat or cap to additionally protect the sensitive areas around your eyes. This isn’t just for the adults; children should also be monitored for protection, too.

Have a happy and fun holiday!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Lasik Evaluation Expectations

Having LASIK may be an excellent vision correction option for you. However, the only completely reliable way to determine whether Laser Vision Correction or Laser Eye Surgery of any type is going to help you achieve your personal vision correction goals is to have a thorough consultation.

“When we see our patients for LASIK evaluations we are sure to be as thorough as possible,” said D’Ambrosio Eye Care Corneal Specialist and LASIK Surgeon JoAnn C. Chang, M.D.

Your LASIK consultation should consist of a number of clinical tests including:

>Measurement of your uncorrected visual acuity

>Measurement of your visual acuity with your current eyeglasses or contact lenses

>Optical measurement of the current prescription that you are wearing in your eyeglasses and/or a review of your current contact lens prescription

>A thorough review of your medical and eye history, including all prescription and non-prescription medication that you have been or are currently taking

>A refraction-automated or manual-to determine your current prescription

>A topography measurement to digitally map the shape of your cornea

>A pachymetry measurement of the thickness of your cornea

>A measurement of pupil size

>A microscopic evaluation of the health of your cornea and tear film, including testing for dry eyes.

“From this testing, it can be determined whether you should proceed to the final level of testing whereby the actual preoperative measurements are taken for your treatment and a thorough examination of the retina and optic nerve can be performed,” said Dr. Chang.

In addition to the actual clinical testing, your
LASIK evaluation will include a full discussion of LASIK risks, benefits and complications and a thorough analysis of the personal goals and objectives that you feel are important to your success. The best way for you or someone you know to find out if they are a candidate for LASIK is to schedule an evaluation for LASIK at D’Ambrosio Eye Care by calling 800-325-3937.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

LASIK and Ringing Wedding Bells at D’Ambrosio Eye Care

Francis A. D'Ambrosio, Jr., M.D.
What do wedding bells and LASIK have in common? June is just around the corner and it is one of the busiest months of the year for weddings. Now is a great time to think about LASIK as a great vision correction option so you can be free of the hassle of eyeglasses and contact lenses for your wedding. Being free of eyeglasses or contact lenses is a dream-come-true for many folks and what better time than for your wedding and honeymoon. D’Ambrosio Eye Care offers a free LASIK consultation to determine if you are a good potential candidate for the procedure. This is the only way for our team of medical doctors, led by Drs. Joann C. Chang and Francis A. D’Ambrosio, Jr., to determine if this is an appropriate choice for you.

JoAnn C. Chang, M.D.

This consultation appointment can be made by calling 1-800-325-3937. Our LASIK Coordinator will be happy to answer any questions you may have and can schedule for a free consultation.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Convenient Office Hours at D’Ambrosio Eye Care

D’Ambrosio Eye Care has convenient extended office hours to meet the needs of our patients. Should an emergency occur and you cannot wait for our office to open, please note our doctors are on call 24 hours daily.

Our offices are open the following hours:

Monday through Thursday: 8:00am – 7:30pm
Friday and Saturday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am – 2:00pm

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 8:00am – 7:30pm
Saturday: 8:00am – 1:30pm
Sunday: Closed

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 8:00am – 7:30pm
Saturday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday: Closed

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Childrens’ Eyeglass Painless Growth Program

D’Ambrosio Eye Care is proud to offer a special “Parent’s Painless Growth Program” in our Optical Departments to assist the parents of children who wear eyeglasses.

Program Details:
Throughout your child’s life their vision is growing and changing, much like the size of their clothes or shoes. For many children, their prescription can change more than once each year until their eyes are fully developed. In cases like this, D’Ambrosio Eye Care recognizes that purchasing a new pair of lenses with each change could become costly to parents, so we offer your child free lens changes for these premature changes that happen earlier than routine eye examinations (up to age 18).

All you need to do is be sure that one of our highly-qualified doctors continues to care for your child’s eyes. If we decide that your child's eyes are outgrowing their lenses, we will change them for FREE!

Please ask any of our Opticians or Optical Department Staff for more information.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Who Is A Good Lasik Candidate?

“The desire or the need to be free of the hassle of eyeglasses or contact lenses for seeing at distance motivates millions of people-just like you-to consider LASIK”, said Cornea and LASIK Specialist JoAnn C. Chang, M.D. of D’Ambrosio Eye Care. Thoughts of being able to wake up and see the alarm clock clearly- and just get up and go, have great appeal for anyone dependent on glasses or contacts. The freedom to take on each day's activities, unencumbered, has changed the lives of many.

Dr. Chang has relayed the following guidelines for patients to consider regarding who is a good candidate for LASIK surgery:

  • The great majority of patients who are nearsighted, farsighted or have astigmatism are potential candidates for LASIK.

  • Good LASIK candidates are at least 18 years of age or older and have stable vision. This means that their eyeglass or contact lens prescription has not changed much in the last year or so. Many people do not have "stable" vision until 21 years of age, however so each person is a bit different.

  • Good LASIK candidates have healthy eyes that are free from retinal problems, corneal scars, and any other eye diseases. They have normal corneal shapes and thickness as well as healthy tears.

  • The best LASIK candidates are those with a lifestyle, activities or occupation in which they are dissatisfied with their contact lenses or glasses.

The best way for you or someone you know to find out if they are a good candidate for LASIK is to have an evaluation, examination and consultation at D’Ambrosio Eye Care. Please feel free to phone D’Ambrosio Eye Care Toll Free at 800-325-3937 to schedule a consultation and examination.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Pediatric Ophthalmologist Oren L. Weisberg, M.D.

Did you know that at D'Ambrosio Eye care, Dr. Oren Weisberg is our Pediatric Ophthalmoloist, seeing children up to the age of 18, those with special needs and even some adult cases? We are fortunate to have such a personable and skilled doctor and surgeon on our staff.

Working directly with Dr. Weisberg are ophthalmic technicians trained to work with the special requirements of children.

Dr. Weisberg specializes in all types of eye diseases in children and also treats both pediatric and adult strabismus (eye turns or crossed eyes) as well as amblyopia (lazy eye).

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Ultraviolet (UV) Eye Protection Awareness Month

D’Ambrosio Eye Care wishes to announce that Prevent Blindness America has designated May as National Ultraviolet Eye Awareness Month. Most people know the harmful effects that ultraviolet (UV) rays can have on the skin. But many are not aware of the damage that they can cause to the eyes. Possibly the most frightening aspect of UV damage is that it is cumulative, meaning the negative effects may not present themselves until years later.

Today almost everyone is aware of the potential damage that sunlight and ultraviolet (UV) radiation can cause to their skin, most do not know or appreciate that ultraviolet light (UV) can also cause significant damage to eye health and vision.

“Most of us wouldn’t dream of staying outside in the sun without putting on sunscreen lotion,” said Francis D’Ambrosio, Jr., M.D., Medical Director of D’Ambrosio Eye Care. “But we also need to remember to wear both UV-blocking sunglasses and a brimmed hat to protect our eyes as well.”

Patients are fortunate to have wide range of UV protecting eyeglass lenses available to choose from. Eye protection from UV needs to be complete but doesn’t have to be overly expensive. High quality sunglasses should block out 99-100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation. It is also important to have UV protection in everyday eyewear, which is readily available with a number of UV blocking eyeglass lens materials, specialized coatings and photochromic lenses.

“We know that extended exposure to UV has been linked to many eye problems, conditions and in some cases thought to quicken the onset of eye diseases such as Cataract, Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), certain cancers on the delicate skin around the eye, Pterygia-a growth of white tissue on the surface of the eye-and even Photokeratitis, a type of sunburn of the cornea”, said JoAnn C. Chang, M.D., a Corneal Specialist at D’Ambrosio Eye Care.

When you visit D’Ambrosio Eye Care, please feel free to ask any questions you might have about UV protection, eye disease and the best way to protect your eyes with the proper eyewear and lens choices. D’Ambrosio Eye Care can be reached at 800-325-3937 to help answer questions.