Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Adidas and Silhouette Eyeglass Frames

D’Ambrosio Eye Care, with Optical Departments in Lancaster, Gardner and Acton, MA is happy to announce we have added two additional frame lines to the extensive selection we currently offer to our patients. These two lines are stylish and offer some great options to individuals looking for style and function in their eyeglass frames.

Our licensed Opticians, in all three Optical Departments, can assist with the proper frame selection to meet your individual needs and requirements. When discussing your needs with our Opticians, let them know about your lifestyle, work habits and activities and they can explain the different options that will best meet your needs.

Our Optical Departments are open six (6) days a week with extended evening hours on most days.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Contact Lens Wearers and Non Compliance

Recent results from two on-line surveys sponsored by VISTAKON®, Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. indicate contact lens wearers are significantly non-compliant in many areas of contact lens wear and care. One survey addressed the frequency of lens replacement and the other posed questions regarding disinfection of the lenses, hygiene and the storage case replacement.

JoAnn C. Chang, M.D., Corneal Specialist at D’Ambrosio Eye Care, Inc. was not surprised by the results of these surveys. Dr. Chang states “the cornea is the window of the eyes, it must remain clean and clear for optimal vision.” Recently, Dr. Chang saw a young woman in the Lancaster office of D’Ambrosio Eye Care from over-wearing contact lenses. While Dr. Chang was able to save her patient’s eye, unfortunately this young woman has lost a significant portion of her vision in one eye. The contact lens was left in place too long and managed to mask the abrasion on her cornea and became a bacterial breading ground. The infection spread into her eye. “It is critical for contact lens patients to remove their lenses as directed by their eye care professional and to maintain proper hygiene and replaces lenses when instructed to attain good eye health” according to Dr. Chang.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Glasses after Cataract Surgery

If you wore glasses because you were nearsighted, farsighted or had astigmatism before you developed a Cataract it is possible for D’Ambrosio Eye Care Cataract Surgeons Drs. D’Ambrosio Jr. and Chang to use a carefully calculated intraocular lens implant (IOL) that can correct or even both distance and near vision so that you can decrease or even eliminate your dependence on bifocals and reading glasses after Cataract Surgery.

If you think you have a Cataract or have been told you have a Cataract and would like to be less dependent on glasses it is worthwhile to call D’Ambrosio Eye Care at 800-325-3937 and schedule an examination so we can guide you as you learn about your possibilities and options for vision correction after Cataract Surgery.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Eye Imaging Technology at D’Ambrosio Eye Care

Recently, the Lancaster location of D’Ambrosio Eye Care acquired a new, high resolution imaging camera to help us record eye problems and conditions digitally. This camera is able to take photos of the optic nerve and optic disc through a non-dilated, 3mm pupil with great results. With the combination of optics, digital sensor and computer combined into one, it makes it easier for patient comfort and for staff. This will give D’Ambrosio Eye Care doctors greater ability to capture high resolution, non-mydriatic color images and perform fluorescein angiography with just one piece of equipment.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Meet Glaucoma Specialist Bin Wu, M.D.

D’Ambrosio Eye Care is pleased to have Dr. Bin Wu, a specialist in diseases and surgery pertaining to glaucoma. Dr. Wu attended Medical School in China at the En Shi Medical College and Tongji Medical University. Upon completion of his studies there, he performed his residence at the Interfaith Medical Center, followed by a Fellowship at the Indiana University Medical Center in glaucoma. Dr. Wu specializes in diseases and surgery of the anterior segment (inside) of the eye including the medical, laser and surgical treatment of glaucoma. Dr. Wu is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery and the Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Near Vision & LASIK Monovision

LASIK-which is mainly a type of laser eye surgery for correcting distance vision, can be used for correcting near vision through a technique called monovision LASIK. Monovision corrects one eye for distance and one eye for near. Thus, the need for glasses with two different focal lengths is resolved by focusing each eye at a different focal length. Monovision LASIK can be effective for some patients with the need for mild near vision correction. Depending on the amount of close work you do at work and for how long each day, monovision LASIK may be a good alternative. One way to get a sense of how you will do with monovision LASIK is to mimic the effect with a temporary pair of contact lenses. If you would like to learn more about monovision LASIK and whether it might be right for you, JoAnn Chang, M.D., Corneal and LASIK Specialist at D’Ambrosio Eye Care would be happy to have you schedule a LASIK evaluation by calling Toll Free 800-325-3937.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Fireworks Eye Safety Awareness Month at D’Ambrosio Eye Care

D’Ambrosio Eye Care wishes to announce that Prevent Blindness America has designated July as National Fireworks Eye Safety Awareness Month. Contrary to what you might think, there is no safe way for nonprofessionals to use fireworks. It is only safe to enjoy the splendor and excitement of fireworks at a professional display. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, fireworks are involved in approximately 10,000 injuries per year that are treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms. Of those, 2/3 occurred during the one month period surrounding the July 4th holiday. It is important to note that

• Eyes were the Second Most Commonly Injured Part of the Body!
• Males Were Injured 3x More than Females.
• Approximately 25% of Injuries are to Children under 15.

Fireworks and celebrations go together, especially during the Fourth of July. But there are precautions parents can take to prevent these injuries. The best defense against kids suffering severe eye injuries and burns is to not let kids play with any fireworks. Do not purchase, use or store fireworks of any type. Protect yourself, your family and your friends by avoiding fireworks. Attend only authorized public fireworks displays conducted by licensed operators, but be aware that even professional displays can be dangerous. If an eye accident does occur, what should I know?
• Do not rub the eye.
• Do not attempt to rinse out the eye. This can be even more damaging than rubbing.
• Do not apply pressure to the eye itself- but protecting the eye from further contact with any item, including the child's hand.
• Do not stop for medicine! Over-the-counter pain relievers will not do much to relieve pain. Aspirin (should never be given to children) and ibuprofen can thin the blood, increasing bleeding. Take the child to the emergency room at once.
• Do not apply ointments or drops. They may not be sterile and may make the area around the eye slippery and harder for the doctor to examine.

Once you are seen in the emergency room please feel free to have them call D’Ambrosio Eye Care as we always have an eye doctor “on call” to provide consultation and continued care for you.

Friday, July 1, 2011

July 4th Eye Safety at D’Ambrosio Eye Care

Summer is now in full swing and it’s important to remember to protect your eyes. Whether we’re talking about a day at the beach or on the water to playing volleyball or catch, all of these activities require protective eyewear. Even if you’re just on the road driving, it’s important that you have the correct eyewear to reduce solar glare. Ask any of our Opticians about DriveWear polarized lenses and how it can increase your enjoyment and safety while on the road.

The Ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun can be linked to many eye problems and it’s important to control what you can with preventive measures including UV-blocking sunglasses and a cap or hat with a brim to protect your eyes and the delicate skin surrounding the eye area. In addition or protecting your eyes from harmful rays, wearing sporting protection is important, too.

D’Ambrosio Eye Care Optical Departments offer a full selection of eyewear for just the right activities to compliment your lifestyle. Stop in or call 800-325-3937 with any questions you may have.

Wishing you a happy and safe July 4th! And, don’t forget your sunscreen, too!