Park Ophthalmology Keeps an “Eye” Out for Vision Problems

Beth BiggerFor many of us living in the Triangle, the older we get the more vision issues we have over time. Vision problems can even begin at a young age. The best protection is making a complete eye exam an annual event. Even those with perfect vision still need that check-up to catch any issues they might not be aware of long before there is a chronic problem.

Because our eyes age like the rest of our bodies over time, if you do not visit a Park Ophthalmologist or your family Optometrist on a regular basis, you could develop concerns, especially after age 40.

Here are three eye conditions that can develop if not paid attention to on a consistent basis:  

Glaucoma: The condition is a buildup of pressure inside the eye and causes damage to the optic nerve, which transmits images to the brain. Without treatment, Glaucoma can cause permanent blindness in just a few years. While it tends to be inherited, Glaucoma may not show up until later in life. Some symptoms include seeing halos around lights, redness in the eye, nausea or vomiting and tunnel vision. However, many people with Glaucoma don’t have symptoms, so this condition is an important reason to get a regular eye exam.

Cataracts: Cataracts occur when there is a buildup of protein in the lens that makes it cloudy. That cloudiness prevents light from passing clearly through the lens. New cells form on the outside of the lens, forcing the older cells into the center of the lens. Cataracts usually form very slowly and may not even cause symptoms. Some signs of cataract include cloudy, blurry, foggy or filmy vision, changes in color, problems driving at night, and problems with glare and double vision.

Macular Degeneration: The macula is the part of the eye responsible for the center of your visual field. Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) occurs when this tissue deteriorates, which forms a blind spot in the center of your vision. Depending on the type, age-related Macular Degeneration may cause haziness, a blind spot or distortion.
The best treatment for all of these age-related eye conditions is in the simplicity of prevention. If you are over the age of 40, you should have a complete eye exam with an eye doctor every one to two years. Regular eye exams with your Ophthalmologist make it easier to find and treat eye diseases early, saving you money — and saving your eyesight.

If you live in Raleigh, Durham, or anywhere in the Triangle NC, call us today for your exam and that peace of mind that comes with professional assessment with Doctor Beth Friedland (see picture upper right). Contact Jenny Whitman at 919-544-5829 or at jenny.brfeyecare@ncrrbiz.com.

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Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!

This article about the benefits of eye care is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.

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Locations:

Park Ophthalmology

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

Office: 919 544 5375

Fax: 919 544 5829

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Park Ophthalmology North

6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

919 846 6915

Office Manager Jenny Whitman, e-mail: jenny.brfeyecare@ncrrbiz.com.

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An Eye Full of New Year’s Resolutions

Beth Bigger2013! It is a New Year filled with the future for all of us here in the Triangle and North Carolina.  Have you kept that New Year’s resolution you announced to everyone at midnight on January 1st? Or has it been made ancient history already? It is a fact that nearly 45 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, but according to Statistic Brain, only about 8 percent of them are successful.

As you make plans to lose weight, learn a new language or manage your debt, you might need a little more motivation.

Here are three common resolutions with excellent bonus benefits: they’re good for your eyes:

  • Quit the cigarette habit: You’ve all heard the typical reasons for quitting smoking: the health of your lungs, the risk of cancer, and chance of emphysema. But we will give you one more very good reason to kick those butts forever, smoking is just plain bad for your eyes. More and more studies show that smokers have an increased risk for eye disorders. And it’s not just for your eyes only; friends and family who frequently are exposed to tobacco smoke are also at risk.
  • Lose weight and eat better: Losing weight is usually the number one New Year’s resolution each and every year here in the Triangle. We all know that keeping trim and staying in shape are good for our hearts and bodies, but it’s also good for our eyes. People who are obese are at a higher risk for diabetes, which can cause serious eye problems. Eating healthier is also good for our eyes, giving us boosts of vitamins and minerals that prevent many eye disorders, such as cataracts and macular degeneration: https://parkophthalmology.wordpress.com/2012/11/06/the-foods-of-the-eye-are-plentiful/
  • Limit alcohol intake: Although light alcohol consumption typically doesn’t cause major health problems, excessive use can harm your body, including your eyes. Heavy drinkers can suffer from an array of eye problems, including blurry or double vision, decreased peripheral vision, decreased contrast sensitivity and frequent migraines. And it also leads to eye redness, which isn’t cosmetically appealing.

Sight is the human sense that people fear losing most. Come mid-January when you’re losing your resolve, remember, you’re not just doing it for you: you’re doing it for your eyes. Stay healthy and your eyes will see the benefits. And so will you. Good luck!

Schedule your eye exam every year at this time and make it a yearly resolution!

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Park Ophthalmology and Dr. Beth Friedland (see picture upper right) welcome patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!

This article about the health benefits of eye care is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.

Photo Credit: brfeyecare

Locations in the Triangle NC:

Park Ophthalmology

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

Office: 919 544 5375

Fax: 919 544 5829

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Park Ophthalmology North

6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

919 846 6915

Office Manager Jenny Whitman, e-mail: parkeyemd@gmail.com

Follow us https://twitter.com/ParkOphthNC

Like us: https://www.facebook.com/ParkOphthalmology