Park Ophthalmology of Raleigh & Durham Guides Patients through the Eye Exam Process

eyes digitalartAn eye examination at Park Ophthalmology includes a number of very important tests and measurements that provide Beth R. Friedland M.D. with a complete record of each patient’s eye health and vision needs. To reduce the unknown around eye examinations, especially for patients who have not had an exam done in years, Park Ophthalmology in Raleigh and Durham explains the procedures in a typical ophthalmology exam.

Dr. Friedland offers a five stage process for accurate eye health and assessment:

  • Medical history: New clients will need to provide information about their medical history. This is because some conditions and certain medications can affect eye health and vision. Additionally, anyone who already has contact lenses or glasses should bring them so the office has a baseline measurement of the existing corrective lenses.
  • Eye muscle test: The patient watches a moving object, such as a pen or a light, as Dr. Friedland watches for any weaknesses in eye coordination and control. Eye pressure is also assessed before the actual refraction exam begins.
  • Refraction exam: This stage of the exam at Park Ophthalmology probably is familiar to most people and involves looking through a “binoculars” device containing many lenses of various strengths. As the doctor makes adjustments, the patient reports which combination of settings provides the clearest vision.
  • Visual field test: This measures the peripheral vision, or how far to either side the patient can see. The test may be performed using a device that flashes dots of light onto a dark screen. The client presses a button each time he or she sees a flash.
  • Retinal exam: The retina is a lining at the back of the eye that translates visual inputs such as light intensity, shapes and colors into neural signals for the brain. The patient’s pupils usually need to be dilated with eye drops before this test. The doctor uses a bright light and powerful lens to check the retina, optic disk and blood vessels at the back of the eye. It is normal to need sunglasses for a few hours after the exam until the dilation effect wears off.

Dr. Friedland and the Park Ophthalmology staff are happy to answer any questions about the procedures of a complete and healthy eye exam. Call today to reserve a time for your own eyes.

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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 eye strain and 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.

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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Park Ophthalmology in the Triangle Offers Five Tips for Healthy Eyes

imagery majesticIt’s back-to-school time in the Triangle for everyone from day care to college! Although it’s the beginning of the school year, there is only a third of a year left in 2014! Now is the perfect time to remember back to those New Year’s resolutions. Yes, there is still time to complete them!

Here at Park Opthalmology, Dr. Beth R. Friedland encourages everyone to get healthy and be healthy. There are many benefits of eating healthy, exercising, and maintaining a healthy weight. Because there are so many great ways to get healthy, eyesight often gets overlooked. There is a lot to see in the Triangle: a Durham Bulls game, nature along the greenways, and somuch more! Don’t miss a single moment as we head to the fall season.

Park Ophthalmology offers five important tips for healthy eyes. One tip to work on for each month the rest of the year:

  • Prevent Sun Damage – Sunshine and warm weather were great incentives for many who relocated to the Triangle. While getting a healthy dose of Vitamin D has its benefits, it’s important to protect your eyes, too. Wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and clothing that blocks or screens the sun’s rays.
  • Eat Healthy – What goes into the body can help prevent many eye diseases such as cataracts, macular degeneration, and dry eyes. Nourish your body with nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, lutein and zeaxanthin, beta-carotene, zinc, and vitamins A, C, and E.
  • Get Eye Exams Regularly – Preventative care is crucial to eye health. Adults over 40 should visit the eye doctor yearly. Children should visit the eye doctor for the first time between 6 and 12 months. While visiting an ophthalmologist, don’t underestimate the importance of accurate health history in order for your doctor to best assess risks and conditions and provide instruction for proper preventative care.
  • Avoid Digital Eye Strain – Too much time texting, sending emails, and sitting in front of a screen can damage eyes. Try these tips for eye health in the digital age!
  • Quit Smoking (or Don’t Start!) – Smoking can take its toll on much of the body, even the eyes. Research shows an increased risk of developing eye diseases that may lead to blindness.

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 eye wear 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 every patient and with offices in Durham and Raleigh, we are convenient to everyone here in Central Carolina. Give us a call today!

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This article about eye exams 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.

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

Park Ophthalmology North

6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

Office: 919 846 6915

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Sun Exposure in the Triangle and the Concern of Cataracts

stock images old guy glassesThe Triangle’ warm and sunny seasons may keep the flowers and grasses growing, but over time, excessive exposure to sunlight can possibly harm the eyes, even causing cataracts.

A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye. The lens is located behind the iris (colored portion) of the eye and as eyes age, the lens becomes less flexible and thicken. These changes can cause tissues to break down and clump together, clouding the lens. This condition can create depth issues when walking steps, can make it harder for night driving, and over time can blur and worsen sight.

Seeing through cloudy lenses is like looking through a fogged-up window. The main cause of cataracts is aging, but excessive UV radiation from those beautiful blue sky days is another major factor.

Cataracts account for almost 15 million blind people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. WHO estimates about 20 percent, or 3 million, of those cases are likely caused by UV radiation from the sun’s rays.

Preventing cataracts is a challenge. There are several risk factors known for cataracts, including diabetes, excessive alcohol consumptions, family history, high blood pressure, obesity and smoking.

Raleigh and Durham residents with these risk factors should be especially careful when heading to the beach, working in the yard, or attending a baseball game. Park Ophthalmology specializes in cataract care, but prevention is the best cure! Follow these three guidelines to prevent sun damage to your eyes:

  • Stay out of the sun: While some sunlight is good for the body, wear a hat and cover up while outdoors to prevent too much exposure to both skin and eyes. A tree or an umbrella are not a guarantee against damage, but a wide-brimmed hat can significantly reduce eye exposure to UVB radiation.
  • Wear protective eyewear: Always wear “shades” when outside. The sunglasses must block 99% or 100% of UVB and UVA rays. Get more tips for buying the right sunglasses.
  • Wear clothing that blocks or screens the sun’s rays: Combine the clothes, sunglasses and of course, sunscreen for the best eye protection.

Regular eye exams will help in the assessment of both healthy eyes and the beginnings of cataracts. The human eye is too important. Exams prevent surprises.

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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 eye wear 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 atPark 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.

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

 

 

Five Ways to Help Prevent Eye Problems

sunglassesAge-related eye trouble is one of the most common problems seen at Park Ophthalmology. Now, a new study described in a recent New York Times article shows that exercise can reduce the risk of one of the biggest culprits: age-related macular degeneration. The studies, so far just in mice, have shown many benefits.

The health of your eyes is just one more reason to get out and move around in the spring weather that has arrived in Raleigh and Durham. As one researcher in the article put it, “As potential treatments go, (exercise) it’s cheap, easy and safe.”

Triangle residents looking for easy and safe treatments or prevention for eye health issues can also try these approaches:

  • Wear sunglasses: Sunshine is hard on the eyes and can even cause cataracts. Read more on choosing the right sunglasses. People should carry sunglasses with them at all times so that they’re at the ready for a quick walk to lunch or a day in the park.
  • Eat healthy and take vitamins: Vitamins in the foods we eat and supplements we take can help keep eyes strong.
  • Quit smoking: While lung cancer and other problems are at the top of the list of reasons to quit smoking, kicking butts also makes a big difference for the eyes. Smokers have an increased risk for eye disorders.
  • Protect eyes from possible injury: Whether playing sports or working on a house project, throwing on a pair of goggles is always a good idea. And be sure to avoid dangerous behaviors, such as those many women do as part of their daily beauty regimen.
  • Get regular eye exams: Even those with 20/20 vision should stop in once a year and see Dr. Beth Friedland. Exams are a great opportunity to check on the health of eyes, not just to change or correct a prescription.

A few simple steps are all that’s required to keep eyes healthy at all ages. Call Park Ophthalmology today to set up an appointment.

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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 eye health is brought to you by the professional team atPark 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.

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

 

Track Astigmatism with Regular Park Ophthalmology Appointments

arztsamui, fdpBlurry vision may be more than just nearsightedness or farsightedness. For some Park Ophthalmology patients, vision problems at any distance may be the result of astigmatism. Astigmatism is a natural condition, occurring in about one of every three people in the United States. The front surface of the eye, the cornea, is normally a sphere shape, like a basketball. This smooth surface refracts incoming light so we can see. People with astigmatism have a cornea shaped more like a football, protruding outward. This uneven shape distorts light rays as they enter the eye, causing blurry vision.

Astigmatism may occur in combination with near- and farsightedness, but it isn’t caused or made worse by sitting too close to the television or computer, squinting or reading in poor light. While astigmatism is not a harmful condition, people often notice blurriness while reading, driving, looking at a computer or doing other activities.

There are two ways Beth R. Friedland M.D. can correct astigmatism:

  • Glasses or contact lenses: People with slight astigmatism may not require corrective lenses, but most people require some correction to see properly, especially those with another vision problem. Those with an astigmatism can wear special contact lenses called toric lenses, which are able to bend light in one direction or another. People can also opt for gas permeable contact lenses. Dr. Beth Friedland can determine which option will work best.
  • Refractive surgery: Laser eye surgery can correct the shape of the cornea, making it more spherical. People with healthy eyes, free from disease, scars, or other retinal problems may have surgery. There are multiple types of surgeries to correct the corneal shape; Park Ophthalmology will decide which one is right based on the patient’s medical history and eye shape.

Astigmatism may increase slowly over time, making it more difficult to observe as years pass. That’s why annual eye exams are an important part of tracking eye health and vision changes. Those experiencing eye strain or blurry vision should contact Dr. Beth Friedland at Park Ophthalmology for an eye exam.

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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 astigmatism is brought to you by the professional team atPark 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.

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

Photo: Arztsamui, freedigitalphotos.net

Beth R. Friedland MD is More than Meets the Eye

Beth BiggerThose living here in the Triangle, especially the Raleigh and Durham residents who visit Park Ophthalmology for their exams and eye concerns probably know Beth R. Friedland MD, as a board-certified Ophthalmologist dedicated to the best eye care possible for her patients. But there is more to Dr. Friedland than her 30 years of experience in Ocular Gerontology, Pediatric Ophthalmology, Occupational Eye Safety, and Laser Eye Surgery.

What many people and patients do not know is Dr. Friedland has the true willingness to serve; she volunteers with Eye Care America, the Foundation for the American Academy of Ophthalmology that helps the under-served receive regular eye exams, which help reduce the chances for avoidable blindness and severe visual impairment. This award-winning organization provides eye exams and up to one year of care to U.S. citizens and legal residents within the Continental U.S., Hawaii and Puerto Rico through volunteer ophthalmologists, like Dr. Beth, often at no out-of-pocket cost to those who qualify.

Ophthalmic Medicine has prompted her continuous passion for the issues and effects of Glaucoma, which challenges more than two million Americans and is the leading cause of blindness here in the United States. This focus has led her to author a chapter on Glaucoma medications in a textbook about Ocular Pharmacology.

Dr. Friedland also shares her experiences and knowledge with future Ophthalmologists by working as a Clinical Associate Professor at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine. 

By offering regular eye exams and surgeries for her patients in both Raleigh and Durham at Park Ophthalmology, she also looks for new ways to help by conducting continued research. Her latest studies focus on new techniques to improve eye care and new drugs to treat Dry Eye, the serious condition where there are insufficient tears to lubricate and nourish the eye. She travels around the world to speak on the importance of new techniques and research and has done so in China, Israel and Europe.

In 2011, Dr. Friedland was honored with the Business Leader Women Extraordinaire Award and the Triangle Business Woman of the Year Award.

While Park Ophthalmology patients are glad to have Dr. Beth Friedland care for their eyes and vision, she is proud to be doing as much as she can to spread her knowledge and share her talents around the world.

Please visit YouTube and view the new video Leading Physician of the World, that explains what Dr. Beth R. Friedland is all about. Knowledge, care, and education blend to make the Park Ophthalmology patient experience something very unique and special. She is, after all, your Triangle Eye Specialist!

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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.

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

**

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.

Follow us https://twitter.com/ParkOphthNC

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

 

 

6 Tips for Eye Make Up Safety

stuart miles eyesAll across the Triangle, from Raleigh and Durham, women everywhere use makeup, bronzer, highlighter, eyeliner, blush and a variety of other cosmetics to enhance the look of their eyes, lashes, brows and appearance. While most cosmetics are safe to use, there are a few aspects of makeup use that can cause serious concern and possible damage.

Here are six tips for keeping your eyes gorgeous and healthy:

  • Keep things clean: Eye makeup is clean and safe when first purchased, but old applicators may grow fungi or bacteria that can end up in your makeup or possibly in your eyes causing serious infections. Some infections can even lead to the blindness in the worst cases. Clean your brushes regularly and change your applicators and makeup every three to six months.
    • Don’t share: It may seem fun to share favorite eye colors and assorted cosmetics with a friend, but someone else’s germs may not be good for you. Also watch out for the “tester” products in the retail store cosmetic departments. These stores should be using single-use applicators, such as clean cotton swabs, if they put makeup on you.
  • Steady hands: Even if you’re not driving, it’s best to avoid applying makeup in the car or on a bus. If you hit a bump at the wrong time, you can scratch your eye or get makeup in it, which can result in serious issues.
  • Check the label: All eye cosmetics are required to list their ingredients on the package. If there is no such label found on the product, it is considered misbranded and illegal. (Some small packages may have the ingredient list on a tear-off sheet with the display.)
  • Never use kohl: Found in some parts of the world, kohl is not approved for use in the United States. Also known as al-kahl, surma or kajal, it contains antimony or lead, which is dangerous and can cause lead poisoning in children. Note: some products may be called “kohl” to indicate color so check labels.
  • Do not use dye: Permanent eyelash and eyebrow dyes can cause serious eye injuries, including blindness. The FDA has not approved any dyes for this use.

If you have a bad reaction to eye cosmetics or cleansing products, call your Park Ophthalmology doctor. You can also report the problem to the FDA.

Being careful in every circumstance and you will protect your eyes and will keep them looking good no matter the occasion.

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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 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