Six Ways Park Ophthalmology Separates Eye Health Fact from Fiction

Park 09-08-15 imagerymajestic ID-100232719It is vital to separate fact from fiction in order to maintain good eye health. Will eating carrots really improve eyesight? Is reading in dim light damaging to vision? Park Ophthalmology is the Triangle area’s source for information on eye health and maintaining good vision throughout life. Dr. Beth R. Friedland is always willing to help her Raleigh-Durham area clients learn the difference between “old wives tales” and science. In some cases, the old tales do have a germ of truth, but often they are just plain wrong.

Dr. Friedland clarifies the truth about six common beliefs about eye health:

  • Reading in dim light: Sufficient lighting makes reading, crafts, cooking and other tasks easier to complete, but reading or working in dim light will not harm vision. This habit, however, may cause eyestrain and headaches.
  • Sitting too close to the TV: Even though parents worry about children sitting too close to the TV, this habit will not damage vision. In some cases, this could be a sign that a child’s vision needs to be checked.
  • Corrective lenses weaken vision: Using corrective glasses or contacts will not weaken vision. Vision changes with age regardless of whether a person uses glasses or contacts.
  • Carrots improve vision: There is some truth in this adage. Eyes need specific nutrients to function and the Vitamin A in carrots is good for the eyes. Dairy products and egg yolks also add Vitamin A to the diet.
  • Artificial sweeteners: Odd as it may seem, artificial sweeteners can make eyes more sensitive to light. Other factors that increase light sensitivity include antibiotics, oral contraceptives, high blood pressure drugs, diuretics and diabetic medications.
  • Night lights and children: It is not true that using a night light will make a child nearsighted. Instead, the night light may help a child learn to focus and improve eye coordination while in dusk like conditions.

In addition to surgery, eye exams and treatment, Beth R. Friedland M.D. and her staff make it a priority to educate patients about eye health. Call the office today with any questions or to schedule an 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!

Photo: Imagerymajestics, freedigitalphotos.net

This article about the vision 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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Learn About Diabetes and Vision Health from Beth R. Friedland M.D. at Park Ophthalmology

Park 05-04-15 marin fdp ID100111155Diabetes is one of the most common medical conditions that affects vision. The American Diabetes Association reports that each year, 1.7 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes. At Park Ophthalmology, Dr. Beth R. Friedland works to educate her Triangle area patients about what they can do to maintain eye health while living with diabetes. Diabetic adults should maintain regular check-ups with Dr. Friedland and an eye care professional on a schedule determined by these professionals.

Patients diagnosed with diabetes or at risk of diabetes should become familiar with the following four bullets of information from Park Ophthalmology:

  • Exam recommendations: The American Diabetes Association recommends that adults with type 1 diabetes get a complete eye exam within five year of diagnosis, and those with type 2 be examined soon after diagnosis. Diabetics who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant also need exams.
  • Blurred vision: Diabetes can cause temporary blurred vision. This happens when blood sugar rises out of the target range and causes the eyes’ lenses to swell, resulting in blurred vision. If blurriness continues after sugar levels have fallen, it is time to check with the doctor.
  • Diabetic retinopathy: This is the most common eye disease for diabetics and a major cause of blindness in American adults. The National Eye Institute explains that diabetic retinopathy changes the blood vessels in the retina. Vessels may swell, leak fluid or grow abnormally. All of these changes will impair vision.
  • Cataracts and glaucoma: Diabetics are at greater risk for developing cataracts and glaucoma. Cataracts cloud the eyes’ lenses and diabetics develop them at younger ages than those without the disease. Glaucoma is an increase of fluid pressure in the eye that creates damage to the optic nerve. Diabetes nearly doubles the risk of developing glaucoma. Treatments exist for both conditions.

Diabetes does not always complicate or compromise vison. Individuals who keep this disease under control and maintain contact with Dr. Friedland have the best chances of maintaining eye health. It can be unsettling when one is diagnosed with diabetes, but Park Ophthalmology can help with those concerns. Contact our Raleigh or Durham offices to schedule 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 the vision 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.

Follow us https://twitter.com/ParkOphthNC

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

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Beth R. Friedland M.D. Helps Patients Cope with Seasonal Eye Irritations

Park 04-20-15 Tina Phillips fdpSpring is in full swing as we quickly head into May in the Raleigh-Durham area and the flowers popping up everywhere. The JC Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State has begun it free guided tours for the season and our local Triangle gardeners are busily planting tomatoes and squash in their backyards. But all this outdoor wonder isn’t so great if seasonal pollen causes red, itchy eyes. Dr. Beth R. Friedland of Park Ophthalmology is an expert in eye conditions and helps her Triangle area clients understand how to prevent and treat red, irritated eyes.

Park Ophthalmology presents four points everyone should know about in reference to eye irritations and how to treat them:

  • Symptoms: Irritants can cause redness in the whites of the eyes or the inner eyelids. Excessive tearing, burning or blurred vision can also be signed of eyes reacting to irritants from the environment. Light sensitivity, swelling of the eyelids and itchiness are all symptoms that might require a trip to Dr. Friedland’s office.
  • Why allergies are serious: Pet dander, pollen, smoke and other allergens can irritate the eyes. Histamines are created and released when the body detects a foreign substance, such as an allergen. It is this immune response that causes classic allergy symptoms.
  • Don’t rub the eyes: It is natural to attempt relief by rubbing itchy eyes, but this won’t help. In fact, it may make the eyes worse by causing a release of more of the cells that first caused the itchiness. Instead, apply a cool compress, avoid makeup and wash hands often.
  • Minimize the problems: If Dr. Friedland confirms that seasonal triggers are causing eye allergies, try to stay indoors on high pollen count days. Use the air conditioner and leave windows closed. Sunglasses can help keep the offending pollen away from eyes.

It’s no fun to greet the spring with red and irritated eyes. Contact Park Ophthalmology today if you notice excessive tearing, burning, or itchiness in your eyes. Dr. Friedland will determine whether seasonal allergies are the source, and then provide treatment to ease the problem.

Make an appointment today and give your eyes the break they need in the battle of the pollen!

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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 vision 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

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Park Ophthalmology Keeps Triangle Patients in the Driver’s Seat

Park 04-06-15 pakorn fdpA quick trip to the store for eggs and milk can become difficult when vision impairs driving ability. Many vision conditions that hamper driving skills can be corrected with the right eyewear or surgery, provided by Dr. Beth R. Friedland of Park Ophthalmology. With offices located in Raleigh and Durham, Park Ophthalmology is convenient to everyone in the Triangle. It is important to note that vision is just one factor that makes for a safe driver. Experience, judgment, and response times also play important roles, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Any of the following four situations can make driving more difficult and might indicate it is time for a consultation with Beth R. Friedland M.D.:

  • Road signs: In unfamiliar areas, it is important to be able to read road signs. When vision impairs a driver’s ability to read road names and highway numbers, decision time may be reduced. If it is getting more difficult to read highway signs, it might be time for a new prescription.
  • Peripheral vision: Even while focusing on the road ahead, peripheral vision gives the driver information about vehicles approaching from either side. The American Academy of Ophthalmology notes that diseases such as glaucoma and retinitis pigmentosa contribute to major deficits in peripheral vision.
  • Distance vision: If it is becoming more difficult to judge distances to and from other cars, it is probably time for a check-up. The good news, according to an article in EyeNet Magazine, is that researchers have not found a connection between moderate vision loss and crash-risk. Experienced drivers often find ways to compensate for vision deficits.
  • Night-time driving: This may be the area where age plays the biggest role, as older drivers find it more difficult to filter out glare from the new more powerful halogen head lamps. Driving becomes tougher in lower light situations. Dr. Friedland can help patients understand how their eye conditions affect night-time driving and provide strategies for coping.

Driving a car represents freedom and independence to residents in the Triangle. Stay current on your eye examinations and call Park Ophthalmology today if you have any concerns that vision might be affecting driving skills.

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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 vision 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

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4 Critical Facts about Color Vision from Park Ophthalmology

Park 03-23-15 Stuart Miles fdpThe Internet and social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ lit up recently over a discussion involving a picture of a dress that some people saw as gold and white while others saw blue and black. The photograph demonstrated some interesting scientific facts about how humans perceive color. With her educational and professional experience in Ophthalmology, Beth R. Friedland M.D. of Park Ophthalmology was not surprised that the photo created such a stir. Dr. Friedland understands why people sometimes see the same object as different colors.

Here are four facts about human color perception:

  • Eye structure: Cells at the back of the eye, the retina, allow humans to perceive different colors. Cells calls rods help distinguish light from dark while cones interpret light waves as green, red or blue. There are about six million cones in a human retina.
  • Color blindness: About eight percent of men and less than one percent of women are color blind, meaning they cannot distinguish among certain colors. Color blindness is often inherited. A person who has trouble distinguishing between colors may lack receptor cones for one color.
  • Testing: Park Ophthalmology can easily test patients for their color perception. Parents who suspect that their children might be having trouble with color vision should get them tested. The patient will view several cards that contain images made from colored dots. The patient’s ability to distinguish the images helps Dr. Friedland know whether there is a deficit in color perception.
  • Comparisons: Scientists have discovered that some animals don’t see the range of colors that humans do. Cats and dogs cannot perceive a human’s range of color, although they do have better vision in low light conditions than do humans. Bees and butterflies, however, can perceive more colors than humans. They can see ultraviolet light, an ability they use to detect ultraviolet patterns in the flowers they pollinate.

Dr. Friedland always helps her patients understand how human vision works and what treatments are available to provide the best vision possible. Whenever you notice any changes to your vision, contact Park Ophthalmology to schedule an eye examination.

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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 vision 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

 

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Understanding Cataracts from Beth R. Friedland M.D. & Park Ophthalmology

arztsamui freedigitalphotos.net.jpg 3-9-15Imagine trying to read a computer while looking through a piece of milky glass. This experience is similar to someone trying to see through advanced cataracts. Patients with cataracts here in the Triangle turn to Beth R. Friedland M.D. at Park Ophthalmology for her expertise in diagnosing and treating this condition.

The team at Park Ophthalmology offers five areas of importance summarizing information from the Mayo Clinic to help patients understand cataract causes and treatments.

Cataracts 101:

  • Clouded lens: A cataract develops as the lens of the eye, located behind the iris, becomes cloudy, causing light to scatter so that images on the retina become blurred.
  • Causes: Age, injury, some genetic disorders and health conditions, such as diabetes, increase the risk of developing cataracts. With age, the eyes’ lenses become more rigid and thicker. Tissues in the lenses may break down, forming clumps that cloud vision.
  • Types of cataracts: Nuclear cataracts affect the center of the lens and may make it more difficult for the patient to distinguish colors. Cortical cataracts begin on the edges of the lens and often cause people to be bothered by glare. Clients noticing halos around lights at night or those who have trouble seeing in bright light could have posterior subcapsular cataracts, which form at the back of the lens.
  • Diagnosis: As with other eye health procedures, Dr. Friedland will conduct a thorough examination to determine if a client’s vision troubles are related to cataracts. The exam will include the normal vision acuity test, a slit-lamp exam and dilation procedure so Dr. Friedland can examine the retina.
  • Treatment: Fortunately, ophthalmologists can offer effective treatment to restore most, sometimes all, of the vision lost to cataracts. Cataract surgery involves removal of the clouded lens and replacement with a new artificial lens that becomes a permanent replacement. Surgery can be performed on an out-patient basis, so there is no need for a hospital stay.

Anyone concerned about night vision, trouble with glare, or increasing problems with reading or driving should contact Park Ophthalmology to schedule a complete eye examination. An in-office exam is the only way to know for certain the cause of vision loss.

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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 vision 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

Photo: arztsamui, freedigitalphotos.net

 

 

5 Facts about Pink Eye Causes and Treatment in the Triangle

patrisyu FDP 02-16-15 ParkEye irritation is a common reason for visiting Park Ophthalmology in Durham and Raleigh. When the diagnosis is conjunctivitis, commonly called Pink Eye, medical treatment often is necessary. Dr. Beth R. Friedland wants her clients at Park Ophthalmology in Raleigh and Durham to understand the causes, symptoms and treatments for pink eye. Below she provides some important facts, provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Five important facts about Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis):

  • Common causes: Conjunctivitis can have a variety of causes. Sources include infections from bacteria or a virus, allergens, such as dust or pet dander, or irritants, such as chlorine or smoke. Some pink eye infections can be transmitted from one person to another.
  • Areas affected: Pink eye is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the tissue inside the eyelid and the white part of the eyeball. This inflammation turns the affected eye a pink or red color. The infection can spread from one eye to the other.
  • Symptoms: Conjunctivitis often feels as if there is dust or grit in the eye. There can be crusting on the eyelashes. Other symptoms include eye discharge, itching or burning, and increased sensitivity to light. Some people may notice blurred vision or eye pain.
  • Treatment: Pink eye caused by a virus should resolve without treatment in one to two weeks. Remove irritants (pet dander, dust, smoke) to help those sensitive to those factors. Eye drops can also help relieve irritation. When pink eye is caused by bacteria, eye drops with antibiotics can shorten the length of the infection. A visit to Park Ophthalmology will quickly determine whether eye drops or antibiotics are necessary for treatment.
  • Prevention: To prevent spreading contagious pink eye from one person to another, the affected person should frequently wash his or her hands and refrain from touching the affected eye. Family members should not share towels or washcloths.

Conjunctivitis usually is not a serious condition but it can be quite common, annoying and uncomfortable. Contact Dr. Friedland at Park Ophthalmology as soon as possible; if you notice unusual eye discharge, redness or irritation, it probably will not go away.

Annual exams are critical as well. If you have not had an eye exam since moving to the Triangle, make that important call today.

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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 vision 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

Photo: patrisyu, freedigitalphotos.net

 

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