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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5 Types of Eye Injuries that Require Quick Medical Attention

Park 07-06-15 100255310 phasinphoto FDPEye injuries can range from those that heal on their own to more serious problems than can permanently damage vision. Dr. Beth R. Friedland of Park Ophthalmology wants her patients to understand some common types of injuries and what to do about them. Certain injuries may require a trip to Park Ophthalmology’s office or to a Raleigh emergency room.

Five types of eye injuries that can require a trip to the doctor or emergency room:

  • Eye Scratches: If a speck of dust or other foreign object touches the eye, a person’s first reaction often is to rub. Resist that urge! Rubbing aggravates the problem. Although most minor scratches resolve on their own, they can become infected and should be examined by a doctor.
  • Foreign objects in the eye: Glass, wood splinters and bits of metal can penetrate the eye. Whenever this happens, a trip to urgent care or the emergency room is appropriate. No one should try to remove such an object.
  • Chemical burns: Cleaning products can spatter and splash into the eyes, causing irritation and burning. Flush the affected eye with tepid water for a full 15 minutes immediately after contact, then contact a doctor, urgent care or emergency room to get advice on what to do next.
  • Eye bleeding: Minor injuries to the eye can cause internal bleeding, turning the white of the eye bright red. This looks worse than it is, does not threaten vision and will resolve itself in a matter of weeks. Nevertheless, anyone concerned about the injury that caused the bleeding is always encouraged to have it checked out by Dr. Friedland.
  • Impact injuries to the Eye: Impacts by baseballs, hockey sticks, bats and sports equipment can break facial bones and can cause permanent vision loss. Whenever something hard impacts the eye, the patient should be examined by a doctor.

Contact Park Ophthalmology today to find out how to prevent eye injuries as Dr. Friedland encourages all of her patients to learn as much as possible about how to maintain eye health.

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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

Photo: phasenphoto, freedigitalphotos.net

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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

 

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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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

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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

Photo: patrisyu, freedigitalphotos.net

 

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Park Ophthalmology Helps Triangle Patients Understand Eye Surgery

man looking far awayWinter is approaching quickly in Raleigh-Durham. Triangle area residents are starting to enjoy ice skating at the Raleigh’s outdoor Winter Fest rink and visiting the area’s many light displays. Dr. Beth R. Friedland of Park Ophthalmology wants all of her patients to fully enjoy the holiday season with the best vision possible.

For patients considering a consult and possible surgery to help improve vision, we offer a quick guide to the procedures Beth R. Friedland M.D. performs at Park Ophthalmology:

  • Small Incision Cataract Surgery: Affecting more than half of all Americans older than 65 and with a growing number much younger, cataracts form on the lenses of the eyes and result in blurred or cloudy vision. Cataract surgery is the most frequently performed surgery in the nation and is normally conducted on an out-patient basis. The surgeon makes a tiny incision in the lens and removes the cloudy material. A new artificial lens is then implanted in the eye.
  • Glaucoma Surgery: Eyes need good blood flow to stay healthy. Glaucoma is a condition in which fluid pressures in the eyes are so high that blood flow is reduced or stopped, resulting in vision loss. Glaucoma surgery works to lower the eye pressure and reduces the chances for more vision loss. This is usually an outpatient procedure as well.
  • Refractive Surgery: Patients with nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism can all benefit from refractive surgery. The goal of refractive surgery is to reshape the clear cornea at the front of the eye. This reshaping allows light to pass at the correct angel to the back of eye, the retina, improving vision enough for some people that glasses or contact lenses are no longer needed.
  • Laser Surgery: Because of their accuracy and precision, lasers are now the preferred tool for most eye surgeries. Procedures called LASIK, LASEK or PRK all use a laser to make the necessary corrections to vision. There is little to no discomfort during the surgery and healing is rapid.

Dr. Friedland gladly answers patient questions about when eye surgery could be the best option for improving vision. Contact Park Ophthalmology today to schedule an appointment for a thorough vision 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 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: freedigitalphotos.net

 

 

 

Sleep Apnea and Eye Health in the Triangle

imagerymajesticMany people in Raleigh and Durham have experienced sleep apnea. This inability to sleep correctly each night puts great strain on the body and affects many organs. While many may guess it impacts the heart, it might be surprising to note that it can also affect the human eye.

In turn, many individuals have excessive sleepiness during the day that affects both work and normal life. Sleep Apnea occurs when the muscles in the throat block the airway, causing breathing to repeatedly stop and start during sleep.

These continuous pauses can last from a few seconds to a few minutes and may occur up to 30 times per hour. The pauses cause the body to move out of a deep sleep into a lighter sleep. It is exhausting, and the human body agrees. After such exertion, the body does not receive the rest it truly needs causing sufferers to feel sleepy throughout the day.

The Mayo Clinic reports that more than 12 million people in the United States have Obstructive Sleep Apnea. This is not a small number. If you live in the Triangle and think you may have this condition, contact Park Ophthalmology for an evaluation from Beth R. Friedland M.D. today!

Sleep Apnea is a risk for several eye conditions including these important four:

  • Glaucoma: Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) can cause two types of Glaucoma—the second most common cause of blindness. People with severe cases of sleep apnea tend to have more severe cases of glaucoma. It’s crucial for people with OSA to receive an annual eye examination to check for Glaucoma, especially if they experience any changes in vision.
  • Floppy Eyelid Syndrome: This disorder is uncomfortable to those who have it. It causes the eyelids to turn inside-out spontaneously during sleep, which leads to eye watering, stickiness, and blurred vision.
  • Non-Arteritic Anterior Ischemic Optic Nueropathy (NAION): While painless, people with this condition experience sudden vision loss in one eye, usually noticed upon wakening. Up to 6,000 people annually in the United States are diagnosed with NAION, which can cause irreversible vision loss.
  • Papilledema: Obstructive sleep apnea may also cause Papilledema, or swelling of the optic nerve. This swelling can lead to pressure, worsening vision and, in some cases, blindness. Although the links between these conditions and Obstructive Sleep Apnea are not always clear, knowing the links may exist can help ophthalmologists stay alert for these problems.

Call the team at Park Ophthalmology if you experience any signs of these conditions or excessive sleepiness. Remember, regular eye exams are critical to eye health!

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This article about Sleep Apnea 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

Office: 919 846 6915

Photo: imagery majestic, freedigitalphotos.net