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.

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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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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

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It is Time to Schedule a Comprehensive Eye Exam with Park Ophthalmology

Mister GC, freedigitalphotos.netIt’s almost Labor Day weekend. 2014 is flying by! Many people in The Triangle are making plans for a holiday weekend at the coast or in the mountains, preparing to say goodbye to summer 2014. With Labor Day weekend being the final hoorah of summer, normalcy will soon return with school and fall related activities.

As schedules change, it’s easier to schedule appointments—for example, maybe it’s time to put that physical on your calendar. In fact, scheduling a yearly physical is quite common, and physicals are even required for some occupations. While here at Park Ophthalmology we believe it’s important to visit your doctor, we also advise keeping healthy by scheduling eye exams regularly every year as well.

These patients should receive annual comprehensive eye exams (as recommended by the AOA):

  •  Adults over age 60 and “At risk” adults:
  • Those with a family history of eye disease
  • Those diagnosed with diabetes or high blood pressure
  • Those with careers that are hazardous to the eyes/strain vision
  • Those taking medications that have eye-related side effects
  • Those who have had eye surgery or injured their eyes

Adults ages 18-60 should receive an eye exam every two years, unless they fall into one of the above-listed categories.

A comprehensive eye exam allows Doctor Beth Friedland at Park Ophthalmology to evaluate the eyes for many health considerations, and new prescriptions the patients may need. For example, these exams are crucial for assessing how well patients’ eyes are functioning together and they help prevent eye disease. A comprehensive eye exam can also provide insight to a patient’s overall health. Ophthalmologists are able to discover signs of diseases like diabetes or high blood pressure.

Remember, a vision screening is different from a comprehensive eye exam. While a primary care doctor can provide patients with a vision screening, only an ophthalmologist can perform a medically-focused and comprehensive eye exam.

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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

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Park Ophthalmology North

6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

Office: 919 846 6915

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Eyes Need Nourishment Too!

Salad apoloniaSummer is in full swing, and you can definitely feel the sun in Raleigh! If you read our first post from June, you have been vigilantly protecting your eyes by staying out of the sun, wearing protective eye wear, and wearing clothing that blocks or screens the sun’s rays.

While those are excellent ways to keep your eyes healthy, it’s important to arm your eyes from the inside, too. To do this, nourish your body with nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, lutein and zeaxanthin, beta-carotene, zinc, and vitamins A, C, and E.

Eating a balanced diet rich with these vitamins may protect your eyes from cataracts, macular degeneration, dry eyes, and night blindness. Although we encourage a healthy, balanced diet, be sure to talk with Beth R. Friedland M.D. at Park Ophthalmology in Raleigh and Durham before taking supplements. Taking too much and too many could be harmful.

Park Ophthalmology offers this informal guide for eye health:

Omega-3 Fatty Acids:

May prevent macular degeneration and dry eyes

In your diet:

  • Seafood
    • Wild salmon, tuna, mackerel
  • Nuts & oils
    • Walnuts, flaxseed, flaxseed oil, canola oil
  • Dark, leafy greens
    • Kale, spinach

Lutein & Zeaxanthin:

May prevent macular degeneration and cataracts

In your diet:

  • Leafy greens (richest in lutein and zeaxanthin)
    • Kale, spinach, collards, turnip greens, romaine lettuce
  • Vegetables
    • Corn, green peas, broccoli

Beta-Carotene:

May reduce the progression of macular degeneration (if taken with zinc and vitamins C and E)


In your diet:

  • Carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, kale, butternut squash

Zinc:

May decrease risk of night blindness; zinc may also decrease cataract progression and decrease the development of macular degeneration.

In your diet:

  • Quinoa
  • Garbanzo beans
  • Lentils
  • Meat & Seafood
    • Beef, lamb, turkey, shrimp
  • Seeds & Nuts
    • Sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, cashews

Vitamin A:

May protect against night blindness and dry eyes

In your diet:

  • Sweet potato
  • Leafy greens
    • Spinach, kale, mustard greens, collard greens, turnip greens
  • Carrots

Vitamin C:

May protect against reduce risk of cataracts and macular degeneration

In your diet:

  • Fruit
    • Papaya, strawberries, pineapple, oranges, kiwi
  • Vegetables
    • Bell Peppers, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower               

Vitamin E:

May reduce risk of advanced AMD when eating a diet rich in Vitamins E and C and carotenoids

In your diet:

  • Sunflower seeds, almonds, spinach, avocado, peanuts, asparagus, shrimp

Eyes are so important for so many reasons. Keep them healthy and you will be seeing for a long time.

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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 exams 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

 

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

**

Park Ophthalmology North

6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

919 846 6915

 

 

Get Ahead of Eye Cancer with Regular Checkups

eyeEye cancer does not have a color or a month of observance. It is also a cancer that the Triangle rarely hears or reads about. In an eye exam, it is however a very important aspect of what Park Ophthalmology is looking for during routine eye exams. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 2,800 Americans were diagnosed with eye cancer last year, In 2013 alone, 320 people died from cancers of the eye and orbit. It is best to be aware of the risk, which increases with age.

Types of Eye Cancer 

  • Primary intraocular cancer: Begins inside the eyeball and can be either lymphoma or melanoma. Intraocular melanoma is the most common type of eye cancer, and it develops within the eyeball in adults.
  • Secondary intraocular cancer: Begins in another part of the body and spreads to the eye. This type is actually more common.

Symptoms of Eye Cancer

People with intraocular melanoma usually have no symptoms. It is often discovered during a regular eye exam, which is why Dr. Beth Friedland encourages regular checkups for people of all ages.

Common symptoms include:

  • Loss of vision
  • Trouble seeing
  • Losing part of the field of vision
  • Flashes of light
  • Seeing spots or floaters
  • A dark spot in the eye that begins to spread

These symptoms might also indicate another eye problem, such as a retina detaching, cataract, or glaucoma. Anyone exhibiting these symptoms should immediately make an appointment with Dr. Friedland. Eye cancer may not have a celebrity spokesperson, but it is something to be aware of, and yet one more reason to schedule annual eye exams at Park Ophthalmology.

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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 cancer 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

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