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.

Follow us https://twitter.com/ParkOphthNC

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

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In the Triangle, Give Those Eyes a Vacation

Park 08-17-15 anankkml FDP  ID-100112019Just as people get refreshed from taking time off, their eyes also benefit from taking a vacation. Park Ophthalmology serves Triangle area patients by passing along vacation advice for good eye health. Dr. Beth R. Friedland wants all of her clients to understand how eye problems can be prevented with professional care, proper rest, and good daily vision habits.

Park Ophthalmology Offers four simple habits that contribute to excellent eye health:

  • Put down the book: That latest suspense novel might seem too exciting to put down, but whether it’s on an e-reader or in hardback, reading for hours without a rest is never a good idea. The eyes need to occasionally focus on something across the room or out a window for a few minutes. For those tempted to read non-stop, use a smart phone’s timer function as a reminder to look up from the words every 20 minutes or so.
  • Prevent digital eyestrain: Those who use computers more than two hours daily are at a greater risk for what the American Optometric Association calls “computer vision syndrome.” This is partly because people blink less while staring at a computer; they often are looking at a screen with a glare and don’t have the screen positioned correctly to prevent eyestrain. As with reading, the key to good eye health is to take frequent breaks from computer use and focus on something far away to rest the eyes.
  • Get enough rest: It may sound simplistic, but rest and sufficient sleep keep the eyes healthy and at their optimum. Stress and fatigue can contribute to eyestrain. Just as sleep refreshes the body, sleep also allows the eyes to be replenished with essential nutrients.
  • Change locations: Dry eyes can result from air-conditioning, room fans and heating systems. Any dry moving air can irritate eyes. If possible, work in an area away from the fan or heating/AC outlet. If that isn’t possible, remember the above habit of taking a break every 20 minutes from the computer, digital device or book.

The friendly staff at Park Ophthalmology can provide even more suggestions to enhance eye health. Call the office today to schedule an annual 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 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 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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6 Ways Triangle College Students Can Maintain Eye Health

Park 08-03-15 nenetus FDP ID-100342606As the new school year and autumn quickly approach, Triangle area parents are helping their college-bound sons and daughters get ready for the big move to dormitory or apartment life and the exciting opportunity of higher education.

The staff at Park Ophthalmology and Beth R. Friedland M.D. offer six important ways students can maintain their eye health while away from home:

  • Keep contact lenses out of water: Although it is tempting to leave contacts in place for showering or swimming, the time saved isn’t worth the risk. Exposure to water makes contacts more susceptible to transmitting an eye infection called Acanthamoeba keratitis. Always use contact lens solution for cleaning, and never use tap water.
  • Enjoy some time outside: Studies have found that scholars grow increasingly nearsighted as they spend more years in school. A study presented to the American Academy of Ophthalmology in 2011 concluded that as young people increase their time outdoors, they reduce their risk of nearsightedness.
  • Wash hands: Everyone knows that hand washing is an effective way to prevent the spread of colds and flu. This simple habit also can prevent the spread of conjunctivitis, or pink eye.
  • Practice the 20-20-20 rule: Prevent eye strain by resting the eyes every 20 minutes while reading or working on the computer. Look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Use a smart phone’s timer to set a reminder to look up from the books or the computer screen or device.
  • Toss old makeup: Bacteria can grow in creams and liquids, including those liquid eye-liners and mascaras. Don’t share makeup with others and throw out makeup after three months or if diagnosed with an eye infection.
  • Use sports glasses: Many sports, including baseball, hockey, basketball and lacrosse, put players at risk for injuries, including scratches to the eye or broken bones around the eye. Players can find polycarbonate sports glasses to cut down the risk of injury from other players and equipment.

If your college-bound student needs an eye exam and check-up, call the office of Park Ophthalmology today to schedule an appointment. Our staff and Dr. Friedland are always happy to share tips on eye health with our patients.

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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.

Photo: nenetus, freedigitalphotos.net

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 Shares the History of Eyeglasses

park 06-22-15 10042661fdp photostockFor anyone who has trouble seeing and needs vision correction, it’s almost impossible to imagine life without eyeglasses or contact lenses. Across the Triangle, Raleigh, and Durham, Dr. Beth R. Friedland and Park Ophthalmology offer patients the latest innovations in eye health and vision correction. Of course, we all know that even in 2015, the classic way to see more clearly is through the use of prescription glasses. And it is interesting to note that eyeglasses have a long history, going back 800 years to the late 1200’s in Italy. Today in California, the Museum of Vision in San Francisco has compiled an extensive collection of information on the history of Ophthalmology. It “sees” thousands of visitors a year so let’s “look” at some interesting innovations.

Park Ophthalmology shares six museum facts about the history of eyeglasses:

  • Invention: As earlier stated, the first known eyeglasses were crafted in Italy. Used mostly by scholars and monks, these spectacles were either balanced on the nose or held up to the eyes, as they were made without any temple pieces.
  • Side pieces: In the 1700s, eyeglasses took great leaps forward, the first of which was the addition of side or temple pieces that fit over the ears. No longer did they have to be balanced or held in place.
  • Bifocals: The second key invention in the 1700s was the development of bifocals by Benjamin Franklin. Today, patients are more likely to opt for progressive lenses, which remove the characteristic bifocal line. Progressive lenses were first developed in 1959 and have grown in popularity since then.
  • Sunglasses: Although not always used for vision correction, sunglasses play an important part in protecting eyes from harsh glare and sun damage. They first became culturally popular in the 1930’s, but World War II gave sunglasses an additional boost in popularity as military pilots discovered the benefits of lenses that absorbed ultraviolet and infrared light.
  • Fashion statement: During the latter half of the 20th century and on into the 21st, eyeglasses have become fashion statements. Prescription sunglasses allow people to carry their fashion look into any activity.

 

Whether you need an updated look, or new prescription for eyewear, Dr. Friedland and the staff at Park Ophthalmology can merge vision-correcting lenses with the latest fashion frames. It is important to add prescription sunglasses to protect the eyes from sun damage.

Call the offices of Beth R. Friedland M.D., the Triangle’s Eye Specialist, to set up an exam time. In the Triangle, clarity now offers many choices with the experts 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 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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The Human Eye Offers a Window into a Patients’ Health and Well Being

Park 06-08-15 Serge Bertasius Photography FDPOf all the complex parts of the human eye, the pupil is the easiest to observe at work. The pupil grows or shrinks, depending on light conditions. A complete eye exam Park Ophthalmology usually includes pupil dilation, which allows Dr. Beth R. Friedland the best possible view of the inner parts of the eye.

Park Ophthalmology has gathered five fascinating facts the about pupils to share with our Raleigh-Durham area patients:

  • Shape: Human pupils are circular; interestingly, a trait they share with dogs, wolves and Siberian tigers. House cats have vertically slit pupils, while goats, horses, and frogs have horizontally slit pupils. Scientists speculate that these differences are connected to when animals are most active and their need to see in different light conditions.
  • Dilation and constriction: Muscles that run through the iris like the spokes of a wheel control the dilation (enlarging) and constriction (closing) of the pupil. Dilated pupils allow more light to reach the retina, aiding vision. In bright light, the iris makes the pupils smaller to cut down on glare and protect the eye.
  • Pupils and attraction: When humans look at people they find attractive, their pupils become larger. In fact, a study focused on pupil size discovered that men found photos of women with larger pupils more attractive than those with smaller pupils.
  • Changes with age: As a human ages ages, the muscles that control dilation and constriction lose strength and the pupils do not react as quickly to changes in light. It may be more difficult to go from a brightly lit environment to one with dim lighting, such as a movie theater.
  • Dilation for examination: If an exam requires dilation, eye drops will be used to enlarge the pupils. Some conditions diagnosed during dilation can include diabetes, high blood pressure, macular degeneration, retinal detachment and glaucoma.

The pupil plays a key role in delivering clear vision. Dr. Friedland and the staff at Park Ophthalmology ensure that each patient feels comfortable with the exam and treatment. Check with the office if you have any concerns about dilation during an eye exam. Remember, anything involving the eyes, call the Triangle’s Eye Specialist, Beth R. Friedland M.D.

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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: Serge Bertasius Photography, freedigitalphotos.net

 

 

Park Ophthalmology in the Triangle Offers Full Range of Eye Care

arztsamui freedigitalphotos.netWhen first searching out a medical professional for eye care, patients can be confused by the differences among opticians, optometrists and ophthalmologists. As part of the on-going efforts to educate clients on all aspects of eye health, Dr. Beth R. Friedland of Park Ophthalmology in the Triangle area provides a quick introduction to the field of eye care. Her brief tutorial below will help Raleigh-Durham patients understand what kind of eye care professional they need to contact for their specific eye care needs:

The three types of vision care professionals:

  • Opticians: Opticians are professionals who make or sell glasses and contact lenses, for the purpose of correcting vision defects using the prescriptions of ophthalmologists and optometrists. They can check the fit of eyeglasses, help clients decide on the best frames and lenses, and check products to make sure an order has been filled correctly. They also can repair and adjust glasses. Those in need of corrective lenses need to first have an exam by an optometrist or ophthalmologist.
  • Optometrists: Unlike ophthalmologists such as Dr. Friedland, optometrists are not physicians. However, they have completed bachelor’s degrees and then received an additional four years of education to obtain a Doctor of Optometry degree. They perform eye examinations, write prescriptions for corrective lenses, diagnosis eye conditions such as glaucoma and cataracts, and can prescribe medications for eye conditions.
  • Ophthalmologists: Ophthalmologists have graduated from medical school, plus completed internships and residencies. In addition to conducting eye exams and prescribing corrective lenses, ophthalmologists also provide medical treatment for conditions such as glaucoma, eye injuries and infections. They perform surgery for eye problems that include cataracts, crossed eyes and glaucoma. Some ophthalmologists also offer plastic surgery for smoothing wrinkles around the eyes or for drooping eyelids.

Because of her extensive medical training, Beth R. Friedland MD can provide a complete range of eye health services. The friendly staff at Park Ophthalmology is always ready to answer questions about the services provided by Dr. Friedland.

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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 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