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!

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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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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.

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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 Low Vision Strategies to Help Seniors from Park Ophthalmology

Park 7-20-15 zirconicusso ID-100233460The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) has declared July “Celebrate Senior Independence Month” and has issued six helpful ideas for seniors diagnosed with low vision. According to the Academy, more than 2.5 million senior Americans have low vision, which cannot be improved by corrective lenses or surgery. Dr. Beth R. Friedland wants her patients in the Triangle to be aware of how they can retain their independence, even with a diagnosis of low vision. Park Ophthalmology is the Triangle’s trusted source for vision information.

Now, what is low vision? Low vision is a vision problem that is not correctable through any therapy or surgery. It might include partial vision, blurriness, tunnel vision, and in some cases blind spots. Many individuals in this inoperable situation can be considered legally blind.

Park Ophthalmology offers the AAO’s six tips for helping people with low vision maintain their independence:

  • Set the scene: A simple change, such as grouping furniture in small settings, means less distance vision is needed during conversations. Patterns in furniture and rugs can be visually confusing. Textured upholstery is better because it gives clues to the item by touch, rather than by sight.
  • Contrast and color: Items can be seen better when they are brightly colored or contrast with surroundings. Some areas for colors and contrasts include switch plates, steps, doorknobs, electrical outlets and landings.
  • Brighten it up: Those with low vision can benefit from brighter lighting. Add floor lamps or specific task lighting for crafts or cooking. Allow natural light in through the windows.
  • Tech solutions: Smartphones and tablets can be configured with larger text for reading. Voice command software can answer questions, automatically dial phone numbers, and create voice memos.
  • Remove hazards: Area rugs and waxed floors present slip and fall risks. Tape area rugs to the floor, use non-glare floor products and move electrical cords and cables from walkways.
  • Schedule regular eye exams: During a full eye exam, Dr. Friedland will determine the type and degree of vision loss. She will recommend appropriate treatment and follow-up care. Some low vision can get worse without monitoring and treatment so it is vitally important to keep a regular schedule of eye exams.

Concerned about yourself or a loved one with low vision? Contact Park Ophthalmology today to schedule a complete eye exam.

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Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!

This article about 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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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

**

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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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

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Park Ophthalmology in the Triangle Details Eye Injury Prevention

arztsamui, fdpGlasses not only help people have better vision, they also protect the eyes from certain injuries. Yet, glasses alone are not enough to protect eyes from injuries common to some sports and activities. The American Academy of Ophthalmology reports that thousands of preventable eye injuries occur each year during sports and other recreational activities.

Dr. Beth R. Friedland of Park Ophthalmology urges Triangle area residents to take proper precautions to protect eyesight while engaged in the following activities:

  • High-risk sports: Although they do not appear to carry much risk; baseball, racket sports, and basketball account for the most eye injuries in all age groups. Helmets with a plastic or wire shield can provide protection for baseball, hockey and lacrosse players. Protective goggles with shatterproof lenses should be used for racket sports, basketball, skiing and snowboarding.
  • Hobbies: Surprisingly, fishing is the top cause of sports-related eye injuries, according to the U.S. Eye Injury Registry. Even activities at home, including woodworking, yard maintenance and home repair, cause a substantial number of eye injuries annually in the United States. If there is any risk of flying debris, use protective eyewear during tasks and hobbies.
  • House cleaning and cooking: Some cleaning products can be dangerous to the eyes. Read labels for warnings and for advice on what to do if any chemicals get into the eyes. In the kitchen, hot oil and grease can splash or pop at high heat and send droplets flying toward your face. Use grease shields on pans to prevent dangerous splatters.
  • Fireworks: By-standers can be injured by fireworks. Sadly, it does happen. The American Academy of Ophthalmology reports that common eye injuries from fireworks include burns, cuts, retinal detachment, and optic nerve damage. The safest place to view fireworks is at a professional display.

Anyone who sustains an eye injury should contact Park Ophthalmology or the emergency room medical doctor as soon as possible. Dr. Friedland is always happy to answer patient questions about proper protective eyewear. Contact Park Ophthalmology today to schedule a complete vision examination.

The staff at Park Ophthalmology wishes all of our patients and friends the warmest Hanukkah and Christmas Seasons and a Happy New Year!

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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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