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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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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2 Reasons Your Eyes Need Sleep

iosphere sleepIt is 2014, and sleep is so overrated these days. Many people will share the fact that it is a full third of the day wasted. The time could certainly be put to better use. Is a good night’s sleep really necessary?

Pulling an occasional all-nighter to finish the work shouldn’t cause very serious problems or concerns, but doing it often can affect health. It is not just about exhaustion or the dark circles under the eyes; people risk a lot more than that. Our bodies, especially our eyes, need rest. Studies have shown that our eyes, in particular, require a minimum of five hours of sleep to rejuvenate and become fully functional the next day.

  • Paying attention to eye health is very important: If someone is suffering from lack of sleep, the eyes will be the first sign. One common, and often ignored, side effect is eye spasms (called Myokymia). These irritating tremors do not cause any damage to vision, but are a clear sign that sleep is needed. Dry eye (which causes itching, light sensitivity, redness, pain, blurred vision, and pain) is another possibility when sleep deprived.

If patients ignore the warnings that eyes give in signals, extended sleep loss could lead to much more severe eye health issues from the added stress, such as visible blood vessels in the eye.

  • Consistency is a key factor: Typically, everyone believes that sleep is an eight hour rest activity. This average does not necessarily cross all age groups. Studies have shown that people in their 20’s should actually get closer to nine hours a night, and older adults may actually need fewer hours of sleep. The truth is that the ideal amount of daily sleep may differ for every single person, regardless of age. The best practice for overall health, including important eye health, is to be consistent with sleep patterns.

Another helpful practice for eye health and rejuvenation is resting the eyes during the day. This is especially important for those individuals who constantly use computer screens. The strategy is to close the eyes periodically for longer than just a blink. This will allow your eyes to rest and can help prevent eye strain.

If suffering from chronic sleep loss and tiredness, and not simply staying awake to work or have fun), it may be due to sleep apnea. As addressed by Park Ophthalmology, sleep apnea is an irregular breathing pattern that could raise the following health concerns: swelling of the optic nerves, floppy eyelid syndrome, and even glaucoma.

If you are experiencing any problems with your eyes due to sleep loss, call Dr. Beth Friedlandat Park Ophthalmology immediately to make 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 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

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3 Reasons People Skip Eye Exams

graur codrinYou probably already know of friends and neighbors who find plenty of excuses to avoid getting a regular eye exam. Many people across the Triangle and around Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill sometimes will question the necessity for yearly check-ups. Some people believe that their eyes are just fine because they would certainly notice if something was wrong. Others just find ways and excuses to adapt to problems with their vision.

Regardless of the reasons, not having an eye exam is pretty common. Recent studies show that 86 percent of people at risk for eye disease do not get an annual eye exam.

Alternatively, over 70 percent of Americans age 45 and older fear being blind more than being deaf. That is a powerful statistic. So why haven’t you called Beth R. Friedland M.D. and the professionals at Park Ophthalmology?

There are typically three reasons why people delay an eye exam:

  • Money: The costis generally an issue for many people. Individuals without health insurance or proper vision care may not believe they can afford regular eye exams. What many people with this concern don’t realize is that these exams can go a long way toward the prevention of expensive surgeries in the future. The cost of a regular eye exam is a small price to pay for the possible discovery of something serious. A problem that is caught early is a problem that has a better chance of being diagnosed and treated.
  • No problems: Many Triangle residents feel that they would notice if something was wrong. This simply isn’t always the case. Some serious eye conditions, such as glaucoma, have almost no symptoms. An eye doctor might even notice other health problems during your regular eye exam, allowing you to seek treatment before a problem worsens. https://parkophthalmology.wordpress.com/2012/09/10/4-eye-opening-health-concerns/
  • Exams are not fun: Finally, some people just don’t like going through the process of a complete eye exam. For some patients, it might be the dilating of the pupils. For others, it’s the puff of air. What people need to realize is that these tests, while not very enjoyable, do not hurt. What’s more, they can keep your eyes healthy and safe. Studies have shown that 80 percent of vision loss is actually preventable. The eyes give the human experience a wonderful picture of life. Lost vision is a huge challenge for many. Do not be in that number if it can be prevented.

Your eyesight gives you the ability to discover and take pleasure in the world around you. Be sure to care for it or you could lose that sight in the blink of an eye.

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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 benefits of eye 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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Five Ways to Help Prevent Eye Problems

sunglassesAge-related eye trouble is one of the most common problems seen at Park Ophthalmology. Now, a new study described in a recent New York Times article shows that exercise can reduce the risk of one of the biggest culprits: age-related macular degeneration. The studies, so far just in mice, have shown many benefits.

The health of your eyes is just one more reason to get out and move around in the spring weather that has arrived in Raleigh and Durham. As one researcher in the article put it, “As potential treatments go, (exercise) it’s cheap, easy and safe.”

Triangle residents looking for easy and safe treatments or prevention for eye health issues can also try these approaches:

  • Wear sunglasses: Sunshine is hard on the eyes and can even cause cataracts. Read more on choosing the right sunglasses. People should carry sunglasses with them at all times so that they’re at the ready for a quick walk to lunch or a day in the park.
  • Eat healthy and take vitamins: Vitamins in the foods we eat and supplements we take can help keep eyes strong.
  • Quit smoking: While lung cancer and other problems are at the top of the list of reasons to quit smoking, kicking butts also makes a big difference for the eyes. Smokers have an increased risk for eye disorders.
  • Protect eyes from possible injury: Whether playing sports or working on a house project, throwing on a pair of goggles is always a good idea. And be sure to avoid dangerous behaviors, such as those many women do as part of their daily beauty regimen.
  • Get regular eye exams: Even those with 20/20 vision should stop in once a year and see Dr. Beth Friedland. Exams are a great opportunity to check on the health of eyes, not just to change or correct a prescription.

A few simple steps are all that’s required to keep eyes healthy at all ages. Call Park Ophthalmology today to set up 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 eye health 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

 

Track Astigmatism with Regular Park Ophthalmology Appointments

arztsamui, fdpBlurry vision may be more than just nearsightedness or farsightedness. For some Park Ophthalmology patients, vision problems at any distance may be the result of astigmatism. Astigmatism is a natural condition, occurring in about one of every three people in the United States. The front surface of the eye, the cornea, is normally a sphere shape, like a basketball. This smooth surface refracts incoming light so we can see. People with astigmatism have a cornea shaped more like a football, protruding outward. This uneven shape distorts light rays as they enter the eye, causing blurry vision.

Astigmatism may occur in combination with near- and farsightedness, but it isn’t caused or made worse by sitting too close to the television or computer, squinting or reading in poor light. While astigmatism is not a harmful condition, people often notice blurriness while reading, driving, looking at a computer or doing other activities.

There are two ways Beth R. Friedland M.D. can correct astigmatism:

  • Glasses or contact lenses: People with slight astigmatism may not require corrective lenses, but most people require some correction to see properly, especially those with another vision problem. Those with an astigmatism can wear special contact lenses called toric lenses, which are able to bend light in one direction or another. People can also opt for gas permeable contact lenses. Dr. Beth Friedland can determine which option will work best.
  • Refractive surgery: Laser eye surgery can correct the shape of the cornea, making it more spherical. People with healthy eyes, free from disease, scars, or other retinal problems may have surgery. There are multiple types of surgeries to correct the corneal shape; Park Ophthalmology will decide which one is right based on the patient’s medical history and eye shape.

Astigmatism may increase slowly over time, making it more difficult to observe as years pass. That’s why annual eye exams are an important part of tracking eye health and vision changes. Those experiencing eye strain or blurry vision should contact Dr. Beth Friedland at Park Ophthalmology for an 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 astigmatism 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

Photo: Arztsamui, freedigitalphotos.net

5 Things Park Ophthalmologists Assess in an Annual Eye Exam

exam ponsulakVision is the most important of the five senses, yet not everyone in the Triangle heads to Park Opthalmology each year for an annual eye exam.

Eye exams aren’t just for keeping up eyeglass and contact lens prescriptions. Getting a complete eye exam each year is part of keeping patients healthy. March is National Save Your Vision Month, and it’s a great time to get an eye exam, whether it’s the first time or you are a regular at exams.

Eye exams cover more than just the big “E” at the top of the chart. Adults and children should have their eyes checked each year for changes in health. During an eye exam, our ophthalmologist will look at how the eyes work together, check for eye diseases, and evaluate the eyes as part of the patient’s overall health.

Here is what Beth R. Friedland M.D. is looking for when checking the eyes:

  • Strabismus – More commonly known as crossed eyes, Dr. Friedland will make sure the eyes are aligned.
  • Eye teaming problems – The eyes usually work together as a team, but sometimes they don’t, even if they appear aligned. We check to make sure the teamwork is on par.
  • Refractive error – Most people refer to a refractive error as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. These can all be corrected by eyeglasses, contacts or surgery.
  • Eye diseases – Glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and other eye diseases are quite common. Some have no symptoms except inside the eyes. Catching such problems early can reduce the risk of permanent vision loss.
  • Other health problems – The blood vessels in the eyes often tell the story of a person’s overall health, and can often indicate other problems. If Dr. Beth Friedland sees something abnormal, she can alert a patient to visit a doctor.

It’s never too early to make an appointment for an annual eye exam. Make March the month to have it done. The last thing anyone wants is to be too late. Find out more about getting an eye exam 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 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

**

Park Ophthalmology North

6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

919 846 6915