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

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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 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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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

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Park Ophthalmology in the Triangle Explains Common Terms for Eye Patients

woman with glassesBeth R. Friedland M.D. of Park Ophthalmology knows that accurate communication ensures the best eye health and vision possible for all of her patients in the Raleigh-Durham area. She is always eager to help patients understand as much as possible about vision and treatment options.

Dr. Friedland provides this brief list of common terms patients may hear during their eye exams:

  • 20/20 vision: The term “20/20” is used by many to mean “perfect vision.” As a standard, it means that objects 20 feet away are clear to the viewer. However, there are many other aspects to vision – peripheral sight, depth perception, color recognition and eye coordination. A person can have 20/20 vision but still have deficits in one or more of these other areas. Corrective lenses, whether glasses or contacts, are designed to provide vision that is as close to 20/20 as possible.
  • Nearsighted (myopia): Someone who has clearer vision up-close than at a distance has myopia, or nearsightedness. It is important to have clear distance vision for tasks such as driving and sports. Myopia can be corrected with glasses, contacts and sometimes refractive surgery.
  • Farsighted (hyperopia): Just as it sounds, the person who is farsighted sees objects more clearly in the distance than objects that are closer. Reading, computer work, crafts and cooking can all be more difficult for the person with hyperopia. Corrective lenses and surgery are options for patients with hyperopia.
  • Astigmatism: An initial eye examination may be the first time a person hears that he or she has astigmatism, a condition in which a person’s corneas (clear membranes covering the irises) are more oval than round. The American Academy of Ophthalmology estimates that one out of three Americans has astigmatism, often with resulting myopia or hyperopia.
  • Presbyopia: As people enter middle-age, many find themselves holding a book or newspaper at arm’s length to bring it into focus. This is a natural part of aging and is called presbyopia.

Educating patients about their vision is a top priority at Park Ophthalmology. Contact the office today with questions or to schedule a comprehensive 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

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Park Ophthalmology of Raleigh & Durham Guides Patients through the Eye Exam Process

eyes digitalartAn eye examination at Park Ophthalmology includes a number of very important tests and measurements that provide Beth R. Friedland M.D. with a complete record of each patient’s eye health and vision needs. To reduce the unknown around eye examinations, especially for patients who have not had an exam done in years, Park Ophthalmology in Raleigh and Durham explains the procedures in a typical ophthalmology exam.

Dr. Friedland offers a five stage process for accurate eye health and assessment:

  • Medical history: New clients will need to provide information about their medical history. This is because some conditions and certain medications can affect eye health and vision. Additionally, anyone who already has contact lenses or glasses should bring them so the office has a baseline measurement of the existing corrective lenses.
  • Eye muscle test: The patient watches a moving object, such as a pen or a light, as Dr. Friedland watches for any weaknesses in eye coordination and control. Eye pressure is also assessed before the actual refraction exam begins.
  • Refraction exam: This stage of the exam at Park Ophthalmology probably is familiar to most people and involves looking through a “binoculars” device containing many lenses of various strengths. As the doctor makes adjustments, the patient reports which combination of settings provides the clearest vision.
  • Visual field test: This measures the peripheral vision, or how far to either side the patient can see. The test may be performed using a device that flashes dots of light onto a dark screen. The client presses a button each time he or she sees a flash.
  • Retinal exam: The retina is a lining at the back of the eye that translates visual inputs such as light intensity, shapes and colors into neural signals for the brain. The patient’s pupils usually need to be dilated with eye drops before this test. The doctor uses a bright light and powerful lens to check the retina, optic disk and blood vessels at the back of the eye. It is normal to need sunglasses for a few hours after the exam until the dilation effect wears off.

Dr. Friedland and the Park Ophthalmology staff are happy to answer any questions about the procedures of a complete and healthy eye exam. Call today to reserve a time for your own eyes.

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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 eye strain and 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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With Glasses, the Eyes Have It!

Some of the professional staff at Park Ophthalmology remember the “old” days when wearing glasses were considered more of a sign of intelligence than a fashion statement. But in the year 2012, stylish eyeglasses can be a fantastic fashion accessory, and many people today have several sets to wear on different days of the week.

No longer called eye glasses by the industry, the new term is eye wear.  Designers from France, the U.S., and Italy among others, all bring excitement to the blend of vision, style and fashion. It is interesting to note that Guess, Lucky Brand, Burberry, and Versace among many have complete lines of designer eye wear. Because eye wear is on the faces of our patients for up to 18 hours a day, seven days a week, it is critical and essential that they fit right when you come in for your eye exams.

Why should you check the fit and the purpose?
Glasses aren’t exactly like pairs of shoes, so why does it matter if they fit? First, they won’t look as good if they are not fitted properly. Second, they can keep sliding down your nose while at work or press uncomfortably on your ears while out to dinner. Most importantly, if they don’t fit well, they may not be correcting your vision properly as prescribed. When we perform general eye exams we can even assess the type of sports medicine protective eye wear you might wear in an active lifestyle. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, more than 90 percent of all eye injuries can be prevented with the appropriate protective eye wear. They do work. Consult the doctors at Park Ophthalmology to determine which types of protective glasses are best suited for a particular sport.

How can you tell if the eye wear fits well?
Although your Park Ophthalmologist will help you with your new glasses if needed, adjustments can happen anytime. Here is how to tell if they fit you properly:

  • Frame: Frames should be wide enough so that the temples do not touch your head, but fit securely. You don’t want too large a gap. A good measure is to fit a finger between the temple and your face, no more, no less. Also check along your eyebrows to make sure the frame is level and not angled.
  • Arms: The “arms” or stems of the ear should extend straight back, not touching your head until just before your ear. The arm should curve only at the ear, not before.
  • Nose: The nose bridge on your glasses connects the two lenses. As you look in a mirror, see that it fits against the bridge of your nose. Be sure to have the nose pads adjusted to avoid uncomfortableness and pinching. The new plastic frames without pads should also fit well.
  • Pupils: Alignment is very important. It is critical to check the distance between the two pupils to be sure everything is centered.
  • Face: Make sure your glasses don’t rest on your cheeks or touch your eyebrows. They should also stay in place as you look in different directions or smile, frown or laugh. Find the pair that looks and feels the best.

If any of these areas aren’t feeling right, get an adjustment. Glasses are too personal to take lightly. It is important to look good with vision to look good in fashion.

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Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offer 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.

Photo Credit: Photo by zirconicusso courtesy of 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: parkeyemd@gmail.com

Follow us https://twitter.com/ParkOphthNC

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