Beth R. Friedland M.D. Helps Patients Cope with Seasonal Eye Irritations

Park 04-20-15 Tina Phillips fdpSpring is in full swing as we quickly head into May in the Raleigh-Durham area and the flowers popping up everywhere. The JC Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State has begun it free guided tours for the season and our local Triangle gardeners are busily planting tomatoes and squash in their backyards. But all this outdoor wonder isn’t so great if seasonal pollen causes red, itchy eyes. Dr. Beth R. Friedland of Park Ophthalmology is an expert in eye conditions and helps her Triangle area clients understand how to prevent and treat red, irritated eyes.

Park Ophthalmology presents four points everyone should know about in reference to eye irritations and how to treat them:

  • Symptoms: Irritants can cause redness in the whites of the eyes or the inner eyelids. Excessive tearing, burning or blurred vision can also be signed of eyes reacting to irritants from the environment. Light sensitivity, swelling of the eyelids and itchiness are all symptoms that might require a trip to Dr. Friedland’s office.
  • Why allergies are serious: Pet dander, pollen, smoke and other allergens can irritate the eyes. Histamines are created and released when the body detects a foreign substance, such as an allergen. It is this immune response that causes classic allergy symptoms.
  • Don’t rub the eyes: It is natural to attempt relief by rubbing itchy eyes, but this won’t help. In fact, it may make the eyes worse by causing a release of more of the cells that first caused the itchiness. Instead, apply a cool compress, avoid makeup and wash hands often.
  • Minimize the problems: If Dr. Friedland confirms that seasonal triggers are causing eye allergies, try to stay indoors on high pollen count days. Use the air conditioner and leave windows closed. Sunglasses can help keep the offending pollen away from eyes.

It’s no fun to greet the spring with red and irritated eyes. Contact Park Ophthalmology today if you notice excessive tearing, burning, or itchiness in your eyes. Dr. Friedland will determine whether seasonal allergies are the source, and then provide treatment to ease the problem.

Make an appointment today and give your eyes the break they need in the battle of the pollen!

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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 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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Catching Glaucoma Early Can Prevent Childhood Vision Problems in the Triangle

baby photostock fdpGlaucoma is an eye disease that affects older people, yet it also can affect children. In fact, three million Americans of almost every age have glaucoma, including thousands of people in Raleigh, Durham, and the Triangle. Many of our Park Ophthalmology patients have this disease as well.

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness, and as we said earlier, it’s not just for the Baby Boomer and senior population, Glaucoma can even strike newborn infants:

  • Glaucoma occurs in one out of every 8,000 children in the U.S.
  • Of those, 50 to 70 percent are cases of primary congenital glaucoma (PCG).

Primary Congenital Glaucoma

Primary congenitalglaucoma (PCG) is just one type of Glaucoma, which affects children between birth and three years of age. Although rare, it is a serious condition requiring immediate attention.

In a healthy human eye, fluid leaves through a network of cells and tissue in a drain-like fashion. Meanwhile, the normal eye continues to make just the right amount of fluid. In cases of Glaucoma, there is an imbalance, causing a buildup of fluid and increased pressure on the eye.

The high pressure of the optic nerve can cause a cloudy cornea, enlargement of the eye or even permanent damage to the optic nerve.

Glaucoma symptoms include:

  • Involuntary protective closing of the eyelids
  • Painful oversensitivity to light
  • Excessive tearing
  • Cloudiness of the cornea, the normally clear front layer of the eye
  • Enlargement of one or both eyes
  • Red eye

Treatments

Glaucoma treatment can be in the form of eye drops or pills that will help the fluid exit from the eye. In some cases Dr. Beth Friedland, here at Park Ophthalmology, will use glaucoma surgery to control eye pressure. Doctor Friedland will assess and determine which approach is best for the patient based on his or her physical and emotional needs.

Early Testing is Best Cure

Catching glaucoma early in children is one of the easiest ways to prevent blindness. If the disease is found and treated early, most youngsters respond well and often do not experience future problems.

That is why it is important for young children to visit the Dr. Friedland at Park Ophthalmology regularly to check not only for vision problems but other issues related to eye health.

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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 different eye colors 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

Photo: photostock, freedigitalphoto.net

Are Different Color Eyes Trauma Indicators?

nirots eye colorBeth R. Friedland M.D. at Park Ophthalmology spends a lot of time staring into people’s eyes. The human eye tells a wide variety of stories to a skilled Ophthalmologist. The color of the iris is not something eye doctors usually check, but July 12th, 2013 is Different Colored Eyes Day. This national observance recognizes a condition called Heterochromia. Max Scherzer, current 13-0 as a Detroit Tiger Starting Pitcher and an  A.L. All Star this season, has this very uncommon condition seldom found in humans.

About Eye Color
Eye color is determined by the amount and distribution of melanin in the iris. That’s why babies tend to have blue eyes when born; the melanin has not yet been produced.

Most Raleigh and Durham residents have two eyes of the same color, but that’s no reason not to celebrate the diversity among different eye colors and the varying shades of blue, brown, green and hazel. The most common eye color is brown. Green is more rare; less than two percent of the world’s population is born with green eyes. It’s most often found in Northern Europe and Nordic countries. Even more rare is violet, amber or red-colored eyes, which are usually found in albinos.

Different Eye Colors

Fewer than 200,000 people in the U.S. have Heterochromia, a condition that’s usually caused by a disease or syndrome. In some cases, those with Heterochromia have one iris with two different colors.

While it may be tough for those with two different eye colors to pick one for a driver’s license, it’s generally not harmful. However, eye colors changing later in life might be a sign of an injury, trauma or developing health problem such as:

Sudden changes in eye color are a sign it’s time to schedule an appointment with Dr. Friedland. A thorough eye examination is needed to be sure this isn’t a symptom of a medical problem.

Fun with Eye Color

While the general concept of dominant genes seems to work most of the time in eye colors, it is still possible for generations of brown-eyed people to produce a blue-eyed individual because eye color is a multi-gene trait. Still, just for fun, check out this eye color calculator.

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Beth R. Friedland M.D. and Park Ophthalmology welcome 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 different eye colors is brought to you by the professional team and the offices of Beth R. Friedland M.D. 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

Beth R. Friedland MD is More than Meets the Eye

Beth BiggerThose living here in the Triangle, especially the Raleigh and Durham residents who visit Park Ophthalmology for their exams and eye concerns probably know Beth R. Friedland MD, as a board-certified Ophthalmologist dedicated to the best eye care possible for her patients. But there is more to Dr. Friedland than her 30 years of experience in Ocular Gerontology, Pediatric Ophthalmology, Occupational Eye Safety, and Laser Eye Surgery.

What many people and patients do not know is Dr. Friedland has the true willingness to serve; she volunteers with Eye Care America, the Foundation for the American Academy of Ophthalmology that helps the under-served receive regular eye exams, which help reduce the chances for avoidable blindness and severe visual impairment. This award-winning organization provides eye exams and up to one year of care to U.S. citizens and legal residents within the Continental U.S., Hawaii and Puerto Rico through volunteer ophthalmologists, like Dr. Beth, often at no out-of-pocket cost to those who qualify.

Ophthalmic Medicine has prompted her continuous passion for the issues and effects of Glaucoma, which challenges more than two million Americans and is the leading cause of blindness here in the United States. This focus has led her to author a chapter on Glaucoma medications in a textbook about Ocular Pharmacology.

Dr. Friedland also shares her experiences and knowledge with future Ophthalmologists by working as a Clinical Associate Professor at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine. 

By offering regular eye exams and surgeries for her patients in both Raleigh and Durham at Park Ophthalmology, she also looks for new ways to help by conducting continued research. Her latest studies focus on new techniques to improve eye care and new drugs to treat Dry Eye, the serious condition where there are insufficient tears to lubricate and nourish the eye. She travels around the world to speak on the importance of new techniques and research and has done so in China, Israel and Europe.

In 2011, Dr. Friedland was honored with the Business Leader Women Extraordinaire Award and the Triangle Business Woman of the Year Award.

While Park Ophthalmology patients are glad to have Dr. Beth Friedland care for their eyes and vision, she is proud to be doing as much as she can to spread her knowledge and share her talents around the world.

Please visit YouTube and view the new video Leading Physician of the World, that explains what Dr. Beth R. Friedland is all about. Knowledge, care, and education blend to make the Park Ophthalmology patient experience something very unique and special. She is, after all, your Triangle Eye Specialist!

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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

 

 

5 Solutions for Dry Eyes and Gaming

david castello dominici KidEvery single person in the Triangle, no matter the age, blinks about every 12 seconds. Each time someone blinks, it coats the eye with tears. But for Raleigh and Durham residents spending hours and hours in front of the computer or TV playing video games, that 12 seconds can last as long as two minutes. Recent studies suggest some gamers only blink once or twice every three minutes. Over time, this can cause the eyes to dry out and dehydrate.

Those with dry eye conditions will notice a stinging or burning sensation, mucus, eye fatigue, and sensitivity to light, redness, blurred vision and trouble wearing contacts.

While dry eyes don’t usually cause serious problems, there are some very serious possible complications: 

  • Eye infections — Tears protect the surface of the eye from infection. If eyes don’t have adequate tears, there is an increased risk of eye infection.
  • Eye scarring — if left untreated, severe dry eyes can lead to eye inflammation and scarring on the surface of the corneas, which can lead to chronic vision problems.
  • Daily irritation — Continuous dry eyes can make it difficult to perform everyday activities and can be a constant irritant. 

Gamers or people who sit looking at a computer screen for long periods of time should be conscious of these possible problems and try these five solutions:

  • Take breaks. To keep eyes healthy, gamers should stop every 40-60 minutes. A break means getting up, walking around and looking at objects at far distances to give the eyes a break.
  • Drink lots of water to keep the body hydrated.
  • Mini-breaks. Rest the eyes every 20 minutes by glancing away from the screen at something farther away, outside the window or across the room.                 
  • Eye drop work. Gamers who feel dry eye can use approved artificial tears to help moisten eyes.
  • Wink Glasses are new technology. This new product is a set of glasses with tiny sensors to monitor blink activity. If a user doesn’t blink for more than five seconds, the lenses become opaque. The wearer has to blink to make the lenses defrost. The glasses are very expensive at $430 a pair, so our Park Ophthalmology advice is to come in for regular eye exams; call us if you have dry eye issues, and learn to blink more often.

Is dry eye a problem? Dr. Beth Friedland can help.

See your Park Ophthalmologist if you’ve had prolonged signs and symptoms of dry eyes, because it might be a symptom of a greater problem.

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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.

Photo: David Castello Dominici, 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

Defeat Diabetes Eye Problems with Annual Exams

exam ponsulakDo you have Diabetes? Then you are at a higher risk for eye problems. April is Defeat Diabetes Month. While scientists are still working to defeat diabetes, if you live in the Triangle, Raleigh and Durham residents can defeat future eye problems by taking care now and visiting Park Ophthalmology.

How Diabetes Affects Eyes
High blood glucose and high blood pressure from diabetes can hurt different parts of your eye, but retina damage is the most common problem Dr. Beth Friedland and her team can often encounter. The trouble is that it occurs slowly and most people don’t notice it until checked by the Ophthalmologist. Sometimes it can be discovered too late.

Your retinas have tiny blood vessels that can damage easily, especially if the patient has a history of high blood glucose or high blood pressure for a long period of time. The blood vessels will swell and weaken and may even become clogged. At first, a patient might not experience any sight problems, but as diabetes retina problems worsen, newer, weaker blood vessels grow and can break and leak blood into the eye. In addition, swollen and weak blood vessels can form scar tissue, possibly pulling the retina away from the eye.

Prevention is the Cure

Those with diabetes are also at higher risk for two other eye problems, cataracts and glaucoma. The good news is that you can prevent these problems by managing your health:

  • Keep your blood sugar levels under control. Good blood sugar will ensure your blood vessels stay strong and healthy.
  • Control high blood pressure, which can make any eye problems worse.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Visit your ophthalmologist at least once per year for a dilated eye exam. Opticians who only check your prescription cannot check your eyes for problems, and having your regular doctor look at your eyes is not enough for complete assessment.

Call Park Ophthalmology at 919 544 5375 as soon as possible if you have any of the following problems:

  • blurry vision
  • trouble reading signs or books
  • seeing double
  • eye pain
  • red eyes that stay red
  • strong eye pressure
  • spots or floaters
  • inability to see things out of the corner of the eyes

We hope to see you at Park Ophthalmology for your regular eye exam each year. Your eyes are too important not to have the best team in the Triangle assess your sight and your health! We can help manage eye problems related to diabetes. Make your appointment soon. We are the Triangle’s Eye Specialist.

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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

Photo: Ponsulak, freedigitalphotos.net