Summer Sun Exposure Can Harm Eyes and Cause Cataracts

stock images sun glassesAt Park Ophthalmology we know that Raleigh and Durham’s sunny summer days may keep the flowers growing and the grass so green, but over time, excessive exposure to sunlight can often harm eyes as well, even causing cataracts.  A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye. The eye’s lens is located behind the colored part (iris) of the eye. As eyes age, the lens becomes less flexible and thicker. These changes can cause tissues to break down and clump together, clouding the lens.

Seeing through cloudy lenses is much like looking through a fogged-up window. The main cause of cataracts is aging, but excessive UV radiation from our sunny summer days can be a major factor.

Cataracts account for almost 15 million blind people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. WHO estimates about 20 percent, or 3 million, of those cases are likely caused by UV radiation from the sun’s rays.

Preventing Cataracts

There are several other risk factors for cataracts, including diabetes, excessive alcohol consumption, family history, high blood pressure, obesity and smoking. 

People here in the Triangle with these risk factors should be especially careful when heading to the beach, working in the yard or attending a baseball game. Park Ophthalmology specializes in cataract care, but prevention is often the best cure!

Follow these three guidelines to prevent sun damage to your eyes: 

  • Stay out of the sun. While some sunlight is good for the body, wear a hat and cover up while outdoors to prevent too much exposure for both skin and eyes. The shade or an umbrella are not a guarantee, but a wide-brimmed hat can significantly reduce eye exposure to UVB radiation.
  • Wear UVA/UVB protection sunglasses year-round when outside. The sunglasses must block 99% or 100% of UVB and UVA rays. Get more tips for buying the right sunglasses
  • Wear clothing that blocks or screens the sun’s rays. Combine the clothes, sunglasses and of course, sunscreen for the best eye protection. 

This summer, please call our offices and make an appointment with Beth R. Friedland MD, your Triangle Eye Specialist!  If you have any of the above risk factors, please have your eyes examined to maintain optimum 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 the benefits of eye care 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: stock Images, freedigitalphotos.net

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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

 

 

What is Laser Eye Surgery?

lasik patpitchayaNot everyone loves wearing glasses, especially when they think they have to because of the need for vision correction. Glasses often do not fit correctly. Sometimes they can get lost or broken. But there is a solution for many people. Laser eye surgery, performed by Dr. Beth Friedland – Park Ophthalmology, can correct a variety of vision problems and make glasses a memory. Many Triangle residents, especially those in our area of Raleigh and Durham, have worn glasses or contacts for many years.  Finding the idea of being free of those glasses is very appealing. Patients who have the procedure done might even achieve vision better than 20/20. There is however, a lot to know about LASIK (laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis) before making a decision. Here is a short course in laser eye surgery from the Triangle’s Eye Specialist.

LASIK is the most common type of refractive surgery, or surgery that changes the shape of the cornea. The surgery can correct:

  • Nearsightedness — Seeing objects clearly at close range with issues involving distance vision.
  • Farsightedness — Near vision is blurry; more clarity with distance.
  • Astigmatism —  Disruption of focus for near and distance vision.
  • Presbyopia — Age-related eye change that results in the gradual loss of the ability to actively change focus on nearby objects.

It is important to note that at Park Ophthalmology, we recommend trying glasses or contacts for most vision correction before trying surgery. But LASIK can be a great benefit for a lot of people.

However, every benefit has some risk and with LASIK surgery those risks can include:

  • Under correction: This sometimes occurs in individuals who are nearsighted. The surgery may not give perfect 20/20 vision, which means the possibility of corrective lenses or additional surgery.
  • Over correction: If the laser removes too much tissue from your eye, the result is an over correction, which can be somewhat challenging to repair.
  • Astigmatism: This occurs when the eye tissue is removed unevenly and the situation can require additional surgery.
  • Glare, halos and double vision: Any of these problems may occur. Some can be treated with eye drops, but others might require surgery.
  • Dry eyes: Some people may notice a temporary decrease in tear production after LASIK, resulting in dry eyes. Eye drops usually will help this issue during the first few months, but you may need another procedure if the problem is considered severe.

Please note that some patients are not good candidates for this procedure. As with any surgery, it’s important to talk to Dr. Beth at Park Ophthalmology about the pros and cons. Make sure to mention any health conditions, and be prepared to talk to her about any questions or concerns.

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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 Credit:Patpitchaya, freedigitalphotos.net

Locations in the Triangle NC:

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

5 Considerations When Buying Your Sunglasses

grantcochrane sportsSpring has sprung in the Triangle! Here in North Carolina, especially In Raleigh and Durham, we know the first day of spring is often the start of warmer weather and sunnier days.

While it’s nice to see spring again, at Park Ophthalmology we are keenly aware that sunlight is the main source of UV radiation, which can cause damage to your eyes without you being aware anything is happening. Multiple studies show that long hours in the sun without sunglasses will increase your chances of developing eye problems, including cataracts. Even low amounts of sunlight can increase your risk.

As the earth tilts itself more closely to catch the sun’s rays here in Central Carolina, be sure you’re protecting your eyes from the harsh glare by wearing sunglasses every chance you can get. While any set of sunglasses is better than not wearing them at all, there are five considerations before you go out and buy a pair:

  • Complete UVA/UVB Protection: Look for a label or sticker and make sure that the lenses block 99 to 100 percent of UVA/UVB rays or have UV 400 protection. The label might also say that the lenses meet ANSI Z80.3 blocking requirements, which is an industry standard.
  • Polarized Lenses: If you spend a lot of time on the lake or at the beach, consider polarized lenses, which reduce glare by filtering out sunlight that reflects off surfaces such as water. Note that this has nothing to do with UV protection, but can still can help prevent squinting.
  • Lens Quality: The price can often make the difference. Inexpensive sunglasses aren’t going to have the same clarity as a pair with high quality lenses.
  • Size Counts: If you don’t mind the feel, choose wraparound sunglasses, which block light from the sides, offering the broadest protection against UV damage.
  • Check the Fit: Sunglasses should be comfortable, yet fit snugly around your nose and ears. Choose a pair that fits close to your face around your eyebrows.

Extra tip: It’s important to note that UV eye damage is cumulative over a lifetime, so be sure your children have eye protection as well.

While we’re always happy to see our patients, by choosing the right pair of sunglasses, you’ll be less likely to stop in at Park Ophthalmology with a serious problem. Have a nice spring!

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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

Photo: grant cochrane, freedigitalphotos.net

March is National Save Your Vision Month

David Catillo Dominici ComputerWith so much technology and business blended together here in the Triangle NC, our patients often spend a lot of time working in the Raleigh and Durham area staring at a computer a good part of the day. People who sit in front of computers and other related devices for long periods can often experience headaches or strain in the neck or back.

But the most common symptoms are often overlooked when it comes to eye strain;  blurred vision and dry eyes often are the result that contributes to computer vision eye problems.

March is National Save Your Vision Month. To save your vision while working, try these adjustments for healthy vision in front of your computer:

Your Computer Screen

  • Glare — Check your office or cubicle lighting and use window treatments to avoid a glare on the screen. If you’re using a glare reduction filter, make sure it has the American Optometric Association Seal of Acceptance.
  • Resolution — Use the highest resolution possible to improve your eye comfort.
  • Contrast — You don’t want the monitor too bright or too dim. Be sure you can easily read the letters and see the background.

Your Seated Position

  • Ergonomics — You can find a lot of information out on the web for suggested corrections that can help adjust your chair, computer and desk so that you won’t have any wrist, back or neck strain. For healthy eyes, be sure your monitor and keyboard are straight ahead. The top of the monitor should be just below horizontal eye level, and you should tilt the top of it away from you about 10 or 20 degrees.

Other Eye Tips

  • Check your prescription — Computers are usually further and higher than a typical reading task, so your bifocals may not work. Ask Dr. Beth your Park Ophthalmologist for help with choosing the right glasses for your type of work.
  • Take breaks — Rest your eyes every 20 minutes or so by looking far away, such as out a window for a different visual.

If you ever experience eye strain, blurred vision or dry eyes, talk to Park Ophthalmologist about all of the ways to help save your vision.

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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:David Castillo Dominici, freedigitalphoto.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

 

An Eye Full of New Year’s Resolutions

Beth Bigger2013! It is a New Year filled with the future for all of us here in the Triangle and North Carolina.  Have you kept that New Year’s resolution you announced to everyone at midnight on January 1st? Or has it been made ancient history already? It is a fact that nearly 45 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, but according to Statistic Brain, only about 8 percent of them are successful.

As you make plans to lose weight, learn a new language or manage your debt, you might need a little more motivation.

Here are three common resolutions with excellent bonus benefits: they’re good for your eyes:

  • Quit the cigarette habit: You’ve all heard the typical reasons for quitting smoking: the health of your lungs, the risk of cancer, and chance of emphysema. But we will give you one more very good reason to kick those butts forever, smoking is just plain bad for your eyes. More and more studies show that smokers have an increased risk for eye disorders. And it’s not just for your eyes only; friends and family who frequently are exposed to tobacco smoke are also at risk.
  • Lose weight and eat better: Losing weight is usually the number one New Year’s resolution each and every year here in the Triangle. We all know that keeping trim and staying in shape are good for our hearts and bodies, but it’s also good for our eyes. People who are obese are at a higher risk for diabetes, which can cause serious eye problems. Eating healthier is also good for our eyes, giving us boosts of vitamins and minerals that prevent many eye disorders, such as cataracts and macular degeneration: https://parkophthalmology.wordpress.com/2012/11/06/the-foods-of-the-eye-are-plentiful/
  • Limit alcohol intake: Although light alcohol consumption typically doesn’t cause major health problems, excessive use can harm your body, including your eyes. Heavy drinkers can suffer from an array of eye problems, including blurry or double vision, decreased peripheral vision, decreased contrast sensitivity and frequent migraines. And it also leads to eye redness, which isn’t cosmetically appealing.

Sight is the human sense that people fear losing most. Come mid-January when you’re losing your resolve, remember, you’re not just doing it for you: you’re doing it for your eyes. Stay healthy and your eyes will see the benefits. And so will you. Good luck!

Schedule your eye exam every year at this time and make it a yearly resolution!

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Park Ophthalmology and Dr. Beth Friedland (see picture upper right) 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 the health 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: brfeyecare

Locations in the Triangle NC:

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: parkeyemd@gmail.com

Follow us https://twitter.com/ParkOphthNC

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

Unique and Truly Visionary Holiday Gift Ideas

grantcochrane sportsIt is just a week before Christmas. The Triangle is filled with mistletoe, Christmas Trees and smiles as families and friends plan an array of gatherings.  You’re standing among the crowds of people shopping at Southpointe or Crabtree Valley Mall, but you just can’t figure out what to buy for your friends and family members. If they wear glasses or contacts, here is a fresh look at gift ideas this holiday season:

A Reading Lamp: If friends like to read, consider the gift of a floor lamp for the recliner, or mini book light. It is a common myth that reading too much fine print or reading in low light will harm your vision. Still, squinting at the page can possibly give you a headache. The reader in your family might need a little more light to enjoy that novel or the News and Observer.

Prescription Goggles: Is your friend or family member a fan of the North Carolina beaches? Scuba masters and snorkelers with poor vision might appreciate a set of prescription goggles. You can’t wear your glasses in the ocean and wearing contacts underwater is risky for a multitude of reasons — not the least of which is losing your lenses in the water and the sand! Find out your friend’s prescription to order a set of these in time for his or her next trip to the beach. And don’t forget, snow skiing is also very popular as well.

Sunglasses: Sunglasses are a must have, whether you need vision correction or not. Both UV rays and blue light rays can cause serious damage to your eyes, and the effect is cumulative during your life. The summer sun is brightest, but winter sunlight can also be harmful, even in the Triangle, where we rarely get snow. Cataracts can happen more quickly when long term sun exposure is a factor.

These days, sunglasses are also a fun fashion accessory, so it’s easy to pick out a pair to match your family member’s personality. Just be sure to select sunglasses that block 99-100 percent of UVA and UVB rays, block blue light rays, and contain larger lenses that fit closer to the eyes.

Gifts don’t always have to come in a big box. If older members of your family need help getting around, give them a purposeful visit this time of year by offering to chauffeur for them to the eye doctor or Park Ophthalmologist appointment.

Happy Holidays and Blessings for a Successful New Year from Dr. Friedland, Dr. Daluvoy and the entire staff at Park Ophthalmology.

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

This article about the 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: Grant Cochrane, courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net

Locations in the Triangle NC:

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