Park Ophthalmology Shares the History of Eyeglasses

park 06-22-15 10042661fdp photostockFor anyone who has trouble seeing and needs vision correction, it’s almost impossible to imagine life without eyeglasses or contact lenses. Across the Triangle, Raleigh, and Durham, Dr. Beth R. Friedland and Park Ophthalmology offer patients the latest innovations in eye health and vision correction. Of course, we all know that even in 2015, the classic way to see more clearly is through the use of prescription glasses. And it is interesting to note that eyeglasses have a long history, going back 800 years to the late 1200’s in Italy. Today in California, the Museum of Vision in San Francisco has compiled an extensive collection of information on the history of Ophthalmology. It “sees” thousands of visitors a year so let’s “look” at some interesting innovations.

Park Ophthalmology shares six museum facts about the history of eyeglasses:

  • Invention: As earlier stated, the first known eyeglasses were crafted in Italy. Used mostly by scholars and monks, these spectacles were either balanced on the nose or held up to the eyes, as they were made without any temple pieces.
  • Side pieces: In the 1700s, eyeglasses took great leaps forward, the first of which was the addition of side or temple pieces that fit over the ears. No longer did they have to be balanced or held in place.
  • Bifocals: The second key invention in the 1700s was the development of bifocals by Benjamin Franklin. Today, patients are more likely to opt for progressive lenses, which remove the characteristic bifocal line. Progressive lenses were first developed in 1959 and have grown in popularity since then.
  • Sunglasses: Although not always used for vision correction, sunglasses play an important part in protecting eyes from harsh glare and sun damage. They first became culturally popular in the 1930’s, but World War II gave sunglasses an additional boost in popularity as military pilots discovered the benefits of lenses that absorbed ultraviolet and infrared light.
  • Fashion statement: During the latter half of the 20th century and on into the 21st, eyeglasses have become fashion statements. Prescription sunglasses allow people to carry their fashion look into any activity.

 

Whether you need an updated look, or new prescription for eyewear, Dr. Friedland and the staff at Park Ophthalmology can merge vision-correcting lenses with the latest fashion frames. It is important to add prescription sunglasses to protect the eyes from sun damage.

Call the offices of Beth R. Friedland M.D., the Triangle’s Eye Specialist, to set up an exam time. In the Triangle, clarity now offers many choices with the experts 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 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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5 Suggestions for Eye Health from Park Ophthalmology of the Triangle

sunglasses stock imagesResidents in the Triangle area might think their eyes are playing tricks on them as skeletons pop out of the neighbor’s lawn next door and witches loom from front porches. It is the Halloween Season across Wake and Durham County. Spooky stuff is just part of the annual preparation for Halloween. However, there is no trick or treat when taking care of vision. Dr. Beth R. Friedland of Park Ophthalmology in Durham and Raleigh wants all of her patients to have the best eye sight possible so they can see both the adorable and the scary costumes of all the kids as they trick-or-treat!

To achieve that goal, Doctor Friedland offers five suggestions for eye health that are simple and easy for everyone to follow:

  • Wear Sunglasses: Fans of the rock group U2 were surprised recently when they discovered that lead singer Bono always wears sunglasses because he has glaucoma, which makes eyes extremely sensitive to light. It is interesting to note that sunglasses aren’t just for those with glaucoma. Prolonged exposure to sunshine can create cataracts on the eyes. Sunglasses and hats help to prevent that type of damage.
  • Take Proper Care of Lenses: Contact lens wearers can prevent many problems, including infections, by following directions provided by Park Ophthalmology. Good practices include proper daily cleaning of the lenses, changing them as recommended and contacting the doctor if the lenses don’t fit right or fail to sufficiently correct vision.
  • Keep Scheduled Appointments: Park Ophthalmology schedules appointments at intervals that are appropriate for individual patients. Keeping regular appointments ensures that Dr. Friedland will always be current on a patient’s status.
  • Communicate with the Office: Changes in vision and some new medical conditions should be reported to Park Ophthalmology. A quick phone call to the office will help determine whether an appointment needs to be moved up.
  • Treat Glasses Well: Frames can break and lenses can get scratched or nicked. When not in use, put glasses back in their case to prevent damage. Bent wire frames can impair proper vision and should be quickly repaired.

Park Ophthalmology staff and Dr. Beth L. Friedland always will make sure patients know the best practices for maintaining their eye health. Call today to schedule an appointment.

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

This article about the 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

Photo: Stockimages, freedigitalphotos.net

 

 

Sun Exposure in the Triangle and the Concern of Cataracts

stock images old guy glassesThe Triangle’ warm and sunny seasons may keep the flowers and grasses growing, but over time, excessive exposure to sunlight can possibly harm the eyes, even causing cataracts.

A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye. The lens is located behind the iris (colored portion) of the eye and as eyes age, the lens becomes less flexible and thicken. These changes can cause tissues to break down and clump together, clouding the lens. This condition can create depth issues when walking steps, can make it harder for night driving, and over time can blur and worsen sight.

Seeing through cloudy lenses is like looking through a fogged-up window. The main cause of cataracts is aging, but excessive UV radiation from those beautiful blue sky days is another 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 is a challenge. There are several risk factors known for cataracts, including diabetes, excessive alcohol consumptions, family history, high blood pressure, obesity and smoking.

Raleigh and Durham residents 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 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 to both skin and eyes. A tree or an umbrella are not a guarantee against damage, but a wide-brimmed hat can significantly reduce eye exposure to UVB radiation.
  • Wear protective eyewear: Always wear “shades” 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.

Regular eye exams will help in the assessment of both healthy eyes and the beginnings of cataracts. The human eye is too important. Exams prevent surprises.

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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 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

**

Park Ophthalmology North

6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

919 846 6915

 

 

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

**

Park Ophthalmology North

6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

919 846 6915

 

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

**

Park Ophthalmology North

6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

919 846 6915

Photo: stock Images, freedigitalphotos.net