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Contact Lenses and Teenagers

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Inflammation in Reusable vs. Daily Disposable Contacts

According to a recent study there was more ocular inflammation found with the use of reusable soft c... | read full article

One of The Best Ophthalmologists 2017

Matossian Eye Associateswas awarded Best of Bucks and Montgomery CountiesbyThe Intelligencerfor the ... | read full article

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Contact Lenses and Teenagers

Posted on: Thursday, October 19, 2017

According to a recent article published in Health Day News when surveying 12- to 17-year-old contact lens wearers, 85% were found to care for their contact lenses improperly.  The contact lens wearers admitted to sleeping, napping, or swimming in lenses. They also said they reuse solution, rinse contacts with tap water, and don't stick to the proper replacement schedule for their contact lenses and cases.  All of these risky behaviors can lead to an increase in the risk of infection and vision loss.

Dr. Jennifer Cope, the lead researcher in the study, said to avoid sleeping or napping in contacts, because this risky behavior can increase the risk of eye infections by as much as 8 times.  The authors also stated that cleaning your contacts properly and visiting you eye care professionals regularly will help prevent infection in your eyes.  They recommended to replace your contact lens cases every three months and not to swim in contacts.  According to the researchers starting early with good habits as a teenager will make you a successful contact lens wearer as an adult.

Matossian Eye Associates is a center of excellence for comprehensive eye exams, cataracts, glaucoma, dry eye, retina, cornea, contact lenses, and clinical trials, featuring outstanding services offered by nationally recognized doctors.  For a consultation, please call our toll free number at 1-800-708-8800 or visit us at www.matossianeye.com

 Jennine Lutz, OD

Inflammation in Reusable vs. Daily Disposable Contacts

Posted on: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

According to a recent study there was more ocular inflammation found with the use of reusable soft contact lenses vs. daily disposables. In the study there were 36 contact lens wearers, 14 of the patients were daily disposable wearers and 24 were reusable wearers.  After 1 hour of wear, in all subjects, tears were collected from the lower tear meniscus in both eyes. The tears were then analyzed for cytokine concentration, which is a marker for inflammation.  The ocular surface was also analyzed for both fluorescein and lissamine green staining, which also represents inflammation and irritation of the ocular surface.  A higher amount of tear cytokines and staining of the ocular surface was found in reusable contact wearers. 

According to the authors of the study, these findings show  that a higher inflammatory response is associated with reusable contacts and the inflammatory response may also be associated with the use of mulitpurpose contact solutions. 

Matossian Eye Associates is a center of excellence for comprehensive eye exams, cataracts, glaucoma, dry eye, retina, cornea, contact lenses, and clinical trials, featuring outstanding services offered by nationally recognized doctors.  For a consultation, please call our toll free number at 1-800-708-8800 or visit us at www.matossianeye.com.

 Jennine Lutz, OD

One of The Best Ophthalmologists 2017

Posted on: Friday, October 13, 2017

Matossian Eye Associates was awarded Best of Bucks and Montgomery Counties by The Intelligencer for the category of One of The Best Ophthalmologists.



All the results will be published in print and at www.TheIntell.com/BESTOf.  The honorees selected for this award are comprised of high achieving professionals in every industry in America. The Best of Bucks Mont is a list of The Intelligencer's readers favorite businesses, products, and services in the community.
 

Matossian Eye Associates is a center of excellence for comprehensive eye exams, cataracts, glaucoma, dry eye, retina, cornea, contact lenses, and clinical trials, featuring outstanding services offered by nationally recognized doctors.  For a consultation, please call our toll free number at 1-800-708-8800 or visit us at www.matossianeye.com.

The Challenge: Impacting Millennials

Posted on: Thursday, October 12, 2017

Practices of all types are beginning to the see the challenges when it comes to catching and keeping millennials as their patients. This generation, enticed strongly by the use of technology, social media, reviews, and the dreaded “fear of missing out” or “FOMO”, will be leading us into the future. In order to succeed capturing the attention of these millennials, emphasis on technology is required. Rare are the days of having phone conversations; most barely have home phones. Texting is the number one way to be involved and interact with this generation. This can be used for appointment reminders, cancellations, updates, and much more. Many of the patients in this generation will respond quickly to a text as their phones are always close by. Email is successful for longer, informative messages or special announcements for upcoming office events.

Looking at business advertisements to select a practice for their eyecare is something of the past for these millennials. They want real life experience with honest input from patients who have received care at the practice they are considering. They scour information from social media sites such as Facebook, Instragram, Yelp, etc. Even further on-line reviews are done on a practice and/or a doctor to determine if the promised care will be appropriate. Social Media can help attract new patients through its pages, groups, and referrals.

There is nothing worse than the fear of missing out, or “FOMO”. This is a true concept with this generation that can spike interest in everything from sky-diving to a doctor’s appointment. If these millennials see on social media and hear from their friends about an amazing eye care provider, whether an ophthalmologist or optometrist, who is offering something unique (such as Lipiflow, TrueTear, etc), they will be compelled to take part. The experience is everything.

As a vibrant practice, it is key to position oneself with the millennials in mind as they will be key players for future growth.

Matossian Eye Associates is a center of excellence for comprehensive eye exams, cataracts, glaucoma, dry eye, retina, cornea, contact lenses, and clinical trials, featuring outstanding services offered by nationally recognized doctors.  For a consultation, please call our toll free number at 1-800-708-8800 or visit us at www.matossianeye.com.

Jessica Kube

Texting: The Way of the Future

Posted on: Wednesday, October 11, 2017

 Today’s society depends heavily on technological advancements and we see this growth in the medical field. The use of technology covers all aspects from procedures to appointment confirmations. Texting, in particular, has become an integral part of our everyday lives. At Matossian Eye Associates we currently use texting to benefit patients in the confirmation process as it provides an easy, quick, and secure opportunity for correspondence.

According to numerous studies, texting is prevailing over phone calls and emails in today’s society as it provides us with a way of communicating with each other without truly taking time out of one’s day. A text can take roughly 90 seconds while answering a phone call or email could take minutes. If the phone call occurs at an inconvenient time it could be missed, ignored, or forgotten within a voicemail. Leaving a text message that can be re-read and quickly glanced at is most effective. A confirmation text can quickly lock in a patient’s appointment. This can also be utilized to provide patients with needed information for a more successful appointment. The ability to mark one’s calendar, pull up driving directions, and update paperwork are all added benefits to the texting format. Giving the patient the ability to respond at his or her convenience allows flexibility as well. A quick text of “I must reschedule my appointment” or “Please cancel my appointment” alerts medical receptionists to reach out to the patient to make alternative plans.

In ophthalmology and medical practices in general, texting will continue to advance and become a more important part of daily routines. Not only can this be used for confirming patient appointments, but payment alerts, reminders, and surveys are in the pipeline. As technology advances, practices must keep pace to enhance patient communication, education, and satisfaction.

Matossian Eye Associates is a center of excellence for comprehensive eye exams, cataracts, glaucoma, dry eye, retina, cornea, contact lenses, and clinical trials, featuring outstanding services offered by nationally recognized doctors.  For a consultation, please call our toll free number at 1-800-708-8800 or visit us at www.matossianeye.com.

Jessica Kube

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