NEWS

The Solar Eclipse and Our Eyes

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes in front of the sun. We are expecting a partial solar ec... | read full article

Diabetic Retinopathy: What You Need to Know

Diabetes is a disease that impairs the body's ability to produce or respond to insulin. This results... | read full article

Back to School

...... | read full article

read more news stories

Blog

The Solar Eclipse and Our Eyes

Posted on: Thursday, August 10, 2017

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes in front of the sun. We are expecting a partial solar eclipse later this month. With an astronomical event such as this one, most people will want to look directly at the eclipse as it is happening. How do we enjoy such an event while maintaining the safety of our eyes?

It is never safe to look directly a partial solar eclipse without the proper protection. In fact, even when 99% of the sun’s surface is obscured, damage can still be caused to the retina. This exposure can cause eclipse blindness or a retinal burn. Essentially, exposure to the intense visible light triggers chemical reactions to the rod and cone cells within the eye. This damages the retina’s ability to respond to visual stimuli.

Although looking directly at the sun causes damage to the eye, there are precautions that can be taken to still experience the solar eclipse in a safe way. One of the safest and cost-effective ways is a projection of the eclipse. Binoculars can be used to project the image onto a large screen for a group to view the eclipse without looking directly into intense light. There are also filters that can be purchased to protect the eyes from the sunlight. These filters are layered with aluminum and chromium alloy. The most widely available filter is called “shade number 14 welder’s glass,” which allows the viewer to experience the solar eclipse without harming the eyes.

A solar eclipse is a rare occurrence that can be enjoyed by all. With the proper knowledge and protection, the eclipse can be experienced to its full effect without causing any harm.

Matossian Eye Associates is a center of excellence for comprehensive eye exams, cataracts, glaucoma, dry eye, oculoplastics and aesthetics, neuro-optometry, 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.

Pamela Murphy

Source - https://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEhelp/safety2.html

Diabetic Retinopathy: What You Need to Know

Posted on: Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Diabetes is a disease that impairs the body’s ability to produce or respond to insulin. This results in an abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated levels of glucose in the blood. Elevated levels of glucose or high blood sugar over time can lead to diabetic eye disease.  

Diabetic retinopathy is the most common cause of vision loss in diabetic patients. One in three adults over the age of 40 are already showing symptoms of the diabetic eye disease.

Diabetic retinopathy occurs when high blood sugar causes damage to the blood vessels. These damaged blood vessels can weaken, bulge, and leak, causing harm to the retina. This is called non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy. When the blood vessels close off and new blood vessels grow on the surface of the retina, much more serious vision problems may occur.

Early diagnosis and treatment of diabetic retinopathy can reduce the risk of complete vision loss by 95%. By managing blood sugar and cholesterol levels, maintaining a non-smoking lifestyle, regular checkups, and exercising regularly, patients can help prevent diabetic retinopathy.

Matossian Eye Associates is a center of excellence for comprehensive eye exams, cataracts, glaucoma, dry eye, oculoplastics and aesthetics, neuro-optometry, 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.

Pamela Murphy

Source - https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/diabetes/overview/preventing-problems/diabetic-eye-disease

 

Back to School

Posted on: Monday, August 07, 2017

 
 
 
Summer is fast approaching its end, which means it's time to start preparing for school! Most purchase school supplies for the coming year, but many overlook getting their annual checkups. 
 
 
 
 Dry Eye Screenings
 
 
 
Did you know that dry eye has been shown to cause slower reading speeds? In a study published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology March' 17 titled, “Functional impairment of reading in patients with dry eye” it was concluded that dry eye is associated with slower out-loud and silent reading speeds. You can read more here.
 
 
 
 
Did you also know that children who regularly look at screens are shown to have a higher chance of havingdry eye? In a study conducted at Chung Ang University, an increased use of smartphones and computers was found to be associated with the increase of ocular surface symptoms in children. You can read more here.
 
 
 
 
 Lipiview For Children
 
 
 
Matossian Eye Associates is happy to announce that we are now offering Lipiview screenings for all ages! Lipiview is a quick and painless way to view:

  • The tear film
  • Meibomian glands
  • Ocular surface and eyelids

Lipiview allows MEA physicians to observe the source of your potential dry eye condition.
 
 
 
 
Skip The Dilation, Try Optomap!
 
 
 
One of the most dreaded parts for patients—when it comes to their comprehensive eye exams—is having their eyes dilated.

  • Need to wait for eyes to dilate, making exams longer
  • Sensitive to light, needing to wear sunglasses
  • Difficulty driving, potentially needing a ride

Not with Optomap!
 
 
Optomap
 
Optomap offers immediate and painless digital views of the retina (the interior lining of the eye) while removing the need for dilation. In addition, Optomap creates a digital record of the retina, resulting in a more detailed record keeping for an examination.
 
 
 
 
 
Extended Hours
 
 
 
Trying to schedule an appointment can be difficult with life always knocking at your door. Luckily, MEA offers extended weekday and weekend hours to make getting you and your child's comprehensive eye exam easier than ever before!
 
 
 
Hopewell Hours:

Monday: 7:30am - 4:00pm
Tuesday: 7am - 8pm
Wednesday: 7am - 8pm
Thursday: 7am - 8pm
Friday: 8:30am - 5:00pm​​​​​​​
Saturday: 8am - 1pm
 
 
 
 
Hamilton Hours:

Monday: 10am - 6pm
Tuesday: 8am - 8pm
Wednesday: 11:30am - 8pm
Thursday: 7:30am - 4pm
Friday: 7:30am - 4pm
First Saturday of the Month: 8am - 1pm
 
 
 
Doylestown Hours:

Monday: 8:30am - 5pm
Tuesday: 8am - 8pm
Wednesday: 7am - 8pm
Thursday: 7am - 8pm
Friday: 7:30am - 5pm
Third Saturday of the Month: 8am - 1pm
 
 
 
 
 
 
A Small Gift From Us
 
 
 
As part of Back to School month, MEA is giving away a small gift!

*All patients aged 5 - 17 (or their guardian), who schedule an appointment and have their exam from August 9th - September 9th will receive a gift upon completion of their exam.
*Resitrctions Apply
 
 

 

Save on Lipiflow Through September

Posted on: Friday, August 04, 2017

Tags: dry eye, mgd, lipiflow

Many who suffer the symptoms of Dry Eye may have Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD). LipiView® (dynamic Meibomian imaging) is used to determine whether or not you suffer from MGD.  If you have Meibomian Gland drop out, how is the condition treated? 

 

LipiFlow® (vectored thermal pulsation MGD treatment) is designed to treat the root cause of evaporative dry eye disease caused by MGD, by unplugging the blocked meibomian glands.  It is a very safe option with over 150,000 treatments performed in the US to date.  Opening and clearing these blocked glands will allow them to resume their natural production of lipids (oils) needed for a healthy tear film. A disposable activator is placed on each eyelid.  These eyepieces use a patented, precisely controlled heat that is applied to the inner eyelid with pulsed pressure to unblock the glands.  This system also encourages the glands to resume their natural production of the lipids needed for healthy tears.  Its single-use design and built-in sensors ensure a safe, sterile treatment.  The spa-like process is pain free, very soothing, and lasts approximately 15 minutes.   This treatment is usually recommended once a year.  LipiFlow is the only FDA-cleared thermal pulsation treatment for MGD

 

From August 7th - September 30th, 2017, the manufacturer of Lipiflow is offering a $50 rebate for patients who receive a treatment (restrictions apply). If you would like to take advantage of this rebate, please follow the instructions found on the manufacture’s website, found here, to redeem.

 

$50 Rebate for LipiFlow® Treatment Marketing Survey

 

Matossian Eye Associates is a Certified Center of Excellence for Dry Eyes, featuring outstanding services offered by nationally recognized doctors. For a consultation on the root causes of and the best treatments for your dry eyes, please call our toll-free number at 1-800-708-8800 or visit us at www.matossianeye.com.

Quantum Dots Make for Antibacterial Eye Drops

Posted on: Thursday, August 03, 2017

Roughly a million people each year in the U.S. develop an eye infection called bacterial keratitis. The infection causes the cornea to become inflamed and can lead to vision loss if left untreated. Current treatments include steroid drops, but an unfortunate, rare but possible, side effect is potential scarring of the cornea.

In an effort to find a new treatment, researches turned to carbon quantum dots, the same technology that is used to light the back of some LED TVs. A quantum dot is a nanoscale particle of semiconducting material that can be embedded in cells or organisms for various experimental purposes, such as labeling proteins. Researchers were able to heat spermidine, a compound found to boost the effectiveness of antibiotics, to create a quantum dot.

The result was a spermidine-coated quantum dot that could kill various bacterial strains, including those that are resistant to multiple drugs, in laboratory animals. The materials disrupted bacterial cells while leaving healthy animal cells alone. The team said that the new quantum dots are a potential alternative to conventional bacterial keratitis eye drop treatments, especially those cases which are resistant to standard treatments.

There is much research and testing yet to do on this potential treatment, but we will be staying tuned to updates.

Matossian Eye Associates is a center of excellence for comprehensive eye exams, cataracts, glaucoma, dry eye, oculoplastics and aesthetics, neuro-optometry, 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.