A Fun Day In Chicago

My sons and I spent Saturday in Chicago while my wife was at Bead Camp. We had a great time exploring and had a great dinner at an Armenian restaurant.

We try to take advantage of everything Chicago has the offer, but don’t seem to get down there often enough. The boys and I are already planning our next trip to Chicago we can’t wait to do some new things.

Dr. Warren
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Allergy Season Takes A Few Days Off…..

After a strong start with the tree pollen counts being really high, the allergy season seems to have taken a bit of a break. These cold temps and damp weather aren’t getting many of the grasses going, yet. But look out for mold to be an issue if it stays cold and damp for very long.

I’ve seen less patients with allergies the last week or so, but I’m pretty sure things will bounce back in late June once things warm up a bit. If you’re an ocular allergy sufferer, remember:
Cool compresses, ocular lubricants and OTC meds such as Zyrtec can help quite a bit. If you’re still suffering though, come on in and I’ll fix you right up!

Dr. Warren

3D TV and Vision Problems

Statistics tell me that in the next two years, the number of US households that will upgrade to 3D TV’s is a huge number.   Unlike the 3D at the movies, TV uses glasses that can create some subtle vision problems for many people.  TV’s use “active shutter” glasses to create the 3D effect for users, this gives each eye a different image, which can cause the eyes to lose alignment and to some degree “wander” if the watcher is prone to this (a condition referred to as a “phoria”).

I am actively investigating methods to provide custom prescriptions for my patients who exhibit these problems, as well as talking to major players in the vision correction industry about ways to minimize the visual issues and maximize the enjoyment of the 3D Experience for my patients.

 

Stay tuned for more information!

 

Dr. Warren

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Facebook Page and Facebook Places Merged

We’ve merged our Facebook page and the listing for Warren Eye Care under Facebook Places.  This now allows us to offer deals to our patients when they “check in” at the office.  You can check out the most current Deal here.  We’re looking forward to being able to offer our patients a reward when they check in.  Be sure to take advantage of these deals when you’re in the office!

Dr. Warren

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Halloween Safety

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How fondly I remember making my own Halloween costumes, usually with some sort of mask or helmet.  The Star Wars Storm Trooper mask was one of my coolest projects that turned out less than great.  Not only was the mask horribly uncomfortable to wear, I couldn’t see much when I had it on.  That didn’t keep me from wearing it for 2-3 hours while Trick-or-Treating that year though.  Its a miracle that I didn’t run out into traffic, living on a cul-du-sac didn’t hurt that I suppose!

I’m writing this to remind you to be sure that your children can see well out of any masks or costume parts that they wear this year.  And to remind you to insure that they have some form of reflective tape, stitching or design on their costumes.   Especially if the costume is the traditionally popular black.

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School Screening Season

wpid-afp20070201p361-f1-2010-10-21-10-12.jpgI’m starting to see more and more children in the office who have had problems during a school vision screening. These screenings are a very important step in insuring that your children are seeing adequately in school. They are no substitute for regular eye exams however. Even the best designed and run school screening will miss 7% or more of the children who have a vision problem, some studies found that up to 33% of the children with significant vision problems may pass even well designed and run vision screenings.

I am sharing this information to remind parents that a vision screening at school or your child’s doctor’s office is no substitute for a professional eye examination. Screenings will “catch” children who have significant refractive errors, but will often miss children with significant yet smaller defocus issues. To be sure that you children and those of your loved ones are seeing as well as they can this year in school, be sure to have them get their eyes examined, in addition to any screening that may or may happen.

Here is a link to a great collection of professional journal articles about vision screenings and their benefits and limitations.

Dr. Warren

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National History and Pride

My family and I made a trip to Washington, DC this past weekend. It was not my first trip to DC, but it was my first trip there as a tourist. We were fortunate enough to have a Capital tour, LIbrary of Congress tour, Bureau of Printing and Engraving tour and we also visited the monuments to Presidents Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson and Kennedy as well as several Smithsonian museums.

I have always been a bit of a history buff, but more 20th century history. I now have a much better understanding of the incredible men and women who freed our country and forged our nation. Its easy to forget that there wasn’t a road map to America, they had to “make it up as they went along” and they did a pretty fine job.

If you ever have a chance to visit Washington, DC, by all means take it. The scenery and attractions are incredible, the people are friendly and the public transportation is first rate.

Dr. Warren
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The Health Care Law – Dissected

A friend and colleague of mine belongs to a group that is concerned about where we are and where we are headed as a country with regards to health care legislation.  Below, I’ve copied a piece that he’s circulating.  Its a fascinating read and lays out the last 100 years of American political “progress” with regards to health care legislation as well as gets into the real numbers behind the issue.

Thanks to Peter Wilcox, OD for sharing this:

The Health Care Law – Dissected

(Prognostications From a Political Junkie)

Timothy P. Farrell, M.D., F.A.C.R.

Thanks for taking the time to follow the link and read the piece.

Dr. Warren

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