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

Weather, Dry Eye And Allergies

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I’m hoping that this warmer weather is helping some of my worst Dry Eye patients with the slight increase in environmental humidity and the lower frequency of furnace running.  But I wonder what all of this heavy melt this early in the winter (it still is winter) will do when it comes to the early spring allergy season.  Last year was a bear thanks to the tree pollen levels, hopefully we won’t have a repeat of last year’s spring allergy season.

Remember, if you’re a Dry Eye patient, keep using your artificial tears as prescribed, even if your eyes are feeling pretty good right now.  If you wait for symptoms to strike, you’ve let your eyes get too dry and stay dry for too long!

Dr. Warren

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Bifocal Contact Lenses

One of my most satisfying groups of patients to help are the patients who need both distance and near vision correction in contact lenses. So many other eye care providers don’t enjoy working with the more complex vision correction needs of these patients while I relish the challenge.

There are many, many different lens types and designs, making It possible for most patients to enjoy good distance and near vision in contact lenses. If you would like to learn more about your vision correction options, please request an online consultation or make an appointment for us to disused your options.

Dr. Warren

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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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Caring For Our Elderly

Over the last 13 years, I have been providing onsite nursing home care in various facilities across southeastern Wisconsin.  I’ve found the patient interactions to be very rewarding and sometimes very unique.  I’ve chatted with WW II veterans for long periods of time, and year later seen some of those same individuals suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease and retreat into a shell from which there is no return.  I’ve even seen the same patient in multiple nursing homes.

I’m amazed by the spirit of the patients that I meet, from the frail women to the strapping “young” men who were once captains of industry, or factory floor supervisors.   Even though most of the patients I see in nursing homes (I only go to one home now, every Tuesday morning) are not happy to be in a nursing home, they endure and many flourish when given just a bit of a hand with daily activities.  However, I’m often times saddened by the state that many of the residents enter the nursing home in, relative to their ocular health and vision correction.

Its not uncommon at all for me to see patients who are new to the nursing home who haven’t seen an eye doctor in years.  Some of these individuals haven’t had proper eye care or ocular hygiene, causing them to have blurry vision, uncomfortable eyes and sometimes suffer permanent vision loss.  With government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid covering “non-routine” eye examinations and treatment, there is no excuse for these patients going without proper care and vision correction.

If you have family members, friends or loved ones who are living alone or who need assistance getting around, especially now that winter is here, please talk with them about their eye care, ocular comfort and vision.  If they are having problems with any of these issues, please assist them in getting to see an eye care provider, even if it means that you need to provide them with transportation.  Most of us have evening hours so that you can “lend a hand” after normal work hours.

It breaks my heart to hear new patients in my nursing home practice who have lost vision or not been able to enjoy reading, watching TV or doing other simple vision related past-times tell me that they were waiting to get to a care facility so that they could get the routine care that they need.  Our parents, aunts and uncles and grand parents deserve better, please do your part to the degree that you can.

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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Online Consultations

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I’ve been offering and performing online consultations via FuzeMeeting for my patients for a few months now.  This has been a very well received option for patients who are looking to learn more about our services such as specialty contact lenses, contact lenses after refractive surgery such as LASIK or RK, Vision Shaping Treatment or treatment of medical conditions.  If you or a family member would like to schedule an online consultation, follow this link or give us a call at the office. 

Dr. Warren
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