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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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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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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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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“At Last” Multifocal Eyeglass Lenses

There is a new type of multifocal lens out, and it shows some real promise.  We don’t have many patients who are unsuccessful wearing progressive multifocal lenses, but there are a few, and some patients need a bifocal due to work considerations.  Pixel Optics has recently released the “At Last” bifocal lens.  It is unique in that while it has a definite line in the lens (which is not visible to people looking at the wearer, its only visible to the person wearing the lens) unlike traditional lined bifocals, in the bifocal zone, the reading power changes gradually from top to bottom.  This gives the wearer a larger and more defined distance and near zones but does create some “image jump” when moving your gaze from the distance to the near portion of the lens.

 

This lens design provides immediate near power below the bifocal line and a bit more reading power at the bottom of the bifocal area.  Here is a link to the manufacturer’s website for more information about how these lenses work.  I’ve been wearing a pair around the office for about a week, and while it took me a few hours to get used to the line in the lens, I really like them around the office.

If you’ve been wearing lined bifocals or trifocals, these lenses will provide you with a wider range of powers for intermediate and near vision.  Stop by the office to learn more about these exciting new lenses.

Dr. Warren

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