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Choosing Safe Toys for Children - Ask an Eye M.D.

"Keep an eye on safety when choosing toys for children. Some toys can be dangerous for children's eyes, and the last thing any parent wants is for a toy to result in permanent vision loss. In response to readers' questions, Dr. Monica L. Monica shares toy safety tips from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Learn more about eye-injury prevention and other eye health topics at http://www.geteyesmart.org."

 


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Use caution when purchasing kids' toys. Some toys may harm kids' eyes. #EyeCare #EyeHealth

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Decorative Contact Lenses: Is Your Vision Worth It?

Decorative Contact Lenses: Is Your Vision Worth It? | Drs. Stein, Goldschneider, Talbot & Associates | Scoop.it
Many stores and websites are selling these decorative lenses illegally without a prescription and putting your vision at risk. Here's how to safely get those Twilight vampire eyes, multi-color lenses, or other fashion lenses.
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With Halloween approaching many people are planning on wearing costume contact lenses.  Please give our office a call and work with our optometrists to make sure you get prescription lenses from a reliable source.

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, October 24, 6:47 PM

These are very good tips from the FDA regarding decorative contact lenses.  If you have any questions, please call our office or set up an appointment with one of our doctors.  As one doctor said---"You'd never buy a heart valve at a gas station and you should never buy a medical device like contact lenses at one either," said Dr. Jeffrey Hackleman, president of the Georgia Optometric Association. 

UpTempo Group's curator insight, October 24, 6:49 PM

Our practice has a great selection of safe and fun costume contact lenses for Halloween.  Please give our office a call so you can get your fun Halloween lenses under the supervision of one of our optometrists.

UpTempo Group's curator insight, October 27, 11:19 AM

Halloween is a fun time in NYC and wearing costume contact lenses can add to a great costume.  There are safe ways to get fitted for costume contact lenses.  Please give our office a call if you are interested in costume contact lenses and our optometrists can help you 

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Bono: I’ve had glaucoma for past 20 years

Bono: I’ve had glaucoma for past 20 years | Drs. Stein, Goldschneider, Talbot & Associates | Scoop.it
U2 frontman says his trademark dark glasses are down to chronic ocular condition that can make eyes more sensitive to light
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Bono, U2's famous singer announced recently that his trademark cool sunglasses are due to his lifelong battle with Glaucoma.  Glaucoma can make once's eyes extremely sensitive to light. Glaucoma is due to pressure within your eyeball which may eventually damage the optic nerve of your eye.   This can lead to permanent blindness if not treated.  Glaucoma testing is a part of an annual eye exam.  Please schedule an appointment today if you have not seen an eye doctor in a few years.  http://www.snjeyecare.com

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, October 17, 6:03 PM

Bono revealed recently in an interview that he wears his cool sunglasses due to a 20 year battle with Glaucoma.  Glaucoma can cause your eyes to be highly sensitive to light, and may eventually lead to blindness if not treated.  Bono's experience is an important reminder to see your eye doctor at least once per year for an eye examination which includes Glaucoma screening.  

UpTempo Group's curator insight, October 17, 6:16 PM

Bono just shared with his fans that he wears his trademark sunglasses due to sensitivity from light from Glaucoma.  Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness and may be effectively treated if detected early. If you have not had a vision exam in a while, please visit our office online to schedule an appointment at http://www.cccontacts.com

UpTempo Group's curator insight, October 22, 2:54 PM

Bono recently revealed that his trademark sunglasses were the result of a Glaucoma diagnosis about 20 years ago.  U2's star singer explained that his eyes were sensitive to light as a result of Glaucoma.  Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness in the U.S. and may be appropriately treated if diagnosed early.  Glaucoma screening is an integral part of a comprehensive eye exam.  Please don't forget to schedule an eye exam if you have not seen an optometrist in a long time.  An eye exam can help screen for Glaucoma, vision disorders like presbyopia, and wellness related conditions such as diabetic retinopathy.  Please visit us today at http://royvision.com

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5 Facts About Vision in America That You Need to Know this World Sight Day - Huffington Post

5 Facts About Vision in America That You Need to Know this World Sight Day - Huffington Post | Drs. Stein, Goldschneider, Talbot & Associates | Scoop.it
By working with schools, local optometrists, community partners, and a network of sight leaders, Education In Sight bridges the gap between students and comprehensive, quality eye care by bringing the care directly to students in the schools....
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These are very important stats that serve as a great reminder of the importance of vision care  for children.  Vision disorders are the most common disability among school age children and 25% of children between 5-17 years old has an undiagnosed vision problem.

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This article is filled with important stats regarding vision care: Vision disorders are the most common disorders among American School Age Children, 25% of children from 5-17 years old have an undiagnosed vision issue, Kids with good vision do better in school. This article is an important reminder to schedule an annual eye exam for your children with one of our top optometrists.

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These are important facts regarding vision care for children in the U.S. among these stats: Vision disorders are the most common disorders among American School Age Children

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CLCS urges patient education on contact lenses

CLCS urges patient education on contact lenses | Drs. Stein, Goldschneider, Talbot & Associates | Scoop.it
The AOA is committed to safeguarding the public against illegally sold contact lenses. Members are urged to continue federal reporting and public education of these prescription devices.
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With Halloween approaching, many people unknowingly purchase contact lenses online or at salons or flea markets.  All contacts lenses require a prescription and the American Optometric Association recommends that patients see their optometrists prior to purchasing any contact lenses. 


"Plano decorative contact lenses, like any other contact lens used improperly, can cause significant damage including corneal swelling, eye infection and corneal abrasion due to poor lens fit. These issues can result in a reduction of visual acuity, diminished contrast sensitivity, or reduced peripheral vision and other eye and vision impairments. These issues have little to do with the contact lens strength."


Please call our office to make an appointment if you are considering a pair of costume lenses for Halloween.

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, October 2, 2:54 PM

If you are considering costume contact lenses for Halloween please give our office a call or visit us online at www.eastsideoptometric.com to set up an appointment.  Our doctors can help you get fitted properly and obtain a prescription needed for the appropriate contact lenses.


From this article:

"Plano decorative contact lenses, like any other contact lens used improperly, can cause significant damage including corneal swelling, eye infection and corneal abrasion due to poor lens fit. These issues can result in a reduction of visual acuity, diminished contrast sensitivity, or reduced peripheral vision and other eye and vision impairments. These issues have little to do with the contact lens strength." 

UpTempo Group's curator insight, October 2, 3:09 PM

This is an important reminder from the American Optometric Association regarding costume contact lenses.  Costume contact lenses require a prescription and fitting just like normal contact lenses and should be prescribed by a doctor of optometry or opthalmology. If you are considering costume contact lenses, please set up an appointment at our office.  Our doctors can help you with the right fitting and prescription, and we have a great selection of costume lenses in stock for Halloween.

UpTempo Group's curator insight, October 2, 3:41 PM

With Halloween fast approaching, it is important to remember that all contact lenses require a prescription and fitting.  The American Optometric Association just announced a reminder to patients that they should not get contacts lenses for Halloween without a valid prescription.  If you are considering costume contact lenses for Halloween, please call our office to set up an appointment.  Our doctors can help you with the right fitting and prescription.

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Need increases to educate patients, offer protection against blue light

Need increases to educate patients, offer protection against blue light | Drs. Stein, Goldschneider, Talbot & Associates | Scoop.it

"Eye care providers have been helping patients protect their eyes from ultraviolet light for decades."

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In January 2014, the Vision Council released a report that focused on the effects of digital media on the eye health of Americans. It found that “63% of adults do not know that electronics emit high-energy visible or blue light,” highlighting a need for education that optometry could fulfill.

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, September 25, 6:18 PM

In January 2014, the Vision Council released a report that focused on the effects of digital media on the eye health of Americans. It found that “63% of adults do not know that electronics emit high-energy visible or blue light,” highlighting a need for education that optometry could fulfill.

UpTempo Group's curator insight, September 25, 6:18 PM

In January 2014, the Vision Council released a report that focused on the effects of digital media on the eye health of Americans. It found that “63% of adults do not know that electronics emit high-energy visible or blue light,” highlighting a need for education that optometry could fulfill.

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Vision Training to Boost Sports Performance - NYTimes.com

Vision Training to Boost Sports Performance - NYTimes.com | Drs. Stein, Goldschneider, Talbot & Associates | Scoop.it
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Athletes are starting to "focus" more on their vision as they search for an edge in sports.  This is another example of the importance that vision plays in our quality of life and success with key activities.  Please remember to schedule an eye exam for yourself and your family.



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Very good article underscores the importance of maintaining good vision and the impact it has on our key functioning in life.  Athletes have recognized the importance of good vision and are working on techniques to gain an edge through better vision.

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Could ODs become a key to diagnosing ADHD?

Could ODs become a key to diagnosing ADHD? | Drs. Stein, Goldschneider, Talbot & Associates | Scoop.it
New research finds a direct correlation between ADHD and the inability to control eye movement.
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This is a very interesting article that highlights research on the vision related symptoms which are often attributed to ADHD.  The researchers conclude that involuntary eye movements are a common symptom of patients treated for ADHD.  Therefore, the researchers recommend a regular eye exam for patients treated for ADHD to help identify and treat these symptoms. 

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, September 2, 5:45 PM

This is a very interesting article that once again highlights the importance of an eye exam in evaluating total health.  The article discusses a recent study that looked at the presence of involuntary eye movements and their relation to ADHD, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.  The researchers conclude that children with a diagnosis of ADHD should also be evaluated for the vision component of their illness.


Dr. Steele notes that eye movements and control are among the foundational processes evaluated in every eye exam from infancy through adulthood, particularly in all ages where attention issues may be present.

"Parents of children with suspected attention disorders should be encouraged to have their children undergo a comprehensive eye examination by an optometrist in order to determine the extent that vision might play in the overall process," Dr. Steele says.

 

UpTempo Group's curator insight, September 4, 11:14 AM

Interesting new research identifies involuntary eye movements that are associated with an ADHD diagnosis.  The researcher mentions that these eye movements are identified by Optometrists during routine eye exams and patients with ADHD should prioritize eye care as part of their treatment plan. There now seems to be a significant vision component to ADHD diagnosis.

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9 Worst Eye Care Mistakes You're Making

9 Worst Eye Care Mistakes You're Making | Drs. Stein, Goldschneider, Talbot & Associates | Scoop.it
Here’s what not to do to make sure your vision stays healthy well into your golden years.
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These are some very great tips for changes to make in order to improve your vision.


# 3 is not making an annual eye exam.


Please don't take your eyes for granted.  Many of the technologies we use can help identify other problems you may be having such as diabetic retinopathy at an earlier stage.

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, August 20, 3:05 PM

Let's not make these mistakes regarding your eye care.  One of the key behavioral changes mentioned in this article is scheduling your annual eye exam.  We have appointments open at http://www.eastsideoptometric.com

UpTempo Group's curator insight, August 20, 3:06 PM

Some nice tips toward making the right behavioral changes for better eye care!

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Vision Care Glossary | Definitions of Eye Care and Vision Terms A-B

Vision Care Glossary | Definitions of Eye Care and Vision Terms A-B | Drs. Stein, Goldschneider, Talbot & Associates | Scoop.it
Learn the definitions of common eye care and vision terms in our vision care glossary (A-B). Educate yourself on technical eye care terms today.
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This is a helpful reference for understanding key vision care terms. Please give our office a call for any additional questions regarding your vision care.

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Google and Novartis to develop smart contact lenses | Toronto Star

Google and Novartis to develop smart contact lenses | Toronto Star | Drs. Stein, Goldschneider, Talbot & Associates | Scoop.it
‘The promise here is the Holy Grail of vision care, to be able to replicate the natural functioning of the eye,’ says Novartis CEO Joe Jimenez
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Novartis has teamed up with Google to license their technology in order to develop smart contact lenses to improve vision and monitor health.  

Alcon, the eye care division of Novartis, will work with Google’s Google X division on lenses with non-invasive sensors, microchips and embedded miniaturized electronics to monitor insulin levels for people with diabetes, or to restore the eye’s natural focus in people who can no longer read without glasses.


This is an exciting partnership and one which may deliver a new era of smart contact lenses for improved eye care and wellness.



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This is a very exciting partnership.  Alcon, one of the leaders in contact lens and eye care products, and Google have teamed up to develop smart contact lenses.  These lenses will contain sensors and microchips and will allow for technology to react to changes in your eye and your body.  

These small sensors could be used to relay information about your vision to a computer, and also to possibly monitor diabetes through this sensor technology. This is a huge partnership between the leading technology provider in the world and one of the top contact lens providers in the world.  Exciting times!

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Optometrists can have important role in diagnosing chronic pain - Healio

Optometrists can have important role in diagnosing chronic pain - Healio | Drs. Stein, Goldschneider, Talbot & Associates | Scoop.it
Optometrists can have important role in diagnosing chronic pain
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PHILADELPHIA – As illustrated in a poster presented at Optometry's Meeting, optometrists can improve patient care by targeting ocular and systemic inflammation.
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This is a very interesting case discussion from the recent American Optometric Association meeting.  An optometrist was able to help a care team including a rheumatologist and primary care physician correctly diagnose chronic pain in a patient.   This was in response to the patient presenting with pain in her eye as well as redness.  This is an important article as it helps to illustrate the importance of an optometrist on a patient's health care team. 

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Staring at screens all day linked to changes in eye secretions

Staring at screens all day linked to changes in eye secretions | Drs. Stein, Goldschneider, Talbot & Associates | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Office workers who spend long hours looking at computer screens have changes in their tear fluid similar to people with the disease known as dry eye, according to a study from
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Scientists have discovered even clearer links between dry eye syndrome and staring at a computer screen all day.  If you work in an office environment and you're staring at a computer screen, your eye may be susceptible to damage due to lack of the necessary components in tear film.   


This study from JAMA Opthalmology listed the following key takeaways:


1. “Mucin is one of the most important components of the tear film,” said Dr. Yuichi Hori, who was not a part of the new study. “Mucins (like MUC5AC) function to hold water on the ocular surface of the epithelia that synthesize them, hence, they are major players in maintenance of the tear film on the ocular surface,”


2. The protein MUC5AC, secreted by cells in the upper eyelid, makes up part of the normally occurring mucus layer, or “tear film,” that keeps the eye moist. But study participants with the most screen time had MUC5AC levels nearing those of people with diagnosed dry eye.


3. People staring at screens also tend to open their eyelids wider than while doing other tasks, and the extra exposed surface area in addition to infrequent blinking can accelerate tear evaporation and is associated with dry eye disease


Please call our office or visit us online if you are at risk of eye strain due to excessive time in front of a computer screen. 

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, June 17, 1:50 PM

A Study recently published in JAMA Ophthalmology reviewed the causes behind eye strain due to Computer Vision Syndrome.  The authors concluded the following:

  1. When we stare at computers, our blinking times decreased compared to reading a book at the table
  2. People staring at screens also tend to open their eyelids wider than while doing other tasks, and the extra exposed surface area in addition to infrequent blinking can accelerate tear evaporation and is associated with dry eye disease
  3. The protein MUC5AC, secreted by cells in the upper eyelid, makes up part of the normally occurring mucus layer, or “tear film,” that keeps the eye moist. But study participants with the most screen time had MUC5AC levels nearing those of people with diagnosed dry eye.
If you are experiencing eye strain or eye fatigue as a result of staring at a computer screen all day, please give our office a call or set up an appointment online: http://www.eastsideoptometric.com
UpTempo Group's curator insight, June 17, 2:07 PM

Based on a recent article in JAMA Opthalmology, those of us that work in from of a computer screen need to take extra care of our eyes.


The author's discovered the link between excessive time in front of a computer screen and dry eyes.


Below are the author's key takeaways from this study:


1. The protein MUC5AC, secreted by cells in the upper eyelid, makes up part of the normally occurring mucus layer, or “tear film,” that keeps the eye moist. But study participants with the most screen time had MUC5AC levels nearing those of people with diagnosed dry eye.


2.When we stare at a computer screen our blinking rate is significantly reduced compared to when we are reading a book.


3. People staring at computers tend to keep their eyelids open wider, and the extra exposed surface area can contribute to tear evaporation.


4. Past studies suggest that 5 Million men and women over the age of 50 suffer from Dry Eye Disease in the U.S.



If you are suffering from these symptoms, please set up an appointment online and visit our website: http://www.cccontacts.com

UpTempo Group's curator insight, June 17, 3:02 PM

If you are on Facebook all day, it may not be good for your eyes!  So if you are reading this, please give our office a call or book an appointment online :-)

http://www.royvision.com


This is an important study from the JAMA Opthalmology journal reviewing the links between Dry Eye Syndrome and excessive time in front of a computer.

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See Your Optometrist Once A Year - YouTube

There are a number of reasons why you should see your Optometrist every year. Check out this informative new video from ALLDocs, LensCrafters and CooperVisio...
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Very good video from ALLDocs, LensCrafters and Coopervision on the reasons for visiting your optometrist at least annually.

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Screen time: How device use affects children’s vision

Screen time: How device use affects children’s vision | Drs. Stein, Goldschneider, Talbot & Associates | Scoop.it

the AOA survey asked children—and their parents—about the relationship between their screen time and vision.

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The American Optometric Association just released the survey results of how screen time affects children's vision. About 67% of children say that they use computer, smartphone, or tablet device 1-4 hours per day.  18% of children say that they use these devices more than 7 hours per day.  Alarmingly, 80% of children say that their eyes burned, itched, or felt tired or blurry after screen time.  Computer Vision Syndrome is a growing problem among adults and may be a growing issue among children as well based on these results.

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The use of technology may have an impact on the vision of our children based on recent survey results from the American Optometric Association 

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Fitting glasses just part of comprehensive eye care

Fitting glasses just part of comprehensive eye care | Drs. Stein, Goldschneider, Talbot & Associates | Scoop.it

Optometry involves far more than giving eye exams and fitting people for glasses and contact lenses.

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This is a very good article that provides some insight into the importance of vision care . Optometrists are now often the first health care providers to diagnose Diabetes and High Blood Pressure, as well as many eye disorders such as AMD and cataracts.  

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Infographic: What You Should Know If Your Child Is Nearsighted

Infographic: What You Should Know If Your Child Is Nearsighted | Drs. Stein, Goldschneider, Talbot & Associates | Scoop.it

What should you know if your child nearsighted? Here are the facts you need to know. (Some might surprise you!)

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This is a helpful infographic about myopia. Nearly 42% of people have myopia today!

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, October 7, 4:20 PM

The incidence of myopia has increase significantly since the early 70's.  Nearly 42% of people have myopia or nearsightedness today. 

UpTempo Group's curator insight, October 7, 4:21 PM

This is a helpful infographic about a very common disorder, myopia or nearsightedness.

UpTempo Group's curator insight, October 10, 2:27 PM

These are very important facts about myopia in children.  Myopia is also known as nearsightedness.  Once of the key causes of myopia is when the eybeall grows too long during childhood. Myopia is often a caused by heredity. 

The prevalence of myopia is on the rise.  In the early 70s only 25% of people were known to have myopia.  Now, the prevalence is 42%.

The prevalence of myopia is much higher in Asian countries.  In some Asian countries, the prevalence of myopia is near 80%


Treatment for myopia is usually vision corrective lenses.  Orthokeratology is another treatment for myopia which involves wearing special contact lenses at night. These lenses gently reshape the cornea of your eye so you can see clearly the next day.  Dr. Blair is a leading provider of orthokeratology treatments for myopia.  If you are concerned about your child's eyesight and would like to discuss treatment solutions with Dr. Blair, please contact our office at 859-586-3937 


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Pivotal Clinical Trial and Final Product Development of Eye Test Designed to Identify Early-Stage Alzheimer's Disease

Pivotal Clinical Trial and Final Product Development of Eye Test Designed to Identify Early-Stage Alzheimer's Disease | Drs. Stein, Goldschneider, Talbot & Associates | Scoop.it
Cognoptix, an emerging medical device company that is developing the SAPPHIRE II eye test designed to identify Alzheimer's Disease (AD) patients via a beta-amyloid (A-beta) signature in...
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This is a very interesting new technology in clinical trial development that uses an eye test to identify early stage Alzheimer's disease. 

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, September 30, 3:38 PM

This is another example of the importance of vision care in caring for our overall wellness.  A new eye test is progressing in clinical trials to use data from the lens to identify early signs of Alzheimer's disease.

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New therapeutic target may prevent blindness in premature babies at risk of retinopathy

New therapeutic target may prevent blindness in premature babies at risk of retinopathy | Drs. Stein, Goldschneider, Talbot & Associates | Scoop.it
New research opens the possibility of developing new, more selective drugs to control the abnormal growth of blood vessels and prevent blindness including retinopathy of prematurity, a disorder that may result in retinal detachment due to abnormal...
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UpTempo Group's curator insight, September 18, 7:31 PM

Exciting information regarding a possible new therapeutic target for treatment of abnormal proliferation of blood vessels. 

Abnormal proliferation of blood vessels may lead to a number of disorders. Therefore, the finding may offer therapeutic potential for other conditions, particularly proliferative diabetic retinopathy and cancer. 


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More People -- Even Kids -- Need to Wear Sunglasses

More People -- Even Kids -- Need to Wear Sunglasses | Drs. Stein, Goldschneider, Talbot & Associates | Scoop.it

With summer upon us, our sunglass habits could use improvement, according to a new report issued today by The Vision Council, an industry group. (Why kids should wear sunglasses when playing outside!

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Important reminder for all of us to wear appropriate sunglasses to protect our eyes from the sun's harmful UV rays. 

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, September 9, 3:50 PM

This is a very good article that reviews the importance of UV protection for children and adults with the regular use of sunglasses. The article notes that some of the problems due to long term UV exposure of the eyes could lead to:


  • "Surfer's eye," also known as pterygium: This abnormal but usually benign growth on the eye's surface can itch, swell, and become irritated. Surgery can be done to remove it, but it can come back.
  • Cataracts: The progressive clouding of the lens of the eye.
  • Age-related macular degeneration: The macula is at the back of the eye, in the middle of the retina. Damage to the nerve cell in the macula can dull colors and blur fine detail in your vision.
  • Cancer of the eye, eyelid, or nearby skin.
UpTempo Group's curator insight, September 9, 3:53 PM

This is a very important article reviewing the importance of UV eye protection for both children and adults.  Wearing sunglasses to protect our eyes from the sun's harmful rays is a very important reason to speak with your Optometrist about appropriate eye protection. Exposure to the sun's rays may lead to some of the most difficult to treat eye problems such as :

  • "Surfer's eye," also known as pterygium: This abnormal but usually benign growth on the eye's surface can itch, swell, and become irritated. Surgery can be done to remove it, but it can come back.
  • Cataracts: The progressive clouding of the lens of the eye.
  • Age-related macular degeneration: The macula is at the back of the eye, in the middle of the retina. Damage to the nerve cell in the macula can dull colors and blur fine detail in your vision.
  • Cancer of the eye, eyelid, or nearby skin.

This article recommends that parents speak with their optometrist about appropriate sunglasses for their children when the play outside during the summer.

UpTempo Group's curator insight, September 9, 4:02 PM

This is an important reminder to protect your eyes and your children's eye from the sun on a daily basis

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Implant means end of reading glasses is in sight - Telegraph

Implant means end of reading glasses is in sight - Telegraph | Drs. Stein, Goldschneider, Talbot & Associates | Scoop.it
Scientists have developed a tiny implant, no bigger than a pinhead, which sits inside the cornea and slightly increases its curvature, to allow the eye to focus again
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This is an interesting implant that may provide a great solution to presbyopia, an age related vision problem that causes difficulty in focusing on close images.  This implant is currently investigational in the US.

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Eye health conditions increasing amongst young people

Eye health conditions increasing amongst young people | Drs. Stein, Goldschneider, Talbot & Associates | Scoop.it
Optometrists are increasingly worried about the eye health of the younger generations, as they don't think we're doing enough to look after our eye health
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This is an interesting article out of the UK which reports the growing eye care problems that are being reported in younger populations.  Two of the key vision issues include Dry Eye and Blepharitis.  Dry Eye may be caused by many factors, but increased time in front of the computer may be a main driver of this eye disorder in younger people.  Blepharitis, a type of eye infection, may be caused by poor eye hygiene and smoking as well as other factors.  This article further highlights the importance of an annual eye exam.

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, August 15, 3:44 PM

This is a very helpful article regarding the significant increase in eye disorders in younger populations.  Two of the key culprits are Dry Eye Syndrome and Blepharitis.  Dry Eye Syndrome has been linked to extended hours of viewing a computer screen and the increase in younger populations may be a result of our growing work with technology.  Blepharitis, a very common type of eye infection, is often caused by poor eye hygiene and general care.  It is very important for all patients to schedule an annual eye exam, especially younger patients as they seem to be suffering from these treatable eye disorders at much larger rate in recent years.

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Rehab therapy cuts depression risk for AMD sufferers

Rehab therapy cuts depression risk for AMD sufferers | Drs. Stein, Goldschneider, Talbot & Associates | Scoop.it
A recent study found that behavior activation helps reduce AMD sufferers’ risk for depression.

Via Dr. David Blair
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This is an important article that outlines the reduction in depression risk for those suffering from AMD as a result of close optometric rehab therapy.  The article also discusses the importance of early identification of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and the effectiveness of behavioral counseling and management by an eye care professional.  If you are at risk of AMD or you are concerned about your family members, please give our office a call and have a consultation with our eye care professionals.

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Dr. David Blair's curator insight, July 31, 12:37 PM

This is a very timely study discussed on the American Optometric Association Website.  This study discusses the importance of early identification and treatment of Age-Related Macular Degeneration, one of the leading causes of blindness in those over 60. 


AMD is associated with a high risk of depression as patients struggle to deal with their loss of sight and changes in their lifestyle.  As a result, this study looked at the effectiveness of behavior activation from a  trained eye care occupational therapist vs the control of  regular primary care physician follow up.


Behavior activation involved the efforts of an occupational therapist training patients to use low-vision devices, working with them to make changes in their homes and helping them increase social activities and set personal goals.


"Optometry can play a huge positive role in the lives of patients susceptible to loss of sight from AMD. With early detection, the optometrist can begin preparing the patient and their caregivers to learn how to participate in preferred daily living activities once they begin to have deteriorating eyesight," Dr. Montecalvo says. 


If you or a family member are at risk for AMD, please give our office a call so Dr. Blair may help.  AMD is a difficult disease and early treatment and an effective management plan are essential for patients dealing with this disease.

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4 Eye Tests That Look Like Magic

4 Eye Tests That Look Like Magic | Drs. Stein, Goldschneider, Talbot & Associates | Scoop.it
Seeing is believing.
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Our eyes are one of the most fascinating and complex parts of the body. Although we can function without sight, we rely heavily on vision to live our everyday lives. To reveal the complexity of the eye, Buzzfeed has created four interactive activities people can learn about the eye:

 

1. The Blind Spot

The eyeball has a blind spot where the optic nerve leaves the back of the eye. This area has no light receptors because the nerve is in the way. In the Buzzfeed link, stare at the red cross with your right eye and cover your left. Move your head close to the computer screen, and back out. As you witnessed, the blue dot soon disappears at a certain distance. There you have discovered your blind spot! 

 

2. After-Images

The human eye has three types of color receptors: blue, red, and green. After-images emerge when an individual stares at a certain color for too long and the receptors become “tired.” To witness this yourself, stare at the Buzzfeed picture in the link below. As the fish picture suddenly turns black and white, your color receptors remain “tired” and your see the reverse colors of the original picture for a few seconds.

 

3. Reveal Your Veins

Blood vessels are necessary for the eyes as they transport blood to the photosensitive cells, and they cast shadows on your retina. In order to see these vessels, stab a hole in a piece of paper. Then, hold the paper near a white light or background and look through the hole while shaking the paper. You will be able to see small lines like the veins in a leaf.

 

4. Show Your Dominant Eye

An interesting fact is that an individual has a dominant eye that sends more information to the brain than the other. To discover your dominant eye, create a triangle between your thumbs and forefingers. Looking through the triangle with both eyes, center an object inside the triangle. Close one eye, then the other. The view from the dominant eye will look like the image on the left, and the view from the non-dominant eye will look like the image on the right.

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, July 9, 5:55 PM

Our eyes may look like two simple orbs in our head, but they are more complex then one may believe. The eye contains seven significant parts that cooperate with one another to transmit information to the brain, detect light, and keep the mind focus. Any disruptions with the part of the eye will damage an individual’s sight.

 

Our eyes are one of the most fascinating and complex parts of the body. Although we can function without sight, we rely heavily on vision to live our everyday lives. To reveal the complexity of the eye, Buzzfeed has created four interactive activities people can learn about the eye:

 

1. The Blind Spot

The eyeball has a blind spot where the optic nerve leaves the back of the eye. This area has no light receptors because the nerve is in the way. In the Buzzfeed link, stare at the red cross with your right eye and cover your left. Move your head close to the computer screen, and back out. As you witnessed, the blue dot soon disappears at a certain distance. There you have discovered your blind spot! 

 

2. After-Images

The human eye has three types of color receptors: blue, red, and green. After-images emerge when an individual stares at a certain color for too long and the receptors become “tired.” To witness this yourself, stare at the Buzzfeed picture in the link below. As the fish picture suddenly turns black and white, your color receptors remain “tired” and your see the reverse colors of the original picture for a few seconds.

 

3. Reveal Your Veins

Blood vessels are necessary for the eyes as they transport blood to the photosensitive cells, and they cast shadows on your retina. In order to see these vessels, stab a hole in a piece of paper. Then, hold the paper near a white light or background and look through the hole while shaking the paper. You will be able to see small lines like the veins in a leaf.

 

4. Show Your Dominant Eye

An interesting fact is that an individual has a dominant eye that sends more information to the brain than the other. To discover your dominant eye, create a triangle between your thumbs and forefingers. Looking through the triangle with both eyes, center an object inside the triangle. Close one eye, then the other. The view from the dominant eye will look like the image on the left, and the view from the non-dominant eye will look like the image on the right.

 

http://www.buzzfeed.com/caitlincowie/these-incredibly-cool-eye-tests-look-like-magic

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Could your morning coffee be good for your eyes?

Could your morning coffee be good for your eyes? | Drs. Stein, Goldschneider, Talbot & Associates | Scoop.it
Researchers find that an ingredient in raw coffee could protect against retinal degeneration. (Could your morning coffee be good for you?
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This is  very early research using only mice, but it is very interesting. The research, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, found that a main ingredient in raw coffee—chlorogenic acid, or CLA—may protect against deteriorating eyesight and possible blindness from retinal degeneration due to glaucoma, aging or diabetes.


 As the article states, nutrition plays a key role in eye health so be sure to discuss your nutrition with our optometrists as part of your eye car eplan.

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June is Cataract Awareness Month | Optos Blog

June is Cataract Awareness Month | Optos Blog | Drs. Stein, Goldschneider, Talbot & Associates | Scoop.it

An optomap® image of a patient with cataracts.

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June is cataract awareness month and this is a very important time to recognize that cataracts are the leading cause of blindness worldwide.  Technology such as the Optomap shown in this picture can help your eye doctor identify the early signs for cataracts through a painless retinal exam.  


Our practice has the leading technology in eye exams with the Optomap as well as the cutting edge AccuExam offered in only a few LensCrafters locations.


Please visit our office website today and schedule your annual eye exam, especially if you have any of the risk factors of developing cataracts:


  • – Overexposure to UV rays from the sun
  • – Diseases such as diabetes that affect the eye
  • – Hereditary conditions
  • – German measles or other conditions an individual’s mother may have suffered during pregnancy
  • – Long-term smoking and steroid use
  • – Eye disease or injury


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UpTempo Group's curator insight, June 10, 1:48 PM

As June is cataract awareness month, this is an important time to recognize the value of an annual eye exam.  Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness worldwide and can be identified early with the Optomap retinal eye scan displayed in this picture above.


Please set up your annual appointment by visiting our website. Our eye doctors can support your eye exam with the latest technology to provide imaging of your retina.


Below are important risk factors for developing cataracts:

  • – Overexposure to UV rays from the sun
  • – Diseases such as diabetes that affect the eye
  • – Hereditary conditions
  • – German measles or other conditions an individual’s mother may have suffered during pregnancy
  • – Long-term smoking and steroid use
  • – Eye disease or injury
UpTempo Group's curator insight, June 10, 1:50 PM

June is cataract awareness month, and an important time to recognize that cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the world.  The risk factors for cataracts are:

  • – Overexposure to UV rays from the sun
  • – Diseases such as diabetes that affect the eye
  • – Hereditary conditions
  • – German measles or other conditions an individual’s mother may have suffered during pregnancy
  • – Long-term smoking and steroid use
  • – Eye disease or injury

If you have any of these risk factors and you have not yet scheduled your annual eye exam, please visit our website at http://www.royvision.com