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Friday, May 30, 2014

What is Vision Therapy and could it help my child read better?















Not all visual problems can be solved with glasses and contact lenses. Sometimes the problems are related to the visual function and performance of your eyes. Vision therapy, sometimes called visual training or orthoptics, is an individualized treatment that teaches you a more efficient way to perform visually. Much like physical therapy improves your physical abilities, vision therapy (VT) combines the art and science of vision care to improve your eye’s visual function.


Some common everyday symptoms relieved with vision therapy include:
·         eye strain
·         visually induced headaches
·         inability to concentrate when doing visual tasks
·         loss of place when reading or reversals
Often people are not even aware of these symptoms because they subconsciously avoid visually demanding tasks.

 The benefits of VT include improvement of processing information and the ability to sustain good visual function over longer time periods. This is especially helpful to children in the classroom as well as adults using a computer or reading. Without efficient visual skills, the simple act of reading can be frustrating and transfer into learning disabilities in both children and adults. VT can also serve as a key component of the healing plan following a stroke or head injury.

Other disorders that can benefit from vision therapy:
·       problem with eye movement
·       difficulty using both eyes together
·       crossed eyes
·       lazy eye
·       problems with focusing eyes
·       problem making sense of information that you see
·       trouble with hand and eye coordination
·       people with traumatic brain injury or ones that have had a stroke


How to get started with Vision Therapy

Dr. Mary Jo Baize, vision therapy optometrist at our Sarasota location, will first start with an eye exam performing some clinical testing to determine the presence of any visual deficiencies that cannot be helped with eyeglasses. If deficiencies are found and vision therapy is indicated, she will recommend a specific individualized VT treatment plan for you.

Vision therapy typically involves a combination of in-office treatments as well as vision therapy exercises at home.  Some of the devices include specially adapted computers along with important feedback from the patient. The goal is for visual skills to be developed until they become automatic and subconsciously integrated with everyday activities. One of the most important ingredients for having success with VP is the patient’s dedication to the program.





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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Why are your eyes watering, itching and blurry?

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Sounds like Dry Eyes to me! Here are some more symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome:
eyes sting and itch
eyes with excessive tearing
burning sensation in eyes
irritated, red eyes
sandy/gritty feeling in eyes
eyes sensitive to light
Dry Eye Syndrome was hard to diagnose in the past because there was not an easy, accurate way to measure the osmolarity of tears (or in other words… just how dry your eyes really are). Also there was not a good dry eye treatment. Today we have many treatments that include Restasis prescription eyedrops, punctual plugs, conjunctivochalasis treatment (known as CCH), and even eyelid revision surgery. But before we can recommend a treatment, we need to find out how dry your eyes are. 


What is Tear Osmolarity and what does it have to do with my dry eyes?
One of the latest in dry eye technology is the TearLab Osmolarity System. The TearLab is the first objective and quantitative test for diagnosing dry eye patients. By using the TearLab, The Eye Associates can quickly and painlessly measure a small sample of tears to determine dryness. This helps your dry eye doctor understand the ‘level’ of Dry Eye Disease (also known as Dry Eye Syndrome) to decide the best treatment plan.
The TearLab testing provides you with a unique tear number. The higher the number means the less quality tear film, the more inflammation, and the greater chance of damage to the ocular surface of the eye. 


Does it work for dry eye testing?
Yes. There was a 300 patient dry eye study presented at the American Academy of Ophthalmology that said that the TearLab outperformed both the old-standard Schirmer's testing and corneal staining tests for correctly identifying mild to moderate dry eye patients. Why is that important? Because it is important to start treating this disease in the early stages before any damage has been done to the eyes.

Accredited Dry Eye Center 
We are proud to announce that The Eye Associates has been named an Accredited Dry Eye Center.
Dr. Richard Hector, Dr. Brian Foster, Dr. Cathleen McCabe, Dr. Scott Han, and Dr. Edwin Detweiler use the TearLab Osmolarity System as part of their advanced dry eye treatment plan. If you would like to make an appointment at The Eye Associates at Sun City Center, Ellenton, Sarasota, and Bradenton, just call 1-866-865-2020.


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Thursday, May 15, 2014


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 The Truth about Glasses and Sunglass Lenses

Many people think that eyeglass lenses are all the same, but are your eyes the same as everyone else’s? Here at The Eye Associates, we take your eyes, your eyeglasses, your sunglasses and the way you see out of them, very seriously. We know that you come to us expecting that we will give you the best vision possible…... and we do that with Zeiss eyeglass and sunglass lenses. 

I bet you have already heard the ‘Zeiss’ name, as they have been a leader in the precision lens industry for over 160 years. They won technical Academy Awards for Lord of the Rings and Jurassic Park movies, and they were even part of the NASA space program for man’s first steps on the moon! Now you can have that same level of high technology and advanced engineering with Zeiss eyeglass and sunglass lenses. How amazing is that?

We are proud to say that Zeiss chose The Eye Associates to be a Zeiss Certified Practice in our Bradenton, Sarasota, Ellenton and Sun City Center locations. What does that mean to you, the patient? Zeiss brought in their top trainers to teach our board certified optical technicians and Florida licensed opticians about Zeiss precision optics and how to fit such an advanced product. They even took The Eye Associates’ staff to visit their lab to see how high quality eyeglass lenses are made using a precision computer and a pinpoint accurate diamond cutting process. 

Why you should chose Zeiss lenses? Because you will simply see better! A great deal of science, technology, and craftsmanship goes into every pair of Zeiss eyeglass and sunglass lenses. In fact, scientists at Carl Zeiss Vision are constantly developing new mathematical algorithms to improve the optical performance of their lenses. Just as you may have seen a poor quality window with distortions or a mirror that isn’t clear, poor quality eyeglass lenses can have distortions too. For example, poorly made progressive no-line bifocal lenses, known as progressive multifocals, can cause you to stumble, require you to move your head from side to side, and can actually cause blurry vision. The advanced technology of Zeiss progressive eyeglass lenses gives patients a thinner, lighter lens with a wider field of vision and perfect optics with no distortions. They will look great in your favorite frame. Standard progressive lenses are mass produced with a single, fixed lens design but Zeiss offers a completely custom lens, called the Individual 2, that is designed precisely for your prescription and your eyeglass frame choice. This manufacturing process is up to 6 times more accurate and gives you up to a 50% larger field of vision than ordinary progressive lenses. Our goal at The Eye Associates is to give our patients HD vision! And as Zeiss says: Better vision = Better quality of life.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

True or False Eye Q Test – Rheumatoid Arthritis medications does not affect the eyes.



FALSE Hear Dr. Jacqueline Burkhardt talk about medications and RA. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tthZaNC5TdE

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

True or False Eye Q Test - If you are over 65, you are at a higher risk for glaucoma.



TRUE – Aging is a common risk factor for glaucoma. To hear more risk factors, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4113tZDXA3w to hear from One of America’s Top Doctors,  Dr. Harris Silverman of The Eye Associates.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

True or False: You Cannot Have Cataract Surgery If You Have Glaucoma



FALSE – Yes, you can have cataract surgery if you have glaucoma. In fact, sometimes the glaucoma and cataract surgery are performed at the same time. For more information, watch The Eye Associates’ Fellowship Trained Glaucoma Specialist, Robert Friedman, MD: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfr385AN_vI


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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

True or False: Sun Damage Causes Wrinkles



TRUE – Watch this short video of Board Certified Dermatologist Gary Rosen, MD talking about sun damage and wrinkles. 


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