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By Tamara Pelloni 05 Jan, 2016
January is Glaucoma Awareness Month! Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness for people over 60 years old. But blindness from glaucoma can often be prevented with early treatment. Not sure what glaucoma is and how it impacts your sight? Here’s a simulation:…/…/glaucoma/vision-simulator.cfm
By Tamara Pelloni 21 Dec, 2015

HydroEye® is a unique, patented oral formulation that provides continuous relief for dry eye discomfort. HydroEye contains a proprietary blend of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, antioxidants and other key nutrients that work together to support a healthy tear film. It is now available for sale in our office.  

Dr. Sray recommends HydroEye because they are produced by an established company, Science Based Health, and have published clinical studies that show significant benefits to patients. You can review the study  which found clinical benefit after six months of therapy in post-menopausal women with moderate to severe dry eye.

By Tamara Pelloni 14 Dec, 2015
The American Academy of Ophthalmology has declared December Safe Toys and Celebrations Month. Nearly 252,000 toy-related injuries were treated in U.S. emergency rooms in one year. Before you buy, learn which toys could cause harm:
By Tamara Pelloni 30 Nov, 2015
Purchasing eyewear, while a necessity for many people, presents many challenges for consumers. They must explore an unmanageable array of options to find a compromise between fit, style, color, shape, price, etc. It is very difficult for users to find the one perfect pair of glasses for their unique taste, facial anatomy, and needs. They also often have difficulty visualizing what they try on because they need an optical prescription in the first place.
Our ABO certified Opticians can utilize a camera and screen system which lets you compare frames while trying on glasses. This is an easy-to-use method that provides a confident and enjoyable shopping experience which provides an aesthetic preview of the eyewear on a user on the computer screen. Once a frame selection has been made, the Optician is a trusted source to help ensure patients receive a custom fit to ensure comfort, quality and accuracy.

By Tamara Pelloni 28 Oct, 2015
Have you used your flex spending this year?  Flexible Spending Accounts allow for a tax-free way to pay for out-of-pocket health-related expenses, such as eye care. These accounts, set up through your employer, can be used to fund:
Remember, Flexible Spending Accounts are renewed annually and do not allow for funds to be transferred to the next year. Be sure to check the balance of your FSA before your plan's year-end to not risk forfeiting your hard earned money.
Also, it is generally this time of the year that most employees are offered the option of enrolling in FSA plans, so be sure to plan ahead for next year's expenses, including your eye care needs.

By Tamara Pelloni 07 Oct, 2015
Presbyopia (which literally means "aging eye") is a common type of vision disorder that occurs as you age. It is often referred to as the aging eye condition. Presbyopia results in the inability to focus up close, a problem associated with refraction in the eye.
After the age of 40, the lens becomes more rigid. Because the lens can't change shape as easily as it once did, it is more difficult to read at close range. This normal condition is called presbyopia.
You can be diagnosed as part of a comprehensive eye examination and the most appropriate correction and treatment for you depends on your eyes and your lifestyle. View this video for additional information.

By Tamara Pelloni 30 Sep, 2015
Lee National Denim Day® is a fundraiser created by Lee® Jeans where participants donate $5 or more in exchange for wearing jeans to work. In 20 years, Lee National Denim Day has raised more than $93 million in the fight against breast cancer. Some of our staff will be participating on Friday, October 2.
You can also donate to “Focus on a Cure SWMEC” at
By Chris Bishop 01 Sep, 2015

Computer use can cause eyestrain because we blink less often than normal. This reduced rate of blinking makes your eyes dry, which may lead to the feeling of eyestrain or fatigue.  

You can follow the 20-20-20 rule. Look up from your work every 20 minutes at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds. You should also blink often to refresh your eyes, take regular breaks from your computer screen, and adjust computer display settings. Click here ( ) for more information on computer use and eyestrain.

By Chris Bishop 28 Jul, 2015

Warm compresses are very helpful in treating the signs and symptoms of poor quality tears from dry eye, blepharitis or poor quality eyelid oil production. In fact, they are the first line of therapy and are all that most people need to improve their tear quality.

I recommend a hot washcloth ─ warm it with shower temperature water, then place it over your closed eyes. The washcloth will cool down after a few moments and then you will warm the cloth again with the hot tap water. Place the warm cloth on the eyes and repeat the cycle for 4-5 minutes to get the eyelids nice and warm. Then, using a finger, gently massage the upper and lower eyelids (moving the finger left and right along the lids is great) to help the warm oils come out of the eyelids and mix with the tears. This helps improve tear quality and can reduce the sensation of dryness, irritation, itching, burning and may improve the quality of vision as well.

Some patients purchase a heat mask that is filled with gel. The mask is placed into the microwave and warmed per instructions from the mask’s manufacturer. You then place the mask on your face for 4-5 minutes. This method is less messy and typically more convenient for many patients. You should be careful that you don’t overheat the mask as a burn on the eyelids and face may result. Once the lids are warm, eyelid massage can be used as described above.

Our office carries the Bruder   Microwave-Activated Eye Hydrating Compress, which features patented MediBeads ®  technology. Water molecules are continuously absorbed and stored from the air. When microwaved the water is released as clean, therapeutic and moist heat.

Visit  for further information on dry eye.

By Chris Bishop 28 Jul, 2015

Green eye color is the rarest color found around the world, and it is estimated that only around 2% of the world’s population has green colored eyes. Green eye color is a result of a mild amount of pigmentation in the eye with a golden tint. When combined with the natural blue scattering of the eye, the colors mix to give a green appearance. Europeans with green eyes generally come from Celtic or German ancestry. Green eyes are common in Ireland, where they are commonly paired with fiery red hair.

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