4 Essential Cataract Facts Every Patient Should Know, from Park Ophthalmology

Many Triangle residents diagnosed with cataracts turn for guidance to Dr. Beth R. Friedland and Park Ophthalmology. Unfortunately, cataracts are a leading cause of vision loss among adults older than 40, and one of the main causes of blindness in the world. The good news is that most people diagnosed with cataracts can be treated successfully with surgery. Dr. Friedland has a specialized interest in ocular gerontology (treatment of the elderly) and she has decades of experience in eye surgery. Here are some basic facts that every cataract patient should know about the condition and its treatment.

Park Ophthalmology presents four fundamentals to help patients understand cataracts: 

  • Causes: A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s lens, caused by the breakdown of proteins. Aging is the primary cause, with 60 to 90 percent of those older than 65 affected. Circumstances that increase the risk for cataracts include smoking, heavy drinking, obesity, high blood pressure, previous eye injuries, family history, too much UV light (sun) exposure, diabetes and exposure to radiation from x-rays and cancer treatments.
  • Symptoms: Typical signs of cataracts include a fuzziness or cloudiness in vision, sensitivity to light or glare, seeing colors as washed out or faded and seeing halos around lights. A frequent need to change lens prescriptions could also be a sign of cataracts. An ophthalmologist will be able to diagnose cataracts during an exam while the eyes are dilated.
  • Treatments: Cataract surgery involves the removal of the clouded lens and replacement with an artificial lens. The surgery is an outpatient procedure during which the eye is numbed and the surgeon makes small incisions near the edge of the cornea to reach the lens. The patient will be awake during the procedure but will only notice light and movement, not the specifics of the surgery itself. The patient goes home the same day.
  • Outcomes: With a new artificial lens in place, patients experience much improved vision. Some patients notice improvement the day after surgery; others might have to wait two weeks to a month for clear vision to return. Occasionally, cloudy vision returns after a few months, but this is easily remedied with a laser procedure.

When a patient is affected by cataracts, don’t delay diagnosis and treatment. The sooner help is found, the quickly normal vision can return.

Call Park Ophthalmology today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Friedland.

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Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!

This article about the cataracts is brought to North Carolina by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

 

The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.

Locations:

Park Ophthalmology

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

Office: 919 544 5375

Fax: 919 544 5829

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Park Ophthalmology North

6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

919 846 6915

Office Manager Jenny Whitman, e-mail: jenny.brfeyecare@ncrrbiz.com.

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3 Important Reasons Triangle Residents Choose Park Ophthalmology

Vision is the key sense that humans use to experience the world. As the year turns to autumn, Triangle residents enjoy the beauty of maple trees, flowering dogwoods, and white oaks as they turn into a kaleidoscope of oranges, reds, tans, and yellows. Dr. Beth R. Friedland, who has been in practice in the Triangle for more than 30 years, wants all of her patients to experience the season’s change with the best possible vision. For that reason, her practice at Park Ophthalmology is a natural choice for those needing anything from a prescription for new lenses to major eye surgery for glaucoma and cataracts.

Dr. Beth R. Friedland points out three benefits of becoming a patient at Park Ophthalmology:  

  • Range of services: Park Ophthalmology treats the youngest to the oldest patients, welcoming children getting their first exam to the elderly with specialized vision needs. Dr. Friedland not only provides prescriptions for vision correction, but also is an experienced surgeon, offering small incision cataract surgery, glaucoma surgery and laser surgery. She also provides emergency eye treatments for injuries.
  • Convenient locations: With two offices in the Triangle, patients can choose the location nearest their home or work. The Durham office is adjacent to Research Triangle Park while the Raleigh location is just minutes from downtown. Additionally, Dr. Friedland performs surgeries at several local hospitals including Rex Healthcare, Duke Health, Raleigh Hospital, Wake Medical Center North, Wake Medical Center Cary and NC Specialty Hospital.
  • Experience: Through her work as a clinical associate professor at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, Dr. Friedland keeps current on the latest research and medical developments in eye health. Her interests include ocular gerontology (treatment of the elderly), pediatric ophthalmology (treatment of infants and children), occupational eye safety and laser eye safety.

Don’t miss North Carolina’s vibrant seasonal changes because of vision problems. Park Ophthalmology’s professional staff is ready to help you with all your vision needs. Call today for an appointment with Dr. Friedland.

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Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!

This article about the vision care is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.

Locations:

Park Ophthalmology

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

Office: 919 544 5375

Fax: 919 544 5829

**

Park Ophthalmology North

6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

919 846 6915

Office Manager Jenny Whitman, e-mail: jenny.brfeyecare@ncrrbiz.com.

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4 Little-Known Facts about Human Tears and Eye Health, from Park Ophthalmology

“In the blink of an eye” means lightening quick! An interesting fact, humans blink from 15 to 20 times per minute, and a single blink lasts from one-tenth to four-tenths of a second. Those short moments are what keep eyes healthy and clean. When something goes wrong with tear production, the results can be dry, irritated eyes and blurry vision. Many Triangle residents have found help through Park Ophthalmology’s Dry Eye Clinic. Ophthalmologist Dr. Beth R. Friedland developed the clinic to help Triangle area patients who don’t produce enough natural tears.

These four interesting facts from Park Ophthalmology help patients understand the links between tears, blinking and their vision:  

  • Types of tears: Humans actually produce three different kind of tears: basal, emotional and reflex. A basal tear is the liquid that keeps eyes lubricated and clean. The cornea is flushed with fluid each time a person blinks, washing away bacteria and creating a smooth surface on the cornea. That smooth surface provides clearer vision and the lubricating quality of the tear prevents friction between the eyelid and cornea.
  • Tear composition: Tears are composed of water, fats, sugars and proteins, but tears produced for lubrication and cleansing are different from those produced for emotional crying. In fact, emotional tears contain stress hormones that are released through crying, allowing the person to feel calmer afterward.
  • Onions and tears: Cutting an onion often causes people to produce reflex tears. This is because the onion vapor is irritating and the body is attempting to remove the irritant. Tear gas, pepper spray, dust and allergens can have the same affect.
  • Help for dry eyes: Anyone suffering from dry eyes knows the irritation and soreness the condition creates. Over-the-counter artificial tears may help short term and wearing glasses or sunglasses could help reduce symptoms. However, Beth R. Friedland M.D. can provide a longer-term solution.

Park Ophthalmology’s Dry Eye Clinic offers help for those with dry eyes. Get relief from the irritation and vision problems caused by dry eyes. Call the office today to schedule an appointment. Dr. Friedland is currently accepting new patients.

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Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!

This article about the vision care is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.

Locations:

Park Ophthalmology

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

Office: 919 544 5375

Fax: 919 544 5829

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Park Ophthalmology North

6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

919 846 6915

Office Manager Jenny Whitman, e-mail: jenny.brfeyecare@ncrrbiz.com.

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6 Important Tips for Eyeglass Care from Park Ophthalmology

Triangle residents who rely on eyeglasses for daily tasks wouldn’t dream of leaving home without their eyewear. After a complete eye exam, a new pair of glasses prescribed by Park Ophthalmology will bring everything into clearer focus. Daily care of those glasses ensures that patients enjoy sharp vision until time for a new prescription. Dr. Beth R. Friedland shares six important tips that keep glasses sparkling and free from damage. It is important to note that lenses should be washed daily to keep them free of dirt and oils.

Beth R. Friedland MD offers the following six practices that can extend eyewear life:   

  • Rinse: Glasses should always be rinsed with plain water before they are washed or wiped. Tiny specks of dust that settle on the lenses will scratch the surface if not first rinsed off.
  • Proper cleaner: Although they are made to clean glass, window cleaning solutions such as Windex can harm the protective coating on lenses. Use a drop of dish soap or a solution made exclusively for eyeglasses.
  • Air dry or use cotton cloth: Air drying is preferred, but a 100 % soft cotton cloth can be used to dry lenses. Any kind of tissue, paper towel or fabric that isn’t all cotton can scratch the lens surface.
  • Use the case: A hard-sided case is the best protection for storing glasses. It’s tempting to drop them into a shirt pocket or a purse, but this greatly increases the risk of scratches and even breakage.
  • Keep glasses face up: When placing glasses on a surface, such as a desk or table, rest them with the lenses up and the folded frame underneath. This protects the lenses from damage and dirt on the hard surface.
  • Protect the frames: Frames need to keep their alignment or lenses may not sit properly in front of the eyes. Propping glasses on the head can throw frames out of alignment. Using two hands to put on and take off glasses helps keep frames aligned.

Even with the best daily care, glasses cannot do their job if vision has changed. If it’s been a while since the last exam, contact Park Ophthalmology today to schedule an appointment. Dr. Friedland will get you seeing clearly again.

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It’s back to school time and Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!

This article about the vision care is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.

Locations:

Park Ophthalmology

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

Office: 919 544 5375

Fax: 919 544 5829

**

Park Ophthalmology North

6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

919 846 6915

 

Office Manager Jenny Whitman, e-mail: jenny.brfeyecare@ncrrbiz.com.

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6 Important Signs of School Age Vision Problems from Park Ophthalmology

Across the Raleigh-Durham area, children will be heading back to school at the end of August. Much of classroom learning requires good vision, and Park Ophthalmology wants all Triangle area students to succeed in school. Children may not know when their vision is a problem, but there are cues parents can watch for to see if their youngster needs vision screening. Dr. Beth R. Friedland has a particular interest in pediatric ophthalmology and her practice includes many young patients.

These six behavioral signs that might indicate the need for a youngster’s eye exam:  

  • Squinting: It’s natural to squint when attempting to bring images into focus. A child who consistently squints to see clearly should have his or her vision evaluated. It could indicate a need for eyeglasses.
  • Closing or covering one eye: A child who closes or covers one eye to watch television, use the computer or read could have one eye with better vision than the other. By blocking the signal from the weaker eye, the child is getting a clearer image.
  • Holding a book close to the face: Sitting extremely close to the computer screen or television, and bringing a book close to the face can mean a child cannot see clearly from further away. An eye exam will quickly determine whether it’s just habit or a need for glasses or contacts.
  • Using a finger while reading: While learning to read, many young children use their finger to follow along. However, as they get older, this habit should disappear. An older elementary child who needs a finger on the page or screen to keep his or her place may be compensating for vision problems.
  • Head tilting: Head tilting can reduce the effect of double vision, which can be a result of problems with the eye muscles. An eye exam is a good idea for any child who frequently tilts his or her head to focus intently.
  • Headaches or upset stomach: Vision problems can result in headaches, dizziness and nausea for children and adults. If other medical causes have been ruled out, a child who frequently complains of these kinds of symptoms may need to be seen by Dr. Friedland.

Park Ophthalmology serves patients of all ages. If you are concerned about your child’s vision, call the office today to schedule an exam. Beth R. Friedland M.D. will develop a treatment plan to help your child see clearly.

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Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!

This article about the children and vision care is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice. Always consult a physician.

Locations:

Park Ophthalmology

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

Office: 919 544 5375

Fax: 919 544 5829

**

Park Ophthalmology North

6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

919 846 6915

Office Manager Jenny Whitman, e-mail: jenny.brfeyecare@ncrrbiz.com.

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Like us: https://www.facebook.com/ParkOphthalmology

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5 Critical Facts about Color Blindness from Park Ophthalmology

Color vision plays a critical role in how people experience the everyday  world, whether it’s selecting fruits at the weekly Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market, or enjoying one of the many summer outdoor movie events in the Triangle. It is important to note that a small percentage of our Triangle population misses out on many experiences because they are color blind. Color blindness (also called color vision deficiency) makes average daily tasks such as driving, using computers and cooking much more difficult. Some patients have been helped with special contact lenses or eyeglasses that allow them to see color. Dr. Beth R. Friedland of Park Ophthalmology closely follows current research in Ophthalmology and her expertise brings the most current information and treatment to her patients.

Dr. Friedland offers five critical facts about color blindness:  

  • It is more common in men: Many more men than women are color blind. It is estimated that 1 in every 12 men and 1 in every 200 women are color blind.
  • It has a variety of causes: Color blindness is almost always hereditary, passed along from mother to son. It results when the color-receptors (cones) in the retina are either missing entirely or so few in number that it’s difficult to distinguish between red, green and blue. People are born color blind and the condition remains throughout life.
  • There are different types: There are different types of color blindness. Some people have less ability to see red; others have less ability to see green. Color blindness does not affect a person’s visual acuity.
  • It can affect children: It is important to check children for color blindness because the condition can affect their schoolwork. Color is used so frequently as part of the instruction in elementary school that color blind students will need extra help.
  • The diagnosis is straightforward: An ingenious method of testing for color blindness uses a selection of colored images. Hidden in the images are numbers or letters. Those with normal vision have no trouble seeing the number or letter. Doctors can determine what type of color blindness a person has by which images they are able to see on the test.

If color blindness is in the family, don’t put off having each child tested. Contact Park Ophthalmology today for an appointment and benefit from Dr. Friedland’s expertise in Pediatric Ophthalmology.

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Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!

This article about the vision care is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

The information about color blindness contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.

Locations:

Park Ophthalmology

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

Office: 919 544 5375

Fax: 919 544 5829

**

Park Ophthalmology North

6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

919 846 6915

Office Manager Jenny Whitman, e-mail: jenny.brfeyecare@ncrrbiz.com.

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5 Possible Causes of Blurry Vision from Park Ophthalmology

Blurry vision for some people is a daily occurrence until they put on glasses or contact lenses. And many Triangle residents only notice problems with focusing after a late night or during allergy season. Beth R. Friedland MD sees many patients who report blurred vision. Along with the professional and friendly staff at Park Ophthalmology, Dr. Friedland helps patients understand both the serious and less-serious reasons when they have trouble seeing.

Park Ophthalmology shares five common conditions that can cause blurry vision:

  • Nearsightedness: This is a common and easily remedied condition. People who are nearsighted have no trouble reading or doing close-up tasks, but may see road signs and distant landscapes as blurry. Often a new prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses is all that is needed.
  • Migraines: These incapacitating headaches affect about 12 percent of the population, including children, according to the Migraine Research Foundation. Besides the intense headache, blurry vision and sensitivity to light are two more migraine symptoms. Some migraine sufferers report a temporary partial loss of vision, flashes of light or seeing spots or wavy lines.
  • Psoriasis: Although known mostly as a skin disease, psoriasis raises the risk for uveitis. Uveitis is an inflammation of the eyeball that results in blurred vision. Vision patients with psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis should alert their eye care professional to their diagnosis.
  • Allergies: Itchy, irritated, watery eyes can be signs of allergies. All of these conditions can contribute to blurry vision. Resolving the allergic reaction can also resolve the vision problem. Dr. Friedland will sort out the differences of allergic effects on the eyes that might also be more serious vision problems.
  • Lack of sleep: Failure to get adequate sleep can lead to blurry vision, itchiness, redness and sensitivity to light. Eyes need sufficient rest to work properly, including their ability to produce tears, which cleanse and lubricate the eyes. Blurry vision can result from inadequate tear production. Fortunately, the cure is simple: get more sleep.

Don’t put up with blurry vision. Make an appointment today with Dr. Beth Friedland to find out what’s interfering with eyesight. Park Ophthalmology, with offices in both Raleigh and Durham, serves all ages and is currently accepting new patients across the Triangle region.

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Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eye wear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!

This article about the vision care and blurred vision is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice. Please consult a doctor in any situation.

Locations:

Park Ophthalmology

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

Office: 919 544 5375

Fax: 919 544 5829

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Park Ophthalmology North

6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

919 846 6915

Office Manager Jenny Whitman, e-mail: jenny.brfeyecare@ncrrbiz.com.

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6 Health Conditions Park Ophthalmology Eye Exams May Discover

Many Triangle residents postpone their annual eye exam because they haven’t noticed vision changes. However, an appointment with local Ophthalmologist Beth R. Friedland MD can reveal much more when examining eyes; even the simple things, like new contacts or eyeglasses. Ophthalmologists, like Dr. Friedland, are often the first medical professionals to see evidence of several serious health conditions. When patients make the time for an appointment, Park Ophthalmology will make that exam well worth it.

Doctor Friedland can note an array of information including six health conditions that can be discovered early during a comprehensive eye examination:

  • Autoimmune diseases: As Dr. Friedland examines the eyes, she looks for any signs of infection, and the presence of white blood cells. Symptoms of multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis may be spotted during an eye exam.
  • Thyroid disease: The thyroid gland, shaped like a butterfly and positioned at the front of the neck, regulates blood pressure, temperature, heart rate and food conversion to energy. Thyroid disease can reveal itself in puffy or protruding eyeballs.
  • Stroke: Several eye problems can indicate stroke. These include eye pain, blurry vision, headaches, vision loss or drooping eyelids. Dr. Friedland will examine the patient’s eye pressures, and look for bleeding in the retina or evidence of optic nerve swelling.
  • High blood pressure: The eye’s retina is rich with blood vessels and it can exhibit changes when a patient has high blood pressure. An eye exam provides an important way for the doctor to directly see the vessels and whether there are kinks, bends or tears that may indicate hypertension.
  • Diabetes: Loss of vision can be an early sign of diabetes. During the exam, the doctor will examine the retina for changes in the small blood vessels, bleeding or leakage of fluid, all possible indicators of diabetes.
  • Cancer: Two kinds of skin cancer may be detected during an eye exam: melanoma and basal cell carcinoma. Melanoma affects the cells that make color pigmentation in the eye. It is the most aggressive and fatal form of skin cancer and requires prompt treatment. Basal cell carcinoma may affect the eyelid and, if untreated, can spread to the brain via the eye.

We have two offices, Raleigh and Durham, so please do not put off an annual eye exam with Park Ophthalmology. Our friendly staff will be happy to schedule an appointment. Having peace of mind and healthy eyes makes it a win-win for every patient!

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Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!

This article about the vision care is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

The information contained in this blog article about the importance of eye exams is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.

Locations:

Park Ophthalmology RTP

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

Office: 919 544 5375

Fax: 919 544 5829

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Park Ophthalmology North

6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

919 846 6915

Office Manager Jenny Whitman, e-mail: jenny.brfeyecare@ncrrbiz.com.

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5 Summer Tips to Remember When Choosing Sunglasses

Summer is right around the corner; Triangle residents are spending more time gardening, grilling, at the beach and other outdoor activities. With all that wonderful time out in the sunshine, it’s more important than ever to protect the eyes from sun damage. Long hours in the sun can often contribute to cataracts and cancer of the eye. Raleigh and Durham based Ophthalmologist Beth R. Friedland MD wants her patients to know that protecting their eyes doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive and begins with choosing the right pair of sunglasses.  Park Ophthalmology has compiled a short list of things to look for in eye protection.

Keep these five summer tips in mind when shopping for new sunglasses:

  • UV sticker: The most important job of sunglasses is blocking the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, sunglasses should be labeled with a tag or sticker that says “UV400” or “100% UV protection.”
  • Bigger is better: Wraparound sunglasses or those with over-sized lenses provide the most protection. Smaller lenses allow damaging light to enter from the sides.
  • Color: It’s easy to assume that darker lenses are better, but color and tint make no difference in UV protection. Athletes find that certain colors (amber, gray and green) provide more contrast and are useful when playing sports.
  • Polarization: Polarized lenses have a filter that reduces glare from reflective surfaces, making it easier to see while driving, boating or enjoying snow sports. However, polarization alone does not protect eyes from UV rays.
  • Cost: Price is not always an indication of quality when buying sunglasses. Lower cost options can work as well as designer-name styles if they provide 100 percent UV protection.

Do you need new prescription sunglasses? Talk to Dr. Friedland about every option. Call today to set up an appointment with Park Ophthalmology about any vision needs. The offices in Durham and Raleigh   serve all ages and both accept new patients.

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Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!

This article about the sunglasses and eye safety is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

 

The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.

Locations:

Park Ophthalmology

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

Office: 919 544 5375

Fax: 919 544 5829

**

Park Ophthalmology North

6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

919 846 6915

Office Manager Jenny Whitman, e-mail: jenny.brfeyecare@ncrrbiz.com.

Follow us https://twitter.com/ParkOphthNC

Like us: https://www.facebook.com/ParkOphthalmology

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4 Essential Nutrients That Contribute to Eye Health from Park Ophthalmology

Most Triangle residents have read that eating carrots is good for vision. Although that might sound like unscientific folk wisdom, carrots really do play an important part in maintaining eye health. Ophthalmologists in the Triangle like  Beth R. Friedland MD bring professional expertise to the treatment of eye diseases, yet patients also contribute by eating certain foods that may protect eyes from cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and diminished night vision.

The staff of Park Ophthalmology makes it a priority to educate patients on how to care for their vision. A diet rich in certain nutrients is just one additional way to help.

These four essential nutrients can play crucial roles in eye health:

  • Beta-carotene: Carrots are a rich source of beta-carotene, which the body converts to Vitamin A. Vitamin A helps the eye transmit light to the brain, allowing for better vision in low light conditions. Without sufficient Vitamin A, the corneas can dry out and become clouded. Retinas can also suffer damage without adequate Vitamin A.
  • Lutein and zeaxanthin: Found in eggs, green leafy vegetables and other green or yellow vegetables, these two nutrients protect the eyes by filtering out certain wave lengths of light. According to the American Optometric Association, lutein and zeaxanthin can help protect against age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.
  • Zinc: Zinc is an important chemical element that contributes to many positive health effects. In relation to vision, zinc helps the body move Vitamin A from the liver to the retina. The body must receive zinc either through supplements or food. It is found in seafood, poultry, red meat, eggs, tofu, beans and nuts.
  • Essential Fatty acids: Omega-3 fatty acids help the retina function and aid visual development in children. Insufficient omega-3 can contribute to dry eyes, age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. Sources of omega-3 include fatty fish such as salmon, tuna and mackerel. To a lesser degree, omega-3 can be found in flaxseeds, chia seeds and winter squashes such as acorn, butternut and pumpkin.

Now, how do our Park Ophthalmology patients maintain eye health as they age? Contact Park Ophthalmology today and schedule an appointment with Beth R. Friedland M.D.

Dr. Friedland and our friendly and professional staff are available to answer questions about diet and vision on the first visit.

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Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!

This article about the vision care is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.

Locations:

Park Ophthalmology

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

Office: 919 544 5375

Fax: 919 544 5829

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Park Ophthalmology North

6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

919 846 6915

Office Manager Jenny Whitman, e-mail: jenny.brfeyecare@ncrrbiz.com.

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