NEWS AND EVENTS
We bundled some fabulous Obagi products for the holidays! These make great gifts and stocking stuffers. They are only on promotion during the holiday season, while supplies last. Stop in today and pick one up!
Dr. Raji is getting into the holiday spirit by offering 20 FREE UNITS OF BOTOX with the purchase of any 2 tubes of filler. We offer Juvederm Voluma, Juvederm Ultra Plus, and Juvederm Volbella.
MEP offers gift certificates in everything from frames to cosmetic services. Stop in today to do some holiday shopping!???
Throughout November MEP was able to donate almost 600lbs of food to the Amazing Grace Food Pantry! Thank you to all of our staff and patients!
Dr. Elizabeth A. Rocco announces her retirement.
After 32 years with Middlesex Eye Physicians, Dr. Rocco will be retiring on December 31, 2016. We thank her for her dedication, time, care, and so much more that she has given to our practice.
July 11th, 2016
On Monday, July 11, 2016 MEP was honored to celebrate our 50th Anniversary with our Doctors, Staff, and invited guests! Thank you to everyone who made the day so special.
Middlesex Eye Physicians is celebrating 50 years! We opened in 1966 under Dr. Malcolm Gorin and grew over the next 50 years to be the area's most experienced, complete eye care provider. Our group is comprised of five Ophthalmologists and one Optometrist.
THE IMPORTANCE OF AN EYE EXAM
The importance of a comprehensive exam cannot be overstated. It is important to emphasize that good vision does not necessarily equate healthy eyes. Having “20/20 vision” tells your eye doctor that only a small portion of your eyes are healthy. What about the rest of the eye? For example, a legally blind patient with advanced glaucoma may still be capable of “20/20”, while their peripheral vision has been claimed by the disease. Many systemic conditions affect our eyes. Early detection of these systemic diseases often happen during your comprehensive dilated eye exam. Diabetes, hypertension, auto-immune or inflammatory disease, malignancies or metastases, and brain tumors are only some conditions that can manifest in our eyes. Many potentially blinding eye diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataracts are predominantly seen in the geriatric population, and early treatment is crucial in preserving and maintaining functional vision.
We must also consider the quality of our vision. How comfortable are your eyes? Do you have dry eyes? Do you experience headaches, eyestrain, lose concentration, or fall asleep while reading? These symptoms may indicate a “hidden” refractive error that forces your eyes to strain. It is very important that parents pay attention to these symptoms in kids. Neural connections from our eyes to our brain are still developing from birth to school age. These connections are necessary for the development of good vision and true depth perception. Myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, strabismus, and congenital cataracts are only some conditions that may hinder this process. These conditions must be treated before it is too late. Children lacking clear vision and/or true depth perception may be excluded from certain occupations in adulthood. It is also important to note that children may not complain about their vision, because they may be unaware that there is a problem. With the constant advances in corrective lens technology (spectacles, soft/hard contact lenses, specialty contact lenses), there is an esthetic solution for everyone seeking to improve their vision.
Everyone will likely experience the symptoms of dry eyes at some point in our lives. Blinking replenishes our tear film providing the moisture the eyes need. The prevalence of electronic devices has resulted in a decrease in blink rate. Red, itchy, sandy, gritty, burning, and tired eyes are some of the more common complaints. Excessive tearing is also a sign of Dry Eye disease, often a result of poor tear film quality. Many dismiss and accept these symptoms as “normal”. This is an incorrect assumption. Though dryness can be transient, it becomes problematic and potentially vision threatening when it persists into Chronic Dry Eye disease.
The tear film not only keeps the eyes lubricated, it also maintains the optical and anatomical integrity of the ocular surface. It provides a smooth interface between the eyelids and the eye itself. It also helps remove environmental debris that can cause ocular allergies. The tear film partially supplies nutrients to the cornea, as well as help defend the eye from infection. Without a sufficient and healthy tear film, the front surface of the eye is more susceptible to irritation, infection, and allergic reaction. The ocular surface insult dry eyes are subject to eventually lead to inflammation of the cornea which can lead to blurry vision. In severe cases, corneal scarring may lead to permanent vision impairment.
Certain medical conditions may also cause Chronic Dry Eyes. Autoimmune disease (e.g. Sjogrens, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, etc.), Bell’s Palsy, Menopause, Skin disease (e.g. Rosacea, eczema, etc.), and Thyroid disorders are only some of the more common conditions. Medications such as anti-histamines, anti-depressants, birth control pills, tranquilizers, and blood pressure medications may also cause dry eyes.
Fortunately, there are many treatment options available for dry eye disease. Though, it is important to customize and tailor these treatment options to each individual. Regardless of the severity or cause, dry eye disease should be addressed and treated accordingly before it threatens vision, and before it affects the quality of your life.
Dry Eye Article (Shoreline Magazine)
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