Here are the Blogs in the General
Thursday, 2 April 2015
It's that time of year again. Pollens are laying thick on our cars and building up in the atmosphere. Managing eye allergies is not a one size fits all solution. Minimizing exposure on a heavily pollinated day is important but tough to do. So if we do need to treat the symptoms, here are some of the ...Read More...
Posted on 04/02/2015 5:13 PM by Dr. Susan Kegarise
Thursday, 19 March 2015
If I asked you what is the most common eye disorder that optometrists and ophthalmologists treat, you would probably say cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, right? Well the reality is besides nearsightedness, farsightedness, and presbyopia (loss of focusing with age), it is dry eyes. For many ...Read More...
Posted on 03/19/2015 7:32 PM by Dr. Susan Kegarise
Tuesday, 3 March 2015
As I discussed in the last blog, the true answer to "Do I have to wear bifocals?" is no. However, most people prefer to move to a progressive (bifocal) lens in glasses because it really improves their function. Some patients just want to wear contact lenses and not glasses. We have more options than ...Read More...
Posted on 03/03/2015 5:29 PM by Dr. Susan Kegarise
Wednesday, 18 February 2015
Wouldn't you be thrilled to know you do NOT have to wear bifocals? Bifocals, or more accurately now - progressive lenses, were created to improve how a patient functions in the real world. Presbyopia is the condition where we lose focusing muscle strength that occurs for most people in their early ...Read More...
Posted on 02/18/2015 5:49 PM by Dr. Susan Kegarise
Wednesday, 4 February 2015
In our last blog, we discussed the loss of small wires or nerves that support the optic nerve can cause small blind spots in a person's vision. Many of these are imperceptible in everyday life. As with all glaucoma diagnostic approaches, we want to catch issues before they actually become real life ...Read More...
Posted on 02/04/2015 12:50 PM by Dr. Susan Kegarise
Wednesday, 21 January 2015
OCT - Ophthalmic Computerized Tomography
Retinal Nerve Fiber Layer (RNFL) and Ganglion Cell Complex (GCC)
In the last blog, I talked about how important it is for us to evaluate the optic nerve in monitoring glaucoma suspects and glaucoma patients. Any changes in the cupping or the healthy rim ...Read More...
Posted on 01/21/2015 8:40 AM by Dr. Susan Kegarise
Tuesday, 6 January 2015
January is Glaucoma Awareness Month and we have some special updates this month about this optic nerve disease. Over the years we have developed more sophisticated ways to look at the health of the optic nerve.
In the past, most eye doctors used a handheld instrument and came in close to you, shining ...Read More...
Posted on 01/06/2015 7:38 AM by Dr. Susan Kegarise
Monday, 22 December 2014
GVSS means Gentle Vision Shaping: The latest thing going on with us this month is GVSS! Think of it as orthodontics for the eyes. Our gentle vision shaping system is a method to wear retainer contact lenses at night so you don't have to wear vision correction during the day. While all of our doctors ...Read More...
Posted on 12/22/2014 8:58 AM by Dr. Susan Kegarise
Tuesday, 25 November 2014
We often hear the question in the exam room, "Wow, I really love the friendliness of your staff, the thoroughness of the exams, and how you explained my family member's eye condition. Are you accepting new patients?" The short answer is yes! We see patients from 2 days old all the way to 105+ years ...Read More...
Posted on 11/25/2014 9:42 AM by Dr. Susan Kegarise
Thursday, 6 November 2014
Did you know more than 25 million Americans are living with diabetes and 79 million more are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes? Uncontrolled or long-standing diabetes can cause damage to your blood vessels, especially the small vessels in the back of the eye. Retinopathy is when these fragile vessels ...Read More...
Posted on 11/06/2014 11:44 AM by Dr. Susan Kegarise
Sunday, 19 October 2014
Many of these old adages still have relevance in our modern life. You've come to expect individual, personalized care from us. Macular degeneration is the most prevalent eye disorder in America. Part of this is due to our aging population and the gradual breakdown of the central retinal tissue. It's ...Read More...
Posted on 10/19/2014 6:48 PM by Dr. Susan Kegarise
Friday, 3 October 2014
The UVA and UVB light from the sun can cause damage to the lens and retina inside the eye. It also contributes to dryness and redness on the front of the eye. We're much more exposed to problems with sunlight in the Southeast. If you're going to be in the sun for prolonged periods, you should invest ...Read More...
Posted on 10/03/2014 9:36 AM by Dr. Susan Kegarise
Thursday, 18 September 2014
The reason we dilate pupils is so we can see inside the eye. Historically, we needed to do that so we had a good view of the retina. Since 2002, however, we use the Optomap which allows for a wide-field digital retinal image taken through a normal-sized pupil without drops. Optomap allows us to see ...Read More...
Posted on 09/18/2014 4:01 PM by Dr. Susan Kegarise
Tuesday, 2 September 2014
We always tell patients to call us immediately if they notice "flashing lights" or "floating spots" suddenly in your vision. Our primary concern is a tugging on the retina that could lead to a retinal detachment. The retina is a very thin transparent tissue supplied by blood vessels. In front of the ...Read More...
Posted on 09/02/2014 11:18 AM by Dr. Susan Kegarise
Friday, 15 August 2014
NFL quarterbacks are arguably among the best athletes in any competitive professional sport. Hard work as well as physical ability helps them achieve success at this level. Part of this success can be attributed to a quarterback's ability to "see the field" using their peripheral vision. This allows ...Read More...
Posted on 08/15/2014 11:10 AM by Dr. Susan Kegarise
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
While we specialize in eliminating eye problems, the eyes are really a reflection of your overall health status. Therefore, it is helpful to review what good care looks like. In this second part of our summary, we want to focus on diabetes.
Become more educated about diabetes
Few family doctors ...Read More...
Posted on 07/30/2014 1:26 PM by Dr. Susan Kegarise
Tuesday, 8 July 2014
While we specialize in eliminating eye problems, the eyes are really a reflection of your overall health status. In this summary we focus on diabetes. The eyes can be a reflection of diabetic control and care. People with diabetes need to be active participants in their medical care to know what excellent ...Read More...
Posted on 07/08/2014 9:37 AM by Dr. Susan Kegarise
Thursday, 19 June 2014
Macular degeneration is the most prevalent cause of vision loss and blindness in America. Part of this reason is that we're living longer and that over time the macula breaks down. To better understand what macular degeneration is, I thought I'd take a moment to describe the process.
First, the ...Read More...
Posted on 06/19/2014 7:09 AM by Dr. Susan Kegarise
Thursday, 29 May 2014
Recently, Denise and Stephanie, two of our opticians from each office went to Vision Expo in New York, the largest frame and lens show in the world. We attend annually to evaluate current trends in color, style and design. I am having Stephanie, our optical manager in Cool Springs, be my guest blogger ...Read More...
Posted on 05/29/2014 12:54 PM by Stephanie Moore
Tuesday, 6 May 2014
A lot of marketing goes into praising the training, credentials and perceived quality of doctors in a practice. You may see billboards or even hear radio jingles. Often, I find that the marketed attributes do not match the true personality of the doctors involved. In fact, a lot of the doctors that ...Read More...
Posted on 05/06/2014 11:05 AM by Dr. Susan Kegarise