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Understanding an Eye Exam

Has it been awhile since you had your eyes checked out? Are you nervous about going to the eye doctor?  There’s no need to be nervous! Let’s go over the basics of an eye exam. First, we’ll ask you to read some letters on a computerized chart. This helps us see what you see.  After… Read More »


March is Workplace Eye Awareness Month

On-the-job eye injuries range from a mild annoyance to severely impacting our vision. Trying to predict when eye injuries happen is impossible; we can take precautions to limit damage to our eyes. Less serious workplace hazards may simple cause transient irritation to our eyes. Sitting near a fan or heater can dry our eyes out.  Also, extensive… Read More »


Do you have Dry Eye Syndrome??

At our clinic, we see patients struggle with dry eye syndrome on a daily basis. Some patients are not aware they may have the beginning symptoms of dry eye, and assume their glasses need an update. In today’s digital world, nearly everyone spends multiple hours in front of a screen each day. Patients may also… Read More »


Plaquenil and our Eyes

Plaquenil is a medication used to treat various auto-immune conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Did you know extended use of the medication can affect the eyes?  Plaquenil use can lead to changes in our macula. Our macula provides us with clear central vision. Plaquenil can damage the macula over time. This damage can impair our ability to… Read More »


February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month

Macular degeneration causes damage in our eyes that degrades our central vision. Thankfully macular degeneration doesn’t cause blindness, but the inability or decreased ability to use our central vision leads to struggles with reading, driving, writing, and many other tasks. Macular degeneration is estimated to impact over 3 million Americans by 2020. Risk factors for macular… Read More »


Do you have cataracts?

Do you have trouble with glare from oncoming headlights while driving at night? Ever need to move closer to the TV to read ballgame scores or the news crawl along the bottom of the screen? Is it getting more difficult to tell navy blue from black apart? If so, you may have cataracts! Cataract simply… Read More »


Are You at Risk for Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a condition where patients’ optic nerves degenerate over time. Most of the time, pressure in the eye is elevated; however, we now know that patients with “normal” eye pressure can suffer from glaucoma. Risk factors for glaucoma include family history of the disease, African American race, age over 60, vascular conditions, and prolonged… Read More »


iStent

For patients with glaucoma who are undergoing cataract surgery, an iStent can be a great option to become less dependent on glaucoma medication. Some patients are able to discontinue their glaucoma medication completely! This minimally-invasive technique is performed at the time of cataract surgery, and is implanted by Dr. Ballitch. Implantation of the iStent is quick and painless. The iStent… Read More »


January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

Did you know January is glaucoma awareness month?  Glaucoma is known as the “silent thief of sight” because it lacks obvious symptoms, until late stages of the disease. Around 3 million Americans have glaucoma; unfortunately around half are unaware they have it.   Glaucoma occurs when the optic nerve is damaged, usually from elevated eye pressure. This… Read More »


Thank You!

As 2018 winds to a close, we’d like to thank all of our patients for trusting us with their eye care needs! It has been a pleasure to work with everyone we have seen this year!  Dr. Ballitch, Dr. Finn, and our staff look forward to providing excellent vision and eye care to patients in 2019 too.  If you… Read More »


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