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Lily Yeh, OD

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Free Lasik Screening

Emily Eye Care welcomes The Laser Eye Center for our 2nd free lasik screening event for 2018. We will be holding this event on Wednesday, September 12 from 1pm until 5pm. Please be aware this is just a consultation that is held by The Laser Eye Center who will determine if you are a candidate for Lasik eye surgery. The Laser Eye Center recommends that if you are interested in the event and is between the ages of 22 and 57 to give our office a call to set up your FREE consultation at 860-749-1233. If attending this event, please do not wear any contact lenses to the appointment.

 

Contact Lens Store!

Emily Eye Care now has our own online contact lens store! The contact lens store specializes in fast convenient shipping right to your home! You can order at any time of the day or night without having to call our office. Visit https://store.myeyestore.com/drlilyyeh/ to view our website! You can even use your contact lens benefit you might have, if you have a vision insurance! To use your benefit you must call/text our office at 860-749-1233 to have one of our staff members add it to your profile after you make an account. The contact lens website is a great addition to our office! If you have any questions regarding the contact lens store, feel free to contact the office with any questions!

Emily Eye Care now carries the Macular Densitometer!

Are You at Risk For Macular Degeneration?

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There is no known cure for Age Related Macular Degeneration…AMD and if left untreated it can lead to the loss of your central vision.

To find out if you are at risk for Age Related Macular Degeneration or if you have known risk factors for AMD, it is critical to measure how much protective macular pigment you have in the back of your eyes. Macular pigment you have in the back of your eyes. Macular pigment helps to protect your retina from damage by filtering harmful visible blue light that can lead to AMD.

A simple and reliable test using an instrument called a Macular Densitometer measures your Macular Pigment level and gives an immediate Macular Pigment Optical Density (MPOD) score.

Your MPOD Score gives the doctor a clear understanding of your risk factor for developing Macular Degeneration. If you are at risk, your MPOD score helps the Doctor to develop your specific treatment plan which may include supplementation with Macuhealth for rebuilding your macular pigment and prescribing BluTech lenses that also help to filter harmful visible blue light. Periodic MPOD re-testing will be done to monitor your macular pigment rebuilding progress.

Restoring your Macularpigment back to healthy levels has been scientifically proven to be the best way to minimize your risk for developing AMD, supplementation with Macuhealth has the potential to slow down or stop the progression of the disease and to improve visual acuity.

We now have texting capabilities!

Our office now has texting capabilities that reaches our staff directly.

To text us: Simply send a new text message from your cell phone to our office telephone number: (860)749-1233.

Feel free to use this system to:

  • Check on eyeglass & contact lens orders
  • To schedule or reschedule appointments
  • To cancel appointments
  • Any other general inquiries

To make sure we have all information up to date, including your cell phone number, please update your information at your annual exam.

Thank you!

9 Tips for Coping With Eye Allergy Season

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Spring is on the way. Soon the sun will be shining, the flowers blooming and allergy season will be upon us. If you have allergies, your eyes are often affected by the high pollen count along with other allergens floating in the fresh spring air. Tree pollens in April and May, grass pollens in June and July and mold spores and weed pollens in July and August add up to five months of eye-irritating allergens, leading to red, itchy, watery eyes, headache and sometimes fatigue.

Here are some practical tips on how to keep your eyes happy as the seasons change.

These are only a few steps you can take to make your eyes more comfortable. Remember to seek medical help from your eye care professional if symptoms persist or worsen.  Sometimes allergy medication or an antihistamine may be necessary for relief.

  1. Avoid rubbing your eyes as this intensifies the symptoms.
  2. One of the prime seasonal allergens that most disturbs eyes is pollen. Stay indoors when pollen counts are high, especially in the mid-morning and early evening.
  3. Wear sunglasses outside to protect your eyes, not only from UV rays, but also from allergens floating in the air.
  4. Check and clean your air conditioning filters.
  5. Use a humidifier or set out bowls of fresh water inside when using your air conditioning to help humidify the air and ensure that your eyes don’t dry out.
  6. Take a shower or bath to help maintain skin and eye moisture and improve your resistance to allergens.
  7. Allergy proof your home:

    • use dust-mite-proof covers on bedding and pillows
    • clean surfaces with a damp implement rather than dusting or dry sweeping
    • remove/ kill any mold in your home
    • keep pets outdoors if you have pet allergies.
  8. Remove contact lenses as soon as any symptoms appear.
  9. Use artificial tears to keep eyes moist.

Here's a list of the most challenging places to live with eye allergies in the US: http://www.aafa.org/pdfs/FINAL_public_LIST_Spring_2014.pdf

How Your Eyes Convey Emotion

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Your eyes communicate much more than you may realize, in fact they play a huge role in your non-verbal communication. Consciously or not, the way you move your eyes, look at someone, blink or make eye contact can say a lot about what you are thinking and feeling.

Here's a look at how your eyes speak volumes and how you can learn to read other's emotions through their eyes. Although it is considered unreliable or controversial by some, eye movement analysis might have some truth to it. With these tips you may be able to tell if someone is happy, sad, excited, stressed or not telling the truth.

  1. Lying

    According to body language expert and former FBI counterintelligence officer, Joe Navarro, if a person's eyes move up and to the right when you ask him a question he is more than likely lying. If the person looks up and to the left he is probably telling the truth. However, it's important to realize that when someone looks around it doesn’t always mean he is lying. People sometimes look around when they are trying to process information too.
     

  2. Stress

    When someone blinks fast it is often a sign that they are under stress. At rest, the normal blink rate ranges between 8 and 21 blinks per minute. If a person blinks more frequently, such as when asked a challenging question, it is usually because he is stressed. But this isn’t always the case. Blink rates can also increase as result of dry air, dry eyes and allergens in the air that irritate the eyes.
     

  3. Disgust / Distaste

    If you see someone narrow his eyes when you are speaking to him, this is usually a negative response showing you that he finds what you are saying to be offensive. When it comes to showing distaste with the eyes, the narrower the eyes are, the more unpleasant you find what is being said. However, the best way to decipher a person's true emotions is by looking at the rest of his face. For example, narrow eyes and tight lips indicate anger.
     

  4. Discomfort

    If someone is uncomfortable with something you have said, he will often use a body language tactic called eye blocking. For example if you see someone cover his eyes or lower his eyelids following a request you make or something you say, it is sign that he is not comfortable or disagrees with what you have said.
     

  5. Happiness

    Happiness is conveyed through the eyes in a number of ways. Arched eyebrows accompanied with a smile indicate you are happy to see someone. Mothers do this naturally with their babies across all cultures.

    Another way that happiness can be detected through the eyes is through the size of the pupils, which is of course an involuntary reflex. Large pupils let others know that you like what you see. Studies have shown that when you look at an object or person you love, your pupil size increases.
     

  6. Fear or Surprise

    Fear is usually indicated by wide open eyes not accompanied with a smile but often an “O” shaped mouth. Surprise on the other hand is also usually shown by wide open eyes along with a fleeting look. Additionally, the pupils will dilate if a person is frightened or excited due to the natural adrenalin response of the body.
     

  7. Focus

    When someone is focused on something, particularly a near object, the pupils will constrict. Alternatively, they will dilate when someone is looking at a far distance.

These are only some of the non verbal emotions we express with our eyes. Next time you have a conversation, look out for these cues. They can help you really understand your friends, family, and colleagues and improve empathy and communication.

UV protection even during winter season

 

 

Help Protect Your Eyes from Harmful UV Rays

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Most Americans understand the importance of protecting their skin from the sun but they seldom make an effort to protect their eyes. Many are unaware that exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation can harm the eyes and affect vision as well.
 
 
According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), even on an overcast day, harmful UV rays can cause sunburn of both the skin and the cornea of the eye. Over time, unprotected exposure to the sun can increase the possible risk of certain types of cataracts and potentially damage the retina, which could lead to total blindness.
 
 
Americans should also know that UV damage is cumulative, so it’s never too late to begin protecting the eyes from the sun’s harmful rays.
 
The following top five tips from the American Optometric Association can help prevent further eye damage from exposure to UV radiation:
 

1. Wear protective eyewear any time your eyes are exposed to UV light, even on cloudy days and during winter months.

2. Look for quality sunglasses that offer good protection. Sunglasses should block out 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UB-B radiation and screen out 75 to 90 percent of visible light.

3. Check to make sure your sunglass lenses are perfectly matched in color and free of distortion and imperfection.

4. Purchase gray-colored lenses. They reduce light intensity without altering the color of objects, providing the most natural color vision.

5. Don’t forget protection for children and teenagers. They typically spend more time in the sun than adults.

Eye Care Professionals of Emily Eye Care has many styles for your eye protection needs. Available in prescription and non-prescription all with UV radiation protection. Stop in and check them out. No appointment necessary.

Additionally, be sure to receive routine comprehensive eye exams. It’s a good way to monitor eye health, maintain good vision, and keep up to date on the latest in UVradiation protection. 

 

 

New Study Shows How Your Eyes Shed Light on Your Health

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It's been said that your eyes are the window to your soul. Well, research is showing that your eyes are a window to a lot more than your thoughts and emotions; it can be an indicator of your overall health.  A study by UnitedHealthcare entitled, “Impact of Eye Exams in Identifying Chronic Conditions” showed that through comprehensive eye exams, eye care practitioners can identify some chronic diseases and conditions to help with early diagnosis, an earlier start of treatment and better disease management and prognosis.  

What makes the eye so special in this regard is that it is the only organ through which you can see nerves and blood vessels without an invasive procedure or surgery. Aside from known eye diseases, many other conditions have symptoms that manifest in your eyes. Sometimes an eye exam can reveal damage caused by chronic conditions and disease in other parts of your body, before you even begin to notice symptoms. For many chronic conditions and diseases, early diagnosis and treatment are essential for a successful outcome, and these discoveries through an eye exam can often detect the early stages of disease.

According to the study, eye doctors identified 15% of participants with diabetes and multiple sclerosis, in addition to a number of other chronic conditions including high cholesterol, hypertension, rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease and Graves disease. An eye exam can also detect neurological, thyroid and autoimmune diseases.

Let’s have a look at some of these conditions individually and how an eye exam by an experienced eye doctor can detect a problem from the window of the eye:

Diabetes: Diabetes can cause an eye disease called diabetic retinopathy, where blood vessels inside the eyes become prone to leaking fluid and small amounts of blood onto the retina. Retinal vascular changes and blood vessel hemorrhaging areindicators that diabetes is present and may be affecting other sensitive organs and tissues like the kidney.

Hypertension / high blood pressure: High intraocular pressure readings obtained from measuring the pressure inside your eye are usually associated with glaucoma, but they can also indicate high blood pressure.

High cholesterol: High cholesterol puts you at risk for cardiovascular disease and strokes. Rarely, it can present in the eye by a white painless ring around the outer edge of the cornea, called an arcus, which is a buildup of fat particles (not to be confused with an arcus senilis , which affects the elderly and is not necessarily associated with cholesterol). Occasionally, a dilated eye exam can detect signs of high cholesterol. In severe cases, retinal vein occlusion can develop which means the blood flowing to and from your eye is blocked, which may be related to a clot that leads to sudden vision loss.

Neurological issues: Although your eye can twitch form time to time, a persistent eye twitch combined with a twitch on the side of your mouth and/or other symptoms might indicate that a neurological disease such as multiple sclerosis or Parkinson's is developing. Most eye twitches have benign causes like fatigue, stress, or caffeine.

Thyroid disease: Your thyroid gland regulates your body's metabolism. A classic sign of thyroid disease is a bulging eyeball, because an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) can cause swelling of the soft tissues within the eye socket. Since thyroid hormones are involved in hair production, an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) can lead to hair loss in the outer part of the eyebrow.

Autoimmune disease: Certain autoimmune diseases can affect the eyes, including HIV, Graves Disease, Sjogren’s syndrome, systemic lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and uveitis.  

These are only some of the diseases that present symptoms which manifest in your eyes, but this sample does illustrate how enlightening a simple eye exam can be. Eye exams are not only to make sure your vision is up to par. Have your eyes checked regularly to ensure you are keeping your eye health and overall health in check. 

What is a Diabetes A1c Test?

 

During the course of Diabetes care, most patients have a special blood test done every 3 months.  It is called the hemoglobin A1c test.  The major benefit of the A1c test is that it provides a measure of how your blood glucose levels have averaged over the past 2-3 months, and so gives more of a "big picture" if your overall blood sugar control.  The daily blood glucose checks that you do yourself give you a measure of your blood glucose level at that moment, but daily blood glucose levels can fluctuate quite a bit.  The A1c test is extremely important for monitoring how well your Diabetes is controlled.  
 
The A1c test measures the amount of sugar (glucose) that is stuck to the hemoglobin molecules of our red blood cells, which typically live about 2-3 months before being replaced by new red blood cells.  By comparing how much sugar is stuck (bound) to new and old red blood cells, the A1c result gives an average of a person's blood glucose levels over the last 2-3 month period.  Studies show the A1c number predicts the likelihood of suffering diabetes complications, especially eye and kidney damage. This means the A1c result is literally a quality of life number.  
 

The good news is this is a very simple test to understand.  It is reported as a small number, and should be below 7.  For most people with diabetes, the A1c should be between 6 and 7- this indicates good, consistent control.  If your A1c number is lower than 6, that is even better.  But any reading below 7 is generally considered acceptable. 

Many times, health care providers are too busy and/or patients simply don't ask about their blood work.  The purpose of the handout is to encourage you to take a more active role in your diabetes care.  One very important factor in your diabetes care is for you to always ask your doctor or nurse to inform you of your A1c number.  They will be glad to share this important information with you.

knowing your A1c number will enable you to know how your overall diabetic control is.  Be sure to ask any number of your diabetes care team any questions that you may have about your care.

A final note: The retina within the eye is the only place in the body where blood vessels can be observed and evaluated.  Since Diabetes primarily affects the blood vessels, it is very important to have a dilated eye examination every year.  This is eve more important if your A1c readings tend to be higher than 7.

 

American Diabetes Association    http://www.diabetes.org
American Diabetes Association Journals  http://diabetesjournals.org
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Diabetes Public Health Resource  http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/
 

Dealing with Your Tween’s and Teen’s Eyesight

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It can be devastating for a tween or teen to be told he or she needs to wear glasses, especially if it is sudden. Many tweens and teenagers are concerned about how glasses will affect their appearance, whether they will be made fun of (which unfortunately is a legitimate concern – kids can be mean!), how they will manage with a new responsibility and what the implications will be for sports and other activities. Many tend to overlook the miracle of clear vision for the perceived negative impact the glasses may have.

If your child would rather suffer with blurred vision, headaches and even trouble with schoolwork than wear glasses, the good news is that there are options that even the “coolest” preteen or teen might find acceptable.

  1. Fashion eyewear: It has never been more fashionable to wear glasses than it is today – just take a look at Hollywood's red carpet.  Encourage your child to seek out a look or a celebrity style they like and have your optician help to find that.  The optician and optometrist can recommend what shapes and materials are available for the lens Rx, while your teen can have fun with the color and style.  Or just browse around at the plethora of fun styles available for teens these days.   "Make it fun and encourage your preteen to be excited about their new purchase. If it is within your budget you may even want to consider purchasing two pairs so he or she can have a choice depending on mood and wardrobe.
  2. Consider contacts: If your child feels self conscious or inhibited, particularly in sports, by wearing glasses, look into contact lenses. Contact lenses are a great solution particularly for athletes because they provide safety and a full field of view as opposed to glasses or sports goggles. Before you can take the plunge into contacts you need to consider the following:

    • Is his or her prescription and eye health suitable for contact lenses? There are a number of conditions which prohibit contact lens use or require special lenses. Check with your optometrist to find out what options exist for your teen or tween.
    • Is he or she responsible enough to care properly for contact lenses? Improper care of contact lenses can cause irritation, infection and damage to the eyes. Your teen must understand the risks and be responsible enough to follow the optometrists instructions when it comes to use and care. How do you know if your teen or tween is ready for contacts?  Look at his or her bedroom.  How clean and tidy is it usually?  This is a good indicator if he or she is ready to wear contacts on a daily basis
    • Does he or she have any preexisting conditions that would make contact lens wear uncomfortable? Individuals that have chronic eye conditions such as dry eyes, allergies or frequent infections may find contact use uncomfortable or irritating.

    If your teen or tween would like to consider contacts, you should schedule a consultation with your eye doctor and try a pair for a few days to see how it goes.

  3. Alternative options: In some situations there may be other options such as vision therapy or Ortho-K (where you are prescribed special contacts to wear at night that shape the cornea for clear vision during the day) which could result in improvements in vision. Speak to your optometrist about what alternatives might exist for your teen or tween.