A good year to all our friends, family and patients who celebrate Rosh Hashanah!
A good year to all our friends, family and patients who celebrate Rosh Hashanah!
Ptosis is a condition that affects appearance and vision. The term refers to a drooping upper eyelid. The severity will vary, with some patients experiencing only minor drooping while others have an entirely covered pupil.
Symptoms of Ptosis
The most obvious sign of ptosis is the difference in position of the eyelids. The drooping effect can cause the patient to tilt their head back to compensate for the blocked field of view. In children, the condition can also cause amblyopia.
What Causes Ptosis?
When the nerves that control your eyelid are damaged or weakened due to injury or disease, ptosis can appear.
Ptosis treatment may vary based on age and severity of the condition. Surgery can be done to correct the problem. This is an outpatient procedure that uses local anesthesia. In some cases, the surgeon may only need to lift muscle in the eyelid. Others may require excess skin to be removed.
If you notice the signs of ptosis, contact your ophthalmologist. They can evaluate your eyelid and make a diagnosis. If surgery is required, make sure you tell your doctor about any medications, supplements, or vitamins you currently take. Make an appointment with Ophthalmic Specialists of Michigan to find out if ptosis surgery will benefit you.
Ophthalmic Specialists of Michigan is welcoming a new physician to our practice!
NEIL DELEDDA, O.D.
Ophthalmic Specialists of Michigan pays tribute and celebrates the economic and social accomplishments of all American workers. We hope you are able to enjoy this long weekend with quality time with friends and family.
As a reminder, our Livonia office hours are now extended. Standard hours of operation will continue to be Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-4:30 pm. We will be extending hours of operation every Wednesday (only at our Livonia office location) from 8:00 am-8:00 pm. The Livonia office will be open one Saturday morning each month (8:00 am-12:00 pm). This Saturday varies from month to month depending on surgical schedules, so please call to ask one of our medical receptionists for additional details.
Ophthalmic Specialists of Michigan wish you the warmest Eid greetings and best wishes throughout the year!
Summer brings more people outdoors and into the sunlight. While it’s a wonderful experience that can invigorate your mind and body, it’s also important to remember that bright light can damage eyes. The sun produces UV radiation that can cause serious health problems like increased risk of cataracts, cancer, and growths in eyes.
Choosing the right sunglasses should be about more than just style. Look for a pair that also provides UV protection. You should see a label or sticker that says “100% UV Protection” or “UV400.”
You can bring your own eye shade by wearing a wide-brimmed hat. The hat will provide a shield for your eyes and your face. It’s best to have both a hat and sunglasses so you’re covered when moving your head or walking around.
There is a misconception that clouds will block UV rays. This is not true. You are still at risk, even if the sun is covered by clouds. The rays penetrate cloud cover and still reach the Earth.
If you take prescription medications, check the label for possible UV-related side effects. Some medications make eyes even more vulnerable to UV light. The list includes birth control pills, estrogen pills, antibiotics, and psoriasis medications that contain psoralen.
This may be the most obvious tip on the list, but it’s important to reiterate: never stare into the sun. Doing so can burn holes in your retinas and cause an irreversible condition known as solar retinopathy.
If you have questions about UV rays and your eyesight or are concerned you may have experienced damage, contact Ophthalmic Specialists of Michigan to schedule a comprehensive, dilated eye exam.
Diabetes is a condition that effects an estimated 29.1 million people in the United States. Approximately, 1.4 million new cases are diagnosed each year. That means one in every 10 adults over the age of 20 has diabetes. The American Diabetes Association has created an event that brings people together to work towards a future without diabetes.
What Is Step Out: Detroit, Michigan?
This exciting event will be held on August 26th, 2017. Thousands of participants register to join the walk, including individuals from all over the country. Caring people come together to provide support and encouragement to those whose lives are affected by diabetes.
Participants can join a 1 mile or 2.4 mile walk inside and around Detroit’s Comerica Park. We also celebrate the Red Striders, who are participants who have been diagnosed with Type 1, Type 2, or gestational diabetes. Check-in begins at 8:30 am with the walk starting at 10:00 am.
The event also includes other fun activities: sponsor booths, giveaways, and music to enjoy before and after the walk.
For more details on the activities, parking & routes, please visit: www.diabetes.org/detroitstepout
How would walking help others with diabetes?
August 26th will be a day of celebration, but the positive impact goes far beyond the event. By participating, you will support life-saving research while raising awareness of this growing epidemic in America. You will also help those who have experienced discrimination because of their health condition. Make a difference in the lives of those living with this disease by supporting the 2017 Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes!
Diabetes increases the risk of eye disease among other health problems. If you have a form of diabetes and have not been evaluated by a retina specialist, or are experiencing changes in vision call Ophthalmic Specialists of Michigan today to schedule your diabetic eye exam!
Eye safety and health are very important for children of all ages. Poor or damaged vision can have a serious impact on a child’s ability to thrive, especially if a condition goes undiagnosed. Children’s Eye Safety Month is a reminder to us all regarding this important topic.
Scheduling your child’s eye exam:
If you haven’t already, now is a good time to schedule your child’s next eye exam. The new school year is fast approaching, which means good sight is especially important. Even if nothing is wrong, your child should still maintain a regular checkup schedule to ensure that any problems are caught early. Well-child visits should begin at age three and continue as your little one grows so your optometrist or ophthalmologist can check for common issues like:
Protect your child’s eyes:
There are a number of things you can do to protect your child’s eyes all year long including:
Parents can also watch children for signs of illness including: a disregard in viewing objects that are far away, disinterest in reading, frequent squinting or head turning while watching TV, and crossed or wandering eyes. Schedule an eye exam for your child today with your family optometrist and protect their ability to see the world!
For additional information, please contact Roshelle Brockman at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cataract surgery may be intimidating for some patients. After all, not many patients prefer to have surgery. Especially on one of the most vulnerable areas of the body. However, the good news is that cataract surgery is typically very successful with impressive results.
During the procedure, the doctor removes the cloudy lens and replaces it with an artificial lens. This is usually done on an outpatient basis. Most facilities use a high-frequency ultrasound device that will break the cloudy lens into pieces and then they are gently removed using suction.
After the medication wears off, you may or may not feel some minor discomfort. This is usually easy to manage with over-the-counter pain medications. Your doctor will provide information and advice on how to handle post-surgery discomfort. Some patients initially notice blurred vision, although it typically improves over time.
If you are in need of cataract surgery, contact your ophthalmologist today to learn more about the process. If you have questions, please consult an OSM physician who could assist in relieving any concerns. As a result, you can proceed in feeling confident and ready for your procedure. Contact OSM today to schedule your appointment!