Volume 07 | May 2017
United Airlines and Chicopee Eyecare--
both occasionally overbooked!

Getting dragged of an airplane, suffering a concussion and broken nose and losing two front teeth is not something we expect after we buckle in on an airplane.  By now, most Americans are familiar with the April 9th incident on a United Airlines plane in Chicago. I have to believe that Oscar Munoz, the CEO of United, is a lot smarter than me but here’s how I would have handled an overbooked flight.  “Ladies and gentlemen, we are overbooked and need two volunteers to give up their seats.  We are offering $1000 each and we will increase that amount by $200 until we get two people….  We’re up to $2,800 and no takers.  How about $3,000?  Great, I see two people raising their hands.  Thank you everyone for your patience.”  Six thousand dollars is a lot cheaper than the millions of dollars in lawyer fees and a most likely out of court settlement in addition to the further millions of dollars in lost revenue from damage to United’s reputation. 

Rest assured that if we accidentally overbook your appointment slot, you will not be forcibly removed from our office! All kidding aside, when we do have to make room in our  schedule for a true emergency, we try to see you as close to your appointment as possible with minimal disruption to your valuable time.

You can do us a small favor!  Please like us on Facebook  and maybe subscribe to our YouTube channel where you can watch Dr. Momnie insert a contact lens on a six month old baby or Dr. Guzek-Latka discuss diabetes and how it affects the eyes, all at Chicopee Eyecare, P.C.   Thank you again for choosing our office.
Our goal is to safeguard your eyes and help you achieve a lifetime of clear and comfortable vision.
                                          David C. Momnie, O.D.
                                        Camille Guzek-Latka, O.D.
                                        Julianne M. Rapalus, O.D.                                                   

Viewing a solar eclipse incorrectly can cause a permanent loss of vision.

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of the United States will have a solar eclipse.The moon will cover part or all of the sun for at least two hours. And some states will experience a brief total blackout.  Day will turn into night for almost three minutes. The American Optometric Association, in association with the American Astronomical Society, is providing information on how to view the eclipse safely.  We will have more information on this subject in the June and July newsletter.

Something is wrong with this picture!

An optical illusion deceives the eye.  It uses patterns, color and light to create deception.   

We have five senses-sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell.  However, most information we receive from the world around us comes through our eyes. And in the above picture, that's the only sense we can use to interpret the image.  However, if we were standing across the street looking at the same mail truck, touch, or what we call kinesthesia (the sensation that our  body position is slanted), would eliminate any confusion to our perception.  See the picture below. to understand the confusion without the sense of touch (standing off balance). 

    This might make sight the most important of all the senses, although let us not underestimate our ability to hear a cow moo, touch a feather, smell a beautiful rose and taste an apple pie.

Fluorescent lights - your eyes often don’t like them

Fluorescent lights are popular because they’re inexpensive to run. Unfortunately your eyes may be paying the price with symptoms of burning and eyestrain, headaches and trouble concentrating. Compact fluorescent lights (CFL), a common substitute for incandescent bulbs also produce the same ultraviolet light.  Periodic use of artificial tears are helpful to keep you eyes moist.  Some people benefit from an anti-glare coating on their glasses.  And the best advice I can give is to “stretch” your eyes by taking periodic breaks from prolonged close work during the day.  

Angel Eyes at Baystate Hospital:
Parents connect to their preemies.

Any news story headline with the word “eyes” in it usually catches our attention, especially since we're writing a monthly newsletter.  The 2016 annual report of Baystate Health Foundation, the fundraising arm of Baystate Medical Center, described new technology being used by the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Baystate Children’s Hospital.  Inspired by her parents following the tragic death of nursing student Evan Bard in 2013, Angel Eye cameras strategically placed in the temperature controlled individual units allow babies born prematurely to stay connected with their parents.  Parents using a smartphone or a computer can log on to a secure website and connect to their child. Each camera unit costs $2,500 and the goal of the hospital is to have every bed equipped with one.

Dr. Momnie actually fit an 8 week old infant with contact lenses at the Baystate NICU about fifteen years ago. The baby was born with congenital cataracts and underwent surgery at 4 weeks old. 

More kids with diabetes

 A Springfield Republican article on April 19, 2017 was titled “More kids with diabetes.”  Most cases of type 2 diabetics in young people  are related to childhood obesity, which has increased  by  threefold since the the 1970s. There were five takeaways listed in the article:

1.  Type 2 diabetes is increasing for 10 to 19 year old non white youths.

2.  Native American kids had the highest rates followed by African Americans,       Latinos, Asians and whites.

3.  Girls had a higher incidence at 6.2% compared to boys at 3.7%.

4.  There was very little difference in the incidence of diabetes between 10 to 14 year olds and 15 to 19 year olds.

5.  The earlier age the disease starts, the more potential diabetes has to do damage to the body.

This means more youth are going to have heart, kidney, eye and other diabetes related problems down the road. Public health officials expect a huge financial burden on the health care system.

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Standing across the street and viewing this picture, our sense of touch (or kinesthesia) send a message to the brain that our body is slanted and so is the street!
Chicopee Eyecare provides "24/7" coverage for
emergency eye care 
for our patients.

We recommend that you do not go to the emergency room for an eye injury or acute eye problem unless it is very serious.   Drs. Momnie, Guzek-Latka and Rapalus keep slots open for urgent care visits for new and established patients during normal office hours, and provide around-the clock emergency coverage for our established patients for after-hours and  weekends. Call 592-7777 before calling your PCP or visiting a hospital ER!

Office Hours
We are available when you need us 
Our office and optical department are open during the following hours:

Monday                  9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Tuesday                 9:00 am - 5:30pm

Wednesday            9:00 am - 5:30pm

Thursday                9:00 am - 6:30pm

Friday                     9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Saturday                9:00 am - 12:30 pm   

                 Sunday Closed

         One of our doctors is always available for emergencies on nights, weekends and holidays.   Call (413) 592-7777 and our answering service will put you in touch  with an on-call optometrist.

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