Volume 15| January 2018
In the Interest of Time
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This is certainly a good time of the year to reflect on the subject of time. The time demands of our practice seem to increase year after year. More patients, and in particular, more older patients with complex problems, along with an increased amount of paperwork, reports that need to be dictated, and returned phone calls to patients all add to the demands on our time. Whether or not practitioners can manage their time efficiently often determines the health of a practice. Most people would agree that time is our most valuable resource.

Quality time with our patients means that we carefully diagnose their problems and fully and effectively address their concerns. Thanks to managed care, the good old days of spending an unlimited amount of time with each patient are gone. However, spending as much quality time with our patients as necessary is the cornerstone of Chicopee Eyecare and we have no intention of changing that mode of practice.

We at Chicopee Eyecare hope the New Year brings you a peace filled life with plenty of time to enjoy the warmth and togetherness of your family and friends.  We wish you good luck, good health, good fortune and good times!

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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.   

Why we don't recommend cheap sunglasses

Even with the shorter days of winter, bright sunny days with increased reflection from the snow suggest that sunglasses aren’t just for the summer months. We are sometimes asked if there really is a difference between high quality sunglasses and inexpensive ones found in department stores.
Our first recommendation is to always be sure you’re getting 100% UVA and UVB Ultraviolet light protection. As consumer testing has shown, a sticker on the glasses is no protection for unknown brands. Furthermore, optical quality, warpage and impact resistance (how “shatterproof” they are, although this term is not used in the industry) can all be compromised in cheap sunglasses.
As with most purchases, you get what you pay for. See the article below on quality polarized sunglasses.
Polarized Sunglasses
Polarized sunglasses are very popular, especially with people who spend time on the water, where our eyes need double protection from the sun above and its reflected rays off of the water.
The Polaroid company was all started by a Harvard University dropout who invented the polarized filter. In 1935, Edwin Herbert Land sold his first pair of polarized sunglasses and in 1937, the Polarized Corp. was started. In 1939, Land introduced at the N.Y. World’s Fair the first 3D film watched with, of course, Polaroid’s 3D glasses. In World War II, Polarized goggles were used by U.S. pilots.

The major advantage of polarized sunglasses is that they reduce glare by blocking reflections. Glare can be a major problem for people with sensitive eyes or with certain eye conditions. They are not appropriate for nighttime vision but most people will find them helpful for improving the clarity and comfort of daytime vision.
Our opticians Jim and Jeannette can provide you with a wide selection and expert fitting of prescription and non-prescription Polarized sunglasses.
Pioneer Valley Leadership Scholarship

For the past two years, Dr. Momnie has helped organize the Pioneer Valley Leadership Scholarship for a New England College of Optometry (NECO) student. About twenty-five local alumni of the college contributed to the four-year scholarship and will also serve as mentors to the recipient over the next four years.  On December 5 th , Drs. Momnie and Guzek-Latka attended a continuing education lecture in West Springfield hosted by NECO and at the meeting, the scholarship was presented to first-year optometry student Parthavi Patel of Easthampton, MA. Following her graduation in 2021, Parthavi hopes to return to Western MA and join a private practice.
Don't bungee cord jump off a bridge!
Dr. Ike Ahmed shared a recent case on Eye Tube…a bungee cord injury to the eye. The jumper suffered a severely dislocated lens and an eye pressure of 50. In layman’s terms, he developed a cataract and glaucoma, both requiring complicated surgery that lasted over an hour and a half. The patient was only under local anesthesia so the surgeon was able to talk to him during the surgery while also explaining the procedure to eye surgery trainees. I have a picture of one of my son’s friends bungee cord jumping off a bridge over Africa's Lake Victoria which is bordered by Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. After watching the surgery video, it’s not an adventure I’d recommend!
Case Of The Month
This month’s case involves a Herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection of the cornea. HSV is one of the most common viral infections of the eye and skin around the eye and we see these cases in the office periodically. Children and adults can contact the virus from simple interactions like eating from the same utensils, sharing lip balm or kissing. Patients with HSV infection of the cornea may complain of pain, light sensitivity, blurred vision and redness of the eye. A typical feature is an ulcer with a branching pattern like the picture on the right. We usually treat these eye infections with eye drops although there is increasing evidence that oral antiviral medication is just as effective.
Optometry Humor
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In Case Of Emergency
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

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.

"The people in this office are committed to providing you with the highest quality of eye care and to treating you with kindness and respect. "  
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