Volume 23| September 2018
"Alexa, How will Amazon enter the Eyecare Industry?"
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In 1998, Amazon was simply an online bookstore. Through continued innovation, Amazon Prime now has 85 million members. With the recent acquisition of Whole Foods, they appear to be ready to enter the pharmacy market and their future involvement in health care remains to be seen. They also plan on entering the eye care market and one way would be through telemedicine. An app could connect their pharmacist to a particular eye doctor and then ship prescription eye drops, contact lenses and even eyeglasses to the patient through Amazon Prime. Another Amazon innovation is Echo, a “smart speaker” that connects to a voice controlled intelligent personal assistant service named Alexa. Alexa could certainly answer frequently asked questions and once Amazon collects enough of your health history, “she” (Alexa) could potentially offer treatment plans with recommendations of over-the-counter products. Finally, Amazon has the potential to build its own electronic medical records system where patients could have all of their doctor’s records stored in one place and where any of their health care providers could access patient information.

At Chicopee Eyecare, we don’t worry about how innovators like Amazon might disrupt our profession. Our core values are providing high quality, personal and compassionate care and it’s what our office does all day, six days a week. We are honored that you have entrusted the safeguarding of your vision with us and will embrace any new technology that will benefit you without compromising these core values.

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David C. Momnie, O.D.
Camille Guzek-Latka, O.D .
Julianne M. Rapalus, O.D.  

Low-Carb Diets not Recommemded

A recent article in Medscape reported that new research suggests that moderation is the key for carbohydrate intake to improve long-term health. Low-carb diets that rely heavily on meat-based proteins and fats are linked to a higher mortality rate as opposed to plant-based proteins and fats. In other words, if you’re going to restrict your carbohydrate intake, what you replace it with matters.

The article concludes that “people should not rush to adopt extremes in diet of any kind, neither extremely low carbs, low fats or low salt.” The nutrition field is full of extremes, often without the evidence to back it up.” We optometrists at Chicopee Eyecare often make dietary recommendations to our patients with diabetes and high blood pressure, both of which can cause damage to the retina of the eyes. We also recommend certain foods to our patients with macular degeneration as a diet high in lutein (found in dark green vegetables) and antioxidants has been shown to have a protective effect on the retina.
Welcome our newest intern, Kevin Shum

Chicopee Eyecare welcomes our latest optometry intern, Kevin Shum, to our office. Kevin received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Rhodes College in Memphis Tennessee, his hometown. He will receive his Doctor of Optometry degree in May from the New England College of Optometry in Boston. Welcome, Kevin!
"What color are your eyes?"

Why Do Some of Us have Different Colored Eyes?

This was a recent question on the VSP Blog (VSP.com). The condition is called heterochromia and is due to an excess or deficiency in melanin, the natural pigment of the iris, in one eye compared to the other. It is invariably hereditary and has no visual consequences. The entire iris can be of a different color or the change can be sectoral where a pie shaped section of the iris is a different color from the rest of the iris in the same eye. Medications can be to blame and certain glaucoma medications like latanoprost darkens lightly colored eyes. If someone is being treated for glaucoma, having one’s baby blue eyes altered can be a major concern.

Two celebrities with heterochromia are American actress Kate Bosworth who has a hazel right eye and a blue left eye and British actress Jane Seymour. Unless the color in one eye changed abruptly, in which case you should be seen in our office, relax and enjoy the rarity and uniqueness of your heterochromia.
Orange You Glad a Fruit Can Protect Against Macular Degeneration?
This was the catchy title of a recent article in Review of Optometry. Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in this country, affecting more than 10 million Americans, more than cataracts and glaucoma combined. It occurs when the small central portion of the retina, (the retina is like the film of a camera) called the macula, deteriorates. Researchers from South Wales, Australia found that adults who said they consume at least one serving of oranges a day had more than a 60% reduced risk of advanced macular degeneration 15 years later compared to those who never consumed oranges at baseline. Oranges contain nutrients called flavonoids which are also found in tea, apples and red wine. However, the study did not find a strong relationship between these food sources like it did with oranges. Consuming another nutrient called lutein, which is a carotenoid found in dark vegetables like spinach and broccoli, also seems to have a protective effect against the development of macular degeneration.
If you hope to travel to Mars Someday ...

An article in Review of Optometry reported that the National Aeronautical Space Administration (NASA) is developing devices that will allow their scientists to detect, monitor and guide medical issues that astronauts are experiencing on long duration deep space missions. The first device will be a small camera that takes an image of the astronaut’s retina, allowing doctors on the ground to check for eye complications. Another device will allow the astronauts to check their peripheral vision which may also be affected by space flight.

NASA’s goal of returning to the moon and of putting humans on Mars is complicated by the possibility of damage to the eyes on long duration flights resulting in permanent loss of vision and scientists hope these devices will help them find a solution to these vision issues.

Please keep us at Chicopee Eyecare updated on your plans for space travel so we can specifically tailor your eye exam and further discuss this technology with you!
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Case Of The Month
"I saw flashing lights earlier today"

One of the most common symptoms that causes people to immediately call their optometrist is the sudden onset of flashing lights. A key question which our staff will ask the caller is if the flashes occur in one eye or both eyes. When light flashes occur in both eyes, appear as jagged lines or heat waves, and last about 10-15 minutes, the cause is invariably migraine, due to a temporary spasm of blood vessels in the brain.  For some people, a migraine “aura” is followed by a headache, sometimes severe, and for or others the “ocular migraine” subsides without a headache. Any blurred vision always returns to normal when the flashing lights stop.

However, flashing lights in one eye lasting from several hours to several days is usually due to shrinkage of the vitreous gel inside the eye, resulting in traction on the retina and an eventual detached vitreous. Again, the light flashing episode, which may or may not be accompanied by floaters, is always in one eye. A detached vitreous is more likely to occur with age and is usually not serious. However, sometimes the retina is torn during a detached vitreous and a careful dilated examination of the retina in the involved eye is necessary to rule out a tear and impending detached retina. When the vision is affected in that eye, it is important that we see you within 24 hours and preferably the same day.

In summary, don’t hesitate to call us if you experience flashing lights and if the lights are occurring in one eye, be prepared to come to the office for a dilated retinal exam.
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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

We will be resuming our regular schedule the Saturday after Labor Day .

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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