Volume 02 | December 2016
Season's Greetings.
 We at Chicopee Eyecare wish
you and your family  
a Merry Christmas and  Happy Hanukkah!
Let me begin with this Christmas message:  "Let the spirit of love gently fill our hearts and homes.  In this loveliest of seasons, may you find many reasons for happiness."

  Whether you are a new or returning patient, thank you for the confidence  you have placed in us as your optometrists. And if you have never been to our office, we welcome the opportunity to serve you.  

Your email address has been saved  in our secure database. Our intention is to offer monthly newsletters on topics that we hope will be helpful and of interest to you. Please don't hesitate to call us if you ever have any questions or comments.

And 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.
                                                                Dr. David C. Momnie
                                                              Dr. Camille Guzek-Latka
                                                               Dr. Julianne M. Rapalus  
Welcome our new intern
Yasmin Jindani joins Chicopee Eyecare
Dr. David Momnie and Dr. Camille Guzek-Latka welcomed their new intern, Yasmin Jindani of Toronto, Canada.  Yasmin received her B.S. Degree in Biomedical Science from the University of Waterloo and a second B.S. Degree in Optometry at the University of Manchester in Great Britain.  She worked at a hospital eye clinic in Kent for four years before returning to the United States.  Yasmin will receive her Doctorate in Optometry at the New England College of Optometry In Boston in May and return to her native Ontario where her husband is a practicing attorney.
Something in your eye?

We call something in your eye that doesn’t belong there a foreign body. Maybe you were raking leaves or gardening or simply going for a walk on a windy day.  And in an instant, one of your eyes feels like something is in it.  What next? If you're wearing contact lenses, remove them as soon as possible! 

Now the most important rule is “don't rub your eye!”  This could result in a corneal abrasion, literally, a scratch on your eye. 

Next, wash your hands with soap and water and gently pull your lids apart while looking in a mirror. You might very well see the object in your eye and if that’s the case, try flushing it out with lukewarm water.  Using an eyecup or a small glass completely filled, place your open eye directly into the cup or glass.  If this doesn’t work, next try positioning your eye under a faucet, allowing a gentle stream of water to flush it out. 

If the foreign body is in the corner of the eye, on the white part or under the lower lid and the above methods didn’t work, try gently lifting it off with a wet cotton swab or twisted piece of tissue paper.  

There may be some mild discomfort of the eye after the foreign body is removed and using. artificial tears several times a day will help.  

Never try to remove a piece of metal from the eye as you may push it deeper into the tissue making it harder for us to remove.  

Our office staff will always accommodate you during our normal business hours if you have a foreign body that needs to be removed and we will usually have you drive immediately to our office.  If the office is closed, we strongly recommend that you do not go to an emergency room as one of us is always on call nights and weekends and our answering service will reach us.

In a future issue, I’ll discuss what chemicals are damaging to the eye and which ones are only irritating.  

Fact Of The Month
Does your eye ever twitch?
Eyelid twitching, also called eyelid tics and spasms and in medical terminology, myokymia are common and usually involves the lower lid. They come and go but can recur over a period of several weeks. Like the proverbial engine noise that won't occur when you're at the mechanic, most eye twitches don't happen when you're sitting in your doctor’s office. However this wasn't the case last week! They are usually triggered by stress, fatigue and eye strain. The condition can certainly be annoying but is not serious or related to a medical condition and usually a few lifestyle changes will alleviate the twitch
Click here to view the video.
Case of the Month
We want to help this patient with a permanently dilated left pupil.

Below, we take measurements for a new cosmetic contact lens. 
Every month,  we will be presenting a recent  case which  you  may find  
and informative.

This month’s case in a patient interested in a cosmetic contact lens. The pupil in the left eye is significantly larger than in the right eye from an injury.  

Our goal is to restore vision in the left eye, (which in this case requires a strong prescription), reduce annoying glare in the eye and improve the cosmetic appearance of the eye.  

Our fitting set contains about thirty colors with hundreds of combinations when we overlay a tinted lens over a colored opaque lens with a clear pupil.

The fit isn't complete and in next month’s column  we will publish our final result.   
In Case Of Emergency
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.

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