December 2021
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All of us at OCB Eye Health Services wish you and your family a wonderful, happy and healthy holiday season. With the challenges we have all faced surrounding COVID-19, we truly appreciate the opportunity to be your trusted eye care provider. May the season bring you comfort and joy!
Holiday gatherings are a great time to learn about your family's eye health history.
Perhaps you inherited your grandmother’s blue eyes and your father’s smile, but do you know your family’s health history? If you have a family history of eye disease, this can put you at higher risk for inheriting the same eye condition. This information can be helpful to your eye doctor.

Glaucoma, age related macular degeneration, cataracts, and other eye diseases can be inherited. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, if you have a family history of glaucoma, you are four to nine times more likely to develop the disease. If age-related macular degeneration (AMD) runs in your family, you have a 50 percent chance of developing AMD. These conditions can cause blindness if left untreated, so that is why good communication with your doctor, early detection and treatment are crucial to your care.

You are a key player on your health care team, and sharing updated medical information helps us to better care for you. Telling your eye doctor the types of eye diseases that run in your family may prompt him or her to recommend that you have more frequent eye exams or see a specialist. Many inherited eye diseases will not show symptoms until later on in life. In fact, many eye diseases progress without any warning signs at all. The gradual changes in your vision often go unnoticed as they happen so slowly, but may have a devastating impact on your ability to function independently. The earlier that your eye doctor can detect and treat an eye disease, the better your chances are of preserving your vision.

So when you gather this holiday season, please ask "Does anyone in our family have glaucoma, macular degeneration or cataracts? What about other eye diseases?" And of course, be sure to tell your family members if you have an eye disease. It could be the first step in preserving your vision. And while enjoying the holidays, with the increase in COVID-19 cases, please be extra safe with your family.
Doctors making headlines
OCB Eye Health Services congratulates Ann M. Bajart, MD, recipient of the New England Ophthalmological Society's prestigious Distinguished Achievement Award which, since 1950, has been bestowed on a select few ophthalmologists who have made valuable contributions to the field of ophthalmology and to NEOS. Dr. Bajart, who is the second woman to receive this award, was recognized for her commitment to ophthalmology training as well as for her deep involvement with NEOS. She has served as a mentor and teacher to hundreds of medical students over the years. Dr. Bajart, who joined OCB 30 years ago, is a former president of NEOS and served on its Board of Directors for 22 years.

From a tribute given by NEOS:
Dr. Bajart was one of the pioneers who broke the mold of the classic ophthalmologist when she became one of the first female residents not just at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, but in the field itself. Her ability to connect with different generations of ophthalmologists, past, present, and future is uncanny. Her generosity of spirit is unparalleled. Her entry onto the scene of Harvard Medical School and then at Mass Eye and Ear helped change the face of ophthalmology, and she did it in only the way Dr. Bajart could.
We are committed to protecting
your health and safety during the increase of COVID-19 cases
The health and safety of our patients and our staff remain our top priority.
We are deeply committed to providing the safest possible environment for your eye care. We appreciate your cooperation and your patience complying with OCB’s COVID procedures.

First and foremost, if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, please reschedule your appointment: fever, sore throat, cough, runny nose, headache, muscle aches, loss of smell/taste or shortness of breath.

During COVID, OCB EHS must require the wearing of masks and physical distancing. To protect our patients and keep the number of people at a minimum, we cannot allow visitors in OCB's clinics until COVID subsides. Essential caregivers may accompany our patients, however, they are the only exception. Patients and essential caregivers will be screened for symptoms, and must wear a mask at all times. Caregivers must stay with the patient for the entire visit. Again, we appreciate your understanding and look forward to seeing you soon! Please visit our website to learn more about our safety measures.
Schedule your visit through Patient Gateway!
Did you know you can request an appointment with OCB Eye Health Services through your Mass General Brigham Patient Gateway account?

OCB EHS has been experiencing a high volume of phone calls and as a result, our patients have had longer than usual on hold times. If you are already a patient with us, you can easily request an appointment through Patient Gateway!

Here's what to do:

  1. Once you have logged on to the Patient Gateway site, select the "Visits" tab.
  2. Here you will find a "schedule your appointment" tab.
  3. That will bring you to a list of your doctors.
  4. Here you can request an appointment. Simply select your OCB Eye Health Services doctor to request a convenient appointment date and time.

If you do not yet have a Patient Gateway account, we highly recommend setting one up. Through the secure portal you can not only request appointments, but you can message your doctor directly, view test results and pay your medical bills online! Just go to Patient Gateway and follow the steps to create an account.

If you are a new patient, you could also request your first visit through the OCB EHS website.

If you wish to cancel/reschedule and upcoming appointments, you can do this HERE OR by going to, clicking on the "Plan Your Visit" tab and selecting cancel/reschedule appointment.
Build Your Career at OCB Eye Health Services
Are you or is someone you know looking to pursue a career in ophthalmic care? Demand for ophthalmic healthcare professionals continues to grow. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics predicts a 25% growth rate for this career field over the next two years. OCB Eye Health Services provides training, excellent health and retirement benefits and a variety of opportunities. To learn more or to view our open positions, please visit OCB Careers.
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