GLACUCOMA AWARENESS

GLAUCOMA affects over 3 Million Americans.

Some forms of glaucoma have no symptoms until it’s too late!

If you have one or more of these risk factors, see an ophthalmologist to preserve your vision:

  • Over 40 years old
  • Family history of glaucoma
  • History of eye injury
  • African, Hispanic or Asian heritage
  • History of high eye pressure
  • Diabetic

Check-out this Glaucoma simulator from the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

Green Apple Eye Care will be CLOSED on the following dates
in observance of Christmas and the New Year:

 Monday, December 25, 2017

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

 Monday, January 1, 2018

  We wish you a very blessed Christmas Season!

James E. Memmen, M.D. & Staff

 

Please contact us during regular business hours:
Monday – Thursday 8:00am – 5:00pm

Green Bay: 920-497-0100      Appleton: 920-380-0100
Toll Free: 866-314-3311

BLOODSHOT EYE? – When to See the Doctor

Sometimes a bloodshot eye is NOTHING and sometimes it’s SOMETHING.
But how do you know if you should see a doctor?

You should SEE A DOCTOR ASAP if your bloodshot eyes are paired with the following:

  • Your eyes are seeping or encrusted with yellow, brown or green mucous, see a doctor as soon as you can. This can be a sign of infection that needs medical treatment.
  • You are experiencing pain in or around your eyes or unusual tenderness.
  • You have unusual sensitivity to light.
  • You have a fever or overall sickness.
  • Redness or discomfort lasts more than a week (after you’ve tried home remedies – listed below).
  • Your child has been exposed to pink eye (conjunctivitis)

If you do not have the symptoms listed above, a HOME REMEDY may be all you need.
Some Options Include:

  • Using over-the-counter artificial tears
  • Using over-the-counter antihistamine eye drops, especially if you are prone to seasonal allergies
  • Using over-the-counter antihistamine eye drops with a steroid— *if you’ve been previously diagnosed with red eyes due to allergies
  • Placing cool compresses or washcloths on your closed eyes a couple of times a day
  • Avoiding triggers or irritants such as smoke, fumes, pollen, dust, chlorine or pet dander
  • Washing your hands often, not touching your eyes unless you’ve just washed your hands, and using clean bedding and towels daily.

If the home remedies don’t help after one week, it’s time to schedule an appointment.

View the full article from the American Academy of Ophthalmology here.

 

 

CAUSES OF DRY EYE

Dry Eyes can be caused by a number of things including, but not limited to: environmental factors, health conditions and medications.

Dry eye cannot be cured — it is a chronic condition requiring lifestyle changes and sometimes medical treatment to maintain consistent eye comfort and relief.

Patients often try over-the-counter artificial tears to relieve dry eye symptoms.  Try lubricating eye drops like Refresh, Systane, Soothe or Blink.  AVOID drops with a redness reliever or allergy component like Visine, Similasan or Naphcon A.

For more information, see the full article from the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

 

4 WAYS to FIGHT DRY EYE

Follow these 4 tips to combat your Dry Eye Symptoms without using drops :

  1. Go Nuts.  Go Fish. – Small changes in diet can help.  Eat more nuts and fish high in fatty acids.
  2. When Dry, Humidify – Especially in our harsh, dry winters, use a portable humidifier.
  3. Blink – yes, blink more.  It’s that simple.  You may not even notice your lack of blinking when using a computer or reading a book.
  4. Exit the Wind Tunnel – avoid environments with a lot of air movement, like sitting right under an air duct.  Use sunglasses outside to block the wind.

Check out the full article at: http://www.aao.org/eye-health/tips-prevention/four-ways-to-fight-dry-eye

American Academy of Ophthalmology
Written by: Shirley Dang
Reviewed by: Cynthia A Self MD
Feb. 25, 2015

Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month

What is Diabetic Eye Disease?

Diabetic eye disease refers to a group of eye problems that people with diabetes may face as a complication of diabetes. All of these diseases can potentially cause severe vision loss or even blindness.

Watch this video.

 

Medicare Open Enrollment

Take advantage of Medicare’s open enrollment period from October 15 to December 7 to educate yourself about which option is best for you!

These three resources can help:

  1. Medicare Rights Center is a nonprofit national helpline offering answers to Medicare questions at no cost.
  2. State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIP) counsel Medicare beneficiaries about health benefits.  This resource is also a national free program.
  3. Medicare and You” – New to Medicare? Learn the primary parts of the system.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Green Apple Eye Care would like to extend a very Happy Halloween
to all of our patients and their families!

Trick-OR-Treat!

We encourage everyone to stay safe as you enjoy and participate in your Halloween festivities.

For your community’s Trick-or-Treating hours, check here: WBAY
For Trick-or-Treating safety tips, check out the following links:
National Safety Council
Safe Kids Worldwide

Ocular Vitamins – Do They Help?

Studies show…YES!

Patients with macular degeneration show a slowed or stopped progression of the disease when taking  specifically formulated vitamins like Macular Protect Complete AREDS2.

Patients suffering from dry eye (especially post-menopausal women) find long-term relief when taking a hydrating supplement like HydroEye.  Watch this video.

Learn more about ScienceBased Health Vitamins by clicking here.
These vitamins can be purchased on-line or at both of our clinic locations. 866-314-3311


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