What are Eye Allergies?

“Eye allergies, called allergic conjunctivitis, are a common condition that occurs when the eyes react to something that irritates them (called an allergen). The eyes produce a substance called histamine to fight off the allergen. As a result, the eyelids and conjunctiva — the thin, filmy membrane that covers the inside of your eyelids and the white part of your eye (sclera) — become red, swollen and itchy, with tearing and burning. Unlike bacterial or viral conjunctivitis, allergic conjunctivitis is not spread from person to person.

People who suffer from eye allergies usually (though not always) have nasal allergies as well, with an itchy, stuffy nose and sneezing. It is usually a temporary (acute) condition associated with seasonal allergies. However, in other cases, eye allergies can develop from exposure to other environmental triggers, such as pet dander, dust, pollen, smoke, perfumes, or even foods. If the exposure is ongoing, the allergies can be more severe, with significant burning and itching and even sensitivity to light.”
American Academy of Ophthalmology – EyeSmart, patient education
Written by: Kierstan Boyd
Reviewed by: Brenda Pagan-Duran MD
Mar. 01, 2015


The much anticipated solar eclipse is almost here!

Check out this video to learn how you can protect your eyes while enjoying this astronomical event.

[Advised by both the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and American Astronomical Society (AAS).]

Unfortunately, in Wisconsin, we will not be on the path for a total eclipse, but we will have the opportunity to witness one pretty close!  This map from the AAS, displays a timeline for the event.

Check out the AAS eclipse website for more information.


Ophthalmologists tend to be on the forefront of medical advancement.  When a new treatment becomes available and it’s proven to work, the treatment offering spreads like wildfire and ophthalmologists all over the world use it.

As patients, our desire for the latest and greatest in new technologically advanced treatment options can sometimes lead us to seeking out treatments that haven’t been proven.

Read this article from the American Academy of Ophthalmology to learn how unregulated stem cell treatments blinded three women right here in the United States.

Eyeball Tattoos – That’s a Thing!?!

Eyeball Tattoos Are Even Worse Than They Sound

Check out this article from the American Academy of Ophthalmology.  Yes, people are tattooing their eyes with disastrous results.  Take home message…Don’t tattoo your eyeballs!  Don’t let anyone other than an ophthalmologist inject anything into your eye!



Need a Ride to Your Doctor’s Appointment?

Rides In Sight provides information about senior transportation options in local communities throughout the United States.  Check out your options.


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To all of the mothers in our lives, we wish you the very best Mother’s Day!  You deserve it!

Happy Mothers Day



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Each year, an estimated 100,000 Americans are hurt by sports-relatedeye injury smiley face injuries. About 13,500 of these injuries result in permanent vision loss. In support of Sports Eye Safety Month, remember that a majority of sports-related injuries can be avoided by wearing the proper protection.

Source: Cherry Optical Newsletter, April 2017


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The Mighty Oak – An Introspective, by Dr. Memmen

As I sit at my desk every day, I look out my office window and see a large red oak tree. It is probably 80 feet tall, 100 years old and still has some leaves in spite of today’s date of 1 December 2016. I have looked at this tree for many years and have reflected on the concepts of life, time and our respective places of the world. I find this very peaceful and relaxing. I looked out with some concern several years ago as men started to prune the tree but fortunately the tree was spared by the management of our office complex. Some of his fellow oaks in the office development were not as lucky.

I have many oak trees of a variety of ages and sizes at home, and there, I get to participate in fall cleanup. The leaves always come off later than most of the other trees and sometimes snow covers them before they can be raked. Some of the new comers are only 40 years old and probably 25 feet tall and I have had the pleasure of watching them grow from acorn to pleasant shade tree.

Last year, 2015, we had an epic amount of acorns which littered my lawn by the thousands. They hit my roof with an alarming frequency and thundered like a machine gun. I raked and raked and still did not get all of them until the spring of 2016. Over the last 28 years we have had a regular amounts of acorns every year but last year was special. Many of our neighbors and patient’s throughout the community noted a similar exuberant production of acorns and we wondered what it meant. This year, 2016, there are no acorns. I found this article in the Wall Street Journal which may explain the strategy which the oak trees have adapted in order to enhance reproduction. I don’t know if the report is accurate, but it makes sense. I hope another substantial generation of trees has germinated and will be gracing our environment in the near future.

Be ready for a large number of mice this winter and deer ticks in 2017.

WSJ Article


February is
Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month

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