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Removing a piece of metal from the underside of an eyelid


This video represent a typical situation. A patients eye was irritating her and she thought it would go away if she just left it alone. Unfortunately it did not. The reason being, was that there was a piece of metal embedded on the underneath of her eyelid! With the right equipment, this was easy to remove. Luckily this did not cause any scratches on her eye and was easy to treat. If your eye doesn’t feel right, get it checked out. The longer you wait the more discomfort you will suffer and the more damage that can occur. With out the proper equipment, this could have easily been missed. Only an eye doc will have the right equipment to really get the job done optimally.

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Dr. Bazan Joins the Ocular Surface Society of Optometry!

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OSSO is a non-profit, independent organization founded in 2008. The mission of this organization is to increase the awareness and advance the understanding and management of dry eye and ocular surface disease among optometric practitioners, industry, and researchers.

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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The Slope is talking!

Have you heard what people have been saying about PSEye?

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Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Recycle Your Contact Lens Foil!

PSEye already collects and recycles the plastic containers as seen here: http://justinbazan.wordpress.com/2009/02/20/contact-lens-recycling-program/

I’m happy to report that I have confirmed that NYC Dept. Of Sanitation will recycle the foil along with your normal metal recyclables!!! We will collect the foil here, but I encourage you to just recycle it with your metals at home. Double check with your department of sanitation to make sure this applies to your area of the country.

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Park Slope Parents reccomends Park Slope Eye

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Park Slope Parents is a great resource for raising children in Park Slope. Guess who is on their list of recommended optometrists? :)

Here is what a recent PSParent had to say about PSEye:

Author: Review from Yahoo Group Date: 2009-05-15 09:20:07
I have been wearing contact lenses for many years and recently began
to have discomfort. I mentioned this to my eye doctor in Brooklyn
Heights whom I had been seeing for many years and they suggested that
it was due to age and/or the eyes rejection of contact lenses. They
offered to do a lense fitting but it was costly and it would take time
to get another appointment. Before ditching contacts completely, I
decided to try Park Slope Eye and am very glad I did. They have a
wonderful facility and staff. The office is clean, friendly and very
helpful. Mary offered to check with my insurance and see what
benefits I receive (while also offering me a drink). Dr. Bazan gave
me a very thorough eye exam and had me walking out with two different
and very comfortable lenses to try. Not only did he fit me with the
appropriate eye wear but he was also clearly knowledgeable about eye
care and informed with up-to-date information on contact lenses. I
will not look for another eye doctor again! I highly recommend this
eye care establishment.

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.


Thank You for Following Park Slope Eye on FaceBook and Twitter

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Park Slope Eye is lucky to have such tech savy people as our patients and clients.  Social networking is a great way to stay up on what we are doing and it allows you to take advantage of exclusive offers.  Thank You for you continued support both in and out of PSEye.

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Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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How contagious is my pink eye? When can I go back to work? school?

Most contagious pink eyes are viral or bacterial in nature.  If it is bacterial in nature, we treat it with strong antibiotics and in a day or so, you are no longer contagious and the eye is well on its way to making a full recovery.  If its viral in nature, it is likely from the highly contagious adenovirus.  Unfortunately, antibiotics do not work on viral pink eye, and you will often remain highly contagious for several days.

img_8874Park Slope Eye knows that you need to know how contagious you are so you can plan appropriately and so that our doctors can treat and manage your condition appropriately.  Nobody wants to hear that they caused a pink eye out break at home, work or school!  PSEye has acquired the RPS Adeno Detector to aid assuring that does not occur.  The RPS Adeno Detector is a quick, painless, in office test that will aid in determining if your pink eye stems from the highly contagious adenovirus.

Knowing that you have viral pink eye you have will save you from buying costly antibiotics, help to stop the spread of the highly contagious virus, allow you to inform work/school of your absence, and allow you to receive the apporiate treatment.  PSEye feels that those things are pretty important, and we encourage you to ask your eye care provider if they have the ability to test to determine which type of pink eye you really have.

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Eyeliner

eyelinerEyeliner is a huge source of eye problems, especially if you are caking it on all over the lid margins, covering up the oil glands. The clear spots in the black field of eyeliner are oil glands that I uncovered by pressing on them. What is the big deal about covered up oil glands? Well if the oil is not coming out easily, it will not be able to get onto your eyes and your tear film will be less than optimal, often times making your eyes uncomfortable and unable to wear contacts comfortably. You do not have to stop wearing eyeliner, just keep it towards the front of the lid margin, away from those oil glands!

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Dr. Bazan to Serve as Board Examiner

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Dr. Bazan is delighted to accept his assignment as an Examiner for the National Board Clinical Skills Examination.  Examiners make a major contribution to the assessment of competence for the practice of optometry.  Please excuse my absence from Park Slope Eye on 4/25 and 4/26.

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Contact Lens Recycling Program

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Park Slope Eye is proud to announce that we will now be recycling used contact lens blister packs (see above).   Blister packs are made of polypropylene as denoted by the #5 recycle symbol.  Unfortunately, you can not currently place these with your other plastic recyclables because there is no NYC Dept. of Sanitation program to recycle them.

Save them up, and bring them by.  I will ensure their delivery to the proper recycling facility.  Just please remember to remove the foil from the plastic.  Don’t forget the foil can go with your regular metal recyclables!

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Doc, Why Can't I See 3-D!

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3-d, really impressive 3-d is almost upon us in a big way.  Hopefully all of us will be able to enjoy the amazing images without issue.  Some of us, may be wondering what the heck is just so impressive and find ourselves not really noticing much difference.  But why?  In order for you to appreciate the 3-d, your eyes must be aiming and focusing appropriately and as a team.  If they are unable to do so, you will be unable to view in 3-d.   Time for an eye exam?

To read more, click on the above pic.

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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How Glasses Can Change Your Image…

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Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Doc, I'm happy with my contacts, why do you want me to try a new type?

bionicwomaneye_2“Doc why are you changing my brand of contacts? I’ve worn them with no issues for 10+ yrs and I’m pretty happy with them.”

Good question.  The bottom line is probably because your eye doctor cares about your personal eye health and wants you to continue on for another 10 years without issue.  Often times an eye doctor will pick up on subtle damage to your eyes caused by long term contact lens wear that you have no clue is occurring.  If those early warning signs are there, by taking action now,  one can often avoid more serious future issues.  Even if your eyes are healthy, your eye doctor may be switching you into a contact that will give you the best chance of keeping them that way.

When evaluating a new type of contact, it is important to keep in mind that the new contacts will feel different because they are different.  Its not uncommon for you to experience the same things you did when you initially tried contacts for the first time.  Your eye doctor might even prescribe some drops that will help to provide some extra comfort during the adaptation.   The follow up exam that you will make an appointment for, will give us the opportunity to evaluate things and make any necessary changes, which can even include trying a differnt brand.

As always, it is advisable to seek a second opinon if you feel your care was anyhthing less than the best.  One may also learn about a particluar doctors philosphies by reading his bio or checking into his practice.

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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I just need a routine check up and I don't have a vision plan, why are you asking for my medical insurance?

Your medical insurance may often cover routine eyecare.  If you are coming in with healthy and normal eyes,  you are coming in for a routine eyecare.  Routine eyecare may be covered by your medical insurance like BCBS, and can also be covered by a stand alone vision plan, like VSP.  It is all pretty confusing, but Park Slope Eye is dedicated to figuring out the details for you.  Let us help save you money by making sure you are utilizing your full benefits.

We also like to know who your medical carrier is because if there is a medical eye condition, they most often will be able to cover your costs.  Additionally, if a referral needs to be made, it will help get you to the most appropriate doctor.

To better understand the specifics of what is covered by vision and medical insurance, please read the blog entry, posted here.

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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What insurance will cover what: Vision Vs Medical

Vision and Medical insurance are both accepted at Park Slope Eye, however they often provide coverage for different services.  Because of the staggering diversity and complexity of insurance plans, we would like to simplify the process by providing you with specific information regarding your plan.  Please contact the office directly to utilize this service.

Vision plans are primarily for routine eye exams, glasses, and contacts only.  A routine eye exam is for patients that have no medical eye problems or known eye health issues.  The goal of a routine eye exam is to prove that your eyes are perfectly healthy and to discover unknown problems.

If a patient presents with an eye problem, such as pinkeye, glaucoma, or dry eye, this office visit is can be billed to medical insurance, not a vision plan. See the list below for some common medical presenting conditions.  Your vision plan may be utilized in addition to your medical plan to provide coverage for additional services and products such as glasses and contacts.

Vision Plans Cover Refractive Care.  Ie. What a pair of glasses or contacts can correct.

They include the common vision conditions:

367.20 Astigmatism
367.00 Farsightedness
367.10 Nearsightedness
367.40 Presbyopia, aka Can’t see up close

Medical Insurance Covers Conditions That Can Affect the Health Of Your Eye.

Most Common Presenting Medical Complaints and Conditions:

379.91 Eye Pain, Eye Strain
371.82 Contact Lens Related Eye Health Problems
372.22 Eye Allergies, Itchy Eyes
930.00 Something in your eye
372.03 Pink eye
379.93 Red Eye
372.71 Irritated Eye
368.8   Blurred Vision
370.33 Dry Eye
375.21 Tearing, Watering
368.15 Flashes of Light
379.24 Floaters, Seeing Spots
368.2   Double Vision
368.13 Light Sensitivity
784.00 Headaches

V19.1   Family History of Eye Disorders, other than needing glasses or contacts.
373.11 Styes
373.00 Eyelid Infections
365.00 Glaucoma
366.10 Cataract
362.5   Macular Degeneration
378.9   Eye Movement Problems, Eye Turn, Lazy Eye

Medical Conditions that have ocular implications are also covered, such as:

250.0_ Diabetes
401.90 Hypertension

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Dr. Nathan Bonilla-Warfords Second Annual Top Ten New Year's Resolutions

Dr. Bonilla-Warford of Bright Eyes did another great job of generating a Top Ten New Year’s Resolution list.  Below is the article which can also be found at his outstanding blog, http://brighteyesnews.com/ .  Great Job!

The Top Ten New Year’s Resolutions for Children Vision

By brighteyesnews

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It is that time of year again. Time for finishing off those holiday cookies and preparing for a happier, healthier, more prosperous new year. A year ago I posted the Ten New Year’s Resolutions for Your Eye Heath. This year I will turn my attention to children’s vision. So without further ado…

The Top Ten New Year’s Resolutions for Children Vision

1) Read up on children’s vision

There are some wonderfully informative websites about children’s vision and visual development. Check them out at Optometrist Network, College of Optometrists in Vision Development, Childrensvision.com, Parents Active in Vision Education, Optometric Extension Program Foundation, and many others.

2) Spend Some Quality Vision Time With Your Kids

One of the best things you can do is simply spend some time reading books and doing homework with your children. Watch them and talk to them about what they are seeing and what if feels like when they read. Compare what you find with this symptom checklist.

3) Have Their Eyes and Vision Examined

Have your children had an full eye exam?  (A simple screenings done at school or the pediatrician doesn’t count.)  If they haven’t, then make 2009 the year.  The American Optometric Association recommends the first eye exam at age six months, followed by age three years and then before entering school. This exam should be thorough and evaluate all aspects of vision. You can find additional useful information about this at the Vision First Foundation.

4) Bring Their Glasses in for Adjustment and Cleaning

All children who wear glasses -  especially boys – get them bent up a little bit. Sometimes a lot. Often the temples are crooked and the nosepads are flattened down. Don’t hesitate to come by Bright Eyes and have the staff adjust and clean their glasses. You might be amazed how much difference it can make!

5) Consider Contacts

Many parents think that their children are too young for contacts. Sometimes they are correct that the child and family simply are not ready for contacts. However,  contacts frequently provide better vision than glasses and is the best option for a child – if the parents are ready.  You can read my post about this here.

6) Consider the Need for Sports Eye Protection

Many of my young patients participate in organized supports such as baseball, football, or basketball. For these patients, prescription sports goggles are a good idea. First, their use will limit sports-related eye injuries. Second, the improved vision sports eyewear provide may significantly improve their performance on the field.

7) Ensure They are Using Good Visual Ergonomics

Most people are familiar with ergonomics to help them function more comfortable and efficiently. This also applies to vision. Ensure that your kids take frequent breaks from activities such as reading and video games. Watch to see if they hold books or video games very close, which can cause eye strain. When reading and writing a slant-board is helpful. Read more here.

8) Have them wear their sunglasses.

We live Florida. It is sunny, even in January. Most of my patients have sunglasses and most of their kids do, too. But parents often forget to have their kids wear them. They’ll go outside and put on the SPF 45 sunblock – which is a good idea – but then forget the eye protection. It is not too early to start preventing problems!

9) Myopia Progression

If you are concerned about your child’s rapid development of nearsightedness, there may be some options to consider. First, Precise Corneal Reshaping may not only temporarily eliminates nearsightedness, but has been shown in studies to reduce progression of myopia. Additionally, some children may benefit from additional options such as bifocal glasses, bifocal contacts, or vision therapy. Only a comprehensive eye exam can indicate what is most appropriate.

10) Pass this along to anyone who has kids!

If you know a family member or has children, pass this info along. Especially if there are visual problems in the family.

I hope everyone has a fantastic 2009! If you have any questions about this list, or anything else eye-related, feel free to call 813-792-0637 or stop by the office.

Dr. Bonilla-Warford
Bright Eyes Family Vision Care

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Use It or Lose It! Insurance and Flex Spending

moneywalletBoth medical and vision insurance coverage often reset come January 1st.  Now that recession has hit, why not take advantage of those benefits before they are lost?!?!?!

Do you have an FSA, flexible spending account, which requires you to use up the allocated funds by the years end?  If you don’t spend it, consider it part of the bail out plan!flushing-money-down-the-dra

Unsure about what exactly you might have coming towards you?  Just give Park Slope Eye a call and we will figure it out for you.

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Improve Your Life in 2009

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Failing vision can be a symptom of other health problems
By Kenneth Terrell
Posted December 18, 2008

If the last time you had your eyes checked was when you renewed your driver’s license years ago, you could be cruising for trouble. The American Optometric Association recommends that adults get their eyes checked every two years (or every year for those ages 61 and older). Yet in a 2007 survey the group conducted, 35 percent of the respondents who do not use corrective lenses admitted that they haven’t had their eyes checked in five years or more (22 percent said they have never had their eyes checked by a specialist). And that’s despite the fact that nearly half of those surveyed said they feared blindness more than losing their memory, hearing, or the ability to walk.

Regular eye exams can help you stay ahead of vision problems like glaucoma and macular degeneration. But an eye exam has benefits beyond preserving your vision. Failing eyesight can be a sign of other illnesses. In some people, a comprehensive eye exam can detect serious illnesses including diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and some cancers.

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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How many hours a day are you staring at a computer?

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Driving at night is difficult, what can I do?

inthedarkintherainDriving at night is just about the hardest thing we do with our eyes.  Since moving out of Manhattan and into an area where people actually drive their own cars, I have heard the difficulties of night driving commonly vocalized.  Let’s do something to make it easier.

What can one do?  In order to add ease and confidence to your night driving experiences, start with a basic comprehensive eye exam.  Do those lights eye-exam-2_slide_show1look blurry and glarry because the power of your Rx is less than optimal?  Could the natural lens in your eye have developed some cloudiness?  Is your vision blurring out because of your dry eyes?  A great exam will help ensure that both your eyes and your Rx are perfect.  So, for starters, get seen by the best to see your best.

If you choose to fill your Rx in a pair of glasses, choosing the right lenses is crucial to keeping you clear and comfortable while on the road at night.  Mary McRae, ABO co-owner of Park Slope Eye had this to say:

crizal5“Having a good quality anti reflective coating, like Crizal Alize or Avance, is imperative to seeing well at night. Anti reflective coatings allow more light to transmit through the lens and more directly to your retina.  Lenses without the coating reflect a lot of light, and therefore the light that reaches the retina is scattered and less focused.  For instance, we have patients who complain of car headlights looking like star bursts, and this is easily resolved with this coating.
Having clean lenses that are scratch-free is also very important because it will reduce additional scattered light. Light transmits better through a smooth surface, versus through damaged lenses.  To keep your lenses in great shape, we recommend using eyeglass cleaner from Park Slope Eye to clean your glasses, but tap water with lotion-free dish soap also works well. Afterward, use a cleaning cloth or soft cotton cloth (not your clothes) to dry your lenses. You definitely want to avoid using tissue products to dry your lenses and never use window cleaner because the ammonia will destroy your lenses. These tips will not only reduce glare dramatically while driving at night, but also keep your glasses looking great!”

Ok, so now your proven healthy eyes are sitting behind the ideal pair of eyewear and you are now behind the wheel.  Its your typical BKNY winter night and the amount of potholes in the road seemed to have doubled, the lane size has halved and of course its raining.  You may still feel very uncomfortable behind the wheel but at least we now know its not your eyes Rx or glasses.  So what else can one do?

Here is what works for me.  Think of your windshield as the lenses in your glasses.  Remember what Mary said about making sure they are clean, and that they have non-glare coatings?  Well your windshield can be optimized the same way.

First, think of you windshield as a pair of glasses.  Just like your glasses that have special coatings to help you see better, your windshield should also have a special coating to help you see better.  Hit theaquapel1 car wash, get the windows as clean as possible, then apply a product like RainEx or Aquapel to them.  Some car washes even have this as an option, mine does, and its awesome.  This greatly enhances your visibility, especially at night in the rain, the toughest condition to drive in for most.

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silblade2Secondly, get a great pair of wiper blades.  I installed Silblades on my car over a year ago and they do a great job of keeping the windshield clean, much in the same way as how Mary informed you about keeping your glasses clean.  Also, keep the wiper fluid full and use it frequently.  In the winter, I use a deicer fluid, but most of the time I would use the Rainex fluid found here.rainx-de-icer

Lastly, Windex.  You clean both the inside and outside of your glasses right?  Do the same thing for your car’s windows.  A thorough cleaning of the inside windows with Windex will be the finishing touch on optimizing your roadway visibility and limiting your issues with night driving.

Keep those eyes healthy, Rx updated and make sure your glasses/windshield are appropriately set up for the task and you will find yourself much more confident and calm behind the wheel at night, even in the most trying of road conditions.

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Brain Fitness 2: Sight & Sound | PBS

Brain Fitness 2: Sight & Sound | PBS

This should be a very interesting program to watch…not to mention Park Slope Eye got a few seconds of screen time!

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Halloween Contacts

I have not had a single request for this kind of contact this year.   Historically these contacts get abused, and I see a lot of eye infections as a result.  Many of them can be avoided by following 2 simple rules.

1.  If you are re-using a contact, make sure its clean and disinfected.  This means, the night before you use it, RUB/RINSE/SOAK it.  BUY some CL solution!  Do not keep sticking it back into the vial it came in (I can’t believe I actually had to write that!)

2. Take them out, before you pass out.  A lot of times, people are out partying and get lazy about taking care of their contacts.  If you are unable to properly take care of them, instead of sleeping in them, just throw them out.  Its not worth the $, time and pain that’s involved with a CL related eye problem.

AOA warns consumers about risks of decorative contact lenses.
Medical News Today(10/21) reports, “With Halloween approaching, the American Optometric Association (AOA) is warning consumers about the risks of wearing decorative contact lenses without a prescription from an eye doctor.” While the Food and Drug Administration regulates “decorative lenses as a medical device, similar to corrective lenses,” some “decorative lenses continue to be illegally marketed and distributed directly to consumers through a variety of sources, including flea markets, the Internet, beauty salons, and convenience stores.” Paul Klein, O.D., chair of the AOA’s Contact Lens and Cornea Section, emphasized that “purchasing contact lenses without a prescription can result in serious eye health and vision damage since consumers are not properly educated on cleaning and disinfecting, nor in proper removal and application of the contact lens.” He explained that “consumers who wear these contact lenses put themselves at risk of serious bacterial infection, or even significant damage to the eye’s ability to function, with the potential for irreversible sight loss.” Additional “risks associated with the use of decorative contact lenses include conjunctivitis, swelling, allergic reaction, and corneal abrasion due to poor lens fit.”

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Free Eye Exam with Purchase!

“If you buy glasses from my store,  I will do a free eye exam to get the prescription for you.” – a local optical

If that seems like a good idea to you, Park Slope Eye, is not the right environment for you.  If you need a free eye exam, please make sure you are getting a decent eye exam, and not just the “which is better, 1 or 2 routine and the puff test”.   Free Eye Care can be found here: http://justinbazan.wordpress.com/2008/02/01/free-eyecare/

The lines between where exceptional eyecare and incredible eyewear have blended, making it even harder to know where to go to find both.  Many top quality eyecare environments, both optometrists and ophthalmologists are paying more attention to selling eyewear.  However, it is still somewhat of a rarity for those focusing on selling eyewear to also provide top quality eyecare.  A good rule of thumb, is if you hear the eye exam thrown into a deal on glasses, the establishment might not be offering you the best possible care.  If selling glasses is the priority, eyecare is often sacrificed.

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Have you forgotten the Back To School Eye Exam?

Your child’s ability to learn is enormously dependant on how well your child’s eyes work and how healthy their eyes are.  As parents, arguable, the best way to ensure that you child is able to achieve optimal academic performance, is to have a comprehensive eye exam with an eye doc.  It is in your child’s best interest to get their eyes comprehensively checked out, even if you suspect nothing is wrong.  You never know for sure, unless you check.

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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