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Eric I. (5/5) on Yelp


quoted from Eric I. (5/5) on Yelp

Screw hanging at coffee shops to write the next great american novel. Park Slope eye has free coffee (you can even take the mug home) , snacks and they have a computer for your use so you could write…

Thanks for also checking in!  You are the man!


What do donuts and contacts have in common?

Patient said “Doc, I’ve worn my contacts like this for years and never had a problem!”

Eye Doc said  “The guy who eats donuts for breakfast every day without a problem eventually has his FIRST heart attack.  Just because you’ve never had a problem does not remotely mean that you never will, or that it is the right or smart thing to do.”

Courtesy of Dr. Anthony Clark

Even if one ignored the clinical research data, common sense would lead you to believe the longer your do something that is unhealthy, the riskier it gets.  Wearing dirty contacts for long periods of times over the course of many years, just leaves your eyes open to such great risks.  The patients who come in with a contact lens related red eye, almost are always contact lens abusers.  They often are the ones who do not adequately clean them.   They are often the ones who habitually fall asleep in them.  They are often the ones who chronically stretch them out beyond their indicated replacement schedule.  Its just not worth it!


Should we call the new iPhone the EYEphone? It really is easy on the eyes

I have had the iPhone 4 since launch and I have been really impressed by the screen.  I knew something was way different so I began to investigate.  It turns out this really is the EYEphone, as they are utilizing retina display technology.  Typically print is much easier on the eyes than a computer screen.  That has a lot to do with the fact that the jagged pixels are a hard target for our eyes to focus on.  The smooth ink fonts provide an easier target for our eyes.  However, that may have changed with the iPhone 4’s retina display.  Watch this video.

Interesting for sure.  Is there any proof to back this up?  Here is what Bryan Jones, a retinal neuroscientist discoverd.

“”I’d find Apple’s claims stand up to what the human eye can perceive,” writes Bryan Jones after an exhaustive analysis of the iPhone 4’s 3.5-inch, 960×640 display. Article

As an extreme iPhone user, I can say that this screen is amazing.  It has been a pure joy reading iBooks, emails, websites, apps, etc.  This super clear and comfortable retina display makes the new iPhone 4 my top EYEphone ever!


Shoot! I feel asleep in my contacts again!

Relax, it happens to all of us from time to time.  (even those of us in daily disposables!)

As long as it’s not a habit, you should be fine if you remember a couple of important things.

The first thing to remember is that your eyes get a lot drier at night and that contact is probably stuck very tightly to your eye.  In addition to the dryness, there might also be some eye swelling which can cause the contact become very tight on the eye.  So even though you are a perfect patient and are eager to get out of the contacts, please do not immediately rush to take the contact off because you run the risk of tearing off the top layer of your cornea along with the contact!

Ideally, use an artificial tear or re-wetting drop to rehydrate the contact which will loosen up the fit enough to safely remove the contact.  If you are stuck without drops, just give your eyes 15-20 minutes to produce enough tears to rehydrate the contact naturally.

Your eyes will probably feel temporarily irritated even after the contacts are removed.  If the irritation persists more than a few hours, or if your eyes are not feeling, seeing or looking fine, you might have a serious contact lens related complication that your eye doctor needs to see your right away for if you want the best possible outcome.

Keep in mind that you don’t have to be a chronic contact lens abuser for something bad to happen.  It really may only take 1 night for an issue to develop.  Let your doc examine you and make the call.  Do not delay in seeking care as many contact lens related red eyes are time sensitive, and the sooner the treatment, the better the outcome.

So the key take away point to remember if you fall asleep in your contacts:

  1. Don’t panic.  Relax and rehydrate your contacts before removing.
  2. If you eyes are not looking, seeing or feeling fine after you take out the contacts, let your eye doc prove everything is ok by doing an exam.

There will be a point in your life where this will happen.  Keep these 2 tips in mind and things should work out for the best.

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.


My contacts are killing me! These allergies are driving me crazy!

Dr. Bazan’s Top Tips For Keeping Contact Lens Wearers Comfortable During Allergy Season

(Photograph ©2007 John Kimbler.)

It has been a tough last few pollen filled days and I feel like a bee covered in pollen!  Here are a few tips to keep your eyes comfortable.

1. Thoroughly clean your contacts….ideally just dispose of them.   If you are unable to use a daily disposable contact, the “Rub, Rinse, Soak” method is the best way to do things.  See my blog post here:  http://tinyurl.com/ydy7eud Remember, a clean contact is a comfortable contact.

2.  See you eye doc for help.  An appropriately prescribed allergy drop can work wonders at controlling the symptoms.  Drop before, drop after contact lens use.  For flare ups, the second drop can often go on right over your contact lenses. Use the prescribed medication as directed to ensure the best results.

3. Know the pollen count. Today going to be off the charts? Might be a day to wear your glasses.  http://www.pollen.com

4. Id and avoid. Allergists can quickly help you identify exactly what you are allergic to.   They can also provide appropriate treatment.  Live around NYC?  See Dr. Bassett, he is awesome.  http://www.nyc-allergist.com/

5. Sunglasses. They help to keep the allergens out of your eyes, make sure you have them before leaving the house.

The 1800 CONtacts Game

February 11, 2010

My Saturday visit to Park Slope Eye was my first trip to the eye doctor in seven years. I don’t have health insurance and my vision didn’t seem to change, so I didn’t see any reason to go until my glasses fell off my face and broke in half.

I wore my contacts to the appointment, and Dr. Bazan was astonished to learn that I have been buying disposable lenses online from 1800Contacts.com without a prescription for seven years. In fact, most people are surprised by this possibility, and most of my broke, uninsured, and vision-impaired friends were delighted with the news.

In fact, it’s not only possible to get contacts from 1800 without a valid rx, but also easy. I learned the secret from one of my crazier friends of all time, a guy who believed he was a reincarnation of the famously evil Aleister Crowley. This friend figured out that 1800Contacts.com is eager to ship your order quickly; they will call your doctor, but if they don’t get an immediate response they will give your prescription the benefit of the doubt and ship the contacts anyway.

For the doctor-less this means choosing a doctor from the convenient drop-down list on the website who sounds unlikely to answer their phone, or too busy to deal with the procedures of online corporations.

The first time I used this method, it worked like a charm and I was an immediate convert. The second time I switched doctors for some reason, choosing a university that I thought would fall into the too-busy category. The next day, a 1800Contacts representative called me and said that the university had no record of me as a patient. “I’m sorry, my mistake,” I said, “Please cancel that order.”

As soon as I got to a computer I re-ordered the lenses, this time choosing a doctor in the unlikely-to-answer category, a doctor with such an improbable name and address that I was cracking up as I placed the order, and I still laugh every time I log in and see his name on my account. I’ve been using this hilarious character ever since; all my order info is saved on the site so all I have to do is log-in, click “reorder,” and the contacts are at my door a few days later.

Sadly, I learned from Dr. Bazan that this mild con game came very close to doing serious harm to my health. I’ve been wearing the very first generation of Acuvue lenses. Made of plastic instead of silicone, these outdated lenses have been cutting off the oxygen to my corneas. If my glasses hadn’t broken when they did, I could have done myself serious damage. As it is, I have to stop wearing contacts altogether for at least 3 months, so I’ve ordered two new pairs of glasses (and one pair of Rx sunglasses) online for $8 each. When my time is up, I’ll finally get the long-overdue contact lens prescription and switch to a more up-to-date model of contacts. But as long as I’m uninsured, I’ll probably continue to let a few years go by between doctor visits. It’s just too cheap and easy.


I would like to thank Emily for her speaking frankly and openly about her experiences. This situation is more common than I would like to believe. Certainly more common than it has to be. A contact lens is a foreign object that can cause serious changes to your eyes, but leave your vision unaffected. Meaning you do not know if you are doing ok with your contacts unless you have an eye doc use his special equipment and expertise to determine so. An annual exam will help to ensure your eyes stay healthy.

How do you guys really feel about this situation? Have you ever been educated on why an annual contact lens exam is done? Let me hear your thoughts!

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.


A Day in the Life of a Park Slope Eye Patient Liaison – Ana

A Day in the Life of a Park Slope Eye Patient Liaison

Posted by Dr. Bazan, Optometrist and Owner of Park Slope Eye

Continuing with our “Day in the Life of a Park Slope Eye Employee” series is Ana from the Park Slope Eye Patient Liaison team.  Based in Park Slope Eye’s Brooklyn New York office, Ana talks about how she helps patients and clients have an exceptional experience.

What did you do before coming to Park Slope Eye?
I was a manager for an athletic apparel company.

How did you first hear about Park Slope Eye and the job opening?
I was good friends of Dr. Bazan from a previous job.

What’s your title at Park Slope Eye and how long have you been with the company?
I work the front desk. I have been a member of the team for 3 months

What comprises a typical day for you?
Everyday I get to help patients with any insurance questions they may have.  I also make sure the patient feels comfortable.  Making and confirming appointments are a big part of my job title as well.

What’s the BEST part of working for Park Slope Eye?
Making patients happy!  Putting a smile on there faces and knowing that they would like to come back to see us makes my day so much better.

What is your favorite perk at Park Slope Eye?
When ever we have a patient who was referred to us by another patient makes everything I do wroth it.

What has been your favorite memory at Park Slope Eye?
We went out to Boston for a conference. After the conference we had a wonderful store meeting in a great restaurant.  It was nice for all of us to get together out side of the office.

What separates Park Slope Eye from other places you’ve worked?
When I worked in retail it was a very fast paced environment. We didn’t have any time to have one on one with a customer. Here at Park Slope Eye we like to make sure that our patients are having the best experience. We also like to make sure that all their needs are being met.

Finally, what would be your one piece of advice for someone interested in becoming a Patient Liaison?

One piece of advice for someone who would like to become a receptionist would be Customer Service. Try your best to work hard at what you do. Having a great personality goes a very long way.

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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