Dr. Keg's Thoughts

Friday, 07 October 2016
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Recently, Shire pharmaceuticals released Xiidra to reduce the inflammatory component of chronic dry eye. More than 30 million Americans suffer with this painful condition. Xiidra, also called lifitegrast, is the first medication in over 16 years to be released and approved by the FDA to treat the signs ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/07/2016 11:10 AM by Dr. Susan Kegarise
Thursday, 11 August 2016
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Like most Americans, we are watching the Olympics and chanting USA, USA! Unlike most, our Optical Manager, Stephanie, is also noticing the frame fashion and technology that is helping athletes perform at their highest level.  Love the women's gymnastics team? Then you will notice USA Gymnastics coach, ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/11/2016 10:27 AM by Dr. Susan Kegarise
Friday, 22 July 2016
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Vision is closely linked to learning. It is estimated that 70-90% of all learning in the classroom is done through the visual system. Children will not often complain of blurred vision because they are unaware of what "normal" vision looks like.  A high percentage of children with Individualized Education ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/22/2016 11:49 AM by Dr. Susan Kegarise
Tuesday, 17 May 2016
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AdlensFocuss frames give you the ability to adjust your vision from near to distance at the turn of a dial. And the real beauty is that unlike progressives, you get virtually the whole lens in focus. AdlensFocuss features a unique technology called Variable Power Optics (VPO). The problem that progressives ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/17/2016 5:12 PM by Dr. Susan Kegarise
Tuesday, 26 April 2016
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We moved to Nashville in the early 90's. Having loved and played basketball, it was no surprise that we found a way to stay close to the sport. Coaching in the recreational leagues led to organizing gym time for players to refine their skills. Then in 2001, with the help of some very supportive parents, ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/26/2016 6:03 PM by Dr. Susan Kegarise
Thursday, 10 March 2016
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In the late 1990s, around 15% of the contact lens market were colored contact lenses. Currently, they represent less than 3%. Reasons include, the available choices to tint a lens were in soft-hydrogyl material and the market has moved to higher oxygen silicone-hydrogyl. Some of the declining interest ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/10/2016 1:31 PM by Dr. Susan Kegarise
Friday, 12 February 2016
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In the late 1990s, around 15% of the contact lens market were colored contact lenses. Currently, they represent less than 3%. Reasons include, the available choices to tint a lens were in soft-hydrogyl material and the market has moved to higher oxygen silicone-hydrogyl. Some of the declining interest ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/12/2016 5:37 PM by Dr. Susan Kegarise
Monday, 01 February 2016
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It's an exciting week for America! This week a selection of candidates will be vetted, scrutinized, reviewed and analyzed both in person and on tape for every move they have made. Their potential to help the team will be evaluated. It is national Signing Day for football seniors. On Wednesday, February ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/01/2016 3:19 PM by Dr. Susan Kegarise
Friday, 15 January 2016
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Cataract surgery is one of the two most commonly performed surgeries in the world. Modern cataract surgery is generally performed quickly, with no shot, no patch, no pain, and a quick recovery time for patients.  Once removed, 98.5% of patients receive markedly improved vision. One of the most common ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/15/2016 11:50 AM by Dr. Susan Kegarise
Tuesday, 29 December 2015
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Health Day (5/9, Preidt) reported, "Researchers say they've pinpointed a number of factors that may be key to the progression of glaucoma," according to a paper published in the journal Archives of Ophthalmology. Analyzed data of 587 patients "concluded that key risk factors for glaucoma progression ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/29/2015 10:46 AM by Dr. Susan Kegarise
Wednesday, 16 December 2015
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p { margin-bottom: 0.1in; direction: ltr; line-height: 120%; text-align: left; orphans: 2; widows: 2; } In earlier blogs, we talked about each of us having a normal intraocular pressure. The eyeball is a closed structure. with fluid constantly being produced and draining out. This fluid is produced ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/16/2015 10:17 AM by Dr. Susan Kegarise
Tuesday, 08 December 2015
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In previous blogs I've talked about glasses and contact lens options to bi-focals.  Both provide the ability to see far away, at the computer, and up close while working or performing activities. Many patients say prefer to not wear glasses or contacts at all and ask about laser vision. Unfortunately, ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/08/2015 2:22 PM by Dr. Susan Kegarise
Tuesday, 17 November 2015
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Artificial tears or lubricants are a large category of over-the-counter eye drops. Most come in a thin, moderate, or thick preparation. Thinner drop examples Refresh, moderate thickness drops would be Refresh Liquigel, and thicker drops might be Bion Tears or Celluvisc. The thicker the drop, the longer ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/17/2015 10:06 AM by Dr. Susan Kegarise
Tuesday, 03 November 2015
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We know eye drops work in the treatment of glaucoma, dry eyes, inflammation and infection. To this date, however, there are no eye drops that will cure or control cataracts, macular degeneration or floaters. The ophthalmic community has long sought a preventative medicine to minimize cataracts. A few ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/03/2015 9:26 AM by Dr. Susan Kegarise
Tuesday, 13 October 2015
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As science and clinical care improve, our understanding of macular degeneration, how to prevent it, and how to treat it improves. Answering questions like, "Can I prevent it or do I have to have shots?" is a little bit like asking, "how we do we solve world hunger?"  It's a complicated disorder and ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/13/2015 1:25 PM by Dr. Susan Kegarise
Wednesday, 23 September 2015
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p { margin-bottom: 0.1in; direction: ltr; line-height: 120%; text-align: left; orphans: 2; widows: 2; }a:link { color: rgb(0, 0, 255); } The best way to treat an eye injury is to prevent the injury from occurring. Contact lenses and glasses specifically designed for athletes are the best way to avoid ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/23/2015 1:02 PM by Dr. Susan Kegarise
Friday, 04 September 2015
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One of the newest and most sensitive tests in our evaluation of patients with glaucoma is Visual Evoked Potential test (VEP). This is a very advanced yet well established test. One of the newest methods of detecting optic nerve or potential neuron damage is using this test. The technology has been around ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/04/2015 10:59 AM by Dr. Susan Kegarise
Thursday, 06 August 2015
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It seems we get different advice about aspirin every year. Aspirin is one of the oldest substances continuously used as a medication. It's is in a class of drugs called "Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatories" (NSAIDs) and it blocks the production of a chemical called prostaglandin. Blocking prostaglandin ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/06/2015 9:28 AM by Dr. Susan Kegarise
Wednesday, 08 July 2015
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Floating spots in vision are some of the more common complaints we get from patients. The first type of spot noticeably changes when you blink.  Blinking spreads tears over the eyes, so any lack of clarity (debris in the tears, pollens or otherwise) will float up and gently float down. If you can blink ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/08/2015 1:42 PM by Dr. Susan Kegarise
Sunday, 31 May 2015
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Recent news about a study from the University of Nottingham caused quite a stir in the medical world. The reason? A medieval recipe designed to cure eye infections was recreated based on instructions from a ninth-century medical book called "Bald's Leechbook." The recipe called for a specific combination ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/31/2015 6:02 PM by Dr. Susan Kegarise
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