Friday, 24 April 2015
Fundamentals in Basketball and Vision

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 and volunteering in the recreational leagues led to organizing gym time for players to refine their skills. Our goals for our son and his teammates were never to just throw a basketball out on the floor and say "play".  Rather, we wanted to teach, develop, and refine  the fundamentals and the mental understanding of how basketball is played at a competitive level.

With our passion for sports, my husband and I decided three years ago that with all of the athletes we see, examine, and counsel, we needed to take sports vision to the next level. We benchmarked the best college football conditioning programs, witnessed cutting edge training methods, and personally trained with the guru of sports vision training and consultant to the New York Yankees, Dr. Don Tieg. Then we set out building a dedicated sports vision training facility in the Cool Springs area and staffed it with the best trainers we could find. We now have the facility, the people, the equipment and the methods to take dynamic visual skills to the next level. As with our coaching methods, we are still stressing fundamentals. One by one, we are building the vision Jeff and I had -- to help athletes improve by slowing the game visually.

Posted on 04/24/2015 3:13 PM by Dr. Susan Kegarise
Thursday, 2 April 2015
Allergic Eye Problems in the Spring

It's that time of year again. Pollens are laying thick on our cars and building up in the atmosphere. Managing eye allergies is not a one size fits all solution. Minimizing exposure on a heavily pollinated day is important but tough to do. So if we do need to treat the symptoms, here are some of the therapies we recommend.                              

1. Oral antihistamines typically are better for nasal and sinus issues.  Because the eye is an end organ, it is often hard to get enough oral antihistamine to penetrate surface eye receptors to eliminate itching.

2. Topical antihistamine drops - These work in three ways. Once you put the drop in, the itch should disappear within 5-10 minutes (95% effective).  Second, if they are used daily, they will help prevent the itch from occurring. Third, if used consecutively for about 10 days, another property of these drops will minimize the eye from having its normal allergic response. Many of our patients will use these drops once a day preemptively to prevent a bad allergy season for the eyes.    

3. Topical steroid drops - Much like the allergist will typically move from an oral antihistamine to a nasal steroid, we also use steroid eye drops to calm the inflammatory response which causes itching, burning, swelling, and redness of the eyes. Some can be used with contact lenses or on a longer term basis at low dosages. The best therapy depends on your eyes, the severity of your allergies and the season. If you're suffering from eye allergies on an occasional basis or on an everyday basis, don't suffer silently.  We can help!

Posted on 04/02/2015 5:13 PM by Dr. Susan Kegarise
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