In the News
Welcome back! We appreciate your returning to our office for your ongoing eyecare, and are enthusiastic to do all we can to ensure that you have a lifetime of wonderful vision. With that in mind, we want to keep you informed of advances that have occurred in eyecare and in our practice since your last visit. If you have any questions, or would like additional information about any of the topics covered, please let us know.
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Retinal Photography: Dr. Cohen can now digitally photograph the back of your eyes (“retina”). This computer image can assist in documenting the appearance of your retina (similar to a periodic X-ray for a dentist), and allows Dr. Cohen to educate you about how the back of your eye looks. In addition to checking the health of your eyes, this image can detect and assess even the earliest changes from systemic diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure. We are all familiar with the phrase that “the eyes are the windows to the soul.” With this new technology, we can now add that “the eyes are the windows to your health.”
- Ocular Nutrition: A recent study called the “Age-Related Eye Diseases Study,” conducted by the National Eye Institute, found that a combination of antioxidants and zinc reduced the risk of “Age-Related Maculopathy (a.k.a. ‘Macular Degeneration’).” This 6-year study showed a definite connection between nutrition and eye disease, with a reduction of almost 25%. Other studies have shown that there might also be a correlation between nutritional supplementation and cataract development.
- Computer Vision: About half the workforce, or about 75 million people, use computers daily. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has reported that nearly 90 percent of people who work at a computer as little as three hours a day will suffer from some type of eye trouble. Symptoms can include: headaches, fatigue, eyestrain, redness, dry eyes or excessive tearing, and blurred vision. There are new lens designs and lens coatings that can dramatically reduce the symptoms associated with “Computer Vision Syndrome (C.V.S.).”
- CRT and Kids: The FDA approved “Corneal Refractive Therapy (C.R.T.),” a non-surgical way to correct nearsightedness and astigmatism, in 2002. Dr. Cohen is a founding Board member of the American Society of Corneal Refractive Therapies (ASCRT), and is a member of the National Advisory Council for Paragon Vision Science, the maker of CRT lenses. Some of the best CRT results have been achieved with children (who are not candidates for surgical options). Dr. Cohen has successfully worked with children as young as seven (and adults as old as 73!). Recent studies are showing that not only do the lenses reverse the nearsightedness that has developed to date, they will also help to control future changes, slowing the progression by more than 25%!
- Dr. Cohen Honored: In 2005, Dr. Cohen was selected as the “Arizona Optometrist of the Year,” the most prestigious award presented annually by the Arizona Optometric Association. Among the more than 800 licensed doctors of optometry in Arizona, he was recognized for his contribution to his profession (which includes having been president of the Arizona Optometric Association), as well as to his community and his patients. The following year, he received similar recognition as the “Optometrist of the Year” from the “Great Western Council of Optometry,” which represents the 11 western US states. He was previously nationally honored by “Vision Service Plan” as one of six doctors nationally to receive the “2003 “People First’ Award.”
- Dry Eyes: One of the most commonly missed causes of eye problems is undiagnosed “dry eyes.” The reason is that sometimes there are symptoms that do not seem to be associated with dry eyes, such as visual fatigue, blur, and (yes) even excessive tearing. Dr. Cohen has become a national leader in the diagnosis and treatment of dry eyes, having served as a principal investigator on a number of FDA dry eye studies, as an author of numerous professional journal articles, and as a national lecturer. A better understanding of the causes of dry eyes have led to numerous treatment approaches, including “Restasis,” the first prescription eye drop designed to address underlying causes of dry eyes.
- Ocular Allergies: Are you one of the estimated 50% of the population who suffers from some form of allergies? Did you know that over eight out of ten of these people experience some ocular allergy symptoms (redness, itchiness, watering)? While many of the over-the-counter ocular allergy products provide temporary relief of symptoms, they do not typically address the underlying cause, and some of the preservatives used in these products can cause eye irritation. Long-term relief of ocular allergy symptoms begins with a proper treatment plan that might include prescription eye drops, as well as artificial tears and cool compresses. What do you have to lose except the itching and redness?
- Emergency Visits: Eye injuries, infections, and irritations seem to always occur at the least convenient time in our lives. If it should happen to you, please call our office as soon as possible. We always find room in our schedule to take care of our patients who are in need of prompt attention. If it is after office hours, or on the weekend, call the office (480-513-EYES) to be instructed as to how to page Dr. Cohen. We are here for you when you need us!
- New Contact Lenses: Recent advances in contact lenses have changed the “landscape” in the same manner that DVD’s did to VCR tapes, and CD’s did to cassettes. New materials transmit more oxygen to the cornea (the front of the eye), providing better end-of-day comfort and eye health. Many of these new lenses contain up to 99% ultraviolet protection as well, and are also available for people who need lenses that correct for astigmatism. Dr. Cohen is one of 10 doctors that serve on the national “New Products Advisory Panel” for Johnson & Johnson (“Vistakon”), the maker of “Acuvue” lenses, and receives new products from J & J and other companies before they are available to other providers.