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COVID-19 Office Updates

As your eye care provider and friend, I hope that you and your family have been safe and healthy during this unprecedented and challenging time of COVID-19.

I am pleased to announce that we have reopened our office on Monday, June 8, 2020, and hope that you will return soon as our patient.

To assure your safety, and that of our staff, we have put in place the following procedures in accordance with state and federal COVID-19 re-opening guidelines:

  1. All patients will be seen by appointment only. This includes exams, eyeglass dispensing, and contact lens dispensing.
  1. All patients and staff must wear face masks and use hand sanitizer upon entering the office. Your remote temperature and pulse ox will also be taken upon arrival.
  1. The staff area has been reconfigured with plexiglass barriers to enhance social distancing.
  1. Only 1 person will be allowed in the office at a time.
  1. Upon arrival, call us at 617-387-1904 from your cell phone and we will open the door.
  1. We will ask questions about signs/symptoms of any illness, as well as recent overseas travel, and contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19. Please do not be offended; this is for everyone’s safety.
  1. All equipment and the reception area will be sanitized between appointments.

Thank you for your support and cooperation as we go through this challenging reopening process together to respect and protect each other’s safety and health. Let me know if you have any additional concerns that we can address to assure your next visit is one you can feel confident about.

Please contact the office at 617-387-1904 to schedule your appointment.

I look forward to seeing you again soon, and until then, be well and stay healthy.

Dr. Shwon & Mindy Shwom

 

 

May is Healthy Vision Month

Healthy vision should be taken care of ALL year round but in honor of Healthy Vision month are some KEY things you can do to help spread awareness and take better care of your eye health.

First: Try and eat more healthy foods for your eyes!

Kale, Carrots, and Spinach are GREAT to incorporate into your diet!

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Second: Do more physical activity!

Physical activity 3-5 times a week comes with LOTS of great benefits.

It not only reduces stress it helps protect your eyes from serious diseases and helps you stay at a healthy weight!

“Anything that gets your heart beating faster can help keep your eyes healthy — try going for a quick jog after work.” AOA.org

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Third: There should be time in your day when you have to get your eyes a break!

By break, we mean off the computer and phone! If you spend a lot of time on technology you can sometimes forget to even BLINK.

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AOA. org had great insight about the 20/20/20 rule!

“Every 20 minutes, look away from the screens and focus about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds. This reduces eyestrain and helps your eyes (and you!) feel better at the end of the day.”

How can you help spread awareness? Share this post!

Have a great May!

From all of us at Dr.Shwom’s Office!

IT IS SPRINGTIME!

It’s Springtime! Who is ready for all the amazing outdoor activities and beautiful weather opening up for all of us on the east coast?!

As exciting as this is, we also want to make sure you take care of your health! It is for sure the start of good old allergy season AND bright UV rays are on the horizon!. Here are some eye care tips to help protect your vision while also enjoying this fabulous time of year!

Feel Great while looking stylish!

The demand for the latest style in sunglasses starts to increase in the spring. Select a pair of shades that block 100% of UV rays while staying at the height of fashion.

GAME TIME!

adult blue sky eyewear 343717Ready for outdoor activities and sports ? As fun as they are we have to keep you aware of the eye protection! Be sure to wear proper eye masks/helmets to protect your face!!!

We know travel season is upon us!!

Remember to pack a hat to protect your eyes from the sun’s rays!!

Are you feeling itchy and teary eyed?!

This may be due to seasonal allergies! Be sure to stop in for a quick visit to see if there is anything we can do for you! If you are even seeing red we need to hear and check out all of these things as it could be more then just allergies!

For more information contact US and stop IN!

Things To Consider As We Head Into Warmer Weather For Your Eye Health!

Have you heard of blue light?

Lights are composed of non-visible and visible lights. When anyone discusses UV light, this type of light is an example of non-visible light that is emitted from the sun. Visible light is what our eyes see as colors think of the rainbow! When people discuss “Blue light” it appears as a range of colors from blue-turquoise to blue-violet light.

Not all blue light is harmful but blue light is EVERYWHERE. It is found indoors and outdoors from sources including the sun and electronic products. The intensity of the harm it can do should be monitored and that is why we want to tell you more about this new technology to protect your eyes from BLUE LIGHT!

Have you heard of a “Photochromic Transition Lenses”?!

These lenses have molecules that make light, dark and every shade in between possible! This technology becomes an integral part of the lens! Most photochromic lenses react primarily to UV light. This is why they remain clear indoors and change when you’re outside in the sunlight.

This technology in lenses enhances your driving experience and constantly recalibrates the optimal amount of light that reaches your eyes whether you are in or outdoors!

Top reasons to check out the Photochronic Transition Lenses!

Women with Transition lenses1. They are designed to be worn for all kinds of occasions!

2. They are protective and block UV/UVB light

3. They reduce straining on your eyes

4. This technology is stress FREE so you don’t even feel the transitions of when your exteriors change!

Interesting in learning more?! come in and ASK US!

**photo credit to transitions adaptive lenses**

How Does Your Age Effect Your Eye Health?

patient photoIf you are age 20-30 for eye health : There is more of a demand on people’s eyes now between work, extracurricular activities, studying, or in a work place, each placing varying demands on your vision. Dr Shwom states, “These activities, have increased the need for both vocational and life style eyewear specific to the types of tasks or activities that you are doing.” Vocational eyewear includes any eyewear that can be efficiently used in the environment you are in daily.

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If you are age 40-50 for eye health: If you are among the 85 million Baby Boomers in the United States and Canada (born between 1946 and 1964), you’ve probably noticed your eyes have changed. Most notably, presbyopia – the normal, age-related loss of near focusing ability – usually becomes a problem in our 40’s, requiring new vision correction solutions. Dr Shwom states, “Progressive Addition Lenses (lenses with multiple focusing power )are a solution. New types of digitally surfaced lenses with a multitude of coatings for glare and ultraviolet protection are available.”

patient eye examFor 60 and older eye health: Just as our physical strength decreases with age, our eyes also exhibit an age-related decline in performance – particularly as we reach our 60’s and beyond. Some age-related eye changes are perfectly normal, but others may signal a disease process. Dr Shwom states the “It is important to recognize signs and symptoms, and perhaps even more important to mitigate the effects of aging with some simple and common-sense strategies. A visit to your eyecare professional yearly is a must. People with underlying health issues, such as diabetes or hypertension need to pay more attention to vision changes and report them when they occur.”

Boston Winters Are Filled With Icy Roads!!

These weather conditions lead to an increase in injury on the go. Speaking from first hand of having some of our staff tripping this season, be sure to be aware of your surroundings.

UGGS are NOT the best shoes for icy roads. Sneakers are highly recommended and also if a road looks darker then normal– AVOID!

If you not had your vision checked in awhile, we recommend especially in these weather conditions that it is important even while driving.

Rob Levine & Associates , personal injury lawyer, gave some insightful tips on how to deal with slippery & icy roads!

“Do not use Cruise Control on Slippery or Icy Roads. It is integral you control your speed when driving on snow or ice. Cruise control sets your speed at a constant, but in weather like this the speed of your vehicle should vary based on the terrain you are on.”

Be Cautious of Breaking. During storms, go easy on your breaks and most importantly go slow. Slipping is usually an indication you are going too fast, and slamming on the breaks can worsen the slide and cause your vehicle to spin out of control.

“Watch out for Obstruction of Vision. Avoid creating snow piles by sidewalks or driveways; this can interrupt your vision when backing out of the driveway, which would increase the risk of an accident.”

“Be Prepared to Steer into a Slide Most of the time you begin to slide because you are going to fast or you pressed on the breaks. If you start sliding and losing control of your vehicle, steer in the direction the back of your car is turning. You must also be cautious not to over steer, because this may make your car spin the other way and lose more control. In this situation it is always important to stay calm during this situation and refrain from slamming on the breaks.”

Our goal as the eye doctor is to be preventative. Be cautious this season!

Top 3 Reasons To Visit The Eye Doctor By The First Of The YEAR!

Getting ready for a new year can mean many things but MORE importantly sharing meaningful moments this year is what really matters, and making a visit to your local optometrist can be one of them, too!

Here are 3 reasons why visiting the eye doctor should be done by the first of month of the year!

pexels photo 531527#1 Healthy Eyesight

When you can see clearly your realize our eyes are one of the biggest blessings to our daily lives . A visit with your local optometrist can help prevent some major issues from eye disease to glaucoma.

Invest in your eyes leading into the new year, you’ll be able to share with others that you’ve given yourself an amazing new years gift, healthy eyesight!

pexels photo 428338 (1)#2 Go out in Style

Everybody wants to always look their best when going out and not worry about not being able to “see” or getting headaches from squinting so much! Go out in style and treat yourself to a new set of contact lenses, a new pair of sunglasses OR a stylish new pair of eyeglasses! By taking care of your eyes, not only do you show concern for their well being, but purchasing a new pair of product for your eyes provides a ton of less stress for your overall well being.and health. Drop the coffee cards and give a gift that lasts.

pexels photo 708392 (2)#3 New Year’s Resolution

How many resolutions do we make every year and only a handful are accomplished? Your eyes matter! Take charge and schedule an eye exam today! You’ll be able to brag to everyone that you’ve already completed part of your to do list by the start of the New Year!

15 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About EYES!

You’ve had your peepers since you were born, so you may think you know them pretty well, but here are some fun facts you may not know about eyes:

1. The average blink lasts for about 1/10th of a second.

2. While it takes some time for most parts of your body to warm up to their full potential, your eyes are on their “A game” 24/7.

3. Eyes heal quickly. With proper care, it only takes about 48 hours for the eye to repair a corneal scratch.

4. Seeing is such a big part of everyday life that it requires about half of the brain to get involved.

5. Newborns don’t produce tears. They make crying sounds, but the tears don’t start flowing until they are about 4-13 weeks old.

6. Around the world, about 39 million people are blind and roughly 6 times that many have some kind of vision impairment.

7. Doctors have yet to find a way to transplant an eyeball. The optic nerve that connects the eye to the brain is too sensitive to reconstruct successfully.

8. The cells in your eye come in different shapes. Rod-shaped cells allow you to see shapes, and cone-shaped cells allow you to see color.

9. You blink about 12 times every minute.

10. Your eyes are about 1 inch across and weigh about 0.25 ounce.

11. Some people are born with two differently colored eyes. This condition is heterochromia.

12. Even if no one in the past few generations of your family had blue or green eyes, these recessive traits can still appear in later generations.

13. Each of your eyes has a small blind spot in the back of the retina where the optic nerve attaches. You don’t notice the hole in your vision because your eyes work together to fill in each other’s blind spot.

14. Out of all the muscles in your body, the muscles that control your eyes are the most active.

15. 80% of vision problems worldwide are avoidable or even curable.

Who knew your eyes could be so amazing and complex? Every year to give your eyes the attention they deserve, stop by for your visit on Broadway!

Credentials: vsp.com

Autumn Allergies

When it comes to seasonal allergies, Many people immediately think of spring and the pollen overload! Believe it or not, red eyes, sniffles, itchy throats and sneezing or not only connected with the spring. When the leaves start to fall in the autumn and the air beings to cool down; allergens can be trigged by the same set of symptoms!

Top 3 allergies to be on the look out for:

1. Clean your HOME and YARD to prevent mold and mildew!

Dr. Shwom leaves rakes 8 470 1008According to healthline ” Mold and mildrew grow on damp and fallen leaves and compost piles. They thrive in damp areas like basements bathrooms and kitchens.”

Way to prevent: Use a dehumidifier in the house! Clean bathrooms and kitchen regularly using vinegar and store bought ant-mildew agents to avoid buildup!

ALSO don’t leave piles of leaves in your yard! Be sure to wear a protective mask when raking the leaves and cleaning the compost bins! You don’t want anything to go into your EYES!

2. Clean up after your pet’s fur and dander!

CatandDogMany people with seasonal allergies have pet allergies! Dander is a compile of animal shed and dead skin. Pet allergies can be caused through fur, saliva and fur , dander and even urine from pets!

Way to prevent: Try keeping pets in specific areas of your home and off your furniture. You can even put a cover over furniture to prevent fur from getting into it. Also recommend to keep litter boxed and/or pet bedding away from air vents! Air purifiers are always a great option for allergens as well.

3. Get rid of DUST MITES!

MattressDust mites are an all year round allergen but they thrive in temperatures from the 60s-70s so heading into the fall this is something to be cautious of !

Way to prevent: Dust and vaccum regularly! Also try cleaning your air vents throughout the house before turning on the central heat for the first time after summer. Cover your mattress and pillows in dust proof covers as dust mites do love the bedroom! Regularly wash ALL bedding in HOT water and dehumidifiers help as well!

Interested in more tips? Stay tuned for our next blog 🙂

Please note our new temporary office hours are as follows:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday - 9:00AM to 4:00PM

Closed on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday