Eye Doctors Influence Patient Lifestyle Choices

People’s respective lifestyle choices are entirely their own.  Whether to eat junk food, to smoke, or to consume alcohol etc.  It may not occur to us what the impact of our lifestyle choices will have on our health; including our eye health.  Physicians understand the cause-and-effect relationship outlined in scientific research that can lead to certain types of eye diseases.  It is up to them to effectively communicate these risks to their patients.  For example, overweight or obese individuals are at higher risk for diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration.

One of the biggest challenges that eye doctors face in educating their patients is that patients’ primary care physicians overlooked the opportunity to pass on this pertinent, health-conscious information. Another challenge is that when patients complain of certain ailments, primary care physicians might prescribe medicines that disrupt eye health without making the patient fully aware of the risks.  Some medications hinder the pressure inside the eye, rendering it susceptible to Glaucoma.

It’s not entirely a physician’s’ fault.  We are constantly bombarded by television news, internet and print sources of contradictory information about our health, our medications, etc.    Furthermore, the information is sometimes slanted by advertisers skewing the information even more.   A good eye doctor will ask his or her patient for a complete medical history, medications, and lifestyle preferences.  At that point, if there are any risk factors like carrying extra weight, special medications or smoking, your doctor will go over the risks associated with them.

Shepherd in the community!

Last Saturday our staff participated in Las Vegas’s Relay For Life organized by the American Cancer Society.  Shepherd Eye Center’s clinical supervisor, Beth along with technician Missy and windows representative Tony competed on Team “Pirates of the Cure-abbean” to raise nearly $1,000.00 US dollars!  The entire event raised $50,000 toward research for a cure and patient care.

The Relay For Life began at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 27th.  The team members took turns completing the marathon until it wrapped at 6:00 a.m. Sunday morning!  We are so proud of our staff for helping the Las Vegas community.  Great job, girls!

Dr. Adam Rovit Presents to CCSD Nurses

3/29/2012 Dr. Adam Rovit of Shepherd Eye Center addressed the Clark County School District nurses today in an effort to raise awareness on dyslexia, learning disabilities and vision problems in school-aged children.    Dr. Rovit de-bunked myths about standardized tests that identify dyslexia; they do not exist, and there is no valid evidence that vision therapy (i.e. muscle training movements, tracking exercises) has any significant improvement on vision.

Dr. Rovit stressed the importance of catching eye issues early on; specifically between K through 2nd Grade.   He urged a multidisciplinary approach to identify kids with eye problems through schools screenings, their pediatricians, and a pediatric ophthalmology screen as a final method to determine the exact condition of any eye problem hereditary or otherwise abnormal.

The school nurses asked many questions and explained the challenges of testing especially young kids like pre-schoolers and kindergarteners.  Dr. Rovit recommended a couple of easy visual acquity charts they could use, and that they should try to get the child to reach 20/25 or 20/30.  Higher than that  (say 20/40 or 20/50) would warrant a trip the the pediatric ophthalmologist.  Nurses also explained that middle school and high school-aged children were defiant against glasses.  They asked Dr. Rovit how they could encourage these kids to wear their glasses.

Dr. Rovit pointed out that many of these middle school and high school students have gotten by cheating with their “good eye”.  But, he pointed out, that puts their “good eye” at risk if they play sports or have active lifestyles.  He reiterated the importance of identifying vision and eye problems in kids age 7 or younger to avoid vision setbacks in adulthood.    In addition to offering his expertise to the school nurses, Dr. Rovit generously volunteered to examine 12 needy children from the CCSD who have severe eye problems at no charge.

A somber goodbye to one of Shepherd’s finest

Today is the last day of Jill Halvorson’s tenure as Clinical Supervisor with Shepherd Eye Center.  Jill was hired about 10 years ago when she replied to an ad in the Las Vegas Review Journal from Minnesota.  She relocated to Las Vegas and worked as an optician for the next two years; during which time she earned an MBA.

Jill was promoted to Clinical Supervisor shortly after earning her MBA because of her demonstrated strengths analyzing inefficiencies within the practice then devising practical strategies that overhauled the entire patient process maximizing its efficiency and effectiveness.   In addition to improving areas of weakness internally, Jill successfully earned the respect and cooperation of Shepherd’s diverse and colorful collection of expert ophthalmologists on staff.  Jill’s diplomacy with our physicians helped the company to make decisions as a team, and to put to goal of the greater good above any individual gain.

Most recently, Jill accepted a promotion with the Minnesota Eye Consultants.  This move will bring her closer to her dear friends and family.

Shepherd Eye Center is saddened to see her go, but also extremely excited for her to return home (home is where the heart is!).  We want Jill to know she will always be a part of our family at Shepherd Eye Center.

We also want to warn Minnesota Eye Consultants that while Jill is extremely bright and highly driven, she is also a borderline chocoholic…have a stash of Peanut Butter M&M’s waiting for her!



Macular Degeneration

There are two types of macular degeneration, wet and dry. Today we will be talking about the most common, dry.

Macular degeneration is an eye disorder that damages the center of the retina, which is called the macula. This makes it difficult to see fine details.The most common symptom in dry
macular degeneration is blurred vision. This is limited to the center of the field of vision. Often objects in the central vision look distorted and dim, and colors look faded. A patient may have trouble reading print or seeing other details, but can generally see well enough to walk and perform most routine activities.

If you notice changes in your central vision please call your ophthalmologist right away

Dry Eyes

Dry eye is when a person does not produce enough natural tears. The symptoms can be itching and burning eyes, feels like something is in the eye or the eye is just uncomfortable. You may even have excessive tearing which is a reaction when the eye is extremely dry.

There are three layers of the the tear film and oily layer, watery layer and a layer of mucous. Each one of these layers has its own job in the tear film process.

There are new advances for treating dry eye such as prescription eyes drops and vitamins.

If you are having some of the above symptoms ask you doctor about dry eye. The relief may just be an eye drop away!


Did you know that helping someone reduce their dependency on glasses with LASIK can make a great gift?

Is a graduation or birthday coming up soon? You might want to considering giving this life changing procedure as a gift. Laser Vision Correction is certianly the gift that keeps on giving.

Please contact our office for more information on how we can help you surprise your loved one with LASIK. This can be your once in a lifetime opportunity to give them a new freedom from glasses or contacts.

Implantable Contact Lens (ICL)

Have you been told you are not a candidate for refractive surgery because you are too nearsighted or do not have enough cornea to do laser? The Implantable Contact Lens (ICL) might be a good option for you!

The ICL is a contact lens that is made to the specification of your eye. It is inserted inside the eye in front of the natural lens. It can correct refractive errors from -3.00 to a -20.00.
The ICL does not alter any structures within the eye and if necessary can be removed by a simple surgical procedure.

If you are interested in more information please let us know. You can also visit http://www.visianinfo.com/.

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LASIK with Monovision

Have you been thinking about having LASIK and currently wear bifocals? We have an option that may work for you.

Monovision is a great alternative. What is great about LASIK is that we can customize it to your needs. With monovision correction one eye is set for the best distance vision and the other eye is set more for near vision. So with both eyes open you have the best of both worlds! With monovision you will still have to have glasses for some activities, possibly driving at night or to read really fine print but for all other areas you will be glasses free! You are able to see the computer, dial your phone, and also see street signs when you drive and follow the golf ball.

Let us know if you think monovision would be great for you!