Eyes are the Windows to your Health

Your annual eye exam offers a look at more than just your vision.

view of dilated eye

You may have heard that the eyes are the windows to your soul, but did you know that they provide a look at your overall health as well.

Your dilated eye is an open window where blood vessels and nerves can be clearly seen. The view through the open pupil is a unique means of detecting health issues including:

  • Diabetes
  • Glaucoma
  • Hardening of the Arteries
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Macular Degeneration

Your eye doctor may be the first to alert you to developing health problems.The American Optometric Society reported that in just one year, over 250,000 patients were diagnosed with diabetes after their optometrists reported concerns. Early diagnosis and treatment are vital for the health and vision of diabetic patients.

Changes or fluctuation in your vision may also be an indicator of a larger health problem.  Report blurred vision to your eye doctor, it may be a sign of increased blood sugar levels and the need for medical treatment.

Uncontrolled diabetes can have severe consequences. Loss of vision due to diabetic retinopathy is a primary concern. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in people under the age of 74, so a regular schedule of dilated eye exams are important for diabetic patients. If you know someone who is diabetic,or has a family history of the disease, make sure that they are getting the eye care that they need.

Our goal is to keep you healthy!

Dr. Moran and Dr. Tang not only provide excellent vision care, they are essential partners for your general health and well-being.  If you are overdue for a vision exam, don’t delay. Call us to schedule your appointment, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm.

 

For a video of a dilated eye exam, click here National Eye Institute Dilated Eye Exam

Office Art Gallery

Our favorite artist has created two new paintings for our office collection.  They are so beautiful, we just had to share! 

You might notice that the paintings are signed Moran…but it’s not Dr. Moran’s talent on display.  All of the paintings in our office have been created by his very talented mother, Jeanne Moran. Dr. Moran said that his mother has been painting as long as he can remember.  She paints still life, landscapes as well as other nature scenes.  Her vibrant use of colors is especially stunning in person!

 

 

 

 

 

You might recognize this painting to the right.  It is the Moran Eye Associates office, as seen from Bergen Street.  You will see this painting in our waiting room. If you park in our parking lot, it is the view of our office as you cross the street.

 

Patients often comment about the beautiful artwork that we have on display. We feel very fortunate to have her work to share with our patients. It seems appropriate to have paintings in an ophthalmologist’s office, where we help patients achieve their best vision.

We’ve pictured some of the paintings here, but to see the full collection, you’ll have to come in to our office at 1204 Delaware Avenue for an appointment!

 

FREE Vision Screenings for Children – August 4th!

Your child’s vision is very important to his or her success in school…

which is why Moran Eye Associates is offering:

 

FREE Vision Screenings

for School-Aged Children

Saturday, Aug 4th from 8 am-12 noon
1204 Delaware Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18015
 No Appointment is Necessary!

 

Vision screenings will be conducted by Dr. Mark Moran and Dr. Bianca Tang.  Our expert doctors and staff will evaluate your child’s vision to see if he or she may have any issues that should be addressed BEFORE school starts.

No appointment is necessary, this is a walk-in event. Parking is available in our lot on Bergen Street.

Mark E. Moran, D.O., M.S.H.I., F.A.O.C.O is a board-certified ophthalmologist and Fellow of the American Osteopathic College of Ophthalmology. He has been practicing in the Lehigh Valley for 25 years.  Dr. Moran specializes in  LASIK vision correction, cataract surgery, medical eye care, and comprehensive eye examinations.

Bianca Tang, O.D.  Dr. Tang is a Summa cum laude graduate of Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University.  She earned her undergraduate degree, also Summa cum laude, in Biological Sciences and Health Professions at Penn State University.  She specializes in comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings as well as low-vision solutions for children and adults.

 

 

Now Scheduling FRIDAYS!

Making an appointment just got easier…we have now added  Fridays to our schedule!

 

To schedule your visit contact our office at 610-628-2022  – OR – click to request an appointment ONLINE.

Any way that you schedule it, you can be certain that you are making an appointment for quality eye care, with less time in the waiting room, more time in the exam room.

You can trust Moran Eye Associates to care for all of your vision needs including:
  • Comprehensive Exams
  • LASIK
  • Cataract Surgery
  • Dry Eye Treatment
  • Laser Treatment
  • Diabetic Eye Care
  • Macular Degeneration 
  • Glaucoma. 

 

We participate in most medical insurances and now accept VSP Vision Insurance as well!

 

Ready for Contact Lenses?

Low Vision Solutions at Moran Eye Associates

Moran Eye Associates is expanding our services to bring technology to patients with low vision.

Moran Eye Associates new doctor,  Bianca Tang, O.D., is now scheduling Low Vision Evaluations.  She offers patients solutions to make the most of the vision that they have.

People with low vision have difficulty seeing even if they are wearing glasses.  These patients may have only partial sight, such as blurred vision, blind spots or tunnel vision.  The cause of these vision loss issues may be macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy or glaucoma.

Although low vision can impact people of all ages, it is primarily associated with older adults.

With the right technology, we can help patients regain the ability to enjoy improved sight both near and far.

Low Vision Devices

Near Vision: Reading/Writing, Home Repairs, Needlework, Crafting, Using the Computer

Distance Vision: Watching TV, Movies, Shopping, Viewing Sporting Events and Plays.

Our goal is to help patients live more independently by making everyday tasks easier.

Dr. Tang will help patients develop strategies that lead to a more independent and active lifestyle.  By pairing patients with the right low-vision aids, she can maximize their remaining sight.  

These devices enhance contrast, control glare, and magnify objects.  Some of these vision aids are lightweight and portable, so you can once again enjoy reading a menu, watching a ball game or working on projects around the house.

Make the most of your vision!  Schedule your evaluation appointment today.  Financial assistance is available for patients who qualify. 

 

To schedule your Low Vision Evaluation, call or text 610-628-2022, or click for an appointment request.

You Can Live Longer if you have Cataract Surgery!

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), ophthalmology division has recently reported that women who had cataract surgery lived longer and had a lohappy senior women on beachwer incidence of other diseases. 

In October of 2017, the JAMA article revealed the results of a large study of over 70,000 women participating in the Women’s Health Initiative. The Women’s Health Initiative is an observational study of data collected for over 2 decades. It found that over half of the participants followed in the study had cataract surgery.  The most common age for the surgery was 70 1/2 years old.

It also found that women who did have cataract surgery had a lower risk of dying due to any cause than those who didn’t have cataract surgery. The study was not designed to determine the reason for the lower risks of vascular, accidental, neurologic, or infectious conditions. What it did suggest is cataract surgery improved a patient’s overall function keeping them healthier.

One caution:  Cataract surgery for just the sake of having cataract surgery did not indicate an improvement. Only if your doctor determined it was necessary for the improvement of your sight was it beneficial.

If you notice that your vision is not as clear as it once was, don’t delay, schedule a cataract evaluation with Dr. Moran.

For more information about cataracts and cataract surgery click on the following link,  Understanding Cataracts

 

 

Relief from Dry Eye – Heat Therapy Treatments

If you have dry eye, you are not alone. 

Dry eye is one of the most commonly reported eye complaints.  Dry eye is a chronic medical problem that may get worse over time. We now offer in-office heat therapy treatments that target the cause of dry eye, and help preserve a healthy tear system.

Dry Eye Symptoms: Along with pain, sandy or gritty feeling, and redness, dry eye can cause eye fatigue and blurred vision. It can also cause difficulty in reading or working on a computer. These symptoms can impact your daily activities.

If you have any of these symptoms but artificial tears aren’t providing relief, it may be time for heat therapy.

15-Minute Heat Therapy Treatments Now Available in our Office:  Moran Eye Associates is now offering a safe, in-office, FDA-approved heat therapy. Dr. Moran recommends starting with four 15-minute weekly treatments to help improve the quality of your tear film.

Here’s How Heat Therapy Works:  Heat therapy targets one of the major causes of dry eye, Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD).   The meibomian glands, which are located in your upper and lower eyelids, provide an essential part of your tear film, lipids (oils).  If these glands are blocked, the quality of your tear film suffers. Without these oils, tears evaporate too quickly.

Heat therapy clears blocked meibomian glands, allowing the lipids to flow, and tear film to improve

 

What Happens During Treatment?  While you are seated in a recliner, a technician will adjust the therapy glasses for optimal results. Then, you can sit back, relax and enjoy 15 minutes of targeted heat therapy. A week later you can return for a repeat treatment

How Do I Get Started? Schedule your appointment for a tear film evaluation to see if this treatment is right for you. Once Dr. Moran confirms the diagnosis of the Dry Eye Syndrome/MGD, you can start treatment right away.

Call to schedule your evaluation appointment 610-628-2022.

Pricing:  $53 for the 1st Treatment. 

Package of 4 additional treatments: $159

For optimal results, Dr. Moran recommends starting your therapy with weekly treatments.

P.S.  Dr. Moran and our entire staff have used this heat therapy treatment and are impressed with our results! 

Early Detection is Essential for Glaucoma

Glaucoma is known as the “Silent Thief of Sight” because it can begin to rob you of your sight before you notice any symptoms.

Woman in the slit lamp

Regular eye exams are your best defense against the early detection and treatment of glaucoma.  At each visit, we will check your eye pressure, and Dr. Moran will look at the back of your eye to examine the health of the optic nerve.  These important tests can detect the start of glaucoma, and get you started on a simple treatment therapy that can save your sight.

Know if you are at risk.

According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, people in these categories are at higher risk for developing glaucoma.

 Age 60 or Older:  Glaucoma is much more common among older people. You are six times more likely to get glaucoma if you are over 60 years old.

Family History:  The most common type of glaucoma, primary open-angle glaucoma, is hereditary. If members of your immediate family have glaucoma, you are four to nine times higher to develop this disease.

African Descent:  Glaucoma is six to eight times more common in African-Americans than in Caucasians.

Hispanics in Older Age Groups:  Recent studies indicate that the risk for Hispanic populations is greater than those of predominantly European ancestry, and that the risk increases among Hispanics over age 60.

Asian Descent:  People of Japanese descent are at higher risk for glaucoma.

You may NOT notice a change in your vision until irreversible damage is done. 

Many people who are in the early stages of glaucoma are unaware of their condition.  When vision loss becomes noticeable, glaucoma may have caused irreversible damage. diagram of eye with Glaucoma

If left untreated, glaucoma will lead to blindness. Although there is no cure, medications and surgery can help slow the disease’s progression.  Vision loss occurs because increased eye pressure from glaucoma can damage the optic nerve, which carries images from the eye to the brain.

Don’t delay.  Early detection and treatment is the best way to manage your condition. Dr. Moran may prescribe eye drops, which, when used daily, may be all that you need to keep your eyes healthy.  If prescription eye drops are not sufficient to control your glaucoma, laser treatment or surgery may be an option.

Monitoring your progress:   In addition to an eye exam, Dr. Moran may request additional tests.  Glaucoma patients are monitored using annual visual field and OCT tests.   Changes in your test results may indicate a need for an update in your treatment plan.

To learn more about this disease, visit the Glaucoma Research Foundation GRF.

Why So Many Drops?

DROPS, DROPS, when does it stop?

Eye Drops for Exams

Patients often ask when they come in to see Dr. Moran for a complete exam, diabetic exam  or cataract recheck,  “Why all these drops?”  Here is the simple explanation.

Scared child at dentist

Getting a comprehensive eye exam without dilation, is like going to the dentist and not opening your mouth. Sure, he can see your lips and the shape of your jaw but he’s unable to see the health of your teeth.

Dr. Moran can examine the lids, lashes, and cornea (outermost layer of your eye), but to see beyond the surface, you need the drops, drops and more drops.

Depending on your age, diagnosis and health history you may receive more drops than another.  Let’s discuss someone in their 60’s with diabetes or cataracts.

First, you will receive the “yellow drop”- No your eyes will not stay that color. This drop will allow us to check the intraocular pressure of your eye (glaucoma screen). It also acts as a mild numbing agent.

Next, you will receive a Phenylephrine drop. This is the drop which will dilate your pupil and allow Dr. Moran to see into the depths of the eye and examine the retina.

Lastly, comes the Mydriatic drop which paralyzes the iris muscle to keep the eye dilated for the duration of the examination.

That’s the answer to why all the drops. Now when will it STOP?

Usually, dilation lasts from 4-6 hours. It will affect your ability to work close-up and you will be sensitive to light. Blue eyes tend to stay dilated longer. It is not unusual for some patients to remain dilated for more than 6 hours, but dilation is not harmful to the eye.

You can drive if you are comfortable doing so. We recommend dark sunglasses and will provide you with them if you forget to bring yours.

Although being dilated can be an inconvenience, the benefit significantly outweighs the hassle.

Schedule your DILATED eye examination by calling or texting our office at 610-628-2022, we look forward to seeing you.

Contributed by Mandy Bolton, COA