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

Complete Eye Care

A patient asked the other day, “Do you do regular eye exams?” 

Of course we do!  At Moran Eye Associates we offer Complete Eye Care, which includes Vision, Medical and Surgical services.

VISION:  We accept VSP & NVA 

  • Routine Eye Exams
  • Contact Lenses: Traditional & Specialty Lenses

MEDICAL: We accept most medical insurances

  • Diabetic Eye Care: Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Glaucoma Care: Medical and Surgical Treatment Options
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Dry Eye Treatment: Diagnostic Services & Thermal Therapy
  • Eye Emergencies
  • Infection/Inflammation
  • Low Vision Services

SURGICAL: Dr. Moran does surgery at the Surgery Center of Allentown, Sightpath LASIK Center in Bethlehem, as well as some procedures in our Delaware Avenue office

  • Cataracts
  • LASIK
  • PRK
  • Laser Floater Removal
  • Glaucoma Eye Surgery
  • Foreign Body Removal
  • Eye Lid Surgery

Please contact our office if you need an appointment for your eye care. Call or text us at 610-628-2022, or send us an email by filling out the form on the right!

 

 

Treating Cataracts & Glaucoma Together!

The iStent Inject: This procedure, done during your cataract surgery, may eliminate the need for daily glaucoma drops!

Dr. Mark Moran is now offering Micro-Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS) with the iStent Inject.  This option is currently available for glaucoma patients who are having cataract surgery.

Clinical studies have shown significant decrease in eye pressure in mild-to-moderate glaucoma with this implant. The iStent Inject is the smallest medical device known to be implanted in the human body. The picture to the right shows the actual iStent as a tiny speck on the face of a penny!

If using drops to control your glaucoma poses problems for you, this procedure may be a great alternative.  Ask yourself if you have these issues with your glaucoma medication:

  • Do you have problems putting drops in your eyes?
  • Do you forget to use your drops as prescribed?
  • Do you have financial concerns with the cost of prescription drops?

How the iStent works: During cataract surgery, Dr. Moran inserts these tiny stents to create two openings between the front part of the eye and the eye’s natural drainage pathway. This improved flow decreases the pressure in the eye.

The iStent Inject procedure is painless, and is approved by the FDA. You won’t be able to see or feel these microscopic devices. They are so small that you won’t have to worry about going through an airport metal detector or having an MRI.

This combined cataract/stent procedure does not significantly increase the amount of time that you will spend in the operating room.  The recovery time from this procedure is the same as with cataract surgery alone.

Dr. Moran explains the results: “I’ve seen a decrease in pressure in the patients who have had the stents inserted. Many have stopped using their drops altogether. We remind patients that this stent procedure is a treatment, NOT a cure for glaucoma. You still need to follow up with regular appointments to monitor your glaucoma, and maintain the health of your eyes.”

If you have questions about glaucoma, cataracts, or any other vision concern, call to make an appointment at 610-628-2022.  Dr. Moran and Dr. Tang would be happy to review your history and discuss if this procedure is right for you.

Another Staff Certification Achievement!

The certificate has arrived, so now it is official!

 

Bobbi Spain has received her COA designation from the International Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAPHO). Bobbi is our surgical coordinator, who works with LASIK and cataract patients. She was surprised to see that the package from JCAPHO also included an official COA card, pin and patch!

The Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) is a core designation for eye care professionals. Along with hours spent under the teaching and supervision of an Ophthalmologist, COA applicants must complete an independent study course. The COA exam is three hours in length.  It is comprised of 200 scored multiple-choice questions in 19 specific content areas including:

  • Microbiology
  • Surgical Assisting
  • Ophthalmic Imaging
  • Patient services and education
  • Medical ethics, legal and regulatory issues.

To provide the best care for our patients, the staff at Moran Eye Associates makes learning a priority.  Every member of the team takes part in monthly compliance training, as well as taking on additional programs of study in general ophthalmology, low vision, dry eye management, regulations and billing.  They also attend industry conferences each year to keep up with advances in technology and and patient care.

In 2017, Mandy, Beth and Dr. Moran attended the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) conference in New Orleans. In April of this year, Bobbi and Cindy accompanied Dr. Moran to the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS) in Washington, D.C.

Bobbi joins Mandy and Cindy, who already have their COA certificates on display.  Mandy received her COA in 2017.  Cindy has been a COA since 2004.  In order to maintain certification, a total of 18 credits in continuing education must be completed every three years. Eighteen credits is an easy to complete at Moran Eye Associates, where continuing education plays a key role in our success!

 

Continuing to Learn and Innovate

Rooftop viewEducational Excursion 

Dr. Moran, Bobbi, and Cindy attended the ASCRS (American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons) Conference in our nation’s capital, Washington, DC. The conference ran over a “long” April weekend and presented a great opportunity to learn more about the diagnosis and treatment of cataracts and glaucoma, as well as vision correction procedures like LASIK.

 

The ASCRS Conference a great way to learn.

“Ongoing education is a priority not only for physicians.  It is important for every member of our team to be up-to-date on innovations and technology now available to offer the best eye care.  While at this conference, we were able to learn from industry experts on ways to more effectively care for our patients.  It was also a chance to share what we do at Moran Eye Associates,”  Dr. Moran explains.

Information sessions at the conference included new treatment techniques to manage dry eye, cataract surgery case studies, and advances in pre-surgical measurements.  There was much to learn in classes and from networking and exchanging ideas with other professionals there.  They were able to talk about how our new in-office procedures for floaters and dry eye are helping our patients see more clearly.

Cindy uses Virtual Reality to LearnNew Ways to Learn

In addition to the formal educational sessions, there were also many opportunities for hands-on learning.

Using Virtual Reality, Bobbi & Cindy were able to have a 360-degree view inside the eye.  They were able to witness how the eye is affected by glaucoma, macular degeneration, and cataracts.  They agreed it was a little disorienting to be “floating” around inside an eye, but it was a memorable experience to see detailed images of changes to retina, vitreous and lens.

We look forward to using the knowledge gained to improve the care of our patients. After a busy and productive few days away, it is back to the office!

Improving Patient Education

New Patient Education Screens in the Exam Rooms.

Dr. Moran knows that an informed patient makes the best health care choices, which is why we take the time to make sure that you have all the information you need to make the right choices for you and your family.

As part of our commitment to patient education, we have recently installed education screens in our exam rooms.  Dr. Moran’s goal has always been to give patients the information they need  to maintain healthy vision.  The addition of these screens takes us to the next level in increasing patient understanding.

It’s best to Show & Tell! 

Now during your exam, not only can we explain what is happening with your vision, we can show you too!  We can choose images and videos to help better explain treatment options.  The best part is that these boards are interactive!  Dr. Moran can draw and write notes on them to help you better understand your eye health and safety.

Educational topics include:

  • Dry Eye
  • LASIK & PRK
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Understanding Vision: Myopia, Hyperopia, Astigmatism & Presbyopia.

And we are doing our part to save trees, too!

With this new technology, we can take the information from the screen and email it directly to you!  We also have the ability to print directly from the screen as well.

As always, if you have any questions about caring for your eyes, please ask our staff.  We are happy that we can now SHOW & Tell!  To schedule your next appointment call or text 610-628-2022.

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.

Ask the Expert on WLEV 100.7

…or as we like to call it, “ASK DR. MORAN”!

Dr. Mark Moran will be featured on 100.7 WLEV’s Morning Show with Selena & Crockett each Thursday on 100.7 WLEV.

Dr. Moran was selected to be a part of “Ask the Experts,” a drive-time feature aired between 8-8:15 am weekdays.   Dr. Moran will provide medical expertise on the Thursday edition of this program.  He will answer questions about keeping your eyes healthy and getting the most from your vision.  The Morning Show’s Kevin Crockett will ask Dr. Moran questions sent in by morning show listeners.

Our expert will answer questions about: 

  • LASIK Surgery
  • Dry Eyes
  • Screen Time Solutions
  • Your Risk factors for Eye Diseases
  • Your Eyes as You Get Older – Cataracts

Patient education has always been a priority at Moran Eye Associates because Dr. Moran knows that an informed patient makes the best healthcare decisions.  We invite you to listen in every Thursday for great advice on eye care.

Have a question?

If you have a question for Dr. Moran, you can send a message to the Morning Show, or email us directly with your question.  Of course, we will reply to the emails sent to [email protected].  We will also pass along your inquiry to WLEV, where Crockett might read it on the air!

Mark your calendars, and be sure to listen in to Ask the Experts with Dr. Mark Moran Thursdays at 8 am!

 

3 GREAT Reasons to Refer Your Friends

Refer a friend or family member to Moran Eye Associates and we will say thank you with your choice of rewards:

  • $25 Amazon Gift Card
  • $25 Gas Gift Card
  • $25 Donation in YOUR NAME to Logan’s Heroes Animal Rescue*.

Everyone benefits from great eye health.  Share the Care, and refer a new patient to our office for quality eye care from a respected and experienced doctor.

Dr. Moran and his staff are now seeing patients in the newly renovated Bethlehem office.

We welcome new patients of all ages to our warm, friendly, professional office. We promise to provide excellent service and expert care to your family and friends.

Dr. Moran continues to provide all of the eye care services that have earned him a five-star reputation in the Lehigh Valley over the past 25 years.

LASIK – Dr. Moran offers patients a new look on life with LASIK vision correction surgery.  In just a few minutes you can see more clearly without the need for your distance glasses or contacts.  A free 1-hour Consultation will answer the question “Am I a LASIK candidate?”.

CATARACTS –   Dr. Moran provides surgical expertise and advanced technology lens implants to help you see better than you have in years!

COMPREHENSIVE EYE EXAMS:  Even if you don’t need a new pair of glasses, you should have a vision exam on a regular basis.  Early detection of eye disease is the best way to preserve your sight.

MEDICAL EYE CARE – Care for glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic eye issues are all provided with Dr. Moran’s compassionate care.

Call us today to schedule your appointment.  We’ll reward you with excellent care…and a little something extra when you Share the Care!  610-628-2022

*To learn more about Logan’s Heroes and their mission: “Rescuing Pets Supporting our Vets”, visit them online at Logan’s Heroes.