If you suffer from dry, irritated eyes all year round, chances are they will be worse in the winter. When the heat is on in the house, office and car, your eyes become more dry.
Artificial tears, also called Lubricating Eye Drops – are your first line of defense. Whether they are your own natural tears, or artificial tears from a bottle, tears keep your eyes healthy and help you to see better in 4 unique ways.
The 4 Benefits of Tears:
Protect the eyes & keeps them lubricated
Wash away irritants & foreign objects
Reduce the risk of infection in the eyes
Maintain a smooth, clear surface on the eye to help you see clearly.
If your eyes are dry, you are missing out on the benefits that tears provide. Don’t suffer, there are different strategies to treat dry eyes. To find out the best treatment for you, make an appointment. Dr. Moran will discuss the best way to improve your comfort and vision. In the meantime, start using over the counter artificial tears for immediate relief.
How do we treat the lack of tears?
There are three main methods of treatment: Supplement, Stimulate, or Retain your tears.
SUPPLEMENT: The simple solution is to need to supplement your tear film. Using over-the-counter artificial tears can bring you immediate relief. Keep some on hand. We have them available for purchase in the office.
STIMULATE: There are drop medications that help you produce more tears and better quality tears on your own. Restasis and Xiidra are available by prescription. These prescriptions do not take effect instantly. They begin to improve your tear film over time.
RETAIN: There are two ways to help you retain your tears, heat therapy and punctal plugs. Using heat therapy, we can improve the flow of the outer, lipid layer of tear film. This oily outer layer seals in your tears, and keeps your tears from evaporating too quickly. Heat therapy is an in-office, relaxing, 15-minute treatment of continuous warmth that you enjoy while sitting in a comfortable recliner! Punctal plugs work to keep your tears from draining from your eyes too quickly. These tiny silicone plugs are easily inserted in the opening on the inner corner of your eyelids. Closing this “drain” conserves your tears, retaining them in your eyes for increased comfort and better vision.
Dr. Moran recently gave a presentation to local optometrists at our office in Fountain Hill. This lecture was part of a professional continuing education program approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Optometry. The doctors that attended earned two continuing education credits, and learned valuable diagnostic skills.
The topic was History and Mechanism of Retinal Coherence Tomography (OCT). The OCT is a device that scans the retina using light waves.
Dr. Moran illustrated each of the retina’s distinctive layers, which are seen clearly on the test. The scan allows the doctor to check on the health of the eye, measuring and tracking changes to the retina. This information is important to diagnose retinal disease such as macular degeneration. In addition to retinal scans, the OCT is also used to take pictures of the optic nerve, which helps to monitor glaucoma.
Since the lecture was done at our office, the doctors were able to get hands-on experience with our OCT equipment. During the lecture, Dr. Moran presented case studies, which offered the doctors a chance to make their own diagnoses based on the scans and some basic patient information – gender, date of birth, date.
In one such case study, the date of the scan was an important diagnostic clue! Remember the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017? And do you remember the warnings not to look directly at the eclipse without special lenses. The scan was taken on August 22nd, the day after the eclipse. As The test showed that he had retinal damage because he looked directly at the eclipse…he didn’t listen to the warnings
In addition to the presentation, everyone who attended the lecture was treated to a homemade dinner featuring Beth’s turkey barbeque, with all the fixings. We celebrated the season of thanksgiving with pumpkin and apple pies! Education is always easier on a full stomach!
In 2020, Dr. Moran will be taking this presentation on the road. He will be giving a similar seminar on interpretation of OCT tests at an upcoming ophthalmology conference. Education has always been an important part of his professional life, and is a vital part of our practice. Whether it is educating doctors, staff or patients, Dr. Moran provides excellent instruction!
Along with his medical practice, Dr. Moran is also a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). He graduated from PCOM in 1986. In 2017, he earned a Masters Degree in Healthcare Informatics from Drexel University.
Want to know more about your vision and the health of your eyes? We are happy to take the time to help you understand, just ask!
Moran Eye Associates recently took part in a beautification project on the Southside of Bethlehem. Planters all around the Southside are being transformed into works of art by local artists…and aspiring artists, like us, too!
We were inspired by the digital artwork from our website home page, and decided to bring this colorful “celestial eye” design to the planter. It was a team effort, with Mandy, Bobbi & Dr. Tang all pitching in on the painting. We had lots of people stopping by to offer encouragement as we worked. It was a fun project, and gave us a chance to meet some of the people who live and work close by.
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Bobbi & Dr. Tang putting on final touches.
If you are out and about in Bethlehem, you can find our planter across the street from the post office at 128 South 4th Street. It’s right outside A List Hair Salon. There are still planters available that need some TLC. If you know anyone who would like to adopt a planter, contact Missy Hartney at the Southside Arts District to find out how to take part in the program.
This beautification program is part of the South Bethlehem’s Main Street Initiative. Moran Eye Associates is glad to be a part of the exciting things happening in our community. Click to find out more about events and news in the Southside Arts District.
What is the first test we do when you come into the office for a complete vision exam?
The Autorefractor measures your prescription
We take a measurement of your vision with the AutoRefractor.
Focus on the balloon!
When you take a seat at the autorefractor, we ask you to look into the device. You will see a blurry hot air balloon at the end of a long straight road. As the balloon comes into focus, we measure your prescription.
We ask you to focus on the image (balloon) to keep your eye centered while we take measurements. It only takes just a few seconds to measure using an autorefractor. The balloon is at the center of the image, which aligns your eye perfectly for the test.
When we use this machine, nothing touches your eye, and there is no puff of air!
The autorefractor provides an objective measurement of a person’s refractive error and prescription for glasses or contact lenses. The device measures how light is changed as it enters your eye.
Better 1 or Better 2?
We don’t use the numbers from the device to order your prescription glasses or contacts. The autorefractor is just part of the process. The information from the autorefractor is used as a starting point to determine your best prescription. We take these numbers and dial them into the phoropter.
Here is where your opinion comes in. As we cycle through lenses, we ask, “Is it Better 1 or Better 2?” Your responses help us to pinpoint your best vision. When we show you different choices, we aren’t trying to trick you! We are showing you different options to find your best correction.
Why do we use a balloon photo?
The image isn’t important, but the need to focus on something at a distance is key to a good measurement. The balloon is just one of many visual targets used in the autorefractor. Besides the hot air balloon, other popular images include: a pinwheel/peppermint candy, a house (or barn) at the end of a road, a house in the middle of a field.
Health insurance can be very confusing. We talk to patients about it everyday, so we thought it would be helpful to outline the basics.
We can’t stress enough that every plan is different. While you may be covered for a service, you may have a co-pay or deductible that must be paid. If you aren’t sure, please check with your human resources department or insurance company.
MEDICAL INSURANCE: Exams that qualify for Medical Insurance include care and treatment of eye disease and injury. Among the conditions covered are Glaucoma, Cataracts, Diabetic Retinopathy, Macular Degneration, Injury to the Eye, and Infection.
Most medical insurances do NOT cover the cost of checking to see if you need new glasses. This part of the exam is called Refraction (Better 1 or 2?), and is NOT part of medical eye care. Refraction is a separate charge.
VISION INSURANCE: Some benefit plans include vision insurance. Each plan’s coverage is unique, so you need to check specifics with your insurance plan. Items that MAY be covered under vision insurance at a reduced cost or co-pay include your routine eye exam, contact lens fitting, glasses and contact lenses.
Again, we recommend checking with your insurance company to verify your coverage, co-pay and deductible.
We are here to help if you need any treatment information or diagnosis codes so that you can discuss specifics with your insurance provider.
Ultimately, your insurance company considers you responsible to investigate your coverage and will often only provide that information to you, not to your doctor.
Two years have passed since the start of Moran Eye Associates in Fountain Hill! We are so happy to have welcomed Dr. Moran’s former patients and many new patients too!
Although our practice is young, we’ve all been together for a long time. Here is a look at Moran Eye Associates by the numbers.
Dr. Moran has been practicing in the Lehigh Valley since 1990. He started Moran Eye Associates in April of 2017, where he continues to provide quality, compassionate medical and surgical care for his patients.
The numbers add up to an experienced team of eye care professionals that continue to work together to give our patients quality eye care. You can benefit from our commitment to our patients by making an appointment for yourself and your family!