There is an eye condition called “Surfer’s Eye”. Can you guess how it got its name?
It’s not about the water…but If you thought it had to do with too much sun exposure, you would be right!
Long-term exposure to UV rays from the sun, as well as wind and dust, may result in growths on the surface of the eye. Surfers are particularly vulnerable, since they spend their time in the sun without sunglasses or other eye protection.
The technical term for growths on the eye caused by sun exposure are called Pinguecula and Pterygium. The condition appears on the eye’s conjuctiva (the clear covering over the white part of the eye.
Pinguecula is a yellowish, raised growth on the conjunctiva. It’s usually on the side of the eye near your nose, but can happen on the other side too. A pinguecula is an abnormality formed by protein deposits, calcium or fat. It’s like a callus on your finger or toesisipisi.ccsisipisi.ccsisipisi.ccsisipisi.cc.
Pterygium (Surfer’s Eye) is a growth of fleshy tissue (has blood vessels). It usually has a triangular shape. It can remain small or grow large enough to cover part of the cornea. When it grows into the cornea, it can interfere with your vision.
The symptoms of pinguecula and pterygium can range from mild to severe. They include:
- redness and swelling of the conjunctiva
- a yellow spot or bump that builds on the white of your eye
- dryness, itching and burning in the eye.
- sensation of something in the eye
- The best treatment is prevention…keep your eyes lubricated with artificial tears and wear sunglasses with UV protection.
- If you have the condition, lubricating eye drops will help to reduce discomfort.
- Your doctor can prescribe steroid eye drops which may reduce inflammation, redness and swelling in the eye.
- Surgical Removal: If eye drops alone don’t alleviate the symptoms, or if the growth is large enough to interfere with your vision, the growth can be removed surgically.
Protect your eyes, protect your vision. If you have any questions about caring for your sight, email, call or text our office. We are here to help!
Cocoons Fit-Over Eyewear
Cocoons Fit Over Your Glasses
Moran Eye Associates now offers Cocoons Eyewear, our doctors’ choice for professional-grade fitover sunglasses. Designed specifically to fit over your prescription glasses, these lightweight sunglasses come in a variety of tints, styles and sizes to fit your vision needs. Stop in our office to see for yourself!
The unique design of Cocoons isolates your eyes from the elements, keeping you free from glare, harmful UV rays, and fluctuating light conditions. These lenses and the frames work together to keep your eyes protected.
Eliminates glare for people with normal vision and low vision.
Frames come in multiple colors
These polarized glasses offer UV400 protection, scratch resistant technology, and a one-year warranty. If glare is a problem, polarized lenses provide a significant reduction in glare compared to regular tinted sunglasses. Most sunglasses sold at the store are not polarized unless specifically indicated.
Cocoons are designed to reduce glare and to enhance vision. The specialized color options were developed to target different issues. We recommend that you try on the different lens types to see what works best for you.
- Gray: for natural color definition and general daily use. Reduces light sensitivity while eliminating reflected surface glare.
- Amber: filters scattered blue light to increase contrast and provide improved depth perception in varying lights conditions. Amber is the preferred color for driving.
- Copper: filters scattered blue light and minimizes color distortion to deliver enhanced contrast and color definition
- Yellow: ideal for low light conditions. Maximizes contrast for improved definition and depth perception while eliminating glare. Best in dusk and dawn light, but not the best option for general daily use.
- Blue Mirror: maximizes glare elimination and filters additional blue light for improved contrast while delivering true color definition.
Recommended for Nighttime Driving – Twilight Lenses
Nighttime driving has unique vision issues, due to glare from headlights and reduced available light. Cocoons have developed a special Twilight lens that we recommend. These specialty Twilight lenses help to solve night driving issues because of their anti-reflective coating.
Dr. Moran explains the benefits of the Twilight lenses, “The key to better nighttime vision is anti-reflective coating. Although yellow and amber lenses help with contrast and clarity, they reduce the available light, which can make it hard to see well when you are driving. You have to balance the benefit of increased contrast with the reduction in brightness. Polarized lenses work well in the natural daylight, but don’t help with artificial lights from headlights and streetlights at night. Additionally, polarized lenses cut out 50% of light, which is counterproductive in the dark.”
The Twilight lens system blocks 100% of harmful UV light and 60% or more of harmful High Energy Visible (HEV) blue light while providing 93% overall visible light transmission. The unique filtering properties of these HEV filters effectively reduce scattered blue light and improve contrast without compromising overall light transmission. The lens system is protected by a one-year scratch resistance warranty and includes an anti-reflective coating to minimize glare and halos created by artificial light sources.
Help for patients who have heightened photophobia (light sensitivity).
Low-vision patients may benefit from a different colored tints to give them the best acuity. Sometimes, the tint correlates with specific medical conditions, but most of the time, it is a matter of personal preference. All of these lenses reduce glare and heighten contrast, which is important for low-vision patients. Additional color options include.
Cocoons Offer Color Options for Best Vision
- Boysenberry (pink): reduces glare and heightens contrast. Blocks 90% of blue light.
- Hazelnut (brown:) reduces glare and heightens contrast. Blocks 98% of blue light.
- Orange: enhances contrast by intensifying the background to improve object definition and clarity. Blocks 100% of blue light.
- Lemon (yellow): enhances contrast and visual acuity in low light conditions. Blocks 40% of blue light.
Whatever your vision needs, we can help you to see your best. We offer the latest technology to help keep your eyes healthy and to protect your vision for years to come.
Call or text us at 610-628-2022 for more information on enhancing your vision. If you’d like to schedule a visit, just click to request an appointment.
Have some safe summer fun in the sun!
Dr. Moran makes sure that every member of his team is well-taken care of! To help insure a safe & happy 4th of July holiday, he gave us a special Independence Day gift…wide-brimmed hats to keep the sun off of our faces and out of our eyes!
When we hit the beach and the pool, we’ll be sure to complete the look by adding sunscreen and sunglasses with UV Protection to keep our skin and eyes safe from the damaging rays of the sun!
Dr. M always takes the time to show that he cares for his patients and his staff too! So we weren’t surprised that he took an extra step to make sure that we will return from the holiday well-rested. The hats have a special “Do Not Disturb” message on the brim!
Please note! Our office will be closed Wednesday, July 4th and Thursday, 5th of July. We will re-open on Monday, July 9th.
Enjoy the holiday! From Dr. Moran and the rest of the team at Moran Eye Associates, from right to left:
Fun in the sun!
Dr. Bianca Tang, Cindy Male, Mandy Bolton, Beth Handwerk & Bobbi Spain
Northern Lehigh Junior Prom
Mandy’s son Jagger enjoys the Northern Lehigh Junior Prom with his girlfriend Franki!
Jagger knows whatever the season, sunglasses are a must! Mandy and her husband John are pictured here with Jagger and Franki, on this beautiful night in April.
Ask the expert!
…or as we like to call it, ask our expert, “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. He is the medical expert on the panel of Lehigh Valley professionals.
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!
Protect your eyes with complimentary #SolarEclipse glasses, courtesy of Dr. Mark Moran.
Solar Eclipse Glasses
Stop in at Moran Eye Associates, 1204 Delaware Avenue, Fountain Hill to pick up your pair!* Our office is open 8am-4pm, Monday-Thursday.
Post pictures of yourself in your protective specs with the hashtag #MoranLASIK. We’d love to see photos of you keeping it safe during the eclipse!
For more information on eye safety during the eclipse, click here to read an article written by Dr. Moran “Why you shouldn’t look at a Solar Eclipse”
*Limit 2 per person.