All About Styes

What is a Stye?

A stye is a painful swollen spot in the upper or lower eyelid, near the lash line.  The stye develops due to an infection in the eyelash follicles or oil glands at the lid margin.

The inflamed area may be tender to the touch.  It appears as a red bump, possibly with a yellowish spot where pus has collected, like a pimple. It can occur on both the upper and lower eyelid, and is common in both children and adults.  Styes develop gradually and sometimes go away on their own.

Home Care: What should I do if I feel a stye developing?

  1. Apply warm moist compresses 10 minutes 4 times a day.
  2. Keep your eyelids clean. Use warm water and baby shampoo on a cotton ball.
  3. STOP wearing eye makeup. Covering up a stye may slow your healing.
  4. Don’t wear contacts. Wear your glasses until the stye is gone.
  5. Wash your hands!  Keep your hands clean and don’t share washcloths or towels with others.
  6. Do NOT Squeeze! Styes should not be squeezed or punctured at home.
When should I see the doctor?

If the stye is painful, causes vision problems, or does not improve after a few days, call for an appointment. You may need medication to treat the infection. When in doubt, pick up the phone and give us a call.  We are always willing to discuss your symptoms and bring you in to the office if needed.

After your eye is healed, it is important to replace all of your eye makeup that has come in contact with your infected eye.  That includes eyeliner, mascara, concealer and eye pencils.

Is there any way to prevent a stye?

A stye develops due to a blocked pore, so it makes sense that keeping your eyelids clean is the best way to prevent styes. Don’t sleep in your makeup!  Take the time to remove ALL makeup before you go to bed each night.  Replace your eye makeup every six months, and don’t share it with others.

Cleanse your eyelids in the morning as well to keep the lid margins clear. The crusty discharge that accumulates overnight in the corners and on the lashes should be cleared away with the warm water and baby shampoo method.

To read more about keeping your eyes healthy…scroll through the Moran Eye Associates blog.  You’ll find helpful information on eye care from our doctors and staff.  

 

 

Quick Q&A: Diabetes & Your Eyes

How does Diabetes affect your eyes?Diabetic eyes

Diabetes can cause damage to the blood vessels that supply the retina.  These damaged blood vessels may leak, swell or bleed causing problems with your vision. Diabetes can also increase the growth of cataracts, and increase your risk of glaucoma.  Changes in your blood sugar can cause blurriness in your vision, and fluctuations to your glasses prescription.

What is the best way to keep my eyes healthy?

Annual eye exams are important, because left untreated, diabetic retinopathy can worsen, and lead to blindness.  Patients with uncontrolled blood sugar are at a higher risk for problems, but even patients who control their diabetes can develop issues.

Are there warning signs of diabetic eye disease?

Whether you are diabetic or not, if you notice any changes to your vision, you should see your doctor as soon as possible.  If you notice a change in prescription, any cloudiness, blind spots or increased floaters in your vision, you should see your eye doctor.

Will controlling my blood sugar help my vision?

Yes. Swings in your blood sugar readings can cause changes to your vision.  High blood sugar can cause swelling in the eye, which can affect your vision.  If your blood sugar fluctuates, your vision will fluctuate too, and you may find that your glasses don’t work effectively.

Is there a way to treat diabetic retinopathy?

There are different options for treating diabetic retinopathy. Dr. Moran and Dr. Tang can discuss which options are best for your needs.  There laser treatments which target the damaged vessels, as well as medications which can help preserve your vision.

If you are Diabetic, Annual Vision Exams are a MUST!

Diabetics have special needs when it comes to taking care of their eyesight.  With a dilated exam, your doctor can detect and begin to treat diabetic eye disease before you notice any vision changes. Your annual exam allows our doctors to check for early onset cataracts and glaucoma.

If you (or someone you care about) has diabetes, make sure to connect with the trusted eye care team at Moran Eye Associates.
Call our office to schedule an appointment 610-628-2022.

 

Happy Birthday Beth, Dr. Tang, Cindy & Mandy!

August is Birthday Month at Moran Eye Associates, with four birthdays to celebrate!

 

When you come into our office in August, say “Happy Birthday!”. You will be sure to make someone’s day even more special, since it’s a month-long birthday celebration!

  • Beth kicks off the month on August 1st.
  • Dr. Tang follows on August 8th.
  • Cindy celebrates on August 12th.
  • Mandy ends the month-long celebration on August 21st.

Wishing everyone a happy birthday and a year filled with good health and happiness to follow.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

A New Baby!

We are excited to announce a new addition to the Moran Eye Associates family…

 

Mandy’s family welcomed a new baby, Sawyer Lee Bolton on Saturday, June 22nd.  He weighed in at 8lbs, 10 oz, 21 1/4″ long.

 

Mandy & John Bolton are the proud grandparents.  Sawyer’s mom and dad are Nicole and Tyler Bolton.

Four-year old twin sisters, Harper & Aubrey are excited to have a new baby brother!  Pictured here is Harper with her pal “Buddy” and Aubrey holding the new baby.

 

Join us in congratulating the whole Bolton crew on the addition of this little guy.  Wishing much love (and some sleep) to everyone!

 

And The Winner Is…

Congratulations to the winner of the June 25th

IronPigs tickets, Dennis Moyer!

Dennis was chosen from our most recent Facebook contest. His prize was 2 first row, Clubhouse level tickets, and a preferred parking pass!  Thanks to everyone who joined in by sharing and liking our Facebook page!

You will find great information about caring for your vision on the Moran Eye Associates website, Twitter and Facebook pages…and you might even win something too!

Dennis stopped by the office to pick up his tickets, and to have his picture taken with his great-granddaughter, Mackenzie.

Enjoy the game!  Go PIGS!

A Colorful Gift!

Sharing her talent.

This week, a patient brought Dr. Moran a framed piece of art that she created.  The gift was both thoughtful and appropriate.  She was able to complete this intricate design with so much detail thanks to her excellent vision!

Although the artist was camera shy, she was happy to have us share her colorful gift with others.  We’ll refer to her as “The artist known as F.Z.”

Many thanks to her for making our office & Dr. M’s Day brighter!

Patient Education – 1st Grade Edition!

Dr. Tang Teaches About Eye CareEyes in classroom

On Tuesday, June 5th, Dr. Bianca Tang brought eye education to 1st grade classrooms at Harry S. Truman Elementary School in the Salisbury School District, and Paxinosa Elementary School in the Easton Area School District.  Her visits were part of Moran Eye Associates commitment to community outreach.

 

Dr. Tang contacted local school nurses and offered to teach the children about eyecare, to help the children feel more comfortable about visiting the eye doctor.  She explained the importance of taking care of your eyes and wearing eye protection. She talked to them about what to expect at an eye exam, and showed them the tools that the eye doctor uses to check their vision.  They talked about how important it is to visit the eye doctor even if you don’t need glasses.

Not surprisingly, all of the 1st graders knew what pink eye was!

The children were excited to learn about how the eyes work. Dr. Tang explained that your eyes can play tricks on you, and played some games with optical illusions.  The students did a great job identifying the eyes of different animals…

fish, birds, horses, goats and reptiles…and seeing the differences between each one.

Then it was time to get out the glue sticks!  Each student made a craft which helped them to identify the parts of the eye.  They quickly learned that the color part of the eye is IRIS, and the black center part is the PUPIL.  They finished off their project with beautiful eyelashes!

At the end of the 30-minute presentation, the children enthusiastically answered questions about what they learned. We aren’t sure who had more fun, the children or our staff!

Next stop on the education tour is Lincoln Elementary in Emmaus, and Jaindl Elementary in the Parkland School District, next week.

If your child’s school would be interested in an eye care program for any grade, please don’t hesitate to contact our office at 610-628-2022.

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