Optometry Office News & Updates

Roxy Found Her Human

We are so proud to announce that Roxy, a seeing eye dog trained by Dr. Lukaszek, has found her human. Dr. Lukaszek received a letter from Roxy’s human letting her know she is happily settled and has been on quite a few adventures already! We are so happy Roxy has found a happy and loving home!

Letter From Roxy’s Human
Picture of Roxy During Her Time With Dr. Lukaszek

Transition Contact Lenses from Acuvue Have Arrived!

Are you bothered by light? Do you love your contact lenses but hate that you have to put on sunglasses to combat those bright lights? Acuvue has now introduced the first-of-its-kind contact lens that seamlessly adapts to changing light to provide all-day soothing vision. Still not sure if the lenses are for you, no problem. This article will go through some of the most frequently asked questions provided by Johnson & Johnson. Then feel free to call our office and we would be happy to set up a consultation for you!

Q: How will these lenses look on my eyes?

A: These lenses are specifically designed to provide as much benefit to the patient while minimizing the changes to the appearance of their eyes. The contact lenses do not change the appearance of the patients eyes anymore than a pair of sunglasses or transitional glasses lenses would. The image on the left below shows the lens before it has been transitioned. The image on the right below shows the lens after it has been transitioned.

Light Eyes:

Before Activation
After Activation

Dark Eyes:

Before Activation
After Activation

Q: Can I wear these lenses while I’m Driving?

A: Yes, they are safe to wear while driving both during the day and at night. Based on the HEV light and UV light that comes through your side windows (since windshields are made to block 100% of UV light) the lenses are expected to activate during the day.

Q: Do I still need to wear sunglasses while wearing Acuvue Oasys with Transition lenses?

A: Yes. While these lenses do provide UV protection to the areas of the eye that they cover, the rest of the eye and surrounding eye area are still exposed to UV light. Because of this, Acuvue Oasys with Transitions are not intended as replacements to sunglasses.

Q: Do these lenses work indoors?

A: Yes. Even in their clear state, these lenses are filtering light. This technology is designed to adapt automatically (becoming lighter or darker) in response to changing light. Acuvue Oasys with Transitions is always “on”.

Q: How long does it take the lenses to activate? And how long does it take to fade back?

A: These lenses activate in less than a minute, and takes about 90 seconds to fade back to clear when going from outside to inside.

If would like to see a demonstration of the lenses in action give our office a call and set up your consultation today!

What is The Optomap?

When performing the Optomap on patients we are frequently asked, “What is the purpose of this test? Do I really need this?” This article goes through some of the benefits as well as some of our most frequently asked questions. Often there are things going on in your body you are unaware of, and an Optomap can be a window to look inside and see what’s going on. We are hoping to shed some light on this portion of your exam and hope to help you understand the importance of proper eye health and preventative care.

The Optomap image screenings are used to check your retina, which is located in the back of your eye. The retina is the only place in your body where the nervous system and the circulatory system can be directly seen without cutting the body open. Traditional methods to see the retina include the use of what is known as a slit lamp and/or dilation. A slit lamp is a piece of equipment that uses a narrow bright beam of light and a small mirror to see the interior of the eye. Another traditional method is dilation of the pupil. However, dilation alone is not enough for the doctor to see all the way into the eye to the retina. Dilation is used to assist the doctor when using the slit lamp, it opens the pupil when the pupil is too small to see into the back of the eye. With these traditional methods however, the doctor is only able to see 15% of the retina. With an Optomap, the doctor is able to see 80% of the retina. This is a HUGE difference, 65% more of the retina can be seen using Optomap imaging. Early signs of pathology can present in the periphery of your retina and remain undetected for a long time with traditional methods. Early detection is key and the Optomap allows the doctor to see more of the periphery and to see it sooner!! Early detection means successful treatments can be administered and can greatly reduce risk to not only sight, but many other health problems.

With an Optomap the doctor will see if your macula and retina are both healthy. They will also see floaters, retinal detachments, retinal hemorrhages, and many other eye problems. Optomap imaging is a useful tool for early detection of other health problems such as: heart disease, hypertension, cancer, and diabetes. All of these health problems and many more can be detected by monitoring your retina. Changes in your retina are seen using Optomap imaging long before you notice any changes in your vision or other physical symptoms or pain.

Optomap images are quick and painless. Nothing touches the eye itself and the image is captured in less than ½ a second. The images are taken one eye at a time. Our staff takes two pictures of each eye. The second image is taken using an auto-fluorescent setting that allows the doctors to see if there are any leaks in the blood vessels. The instrument uses a bright flash of light, similar to the flash of a camera, and internal mirrors to capture the image. The images captured are available to the doctor right away, along with a 3D animation of the eyeball. The 3D image projects your retinal image to show you exactly where everything is, exactly as it appears in your eye.

FAQ’s:

Q: Is there an age requirement? Is an Optomap safe for kids?

A: Yes, the Optomap testing process is safe for children and adults. There is no age requirement or limit. It is also non-invasive and completely painless. Many vision problems begin during early childhood so early intervention is key to preserving vision.

Q: How often should I have an Optomap performed?

A: Generally, it is recommended to be done with each routine eye exam. For a more specific recommendation, ask your doctor at your next exam and they would be happy to come up with a custom care plan for your individual case.

Q: How does this help me as a patient?

A: Optomap images can help the doctor to detect problems in a faster, more efficient, and more comfortable way. Optomap images are also kept in the patients file for future reference and/or comparisons. Having a baseline image to compare future images to is extremely beneficial to the patient, as well as the doctor, and can lead to earlier detection and intervention if a problem should arise. Early intervention is key in preventing loss of vision or other serious health issues.

Q: Will I need to be dilated and does it hurt?

A: An Optomap is not painful and only take seconds to perform. You do not need to be dilated to perform the test, however your doctor may decide dilation is still necessary.

!NOW ACCEPTING!

Suburban Eye Institute Doctors are now accepting select United Healthcare insurance plans!

PLANS CURRENTLY ACCEPTED:

Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield Plans

Aetna Plans

Medeicare and Supplimental Plans

Select Qualcare Plans

Select United Healthcare Plans

Also accepting all FSA, HSA, and other health savings plans.

Don’t know if we participate? Give the office a call, one of our office staff would be happy to help you!

Not sure if you are due for your annual exam yet? Give the office a call and one of our office staff would be happy to look up your account and let you know when you will be due.

Want to set up your annual eye exam? You can head on over to our contact page and send in a form. Be sure to give us the best day and time for you and we will get right back to you with an appointment. You can also feel free to give the office a call if that is easier for you, and a member of our staff would be happy to set up your exam!

Suburban Eye Institute 908-464-0123

Lindsay The Seeing Eye Dog Has Been Placed!

We are pleased to announce that our sweet Lindsay has been placed with her human!  Lindsay is Dr. Lukaszek’s 6th seeing eye dog she has trained and is currently training her 7th.  Lindsay will forever be a member of the Suburban Eye Institute family and we could not be more proud of her!

Lindsay in her Seeing Eye harness!

 

 

 

Use It Or Lose It!

As we approach the end of 2018 we wanted to send out a friendly reminder to everyone, do not forget to use your benefits before the year is over! Spots are limited this time of year with the rush of people trying to get their eye exams in and their FSA or HSA used up before the year is over! We want to make sure everyone can be seen in a timely fashion so they don’t lose out on their benefits for the year!! Call our office as soon as possible to make an appointment with one of our doctors!!

Here is a list of the insurances we currently participate with:
-Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield (most plans)
-Aetna (specific doctors only)
-Medicare (with or without supplements)
-Qualcare (most plans)
-PVCN (discount plan)

We also accept FSA and HSA cards as forms of payment as well!!

**THIS DOES NOT GUARANTEE PAYMENT FROM INSURANCE COMPANIES, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR INSURANCE TO FIND OUT YOUR EXACT BENEFITS**

**Unfortunately we DO NOT participate with any SEPARATE VISION PLANS. If you have a separate vision plan through any of these companies the visit will need to be paid out of pocket and submitted to the insurance company independently.**

Why Do I Need The Visual Field Test?

A Look At The Visual Fields Test

In the 50 years our practice has been open, the question our technicians and staff get most often is, “Why do I need this test?”.  Today we would like to take a minute and explain to you the importance of our most common screening test, the visual field (or as it is more commonly known as “the video game test”).  This screening is part of the standard of care set by the doctors in our practice. Patients that come to our practice for their annual exam get the visual field screening as part of the exam. This test is very important in the diagnosis, early intervention, and treatment of many common ocular diseases such as Glaucoma and Cataracts. While the visual field can be used early on to detect changes due to Glaucoma and monitor the progression of Cataracts, it can also be used to diagnose neurological conditions such as brain tumors, strokes, and aneurysms.

Glaucoma is known as “the silent killer of eyesight” because in most cases there is no pain or symptoms associated with the condition until the patient notices a loss of vision. If it is left untreated, Glaucoma begins to effect a patients peripheral visual field. If it remains untreated, it will continually decrease the patients usable central field of vision. The visual field screening is used as one of the initial tests to assist clinicians in early diagnosis of Glaucoma. For those patients who have been diagnosed and treated for Glaucoma, we use a more in depth version of the visual field test to track the peripheral visual field more closely. This in depth version is used to monitor and track potential changes to the patients usable visual field before and during the treatment process. Our doctors do this to make sure there are no major changes that would need to be addressed within the prescribed treatment.

Visual field screenings can also be used to monitor the progress of Cataract growth. They are an excellent early detection tool, as well as a key component in monitoring these previously diagnosed conditions. For this reason our doctors have found it imperative to make visual field screenings part of our standard of care.

As we approach the end of 2017 we wanted to send out a friendly reminder to everyone, do not forget to use your benefits before the year is over! Spots are limited this time of year with the rush of people trying to get their eye exams in and their FSA or HSA used up before the year is over! We want to make sure everyone can be seen in a timely fashion so they don’t lose out on their benefits for the year!! Call our office as soon as possible to make an appointment with one of our doctors!!

Here is a list of the insurances we currently participate with:
-Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield (most plans)
-Aetna (specific doctors only)
-Medicare (with or without supplements)
-Qualcare (most plans)
-PVCN (discount plan)

We also accept FSA and HSA cards as forms of payment as well!!

**THIS DOES NOT GUARANTEE PAYMENT FROM INSURANCE COMPANIES, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR INSURANCE TO FIND OUT YOUR EXACT BENEFITS**

**Unfortunately we DO NOT participate with any SEPARATE VISION PLANS. If you have a separate vision plan through any of these companies the visit will need to be paid out of pocket and submitted to the insurance company independently.**

Complete Solar Eclipse August 21st 2017

Don’t Get Caught Unprepared!  You do not want to miss this!

Image result for images of solar eclipse 2017

On August 21, for the first time in 26 years, the United States will experience a total solar eclipse! This is all very exciting right?? Well there are some things you should keep in mind while preparing to watch this amazing event. Check out this article provided by NASA on the eclipse and eye safety during the eclipse.

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)

Heidelberg’s Optical Coherence Tomographer (OCT) at Suburban Eye Institute

This month we are going to take a look at a piece of equipment called an Optical Coherence Tomographer (OCT) which was brought in to the office last May.  This instrument is used on patients who have conditions that can affect the retina and optic nerve.  The entire staff is pleased to bring this new piece of technology into the practice for our patients.

An OCT is a non-invasive test that takes images of the retina and optic nerve. While an OCT is similar to an ultrasound, these instruments use light to take cross section images of the retina; whereas an ultrasound uses sound to take the images.  The images taken with an OCT allow the doctors to map out and monitor the thickness of each of the retinal layers. The images obtained during the test are used to monitor Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), Glaucoma, and other Diabetic Eye Diseases.

Furthermore OCT testing allows doctors to track and monitor changes to the fibers of the optic nerve for glaucoma patients . Therefore, patients with these conditions will return to the office several times in between their regularly scheduled eye exams to monitor the progression of their treatment plans. In addition, doctors can track and compare the results of progression and treatment over time as shown in the image below.

Results of OCT Performed on the Optic Nerve Head of a Glaucoma Patient.

A question patients often ask is if an OCT can be performed without having to dilate their eyes. This is up to the doctor and patient to decide.  A proper OCT image cannot be captured if the pupil is too constricted.  Therefore, a dilation will allow the pupil to open more, allowing optimal light to get through for the images. However, if the doctor does decide to dilate the patient for the test, the dilation can cause light sensitivity and up close vision may be blurry for several hours after the exam.

Finally, OCT testing requires very little effort from the patient.  The only thing patients need to do is look where the technician asks them to look and sit as still as possible. The technician and the instrument will do the rest of the work.  This makes the testing quick and painless for the patient.  To conclude the testing process, all of results are sent to the doctor for a final review.  These final images will allow the doctor to determine the patients prognosis and continued treatment plan.  Also, when the patient does return for their next follow up visit the doctor is able to compare the newest results to the previous visit.  This will allow the doctors to see if the patients condition is progressing, allowing for a more accurate and proactive treatment plan.

 

For the doctors specific appointment hours please give our office a call. We will be happy to find an appointment time that fits into your busy schedules. Don’t forget to keep checking in on our webpage and our Facebook page for the most up-to-date information!

https://www.facebook.com/suburbaneyeinstitute

 

Dr. Laura Lukaszek: Monday – Thursday

Dr. Brian Mackey: Tuesday & Thursday – Saturday

Dr. Brenda Lynly: Monday & Wednesday