Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Coach Kaye!

We have more than one coach here at Skyvision! Dr. Greg Kaye has been coaching his sons in CYO basketball for that last two years.

From the looks of THIS he's pretty good at it, too!

Our 3 docs, Dr. Kaye and his partners Dr. Darrell White and Dr. Scott Schlegel, are a part of our community. Three family men who not only work hard for you and your families in the office here in Westlake, but also men who are fully engaged in every part of life. Congrats to Coach Kaye and his championship squad from St. Joseph's!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Coach White

Dr. White has been doing a very intense fitness program called CrossFit for more than 6 years. Recently his sons Dan and Randy opened a CrossFit gym in Amherst, Ohio, and Dr. White has been helping out with the coaching duties.

We weren't quite sure what that means! We do know that Dr. White is a master of multi-tasking, coaching and babysitting for one of the athletes at the same time.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Kaenon Sunglasses For Road Biking

The weather in Cleveland has been magnificent recently! Bikers are out on their road bikes all over town. While we love to see them all wearing helmets, it's also necessary to protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays. One of the sunglass lines we carry at Skyvision is KAENON. Here's what one pro bike racer, Ryan Sabga, had to say about his Kaenon's in Eyewear Business magazine. This professional road and track cyclist is the current National Road Race Champion. A member of Black Dog Professional Cycling, he is a National Team member plus a Six Day and World Cup racer on the track. Since returning to the sport of cycling after a five-year hiatus due to a shattered pelvis, he has earned four medals, all silver or gold, in U.S. and Trinidad and Tobago national championship competition.

EB: Why is superior optical performance critical to your sport?

SABGA: Wind and light can be major distractions when you are trying to focus on giving your maximum effort. This is especially important if you wear contact lenses, as I do. Not only do the right sunglasses help keep your lenses from drying out, but the correct tint and colors on the lenses help keep you relaxed. There is nothing worse than having to squint and wipe your eyes when you're navigating through a pack of riders at 55 kph.

EB: Which sports sunwear style are you wearing the most right now?

SABGA: Currently, I am using mostly Rudy Project's Zyon and Rydon II models. Specifically, I use the Multilaser orange lenses for the day and a variety of lenses for indoor and night races (usually racing red, a dark gray, or purple lens for night).

EB: What are the key features that enhance your performance?

SABGA: First, the frames I use fit better than any other frames I've tried. This is partly due to the custom fit of the nose and ear pieces, but the ability to see clearly out of the lenses in a variety of positions on the bike is unsurpassed. Second, the lens clarity is great and the lens shapes provide excellent coverage.

EB: Which lenses work best for you?

SABGA: In day races, I really like the Multilaser orange lenses. The contrasts of the terrain become more visible and you don't have to worry about squinting. For night and evening races on the track, I like something that doesn't obscure colors. This is especially important because in the Six Day races, every team wears a different color jersey and some colors are close. It's important to see the difference as the races can be chaotic at times.

Keep checking here at the Skyvision blog for more updates on this season's best sunwear options!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Kaenon Sunglasses A Hit In MLB*

It's that time of year at Skyvision! We are bringing in our new sunwear for casual and sport wear. Kaenon will be visiting us next week. Here's a story about how one Major League Baseball player is using Kaenon technology to enhance his game and his career!

Andre Ethier is a  lefty two-time All-Star outfielder playing pro ball with the Los Angeles Dodgers since 2006. He set a new Major League Baseball record in 2011 for a 23-game hitting streak in the month of April. His awards include a Gold Glove award in 2011 and a Silver Slugger Award in 2009.

EB: Why is superior optical performance critical to your sport?

ETHIER: Hitting success in baseball is all about your ability to see it, read it, and then apply a quality swing.

Sharp vision, color contrast, and detail are essential to see the pitcher's release point and quickly identify the rotation for type of pitch and location.

Frame design is always critical … not only for comfort, but wrapped, superior, and clean periphery vision is critical. My polarized sunwear combines all of these elements.

EB: Which sports sunwear style are you wearing the most right now?

ETHIER: I'm batting and playing in the outfield in Kaenon's Beacon style. I usually use the darker G12 lens tints in the outfield and switch to their lighter G28 tint when batting.

EB: What are the key features that enhance your performance?

ETHIER: The lenses I currently wear are the sharpest, most detailed lenses I've ever worn. This is the most critical feature for me. The fit and function of the frame I wear is excellent. I also love the style and like wearing a performance street design instead of the traditional jock look.

EB: Which lenses work best for your sport and why?

ETHIER: I prefer the Gray 12 (darker G12 tint) when in the field. I'm able to pick up the ball off the bat from my position in right field, track it through the stands and seats in the stadium, up into the bright sky, through the sun, and back down. The G12 is dark but not too dark.

If it's overcast in the field or a shadow creeps over the hitter and home plate, then I might switch to the lighter G28 tint. I definitely switch to the medium Dark Gray 28 when hitting. I like the very natural tint of this lens, but it picks up all the detail and contrast I'm looking for.

*From Eyecare Business

Friday, March 16, 2012

Skyvision Docs Have Another Skyvision EDU Meeting

Skyvision Centers Docs had another Continuing Education meeting for area optometrists.  This is the second meeting in the Continuing Education series called Skyvision EDU.  The local optometrists met at The Surgery Center on Bagley Road in Middleburg Heights.  The Surgery Center, owned and operated by Barb Draves, is one the excellent surgery centers used by Dr. White for his cataract patients. 

Leading off the was our very own Dr. Scott Schlegel with a presentation about the very popular Toric Intraocular Lens implant.  He discussed the protocols used in the post operative period of toric IOL cataract surgery. 

Finishing up the meeting was Dr. Darrell White presenting information on the establishment of a Dry Eye Center of Excellence.  The doctors were thoroughly entertained by Dr. White's weaving of stories and technical information.  

Skyvision EDU #3 is scheduled to be held late this summer with topics TBD as the area docs were asked to submit their topics of interest.   The Skyvision doctors have enjoyed connecting with the other area docs and look forward to the continued interaction via the Skyvision EDU meetings.  

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Treating Dry Eye: Punctal Plugs

There are many different types of Dry Eye Syndrome (DES). The most obvious, of course, is not enough tears! The most common type of DES is to have a condition where your eyes just do not produce enough of your own natural tears and your eye is therefore dry. Some people have medical conditions that cause this like Sjogren's Disease or Rheumatoid Arthritis. Others may take medicines like diuretics or antihistamines that reduce the volume of tears. Most people have it just because.

As we've said many times before, the mainstay of treatement is to supplement your own tears with a high quality artificial tear. We like Refresh, Optive, and Thera Tears for this type of DES. It's also possible to increase the "contact time" of both your natural tears and your tear drops by putting a plug in one of the tear drains in your eyelid.

Think of your eye as a sink with one faucet and two drains. If you plug one of the drains the water will still eventually drain out of the sink, but it will spend a longer amount of time in contact with the sink itself. This is exactly how a Punctal Plug works, but slowing down the OUTFLOW of your tears.

When you have a DES evaluation at Skyvision Centers we will determine what type of DES you have and help you to find the best solution for your symptoms.

Friday, March 9, 2012

LASIK, Another Safety Success Story!

A topic often discussed is safety in eye surgery so I thought we should mention how safe LASIK is! As with all surgeries, post-operative infection is one of the most feared complications possible. Another new study was just published that looked at this exact issue.

From September of 2002 to May of 2008 a study was performed looking at the frequency of infections in patients who have undergone LASIK. A total of 204,586 eyes had LASIK over this time period; only 72 eyes became infected! Yup, you read that right: 72 of 204,586. That's an infection rate of 0.035%! And even with infections more than half of the eyes ended up with vision that was 20/20 or better.

The most important take home messages from this study and all of the studies like it are really two: LASIK is VERY safe, but there is no such thing as a totally risk-free, complication-free surgery of any kind. We are very fortunate at Skyvision Centers in that we have yet to have any serious complications in our LASIK patients, but we tell everyone before surgery that it is possible that something could happen. Thankfully, in LASIK at Skyvision, especially with Dr. White, it's very, VERY rare. Just like in the study!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Top Doc AGAIN!

Congratulations to our Dr. Darrell White for being named one of Cleveland Magazine's Top Docs once again!

"I'm incredibly flattered to receive this honor again!" said Dr. White. "It's really a team honor for all of us at Skyvision Centers. Every patient experience depends on each one of us working together as a team and pulling for our patients."

Dr. White has been on the list of Top Docs since 2003.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Do You Have Dry Eye?

How do you know that you need to make a special visit to your Skyvision Centers eye doctor when you think you have dry eye, even if you are not due for an appointment? Here are 5 questions to ask yourself:

1) Are you using artificial tears multiple times a day?
2) Have you been using them on your own without an eye doctor's guidance for several months?
3) Have you tried 2 or more types?
4) Are dry eyes affecting your use of the computer? Reading? Driving? Wearing contacts?
5) Are you unsatisfied with the relief you're getting from the dry eye treament you've chosen?

Dry Eye Syndrome (DES) is incredibly common. In fact, people search the internet for information on DES roughly 5X as frequently as they search for information on LASIK! If you have not had a DES consultation at Skyvision Centers and you answered "Yes" to two or more of the above questions call us (or download our free Smartphone app and email) for a consultation.

You don't have to suffer from chronic DES!