2019: Looking Back and Ahead

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At CarlinVision, 2019 has been a year of tremendous growth!

First, we added a new doctor and a new service to our practice. With the arrival of Dr. Dimple Modi, we treat retinal diseases in-house and no longer refer to outside practices. Saving patients time, money, the hassle of driving further, while being able to control the quality of care, has provided tremendous advantages.

Second, we greatly upgraded our technology. NEW Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT) instrumentation has allowed the latest in posterior and anterior ocular imaging for more refined diagnostics. NEW visual field machines have provided faster, more accurate, visual field testing with less patient fatigue.

Third, a hand held auto refractor has provided more accurate eyeglass prescriptions for handicapped patients.

Fourth, on the surgical side, we now feature the new Panoptix trifocal implant for cataract surgery that provides improved vision at far, intermediate and near, all without the need for glasses!

Fifth, NEW micro invasive procedures have provided better glaucoma control with a minor 5 minute procedure and minimal to no complications.

Finally, we have upgraded our physical facilities. A new facade was added to our Surgical Center. Our main office has been internally upgraded with new flooring, paint, and furniture and The Optical Boutique has been completely renovated with new displays, lighting, and frames.

Looking ahead, we are expecting 2020 to be fantastic! In keeping with the year 2020, our year-long mission will be to provide more people with 20/20 vision than ever before. Our focus and commitment will be on service and excellence—providing true “Advanced eye care with a home-town touch”.

So Happy Holidays from all of us at CarlinVision. We wish you all the best, happiness and health, now and in the New Year!

Richard Carlin, M.D.

We Need Your Help!!!

At the end of the year, we obviously want to take advantage of our insurance benefits, medical deductibles, Heath Saving Accounts, Flex Spending Plans, etc. Medical practices are therefore busier than ever during this season and we understand there is nothing more frustrating than to call a doctor’s office and be told that they cannot see you or be able to do your procedure in time so that you do not have to forfeit your benefits.

At CarlinVision, we do not do this! We make every possible effort to accommodate our patients which is why we add extra staff and office hours during this time of year. We add extra surgery days at our surgery center, start earlier and stay later.

So, please help us. If you or your family members wish to be seen before the end of the year, please make your appointments NOW. Don’t wait for the last week of the year. If you would like a procedure done before the end of the year, schedule NOW. Tell our telephone receptionists when you call so they can get you in earlier. And if the office seems busier than usual and the wait time a bit longer, please understand. We are just trying to accommodate every ones needs.

Tips To Avoid Eye Drop Mix-Ups

All too often, patients put ear drops, nose drops, or even super glue in their eyes, mistaking them for their eye medications. Here are some tips to help you avoid what could be a very painful, or even vision threatening experience:

Keep them apart
. Don’t store eye drops with other drop bottles.
Know eye drop names and cap colors. Learn the name and cap color of your drops to avoid confusion.
Check your medicine—out loud. Read the dropper label out loud before use.
Take eye and ear drops at different times. This can help reduce the risk of mixing them up.
Throw away leftover drops. Get rid of any leftover drops. The fewer the bottles, the fewer to get mixed up.

Celebrating with Champagne

Did you know that a champagne cork can fly up to 50 mph as it leaves the bottle — fast enough, if it hits an eye, to cause perforation and blindness? Champagne bubbles are filled with gas that expands when warm, so always chill champagne to about 45 degrees. Don’t shake, rattle or point the bottle towards anyone as it increases pressure. Tear off the foil and then remove the wire hood. Place a towel over the top of the bottle and grasp the cork. Point the bottle at a 45-degree angle away from yourself and any bystanders. Slowly and firmly twist the bottle, not the cork. Do this until the pressure in the bottle begins to push the cork out naturally.

Safe Contact Lens Practices

Contact lenses provide safe and effective vision correction for an estimated 45 million Americans. But thousands of people develop infections every year because they fail to wear and care for their contact lenses as directed.

Sleeping in contact lenses increases your risk for eye infections six-to-eight fold. It doesn’t matter if you wear extended-wear lenses or if you fall asleep in them accidentally, or only occasionally.

In a 2015 survey by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 99% of contact lens wearers admitted to at least one bad contact-lens hygiene habit, including:

  • swimming or bathing with contacts inserted
  • cleaning their contacts with tap water
  • not properly washing hands before handling contacts
  • and reusing cleaning solution