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SCHOOL. [ ♪ THEME ] IMAGINE A WORLD WHERE YOU CAN’T SEE YOUR CHILDREN GROW UP OR WATCH THE BRILLIANT.


SCHOOL. [ ♪ THEME ] IMAGINE A WORLD WHERE YOU CAN’T SEE YOUR CHILDREN GROW UP OR WATCH THE BRILLIANT COLORS IN THE LEAVES FALL FROM THE TREES. DR. BESECKER AND DR. WADMAN ARE HERE TO TALK TO US. BOTH OF YOU DO SEPARATE THINGS. DR. WAD MAN, WHAT DO YOU DO? WE DO EYE EXAMS, EYE HEALTH EXAMS, CHECK FOR GLASSES AND CONTACT LENS PRESCRIPTIONS AND WE ALSO SELL GLASSES AND CONTACTS. WHAT DO YOU DO? I WORK FOR PIONEER VALLEY CONSULTANTS AND WE DO COMPREHENSIVE EYE CARE AS WELL AS TREAT OCULAR DISEASES. OFTENTIMES PEOPLE DON’T GO TO THE OPTOMETRIST UNTIL THEY FEEL THEY NEED GLASSES, BUT REALLY GOING FOR AN APPOINTMENT IS SO IMPORTANT. IT HAS A LOT TO DO WITH YOUR GENERAL HEALTH, IS THAT RIGHT? THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS WE CAN DETECT WITH THE EYE, AND IT’S BETTER TO CATCH PROBLEMS EARLY WHEN WE CAN STILL TREAT THEM INSTEAD OF WAITING UNTIL THEY ARE UNTREATABLE. THERE IS A LOT OF NEW AND EXCITING DEVELOPMENTS GOING ON IN THE WORLD OF EYE CARE. LET’S START WITH A COUPLE OF THEM. WE HAVE THE GLARE-REDUCING SUNGLASSES, WHICH SEEMS LIKE A GREAT TOOL. MOST PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT TRANSITION GLASSES. WHEN YOU CAN OUTSIDE, THEY GET DARK, BUT THE BEST SUNGLASS FOR LOOKING THROUGH GLARE IS POLARIZED. NOW TRANSITIONS HAS COME OUT WITH A POLARIZING LENS THAT GETS DARK WHEN YOU GO OUTSIDE. ANYONE WHO IS A SPORTSMAN KNOWS THAT POLARIZED IS THE BEST THING TO HAVE. IN THE WATER, IT CUTS THROUGH THE GLARE, YOU CAN SEE THE FISH. THAT MUST REALLY HELP FISHERMAN. WHAT ARE SPECTACLE LENSES? JUST GLASSES, BUT THERE’S BEEN CHANGES, ALLOWING US TO CORRECT VISION BETTER THAN WE COULD IN THE PAST. PREVIOUSLY WE COULD ONLY MEASURE WHEN YOU WERE FAR-SIGHTED, NEAR-SIGHTED, OR ASTIGMATISM. THERE ARE OTHER ABNORMALARTIES. WE HAVE NEW INSTRUMENTS NOW THAT CAN TAKE MEASUREMENTS AND CUSTOMIZE GLASSES TO HELP YOU SEE SHARPER. WHEN I GOT THESE GLASSES, EVERYTHING WAS SHARPER. YOU CAN REALLY TELL THE DIFFERENT. YEAH. THIS NEXT ONE, ALTHOUGH BABY BOOMERS ARE GOING TO REJOICE, IT’S BIFOCALS. THE OUTER PART IS THE OPPOSITE, AS LONG AS YOU GET BOTH FOCUSES IN YOUR PUPILS AT THE SAME TIME, YOU CAN SEE DISTANCE AND NEAR. THE DESIGNS HAVEN’T BEEN GREAT IN THE PAST BUT RECENTLY NEW DESIGNS HAVE COME OUT MAKING THIS A GOOD OPTION FOR A LOT OF BABY BOOMERS. LET’S TRANSITION A LITTLE BIT AND TALK ABOUT VISION PROBLEMS, WARNING SIGNS, WHAT ARE THINGS THAT IF PEOPLE NOTICE ARE GOING WRONG WITH THEIR VISION, WARNING SIGNS THAT THEY MIGHT WANT TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT. ANY DECREASE IN VISION, PAIN IN YOUR ICE, FLASHES OF LIGHT, FLOATERS, ANYTHING OF THAT NATURE, YOU DEFINITELY WANT TO GO IN AND SEE YOUR OPTOMETRIST OR OPHTHALMOLOGIST. THERE ARE DISEASES YOU CAN SPOT, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT DIABETES AND ITS RELATION TO YOUR VISION. THAT ARE SIGNS WE CAN SEE IN THE BACK OF THE EYE DOING A COMPREHENSIVE EYE EXAM THAT YOU MIGHT NOT NOTICE. WHEN WE DETECT THESE EARLIER, THE CHANCE OF VISION LOSS ARE GREATLY DECREASED. WE LIKE TO CATCH THESE EARLY. IT’S ALWAYS ABOUT MORE PREVENTATIVE CARE AS OPPOSED TO DEALING WITH THE PROBLEM AFTER IT SETS IN. LET’S TALK ABOUT MACULAR DEGENERATION. IT IS SUSSEPTEMBERRABLE TO A DISEASE THAT CAN AFFECT YOUR CENTRAL VISION SO YOU HAVE TROUBLE READING AND RECOGNIZING PEOPLE’S FACES. YOU STILL HAVE PERIPHERAL VISION. ALTHOUGH IT’S NOT PREVENTABLE, WE DO HAVE SOME NUTRITIONAL TREATMENTS THAT CAN HELP SLOW IT DOWN, VITAMINS AND OMEGA THREE FATTY ACIDS. WE ARE LOOKING AT A PICTURE OF IT. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO YOU? WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR ARE THESE LITTLE BUMPS THAT START FORMING IN THE MACULA. IS THAT THE CENTER BUMP? THE CENTER IS THE OPTIC NERVE. THE DARKER AREA IN THE MIDDLE IS THE MACULA. THERE ARE LITTLE WHITE BUMPS THAT START FORMING IN THE EARLY STAGES AND THAT’S A WARNING SIGN THAT YOU MAY BE GETTING MACULAAR DEGENERATION. WE’LL PUT YOU ON THE VITAMINS. EXPLAIN THE BENEFITS OF THESE. WE FEEL THE DAMAGE TO THE MACULA IS FROM OXIDATION OR FREE RADICALS THAT ARE FORMED FROM LIGHT, AND THESE ARE ANTI OXIDANT VITAMINS WHICH HELP PREVENT DAMAGE FROM OXIDATION SO THEY HELP PROTECT THE RETINA AND THEY HELP BUILD UP SOME PIGMENT IN THE MACULA WHICH IS ALSO BENEFICIAL. IN ADDITION TO TAKING THESE SUPPLEMENTS, ARE THERE THINGS EVERYONE CAN DO ALL THE TIME TO MAKE SURE YOUR EYES STAY HEALTHY AND SHARP. WEARING U.V. PROTECTIVE SUNGLASSES ALWAYS HELPS, BECAUSE IT’S THE U.V. LIGHT THAT’S HITTING THE MACULA THAT’S CAUSING THOSE FREE RADICALS, SO WEARING THOSE SUNGLASSES IS SOMETHING EVERYONE CAN DO TO HELP PREVENT THIS DISEASE. IF PEOPLE ARE INTERESTED IN GETTING MORE INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR PRACTICE, HOW CAN THEY DO THAT? GO TO MY WEBSITE OR CALL THE OFFICE IN GREEN FIELD. VISIT OUR WEBSITE AND WE HAVE OFFICES IN AMHERST, GREEN FIELD AND HOLYOKE. LET’S TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT GLAUCOMA. OFTENTIMES PEOPLE KNOW IT, BUT DON’T KNOW WHAT IT IS. CAN YOU EXPLAIN GLAUCOMA TO US? GLAUCOMA, THE BIG LIGHT THING IN THE MIDDLE OF THAT PICTURE WITH ALL THE BLOOD COMING OUT, THAT’S THE OPTIC NERVE AND GLAUCOMA IS A DISEASE OF THE OPTIC NERVE GENERALLY CAUSED BY PRESSURE IN THE EYE. THE PROBLEM IS THERE ARE NO SYMPTOMS. YOU WOULDN’T KNOW YOU HAVE IT UNTIL WE TEST FOR IT. BY THE TIME YOU NOTICE, YOU WOULD HAVE LOST SIGNIFICANT VISION. THE VISION LOSS IS PERMANENT. YOU CAN NEVER REGAIN THAT VISION. IT’S IMPORTANT TO CATCH IT EARLY, BECAUSE WE CAN TREAT IT AND PREVENT THE DAMAGE FROM HAPPENING IF WE CATCH IT EARLY. IT’S IMPORTANT, EVEN IF YOUR EYESIGHT IS GREAT ONE NEED TO GET A VISION CHECK AT LEAST EVERY YEAR OR TWO. YES, CORRECT. GENTLEMEN, I WANT TO THANK YOU SO MUCH. WAS I ILLUMINATING, “-OPENING IF

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