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TROUBLE SEEING THE FINE PRINT? DR. BLADH HAS OPTIONS FOR YOU

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Every good pair of eyes eventually gets old, and with age comes a condition called presbyopia. Presbyopia, which usually begins to set in some time around 40, occurs when the lens of the eye begins to stiffen, making near vision (such as reading books, menus, and computer screens) blurry. You may have this age-related farsightedness if you notice yourself holding the newspaper further and further away in order to make out the words, and you may begin to experience headaches or eyestrain as well. The good news is, presbyopia is very common. It happens to most of us eventually and these days there are a number of good options to correct it. First of all, let’s take a look at what causes the condition. What Causes Presbyopia? As the eye ages, the natural lens begins to lose its elasticity as the focusing muscles (the ciliary muscles) surrounding the lens have difficulty changing the shape of the lens. The lens is responsible for focusing light that comes into the eye onto the retina for…

DR BLADH OD INC VISION PROVIDER OF CHOICE FOR LINCOLN VISION CONNECT

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We are so happy to announce that we have become the vision provider of choice for the Lincoln Vision Connect network of Lincoln Financial Group! With 81,000 members actively participating in this current vision plan we have increased our training and staffing capability in order to accommodate this growing population. In an effort to minimize our carbon footprint we have worked out a way with Lincoln Financial to only require the name and DOB of you, the patient, so you are not required to print off anything and we can look up your eligibility electronically. Lincoln provides a full-featured vision plan that you are able to take advantage of coming to Dr. Bladh's office.


Having an annual eye exam is part of your sustainable overall health. Did you know that almost 80% of what your brain processes comes directly from your eyes? The comedy sketch from Brian Regan always comes to mind when I think about the importance of seeing clearly and making sure your visual health is a top pri…

ARE YOU SENSITIVE TO LIGHT?

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Light sensitivity, also known as photophobia, is a condition in which bright light - either natural sunlight or artificial light -  can cause significant discomfort, pain and intolerance. People that experience light sensitivity will find themselves needing to close their eyes or squint when exposed to light and often experience headaches and nausea as well.  In mild cases, the discomfort accompanies exposure to bright lights or harsh sunlight, but in severe cases even a small amount of light can cause pain and discomfort.

Photophobia is more common in individuals with light eyes. This is because the greater amounts of pigment in darker eyes help to protect the eye from the harsh rays of light. The darker pigment of the iris and choroid absorbs the light, rather than reflecting the light and causing internal reflection or glare experienced by those with lighter eyes. People with albinism, which is a total lack of eye pigment, also experience significant light sensitivity for this re…

WHAT'S IN A BLACK EYE AND HOW TO TREAT IT

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A black eye, also known as a periorbital hematoma, is usually not an injury of the actual eye (which is why it is called “periorbital”- around the eye). It typically occurs when there is an injury to the face or the eye socket which causes bleeding beneath the skin and bruising. The term, “black eye” comes from the dark coloring of the bruising that occurs underneath the skin around the eye. When a blunt force hits the eye socket, this can cause capillaries in the area to burst, causing hemorrha ging, also known as a hematoma. This blood can accumulate in the eye socket and as it begins to be reabsorbed into the surrounding tissues, the colors of the bruising begin to change. That’s why you will often notice the coloring of the black eye to go from a dark purplish-red color to brownish and then yellow.
Sometimes along with the external bruising, you might also notice a small amount of bleeding on the white surface of the eye, which is called a subconjunctival hemorrhage. This is when…

NATIONAL SUNGLASSES DAY 6/27

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We understand the patient-doctor relationship, wherein us as doctors are more concerned about the health of the eyes and the majority of our patients are more concerned about looking good in what they wear. So we have been able to offer the best of both worlds and combine these different ways of thinking with what we do. This is one of the main reasons we are putting such a big emphasis on making sure each of our patients knows about June 27th, NATIONAL SUNGLASSES DAY (I really wish we could have you read it with a booming echo instead of thinking we're just yelling via this blog post in all caps)! On a more serious note, we are offering 25% off for anyone who comes into the office and purchases sunglasses on 6/27.


All of our frames have UV protection and are ensured to protect you from the sun while still making you look good! With brands like Ray-Ban, Tom Ford,Tiffany & Co and Oakley to name a few, you're sure to find something that you love. We run a promotion every ye…

FREE LASIK CONSULT DAY COMING 6/19 AT DR. BLADH'S OFFICE

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When LASIK was just being introduced into the marketplace, there were a lot of naysayers in our profession saying it would ruin the Optometry industry as we know it! How could we be supporting something that is going to put us out of business?!?! We have always been of the opinion if medical advancements help the patient, why would we ever stand in the way of that? We are huge proponents of LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis), yes it is actually an acronym, we have actually found that patients that have LASIK surgery end up becoming some of the most educated and loyal patients in our office.


With that being said, the surgery center that we have the best relationship with is NVISION Eye Centers. We do so much business with them that they actually approached us about doing a LASIK Consult Day in our office! They are taking one of their consultants out of their busy office for an entire day to dedicate to our patients. They do great work! They will be here to answer any questi…

SJOGREN'S AWARENESS MONTH - THE INVISIBLE DISEASE

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In honor of Sjogren’s (SHOW-grins) Awareness month, Dr. Bladh's office is helping to spread the word to increase awareness about this hard-to-diagnose disease.

Sjogren’s is a systemic autoimmune disorder that can affect the whole body. One of the primary symptoms is excessive dryness particularly in the eyes and mouth. Other serious symptoms include chronic fatigue and pain, specifically in the joints, as well as major organ dysfunction. The syndrome also increases chances of neuropathies and lymphomas.

The severity of the disease varies greatly, ranging from mild discomfort to debilitating symptoms that can seriously impair normal functioning in everyday life. Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent serious complications and improve quality of life. There is currently no cure for Sjogren’s, yet there are treatments for many of the individual symptoms. On average patients are prescribed upwards of 8 medications to treat the wide range of symptoms.













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