The Optometric Minute with Dr. Margolies
Hi, it’s Dr. Margolies with the Optometry Minute. Why do diabetic patients need to have a yearly eye exam? The answer is that diabetes can affect the blood vessels in the back of the eye. If these blood vessels start to leak fluid or bleed, it can lead to loss of vision. Therefore, your doctor will recommend a yearly dilated eye exam to make sure that your diabetes is not affecting your eyes. Thank you very much!
Hi, it’s Dr. Margolies bringing you another edition of the Optometric Minute. How serious is a retinal detachment? The answer is it’s very serious. A retinal detachment means a portion of your retina has detached from its lining and can lead to serious loss of vision. Some of the signs of the detachment symptoms would be a flashing of lights, curtain or shadows in your vision. And these symptoms just do not go away. If you were to experience any of these symptoms, you should call your eye doctor as soon as possible. Wishing you good eye health. Thank you.
Hi, it’s Dr. Margolies with another edition of the Optometric Minute. Why do contact lenses need to be fitted properly? The answer is a contact lens sits on the eye and if it’s not fitted properly can actually harm the eye. A poorly fitting contact lens can cause an eye infection; it can cause abnormal blood vessel growth and even lead to loss of permanent loss of vision. Therefore, it’s very important that new, as well as established contact lens wearers, see their doctor on a regular basis in order to make sure that their contact lenses are not harming their eyes. Thank you.
Hi, this is Dr. Margolies coming to you from sunny Jerusalem, Israel. I’m actually here visiting my daughter who just gave birth about a month ago to a beautiful baby girl. Speaking of babies, patients often asked me when is a good time to bring their newborn in for an eye exam. Can we even do an infant eye exam, and I tell them absolutely we can do an eye exam. Furthermore, it’s important to bring them in within the first year of life so we can detect problems early. The eye exam is very simple to do and this way we can ensure that there is no turning or crossing of the eyes, no lazy eyes and that the eyes are developing properly.
Hi, it’s Dr. Margolies reporting from Jerusalem, Israel. I often get asked by parents when should I bring my child in for their first eye exam ? I tell them ideally you should bring them in within the first year of life. At that point we want to make sure that the eyes are developing normally that there are no problems that require intervention. After that year, I would recommend an eye exam between the ages of 2 and 4. Another eye exam once they start kindergarten and then every year then after to ensure that the child is maintaining good vision. Getting into a regular routine of bringing your child to the optometrist will ensure a lifetime of good vision.
Hi, it’s Dr. Margolies reporting from sunny Jerusalem, Israel. I often see children who are referred-in by their pediatrician because they are unsure if there is a true vision problem or not. I reassure parents that the purpose of the exam is to make sure that the child can see properly and that the eyes are developing normally. We use a variety of methods which are non-threatening to the child and even if the child cannot speak or doesn’t know their letters, we have specialized lights and instruments that can detect whether there is nearsightedness, farsightedness, lazy eyes or turning or crossing of the eye. Please don’t be concerned if the pediatrician refers your child for a professional eye exam. I assure you that it’s better to be safe than sorry.