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7 posts from August 2009

August 31, 2009

Arielle Martin's LASIK Rocks!!


Arielle Martin was in the office last week, 1 day after having her LASIK at EyeCare 20/20.  Her vision is already 20/20 and she is looking forward to her next competition next month after her broken hand heals.


Here is a video of Arielle discussing her new eye sight and prospects for her upcoming competitions.

August 26, 2009

Bid for LASIK at The Seeing Eye's On-Line Auction

The Seeing Eye is one of EyeCare 20/20's favorite charities.  They were involved in our drive to enlist more Facebook fans back in February.  EyeCare 20/20 has donated a LASIK surgery to the Seeing Eye's current on-line auction.

Join The Seeing Eye's 80th Anniversary celebration! Since 1929, The Seeing Eye, Inc., located in Morristown, N.J., has been assisting people who are blind to enhance their independence and self-confidence through the use of Seeing Eye dogs.

This auction is your chance to help them celebrate 80 years of helping people transform challenges into opportunities, obstacles into victories, and Seeing Eye Dogs into partners in life's triumphs.  Your participation will ensure that The Seeing Eye continues to provide its pioneering and innovative services for generations to come.  


Click here if you would like to bid on this auction.

August 25, 2009

BMX Cyclist Arielle Martin Joins LASIK for the Gold!


Arielle Martin is the current UCI World Cup SX Champion and headed for the 2012 Olympic Games with her sights set on GOLD. Known for her exceptional jumping skills, aggressive moves, and pure passion for riding, Arielle is a name to be reckoned with in BMX.
Arielle has recently been featured in this month's Bicycling Magazine in an article titled:   Leap of Faith.  She was also featured in an excellent New York Times article last year:  Quest Seperates Soldier and Olympic Hopeful

Arielle stopped by EyeCare 20/20 this week on her way home from competing in South Africa to join Team EyeCare 20/20 and LASIK for the Gold.  In this video, Arielle discusses what it takes to be a World BMX Champion, and how LASIK will hopefully improve her future performances.

August 19, 2009

After LASIK: "The Trees are Green, The Sky is Blue"

Blue sky- Green trees

Mary Ellen Halbert was kind enough to discuss her LASIK experience at EyeCare 20/20.  She talks about how crisp her vision was the day after the procedure.  Mary Ellen's experience is very typical of our LASIK patients!

August 13, 2009

The A- B- C's of Good Vision


September is quickly approaching and it is soon time to send our children back to school.  Without good vision, a child's ability to learn about the world becomes increasingly more difficult. According to a recent study, vision problems affect one in 20 preschoolers and one in four school-age children. Since many vision problems begin at an early age, it is very important that parents make sure their children receive proper eye care. Untreated eye problems can worsen and lead to other serious problems as well as affect learning ability, personality and adjustment in school.

Good vision is essential for children as they develop physically and move though the process of education. Parents should be prepared by making sure their children receive timely vision and eye health screenings for the detection and early treatment of eye problems.


You can’t assume your child has 20/20 vision just because he/she never complains about not being able to see; children with vision problems may not realize the world isn’t blurry to everybody else. If your child often has headaches, tearing, tilts his head to one side to read schoolwork, or holds objects unusually close or far away to view them, it could be a sign he/she has a vision problem and should be checked out immediately.


Among the conditions which can be detected in children by vision screenings beginning in the preschool years are: reduced vision in one or both eyes from amblyopia, misalignment of the eyes (called strabismus), and uncorrected refractive errors or other eye defects, the most common form, nearsightedness (poor distance vision), is usually seen in school-age children and is treated effectively, in most cases, with glasses.


Amblyopia is poor vision in an otherwise normal appearing eye. Two common causes are crossed eyes and a difference in the refractive error between the two eyes. If untreated, amblyopia can cause irreversible visual loss. The best time for treatment is in the preschool years. Effective treatment after the child is 8 or 9 years of age is rarely achieved.

Strabismus is misalignment of the eyes whether the eye turns in, out up or down. If the same eye is habitually misaligned, amblyopia may develop in that eye. Early detection of amblyopia resulting in strabismus, followed up by treatment with patching and any necessary glasses, can be effective in restoring vision. The eyes can be aligned in some cases with glasses and in others with surgery, but neither of these treatment techniques replaces the need for patching when it is indicated.

Refractive errors cause decreased vision visual discomfort ("eye strain"), and/or amblyopia. The most common form, nearsightedness (poor distance vision), is usually seen in school-age children and is treated effectively, in most cases, with glasses. Farsightedness (poor near vision) can cause problems in seeing close work and is also treated with glasses. Astigmatism (imperfect curvature of the front surfaces of the eye) also requires corrective eye glasses if it produces blurred vision or discomfort. Uncorrected refractive errors can cause amblyopia in some cases. 

In conclusion, an ophthalmologic examination should be performed whenever questions arise about the eye health of a child at any age. Early detection of defective vision provides the best opportunity for effective, inexpensive treatment and will work to cease any vision-related learning problems in school.

August 11, 2009

Free Summertime Cookbook: Feast Your Eyes On This!

Feast Your Eyes on This!

Did you know eating foods rich in vitamins and antioxidants such as beta carotene, lutein and zinc may help prevent Age-Related Macular Degeneration or slow its progression in some people?


EyeCare America has teamed up with celebrity chefs to create a cookbook filled with eye-healthy summertime recipes. Simply click the following link to download the complete cookbook for free.


Established in 1985, EyeCare America, the public service program of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, is committed to the preservation of sight, accomplishing its mission through public service and education. EyeCare America includes programs for seniors, glaucoma, diabetes, AMD and children, and is the largest program of its kind in American medicine.




August 04, 2009

LASIK for the Gold's Kristi Leskinen Wins ABC's Superstar Competition


LASIK for the Gold member, Kristi Leskinen and teamate Maks Chmeroskiy ran away with this year's Superstar's competition on ABC.  Kristi made the trip to New Jersey in June to have her LASIK surgery.  She was kind enough to recently record her LASIK experience for a commercial on WDHA.  Here is a copy of her recording:


Congratulations Kristi & Maks!!