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Conjunctivitis, Kids and Back to SchoolDr. Peralta
(10-11)
Now that a month or so has gone by and the kids are all back to school it’s about time for them to start swapping some germs that will invariably lead to a bunch of different ailments, some of which may include conjunctivitis or “pink eye”.   Conjunctivitis is an inflammation or infection of the thin layer of tissue lining the inside of the eyelid and white of the eye known as the conjunctiva.

Conjunctivitis can occur from bacteria or viruses and can be a primary or secondary infection. Some result from allergies, irritation or even sexually transmitted diseases. Bacterial and viral conjunctivitis are infectious and there is potential to spread this between students. Here’s what to look for: well you guessed it – a pinkish eye, look to see or ask your school age children if they have any discharge- look carefully at the eyelashes and lid margins. Look to see if the eyelids are swollen and ask if their eyes are itchy or have a scratchy feeling. Check or ask if they have swollen glands in the neck and near the ears.

In any presentation, conjunctivitis can be diagnosed by your eye doctor and he or she can prescribe medications to treat bacterial infections, allergies or inflammations. If it is determined to be viral, then supportive treatment will be recommended to provide relief and precautions recommended to limit its spread. An accurate diagnosis is essential for treatment and your eye doctor can also check to see if the child’s vision has been affected.

The best way to prevent getting “pink eye” is to practice good hygiene. Here are some easy tips for your school age children.

  •  Teach them at a young age not to rub or touch their eyes:   bacteria and viruses can be introduced via fingers onto the conjunctiva and result in infection
  • Avoid sitting next to a sick child who is coughing or sneezing as many viruses are transmitted via droplet contact in airborne transmission
  •  Always use disposable paper towels to dry their hands after washing  and never share towels
  • Provide hand wipes in their lunch boxes or nap sacks to use before eating lunch as many times kids aren’t given the opportunity to wash their hands before lunch period

If your child has conjunctivitis, here’s how to take care of it and how can you prevent it from spreading at home?

  • Remind them not to touch or rub the infected eye
  • Have them wash their hands frequently and wash any discharge from the eyes using a paper towel and then discard it
  • No makeup
  • Absolutely no contact lens wear
  • Avoid using common hand towels
  • Use medications as prescribed and don’t miss dosings
  • If your child has bacterial or viral conjunctivitis, keep them home until they are not contagious, usually after several days on the antibiotic and when their eyes are no longer red or have an associated discharge

With a little bit of luck and a few reminders from parents your school age student will hopefully avoid a bout of conjunctivitis.  In the event that they do decide to share and swap some germs, make sure you get it checked out with either your eye doctor or their pediatrician to get it treated promptly and to bring some relief to both you and your child.


School is in Session, Are your Child’s Eyes Ready? Dr. Powell
(9-11)
We know vision is important to learning, but just how important is an eye exam to your child’s school performance?  A child’s inability to see at distance can interfere with reading the board at school and adversely affect athletic performance.  Trouble seeing up close or difficulty using the two eyes together can make reading and computer tasks more difficult.  Some children may even avoid reading not out of a lack of interest or understanding, but simply because it is too difficult for them to focus on the page.

What kind of vision problems can school age children have? Myopia or nearsightedness can cause difficulty seeing things far away. Hyperopia or farsightedness can cause trouble seeing things up close like books or the computer. Words may be blurry or sometimes the eyes will tire quickly or headaches will occur. Astigmatism, which is often caused by an irregularity in the shape of the cornea, can cause blur at distance and near as well as eyestrain and headaches. Amblyopia or “lazy” eye refers to an eye that does not see 20/20 or has significantly worse vision than the other eye with best correction and is usually due to an eye turn or a difference in prescription between the two eyes. If detected early enough the weaker eye can be improved through the use of eyeglasses and/or vision training, but left untreated can result in a lifelong decrease in vision.

A lot of schools have some type of screening and many children have their eyes tested at the pediatrician, but is this enough? Whether you child is seen by the school nurse or by their family doctor a screening is a good tool to help determine if someone may need further testing, but it is not a substitute for a comprehensive eye exam. Screenings take place in a span of seconds to at best a minute or two and often are limited due to time constraints to reading a chart on the wall. A comprehensive eye exam involves a detailed history, testing of distance and near vision, determination of the need for glasses, binocular testing as well as a determination of the health of the eyes.

Not being able to see letters at a distance is the most common referral for an eye examination from screenings and may indicate the presence of myopia (near-sightedness) or astigmatism and often results in a child having glasses prescribed for school. Children having problems focusing up close, having trouble using their eyes together or who have a “lazy” eye may pass a screening because their problems are not tested for or are too subtle to be seen. Likewise a child could have an underlying eye disease that does not affect vision at an early stage, but could be picked up during a comprehensive eye examination.

So who should be tested and when? The American Optometric and the American Medical Associations recommend comprehensive eye examinations at three different times during a child’s life before their first year of school. If your child is in school and has never had a comprehensive eye examination, it is time to have them see an eye care professional. Children whose parents wear glasses or have a history of amblyopia or eye disease are at even greater risk for having a vision problem. If a child’s eyes are healthy and it is determined that they do not need glasses then they should be tested at least every two years. Children who need glasses or have any type of vision problem should be seen every year or more frequently as directed by their eye care professional.

Dr. Peralta attended the 2011 American Academy of Optometry Continuing Education Meeting in Boston this October earning 21 CE credits.

The meeting offers doctors a wide array of clinically pertinent continuing education courses and the latest in research in Optometry and Vision Science. Dr. Peralta notes that there is so much “take home” information that is cutting edge that doctors can use immediately for the care of their patients. Academy continuing education is geared toward practitioners who are dedicated to the highest standards of optometric practice through clinical care, education or research.
 


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Dr. Powell completed his second Hudson River Swim for Life on Saturday September 10th, 2011
(9/11)
The event normally has two swim options; a one-mile swim along the east shore of the Hudson, and a three-mile swim starting from Nyack and crossing the Hudson River about one mile north of the Tappan Zee and finishing at Kingsland Park in Sleepy Hollow. This year the three-mile swim option was cancelled due to the hazardous water conditions following hurricane Irene and another heavy week of rain leading up to the event, so all swimmers swam the one-mile event.

“I was a bit disappointed that the three-mile swim was cancelled, but with the rough current going out on the one-mile swim was still a bit challenging,” said Dr. Powell. “It is a great community event which raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). It also heightens awareness for the environment and ongoing cleanup efforts for the Hudson River.”

 
Although there were fewer swimmers at this year’s swim as compared to last year, the event still raised over $150,000 for the LLS. “Everyone seemed to be having a great time. There is a great cheering section and a lot of smiles as people come out of the water.” shared Dr. Powell proudly.

Dr. Powell will be participating in the Hudson River Swim
for Life on Saturday, September 10th, 2011

(7/11)
The Hudson River Swim for Life is a 3 mile swim across the Hudson River just north of the Tappen Zee Bridge. There are typically 200-300 participants. The event raises money for the Luekemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) while also creating awareness for a cleaner environment. Anyone wishing to help raise funds for the LLS can donate through my webpage. Or for more information you can visit Hudson River Swim for Life.

 

Dr. Brian Powell is serving as the Volunteer Liaison of New York State for the American Optometric Society (AOS)
(7/11)
The AOS is a national group of optometrists committed to giving its members a voice in their profession, supporting the common goals of its members and advocating for its members within other organizations.


Eye Heath is More than 20/20 Vision. (7/11).

Most people would seek out an eye care professional if they started to notice blurry vision, but what about someone who has no problems with their eyesight? Good eyesight might be taken as a sign that the eyes are perfectly healthy, but sometimes good vision does not mean that the eyes are problem free. There are several conditions that can affect the eyes over time, but might leave a person with 20/20 vision in their earlier stages.

Glaucoma is a progressive disease that causes damage to nerve fibers in the retina and can happen slowly over time. Often no change in vision is noted until significant loss has occurred. Left untreated glaucoma can eventually lead to blindness. Once vision loss occurs it cannot be restored, but early detection and treatment can prevent noticeable vision loss in most patients. A comprehensive eye examination can determine risk factors for developing glaucoma such as high intra ocular pressure (pressure within the eye) or abnormal optic nerve appearance. Along with additional testing such as visual field (peripheral vision testing) and retinal imaging, glaucoma can often be detected and treated before significant damage occurs.

Diabetes can cause a rapid shift in vision especially when blood sugar levels are very high. These types of changes would usually be noticed right away, however, there are other changes that can occur inside the eye at the retinal level that could greatly impair vision over time even if a good blood sugar level is maintained. Bleeding or hemorrhaging can occur throughout the retina and if fluid builds up in the macula, or central retina, a drastic reduction in vision can occur. Early intervention is critical in treating this type of diabetic change. Part of the overall comprehensive care of a diabetic patient includes a yearly eye examination by an eye care professional, the results of which are communicated to the primary care physician or endocrinologist to help ensure that proper blood sugar levels are being maintained.

Certain medications carry with them risks to the health of the eye. Patients taking high risk medications like Plaquenil should have baseline and periodic testing to ensure that no changes to their macula occur as a result of their treatment. This testing may include color vision testing and threshold visual fields that evaluate the sensitivity of the macula or central vision and can pick up changes too subtle to be seen in everyday life situations. Newer medications like Gilenya, which is being used to treat Multiple Sclerosis, can cause edema or swelling of the macula and may require retinal imaging to ensure a healthy retina.

Headaches can be a very benign or a very serious symptom depending on the cause. Sometimes they can be due to eyestrain from the eyes not working together properly (binocularity problems) or a need for prescription eyewear. Other times they could be due to pressure in the brain or behind the eye from a growth or increased intracranial pressure. An eye examination can determine if there is a need for eyewear or reveal signs such as optic nerve head swelling which may indicate the presence of a tumor or intracranial pressure. Imaging of the brain would then be required to more specifically determine the cause of swelling and treatment for the condition.

Dry eye syndrome is a progressive condition that can be masked by other symptoms and as a result be left untreated. Symptoms like itching, burning, eye fatigue and watering eyes might be attributed to allergies, lack of sleep or even excessive tear production when all of these symptoms could be the result of a poor or deficient tear film layer. A lack of an adequate robust tear film can cause a response called reflex tearing where very thin and watery tears are secreted to flush the eye resulting in excessive tearing. While itching can be due to allergies it can also be, along with burning and eye fatigue, linked directly to ocular surface dryness. Earlier or milder cases of dry eye syndrome may be treated with over the counter artificial tears, while more severe cases may require medications or eyelid implants called punctual plugs to help boost tear production or retain tears on the eye’s surface. Severe dry eye, left untreated, could lead to corneal ulcers or scarring and permanent loss of vision.

Cataracts typically are associated with an aging change to the crystalline lens located just inside the eye behind the pupil. Generally first diagnosed in patients over the age of 60, they can sometimes be seen in younger adults and even children. Cataracts cause a noticeable change to vision as they progress, but in the beginning may be associated with glare or loss of contrast without the loss of good distance vision. Glare when driving at night might not be due solely to the brightness of certain types of headlights and may actually indicate the start of cataracts.

Children with seemingly good distance vision who are struggling in school may suffer from binocular problems. If a child’s eyes do not turn in or out properly together or have trouble maintaining focus on near objects like books or computers for extended periods of time they may avoid reading or doing homework because it feels uncomfortable to them. They may pass a screening at school or at their pediatrician’s office, but may need a more comprehensive look at their eyes to determine the cause of poor school performance.

So even if your vision seems perfect, there is no real way of knowing if your eyes are healthy without a comprehensive eye examination by an eye care professional. If you have never had your eyes checked by an eye care professional or if it has been more than two years since your last comprehensive eye examination then it is time for you to have your eyes checked. Patients at higher risk, such as those with diabetes or a family history of eye disease, may need to be seen yearly or more often as recommended by their doctor.



Dr. Peralta participated in the Beacon Inaugural Sprint Triathlon at the Beacon River Front this past Sunday. (7/11)

In fact this was part of the grand opening of the new Kayak Pavilion located near Long Dock. After 52 years, I finally swam in the Hudson. As a kid growing up in the city, it wasn't something we did. The weather was beau...tiful and after the swim, there was a bike to the tunnel just before Breakneck and back which was well monitored by volunteers and our police force, followed by a 5 K from the Pavilion out to Denning's Point and back. If you haven't checked out the river front lately, go for it!

 

UV Protection for your Eyes Should be a Family Affair (7/11)

It's finally time for fun in the sun after a long winter and a wet spring. Most people know that ultraviolet or UV protection is important for our skin, but not everyone realizes the importance of protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays. People sometimes think that if the brightness doesn't bother them they don't need sunglasses. In reality, that's not the case.

The sun's primary danger is in the form of UV light. There are three forms of UV radiation: UV- C is absorbed by the ozone, so doesn't really pose a threat; while UV-A and UV- B radiation can pose both short-term and long-term hazards. Did you ever have a perfect "10" day at the beach only to have your eyes feel scratchy, gritty and teary later that night? If so, you had a photokeratitis, or in layman's terms, a sunburn of the eyes. Fortunately, this is usually temporary and doesn't result in permanent damage to the cornea. Wearing sunglasses would prevent this and the "10" day might have a chance to turn into a "10" night!

However, long-term exposure can result in damage to your eyes and be more serious. The scientific literature is full of good studies and research that link UV radiation to an increased risk of cataracts and retinal problems like macular degeneration. The longer the eyes are exposed, the greater the risk of developing these problems later in life. Since it is not clear how much exposure to solar radiation will cause damage, the American Optometric Association recommends wearing quality sunglasses that offer UV protection and wearing a hat or cap with a wide brim whenever you spend extended time outdoors.

What should your sunglasses do? In order to provide protection for your eyes, your sunglasses should block out 99-100% of UV-A and UV-B radiation and screen out at least 75% of the visible light. The best lens colors to select, so as not to alter your color perception, are gray, green and brown. There are many variations of these colors or tints that can actually enhance contrast on an overcast day.

Finally, don't forget the kids and teenagers. Protecting eyes should be a family affair and goal. Parents, start protecting your children's eyes at a young age as they typically spend more time in the sun. Be sure to see your eye care professional at least every 2 years for a comprehensive eye examination. A regular exam schedule is a good way to monitor your eye health, maintain good vision and keep track of your solar radiation protection needs, as well as new advances in eye protection. So put on those shades and enjoy the summer that is upon us.



Dr. Brian Powell is serving as the Volunteer Liaison of New York State for the American Optometric Society (AOS)
(7/11)
The AOS is a national group of optometrists committed to giving its members a voice in their profession, supporting the common goals of its members and advocating for its members within other organizations.



Dr. Brian Powell is the new Vice President of the Hudson Valley Optometric Society.
(6/11)
The Hudson Valley Optometric Society is the local affiliate for the New York State Optometric Association (NYSOA) and American Optometric Association (AOA) for Hudson Valley area Optometrists. The group meets several times per year for Continuing Education events for members and runs a Fall Seminar event that provides a day's worth of Continuing Education for Optometrists throughout the state.


Dr. Peralta Attends Laser Eye Surgery Continuing Education Event (6/11)

Dr. Perlata attended a continuing education event sponsored by TLC laser centers that provided updates on PRK laser eye surgery and Corneal Collagen Cross Linking to strengthen corneas.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently permitted the start of three clinical trials in the United States to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of riboflavin/UVA light corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL) in patients with progressive keratoconus or corneal ectasia after previous refractive surgery.


Are Allergies Affecting your Eyes? … Relief is in Sight (5/18).

The temperatures are rising, the rain has stopped falling and it is a picture perfect day outside, yet with trees and flowers in full bloom many might prefer to stay indoors.  Allergy sufferers know all too well the havoc that airborne pollens wreak and now is the time to seek a solution.

You are not alone.  Over half of the US population suffers from allergies with a many of those affected exhibiting ocular symptoms such as tearing, redness and itching.

What exactly causes these allergies?  There are many theories as to why allergies occur and why the number of sufferers seems to be on the rise, but basically allergies are our immune systems’ over-reaction to harmless antigens like dust or pollen.  These antigens stimulate cells in our bodies called mast cells which then rupture or degranulate releasing mediators including histamine.  These mediators can cause itching, redness, tearing and inflammation. 

Often ocular allergies occur in conjunction with dry eye.  Whether the dry eye caused the allergies or the allergies caused the dry eye the result is the same.  A thick, healthy tear layer will create a barrier to help keep allergens from directly contacting the surface of the eye, whereas a dry eye with an insufficient tear film does little to keep irritants at bay.

Two common categories of ocular allergy are seasonal and perennial allergies.  Seasonal allergies are often caused by the release of pollens and are most likely to occur in the spring and/or fall.  Perennial allergies are caused by irritants that are always around like dust or smoke.  Perennial allergies tend to cause milder symptoms, but are obviously chronic.

Finding relief from red, itchy or tearing eyes can be difficult.  Many allergy sufferers have nose or throat symptoms and seek out prescription or over the counter (OTC) nasal spray remedies or oral medications.  While there is some literature that suggests that nasal sprays can help reduce ocular in addition to nasal symptoms, they also carry a slight risk for development of cataracts, ocular hypertension and glaucoma.  The use of oral medications may provide sinus relief, but can also cause greater dryness of the eyes making ocular allergy symptoms worse instead of better.

Over the counter drops such as Naphcon-A and Visine-A are often used for the relief of ocular allergy symptoms because they contain a combination of anti-histamine to relieve itching and a vaso-constrictor to literally constrict the blood vessels of the eye or “get the red out”.  The problem with these OTC drops is that they relieve symptoms for only a few hours and need to be used several times a day to be effective and the preservatives in these drops can irritate the ocular surface and actually worsen allergy symptoms over time.

How should I best treat my ocular allergy symptoms?
 Although our lifestyles may often make this difficult, common sense dictates the first thing we should do is avoid what we are allergic to.  This may mean spending less time outdoors during peak pollen counts, using air-purifiers in the home, quitting smoking or diligently cleaning up pet hair and dander.  If ocular symptoms are present see an eye care professional.  These visits are considered medical and are usually covered by your major medical insurance plans.  Even if you are being treated for other allergy symptoms, the best way to treat ocular allergies is with topical eye drops. 

Some commonly prescribed eye drops for allergy contain a combination of anti-histamines for immediate relief from itching and mast-cell stabilizers to break the cascade of allergy symptoms at the source.  In addition some of theses prescribed drops may only need to be used once a day.  If you experience seasonal allergies every year, a mast cell stabilizer may be prescribed before allergies begin to prevent their onset or reduce their severity.  These medications are also beneficial for those suffering perennial or year-round allergies.  Artificial tears may be used to help relieve dry eye symptoms and can be used in conjunction with oral medications or other topical drops.

So if you want to enjoy this season remember to see your doctor before symptoms begin or if you are already experiencing symptoms ask your doctor what treatment is right for you.



Dr. Weiner was appointed as a Trustee (5/11).

In April, Dr. Weiner was appointed as a Trustee to the Hudson Valley Optometric Society.

Wedding bells for Dr. Peralta’s son Adam! (5/11).

Dr. Peralta's oldest son, Adam, and will be marrying Kelly McMullin of
New Jersey in a hot August 6th wedding in New Jersey.


Dr. Weiner’s son and daughter-in-law, were blessed with their first child (5/11).

Dr. Weiner’s son Alex and daughter-in-law Erin, were blessed with their first child Max, on 4/11/11 making this happy event his first grandchild.



Dr. Weiner attended the Southern Congress of Optometry meeting (5/11).

Dr. Weiner attended the Southern Congress of Optometry meeting in Atlanta in February. This national meeting is held each year to disseminate the latest technologies and treatments in the Eye health field.


Dr. Peralta Attends Glaucoma Conference in Glens Falls (4/11).

Dr. Peralta attended the Saratoga Springs Primary Eye Care Conference April 2-4 in Glens Falls, NY.
This was a two day continuing education event presented by Glaucoma Specialists from the Albany area. Current trends in the diagnosis, treatment and management of glaucoma based on the most current research were presented at this event. SDEC prides itself with having the latest technology to better help diagnose and manage glaucoma.


Dr. Peralta Returns to Beacon Alma Mater to attend High School Career Day (4/11).

Dr. Peralta (a former BHS Bulldog) along with assistant Cindy Griffin were invited to participate in Beacon High School's Career Day on April 14th, 2011. The career day was well attended by students as well as many local professionals who also donated their time to this event. "There were lots of good questions from the students and my thanks to Cindy for her normal gracious and friendly manner in receiving and answering many questions” said Dr. Peralta. Go Bulldogs!


Dr. Powell Will Take Part In The Hudson River Swim For Life (8/10)

Dr. Brian Powell will be participating in the The Hudson River Swim For Life on September 12, 2010. This will be a 3 mile swim across the Hudson River from Nyack, NY to Sleepy Hollow, NY.

Since its inception over 18 years ago, the mission of the Hudson River Swim for Life has been to raise awareness of the Hudson River, promote swimming as a lifelong form of fitness, and to raise funds for the ongoing efforts of charities in the community. Overall, the event has raised approximately $2 million for local non-profit organizations.

To make the swim's environmental impact as small as possible and to raise awareness among athletes about their role in environmental sustainability. The swim is going green again this year by handing out reusable water bottles that can be refilled at our watering stations in addition to having recycling containers displayed throughout the park.

If you would like to support Dr. Powell by making a donation, you can follow this link to his personal page where you can donate directly. His goal is to raise $500 to benefit the project.


Dr. Powell Will Swim Hudson River to Benefit Charity (6/10).

Dr. Brian Powell will be participating in the seventh annual River Pool benefit swim from Newburgh to Beacon on July 31, 2010. This is an opportunity for Dr. Powell, a former collegiate swimmer, to help raise funds to benefit the nonprofit volunteer organization River Pool at Beacon. The swim is approximately one mile (or 72 lengths of a standard pool) and kicks off at 11:30 on the 31st from the Newburgh waterfront.

River Pool came into being after musician and environmental activist Pete Seeger learned of the project. The goal was to develop a partially submerged pool within the Hudson River that was environmentally sensitive and created a safe wading area for swimmers that protected them from boaters and currents.

This twenty-foot wading pool allows river water to flow through it, and the entire structure is supported by floating fiberglass seats in rainbow colors. It has always been important to Seeger to bring children to the
river to teach them ecology and stewardship at a young age, and the River Pool project does just that.

If you would like to support Dr. Powell by making a donation, you can follow this link to his personal page where you can donate directly. His goal is to raise $500 to benefit the project.


Dr. Peralta Completes Three-Mile Race to Raise Money (6/10).

Dr. Brian Peralta participated in the Bruce Schenker Memorial Run on June 12, 2010. The three-mile race, which was held for the third year in a row, is held in memory of fellow optometrist, Bruce Schenker, who practiced in Hyde Park for over 30 years and passed away in 2007.

A portion of the money raised will be donated to the Bruce Schenker Children's Carousel Fund and to fund a locally based art scholarship for children. The event is held in cooperation with Turtle Eagle Studios, an
organization with a mission to inspire enrichment and enhancement in the lives of children and community through creative local-outreach programs.

If you would like to help Dr. Peralta in this cause you can make a donation online at turtleeagle.org.


Alain Mikli, Starck Eyes, Kio Yamato, Kazuo Kawasaki and 2.5 Lines Come to Fishkill (5/10).
These new frame lines represent the height of fashion and technology and have just arrived for viewing at the optical center at Southern Dutchess Eye Care.   

Alain Mikli- “ Frames to see as well as be seen in."  Alain Mikli is handmade in France, a style that is uniquely its own. 

Starck Eyes-
“Frames inspired by the human being and dedicated to his well-being.” www.mikli.com. 

Kio Yamato- “In daring pursuit of creativity.” www.kioyamato.com .  

Kawasaki- “Masterpiece of Rimless.”  Kawasaki has approached his signature collection with an artist’s mind for creative design and a mathematician’s mind for precision.  2.5: “Customized Eyewear,” is an expression of your personal style by customization- make it your own. www.italee.com.

Allergies making you cry? Here's some help

Dr. Brian Powell was most recently featured as a guest columnist for the April issue of Living and Being.
Click here for the article.


SUNY College Lecture (4/10).
Dr. Peralta was asked to return and speak to the third-year students at SUNY College of Optometry, located on 42nd Street in Manhattan. He is a popular speaker for the practice management class, and this marks his fifth return visit.  Dr. Peralta says that this represents a give back to his profession both in time and experience. “It’s fun to spend the time with the young professional students who always have lots of questions.”
Eye Screenings Provided (4/10).
 Dr. Powell provided school eye screenings this year for elementary students in the Arlington Schools district.  About 100 children were screened for vision problems including uncorrected refractive error, strabismus (lazy eye) and amblyopia.  
Drs. Peralta, Powell and Weiner Attended Vision Expo in NYC  (3/10).
International Vision Expo East Continuing Education Program, the largest, most all-inclusive ophthalmic conference in the world features clinical, medical, scientific, technical and business best practices.  International Vision Expo East is the pre-eminent fashion and medical eye care event where eye care professionals in the Americas gather to experience the energy and international style unique to New York. The expansive show floor and comprehensive education provide the best opportunity to discover the latest trends in eyewear and advances in eye care technology and business practices.
Jun Bellis Joins the Ophthalmic Dispensing Staff at Southern Dutchess Eye Care (3/10).
In March of 2010, licensed optician Jun Bellis joined the optical staff of Southern Dutchess Eye Care. Jun is a member of the New York State Society of Opticians. She brings with her 9 years of ophthalmic dispensing experience. Jun earned her A.A.S degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing from Sufflolk Community College and a B.A. in Liberal Arts Studies and Communication from SUNY Purchase, NY.  She pursues continuing education courses and remains knowledgeable in all the latest optical trends and technology.  She is married and resides in Beacon with her husband Edwin and young daughter Emma. 
Jun Bellis

American Optometric Society Inaugural Event (3/10).
Dr. Weiner attended the inaugural meeting and practice management seminar in San Diego, California. The American Optometric Society is an inclusive, transparent organization that works with local, regional and national optometric organizations and also provides continuing education for its members.
Continuing Education Conference (1/10).
Dr. Peralta attended a full-day glaucoma symposia in January via the SUNY State College of Optometry in NYC. The SUNY State College of Optometry, Office of Continuing Professional Education offers a variety of courses throughout the year that assist the optometrist keep abreast of the latest scientific and technological advances in the profession. Courses are offered which enable practitioners to expand their knowledge and skills to better serve their patients.
Tots Nursery School Vision Screenings (1/10).
Dr. Powell coordinated and provided eye screenings for the children of Tots Nursery School in January of 2010. Tot’s Nursery School is located in Hopewell and provides day care for preschoolers, before- and after-school care for young students and an all-day kindergarten program. “Because this age group has not yet entered the public school system, they are not receiving a yearly vision screening with the school nurse,” says Dr. Powell. “This is a critical age for the development of vision and visual processing.  Catching an eye problem this early means better school performance and quality of life.” Children were screened for vision problems including uncorrected refractive error, strabismus and amblyopia. Vision reports were then issued to the parents.
New Humphrey® Field Analyzer II is  put into service (12/09).
 With this advanced perimeter, the doctors at SDEC can more closely monitor changes in the eye to prevent irreversible loss of vision for diseases such as glaucoma that often have no warning signs. The Humphrey Field Analyzers have been a standard of care for nearly a quarter of a century and we are committed to continuing our efforts to provide new capabilities through the upgrade and purchase of new equipment at SDEC - Dr. Brian Powell.
New OCT testing comes to Southern Dutchess Eyecare (12/09).
The ultra-high speed high resolution FD-OCT provides the optometrists at SDEC with advanced retina diagnostic capabilities that will have significant benefit for patients who have retina conditions such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and other macular diseases. The OCT technology and clinical evolution will prevail in ophthalmic imaging like MRI in brain imaging and CT in heart imaging - Dr. Brian Peralta.
Westpoint Fall Seminar (10/09).
Dr. Powell was instrumental in coordinating, organizing and attending the annual Hudson Valley Fall seminar held at West Point which provided continuing education courses for over 100 optometrists from across the tri state area. This full day course symposia included the latest topics on Dry Eye Syndrome and Ocular Surface Disease. 
Continuing Education conference (10/09).
Dr. Peralta attended the Indiana Optometric Association Fall seminar in Bloomington, Indiana which is a two day continuing education event.  Courses are offered which enable practitioners to expand their knowledge and skills to better serve their patients. His course work included 12 credit hours in ocular disease management.

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