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COVID-19 Office Updates

Beginning on May 5th, Woolf EyeCare Center will be reopening and offering eye exams and CL Exams.

We have taken measures to protect the health and safetly of our patients, staff and doctors. We appreciate our patients and look forward to seeing you.

Steps Our Practice Is Taking:

1. Any staff member who is sick has been asked to stay home.

2. All staff members will have their temperature taken as they come to work.

3. We are limiting the number of patients that are in the office at any one time.

4. All patients will be asked appropriate COVID-19 related questions upon entering our clinic.

5. All patients will have their temperature taken upon entering our clinic.

6. We sanitize all equipment and patient contact surfaces at the beginning of the day, after every use, and again at the end of the day.

7. Our staff members wash their hands before and after each patient and throughout the course of the day.

8. Our staff members will wear masks and gloves, if appropriate when in close contact with patients.

9. Our doctor will wear a mask and gloves during the exam.

10. Patients are not required to wear masks. However, if you have a mask, you are encouraged to bring it and wear it during your visit with us. We have enough masks for our staff. However, we do not have extra masks to share with patients.

To Our Patients:

1. If you have a cough, fever, or have traveled in the past two weeks, please call and reschedule your appointment.

2. We expect this to be an ongoing situation in our area for the next two months and do not want our patients to neglect their eye care needs during this time.

3. We are asking that you do not bring more than one other family member with you to your appointment.

4. Please call us with any questions or concerns. If you fell it best for you or your family to reschedule you appointment, please feel free to do so.

Progressive Myopia: When Your Child’s Vision Keeps Getting Worse

What Is Progressive Myopia?

Nearsightedness or myopia is one of the most prevalent eye disorders worldwide and its incidence is increasing. In fact by 2050, myopia is projected to affect half of the world’s population!

Many children diagnosed with nearsightedness (myopia) experience a consistent worsening of their vision as they grow into adolescence. This condition can be so aggressive that for some, each time they take their child to the eye doctor for a vision checkup, their prescription gets higher.

This is called progressive myopia and can be a serious condition for many children now and in the future. Not only is there a financial burden and inconvenience associated with having to replace eyeglasses on a regular basis, but high myopia is a risk factor for many eye diseases later in life such as retinal detachment, early onset cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration.

What Causes Progressive Myopia?

Myopia is a refractive error that happens when the eye focuses incoming light in front of the retina, rather than directly on it, resulting in blurred distance vision. While an exact cause of progressive myopia is not known, most research indicates that a combination of environmental and genetic factors trigger the condition.

First of all, there is evidence that a family history of nearsightedness is a contributing factor. Additionally, spending a lot of time indoors may play a role in myopia development, as studies show that children who spend more time outside have less incidence of myopia. Lastly, near point stress, which can be caused from looking at a near object for an extended period of time, can prompt the eye to grow longer and result in myopia. Several eye doctors recommend following the 20-20-20 rule when using digital devices (stopping every 20 minutes to look 20 feet away for 20 seconds) to reduce near point stress caused by computer use.

What Can Be Done To Prevent or Treat Myopia?

There are several treatments that have been shown to slow the progression of myopia.

Orthokeratology (ortho-k):

Also known as corneal reshaping, this treatment uses rigid gas permeable contact lenses that are worn while the patient sleeps to reshape the cornea, which is the clear, front part of the eye. During the day, the patient is usually able to see clearly, glasses-free. In addition to allowing glasses-free vision during the day, this treatment has been shown to reduce the progression of myopia in many children.

Distance Center Multifocal Contact Lenses:

This treatment uses distance center (which means the area for seeing at a distance is in the center of the lens) multifocal soft contact lenses to provide clear vision and slow the progression of myopia. The lenses are worn as normal contact lenses during the day.

Prescription Eye Drops:

Prescription eye drops are a daily-use prescription eye drop that has been shown to reduce myopia progression. It can be used alone or in combination with ortho-k or multifocal contact lenses.

Additional Myopia Treatments:

While these treatments are available in all of North America, some countries offer additional options that are approved for myopia control. For example, in Canada, ZeissTM MyoVision glasses that have an innovative lens curvature design are available to help reduce the rate of myopia progression. Additionally some doctors in Canada offer Coopervision MiSight® lenses, which are 1-day contact lenses that are worn during the daytime. These contacts have a multifocal lens design with distance centre and near surround that is specifically designed for children.

Myopia & Your Child

If your child’s vision keeps getting worse, it’s more than an annoyance – it can be a serious risk factor for their eye health and vision in the future. The best strategy for myopia control depends on the child and the severity of the case, and requires consultation with an experienced eye doctor in order to determine the best solution. If your child wears glasses, make his or her vision a priority; schedule an eye exam to ensure stable vision and healthy eyes.

 

Sun Lakes Resident Thanks Dr. Woolf

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Sun Lakes retiree thanks Dr. Woolf for helping him drive again

John is a recent retiree in Sun Lakes, who has been struggling with vision loss due to his high myopia for almost 60 years.

Recently his vision began to get worse, prompting John to go online and look for a specialist eye doctor who deals with people who have lost much of their vision. John found Dr. Woolf, and Dr. Woolf started the conversation by asking John what activity he would like to perform again. John mentioned to Dr. Woolf that his dream was to be able to drive again. John was fitted with a pair of Bioptic telescopes for low vision, and after renewing his license is back on the road again. In order to say thanks and share his experiences in the hopes that he will help others, John took the initiative to write about his experiences in a local community newspaper.

You can read Johns article here.

Call (877) 705-4578 for a free 10 minute phone consultation with Dr. Woolf on Low Vision Bioptics for driving with low vision in Arizona.

The Sneak Thief of Sight

It’s that time of year again. January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, a time set aside each year to create awareness about this potentially devastating disease. The reason awareness about glaucoma is so important is because as its nickname, The Sneak Thief of Sight, describes, the disease often causes permanent damage to your eyes and vision without any noticeable symptoms, until it’s too late. In fact, up to 40% of your vision could be lost without any noticeable symptoms! This is why awareness and early detection are essential for effective treatment.

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is the leading cause of permanent blindness worldwide. It is a group of eye diseases that results in damage to the optic nerve, which can lead to vision loss and eventual blindness.

Most cases of glaucoma occur without obvious symptoms. Often people think they will experience headache or eye pain, however this is largely a misconception. There are several types of glaucoma and only one, angle closure glaucoma, typically presents with pain.

Treatment for Glaucoma in Gilbert, AZ

While there is still no cure for glaucoma, there are medications and surgical procedures that are able to prevent and slow any further vision loss. However, any vision that is lost is irreversible, usually. Again, this is why early detection at Woolf Eye Care Center in Gilbert, AZ is key to stopping and preventing vision loss and blindness. Glaucoma screening includes a number of tests. Many people believe the “air-puff” test used to measure eye pressure is what detects glaucoma, but this is not the whole picture. In fact, many people can develop glaucoma with normal eye pressure. Today newer technologies are available, such as OCT (like an ultrasound), which allow eye doctors to look directly at the optic nerve to assess glaucoma progression. The treatment plan depends on a number of factors including the type of glaucoma and severity of the eye damage.

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Vision Loss From Glaucoma

One of the most devastating things that can occur to a person is vision loss. For some people with glaucoma, the vision loss is severe enough to classify them as “low vision”. A low vision patient is faced with a dramatic change of circumstances which in many cases may lead to depression and anxiety. Many patients with vision loss from Glaucoma are unaware of the aides available in Gilbert, AZ to help use as much of the remaining vision as possible. These aides are called low vision aids and they range from simple tools like handheld magnifiers, glasses that help with contrast, and computer software, to very complex and technologically advanced solutions such as telescope glasses and digital glasses and tools. Dr. Woolf is one of the leading low vision doctors in Arizona seeing low vision glaucoma patients from Gilbert, Mesa, Pheonix, and all over the state of Arizona.

While anyone can be affected by glaucoma, there are certain risk factors that are known to increase the likelihood of getting the disease. Being aware of the risk factors and knowing whether you are at higher risk puts you in a better position to take steps toward prevention, including regular screenings by an eye doctor. Here are some of the major risk factors:

Glaucoma Risk Factors

  • Over 60 years old (over 40 for African Americans)
  • Family history of glaucoma
  • African or Hispanic descent
  • Previous eye injury or surgery – even a childhood eye injury can lead to glaucoma decades later
  • Diabetes
  • High nearsightedness or farsightedness
  • Cortisone steroid use (in the form of eye drops, pills, creams etc.)

Glaucoma Prevention

Now that you know the risk factors, what can you do to prevent glaucoma? Here are some guidelines for an eye healthy lifestyle that can prevent glaucoma, as well as many other eye and not-eye related diseases:

  • Don’t smoke
  • Exercise daily
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Prevent UV exposure (by wearing sunglasses, protective clothing and sunscreen when outdoors)
  • Get regular comprehensive eye exams – and make sure to tell your eye doctor if you have risk factors for glaucoma
  • Eat a healthy diet rich in a large variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, vitamins A, C, E and D, zinc and omega 3 fatty acids

Even if you have 20/20 vision, you may still have an asymptomatic eye disease such as glaucoma. Glaucoma Awareness is step one in prevention but there is a lot more to do to keep your eyes and vision safe. During January, make a commitment to take the following additional steps toward glaucoma prevention:

  1. Assess your risk factors
  2. Schedule a comprehensive eye exam and discuss glaucoma with your eye doctor. Even if you feel you have clear vision, it is worthwhile to book an eye exam in order to detect eye diseases such as this “Sneak Thief”.
  3. Adopt the healthy, preventative lifestyle guidelines outlined above
  4. Spread the word. Talk about glaucoma to friends and family to ensure that they too can become aware and take steps to prevent glaucoma from stealing their sight.

For a free phone consulation with Dr. Woolf, call us at (877) 705-4578

Dr. Woolf In The News

Transcription of the Video

Note the transcription is automatically generated, please watch the video for the most accurate information.
When was the last time you got your eyes checked well your eyes are very important they always say it’s the window to your soul but sometimes that window doesn’t see very well so we’re talking about our eye health and getting healthy for the new year we got Dr. Paul Woolf here nice to have you. He has got his own Center it’s a Woolf Eye Care Center and it’s on Higley Road in Gilbert we want people to come out and see you because this is the time of year, got to use that insurance right, before it goes out. Let’s talk about our eyes because a lot of people never even go to an eye doctor they just sort of funnel along figure you know oh it’s just age or time but it isn’t important to go see an eye doctor. And how often should we get our eyes checked? Well, that’s good to know let me just talk about that, I recommend every year. Every year? yes!

Let’s talk about as we age, what we have is we got 13 million Americans with macular degeneration which is the leading cause of loss of vision in Americans and people over 65, we also have 10 million Americans with some form of vision loss or legally blind and those are estimated to double the next 30 years.

Double! Is it because of the lifestyle we’re leading? Well we’re living longer, older baby boomers are living longer and we’re taking better care of ourselves but because of that we have health problems we have eye problems – eye problems and it’s a big deal when your eyes start to go, you know and you just can’t pick up any pair of glasses you really do need to have them checked. But there are some factors that play into it so let’s talk about eating because you say eating right for your sight makes the difference, and I know you brought the salmon here so let’s talk about it.

First, we live in Arizona always the sunlight contributes to macular degeneration and cataracts. Smoking can contribute to those as well.

Wow, New Year’s resolution quit smoking, right?

Oh, that’s the hardest thing for people to do though who smoke!

I understand but if you want your eyes to be a better you might have to make that New Year’s resolution.Then eating properly, so fish oils that have omega-3 fatty acids and dark leafy vegetables like colored greens. Love it! And spinach, we have the antioxidants and the different nutrients to keep the retina healthy. If you don’t know what to do or you don’t like this or that food, talk to your eye doctor maybe there are some vitamins and you can have those supplements, eye vitamins instead. I’ve never heard of that that’s a good thing to know that.

You know technology has taken over the world and we are connected to our devices whether it’s in our hand or we are sitting in front of the computer, but it’s hard to get away from that and that’s taken a toll on our vision.

How many hours a day are you at the computer? What we have is we have a lot of people with computer vision syndrome. We have decreased productivity, increased fatigue, and errors.So what I recommend is every 20 minutes take a break 20 20 20, or 20 minutes take a 20-second timeout and look 20 feet away. Get up maybe walk around, look at the mountains and just relax your eyes. Because we’re locked in like this we only look up in our eyes don’t relax, we need a reset our vision. If that doesn’t work you still get something, talk to your eye doctor about some glasses for the computer. Glasses for the computer… relax your eyes for the computer and we can actually put some blue blocking lens in there that protect the eye from the blue light. So there are variations of the eyewear that you could be prescribed, you don’t have to just have something because you’re near-sighted or farsighted if you’re in front of the computer you can give a different type of glasses that you would put on just for work, and then if you’re driving and your visions not that great you can have a different eyewear for that as well. Right so so think of it as safety glasses for the computer! Now, what happens if you go to the eye doctor and every year your vision changes, what happens to your kids what do they do they look like this and all of a sudden now we get an epidemic of kids being myopic. Yeah because they’re on the computers these devices are born with them in their hands! So don’t have them like this hold them out here like this and if they can’t see it out here accurately, let their eye doctor look at them. Yes, get that checkup every year!

Who knew? I thought it was just, you know when you started feeling like your eyes weren’t working all that great that you needed an eye exam. You could have more problems than you ever knew you had.

Well if you look at the back there what happens if we go to the doctor and you have an eye disease and they say that glasses don’t work any more macular degeneration, glaucoma, they can’t read your newspaper anymore you can’t see your grandkids faces. That’s pretty depressing. So we have some special glasses if you have that, talk to your doctor about maybe a low vision referral to a low vision doctor and we have special glasses that help you a read, kind of like the bottom ones there that are for like a surgeon would use, then for TV and we have them for even driving.You have everything! I’m telling you this is doctor Paul Woolf if you need your glasses go get it from him he will take care of you.

Pink, Stinging Eyes?

Conjunctivitis, also called pink eye, is one of the most frequently seen eye diseases, especially in kids. It can be caused by viruses, bacteria or even allergies to pollen, chlorine in swimming pools, and ingredients in cosmetics, or other irritants, which touch the eyes. Some forms of conjunctivitis might be quite transmittable and quickly spread in school and at the office.

Conjunctivitis is seen when the conjunctiva, or thin transparent layer of tissue covering the white part of the eye, becomes inflamed. You can identify conjunctivitis if you notice eye redness, discharge, itching or swollen eyelids and a crusty discharge surrounding the eyes early in the day. Pink eye infections can be divided into three main types: viral, allergic and bacterial conjunctivitis.

The viral type is usually a result of a similar virus to that which produces the recognizable red, watery eyes, sore throat and runny nose of the common cold. The red, itchy, watery eyes caused by viral pink eye are likely to last from a week to two and then will clear up on their own. You may however, be able to reduce some of the discomfort by using soothing drops or compresses. Viral pink eye is transmittable until it is completely cleared up, so in the meantime maintain excellent hygiene, remove eye discharge and try to avoid using communal pillowcases or towels. If your son or daughter has viral conjunctivitis, he or she will have to be kept home from school for three days to a week until symptoms disappear.

A bacterial infection such as Staphylococcus or Streptococcus is usually treated with antibiotic eye drops or cream. One should notice an improvement within just a few days of antibiotic drops, but be sure to adhere to the full prescription dosage to prevent pink eye from recurring.

Allergic pink eye is not contagious. It is usually a result of a known allergy such as hay fever or pet allergies that sets off an allergic reaction in their eyes. First of all, to treat allergic pink eye, you should eliminate the irritant. Use cool compresses and artificial tears to relieve discomfort in mild cases. When the infection is more severe, your eye doctor might prescribe a medication such as an anti-inflammatory or antihistamine. In cases of chronic allergic pink eye, topical steroid eye drops could be used.

Pink eye should always be diagnosed by a qualified eye doctor in order to identify the type and best course of treatment. Never treat yourself! Keep in mind the sooner you begin treatment, the lower chance you have of giving pink eye to loved ones or prolonging your discomfort.

 

Welcome to our New Website

We invite you to take a look around our new site to get to know our practice and learn about eye and vision health. You will find a wealth of information about our optometrists, our staff and our services, as well as facts and advice about how to take care of your eyes and protect your vision.

Learn about our Practice specialties including comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings and the treatment of eye diseases. Our website also offers you a convenient way to find our hours, address and map, schedule an appointment online, order contact lenses or contact us to ask us any questions you have about eye care and our Practice.

Have a look around our online office and schedule a visit to meet us in person. We are here to partner with you and your family for a lifetime of healthy eyes and vision. We look forward to seeing you!

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