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Summertime Eye Injuries

Summertime Eye Injuries

Created on: Thursday, June 29, 2017
Author: Eye Surgeon Associates

During this fun-filled season, it’s easy to forget the possibility of injury. Eye injuries in particular are more common in the summertime. 90 percent of serious eye injuries are preventable through the use of appropriate protective eyewear. Here’s a few of the potential problems to be aware of.

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Commitment to Patients.

Commitment to Patients.

Created on: Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Author: Eye Surgeon Associates

ESA is pleased to announce that Dr. Beth Repp and Dr. Carlton Fenzl have become partners of Eye Surgeons Associates.

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GESUNDHEIT. Bless you.

GESUNDHEIT. Bless you.

Created on: Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Author: Eye Surgeon Associates

Your allergies make you sneeze and also make your eyes itchy and watery. Dr. Hansel has some suggestions to manage your symptoms.

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May is Better Hearing Month.

May is Better Hearing Month.

Created on: Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Author: Eye Surgeon Associates

ESA's Kyle Kuhlman is a licensed hearing instrument specialist and explains the social and medical risks of ignoring hearing loss.

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What? Can you hear me?

What? Can you hear me?

Created on: Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Author: Eye Surgeon Associates

Carol was sure she needed a hearing aid and found a solution to her hearing loss at Eye Surgeons. Read about her fast-paced lifestyle.

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Huh? Can you repeat that?

Huh? Can you repeat that?

Created on: Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Author: Eye Surgeon Associates

Larry didn't realize he wasn't hearing everything his granddaughter was saying. Learn about his positive experience with hearing aids.

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Designer Frames 50% Off

Designer Frames 50% Off

Created on: Thursday, March 30, 2017
Author: Eye Surgeon Associates

Don't miss out on our great one-day only trunk sale of top designer frames, Friday, April 21 from 2 - 6 pm at our Rock Island office only. Choose from lots of different styles of glasses and sunglasses.

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Lowering Your Eye Pressure

Lowering Your Eye Pressure

Created on: Monday, February 20, 2017
Author: Eye Surgeon Associates

A family history is a risk factor for glaucoma. Allen's mother lost a lot of her peripheral vision to glaucoma, so starting at 40 he had regular eye exams to detect glaucoma early when treatment can generally control glaucoma and prevent vision loss. Not a big fan of the medicated drops, when he also got cataracts, he decided to have the iStent implanted to try and reduce his eye pressure. Find out how it works.

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One Procedure. Three Improvements.

One Procedure. Three Improvements.

Created on: Monday, February 20, 2017
Author: Eye Surgeon Associates

Cataract surgery fixes this triathlon athlete's astigmatism, cataracts and glaucoma. Read her story.

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My Journey with Glaucoma and Cataracts

My Journey with Glaucoma and Cataracts

Created on: Monday, February 20, 2017
Author: Eye Surgeon Associates

Joy's talks about having glaucoma and her success with the iStent.

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A Closer Look at Glaucoma

A Closer Look at Glaucoma

Created on: Monday, February 20, 2017
Author: Eye Surgeon Associates

Glaucoma often has no symptoms. Patients are frequently unaware that they have a problem until visual loss has already occurred. Visual loss from glaucoma, unfortunately is irreversible. Do you have a family history of glaucoma? Are you diabetic? African America? Over 60? Are you at risk? Learn more about glaucoma from Dr. Wagle, glaucoma specialist.

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Are Vitamins and Nutritional Supplements Helpful for your Eyes?

Are Vitamins and Nutritional Supplements Helpful for your Eyes?

Created on: Monday, February 20, 2017
Author: Eye Surgeon Associates

Many areas in medicine have clear indications that vitamin or nutritional supplements can help with the prevention or control of disease. Dr. Boehm discusses whether they help in the management of specific eye diseases.

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Get 25% Off Glasses in December By Donating Your Old Pair

Get 25% Off Glasses in December By Donating Your Old Pair

Created on: Thursday, November 17, 2016
Author: Eye Surgeon Associates

It's good to give and receive. Donate your old glasses to the Lions Club at any ESA location and receive 25% off your new glasses. See details.

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The Importance of Regular Eye Exams

The Importance of Regular Eye Exams

Created on: Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Author: Eye Surgeon Associates

Don't skip your regular eye exam, even if you don't think your prescription has changed. Read how an eye exam started Erin Beth's journey to preserving her sight. Early detection and treatment can preserve sight.

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Sugar and the Eye

Sugar and the Eye

Created on: Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Author: Eye Surgeon Associates

Not sure what's really happening with your eyes and diabetes? Dr. Elshatory, retina specialist, explains the connection and one patient shares her tips for avoiding diabetic eye disease.

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Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic Retinopathy

Created on: Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Author: Eye Surgeon Associates

Eye trouble may be lurking if you are diabetic. But there are effective treatment options. Read how one patient got past her fear of getting a shot in her eye.

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Eye Surgeons Associates Announces Dr. Michael Howcroft Approaching Retirement

Eye Surgeons Associates Announces Dr. Michael Howcroft Approaching Retirement

Created on: Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Author: Eye Surgeon Associates

After a long, illustrious career, Michael Howcroft, M.D. will ease into retirement at the end of the year. Dr. Howcroft joined Eye Surgeons Associates (ESA) in June, 2002. Dr. Howcroft states, “It’s been a wonderful career. Eye Surgeons Associates is truly a special practice and I am very grateful to have been a part of it. I’d like to thank my patients, the medical community and staff for their loyalty, support and friendship. I leave knowing that the retina service is in the capable hands of Dr. Elshatory and that patients will continue to receive the best in eye care.”

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Pink-eye

Pink-eye

Created on: Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Author: Eye Surgeon Associates

According to a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control, more than 164 million school days are missed annually in US public schools due to the spread of infectious diseases. An astonishing 3 million of those school days are lost as a result of acute conjunctivitis . . . also known as pink eye. Dr. Frederick, ESA's pediatric specialist, explains the disease and what to do for it.

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Diabetes and the Holidays

Diabetes and the Holidays

Created on: Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Author: Eye Surgeon Associates

Eating healthy is difficult for everyone during the holidays, but especially for those on special diets. And what if you're hosting a meal, is there something you can do to help? Here are some simple tips to support family and friends with diabetes this holiday season.

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Decorative Contact Lenses for Halloween?

Decorative Contact Lenses for Halloween?

Created on: Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Author: Eye Surgeon Associates

It's time to be thinking about what you're going to wear for Halloween. And I know many of you go all out in the costume department. So although this won't be an issue if you're going as Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, two of the popular costumes this year, if you're going the more traditional route, please don't purchase/wear decorative contact lenses without talking to your eye doctor. Dr. Eckhardt will explain why in this blog.

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Dwyer from Dwyer and Michaels, guest appearance at upcoming LASIK seminar

Dwyer from Dwyer and Michaels, guest appearance at upcoming LASIK seminar

Created on: Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Author: Eye Surgeon Associates

Our guest speaker at the LASIK seminar, Wednesday, September 21 is Dwyer from Dwyer & Michaels. Find out how monovision LASIK worked out for him.

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Quad City Times Readers\' Choice Awards 2016

Quad City Times Readers' Choice Awards 2016

Created on: Monday, August 29, 2016
Author: Eye Surgeon Associates

Thank you for voting ESA Best Eye Care Provider for the third year in a row and for another honorable mention for Best Hearing Aid Provider!

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Early Vision Screenings for Children

Early Vision Screenings for Children

Created on: Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Author: Eye Surgeon Associates

August is Children's Eye Health and Safety Month. Did you include an eye exam on your back to school list? Vision problems affect one in 10 preschoolers and one if five school age children. Don't let poor vision get in the way of learning. Dr. Frederick's article talks about the importance of eye exams for children in our blog.

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Eliminating Glasses with Monovision

Eliminating Glasses with Monovision

Created on: Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Author: Eye Surgeon Associates

It happens to most of us in our 40s. We need cheaters or bifocals to see close up. This condition called presbyopia happens even to people who have never worn glasses. And some people don’t ever want to wear glasses. Luckily, monovision is a way to correct presbyopia and can be achieved with contact lenses, LASIK or cataract surgery.

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Can You Hear Me Now?

Can You Hear Me Now?

Created on: Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Author: Eye Surgeon Associates

Today over 30 million senior Americans (over the age of 60) and perhaps an equal number of Baby Boomers, suffer from hearing loss. Recent studies have shown that up to 50% of the Baby Boomer population is experiencing significant hearing loss as much as 20 years earlier than previous generations. Do you have hearing loss? Find out what to watch for.

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Looking Good, Best UV Protection

Looking Good, Best UV Protection

Created on: Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Author: Eye Surgeon Associates

Find out what to look for in sunglasses to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.

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30% off Sunglasses Monday, June 27th

30% off Sunglasses Monday, June 27th

Created on: Thursday, June 23, 2016
Author: Eye Surgeon Associates

Monday, June 27th is National Sunglasses Day and to celebrate, Eye Surgeons is offering 30% off sunglasses - frame, lenses and lens options (both prescription and non-prescription) for one day only. Protect your vision with UV protected sunglasses and look great in a pair of our designer frames from Vera Bradley, Ducks Unlimited, Bebe, BCBG, Callaway, Kate Spade, Jimmy Choo, or Nike to name a few.

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May is also National Cataract Awareness Month

May is also National Cataract Awareness Month

Created on: Thursday, May 19, 2016
Author: Eye Surgeon Associates

For National Cataract Awareness Month, Dr. O'Malley, cataract surgeon, shares some basic information about cataracts and treatment. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, it has been estimated that by age 75 about 70% of people will have cataracts.

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May is Better Hearing Month

May is Better Hearing Month

Created on: Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Author: Eye Surgeon Associates

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month. ESA is participating by providing quick, easy and free hearing screenings. Tired of missing the conversation? Visit ESA for your hearing screening on these dates:

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Eye Surgeons Associates Designated as National Leader in High Quality and Efficient Eye Care

Eye Surgeons Associates Designated as National Leader in High Quality and Efficient Eye Care

Created on: Thursday, March 31, 2016
Author: Eye Surgeon Associates

Eye Surgeons Associates has been selected as one of 128 physician groups nationwide that exceeded the federal government's benchmarks for high quality and cost efficient patient care.

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Eye Surgeons Associates Announces Dr. Phinney\'s Retirement

Eye Surgeons Associates Announces Dr. Phinney's Retirement

Created on: Thursday, March 03, 2016
Author: Eye Surgeon Associates

After 25 years of serving the vision needs of the Quad Cities, Dr. Richard Phinney will be retiring at the end of April. Dr. Phinney, a board certified cataract and LASIK surgeon, was the first to offer LASIK in the Quad Cities and has improved the vision of thousands of refractive surgery patients. We’re thankful for his commitment to providing quality eye care for the Quad Cities and wish him the best. Knowing his retirement was imminent, a skilled and fellowship trained cornea specialist was recruited. Dr. Fenzl, who joined ESA last August, will continue to meet the LASIK surgery needs of the Quad Cities.

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February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Month

February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Month

Created on: Monday, February 08, 2016
Author: Eye Surgeon Associates

We live in a very “visual” society. Good vision is usually taken for granted, and is essential for driving, reading, TV watching and recognizing faces in social settings. Many people think that it is normal to lose vision as we age, but this is not necessarily the case. Age- related Macular Degeneration is the most common cause of visual loss in people over 50 years of age. Dr. Howcroft, ESA's retina specialist, defines Age-related Macular Degeneration and who is at risk.

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Glaucoma Free Screening

Glaucoma Free Screening

Created on: Thursday, January 14, 2016
Author: Eye Surgeon Associates

Eye Surgeons is providing free Intraocular Pressure (IOP) checks for National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Visit the Bettendorf or Rock Island clinic Friday, January 22 from 1-3 pm for your test, given on a first come, first served basis. Those at higher risk are over 60, African American, and/or have a family history of glaucoma. If left untreated, glaucoma can cause permanent vision loss or blindness.

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January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month: Learn About An Exciting Technology for the Treatment of Glaucoma

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month: Learn About An Exciting Technology for the Treatment of Glaucoma

Created on: Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Author: Eye Surgeon Associates

In the U.S., more than 2 million individuals are estimated to be living with glaucoma, and that number is expected to increase to more than 3 million, by 2020. Eye Surgeons Associates, now provides the iStent® Trabecular Micro-Bypass Stent as a treatment option to reduce eye pressure for patients with both cataracts and glaucoma.

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Check One Off The New Year's Resolution List

Check One Off The New Year's Resolution List

Created on: Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Author: Eye Surgeon Associates

While many New Year’s resolutions aren’t fulfilled, here’s one that you should resolve to get done – get your eyes examined, especially if you can’t remember when your last exam was? Which begs the next question, how often do you need an eye exam?

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Toys and Safe Vision

Toys and Safe Vision

Created on: Tuesday, December 08, 2015
Author: Eye Surgeon Associates

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly 257,000 toy-related injuries were treated in emergency rooms in 2013, and almost half of these injuries affect the head or face. In fact, about 1 in 10 children's eye injuries treated in the ER trace back to toys. Unfortunately, most of these injuries happen to children under age 15. Here are some guidelines when buying toys to help prevent these injuries.

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Monitoring the Eyes of People with Diabetes

Monitoring the Eyes of People with Diabetes

Created on: Monday, November 23, 2015
Author: Eye Surgeon Associates

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month
Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness among working-age people.

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Half Off Glasses and Sunglasses

Half Off Glasses and Sunglasses

Created on: Tuesday, November 03, 2015
Author: Eye Surgeon Associates

Don’t miss out on ESA's best sale of the year! One day only, Friday, November 13th from 4 – 6 pm in our Rock Island office get 50% off designer frames. Perfect timing for Christmas!

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Chalazion or Stye - Which is it?

Chalazion or Stye - Which is it?

Created on: Thursday, September 03, 2015
Author: Eye Surgeon Associates

Tony Romo, Quarterback for the Cowboys, has been recently treated for a recurring stye. He should have no problems, as effective treatments are available, but these red, swollen and tender bumps on the eyelid can be a little tricky as Dr. Fries explains in his article on chalazion or stye, which is it?

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Contact Lens Etiquette

Contact Lens Etiquette

Created on: Monday, August 24, 2015
Author: Eye Surgeon Associates

The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) is holding their 2nd Annual Contact Lens Health Week, August 24 – 28th to raise awareness about healthy contact lens care. So in honor, I’m publishing Dr. Eckhardt’s article on “Contact Lens Etiquette”. It’s been estimated that between 40%-90% of contact lens wearers do not properly follow the care instructions for their contact lenses. Serious eye infections that can lead to blindness affect up to 1 out of every 500 contact lens users per year. Worn with the proper care, however, contact lenses are a great option.

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Getting Ready for Back to School, Don't Forget an Eye Exam

Getting Ready for Back to School, Don't Forget an Eye Exam

Created on: Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Author: Eye Surgeon Associates

The wonders of the world are often first encountered through the eyes of a child. Yet without good vision, a child’s ability to learn about the world becomes more difficult. Vision problems affect one in 10 preschoolers and one in five school age children. Children often don’t realize they have vision problems, yet until age 12, vision is 80% responsible for the learning process. Since many vision problems begin at an early age, it is very important that children receive proper eye care.

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Firework Safety and Iowa's Proposed Bill

Firework Safety and Iowa's Proposed Bill

Created on: Wednesday, July 01, 2015
Author: Eye Surgeon Associates

As the 4th of July quickly approaches and the Iowa Senate considers a bill under proposal, which allows retailers to sell firecrackers, Roman candles and other fireworks, thought you’d find this information from the American Academy of Ophthalmology of interest. Currently the state allows sales only of sparklers and snakes. Do you think Iowa should change the law?

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Summer Yard Work and Protecting Your Eyes

Summer Yard Work and Protecting Your Eyes

Created on: Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Author: Eye Surgeon Associates

With all this rain, we’ll be cutting and trimming the lawn and hedges often. Dr. Benevento's article reminds us about these AAO guidelines to protect your eyes from injury when using powered lawn care equipment.

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I Hear What I Want to Hear!

I Hear What I Want to Hear!

Created on: Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Author: Eye Surgeon Associates

People tell me from time to time, “I hear what I want to hear.” Hmmm, how do they know, if they aren’t hearing everything? What are the consequences of neglecting to treat hearing loss and what are the advantages of treating hearing loss sooner rather than later?

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Dr. Boehm to be interviewed on KWQC Midday Medical tomorrow, April 30

Dr. Boehm to be interviewed on KWQC Midday Medical tomorrow, April 30

Created on: Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Author: Eye Surgeon Associates

Hope you can tune into KWQC tomorrow around 12:20 to hear Dr. Boehm discuss the very prevalent dry eye disease and 2 new testing devices that ESA has begun using to monitor dry eye.

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Allergies

Allergies

Created on: Thursday, April 23, 2015
Author: Eye Surgeon Associates

It's that time of year again. Trees budding, flowers blooming, grass and weeds growing, and the wind blowing means time for spring allergies. Here's some information about allergies and helpful hints from Dr. Hansel.

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Congratulations!

Created on: Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Congratulations to Doneen and Duke! Doneen won a free LASIK in the Are you Mad for LASIK? contest.

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Final Championship Game Tonight Determines Winner for the Are you Mad for LASIK? Contest

Final Championship Game Tonight Determines Winner for the Are you Mad for LASIK? Contest

Created on: Monday, April 06, 2015
Author: Eye Surgeon Associates

We're up to the final championship game tonight. Talk about upsets and excitement. Tonight's game determines who will receive the free LASIK from the Are you Mad for LASIK contest? Good luck to William for Wisconsin and Doneen for Duke!

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Are you Mad for LASIK? Contest Finalists (PDF FILE)

Update on Are you Mad for LASIK? Contest Finalists

Update on Are you Mad for LASIK? Contest Finalists

Created on: Monday, March 30, 2015
Author: Eye Surgeon Associates

We're down to the four remaining teams and finalists in the Are you Mad for LASIK? contest. Next game is Saturday, April 4th. Good luck to Chris, William, Doneen and Paulette.

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Are you Mad for LASIK? Contest Finalists (PDF FILE)

Update on Are you Mad for LASIK? Contest Finalists

Update on Are you Mad for LASIK? Contest Finalists

Created on: Friday, March 27, 2015
Author: Eye Surgeon Associates

Here's an update on the finalists/teams still left in the Are you Mad for LASIK? Contest after the games played last night. More games tonight to narrow the finalists to 8. Good luck everyone!

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