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BayState Eye Center Has Some Exciting News For The Mansfield Location!

When you walk into our Mansfield office, you may notice something different.  Changes are happening behind this closed door.

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We’re turning an old office space into a brand-new exam room.  In fact, we’re updating every single exam room in our Mansfield office, complete with new cabinetry, new countertops, and new sinks.  When it's done, we’ll have four exam rooms.  We’re doing the upgrades because we want to make sure you have a positive and memorable experience every time you visit us. We know you may be super busy.  So, we hope that adding a fourth exam room will help you get in-and-out even faster, so you can continue with your day.

If you visit our Plymouth office, you won’t notice any changes. No upgrades needed yet because it’s a brand new building.

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We just want your experience to be memorable - so memorable that you tell family, friends, and even strangers about us!  If you’re happy, we’re happy.

How our patient’s story can help you or someone you know

A couple years ago, Matt noticed his vision begin to get blurry. As the days went by, things got worse. The 55-year-old Plymouth resident started seeing halos around lights. “I was living in a fog”, he said.  Turns out, Matt was living with cataracts.  The main symptom is blurry vision. Cataracts can also be like looking through a frosty or fogged-up window, which explains the feeling he had.

More than 200,000 people are diagnosed with cataracts each year in the U.S. - and Matt had become one of them.  Everyday tasks became more difficult.  The things he loved most, like watching sports, eating seafood at DiNatale’s, and visiting family in Florida for the holidays, became harder. Why?  Because he couldn’t see the score, couldn’t read the menu, and couldn’t even read the name tags on Christmas gifts.  He had to ask for help with the things he loved most and once took for granted - and that bothered him. “I was upset about it,'' he said.  That was Matt’s tipping point.  He couldn’t stand living this way anymore.

Fast forward to March of this year.  His previous eye doctor had moved out of the area, so Matt decided to visit Dr. Lynch at BayState Eye Center and he says that visit changed his life. Matt didn’t know he had cataracts.  He was simply planning to have an eye exam and get a pair of glasses, but Dr. Lynch cleared things up and told Matt he had cataracts.

Dr. Lynch suggested cataract surgery.  Without hesitation, Matt decided to have the surgery - and it changed his life.  “I’m a new man”, he said. Matt can now tell you the scores of all the games, look up the lobster roll and find the fried haddock at DiNatale’s, and even play Santa on Christmas day.  “It’s great! I see things very clearly now. I can even see the outline of the scores!”, he said.

When asked what he wants everyone to know about the actual surgery, Matt said, “It was a really easy thing to do, from start-to-finish. I didn’t feel a thing and I was back home before I knew it. People shouldn’t be scared to get it done.”

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We’re extremely happy to share Matt’s success story with you.  Living with cataracts can make people feel annoyed, stressed, and helpless…But it doesn’t have to be that way.  If you or someone you know has cataracts, or wants to get checked for it, we’re here to help, just like we helped Matt.

Our new employee is a race car champion (not kidding)

During the week, you’ll see our new Optical Manager at our Mansfield office, dressed like this…

Racecare Champion

But come Saturday night, Andrew Kun takes off his tie and trades it for his helmet and racing gear.

Racecare champ

Yup, that’s him.  Our new employee is a race car champion.

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Andrew has the need for speed.  The licensed optician has raced at Seekonk Speedway for the past six years.  He has eight wins and two championships under his belt.  No big deal.  He just hops behind the wheel, weaves through 15-20 cars at 100 miles per hour, and takes the checkered flag.  He takes the prize money and trophy.. and humbly returns to work on Monday morning.  Ask him about it the next time you visit us.

Andrew has always loved cars.  He thanks his dad for that - who has been a mechanic his entire life.  The race car champ says he wouldn’t be doing what he loved at BayState Eye Center, without his family.  Shortly after high school, his sister encouraged him to enroll in an apprenticeship at the North Attleboro eye center at Walmart.

Fast forward 13 years.  Andrew is now our Optical Manager.  He admits he uses his driving skills at work. Just like his precision on the track, Andrew is very strategic and technical when it comes to helping our patients find the perfect pair of glasses.

 

His subtle specialty is in the fine details.

The frame selection…

The lens coating…

Cutting and measuring each frame to fit the faces of our perfect patients.

Andrew is in charge of the process, from the green flag to the checkered one.

Not to mention, the process will fly by, so you can continue with your day.

He’s fast.

 

So if you haven’t had an eye exam in a while, or you need a new pair of designer eyeglasses, it’s time to come visit us.

 

 

My Moment Of Uncertainty In Mexico

Last week, my staff Barbara and Tori, my oldest son Ryan, and myself, returned to U.S. soil.  We spent several days in Mexico. Our mission was simple: help thousands of people see better and feel better.  I’m happy to report that we, along with a team of 30 volunteers, can call it: MISSION COMPLETE.  We helped 3,000 people over the course of four days.  We gave out 1,800 pairs of sunglasses and 1,500 pairs of prescription glasses.  We couldn’t have done it without donations from our patients, just like you.  THANK YOU SO MUCH.

 

There was a moment when I realized that we might not be able to help everyone.  Picture this… A constant line of people, stretching 50 strong…non-stop...for eight hours a day.  It was a tall, yet honorable, task realizing every single person in line was seeking our help.  As you might imagine, there wasn’t much down time.  In fact, I remember taking a brief moment to seek out my son, on the other side of the room, to see how he was doing.  Turns out, there was no time for complaining or boredom from my 14-year-old. He was locked-in and laser focused on his tasks:

  • Putting drops in people’s eyes
  • Checking people’s eye pressure
  • Documenting important numbers
  • Handing out glasses

 

He was great!  He loved every moment of it.  And as a father, that was awesome to see.

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But here’s where my moment of uncertainty hit me…

 

As the supply of generous donations started to run low, the line of people was anything but.  We had given away thousands of pairs of glasses, but there were still more people in need of them.  I remember one particular man who needed a very specific prescription to help him see better.  From the other side of the room, I could see people start looking around.  At this point, we were all trying to work with what we had left… but it didn’t appear we had what he needed.  So I hopped up from my side of the room, communicated with the man through somewhat of a language barrier, sifted through the small selection of glasses still available… and was lucky enough to find the exact prescription he needed.  The brief obstacle proved to be a small success that made our overall mission feel like a large one… because it truly was.

 

Barbara and Tori experienced a memorable moment, when some of the people they helped see better, returned to personally thank them with hand-picked, juicy plums… and a big smile.  And that’s what it’s all about.  The people we helped walked away seeing better…And all of us walked away feeling better.  Our team from BayState Eye Center returned with a renewed appreciation.  The gift of sight is the greatest gift you can give someone.

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That’s why we’re already looking forward to our next mission: Jamaica, October 2019

 

Thank you so much,

 

Dr. Timothy Lynch, Optometrist

Dr. Lambert’s Little Secret...

Last month, we shared three things you might not know about Dr. Lynch.

To recap…

  1. He’s training for the Martha’s Vineyard Marathon (May 18th)
  2. He biked 214 miles in one day last summer
  3. He’s a family man

But enough about Dr. Lynch

This month is all about Dr. Lambert!

Over the next few months, we’re going to introduce you to members of our team.  Why are we doing this?  Because our team at BayState Eye Center is more than just eye doctors and friendly faces behind the desk. We’re moms, dads, runners, hikers, Steelers fans, and so much more! Wait. Steelers fans?!?! Yup, it’s true. Dr. Lambert is a Steelers fan, but she has a good reason.

In fact, it’s one of the three things you might not know about Dr. Lambert.

  1. She grew up in Pittsburgh. She’s from the Steel City - and she loves her football team. So next time you see her, don’t forget to ask her what she thinks about the Super Bowl champs!
  2. Dr. Lambert lives in Rhode Island with her husband and two children.
  3. When she’s not helping her patients, she enjoys exercising, going to the beach, and hiking.

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So…

When did Dr. Lambert know she wanted to become an eye doctor?  She always knew she wanted to be a doctor; she just didn’t know what kind of doctor.  The answer became clear in college, after she shadowed an optometrist.  From there, she never looked back.  When asked why she loves being an optometrist, her answer came from the heart… and without hesitation.

She said, “I love being able to help people see and I love the relationships I have with my patients.”

Short.

Simple.

Sincere.

DID YOU KNOW?

Dr. Lambert specializes in myopia control. She’s passionate about it because she has it herself.

Don’t know what myopia is?

Read Dr. Lambert’s personal story here.

All of us at BayState Eye Center strive to provide a caring environment where people feel valued, important, and respected. Our office offers the most up-to-date technologies and product options to provide your clearest vision, now and in the future.

How my first son helped create BayState Eye Center

This story is about the creation of BayState Eye Center.  It all started in 2nd grade.  I didn’t know I had an issue, but a visit to the eye doctor revealed I did. So, I got glasses.  I can still remember the first time seeing clearly.  I could see the leaves on the trees!  I wore glasses for 5 years. Then, in 7th grade, I got contact lenses.  At the time, I would’ve done anything to not wear glasses anymore.  So, I popped the contact lenses in…And it was magical from the moment I did.  I was amazed at how they worked. That’s what sparked my interest in optometry.

 

Fast forward to my sophomore year in high school.  That’s when something became crystal clear to me - as clear as my 20/20 vision.  I wanted to become an eye doctor.  I learned everything I could.  After high school, I attended UMass Amherst, before getting my Doctor of Optometry degree at the State University of New York College in New York City.  That was 20 years ago.  Shortly after graduating, I reached my goal and became an optometrist.  I always knew I wanted to open my own practice, but I wasn’t quite ready.  So, I did a residency with the New England College of Optometry and then worked in an ophthalmology practice for two years.  At one point, I drove 70+ miles, to the Cape and back, each way, just to get to-and-from work.  It was a long haul, but it didn’t bother me much.

 

Then one day, everything changed.  My first son was born - and I didn’t want to spend that much time in the car anymore.  I wanted to be close to my baby boy.  So, in July of 2007, I opened the Mansfield office.  I built an amazing team of friendly professionals who are as passionate as me, when it comes to helping people.  We pride ourselves on making sure you feel valued, important and respected.  Because of that, and our unmatched products and services, we grew quickly.

 

In 2017, we opened a brand new office in Plymouth. Fun fact…I actually practiced in Plymouth for 15 years before opening a BayState Eye Center office there.  So, there you have it.  That’s how it all started.  Today, BayState Eye Center provides care for thousands of people - including you.

Presbyopia: What You Need to Know

What is presbyopia?
Presbyopia is an extremely common condition that affects the eyes with age. Even if it hasn’t affected you yet, you have surely seen people who hold their newspaper or menu out at arms length in order to read it. This is a classic symptom of presbyopia, the inability to focus up close that develops with age. Presbyopia is impossible to avoid, but it is easy to treat when it does occur.

Presbyopia definition
By definition, presbyopia is an age-related vision disorder that affects the ability to focus on close up objects, due to the aging and hardening of the eye’s lens. The lens thickens with age and loses the ability to focus in the same ways that it was able to when it was younger. The muscle fibers surrounding the lens also lose flexibility, and this is thought to contribute to the loss of vision as well.

Presbyopia symptoms include:

  • The need to hold objects, such as reading material, at an arms length to read clearly. In more advanced cases, an arms length may not even be far enough to allow for clear vision
  • Trouble focusing on close up objects, when this was never a problem in the past
  • Eye strain may occur in sufferers of presbyopia
  • Headaches may also occur is presbyopia sufferers

Presbyopia cure
While there is no one size fits all cure for presbyopia, there are several treatment options available. It is important to discuss all options with your eye care professional to select the option that is best for your eyes. Everyone is different. Treatment options include reading glasses, eyeglasses for all day wear, contact lenses, and surgery.

Presbyopia treatment

  • Reading glasses: Reading glasses can be purchased at a drug store or recommended by your eye care professional. These glasses are worn only when up close vision is needed, such as for reading or hobby work. They provide a “quick fix” by allowing you to focus up close only when you need to.
  • Standard eyeglasses: Bifocal, multifocal, and progressive lens eyeglasses are all options for those who suffer from presbyopia. These eyeglasses have several points of focus, allowing the wearer to focus on objects both close up and far away with increased accuracy.
  • Contact lenses: Contact lenses also come in multifocal options, allowing the wearer to focus on both up close and far away objects.
  • Monovision: Another option is monovision, in which the eyes wear different prescriptions, one for up close and another for distance. The brain adapts to this difference in vision strengths and learns which eye to favor for distance and close up vision. This is an option for eyeglasses and contact lenses.
  • Surgery: There are several surgical options to correct presbyopia. Refractive lens exchange surgery replaces the eye’s lens with an artificial lens, much like cataract surgery. Monovision LASIK, on the other hand, corrects the vision in one eye to allow for improved distance vision while the weaker eye is left to focus on close up vision. There is also the Kamra corneal inlay, which is implanted in the cornea and sharpens vision with a pinhole effect, much like looking through a telescope.

If you think that you may be suffering from presbyopia, your eye doctor can discuss the best options for you moving forward. Whether it be reading glasses, multifocal eyeglasses, contact lenses, or surgery, there are plenty of options to treat presbyopia.

Myopia Control at BayState Eye Center

What is myopia?

Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, causes vision to be blurry far away without glasses. Typically, the eye is too long, resulting in blurry vision. Other factors like the shape of the lens or cornea can contribute to myopia. Traditionally, myopia has been corrected with glasses or contact lenses.

 

Why does my child need stronger glasses every year?

            Myopia typically develops around age 8 and progresses for 10-15 years. Risk factors that increase the risk of developing myopia and rate of progression include:

-parents with myopia

-young age when myopia first diagnosed

-higher degree of myopia when first diagnosed

-certain types of focusing or eye coordination weakness

-race (Asian and Hispanic higher risk than Caucasian and African American)

-more hours of near work and holding work too close

-decreased time spent outdoors

 

Why should we try to slow down the progression?

High myopia increases risk for glaucoma, cataracts, retinal detachments and atrophy. The goal is to decrease the progression of myopia for a better visual outcome, and to hopefully decrease the risk of these sight-threatening complications.

 

What are some treatments that can help decrease the rate of progression?

 

Orthokeratology (Ortho-K)

These are contact lenses worn during sleep that gently reshape the cornea to correct vision. This temporary reshaping provides clear vision all day, which eliminates the need for glasses or contact lenses. This treatment corrects vision in a way that has been shown to slow the progression of myopia by about 50%. Some patients do not progress once this treatment is started.

 

Soft Multifocal Contact Lenses

Soft contact lenses are worn during the day to correct vision and to help slow the progression of myopia by approximately 50%. This type of contact lens is traditionally worn by adults to help them read clearly and see far away. In kids and teenagers, they correct vision in a way that helps to slow the growth of the eye.

 

Are these treatments FDA approved?

Studies have shown that Ortho-K and soft multifocal contact lenses can slow the progression of myopia in some children. However, the FDA has not approved the use of these lenses for this specific purpose. All contact lenses we use have been approved by the FDA, just not specifically to control myopia.

 

How do I find out if my child is a candidate?

            You can schedule a free myopia evaluation with Dr. Lambert. A detailed evaluation will allow Dr. Lambert to decide which of these options would minimize progression as much as possible.

 

For the evaluation, please bring:

  1. Your child’s current glasses
  2. Records from any previous eye doctors (unless all exams were done here)
  3. A detailed family history including glasses or contact lens prescriptions for parents and siblings
  4. We will be using a dilating drop that will make the eyes sensitive to light for approximately 24 hours. Vision may also be blurry up close while dilated during this time period.

 

If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free  to call us at 508-339-7600.

 

Orthokeratology

Orthokeratology (Ortho-K) is a non-surgical procedure using specially designed contact lenses to gently reshape the eye to correct vision. The custom contacts are worn during sleep and removed in the morning, providing clear vision during the day. This eliminates the need for glasses and contacts.

Ortho-K is most commonly used to correct myopia (nearsightedness), but can also correct hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia. This is also a good option for current soft contact lens wearers who have discomfort with their contacts due to allergy, dry eyes or dusty work environment. Many people who are active in sports or other activities love the freedom from glasses, contact lenses and sports goggles.

One big advantage is that Ortho-K has been shown to slow myopia progression in children and teenagers. Between the ages of 8 and 15, myopia can increase rapidly. This increase in nearsightedness increases the risk of sight-threatening conditions such as retinal detachments, cataracts and glaucoma. Studies show that using Ortho-K can dramatically slow down progression of myopia and even arrest it in certain patients.

When first starting Ortho-K, vision will dramatically improve after one night of wear. It can take up to a couple weeks of wearing the lenses to get to the full correction. We will see you for follow-up visits during this process. Once stable, most people need to wear the contact lenses nightly to retain the benefits. The doctor can determine if you are a good candidate for Ortho-K with a thorough eye exam.

We use Paragon CRT (Corneal Refractive Therapy) lenses, which are a type of Ortho-K.

 

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BayState Eye Center now offers Myopia Control Treatment!

Dr. Meghan Lambert tells her story on having myopia:

In third grade, I noticed I couldn’t see the board in school very well unless I was in the front of the classroom. When I went to my optometrist, he broke the news that I needed my first pair of glasses. I only had to wear them to see far away, so I only wore them in school. No big deal.

When my vision worsened the next year, I needed to wear glasses all the time. I already had braces and was not excited to have to wear glasses full time. Each year when I went back to see my optometrist, my vision got worse. I felt helpless and so frustrated that it kept worsening. By junior high, I felt like I couldn’t see anything without my glasses. I started wearing contacts which were great for sports and my self-confidence. Contacts worked well most of the time. But they would rip, I’d lose one or my eyes would get irritated since I wanted to wear them constantly. When I was old enough, I considered LASIK surgery but wasn’t a candidate.

My vision didn’t stabilize until I was in my early 30’s. By this point, I was practicing optometry myself. Due to my high prescription, I am at a much higher risk of having a retinal detachment and developing other eye diseases. I treat many patients with eyes like mine for these conditions, and it’s scary seeing what they go through knowing my own risks.

I want to do everything in my power to help patients not end up with vision as poor as mine and decrease their risk of eye disease. Until recently, I had no tools to help slow the progression of nearsightedness.  New research shows there are ways to slow down progression in nearsighted kids, which is very exciting.  They’ll not only see better, but also hopefully have a lower risk of eye disease. I am hoping by employing these methods, I can prevent kids from having eyes like mine once they’re adults. Having had this experience in my life will hopefully help me to give the best care possible making myopia control treatment a valuable addition to how I practice optometry.

Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a refractive error that causes far away objects to appear blurry while nearby objects remain clear. Myopia affects nearly 40 percent of the United States population. For years, myopia symptoms could be treated but not controlled. Myopia control studies now offer promising results on slowing the progression of nearsightedness with impressive new treatments. BayState Eye Center’s Dr. Lambert is excited to offer myopia control treatments with orthokeratology hard contact lenses and soft bifocal contact lenses. BayState Eye Center is accepting all regional patients for this opportunity.

Anyone with myopia will agree that they wish there had been a way to slow down the progression of myopia when they were younger. These treatments offer a revolutionary way to slow the progression of myopia in children. Following an evaluation, Dr. Lambert will determine which lenses are the best option for each patient. Although these treatments are not covered by insurance, setting a child up for a lifetime of better vision is priceless.

If you would like more information on our myopia control treatments, please contact us at 508-339-7600.