In response to the COVID-19 Crisis, Giles Eye Care now offers telehealth services, enabling you the patient to have your health care issues addressed without presenting to the office and having a face-to-face encounter. Telehealth is not appropriate for all circumstances or situations. You can initiate a video conference or phone call with the doctor by calling 207-775-6533 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Giles Eye Care will resume face to face patient interactions by appointment only (including the optical shop) beginning May 6th. Appointments will be prioritized based on urgency. An appointment may be made by calling or emailing our office during normal business hours. We are implementing this new protocol based on CDC and state guidelines to ensure the safety of our staff and valued patients. We will also be available for Telehealth appointments. Please check back regularly for additional updates.
We will be available by telephone message or email to address your contact lens, glasses, prescription or urgent eye care needs between the hours of 10 am and 1 pm Monday through Friday. Urgent eye care needs will be addressed on a case-by-case basis via telephone, telemedicine (Skype or Facetime) or in office if necessary. If urgent eye care needs arise after hours, please contact your nearest quick care clinic or emergency room.
You may have the impression your vision benefits in your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) will automatically roll over into next year. The fact is whatever money you “don’t use, you lose”.
Typically you lose your vision benefits to the owner of the FSA who is most likely your employer. Or, if you have insurance, you may think you won’t leave any money on the table. Why should you worry when your insurance is through your employer. But, if you don’t use the insurance, you and your employer are wasting upfront premiums you’ve already paid. Plus, if you reached your deductible, you may have missed an opportunity to pay for needed services with a small out-of-pocket expense.
You have between now and the end of the year to take action. Here are some ideas:
Prevention is better than the cure. That goes for your pocketbook and your health. Every vision plan is different. Take a few moments to carefully review your vision plan, your Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA’s) and Health Spending Accounts (HSA’s) to determine what is and isn’t covered. If you haven’t had an eye care exam we encourage you to schedule one now.
We may be able to help you use options in your FSA to make necessary services affordable. Some plans allow a grace period of up to 2½ extra months or carry over up to $500 per year to the following year.
Let us help you assess your current insurance and/or FSA/HSA status. Contact our office at 207-775-6533 to determine what funds are available and for what services. We want to give you every opportunity to see your way clear to all your vision benefits!
“Fall Back – Spring Forward” never changes but your night vision may. What can losing an extra hour of daylight tell us about our night vision? Plenty!
Sure, we gain an extra hour of sleep, but as a result of the time change we’re driving back from work in the dark. And, that can reveal issues with the quality of our night vision.
Most drivers have some difficulty with driving at night. Headlights from cars in front, or behind us can be bothersome creating glare symptoms or light sensitivity.
According to a recent survey”1 drivers reported additional night driving issues were:
If you are having difficulty with any of these issues please arrange for a comprehensive eye exam. This is important and obvious, as driving reaction is dependent on vision.
Many people over the age of 65 feel there is no need to visit their optometrist. Yet, they have the highest incidences of visual impairment among the driving population. Why is this? “A possible reason for this is that older adults might regard vision impairment as a normal part of aging.”2
Another issue that comes with aging is cataracts. Cataracts generally develop in people over the age of 55. They are a cloudy or opaque area in the normally clear lens of the eye according to the American Optometric Association. The good news is a non-invasive laser surgery will remedy common cataract issues.
Here at Giles Eye Care we’ve found most patients just need a new prescription for contact lenses or glasses. In many cases, we’ve found a simple upgrade of anti-reflective coating to their glasses will reduce the glare, halos and reflections of driving at night.
Now, let’s talk about some things you can do to your vehicle to improve your night driving vision:
We hope these suggestions help, as safe night driving is important to all of us. Fall Back – Spring Forward never changes but your night vision may. If you find you’re having night driving issues like glare, halos and reflections call now or contact us and make an appointment today. Be a safe driver.
2 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, May 20, 2011; vol 60.
Students in Portland Maine and surrounding communities will soon be heading back to school. Now is a great time to schedule your child’s back to school eye exam. “Over the years we’ve helped numerous children optimize their learning experience by detecting and correcting eye conditions,” said Dr.Tracy Giles, OD of Giles Eyecare.
The American Optometric Association recommends a child’s first comprehensive eye examination by the first year of school, if not earlier. Only a comprehensive eye examination by a professional can detect the variety of eye conditions, which might impede a child’s learning.
School sponsored vision checks are not the comprehensive eye exams your local optometrist or ophthalmologist provide. Studies show that 50% or more of vision and eye problems are missed when only a vision screening is completed. Furthermore, nearly two-thirds of children found with vision problems through screening alone, never see their optometrist, according to the AOA.
Blurry vision, headaches or eye strain, especially when doing reading or close work, are a few of the more obvious signs of a potential problem. Other symptoms may include short attention span, reading or close work avoidance and frequent rubbing or blinking of the eyes.
Many parents assume if their child has 20/20 vision all must be well. While 20/20 is a good start, problems with focusing, eye coordination, eye tracking and even minor eye health issues may contribute to less than optimal performance in the classroom.
In addition, the eye exam gives the eye doctor an opportunity to discuss extracurricular activities that possibly require special eyewear such as protective sports glasses or swim goggles.
Ensure that your child has the best opportunity to excel and protect their eyes. Schedule your child’s back to school eye examination today.