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Why Body Sculpting and Lipolysis Versus Cool Sculpting for Fat Removal?

By Dr. Edgar Ballenas, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Dr. Ballenas graduated from New York Medical College, and completed his residency at Beth Israel Medical Center/ Mount Sinai in New York City. He became board certified in Emergency Medicine in 1994 and continues to practice at Jordan’s hospital in Plymouth, MA. Dr. Ballenas has been certified in medical esthetics since 2004. He is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic physicians. Call Suite Six Medical today for a consultation to personalize a treatment plan tailored to your goals, time frame and budget. You can view Before & After photos as you learn about the various treatments available, and all your questions will be answered.
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body sculpting, lipolysis, Newburyport

If you have stubborn fat and problem areas that dieting and exercise simply won’t fix, you’ll want to hear more about Suite Six’s Body Sculpting using lipolysis, a more effective alternative to Cool Sculpting for fat removal. This procedure not only targets fat, but is also effective in treating cellulite, stretch marks, excess sweating and gynostemia. As Suite Six’s body sculpting and lipolysis expert with over ten years of experience in the medical aesthetics field, I am confident I can transform your problem areas to reveal a better you.

Body Sculpting uses a treatment called lipolysis and smooths it over with smartlipo and vasorlipo. What does this mean? Unlike Cool Sculpting, Body Sculpting actually removes the fat and uses body contouring to tighten the area. With this mid invasive procedure we will have you fully recovered within 3 to 4 days. And the best part? You will see immediate results.

There are many candidates for Body Sculpting using lipolysis and is particularly popular with mothers wanting a little help from a fabulous “Mommy Makeover”. This procedure is an ideal way to get rid of the stubborn fat that mothers struggle to lose after being pregnant. Many times, despite dieting and exercise, a new mom’s body may not shed the extra fat in certain areas. Common problem areas that will benefit from this fat removal procedure include above and below the abdomen as well as under the arms.

It is also important to note key benefits to this procedure in comparison to other choices of fat removal treatments. Body Sculpting patients will not experience issues associated with Cool Sculpting such as Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia (PAH) and Body Sculpting is a far more economical and less invasive alternative to liposuction. In addition, the entire procedure, conducted by myself, a board certified doctor, is done in the comfort of Suite Six’s relaxing spa atmosphere instead of a hospital.

Suite Six, a premier medical aesthetics spa located in downtown Newburyport, offers a multitude of other treatments, ranging from skin care to IV therapy. Our med spa has an extensive team of highly trained medical professionals, including myself, offering the most advanced medical treatments in the industry.

If you’re frustrated with certain areas of your body, dieting and exercise may not be enough. Contact Suite Six today at 978-358-8178 or online to inquire about our highly effective Body Sculpting procedure and take the first step to getting the body you deserve.

Choosing a Concierge Primary Care Doctor Can Save You Time, Money

By Dr. Kay Ficht, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Kay A. Ficht, M.D. is an Internal Medicine physician who has been practicing in the Merrimack Valley for 20 years. He launched Your Choice Medical, an independent concierge medicine, primary care practice in Newburyport, MA, April 2017, with nurse practitioners, Anja Comeau and Melissa Maloney. They are accepting a limited number of patients. Kay A. Ficht is recipient of the 2017 Top Doctor Award selected by his highly regarded peers.
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Signing up with a concierge primary care doctor can save you time and money each year! Usually a concierge medical practice charges patients a small fee in exchange for premium services, such as maintaining a lower population of patients, providing accessibility to the providers, availability to the doctor, convenient appointments, fitness programs and other additional services.

Kay A. Ficht, M.D. of Your Choice Medical, a new concierge practice in Newburyport, MA charges patients in his practice a low fee, which is payable quarterly or annually. Many patients have found the up-front low quarterly charge has added up to substantial savings down the line. For example, patients who are having medical issues during off business hours are often able to bypass rushing to an urgent clinic or emergency room by contacting their concierge doctor, instead of the on-call physician that might not know the patient. Dr. Ficht or the nurse practitioner can access the problem and determine a course of action, which is often as simple as calling in a prescription. The possibility of avoiding a trip to the emergency room can save concierge patient’s usually a minimum of $300.

A lower patient population means the physician and patient can have in depth discussions about health issues which can lead to a better understanding for both the patient and the doctor. This stronger patient doctor relationship can offset membership fee costs. For example, a concierge doctor usually has more time to investigate a patient’s health issues thereby offsetting expensive prescriptions, unnecessary tests and reducing expensive referrals to specialists.

The cost of your time is also an important factor to consider.  You could spend five minutes on the phone with a concierge doctor to have your problem addressed or drive to a walk in clinic or emergency room where you don’t know the provider and the provider doesn’t know you, which may consume a large portion of your day and not solve your problem.  Additional stress isn’t always something you can quantify with money, but for many who choose a concierge doctor, the piece of mind is priceless.

What are the differences between Internist vs General Practitioner?

By Dr. Kay Ficht, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Kay A. Ficht, M.D. is an Internal Medicine physician who has been practicing in the Merrimack Valley for 20 years. He launched Your Choice Medical, an independent concierge medicine, primary care practice in Newburyport, MA, April 2017, with nurse practitioners, Anja Comeau and Melissa Maloney. They are accepting a limited number of patients. Kay A. Ficht is recipient of the 2017 Top Doctor Award selected by his highly regarded peers.
Your Choice Medical Internal Medicine
Internist, Newburyport MA

Internal Medicine doctor, or Internist is a term that is frequently heard, but often misunderstood.  An internal medicine doctor, specializes in adult patients care, specifically focused on preventative care as well as non-surgical diagnosis, treatment and education of multi-system diseases of the internal organs.  Kay A. Ficht, M.D. who is an internist at Your Choice Medical in Newburyport, MA states some examples of multi-system diseases are diabetes, heart disease, cancers, and high blood pressure.  Finding a trusted internist can be extremely important for adult patients who have existing health issues as well as patients who are having new health issues and need a diagnosis.   According to the American College of Physicians “Historically, internal medicine and family medicine developed from very different backgrounds. Internal medicine grew out of the increasing application of scientific knowledge into the practice of medicine starting in the late 1800s.  This “scientific” approach to medicine was unique at the time and was progressively applied to the wide spectrum of diseases that commonly affect adults.  With the growth and development of pediatrics as a separate specialty devoted to the care of children in the early 1900s, internal medicine continued its primary focus on adult patients.

General practitioners, also known as family doctors, differ from internal medicine doctors because they treat infants to adults, focusing on preventative care, chronic illnesses and patient education.  This is a broader scope of treatment due to the vast age differences between patients.  A general practitioner can see someone from birth to death, which can enable a long lasting and trusted relationship.

Most people are familiar with the term primary care provider because most insurance plans require members to choose a primary care provider, or PCP to be listed as their doctor.  Both internist and general practitioners fall under the category of primary care provider.  Internal medicine doctors and general practitioners are the first line of defense in treating your health and before you may or may not need to see a specialist.  So whether you prefer to choose an Internist or a general practitioner as your PCP, it is important to find the right doctor who you can establish a trusting relationship with and who can treat, educate and communicate with you about your health care needs.

Transitioning Your Dog with the Seasonal Changes

By Kim Casey, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Kim is a huge animal lover and proud owner of two labs. Kim is also an Internet marketer and works closely with The Beach Dog Daycare in Newburyport. She enjoys writing and researching combined with blogging. She is an independent marketer and is self-employed but being an animal lover The Beach Dog Daycare is one of her favorite clients.
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transitioning your dog with the seasonal changes

The seasons are changing and your dog will need to prepare for these changes as well. We have come up with three tips for transitioning your dog with the seasonal changes. Just like humans dogs can react to the changes of the season too. Keeping them happy and healthy through preparation can help make these changes easy and helpful.

The number one factor to these changes is stimulation in your dog’s allergies. If your dog has never had allergies lets hope it stays this way but if you notice any of these clinical issues you can have a wellness visit with your local veterinarian or try some of our helpful tips for transitioning your dog with the seasonal changes first.

Clinical Issues to Look For:

  • Nasal and eye discharge
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Pruritis (itching/scratching, licking/chewing at body parts)
  • Fur loss or color change

Allergies can vary depending on your breed of dog. If you know your dog is susceptible be ready and try some of the following easy steps to ease allergy issues: Keep the house clean, dust and vacuum regularly, change sheets and dog beds, use eye drops and have your dog groomed once a week or once a month, clean or replace household filters, keep windows clean, implement a healthy diet by cutting out artificial colors, preservatives, sugars and unhealthy fats. Consult your veterinarian if issues worsen. If your dog has never had allergies keep in mind that any immune deficiencies can spur on allergies so if your dog has become compromised due to age or illness they may experience allergies due to seasonal changes.

A healthy diet of pumpkin and squash can help transitioning your dog with the seasonal changes. It’s squash season and what better way to boost your dog’s immune system than through the nutrients that these food staples have to offer.

Remember a healthy diet low in artificial ingredients, colors, sugars, and fats help to boost immune systems and lessen allergies. Some dog lovers use pumpkin and squash as a stool softener so start your dog out slowly to see how they react. Dr. Jean Dodds recommends using 1 tbsp. For small dogs and 2 tbsp. for larger dogs to start. Pumpkin is rich in potassium, fiber, water, antioxidants, beta-carotene and vitamin E, A, copper, and magnesium. Pumpkin and squash are food staples that are readily available this fall so when you are enjoying them share them with your dog. They make yummy dietary changes for transitioning your dog with the seasonal changes in a positive way.

Our last tip is to keep moving. Don’t slow down your outdoor activities just because it’s not as warm outside. The fall is the best time of year to get out, the scenery is beautiful and the air is fresh so get out and move before the cold days of winter are here. Over the summer we posted an article called Dog-friendly Hot Spots in Newburyport and Plum Island Massachusetts, skip down to the second to the last paragraph for a list of fun places to visit with your dog in the Newbury and Plum Island areas this fall. Most of the areas stay open but use the article to find links to these places that offer exciting fall based activities and get up and out, your dog will love it. Keeping your dog active is a great way to stay motivated while transitioning your dog with the seasonal changes this fall.

Sleep Apnea Oral Appliance Provides Alternative to CPAP Machines

By Dr. Sam Merabi, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Dr. Merabi grew up in Massachusetts, attended college at Brandeis University, worked at Franciscan Childrens’ Hospital as a Mental Health Specialist, attended Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, for his D.M.D. where he obtained numerous community service and research awards. He further earned an M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health. In addition to running his practice, Portside Family Dental in Newburyport, Dr. Merabi has worked for Cambridge Health Alliance as an Attending Dentist teaching Dental Residents in general practice and has been an Instructor for Harvard School of Dental Medicine for several years.
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Sleep Apnea Appliance, Portside Family Dental, Newburyport

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. There is a broad range in regards to impact on breathing. Pauses in breathing can last from a few seconds to minutes, and can occur up to 30 times or more within an hour. If not treated it can interrupt sleep hundreds of times within a night meaning the brain and the rest of the body may not be receiving enough oxygen. You may have sleep apnea if you snore loudly, and you feel tired even after a full night’s sleep. If you think you might, schedule an appointment with your doctor. Treatment is necessary to avoid heart problems and other complications.

There are two main types of sleep apnea:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea, the more common form that occurs when throat muscles relax.
  • Central sleep apnea, which occurs when your brain doesn’t send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing.

Many people impacted by sleep disorders use a CPAP, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machine to regulate airflow and ensure continuous breathing. Although CPAP machines are effective at regulating breathing, many patients find it extremely difficult to sleep with a mask adhered to their face.

If you have Obstructive Sleep Apnea there is a much better solution. We provide an oral appliance alternative to the CPAP machine, and medical insurances can be billed for the device. If you have already had a sleep study and either cannot tolerate, or do not want a CPAP machine, this is a very effective alternative. This oral appliance gives a patient a restful night and the ability to travel.

As a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, I have extensive experience helping provide significantly improved quality of life for many patients. If you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea call my office, Portside Family Dental in Newburyport to schedule an appointment, 978-462-4590. A restful sleep awaits!

 

There’s a lot of Seacoast Recovery going on

seacoast recovery, Newburyport MA

September is National Recovery Month and being in the middle of an overdone epidemic it’s important not just to talk about addiction, but also to shine a light on the local seacoast recovery efforts and its strong community of support. There are many examples of Seacoast Recovery, stories of hope, in Newburyport and the seacoast region.

 


The Addiction

Addiction comes in many forms and the deadliest today are alcoholism and the skyrocketing opioid epidemic. “A new study published in JAMA Psychiatry this month finds that the rate of alcohol use disorder, or what’s colloquially known as “alcoholism,” rose by a shocking 49 percent in the first decade of the 2000s. One in eight American adults, or 12.7 percent of the U.S. population, now meets diagnostic criteria for alcohol use disorder, according to the study.” The study also reported that alcoholism with women has risen over 80% during the past decade.

At the same time the opioid epidemic is growing fast with a daily report of almost more deaths from overdose. Many are thankfully being revived with Narcan, an antidote that most first responders now carry, however OD deaths continue to rise. Last year MA reported over two thousands deaths from heroin, although in over 70% of the deaths it was a result of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids being added to heroin. Opioid-related deaths in MA were more than four times higher in 2015 than in 2000. This recent rate of increase is several times faster than anything seen here before. In 2013–2014 alone, opioid-related deaths occurred in two-thirds of the cities and towns in Massachusetts. Drug overdoses killed roughly 64,000 people in the United States last year, up 22% from 2015. SIXTY FOUR THOUSAND AMERICANS. That’s more than the AIDS epidemic at its peak, and more than ten times American troops killed in Iraq and Afghanistan since September 11th or during the entire Vietnam War.

Locally, at least every other day I see a new post about another death of a New Englander from overdose. Why should you care about the seacoast recovery, right?  It’s your neighbors; business professions, soccer moms, cooks, veterans, students, nurses, elderly…many starting their addiction with pain prescription medication. The number of painkillers prescribed in the United States have quadrupled between 1999 and 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.   In 2015, nearly one in six Massachusetts residents obtained an opioid prescription from a health care provider. Those receiving prescriptions obtained more than three filled prescriptions on average.  Once you’re hooked the financial cost of addiction becomes overwhelming leading to the cheaper heroin, often laced with the deadly fentanyl, 50-100 times more potent than heroin or morphine. Alarmingly, fentanyl is now being found in cocaine, black market prescription opioid pills and even marijuana. To make matters even worse, recently deaths are being traced back to drugs laced with carfentanyl, a synthetic cousin 100 times more potent than fentanyl, both more profitable for the drug trade. That is why we have so many deaths and an epidemic growing faster than AIDS during its peak.

Safe Harbor Recovery Center in Portsmouth is a authorized NH distributor of Narcan.  They are provide a brief overview on their distribution and training. You can find Safe Harbor at SafeHarborNH.

The Stigma

Yet we are not talking enough about addiction or recovery. Cancer used to have a stigma that led to people not wanting to talk about it. Referred to as “the C word” in the past, today communities appropriately rally around their adults and children suffering from cancer. There is still a stigma around alcoholism and addiction today despite the many families impacted. According to the first-ever Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health released last year, “few other medical conditions are surrounded by as much shame and misunderstanding as substance use disorders. Historically, our society has treated addiction and misuse of alcohol and drugs as symptoms of moral weakness or as a willful rejection of societal norms.”

My Story

It took several years for me to admit that my drinking was controlling me after many failed attempts to control my drinking. I tried to quit for almost two year using my own willpower. Like most I first tried to control my drinking by swearing off hard alcohol, then limiting myself to X number of drinks, only drinking on weekends, only drinking wine, …but as the saying goes, “once you try to control your drinking you’ve already lost control”.  The same strong willpower that had helped a barely athletic youth become captain of my Marblehead High School football program, pay for my own education at UMASS Amherst and travel around the world in a successful finance career in one of the top global companies …that same willpower…, was useless with my addiction. As a ‘functional alcoholic’, I had received several ultimatums from my wife and tried casually going to 12-step meetings but I couldn’t stay sober for more than a couple of months at a time. As much as I wanted to quit and knowing all I had to lose I still couldn’t stop on my own.  I had been living with the guilt of having my oldest son being from a broken marriage and I didn’t want my youngest to suffer the same fate.  I wasn’t going to let that happen.  Yet it wasn’t until I lost my second marriage that I finally gave up my own ideas of how I’d get sober and joined the local recovery fellowship.

I’ve been sober 43 months today, 1,309 days, thanks to God and the large group of sober & clean friends from the Seacoast region who have also found the same hope and success in their recovery.  I didn’t do anything more than follow the same program that those with longtime recovery followed.  I attended local twelve step meetings almost everyday, following the program as it was laid out and finally it worked.  The mental obsession to drink was lifted and I haven’t had an urge to drink since.

I’ve met so many wonderful people up and down the seacoast, from old Marblehead high school friends reaching out for the same solution to several leading the effort in the Portsmouth region through organizations like Safe Harbor Recovery Centers in Portsmouth and Seabrook and the SOS Recovery Community Organization in Somersworth. I can’t sit in Market Square or shop at Market Basket in Newburyport without receiving a hug from someone from our local recovery community.

The Recovery 

So many families in our town and region are being torn apart by addiction. People are dying from it. Divorces, arrests, loss of licenses, jail terms, homelessness, debt …yet the spouses, family and friends don’t understand how the addict keeps using.  I’m not going to debate here whether addiction is a disease however once an alcoholic/addict is being controlled by their drug of choice they rarely can stop on their own. Despite the damage caused, the negative consequences and all that they have to lose, like me, they’ll keep going back to the drink or drug. We hate ourselves, isolate from others and lie to those around us.

We promise to stop yet then we hear a voice in our heads whispering in our own voice that this time it’ll be different. But it just keeps getting worse. However, for some unexplainable reason when we hear another alcoholic or addict tell their story, most at some point will hear our own story through that person. We also hear stories of HOPE and a solution. We see others getting back lives they lost and more. We see the unimaginable, that life can still be fun and even better without alcohol or drugs. Yes the alcoholics, like me, no longer drinks. The addicts stop using drugs. Hope comes back. Lives get better. Families heal.

I Am Not Anonymous is a movement started by Kate Meyer and Tom Goris as a mission to break the stigma of addiction. “Our mission is to bring the SOLUTION into the conversation in hopes of helping the millions of people who remain untreated and help the world understand that addiction is not a moral failing.” They stress how the stigma can be as deadly as the disease itself. They also write this about Recovery, “I felt a new kind of freedom. I could picture a life without drugs or alcohol. I was exposed to a vibrant, compassionate world full of people in recovery. I heard my story in their story. They helped me find my voice. I now use my voice to bring recovery into the light. Stigma only grows in the dark. Together, we can put an end to it.”

Earlier this year a young professional who I worked with from my hometown drank himself to death alone.  Attending his funeral, I couldn’t help but question if I could of helped him if he had only known my story and and others in Seacoast Recovery.   This is why I and many others in the Seacoast Recovery choose to be open about our addiction. We want to help shine a light on the Recovery and the HOPE. It’s why I write a recovery blog, RagamuffinDad.com and am part of a closed (to protect anonymity) Facebook group called Seacoast Recovery where you can privately interact with 250+ locals in recovery.

This Seacoast region has a vibrant social life for those who enjoy drinking and partying. We also have a supportive, successful and fun seacoast recovery community. If you, a family member or friend need to learn more about recovery please reach out to me, others you may know that are part of this recovery community or ask to join Seacoast Recovery on Facebook. There is hope. Please come join us.

September is Recovery Month. “The world has seen addiction but not recovery…and Recovery Is Everywhere.”

My name is Greg Kelly, I’m a recovering alcoholic and living proof that recovery works.

RagamuffinDad.com

 

What is concierge medicine and Who are the Ideal Patients?

By Dr. Kay Ficht, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Kay A. Ficht, M.D. is an Internal Medicine physician who has been practicing in the Merrimack Valley for 20 years. He launched Your Choice Medical, an independent concierge medicine, primary care practice in Newburyport, MA, April 2017, with nurse practitioners, Anja Comeau and Melissa Maloney. They are accepting a limited number of patients. Kay A. Ficht is recipient of the 2017 Top Doctor Award selected by his highly regarded peers.
Your Choice Medical Internal Medicine
Concierge Medicine, Newburyport MA

Concierge medicine offers patients refreshing new options from traditional primary care.  According to Kay A. Ficht, M.D., owner of Your Choice Medical concierge medicine practice and a primary care, internal medicine physician in the Newburyport area for approximately 20 years, “concierge medicine varies from practice to practice, but typically in exchange for many convenient services, which may include additional time with the provider, real people answering the phone, availability for appointments, accessibility for the patients to communicate directly with the providers 24/7, as well as other services, concierge medicine physicians charge an annual fee.  In addition to the annual membership fee, concierge medicine patients are responsible for all fees associated with their insurance plans as well.”

Concierge Medicine has become a growing trend as patients and doctors seek a more personalized health care approach. People are surprised to learn Dr. Ficht’s patients are comprised of people from all walks of life from teachers, firefighters, seniors and other members of our communities. Concierge Medicine has developed out of a need.  People are so busy today with many different commitments that add day to day stress they are seeking solutions to simplify their lives. To the people who join a concierge practice the amount of time and frustration they save as well as the piece of mind they receive is worth the annual fee many times over.

As people age they become more concerned with health issues, aging well and having a reputable trusted local doctor who is available to them.  These are a few of the needs that concierge medicine addresses.  In addition, Your Choice Medical is an independent and unaffiliated concierge medical practice, which means that patients can see a specialist anywhere as long as their insurance plans will allow it.  Almost all traditional practices restrict patients to stay within a certain network.  Concierge Medical practices offer a change from the traditional style of primary care medical practices.

Relieve Computer Eye Strain with Tips from Local Eye Care Experts

By Dr. Chad McDonald, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Optometrist and Partner in Watts Eye Associates, Dr. Chad McDonald is an expert in the eye care field with over 18 years of experience with Watts Eye Associates. Dr. McDonald, a graduate of University of New England and New England College of Optometry, completed his residency with Boston Medical Center and Mass Eye & Ear and furthered his education in comprehensive care for the visually disable at the Lighthouse Center in NYC. In 2013 Dr. McDonald became Newburyport's first Board Certified Diplomate in the American Board of Optometry. He is also a member of the Mass Society of Optometrists and the American Optometric Association. He serves as a Senior Examiner for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry is an Adjunct Clinical Faculty member of the New England College of Optometry and still finds time to serve on the board and be a past president of the Newburyport Lions club serving as chair of the much loved Bed Race during Yankee Homecoming week.
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relieve computer eye strain, Newburyport MA 01950

It is important to know what you can do to relieve computer eye strain. Many of us have jobs that require up to eight hours a day in front of a screen and we usually accrue more screen time when we get home! Such a significant portion of our day spent hunched over a keyboard can take a toll on our body and our vision. In fact, Computer Vision Syndrome can cause headaches, dry eyes, blurred vision, and shoulder or neck pain.

Computer ergonomics can relieve computer eye strain. Computer ergonomics is the science of designing a work environment to maximize efficiency and reduce the risk of injuries. Here are a few tips from Watts Eye Associates to reduce eye strain and other computer-associated issues.

  1. Sit with your head and neck upright and aligned with your torso.
  2. Always face your screen directly. Avoid having your back twisted or viewing your screen with your head turned.
  3. If you wear glasses, position yourself so you comfortably view your entire screen without tilting your head.
  4. Keep your mouse close to your keyboard so you aren’t constantly reaching for it.
  5. Try to get your computer screen so the top of the screen is at or below eye level. This will reduce the strain on your neck.
  6. Make sure your screen is the right distance from your face. It should be about an arms’s length away.

Give Your Eyes A Break

Tired eyes can lead to headaches, fatigue and decreased productivity. Remember:

  • The 20/20/20 rule. Every 20 minutes, focus on something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This gives your eyes a chance to rest and refocus.
  • Mini breaks. Take 15-minute breaks from your computer screen twice a day. Stand up, stretch, and walk around.
  • Simple eye exercises. A few times a day, stretch your extra ocular eye socket muscles by rolling your eyes in all directions.

Try these tips to keep your eyes happier at work and relieve computer eye strain. 

Old Dog New Itch: Does Your Dog Have Dry Itchy Dog Skin?

By Kim Casey, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Kim is a huge animal lover and proud owner of two labs. Kim is also an Internet marketer and works closely with The Beach Dog Daycare in Newburyport. She enjoys writing and researching combined with blogging. She is an independent marketer and is self-employed but being an animal lover The Beach Dog Daycare is one of her favorite clients.
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Old Dog New Itch: Does Your Dog Have Dry Itchy Dog Skin?, Newbury MA

I’m a new age hippie so if there is an herbal holistic remedy out there I’m going to find it. So when my old dog got a new itch I went on a mission. Her symptoms were mild, so I searched dry itchy dog skin.

I am the proud owner of two beautiful Labs, Madeline and Belladonna. Unfortunately Maddy is getting old, she’s in great spirits and she wags her tail all day long. She wags so hard her entire butt moves, we call it “the Mad Dog Shuffle.” Mad because we call her Mad Dog as a nickname, not because she’s mad…quite the opposite…she’s a very happy old lady.

At this stage in her life I noticed a difference in the gloss of her coat and the drying of her skin. I put a little olive oil on her dog food but she started loosing fur in spots and she was getting stinky as well. I thought the problem might be a little more than just old age so I started an Internet search. There are many educative websites that help you diagnose why your dog has dry itchy skin. WikiHow has a really good article on different skin irritants in dogs. After a few research articles I was happy to self diagnose Maddy’s itchy dog syndrome with a skin bacteria due to her old age and weakening immune system. She simply had dry itchy dog skin due to getting older.

So know what? I was on the right track with adding olive oil to her dog food.  Olive oil is a strong antioxidant and helps to boost her weakening immune system.  I also found that onion is an all natural anti-bacterial and antibiotic.  There are a few herbs listed and you might have what you need in your kitchen. I started using chopped dried onions instead of cutting them myself.  Maddy likes apples but I’m not sure she would like a fresh onion. I used my new regime once a day for about a week when I noticed a huge difference in her fur. I am happy to announce and share that her skin is vibrant, her dry itchy dog skin is cured, and she smells…well like a dog.

One final note to keep in mind, know your dog’s digestive tolerances and only use onion for a limited treatment. Onion and garlic are labeled as toxic to animals, this treatment is only for a temporary fix, just as humans would use an antibiotic for a prescribed amount of time. I believe the onion cured the bacterial growth load in my dog’s skin and now she does not need the treatment, my old dog has no more itchy dog skin and her fur is growing back and has a shine to it.

 

Prevent Blindness Caused By Diabetic Eye Disease

By Dr. Chad McDonald, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Optometrist and Partner in Watts Eye Associates, Dr. Chad McDonald is an expert in the eye care field with over 18 years of experience with Watts Eye Associates. Dr. McDonald, a graduate of University of New England and New England College of Optometry, completed his residency with Boston Medical Center and Mass Eye & Ear and furthered his education in comprehensive care for the visually disable at the Lighthouse Center in NYC. In 2013 Dr. McDonald became Newburyport's first Board Certified Diplomate in the American Board of Optometry. He is also a member of the Mass Society of Optometrists and the American Optometric Association. He serves as a Senior Examiner for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry is an Adjunct Clinical Faculty member of the New England College of Optometry and still finds time to serve on the board and be a past president of the Newburyport Lions club serving as chair of the much loved Bed Race during Yankee Homecoming week.
Watts Eye Associates
Prevent Blindness Caused by Diabetic Eye Disease, Newburyport MA

Did you know that diabetic eye disease is the leading cause of blindness among adults? Did you also know that often times there are no symptoms until the disease is advanced? High blood sugar is the major culprit of eye problems and the longer you live with the disease, the greater the risk. Three major eye problems to be concerned about are cataracts, glaucoma and retinopathy.

A cataract is a clouding in the lens of the eye that is normally clear and affects the clarity of your vision. Anyone can get a cataract, but people with diabetes tend to get them at an earlier age and with progression of the cataract occurring at a faster rate.

Glaucoma is a condition when the fluid inside the eye does not drain properly and leads to an excess of pressure inside the eye. That pressure can damage nerves and blood vessels in the eye causing vision impairment. In people with diabetes there is a higher risk of glaucoma due to high blood sugar.

Retinopathy is damage to small blood vessels or fluid leakage in the eye. Retinopathy is also the leading cause of irreversible blindness. Many studies have shown that there is a direct correlation between high blood sugar and retinopathy.

So what can be done? Is diabetic eye disease inevitable? Thankfully, there are two major things you can do.

The first is controlling your blood sugar which often times requires lifestyle adaptations- easier said than done. An integrated approach of working closely with your primary care physician and/or endocrinologist as well as other specialists is a great start. They can help you understand how diabetes affects your body and what you can do to prevent complications.

The second thing you can do is to make sure you have an eye exam every year. Your optometrist is a key player in your eye health. Diagnosing eye disease right away is crucial to getting early treatment. Your appointment with your optometrist will include taking a medical history and a full eye exam. Here at Watts Eye we pride ourselves on having the most up to date technology. We have the ability to take imaging of your eyes that is non-invasive and only takes seconds. By using our Opto Map machine and Ocular Tomography machine, retinal scans are done within moments, allowing our doctors to see the health of your retinas immediately. Often times our doctors are able to review the results with you as part of your exam.

The Story Behind Children’s Health Care

By Christine D. Riccardi, MD, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Pediatrician for Children's Health Care, Dr. Riccardi is an expert in field of Children's Health providing comprehensive pediatric and adolescent medical care. Dr. Riccardi has over nine years of experience with Children's Health Care and two years prior experience with a private practice in Syracuse NY.
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It may seem like just a sign. But the Children’s Health Care logo – that red and blue circle with our name across it – has a story behind it.

In fact there are countless stories behind CHC. Each and every patient, family member, staff member, and CHC medical provider contributes a new chapter every day. We look forward to sharing some of these stories with you in the months ahead.

Meanwhile, consider it more than a sign: the CHC brand speaks to our full circle approach to your child’s healthcare.  For you and your family, that means:

  • A personalized care plan for each child
  • A team of board-certified physicians from which to choose
  • Exceptional nurse practitioners on your ‘team’
  • Specialists including CHC’s Special Care Coordinator and a Pediatric Board Certified Nutritionist
  • Walk-in sick visits 7 days per week
  • Evening hours 5 days per week
  • After hour and weekend calls which are covered entirely by CHC providers
  • Triage nurses available to answer questions by phone during office hours
  • Network of specialists for referral for complex medical and surgical issues

The CHC Team cares for the whole child by offering a full range of pediatric and adolescent services including:

  • Free prenatal “meet the provider” visits
  • Newborn to adolescent well child check ups
  • Acute illnesses
  • Minor emergencies
  • Management of chronic illnesses
  • Behavioral and school-related concerns
  • Nutritional consultation
  • Special care coordinator

CHC’s board-certified providers have been serving generations of families from the North Shore, Merrimack Valley, Southern New Hampshire, and the Seacoast region since 1972.  We provide a full range of preventive and urgent care services in our Newburyport and Haverhill offices.

The CHC team is dedicated to providing comprehensive health and wellness care from birth through adolescence.  Child-centered and family-focused, we partner with parents to provide personalized and compassionate care for the whole child.

We invite you to visit us in Newburyport or Haverhill, by phone, or at www.chcmass.org.

Autism- and Sensory-Friendly Events in the Newburyport Area

By Emily Cowan, Newburyport.Com Correspondent

autisim and sensory-friendly, Newburyport MA

Looking for autism- and sensory-friendly options for family entertainment? From autism spectrum to sensory processing disorders, there are plenty of reasons why your child might need a little extra consideration when it comes to high-impact events or activities. Many large entertainment venues now make specific accommodations for these kids (think lower lights, decreased noise levels, and smaller crowds), so no one has to miss out on the fun.

Here are a few area events and activities specially designed to create a calmer environment for sensory-sensitive kids. (For a complete and continuously updated list, check out the Greater Massachusetts Special Needs Event Calendar.)

Movie Theaters

Cinemagic (Salisbury MA and Portsmouth NH) – Sensory- and family-friendly showings run once per month

AMC Theaters (Methuen and Burlington MA) – Sensory-friendly films run four times per month

Chunky’s (Haverhill MA and Pelham NH) – Lights up, sound down sensory-friendly showings run monthly

Museums

Boston Children’s Museum (Boston MA) – Morningstar Access for a less crowded experience once per month

The Discovery Museum (Acton MA) – Autism-Friendly Evenings, Sensory-Friendly Afternoons, Visually Impaired Family Evenings, Mornings and Evenings for Families with Deaf or Hard of Hearing & KODA Infant and Toddlers programs that offer increased accommodations and access to exhibits in an understanding environment

The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire (Dover NH) – Exploring Our Way Program is open the first Sunday of the month for families to enjoy the museum in a less crowded, understanding environment

Museum of Fine Arts (Boston MA) – Beyond the Spectrum program one Saturday per month for children ages 8-12 to explore galleries and create art

Restaurants

Autism Eats (Various Locations) – Hosts dinner parties in restaurants and function facilities with accommodations for sensory sensitivities

Chuck E. Cheese (Burlington, Danvers, and Methuen MA, and Newington NH) – Sensory Sensitive Sundays held the first Sunday of the month

Playspaces

SkyZone (Danvers MA) – Sensory Hours held on the second Sunday of the month

Storytimes

Amesbury Public Library (Amesbury MA) – Sensory Storytimes offered once per month

 

For more events for kids and families in the Greater Newburyport area, visit www.newburyport.macaronikid.com. Subscribe to our FREE weekly e-newsletter to have our complete calendar delivered right to your inbox: http://newburyport.macaronikid.com/subscribe/

Holistically Protect Your Dog from Fleas, Ticks, and Mosquitos

By Kim Casey, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Kim is a huge animal lover and proud owner of two labs. Kim is also an Internet marketer and works closely with The Beach Dog Daycare in Newburyport. She enjoys writing and researching combined with blogging. She is an independent marketer and is self-employed but being an animal lover The Beach Dog Daycare is one of her favorite clients.
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Holistically Protect Your Dog from Fleas, Ticks, and Mosquitos

It has begun, estimated to be worse than it was last year: the disease that mosquitos, ticks and fleas are transferring to humans and dogs gets deadlier and deadlier every year.  The bug repellants don’t seem to be much better; as consumers, we have learned the importance of natural, chemical free products. Combating against deadly bug bites and spraying down with a bottle of poison isn’t my way of starting off my summer.  So what do we do to keep our dogs and ourselves safe from disease carrying bug bites? Armouring yourself and your dog with organic all natural, chemical free, healthy repellants is the best way to go.  You may be surprised at how simple this is. You can holistically protect your dog from fleas, ticks, and mosquitos.

Bug repellants come naturally in nature. Plants have natural biological properties that repel bugs from attempting to eat and ultimately kill off the plant. Plants both attract and deflect bugs by using smells and poisons.  The essences of some plants have been genetically evolved to repel bugs. Have you heard of aromatherapy? Aromatherapy has become a household combatant against bacteria, viruses, ailments, and just uplifting and beautifying. But these same plants can naturally help us to ward off bugs before they bit. Let’s take a tip from our green leafy friends to protect our lovable furry friends

Essential oils are extracted from plants in different ways. No matter what way the extraction process is done they are extracted to keep the chemical properties preserved so that humans…and dog’s can have enhanced lifestyles in a healthy and natural way. Listed below are a few options that are specifically designed (by Nature) to repel bugs. These essential oil repellant can be added to a spray bottle of water or apple cider vinegar to holistically protect you and your dog from fleas, ticks, and mosquitos. You can make your repellant strong by adding more drops of essential oil. Start with a few drops and work your way up to establish the perfect spray for you and your dog. Essential oils protect your dog from fleas, ticks, and mosquitos.

Mixing your spray with vinegar instead of water is an added benefit because bugs also hate the smell. There are a few other benefits to using vinegar. Its properties make the hair shiny for you and your dog.  Try adding some apple cider vinegar to Rovers bath water. You can also consume apple cider vinegar to internally repel bugs, vinegar consumed raises the acidic levels of your blood and bug’s don’t like acidic. When using apple cider vinegar internally mix a teaspoon to a tablespoon in water per every 50lbs. of your dog’s weight.  Consuming apple cider straight can be upsetting on the tummy for both you and your dog. Apple cider vinegar can be used to protect your dog from fleas, ticks, and mosquitos.

Another fun way to protect your dog from killer bugs is to make a bug repellent dog collar. You can have fun with this and make it elaborate or you can do it simply, the important part is to do it every day. You can make a bandana collar and drop your essential oils right onto the bandana. Make it refreshing and beat the heat, soak the bandana in cold water, then drop essential oils or apple cider vinegar onto it. You can also simply tie a trusted brand insect repellent wipe around your dog’s collar. Don’t Waste the Crumbs also has some more in depth ways to make a bug repellent dog collar

We as consumers know that a lot of the bug repellants that are sold on the marked are harmful to our dogs and us but there are a few products out there that are safe.  Look for labels that say all natural, no chemicals or pesticides. Read the ingredients; if you can’t pronounce them don’t use them. Some of the products on the market can also protect your dog from fleas, ticks, and mosquitos. There are many ways to holistically protect you and your dog from bug bites this year. The Wellness Mama has a few other recipes you can try if you really want to get fancy with items you may have in your home.  The Beach Dog Daycare wishes you a happy and safe summer season, armour up and enjoy.

 

 

Eat Gluten-free at Andiamo Restaurant + Bar

By Jim Rogers, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Owner and Chef – Jim was born and raised in Newburyport and now owns Newburyport’s top Italian Restaurant
Eat Gluten Feee @ Andiamo Restaurant & Bar, Newburyport MA

Did you know that you can eat gluten-free at Andiamo Restaurant + Bar?! It’s true, you can eat not just gluten-free but you can also experience the wonderful Italian flavor that Andiamo Restaurant + Bar has to offer.

Chef-Owner, Jim Rogers, and his team work tirelessly to create dishes that not only meet your dietary needs, but also fulfill your appetite. Their gluten-free menu items include a range from Bolognese with beef, veal, pancetta, and shaved Parmigiano to their flavorful Cast Iron Skillet Salmon with Sweet Corn & Basil Orso and Sauteed Broccolini.

At Andiamo we understand that many people have an sensitivity to gluten and that’s we have designed a delicious gluten-free menu for our customers. We not only want you to have a variety of dishes to choose from, we also want you to experience the magnificent flavor that Andiamo Restaurant + Bar provides – minus the gluten.

Stop by this summer and give our gluten-free menu a try! We promise you wont we disappointed.

You can view our full menu and gluten-free menu by following this link: http://andiamo-restaurant.com/andiamo-newburyport/menu/

Protect Yourself from Injury While Gardening

By Karen Holmes, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Karen Holmes, DPT has been a physical therapist for over 30 years. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from Northeastern University and later obtained a Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from Simmons College. She worked many years specializing in the treatment of orthopedic/sports related injuries and now owns a successful private practice in Salisbury, MA.
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Protect Yourself From Injury, Holmes Physical Therapy, Salisbury MA

Gardening is a great way to get some exercise while enjoying the fresh air and beautifying your home.  It should be enjoyed and considered a “work in progress” not a task to be completed in one weekend.  If you do garden there are many things you can do to protect yourself from injury.  First apply a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and reapply it throughout the day.  Wear a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses.  Use an insect repellent with DEET, tuck your pant legs into your socks or wear high rubber boots.  Always check for ticks.  Wear a good pair of gloves and appropriate footwear-NO FLIP FLOPS.  Prevent dehydration by drinking plenty of water even if you don’t feel thirsty.  Some of the effects of dehydration are dry mouth, thirst, skin flushing, fatigue, chills and dark colored urine.

Use proper equipment by selecting tools that improve your grip and minimize bending and carrying.  Choose long handled rakes and hoes so you can stand upright.  Make the “OK” sign with your thumb and index finger; this is the ideal grip diameter of a hand tool.  Using knee pads when kneeling can protect your knees, some come with handles that can assist you getting up and down to reduce back strain.  Others come with long handles and can be flipped upside down so that the cushion becomes a seat.  I recently switched to a lighter weight hose and am amazed at the decreased strain to my neck, back and shoulders.  Using a 2 wheeled cart vs. a wheelbarrow also reduces muscle strain as it is more stable.   An ergonomic watering can is helpful for those with arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome.

Lift with your leg muscles not your back.  Face the object you intend to lift, squat down keeping your back straight and tighten your abdominal muscles, then lift.  Keep your feet shoulder width apart and distribute the weight of the load equally across your body to help protect yourself from injury.  Don’t twist; take small steps while turning your body.  Protect your neck and shoulders when reaching; keep your arms at or below shoulder level if possible.  Keep your shoulders away from your ears!  If you have to work above shoulder heights then take a break every 5 minutes to stretch your neck and back.

Overuse of repetitive motions such as digging, weeding and constant gripping can cause tendonitis of the wrist and elbow.  To minimize the chance of injury take breaks every hour, change your activity when possible.  Stretch throughout the day.  Break heavier tasks into shorter sessions.  Never work through pain or you may cause a serious injury if you push yourself beyond your limits. Stretches that counter the forward bend position are helpful at the end of the day.

Don’t be a weekend warrior.  Take the necessary steps to protect yourself from injury.  It may be discouraging not to complete a task or make your garden look as good as you had hoped.  But it will be more frustrating if you end up in so much pain that you can’t do anything.  However should you develop pain that lasts more than a few days,  Holmes Physical Therapy can help.  We specialize in the treatment of orthopedic and sports related injuries and will be happy to assist you in your return to safe gardening.

The Dangers of Chocolate and Your Dog

By Kim Casey, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Kim is a huge animal lover and proud owner of two labs. Kim is also an Internet marketer and works closely with The Beach Dog Daycare in Newburyport. She enjoys writing and researching combined with blogging. She is an independent marketer and is self-employed but being an animal lover The Beach Dog Daycare is one of her favorite clients.
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the dangers of chocolate and your dog, newbury ma

Happy Valentine’s Day from The Beach Dog Daycare! Considering Valentine’s day is a widely celebrated holiday when giving chocolate is a must have The Beach Dog thought it would be a good opportunity to address the issues of the dangers of chocolate and your dog.

How can such a joyful treat for us humans have such dangerous consequences to your dog? There are a few factors. Chocolate contains an alkaloid called methylxanthine Theobromine. This chemical compound is a caffeine like substance that has a diuretic effect. When humans ingest it we have the ability to break it down without feeling the side affects. When a dog ingests theobromine the stimulants are substantially more active and can cause heart palpitations, and it can dilate the blood vessels. More concerning is the fact that most dogs don’t have the ability to eat just a few of the chocolates and will typically eat them until the chocolate is gone, potentially overdosing on the theobromine; there by making the dangers of chocolate and your dog quite serious.

If you think your dog has ingested chocolate contact your vet immediately. Each veterinarian may proceed differently. Some will advise an office visit as soon as possible, some my have you induce vomiting at home. This is usually instructed by giving your dog 1tbs. of hydrogen peroxide per every 20lbs. of your dog’s weight.  Some vets recommend just observing your dog and watching for symptoms. Luckily nature has given your dog a built in safety rejection for poisoning and he or she may vomit on their own. Here are some symptoms to watch for.

Symptoms of a chocolate overdose and your dog:

The dangers of chocolate and your Dog depend on the quality of the chocolate, Better brands of chocolate dictate how much theobromine are in the sweets. Basically the better brands have more chocolate in them. Cheaper chocolates have less coco bean and may not affect your dog at all. The darker the chocolate the more potent the theobromine will be in the treat.

The VCA Animal Hospitals breaks down the amount of theobromine as compared with the symptoms as follows:

  • 20mg/kg: excessive drooling, vomiting and diarrhea,
  • 40mg/kg: racing heart, high blood pressure, and heart arrhythmias,
  • 60mg/kg: neurologic signs, tremors, twitching and seizures
  • fatalities are usually seen with ingestion of 200mg/kg or pound of chocolate.

A safe alternative is carob and this is what is typically used in dog treats that you can purchase so your dog thinks he’s getting the tasty treats.

So enjoy your Valentine’s Day but be sure to keep chocolate at a safe distance from your dog.  The dangers of chocolate and your dog can have horrible affects should he or she try your tasty holiday sweets.

 

 

PT Treatment Based on Evidence Based Medicine

By Karen Holmes, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Karen Holmes, DPT has been a physical therapist for over 30 years. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from Northeastern University and later obtained a Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from Simmons College. She worked many years specializing in the treatment of orthopedic/sports related injuries and now owns a successful private practice in Salisbury, MA.
Holmes Physical Therapy
Karen Holmes Physical Therapy, Salisbury MA

Today’s  physical therapists are highly educated professionals,  most have graduate degrees and many have clinical doctorates.  Physical therapists base their treatment plan on evidence based medicine to restore mobility, reduce pain and optimize function.  The vision statement for the physical therapy profession is   “transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience.”

Physical therapy can help reduce pain without medication and can help prevent  the need for surgery.  There are many studies today that show physical therapy  is as effective as surgery for knee osteoarthritis and meniscus tears.  Receiving treatment from a physical therapist for low back pain is often successful and less expensive than other options.  In many cases expensive imaging costs (MRI’s) are avoided.

Many physical therapists provide “hands- on” treatment in addition to other modalities.  There is an art to physical therapy that is developed with practice and experience.  Also there is scientific evidence supporting the application of manual skills to enhance patient outcomes .

At Holmes Physical Therapy we specialize in the treatment of orthopedic and sports injuries.  Combined, our four physical therapists have over 100 years of experience.   We regularly attend courses and seminars to keep relevant with today’s medical evidence and current  treatment  concepts.  We customize our treatment plans based on individual goals, challenges and needs.

For more information regarding physical therapy please visit the American Physical Therapy Association website MoveForwardPT.com.  You can also find out more information about Holmes Physical Therapy at  KarenHolmesPT.com.

Tips to Help Your Child Adjust to Glasses or Contacts

By Dr. Chad McDonald, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Optometrist and Partner in Watts Eye Associates, Dr. Chad McDonald is an expert in the eye care field with over 18 years of experience with Watts Eye Associates. Dr. McDonald, a graduate of University of New England and New England College of Optometry, completed his residency with Boston Medical Center and Mass Eye & Ear and furthered his education in comprehensive care for the visually disable at the Lighthouse Center in NYC. In 2013 Dr. McDonald became Newburyport's first Board Certified Diplomate in the American Board of Optometry. He is also a member of the Mass Society of Optometrists and the American Optometric Association. He serves as a Senior Examiner for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry is an Adjunct Clinical Faculty member of the New England College of Optometry and still finds time to serve on the board and be a past president of the Newburyport Lions club serving as chair of the much loved Bed Race during Yankee Homecoming week.
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Help your child adjust to glasses or contacts, Newburyport MA

Looking for some advice on helping your child adjust to glasses or contacts? While corrective lenses have vastly improved in terms of technology and style over the past few decades, it’s not always easy for kids feel comfortable with their new eyewear. Here are few ideas to help your child make the transition.

Get in the right “frame” of mind. Glasses shouldn’t just look good – they should feel good, too. Make sure that the pair your child falls in love with is also comfortable to wear and fitted properly. When Watts Eye Associates notifies you that your glasses are ready for pickup, bring your child to the office and we’ll make sure they fit just right helping your child adjust to glasses more easily.

Update your morning routine. Up, dressed, glasses, breakfast! By incorporating new glasses into your family’s morning routine, you’ll help your child remember to put them on without making a big deal about it.

Celebrate new glasses as an important milestone. Seeing better makes everything better – why not celebrate these positive changes with your child? Turn office visits into treats with a special activity or reward at the end. Remind your child of all the benefits of improved vision and glasses will seem more like a gift instead of a chore.

Don’t forget the coolness factor! There are plenty of celebrities whose look wouldn’t be complete without their signature pair of glasses or shades. Find out who among your child’s heroes wears glasses (there’s bound to be one), and pull up some pics on your phone or computer.  This and other positive associations are sure to help your child adjust to glasses.

Consider contact lenses. There are plenty of reasons why contacts should be considered, even for younger kids. For example, contacts are important for kids who play sports, or for those who have difficulty keeping track of glasses. Many kids find that a combination of glasses and contacts.

Vision care products are making constant advancements, and Watts Eye Associates offers the most current options.  Bausch & Lomb BioTrue contact lenses, for example, use the latest technology to help eyes breathe and stay moisturized.

Watts Eye Associates works hard to ensure that all of our customers enjoy a better quality of life thanks to top-quality, comfortable eyewear. For kids, this often means giving them an important tool to excel in school or sports. Make an appointment today to help your child see and feel better thanks to our committed, expert staff of optometrists and clinicians.

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