Justin Bazan, OD Park Slope Eye
(- I Care -) Your Eyes Advocate

Jul
14

This blog has been moved to www.ParkSlopeEye.wordpress.com

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

Jul
14


Park Slope Eye This video represent a typical situation. A patients eye was irritating her and she thought it would go away if she just left it alone. Unfortunately it did not. The reason being, was that there was a piece of metal embedded on the underneath of her eyelid! With the right equipment, this was easy to remove. Luckily this did not cause any scratches on her eye and was easy to treat. If your eye doesn’t feel right, get it checked out. The longer you wait the more discomfort you will suffer and the more damage that can occur. With out the proper equipment, this could have easily been missed. Only an eye doc will have the right equipment to really get the job done optimally.

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Jul
09

OSSOOSSO is a non-profit, independent organization founded in 2008. The mission of this organization is to increase the awareness and advance the understanding and management of dry eye and ocular surface disease among optometric practitioners, industry, and researchers.

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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May
21

Have you heard what people have been saying about PSEye?

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Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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May
20

PSEye already collects and recycles the plastic containers as seen here: http://justinbazan.wordpress.com/2009/02/20/contact-lens-recycling-program/

I’m happy to report that I have confirmed that NYC Dept. Of Sanitation will recycle the foil along with your normal metal recyclables!!! We will collect the foil here, but I encourage you to just recycle it with your metals at home. Double check with your department of sanitation to make sure this applies to your area of the country.

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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May
17

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Park Slope Parents is a great resource for raising children in Park Slope. Guess who is on their list of recommended optometrists? :)

Here is what a recent PSParent had to say about PSEye:

Author: Review from Yahoo Group Date: 2009-05-15 09:20:07
I have been wearing contact lenses for many years and recently began
to have discomfort. I mentioned this to my eye doctor in Brooklyn
Heights whom I had been seeing for many years and they suggested that
it was due to age and/or the eyes rejection of contact lenses. They
offered to do a lense fitting but it was costly and it would take time
to get another appointment. Before ditching contacts completely, I
decided to try Park Slope Eye and am very glad I did. They have a
wonderful facility and staff. The office is clean, friendly and very
helpful. Mary offered to check with my insurance and see what
benefits I receive (while also offering me a drink). Dr. Bazan gave
me a very thorough eye exam and had me walking out with two different
and very comfortable lenses to try. Not only did he fit me with the
appropriate eye wear but he was also clearly knowledgeable about eye
care and informed with up-to-date information on contact lenses. I
will not look for another eye doctor again! I highly recommend this
eye care establishment.

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

May
01

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Park Slope Eye is lucky to have such tech savy people as our patients and clients.  Social networking is a great way to stay up on what we are doing and it allows you to take advantage of exclusive offers.  Thank You for you continued support both in and out of PSEye.

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Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Apr
30

Most contagious pink eyes are viral or bacterial in nature.  If it is bacterial in nature, we treat it with strong antibiotics and in a day or so, you are no longer contagious and the eye is well on its way to making a full recovery.  If its viral in nature, it is likely from the highly contagious adenovirus.  Unfortunately, antibiotics do not work on viral pink eye, and you will often remain highly contagious for several days.

img_8874Park Slope Eye knows that you need to know how contagious you are so you can plan appropriately and so that our doctors can treat and manage your condition appropriately.  Nobody wants to hear that they caused a pink eye out break at home, work or school!  PSEye has acquired the RPS Adeno Detector to aid assuring that does not occur.  The RPS Adeno Detector is a quick, painless, in office test that will aid in determining if your pink eye stems from the highly contagious adenovirus.

Knowing that you have viral pink eye you have will save you from buying costly antibiotics, help to stop the spread of the highly contagious virus, allow you to inform work/school of your absence, and allow you to receive the apporiate treatment.  PSEye feels that those things are pretty important, and we encourage you to ask your eye care provider if they have the ability to test to determine which type of pink eye you really have.

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Mar
25

eyelinerEyeliner is a huge source of eye problems, especially if you are caking it on all over the lid margins, covering up the oil glands. The clear spots in the black field of eyeliner are oil glands that I uncovered by pressing on them. What is the big deal about covered up oil glands? Well if the oil is not coming out easily, it will not be able to get onto your eyes and your tear film will be less than optimal, often times making your eyes uncomfortable and unable to wear contacts comfortably. You do not have to stop wearing eyeliner, just keep it towards the front of the lid margin, away from those oil glands!

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Mar
10

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Dr. Bazan is delighted to accept his assignment as an Examiner for the National Board Clinical Skills Examination.  Examiners make a major contribution to the assessment of competence for the practice of optometry.  Please excuse my absence from Park Slope Eye on 4/25 and 4/26.

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Feb
20

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Park Slope Eye is proud to announce that we will now be recycling used contact lens blister packs (see above).   Blister packs are made of polypropylene as denoted by the #5 recycle symbol.  Unfortunately, you can not currently place these with your other plastic recyclables because there is no NYC Dept. of Sanitation program to recycle them.

Save them up, and bring them by.  I will ensure their delivery to the proper recycling facility.  Just please remember to remove the foil from the plastic.

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Jan
31

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3-d, really impressive 3-d is almost upon us in a big way.  Hopefully all of us will be able to enjoy the amazing images without issue.  Some of us, may be wondering what the heck is just so impressive and find ourselves not really noticing much difference.  But why?  In order for you to appreciate the 3-d, your eyes must be aiming and focusing appropriately and as a team.  If they are unable to do so, you will be unable to view in 3-d.   Time for an eye exam?

To read more, click on the above pic.

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Jan
16

how-glasses-can-change-a-person How Glasses Can Change A Person

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Jan
11

bionicwomaneye_2“Doc why are you changing my brand of contacts? I’ve worn them with no issues for 10+ yrs and I’m pretty happy with them.”

Good question.  The bottom line is probably because your eye doctor cares about your personal eye health and wants you to continue on for another 10 years without issue.  Often times an eye doctor will pick up on subtle damage to your eyes caused by long term contact lens wear that you have no clue is occurring.  If those early warning signs are there, by taking action now,  one can often avoid more serious future issues.  Even if your eyes are healthy, your eye doctor may be switching you into a contact that will give you the best chance of keeping them that way.

When evaluating a new type of contact, it is important to keep in mind that the new contacts will feel different because they are different.  Its not uncommon for you to experience the same things you did when you initially tried contacts for the first time.  Your eye doctor might even prescribe some drops that will help to provide some extra comfort during the adaptation.   The follow up exam that you will make an appointment for, will give us the opportunity to evaluate things and make any necessary changes, which can even include trying a differnt brand.

As always, it is advisable to seek a second opinon if you feel your care was anyhthing less than the best.  One may also learn about a particluar doctors philosphies by reading his bio or checking into his practice.

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Jan
11

Your medical insurance may often cover routine eyecare.  If you are coming in with healthy and normal eyes,  you are coming in for a routine eyecare.  Routine eyecare may be covered by your medical insurance like BCBS, and can also be covered by a stand alone vision plan, like VSP.  It is all pretty confusing, but Park Slope Eye is dedicated to figuring out the details for you.  Let us help save you money by making sure you are utilizing your full benefits.

We also like to know who your medical carrier is because if there is a medical eye condition, they most often will be able to cover your costs.  Additionally, if a referral needs to be made, it will help get you to the most appropriate doctor.

To better understand the specifics of what is covered by vision and medical insurance, please read the blog entry, posted here.

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Jan
11

Vision and Medical insurance are both accepted at Park Slope Eye, however they often provide coverage for different services.  Because of the staggering diversity and complexity of insurance plans, we would like to simplify the process by providing you with specific information regarding your plan.  Please contact the office directly to utilize this service.

Vision plans are primarily for routine eye exams, glasses, and contacts only.  A routine eye exam is for patients that have no medical eye problems or known eye health issues.  The goal of a routine eye exam is to prove that your eyes are perfectly healthy and to discover unknown problems.

If a patient presents with an eye problem, such as pinkeye, glaucoma, or dry eye, this office visit is can be billed to medical insurance, not a vision plan. See the list below for some common medical presenting conditions.  Your vision plan may be utilized in addition to your medical plan to provide coverage for additional services and products such as glasses and contacts.

Vision Plans Cover Refractive Care.  Ie. What a pair of glasses or contacts can correct.

They include the common vision conditions:

367.20 Astigmatism
367.00 Farsightedness
367.10 Nearsightedness
367.40 Presbyopia, aka Can’t see up close

Medical Insurance Covers Conditions That Can Affect the Health Of Your Eye.

Most Common Presenting Medical Complaints and Conditions:

379.91 Eye Pain, Eye Strain
371.82 Contact Lens Related Eye Health Problems
372.22 Eye Allergies, Itchy Eyes
930.00 Something in your eye
372.03 Pink eye
379.93 Red Eye
372.71 Irritated Eye
368.8   Blurred Vision
370.33 Dry Eye
375.21 Tearing, Watering
368.15 Flashes of Light
379.24 Floaters, Seeing Spots
368.2   Double Vision
368.13 Light Sensitivity
784.00 Headaches

V19.1   Family History of Eye Disorders, other than needing glasses or contacts.
373.11 Styes
373.00 Eyelid Infections
365.00 Glaucoma
366.10 Cataract
362.5   Macular Degeneration
378.9   Eye Movement Problems, Eye Turn, Lazy Eye

Medical Conditions that have ocular implications are also covered, such as:

250.0_ Diabetes
401.90 Hypertension

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Jan
03

Dr. Bonilla-Warford of Bright Eyes did another great job of generating a Top Ten New Year’s Resolution list.  Below is the article which can also be found at his outstanding blog, http://brighteyesnews.com/ .  Great Job!

The Top Ten New Year’s Resolutions for Children Vision

By brighteyesnews

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It is that time of year again. Time for finishing off those holiday cookies and preparing for a happier, healthier, more prosperous new year. A year ago I posted the Ten New Year’s Resolutions for Your Eye Heath. This year I will turn my attention to children’s vision. So without further ado…

The Top Ten New Year’s Resolutions for Children Vision

1) Read up on children’s vision

There are some wonderfully informative websites about children’s vision and visual development. Check them out at Optometrist Network, College of Optometrists in Vision Development, Childrensvision.com, Parents Active in Vision Education, Optometric Extension Program Foundation, and many others.

2) Spend Some Quality Vision Time With Your Kids

One of the best things you can do is simply spend some time reading books and doing homework with your children. Watch them and talk to them about what they are seeing and what if feels like when they read. Compare what you find with this symptom checklist.

3) Have Their Eyes and Vision Examined

Have your children had an full eye exam?  (A simple screenings done at school or the pediatrician doesn’t count.)  If they haven’t, then make 2009 the year.  The American Optometric Association recommends the first eye exam at age six months, followed by age three years and then before entering school. This exam should be thorough and evaluate all aspects of vision. You can find additional useful information about this at the Vision First Foundation.

4) Bring Their Glasses in for Adjustment and Cleaning

All children who wear glasses -  especially boys – get them bent up a little bit. Sometimes a lot. Often the temples are crooked and the nosepads are flattened down. Don’t hesitate to come by Bright Eyes and have the staff adjust and clean their glasses. You might be amazed how much difference it can make!

5) Consider Contacts

Many parents think that their children are too young for contacts. Sometimes they are correct that the child and family simply are not ready for contacts. However,  contacts frequently provide better vision than glasses and is the best option for a child – if the parents are ready.  You can read my post about this here.

6) Consider the Need for Sports Eye Protection

Many of my young patients participate in organized supports such as baseball, football, or basketball. For these patients, prescription sports goggles are a good idea. First, their use will limit sports-related eye injuries. Second, the improved vision sports eyewear provide may significantly improve their performance on the field.

7) Ensure They are Using Good Visual Ergonomics

Most people are familiar with ergonomics to help them function more comfortable and efficiently. This also applies to vision. Ensure that your kids take frequent breaks from activities such as reading and video games. Watch to see if they hold books or video games very close, which can cause eye strain. When reading and writing a slant-board is helpful. Read more here.

8) Have them wear their sunglasses.

We live Florida. It is sunny, even in January. Most of my patients have sunglasses and most of their kids do, too. But parents often forget to have their kids wear them. They’ll go outside and put on the SPF 45 sunblock – which is a good idea – but then forget the eye protection. It is not too early to start preventing problems!

9) Myopia Progression

If you are concerned about your child’s rapid development of nearsightedness, there may be some options to consider. First, Precise Corneal Reshaping may not only temporarily eliminates nearsightedness, but has been shown in studies to reduce progression of myopia. Additionally, some children may benefit from additional options such as bifocal glasses, bifocal contacts, or vision therapy. Only a comprehensive eye exam can indicate what is most appropriate.

10) Pass this along to anyone who has kids!

If you know a family member or has children, pass this info along. Especially if there are visual problems in the family.

I hope everyone has a fantastic 2009! If you have any questions about this list, or anything else eye-related, feel free to call 813-792-0637 or stop by the office.

Dr. Bonilla-Warford
Bright Eyes Family Vision Care

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Dec
26

moneywalletBoth medical and vision insurance coverage often reset come January 1st.  Now that recession has hit, why not take advantage of those benefits before they are lost?!?!?!

Do you have an FSA, flexible spending account, which requires you to use up the allocated funds by the years end?  If you don’t spend it, consider it part of the bail out plan!flushing-money-down-the-dra

Unsure about what exactly you might have coming towards you?  Just give Park Slope Eye a call and we will figure it out for you.

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Dec
23

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Failing vision can be a symptom of other health problems
By Kenneth Terrell
Posted December 18, 2008

If the last time you had your eyes checked was when you renewed your driver’s license years ago, you could be cruising for trouble. The American Optometric Association recommends that adults get their eyes checked every two years (or every year for those ages 61 and older). Yet in a 2007 survey the group conducted, 35 percent of the respondents who do not use corrective lenses admitted that they haven’t had their eyes checked in five years or more (22 percent said they have never had their eyes checked by a specialist). And that’s despite the fact that nearly half of those surveyed said they feared blindness more than losing their memory, hearing, or the ability to walk.

Regular eye exams can help you stay ahead of vision problems like glaucoma and macular degeneration. But an eye exam has benefits beyond preserving your vision. Failing eyesight can be a sign of other illnesses. In some people, a comprehensive eye exam can detect serious illnesses including diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and some cancers.

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Dec
21

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Dec
19

inthedarkintherainDriving at night is just about the hardest thing we do with our eyes.  Since moving out of Manhattan and into an area where people actually drive their own cars, I have heard the difficulties of night driving commonly vocalized.  Let’s do something to make it easier.

What can one do?  In order to add ease and confidence to your night driving experiences, start with a basic comprehensive eye exam.  Do those lights eye-exam-2_slide_show1look blurry and glarry because the power of your Rx is less than optimal?  Could the natural lens in your eye have developed some cloudiness?  Is your vision blurring out because of your dry eyes?  A great exam will help ensure that both your eyes and your Rx are perfect.  So, for starters, get seen by the best to see your best.

If you choose to fill your Rx in a pair of glasses, choosing the right lenses is crucial to keeping you clear and comfortable while on the road at night.  Mary McRae, ABO co-owner of Park Slope Eye had this to say:

crizal5“Having a good quality anti reflective coating, like Crizal Alize or Avance, is imperative to seeing well at night. Anti reflective coatings allow more light to transmit through the lens and more directly to your retina.  Lenses without the coating reflect a lot of light, and therefore the light that reaches the retina is scattered and less focused.  For instance, we have patients who complain of car headlights looking like star bursts, and this is easily resolved with this coating.
Having clean lenses that are scratch-free is also very important because it will reduce additional scattered light. Light transmits better through a smooth surface, versus through damaged lenses.  To keep your lenses in great shape, we recommend using eyeglass cleaner from Park Slope Eye to clean your glasses, but tap water with lotion-free dish soap also works well. Afterward, use a cleaning cloth or soft cotton cloth (not your clothes) to dry your lenses. You definitely want to avoid using tissue products to dry your lenses and never use window cleaner because the ammonia will destroy your lenses. These tips will not only reduce glare dramatically while driving at night, but also keep your glasses looking great!”

Ok, so now your proven healthy eyes are sitting behind the ideal pair of eyewear and you are now behind the wheel.  Its your typical BKNY winter night and the amount of potholes in the road seemed to have doubled, the lane size has halved and of course its raining.  You may still feel very uncomfortable behind the wheel but at least we now know its not your eyes Rx or glasses.  So what else can one do?

Here is what works for me.  Think of your windshield as the lenses in your glasses.  Remember what Mary said about making sure they are clean, and that they have non-glare coatings?  Well your windshield can be optimized the same way.

First, think of you windshield as a pair of glasses.  Just like your glasses that have special coatings to help you see better, your windshield should also have a special coating to help you see better.  Hit theaquapel1 car wash, get the windows as clean as possible, then apply a product like RainEx or Aquapel to them.  Some car washes even have this as an option, mine does, and its awesome.  This greatly enhances your visibility, especially at night in the rain, the toughest condition to drive in for most.

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silblade2Secondly, get a great pair of wiper blades.  I installed Silblades on my car over a year ago and they do a great job of keeping the windshield clean, much in the same way as how Mary informed you about keeping your glasses clean.  Also, keep the wiper fluid full and use it frequently.  In the winter, I use a deicer fluid, but most of the time I would use the Rainex fluid found here.rainx-de-icer

Lastly, Windex.  You clean both the inside and outside of your glasses right?  Do the same thing for your car’s windows.  A thorough cleaning of the inside windows with Windex will be the finishing touch on optimizing your roadway visibility and limiting your issues with night driving.

Keep those eyes healthy, Rx updated and make sure your glasses/windshield are appropriately set up for the task and you will find yourself much more confident and calm behind the wheel at night, even in the most trying of road conditions.

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Dec
01

Brain Fitness 2: Sight & Sound | PBS

This should be a very interesting program to watch…not to mention Park Slope Eye got a few seconds of screen time!

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Oct
25

I have not had a single request for this kind of contact this year.   Historically these contacts get abused, and I see a lot of eye infections as a result.  Many of them can be avoided by following 2 simple rules.

1.  If you are re-using a contact, make sure its clean and disinfected.  This means, the night before you use it, RUB/RINSE/SOAK it.  BUY some CL solution!  Do not keep sticking it back into the vial it came in (I can’t believe I actually had to write that!)

2. Take them out, before you pass out.  A lot of times, people are out partying and get lazy about taking care of their contacts.  If you are unable to properly take care of them, instead of sleeping in them, just throw them out.  Its not worth the $, time and pain that’s involved with a CL related eye problem.

AOA warns consumers about risks of decorative contact lenses.
Medical News Today(10/21) reports, “With Halloween approaching, the American Optometric Association (AOA) is warning consumers about the risks of wearing decorative contact lenses without a prescription from an eye doctor.” While the Food and Drug Administration regulates “decorative lenses as a medical device, similar to corrective lenses,” some “decorative lenses continue to be illegally marketed and distributed directly to consumers through a variety of sources, including flea markets, the Internet, beauty salons, and convenience stores.” Paul Klein, O.D., chair of the AOA’s Contact Lens and Cornea Section, emphasized that “purchasing contact lenses without a prescription can result in serious eye health and vision damage since consumers are not properly educated on cleaning and disinfecting, nor in proper removal and application of the contact lens.” He explained that “consumers who wear these contact lenses put themselves at risk of serious bacterial infection, or even significant damage to the eye’s ability to function, with the potential for irreversible sight loss.” Additional “risks associated with the use of decorative contact lenses include conjunctivitis, swelling, allergic reaction, and corneal abrasion due to poor lens fit.”

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Oct
07

“If you buy glasses from my store,  I will do a free eye exam to get the prescription for you.” – a local optical

If that seems like a good idea to you, Park Slope Eye, is not the right environment for you.  If you need a free eye exam, please make sure you are getting a decent eye exam, and not just the “which is better, 1 or 2 routine and the puff test”.   Free Eye Care can be found here: http://justinbazan.wordpress.com/2008/02/01/free-eyecare/

The lines between where exceptional eyecare and incredible eyewear have blended, making it even harder to know where to go to find both.  Many top quality eyecare environments, both optometrists and ophthalmologists are paying more attention to selling eyewear.  However, it is still somewhat of a rarity for those focusing on selling eyewear to also provide top quality eyecare.  A good rule of thumb, is if you hear the eye exam thrown into a deal on glasses, the establishment might not be offering you the best possible care.  If selling glasses is the priority, eyecare is often sacrificed.

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Sep
29

Your child’s ability to learn is enormously dependant on how well your child’s eyes work and how healthy their eyes are.  As parents, arguable, the best way to ensure that you child is able to achieve optimal academic performance, is to have a comprehensive eye exam with an eye doc.  It is in your child’s best interest to get their eyes comprehensively checked out, even if you suspect nothing is wrong.  You never know for sure, unless you check.

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Sep
29

Don’t get too excited folks.  It appeas to be a “vanity scam”.  Just for kicks, take a look at the press release and the award plaque (for purchase)!  Justin Bazan, OD is the best optometrist in Brooklyn :)

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Justin Bazan, OD Receives 2008 Best of Brooklyn Award

U.S. Local Business Association’s Award Plaque Honors the Achievement

WASHINGTON D.C., September 29, 2008 – Justin Bazan, OD has been selected for the 2008 Best of Brooklyn Award in the Optometrists category by the U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA).

The USLBA “Best of Local Business” Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USLBA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2008 USLBA Award Program focused on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USLBA and data provided by third parties.

About U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA)

U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA) is a Washington D.C. based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USLBA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.

The USLBA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.

SOURCE: U.S. Local Business Association

CONTACT:
U.S. Local Business Association
Email: PublicRelations@USLBA.net
URL: http://www.USLBA.net

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Sep
29

In continuing coverage from previous editions of First Look, WLEX-TV Lexington (9/26), an NBC affiliate, reported that hours spent “peering at computer screens, televisions, hand-held devices, cell phones,” and GPS monitors may lead to “dry eyes, irritation, blurred vision, double vision, headache, and tiredness.” To help avoid “this group of symptoms,” referred to as “computer vision syndrome,” the “American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends resting your eyes for 15 minutes after working continuously for two hours on an electronic screen. In addition, every 20 minutes, look up from the screen and refocus your eyes on a distant object.” In addition, computer users should “reduce the wattage in desk lamps and adjust window blinds to cut down on screen glare.” Some people “may want to try over-the-counter eye drops known as ‘artificial tears,’” which “are available as lubricated, saline, homeopathic, and other types. Using a humidifier may also help.”
In an “Insider Medicine in 60″ video segment on Insider Medicine (9/26), Susan Sharma, M.D., reported that, “according to researchers from the University of Ulster, most people blink about 15 times a minute, but staring at a computer screen can reduce that by up to two-thirds. Blinking spreads tears across the eye and removes irritants, and insufficient blinking can lead to a condition called ‘dry eye,’ which can cause infection and sight loss.”

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Sep
21

If you have to wear a reusable contact, you may find your doctor prescribing a new contact called Avaira.  For my patients in which a daily disposable is not the best option, the Avaira often is.  Check out the infomercial about this exciting new product.  http://www.coopervision.tv/avaira.shtml

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Sep
05

Justin Bazan, OD, the eye doctor of Park Slope Eye in Brooklyn, NY is now accepting VSP.

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Sep
02

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How many of you spend hours upon hours working at the computer?

Tired, sore, dry eyes? Headaches? Achey muscles?

WorkRave is a free program that will help you. It will force you take an essential break from your computer. Feel the RELIEF!

Here are my personal settings:

First, open preferences. Then select:

Micro break – enable timer checked, prompt before breaking checked, maximum number of prompts: 3, show ‘postpone’ and ‘skip’ button UNCHECKED, Suspend timer when inactive Checked.
Timer: Time between breaks: 20 min, break duration 20 sec, postpone time 2 min.

Rest break – enable timer checked, prompt before breaking checked, maximum number of prompts: 3, show ‘postpone’ and ‘skip’ button UNCHECKED, Suspend timer when inactive Checked.
Timer: Time between breaks:

1 hour, break duration 5 min, postpone time 2 min.

Daily Limit – Enable timer Unchecked

User Interface – Block Mode: Block input and screen, Start Workrave on Windows startup Checked

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Aug
15

A production crew was filming on location today.  The footage will be used in a new documentary on the brain and visual processing which is scheduled to air on PBS.  It is the follow up to the critically acclaimed documentary, “The Brain Fitness Program”.

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Aug
14

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Aug
10

Mary McRae, ABO of Park Slope Eye has been featured on Hip Slope Mama .

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Aug
07

Major Cause of Vision Loss in Children Can Go Undetected

Sophie wearing her eye patch

CHICAGO (July 24, 2008) – When Kari Haegele realized that her 6-year-old daughter, Sophie, was having trouble seeing out of her right eye, she made an appointment with her eye doctor. The diagnosis was amblyopia, the most common cause of visual impairment in childhood. In fact, amblyopia alone is responsible for more loss of vision in people age 45 and younger than all other eye diseases and trauma combined.

Amblyopia occurs when the brain and the eye are not working together effectively. As the brain develops and receives diminished images from the affected eye, it begins to suppress those images and favor the unaffected eye. If this condition persists, the weaker eye may become useless.

According to the National Eye Institute, nationwide, two to five percent of children ages three to five have amblyopia, three to four percent have strabismus, and 10-15 percent have significant refractive error. Additionally, vision problems can negatively impact learning and school performance, as 80 percent of learning in young children is done visually. That’s why Prevent Blindness America has designated August as Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month in an effort to educate parents and caregivers on the importance of vision care for children.

Fortunately for Sophie, her mother recognized a problem early on and her doctor was able to begin effective eye patching treatment immediately. During the process, Mrs. Haegele signed her daughter up for Prevent Blindness America’s Eye Patch Club, a program geared towards children with amblyopia and their families. The Eye Patch Club program is designed to encourage children to wear their eye patches as prescribed by their doctor. Among other materials, members of the club receive their own special calendar and stickers.

The stickers are placed on the calendar for each day the child wears his or her patch. Once the calendar is complete, the child may send it into Prevent Blindness America to receive a special prize. Proceeds from the sale of the kits go to Prevent Blindness America’s sight-saving programs.

“Sophie is doing wonderfully now and currently has 20/25 vision in her right eye and we will hopefully be done with her eye patching very soon,” said Kari Haegele. “Thanks to her own diligence in wearing her patch every day, combined with her family’s support and eye doctor’s care, Sophie is well on her way to a lifetime of healthy vision.”

As children are preparing to head back to school, Prevent Blindness America urges parents to add an appointment to the eye doctor to the “to do” list.

“The good news is that amblyopia and strabismus can be effectively treated if it’s found early,” said Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness America. “We urge all parents and caregivers to have their child’s vision checked as soon as possible to protect the precious gift of sight.”
For more information on amblyopia and other children’s vision issues, or to sign up for The Eye Patch Club, click here, or call 1-800-331-2020.

Download a pdf version of this press release.

About Prevent Blindness America

Founded in 1908, Prevent Blindness America is the nation’s leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight. Focused on promoting a continuum of vision care, Prevent Blindness America touches the lives of millions of people each year through public and professional education, advocacy, certified vision screening and training, community and patient service programs and research. These services are made possible through the generous support of the American public. Together with a network of affiliates, divisions and chapters, it’s committed to eliminating preventable blindness in America. For more information, or to make a contribution to the sight-saving fund, call 1-800-331-2020.

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Jul
28

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has just combined several stalled bills into the Advancing America’s Priorities Act of 2008 (S. 3297), and he’s pledged to do everything possible to bring this legislation directly to the Senate floor for a vote as quickly as possible. At the urging of the AOA, the Vision Care for Kids Act, which was overwhelmingly approved by the U.S. House last October, was accepted for inclusion in S. 3297.
The Vision Care for Kids Act seeks to make children’s vision a health care priority at the federal level by directly recognizing the link between a child’s healthy vision and the ability to succeed in the classroom. It would establish the first-ever federal grant program – set to be authorized initially at $65 million – to bolster state children’s vision initiatives. By placing a new emphasis on treatment, the bill is aimed at doing more to ensure that no child in America is left behind due to a preventable or treatable vision problem. In addition, the Vision Care for Kids Act fully recognizes the role of optometrists as the nation’s frontline providers of eye and vision care.
The AOA Washington Office anticipates a Senate vote on S. 3297 within days. It will likely provide the final opportunity for enacting the Vision Care for Kids Act into law for this Congress.
With the vote approaching, it is essential that AOA Federal Keypersons and other concerned ODs contact their senators in support of S. 3297, the Advancing America’s Priorities Act.

TAKE ACTION
Please click on the link below to the AOA Online Legislative Action Center to generate messages supporting S. 3297 and the Vision Care for Kids Act that will be faxed directly to the Capitol Hill offices of your state’s two U.S. senators.

http://vocusgr.vocus.com/grconvert1/WebPublish/Controller.aspx?SiteName=AOAGR&Definition=ViewIssue&IssueID=5474
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Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Jul
26

The support of our friends, family and the community has been amazing.  We are gracious and honored to be intertwined with such special individuals.  If were are to succeed it will no doubt be due to your support.  Please share in the sense of accomplishment that we have, as it is as much yours as it is ours!

Kindest Regards,

Justin and Mary

Doctor Bazan and Mary McRae Optician of Park Slope Eye in Brooklyn New York provide exceptional eyecare and incredible eyewear.  Please visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com to learn why they are so special.

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Jul
26

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New evidence suggests that contacts change with wear.  Some of the changes occur to the surface of the contact, making them an easy place for harmfull bacteria to thrive.  In my opinion, no matter what you do to clean them, there is nothing better than a fresh clean new contact.

Bacterial Adhesion to Worn Silicone Hydrogel Contact Lenses

The aim of this study was to investigate whether silicone hydrogel contact lenses (CLs) are more or less susceptible to bacterial adhesion than conventional ones, and to assess the influence of lens wear in the extent of bacterial adhesion.

Four silicone-hydrogel CLs (galyfilcon A, balafilcon A, lotrafilcon A and lotrafilcon B) and one conventional hydrogel (etafilcon A) CL were tested. Bacterial adhesion experiments were performed on unworn and worn CL using the strain Staphylococcus epidermidis 9142. Worn lenses were obtained from a group of 31 subjects fitted with a silicone-hydrogel CL in one eye and a conventional hydrogel CL as contralateral pair. These lenses were used on a daily basis in combination with a multipurpose lens care solution. Adhesion assays were carried out in a parallel plate flow chamber, followed by image analysis. Hydrophobicity, roughness and topography of the lenses surfaces were assessed through contact angle measurements and atomic force microscopy.

Unworn conventional and silicone hydrogel CLs were equally susceptible to bacterial adhesion of S. epidermidis. Conversely, worn conventional hydrogel (etafilcon A) CLs were more prone to bacterial adhesion than worn silicone hydrogel materials, which exhibited similar adhesion extents among them. Results also showed that the lens surface properties such as hydrophobicity, roughness and surface topography changed during wear. The alteration of surface hydrophobicity of silicone and conventional hydrogel CLs during wear had a great impact on lens bacterial adhesion susceptibility.

Worn silicone hydrogel galyfilcon A, balafilcon A, lotrafilcon A and lotrafilcon B are equally prone to microbial adhesion of S. epidermidis and generally less susceptible than the conventional hydrogel.

SOURCE: Santos L, Rodrigues D, Lira M, et al. Bacterial adhesion to worn silicone hydrogel contact lenses. Optom Vis Sci 2008;85(7):520-5.

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Jul
09

7/12 11 – 4pm 682 Union St. Park Slope, Brooklyn

The public is cordially invited to a fun filled day at the Grand Opening of Park Slope Eye.

Highlights include:
- Complimentary Eyeglass tune ups and adjustments.
- Wine and Cheese Tasting along with eats for the kids
- Give aways and Raffles for both Kids and Adults
- Super Grand Opening Specials and Incentives

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Jul
09

PRESS RELEASE
July 8, 2008

For Immediate Release
Contact:
Tom Martin
Tom Martin Media, LLC
203-297-2137
TomBMartin@aol.com
www.tommartinmedia.com

With an Eye on What’s Best in Eye Care for Children (and the Rest of Us) New Optometric Practice Opens in Park Slope Brooklyn
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Mary McRae & Dr. Justin Bazan Envision a New Approach to Optical Care & Selection for Kids and Adults, as “Park Slope Eye” Opens on July 12

As anyone who has worn glasses (or even contact lenses) for a number of years knows quite well, eye care is a extraordinarily unique field. It’s the place where medical precision and accuracy meets the desire for style and personal expression.  In this extremely sensitive area of care, optical shops continue to multiply like so many Starbucks or McDonald’s outlets, and the majority of them have come to seem more like deli counters where patients are treated like numbers rather than unique human beings in need of attentive care and medical expertise.

When Dr. Justin Bazan and Mary McRae open Park Slope Eye on Saturday, July 12 it will be a culmination of their dream to create a place where each patient finally has an opportunity to receive the eye care he or she really deserves – care and understanding that is reflected in every facet of the experience, from listening to their concerns and questions to helping them select eyewear that perfectly reflects their personality.  This grew out of their shared concern that true customer service seems to have taken a backseat in the optical field these days.


The Partners’ Vision for Park Slope Eye


The partners in Park Slope Eye also see that one of the most important areas of eye care is also one that is most frequently neglected by the large chain optical retailers – children’s eye care. It is estimated that ten percent of all preschoolers in the U.S., and 25 of all children in kindergarten through sixth grade, have vision deficiencies according to the American Public Health Association.  These vision problems can easily be detected by a proper eye exam by an experienced eye doctor.  Dr. Bazan believes that every child deserves to find out if their eyes are healthy and that their vision is normal.

Based on her 12 years of experience in the optical field, Mary McRae has also discovered some great ways of getting young children involved in their own eye care.  Making them feel part of the process is crucial when it comes to making certain that they actually wear their glasses.  Mary is passionate about supporting and guiding clients through the often confusing process of selecting the perfect frame for their new glasses.  She sees her work as an opportunity for artistic expression, all with the goal in mind of supporting the medical science that serves that patient.

Dr. Justin Bazan and Mary McRae both enjoy educating parents about the children’s eye care, and they can tell your viewers/listeners/readers

  • How to tell if young children (even infants) may need vision correction
  • How to tell when a “learning disorder” or behavior problem is really a problem with uncorrected vision
  • How to get your child involved in the process of caring for their eyes, and why participation is important

When Park Slope Eye opens on July 12, it will represent not just a much-needed alternative to Park Slope residents of Brooklyn – but also to Manhattan residents, as they are just a short subway ride away.  The owners of Park Slope Eye are looking forward to demonstrating their commitment to the neighborhood — where they both live.  This is reflected in their hours of operation — not just by offering morning, evening and weekend hours to accommodate their patients’ varying schedules.  (In fact, every Sunday will be “Kids Only Day!” — dedicated to serving the many families in Park Slope and nearby Manhattan.)  This commitment is also reflected in their desire to make Park Slope Eye a small “oasis” in Park Slope by offering healthy snacks, juice, coffee and tea to those who visit the location.  They will also feature work by local artists and musicians.

What Patients & Customers Have Said

“Dr. Bazan is a terrific doctor of optometry.  He is a personable, patient, caring and instinctive individual.”
-       BK

“Mary McRae is simply the best!  Her experience, genuine care, creativity and passion for her work makes her the one and only choice for me.”
-       N

Biographical Information

Dr. Justin Bazan, OD is a board certified graduate of the prestigious SUNY State College of Optometry in New York City and is a graduate of Trinity College in San Antonio, Texas.  He is a member of numerous professional associations including the American Optometric Association, the New York State Optometric Association, the Proactive Optometric Physicians, the Optometric Nutrition Society, the Tear Film & Ocular Surface Society, and Vision Source.   Dr. Bazan frequently attends optometric gatherings and conferences, and is committed to continuing and ongoing education in his field.  Dr. Bazan donates his services through an American Optometric Association program called infantsee, which offers free eye exams for infants 6 months to one year of age.  He also donates his expertise to children in need, by offering one free exam to one child per week who is unable to find affordable eye care.  Through college, Dr. Bazan was involved in a mentoring program for elementary school children and he volunteered at a local children’s shelter on a weekly basis.

Mary McRae has been recognized as an ABO-certified Optician, and is a graduate of the University of Washington.  She has worked in family practice optometry, for an opthamology office and for a large national chain.  Most recently, Mary ran a very successful store for a national chain – receiving “Store of the Year” recognition for two years, for more than tripling the patient base since the time she began managing the store.  Mary has recently been featured in an online news articles by cnn.com and lifetime.com.


Contact Information
Park Slope Eye – 682 Union Street – Brooklyn, NY 11215 – 212-863-9939

To learn more about Park Slope Eye visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com

For media inquiries, contact:  Tom Martin  203-297-2137  TomBMartin@aol.com www.tommartinmedia.com

Jun
30

Why I love my daily disposable contacts (DD cls).::::Dr. Bazan of Park Slope Eye

DD cls give me piece of mind: I feel they have the lowest chance of allowing anything bad happening to my eye. Harmful bacteria are thrown away each night. Eliminates risk of serious vision threatening conditions resulting from contact lens ineffective cleaning routines. The use of dirty contact lens cases and contaminated solutions are a thing of the past.

DD cls are comfortable: Irritating build up and debris are thrown away. A fresh and clean feeling every day.  Essential to keeping me comfortable especially during allergy season.

DD cls are convenient: No fuss. No muss. You will find the 5 strips easy to pack and can be kept anywhere.

DD cls are affordable: A buck a day. Seriously what can you get for a dollar these days? Surely healthy and comfortable contacts are better meeting your needs than a 4 pc chicken nugget from McDonald’s.

DD cls are easy. I’m lazy. It really was a pain for me to take the time and effort to properly take care of my reusable contacts. It is so nice not having to go through the whole cleaning routine.

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Jun
20

The expert eyecare and eyewear team at Park Slope Eye was recently asked to contribute to the article by Elizabeth Landau of CNN entitled Glasses, eye patches look more friendly to kids.  Read the full story here: http://www.cnn.com/2008/HEALTH/conditions/06/10/childrens.vision/

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Jun
13

Can I swim in my contacts? With summer upon us, everyone is thinking about fun in the sun. Although it is ideal not to swim in contacts, I know that it is impractical not to do so. The risk of bad things happening are real. Listen to the facts and decide for yourself if the risk is worth taking. Water, even chlorinated water contains harmful bugs.  If you are wearing your contacts, swim goggles would be a step in the right direction.  A step in a better direction would be daily disposables, which are thrown out after a day of swimming.

A very common parasite know as Acanthamoeba has been linked to numerous contact lens related eye infections. Get a little bit of water in your eye, and you are at risk for this “little nasty” taking residence in your contact lens. Your contact lens is a great place for that bug to thrive and replicate to enourmous quantities. Not a big deal if it was content with just being on the contact. However, Acanthamoeba also recognizes that your eye is a great spot to live as well. This bug is devastating, and will burrow deep into your cornea, destroying tissue as it goes. Many people suffer blindness that is only remedied with a corneal transplant. That means you lose your own cornea and have to rely on a “donor” cornea. Sounds fun? This infection is on the rise. Read more here http://tinyurl.com/3matvl or watch the video here http://video.nbc10.com/player/?id=262700 .

What makes things worse is that this bug can make it past the disinfection process. Bad news for us. The disinfection solutions that many of us use, may not be eliminating this harmful pathogen from our contacts and our contact lens cases. Pretty scary info to hear. The good news is that you can minimize this risk by tossing out your contacts everyday. Personally, I feel the risk of an infection occurring from a contaminated daily disposable that is thrown out at the end of the day is acceptable. I wear my contacts to the beach and throw them out at the end of the day. I have yet to read or hear about an infection occurring in similar situations. Nearly everyone can wear a daily disposable, there are very few of you that could not, so it would be a great contact to use on days involving water. Even if you have to sacrifice some vision temporarily by not having the perfect prescription, it still beats sacrificing your vision permanently! Go get fit for some daily disposables and worry about a sunburn instead of a serious eye infection!

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Jun
02

During an eye exam, patients often learn a lot more about their health than they ever would have thought.  Systemic conditions are often noted during a thourough eye exam.  Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Multiple Sclerosis, and even Cancer are a few of the many conditions that can be noted during the exam.

Get ready to to add a few more systemic conditions to the list.  More interestingly is the method of how they will be detected.  In development, are laser devices that will safely and efficiently scan the eye.  Instead of invasive testing, many people will benefit from an easy to do eye scan.  It is really fascinating technology.  For the whole story, please visit: http://www.wftv.com/health/16436429/detail.html

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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May
01

UV radiation is the harmful component of sunlight. We are most familiar with its effects when we tan, get sunburned, and develop skin Cancer. We know that blocking this UV radiation is the only way to prevent the irreversible damage that it can cause. What many of us do not realize is that our eyes are also extremely susceptible to UV radiation as well. When we are outside, UV radiation is always around and our eyes are constantly being bombarded with it. UV radiation is very damaging and protecting your eyes is crucial to prevent serious long term damage such as loss of vision. A great pair of sunglasses is the best way to keep your eyes as healthy as possible. Make sure you know your sunglasses block close to 100% of the UV radiation.

Follow this link, http://www.preventblindness.org/uv/, to learn more about UV radiation and how you can make sure your eyes stay as healthy as possible.

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Apr
27

How much do you care about your eyes?  How much do you care about who is taking care of them?  Does it equate?

It can be very frustrating not to have your doctor’s qualities match up with you unique personality and requirements.  What is one to do?

The following is a story of a patient who was conducting interviews of optometrist to find the best match. I for one would LOVE this idea to catch on…..well maybe not a true interview, but I would happily encourage people to research the doctor first. Personally, if you have any specific questions after you have done your research on me, I would happily answer them.

A colleague posted:

“Today, a woman showed up to the office without an appointment. She asked to see me. As I was between patients, I asked her how I could help. She told me that she wanted to interview me. She is looking for an optometrist to help her with her eyes.

She has tried to interview six optometrists in the area.

I was a little stunned but I thought it could be interesting. In 20 years, I have never been interviewed. So, she asked several questions, how long had I been in practice, where I went to school, did I see children, etc?

I answered every question. When she was done, I asked her if I could interview her. She asked why, and I mentioned that I wasn’t sure that I wanted to be her doctor. She looked a little surprised. But, she said ok.

I asked her: did she come in for her appointments regularly and on time, did she pay her bills on time, etc.

Finally, she looked at me and said ok I will schedule an appoint for me and my family. I started to tease and tell her I wasn’t sure she passed the interview but we might try it. I think she thought I was kidding around. I wasn’t!”

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Apr
03

It has come to my attention that many people think astigmatism is an eye disease or some horrible eye omen. Breath easy people, Astigmatism is not an Ocular Disease like Glaucoma or Macular Degeneration. It is a Visual Condition that in most cases has very little to do with the actual state of how healthy your eyes are.

soundtracks_-_stigmata.jpgAstigmatism is just a word that basically describes how your eye focuses light. How your eye focuses light is greatly determined by the shape of your eye. So, when your eye doctor tells you that you have astigmatism, they are basically saying that your eye isn’t perfectly round like a basketball, and is more like the shape of a football, therefore when light enters your eye, it is not focused properly. In fact, an astigmatic eye, focuses the light into several different spots on the back of your eye, causing you to see things blurry.

That means to get you to see the best, the glasses or contacts have to be designed to correct these incorrectly focused spots of light.astigmatism-2.jpg
Because astigmatic eyes have different curvatures, like the tip of a football, the glasses/contacts require more than one power. A common example of this type of Rx would be -2.00-1.00×90 D. The numbers in red are the extra correction for the extra curves of your eye. If your eye was perfectly round, the glasses/contacts would only require one power. A common example of this type of Rx would be -2.00 D.

Even though the word astigmatism sounds like you have a “stigma” or a really bad eye condition, do not worry. Astigmatism is not a horrible eye disease, in fact, you now know that it really is just a word describing how your eye focuses light!

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Mar
04
Welcome to Insidermedicine’s If I had; where we get a chance to ask an expert what they would do if they had a particular medical condition.This week, we had the opportunity to ask Dr. Henry Jampel, a world expert in the field of eye disease what he would do if he had glaucoma.  Dr. Jampel is a Professor of Ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University, and serves as the Associate Editor-in-Chief of ‘Ophthalmology,’ the official journal of the AAO.

Dr. Jampel gave us his insight into what patients should do if they are told that they have glaucoma.

I’d like to thank Dr. Jampel for lending his insight to Insidermedicine’s If I had.

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Mar
04
(February 29, 2008 – Insidermedicine) Welcome to Insidermedicine’s If I Had, where we get a chance to ask an expert what they would do if they had a medical condition.On a recent trip to Boston, we caught up with Dr. Joan Miller, MD, who is Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School, and Chief of Ophthalmology at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Dr. Miller is a retina specialist, and an active researcher in ocular neovascularization in macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.We asked Dr. Miller what she would do if she had macular degeneration. Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Feb
22
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We all should pay a little bit more attention as to what we are putting into our bodies. You are what you eat right? Inflammation is a natural component to our body’s immune system but can often times become abnormally regulated. Many studies have shown that controlling your diet, may unlock the key to better regulation. With inflammation being a common underlying cause in dry eye, the above article is of particular interest.

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Feb
19

For those of you who are doing lid hygiene, you will find my technique, simply, cheap, easy and effective. For many, it is the ideal way to perform lid massage and warm compress. My technique is optimal for efficiently and effectively improving the function of your meibomian glands. The idea of combining simultaneous heat and massage is what makes my technique quite different from others. I hope you give this inexpensive yet amazing technique a try.ocusoftplus.jpg

The ideal time to perform this technique is after completing your lid cleansing routine. If your doctor is still recommending baby shampoo please ask him about alternatives such as Ocusoft Plus lid foam.

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First, just fill a resealable plastic baggy with hot water (or microwaved). Make sure the temperature is safe by testing against your cheek. Then center the baggy over both eyes, holding it against the forehead with one hand, using the other to perform the standard lid massage you have learned from your eye doctor. About a minute each lid. It can easily be done and is most effective in a reclined position or while lying in bed. After you complete the routine, flush the eyes with cool water and/or install your artificial tear to help flush the loosened debris away.

Katherine M. Mastrota, M.S., O.D., the center director for Omni Eye Surgery in New York City, endorses the technique and has even added an aspect of aroma therapy by adding lavender buds into the baggy.

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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