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Still at risk - even with 20/20

The day-to-day challenge of living with
low vision

Q & A

A closer look

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The profile will give:

• Date of licensure in Massachusetts

• Education and training (residency)

• Medical specialties

• Board certification(s)

• Professional information

Address and telephone number
Insurance plans accepted
Hospital affiliations
Availability of translation services

• Awards, research and publications

• Malpractice claims paid, hospital discipline and criminal convictions in the past 10 years

• Disciplinary actions of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine in the past 10 years

A closer look

Are you at risk?

Like looking through
a tunnel

Support group meeting

The best
attack against glaucoma

Types of primary care providers

  • Internist — treats adults of all ages

  • Pediatrician — treats children from birth to age 18

  • Family practitioner — treats the entire family regardless of age

  • Geriatrician — treats elderly people with complex and multiple diseases

  • Gynecologist — treats females usually of child-bearing age

  • Nurse practitioner and physician assistant — provide primary care under the supervision of a doctor

Personal health journal

A personal health journal — a handy tool for both you and your doctor — is simply a collection of information about your health that you gather and manage. The journal should include not only the names and numbers of your doctors, but lifestyle goals as well. Your health information should be accurate, detailed and current.

A health journal should include:

  • Illnesses and injuries
  • Hospitalizations
  • Surgeries
  • Diagnostic tests, such as X-rays and scans
  • Screening tests
  • Treatments and procedures
  • Allergies
  • Immunizations
  • Medicines, including exact name and dosage
  • Over-the-counter vitamins and supplements
  • Family history of diseases

Be sure to include dates. For instance, if you are hospitalized, make note of the date admitted and the date of discharge. Be specific. If you have had abdominal surgery, specify the type. You do not need to include minor illnesses, such as coughs and colds. Take your journal to your doctor’s appointments.

For more information on developing a family health history

Oral, Head and Neck Cancer
Awareness Week is May 8 – 14.

Photo by Vannessa Carrington/Mass. Eye and Ear

Get screened for head and neck
cancer. It’s free, quick and painless.

Boston Medical Center
Moakley Building Lobby
830 Harrison Avenue
Date: April 2
Time: 8 a.m. - noon

Tufts Medical Center
860 Washington Street
Date: May 12
Time: 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Mass Eye and Ear
243 Charles Street
Date: May 13
Time: TBA
Dedham Family Dental
Dr. Helaine Smith
30 Milton Street, Dedham
Date: May 11
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Mass General Hospital
Voice Center

One Bowdoin Square,
11th Floor
Date: May 13
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Remember to call ahead to confirm
time and date
of screenings.

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Support Group Meeting

Date: Saturday, February 4th
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary
243 Charles Street, Boston
8th floor board room

Please RSVP
Catherine Duffek

January is
National Glaucoma Awareness Month

Every year millions of people
start losing their sight…

and don’t
even know it!

Don’t be one of them. Have a comprehensive dilated eye exam.

The best attack against glaucoma

It may not be possible to prevent glaucoma, but it is easy to diagnose and treat. More

Like looking through a tunnel

Click here for details.

Early detection of vision loss key to avoiding “thief of sight”

It all started ffive years ago when Chance Flaherty, then 14, could not read the Jumbotron at a Celtics game. Nor could he see the numbers on the back of the players’ jerseys.

His mother, Shelley, acted quickly and took Chance to an optometrist for an eye exam. But she wasn’t prepared for what the optometrist told her. It was not the nearsightedness that caused alarm. The pressure in both his eyes was elevated. The optometrist knew that increased eye pressure, or glaucoma, tends to run in families. More

Still at risk - even with 20/20

Petra Ebisemiju, a 68-year-old retired school nurse, didn’t know much about glaucoma before she was diagnosed with the disease. But she knows a lot now and is absolutely right when she says it is a “tricky little disease.”

For Ebisemiju, the disease started in her left eye about 10 years ago. She went for her yearly eye exam and the doctor told her that her pressure was elevated. “I didn’t know what pressure he was talking about,” she said. More

The day-to-day challenge of living with low vision

Gray winter days can leave you longing for brightness. But if wintry dimness rarely seems to lift, it would be wise to consider your answers to these five questions. More