Dr. Keg's Thoughts

Thursday, 10 March 2016
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In the late 1990s, around 15% of the contact lens market were colored contact lenses. Currently, they represent less than 3%. Reasons include, the available choices to tint a lens were in soft-hydrogyl material and the market has moved to higher oxygen silicone-hydrogyl. Some of the declining interest ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/10/2016 1:30 PM by Dr. Jeff Kegarise
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Monday, 01 February 2016
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It's an exciting week for America! This week a selection of candidates will be vetted, scrutinized, reviewed and analyzed both in person and on tape for every move they have made.  Their potential to help the team will be evaluated. It is national Signing Day for football seniors. On Wednesday, February ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/01/2016 3:17 PM by Dr. Jeff Kegarise
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Friday, 15 January 2016
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Cataract surgery is one of the two most commonly performed surgeries in the world. Modern cataract surgery is generally performed quickly, with no shot, no patch, no pain, and a quick recovery time for patients.  Once removed, 98.5% of patients receive markedly improved vision. One of the most common ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/15/2016 11:16 AM by Dr. Jeff Kegarise
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Tuesday, 29 December 2015
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Health Day (5/9, Preidt) reported, "Researchers say they've pinpointed a number of factors that may be key to the progression of glaucoma," according to a paper published in the journal Archives of Ophthalmology. Analyzed data of 587 patients "concluded that key risk factors for glaucoma progression ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/29/2015 10:37 AM by Dr. Jeff Kegarise
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Wednesday, 16 December 2015
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In earlier blogs, we talked about each of us having a normal intraocular pressure. The eyeball is a closed structure. with fluid constantly being produced and draining out. This fluid is produced in the middle of the eye and circulates through the pupil moving forward and out the edge of the eye in ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/16/2015 10:47 AM by Dr. Jeff Kegarise
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Tuesday, 08 December 2015
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In previous blogs I've talked about glasses and contact lens options to bi-focals.  Both provide the ability to see far away, at the computer, and up close while working or performing activities. Many patients say prefer to not wear glasses or contacts at all and ask about laser vision. Unfortunately, ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/08/2015 2:44 PM by Dr. Jeff Kegarise
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Tuesday, 17 November 2015
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Artificial tears or lubricants are a large category of over-the-counter eye drops. Most come in a thin, moderate, or thick preparation. Thinner drop examples Refresh, moderate thickness drops would be Refresh Liquigel, and thicker drops might be Bion Tears or Celluvisc. The thicker the drop, the longer ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/17/2015 10:46 AM by Dr. Jeff Kegarise
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Tuesday, 03 November 2015
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Posted on 11/03/2015 7:47 AM by Dr. Jeff Kegarise
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Tuesday, 13 October 2015
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As science and clinical care improve, our understanding of macular degeneration, how to prevent it, and how to treat it improves. Answering questions like, "Can I prevent it or do I have to have shots?" is a little bit like asking, "how we do we solve world hunger?"  It's a complicated disorder and ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/13/2015 1:48 PM by Dr. Jeff Kegarise
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Wednesday, 23 September 2015
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The best way to treat an eye injury is to prevent the injury from occurring. Contact lenses and glasses specifically designed for athletes are the best way to avoid sight-threatening injuries. The choice can vary depending on the athlete, age, position, and sport.  We work with parents and the individual ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/23/2015 1:58 PM by Dr. Jeff Kegarise
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Friday, 04 September 2015
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One of the newest and most sensitive tests in our evaluation of patients with glaucoma is Visual Evoked Potential test (VEP). This is a very advanced yet well established test. One of the newest methods of detecting optic nerve or potential neuron damage is using this test. The technology has been around ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/04/2015 10:51 AM by Dr. Jeff Kegarise
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Thursday, 06 August 2015
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It seems we get different advice about aspirin every year. Aspirin is one of the oldest substances continuously used as a medication. It's is in a class of drugs called "Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatories" (NSAIDs) and it blocks the production of a chemical called prostaglandin. Blocking prostaglandin ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/06/2015 9:06 AM by Dr. Jeff Kegarise
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Wednesday, 08 July 2015
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Floating spots in vision are some of the more common complaints we get from patients. The first type of spot noticeably changes when you blink.  Blinking spreads tears over the eyes, so any lack of clarity (debris in the tears, pollens or otherwise) will float up and gently float down. If you can blink ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/08/2015 1:34 PM by Dr. Jeff Kegarise
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Tuesday, 16 June 2015
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I want to welcome Dr. Michael Bingham to our practice. This month I have asked him to comment on a new eye drop formulation that shows promise... or does it? Either way, thank you to Dr. Bingham for being a member of our team and for his first official blog! -- Dr. Keg Recent news about a study from ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/16/2015 1:49 PM by Dr. Jeff Kegarise
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Monday, 25 May 2015
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We are thrilled to have six pieces from local artist, Tom Tjornehoj in our practice on June 1. This imaginative creation of one of my favorite artists, Tom's most recent series of large canvas paintings is the Masters Meets Nashville series. The paintings are made in the uniquely characteristic style ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/25/2015 7:26 PM by Dr. Jeff Kegarise
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Tuesday, 12 May 2015
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When patients develop cataracts, (and we all will develop cataracts over time, as they are part of an aging process in the lens of each eye) the ophthalmic surgeon removes the lens and replaces it with an implant or IOL - intraocular lens. Most of these IOL's are of the "traditional variety," which ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/12/2015 7:47 AM by Dr. Jeff Kegarise
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Wednesday, 15 April 2015
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We moved to Franklin in the early 90's. Having loved and played basketball, it was no surprise that we found a way to stay close to the sport. Coaching in the recreational leagues led to organizing gym time for players to refine their skills. Then in 2001, with the help of some very supportive parents, ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/15/2015 11:48 AM by Dr. Jeff Kegarise
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Thursday, 02 April 2015
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It's that time of year again. Pollens are laying thick on our cars and building up in the atmosphere. Managing eye allergies is not a one size fits all solution. Minimizing exposure on a heavily pollinated day is important but tough to do. So if we do need to treat the symptoms, here are some of the ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/02/2015 5:05 PM by Dr. Jeff Kegarise
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Thursday, 19 March 2015
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If I asked you what is the most common eye disorder that optometrists and ophthalmologists treat, you  would probably say cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, right? Well the reality is besides nearsightedness, farsightedness, and presbyopia (loss of focusing with age), it is dry eyes. For many ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/19/2015 7:17 PM by Dr. Jeff Kegarise
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Tuesday, 03 March 2015
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As I discussed in the last blog, the true answer to "Do I have to wear bifocals?" is no. However, most people prefer to move to a progressive (bifocal) lens in glasses because it really improves their function. Some patients just want to wear contact lenses and not glasses. We have more options than ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/03/2015 4:57 PM by Dr. Jeff Kegarise
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