Dr. Keg's Thoughts

Wednesday, 21 January 2015
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In the last blog, I talked about how important it is for us to evaluate the optic nerve in monitoring glaucoma suspects and glaucoma patients. Any changes in the cupping or the healthy rim of the nerve could denote a worsening of its health. The optic nerve is like a large telephone cable that leads ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/21/2015 8:29 AM by Dr. Jeff Kegarise
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Tuesday, 06 January 2015
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January is Glaucoma Awareness Month and we have some special updates this month about this optic nerve disease. Over the years we have developed more sophisticated ways to look at the health of the optic nerve. In the past, most eye doctors used a handheld instrument and came in close to you, shining ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/06/2015 7:51 AM by Dr. Jeff Kegarise
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Monday, 22 December 2014
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GVSS means Gentle Vision Shaping:  The latest thing going on with us this month is GVSS!  Think of it as orthodontics for the eyes. Our gentle vision shaping system is a method to wear retainer contact lenses at night so you don't have to wear vision correction during the day. While all of our doctors ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/22/2014 7:49 AM by Dr. Jeff Kegarise
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Tuesday, 25 November 2014
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We often hear the question in the exam room, "Wow, I really love the friendliness of your staff, the thoroughness of the exams, and how you explained my family member's eye condition. Are you accepting new patients?" The short answer is yes!  We see patients from 2 days old all the way to 105+ years ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/25/2014 9:48 AM by Dr. Jeff Kegarise
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Thursday, 06 November 2014
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Did you know more than 25 million Americans are living with diabetes and 79 million more are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes? Uncontrolled or long-standing diabetes can cause damage to your blood vessels, especially the small vessels in the back of the eye. Retinopathy is when these fragile vessels ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/06/2014 11:39 AM by Dr. Jeff Kegarise
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Sunday, 19 October 2014
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Many of these old adages still have relevance in our modern life. You've come to expect individual, personalized care from us. Macular degeneration is the most prevalent eye disorder in America. Part of this is due to our aging population and the gradual breakdown of the central retinal tissue. It's ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/19/2014 6:28 PM by Dr. Jeff Kegarise
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Friday, 03 October 2014
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The UVA and UVB light from the sun can cause damage to the lens and retina inside the eye. It also contributes to dryness and redness on the front of the eye. We're much more exposed to problems with sunlight in the Southeast. If you're going to be in the sun for prolonged periods, you should invest ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/03/2014 9:22 AM by Dr. Jeff Kegarise
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Thursday, 18 September 2014
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The reason we dilate pupils is so we can see inside the eye. Historically, we needed to do that so we had a good view of the retina. Since 2002, however, we use the Optomap which allows for a wide-field digital retinal image taken through a normal-sized pupil without drops. Optomap allows us to see ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/18/2014 3:47 PM by Dr. Jeff Kegarise
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Tuesday, 02 September 2014
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We always tell patients to call us immediately if they notice "flashing lights" or "floating spots" suddenly in your vision. Our primary concern is a tugging on the retina that could lead to a retinal detachment. The retina is a very thin transparent tissue supplied by blood vessels. In front of the ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/02/2014 11:17 AM by Dr. Jeff Kegarise
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Friday, 15 August 2014
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NFL quarterbacks are arguably among the best athletes in any competitive professional sport. Hard work as well as physical ability helps them achieve success at this level. Part of this success can be attributed to a quarterback's ability to "see the field" using their peripheral vision. This allows ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/15/2014 11:07 AM by Dr. Jeff Kegarise
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Wednesday, 30 July 2014
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While we specialize in eliminating eye problems, the eyes are really a reflection of your overall health status. Therefore, it is helpful to review what good care looks like. In this second part of our summary, we want to focus on diabetes. Become more educated about diabetes  Few family doctors ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/30/2014 1:13 PM by Dr. Jeff Kegarise
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Friday, 11 July 2014
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All of the United States and the world have been caught up with the excitement and fervor over soccer's world cup in Brazil. From a sports vision perspective, it's a great opportunity for us to highlight a few important principles regarding soccer and sports vision. First, head injuries from collisions ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/11/2014 12:16 PM by Dr. Jeff Kegarise
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Friday, 27 June 2014
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While we specialize in eliminating eye problems, the eyes are really a reflection of your overall health status. In this summary we focus on diabetes. The eyes can be a reflection of diabetic control and care. People with diabetes need to be active participants in their medical care to know what excellent ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/27/2014 3:28 PM by Dr. Jeff Kegarise
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Tuesday, 17 June 2014
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I just returned from the Nike Basketball Coaches National Meeting in Las Vegas.  What a great opportunity to learn from the very best coaches in America! I got to hear Josh Pastner talk about his full court press philosophy and the importance of the "controller" in starting the press. Jamie Dixon from ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/17/2014 1:48 PM by Dr. Jeff Kegarise
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Wednesday, 04 June 2014
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In a previous blog, I was bragging on our doctors of whom I am particularly proud. There are two other people that I am particularly proud of and I want to share those thoughts with you here.   My parents are Ron and Ann Kegarise. Many of you know them. It continues to amaze me how many people come ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/04/2014 1:48 PM by Dr. Jeff Kegarise
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Thursday, 22 May 2014
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This month, I am having Stephanie Moore, our optical manager, be my guest blogger. Several of us recently returned from Vision Expo East in New York which is the largest frame and lens show in the world. We attend annually to evaluate current trends—color, style and design. --Dr. Keg  These ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/22/2014 2:48 PM by Dr. Jeff Kegarise
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Tuesday, 06 May 2014
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A lot of marketing goes into praising the training, credentials and perceived quality of doctors in a practice. You may see billboards or even hear radio jingles. Often, I find that the marketed attributes do not match the true personality of the doctors involved. In fact, a lot of the doctors that ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/06/2014 9:25 AM by Dr. Jeff Kegarise
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Monday, 28 April 2014
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Susan and I are fortunate to have three great kids. (They obviously take after their mother!) I just returned from the Virginia College of Medicine (VCOM) where our youngest, Kelli, will enter osteopathic medical school in the Fall. One of the things that struck me was the level of similarity between ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/28/2014 10:51 AM by Dr. Jeff Kegarise
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Thursday, 24 April 2014
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We have a special event coming up on Thursday, May 1, 2-6 pm. If you want a frame that doesn't look like everyone else, then you really need to see it. We are introducing Drift Eyewear which has not been carried  anywhere else in Tennessee. We saw this line at our recent ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/24/2014 2:27 PM by Dr. Jeff Kegarise
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Friday, 11 April 2014
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Susan and I are fortunate to have three great kids. (They obviously take after their mother!) I just returned from the Virginia College of Medicine (VCOM) where our youngest, Kelli, will enter osteopathic medical school in the Fall. One of the things that struck me was the level of similarity between ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/11/2014 12:05 PM by Dr. Jeff Kegarise
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