Warren, Michigan. Dr. Piero A. Simone, MD, a board-certified ophthalmologist, has been listed in Hour Detroit (Oct. 2008) as one of Michigan’s Top Docs. Dr. Simone, who specializes in advanced cataract and refractive surgery and is certified in laser-in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK), photo-refractive keratectomy (PRK), LASEK and conductive keratoplasty (CK), is affiliated with William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak.
Top Doc selection. Last April, Hour Detroit mailed approximately 16,000 surveys to M.D.s and D.O.s in five counties (using addresses provided by the State of Michigan). Recipients were asked to nominate colleagues they deemed best in their given specialties. As a result of their voting, Dr. Simone was among the 17 ophthalmologists chosen by their peers.
“It’s an honor to be named one of Hour Detroit’s ‘Top Docs.’” Said Dr. Simone. “I believe it’s a testimony for Dr. Varanelli’s and my commitment, along with our entire staff, to individual patient care for a wide range of services.”
Simone Eye Center. The Simone Eye Center, headed by Dr. Simone and Dr. Jeffery Varanelli, OD, FAAO, has two locations, an office in Warren, and an ambulatory surgery center at our Macomb Township facility.
Dr. Simone earned his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, and completed a residency in ophthalmology at William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
Dr. Jeffrey R. Varanelli, OD, FAAO, is a graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry, and specializes in comprehensive eye care with an emphasis on the medical and surgical co-management of eye disease. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, is a Clinical Examiner for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry, and is a past president of the Metropolitan Detroit Optometric Society. Dr. Varanelli currently serves as an elected Trustee to the Illinois College of Optometry Alumni Council.
November is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month. We feel it is important for our patients to be familiar with this disease since it is the leading cause of new cases of blindness in adults in the United States.
Diabetes is a disease that interferes with the body’s ability to use and store sugar. Too much sugar in the blood can cause damage throughout the body, including the eyes. More than 24 million Americans have diabetes, and over 6 million are unaware that they have the disease. Approximately 8% of individuals with diabetes risk going blind because of vision-threatening complications.
Diabetic retinopathy is a disease that causes progressive damage to the retina, the light-sensitive lining at the back of the eye. It is a result of damage caused by diabetes to the small blood vessels located within the retina. These blood vessels may leak and cause swelling which may result in blurred vision. This leakage of blood may initiate scar formation and lead to severe vision loss or potentially blindness. Several factors influence whether someone with diabetes develops diabetic retinopathy. These include uncontrolled blood sugar and blood pressure levels, the length of time with diabetes, race, and family history.
Diabetes can also affect other parts of the eye. Other complications can include increased incidence of cataracts, dry eye, changes in vision, or double vision.
Since early detection is critical in maintaining healthy vision, it is especially important for diabetic patients to visit their eye doctor regularly for dilated eye exams. Detection and treatment of diabetic eye disease with laser therapy can reduce development of severe vision loss by an estimated 50% to 60%.
Ultraviolet (UV) protection is a concern for many Americans, particularly in the spring and summer months. However, most people think about sunscreen and not sunglasses. Research shows that prolonged exposure to the sun's UV rays and short wavelength light (violet and blue light) may cause eye conditions that can lead to a variety of vision disorders.
According to a recent survey which identified Americans' attitudes and behaviors regarding eye care and related issues, 40 percent of Americans do not think UV protection is an important factor to consider when purchasing sunglasses.
Overexposure to UV rays has been linked to age-related cataracts, pterygium, photo-keratitis and corneal degenerative changes. These conditions can cause blurred vision, irritation, redness, tearing, and temporary vision loss. There has yet to be a proven correlation between UV rays and macular degeneration.
The effects of sunlight exposure are cumulative; therefore, individuals whose work or recreational activities involve lengthy exposure to sunlight are at the greatest risk. UV radiation reflects off surfaces such as snow, water, and white sand, so the risk is particularly high for people on beaches, boats or ski slopes. The risk for serious damage is greatest during the mid-day hours, generally from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and during summer months.
Children and teenagers are particularly susceptible to the sun's damaging rays because they typically spend more time outdoors than adults, and the natural lenses of their eyes are more transparent than those of adults. The transparent lenses allow more short wavelength light to reach the retina of the eye.
Since the effects of UV radiation are cumulative, it's important to develop good protection habits early in life, such as wearing sunglasses with UV protection. Wearing a brimmed hat and/or the proper UV-absorbing sunglasses are simple and safe methods to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays.
Keep in mind the following when purchasing sunglasses:
Additionally, be sure to receive routine comprehensive eye exams from an eye doctor. It's a good way to monitor eye health, maintain good vision, and keep up-to-date on the latest in UV radiation protection.
Please feel free to contact us at the Simone Eye Center if you have any questions about UV protection.