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Video: Dr. Kristen Gunn on Eyecare Treatment after a Concussion or Traumatic Brain Injury

In the video above, Dr. Kristen Gunn of Opticare Vision Centers in Northern Kentucky shares her expertise about patients who have had a concussion or multiple concussions and patients who have had mild traumatic brain injuries.

A lot of times patients will ask me what kind of symptoms they should expect when experiencing something like this and there isn't really a straightforward response. The symptoms aren’t black and white for every patient. There are definitely a variety of symptoms that patients can experience and it really differs from patient to patient.

The most common symptoms that I’ve seen are light sensitivity and a lot of anxiety especially going out in public and in crowded spaces.  There are also definitely issues with focusing even on the simplest daily activities that used to not take any concentration at all.

So what we do during the exam is really listen to the patient and have them tell us in detail what they're experiencing so we can get a full understanding of what they're going through.

We do the full examination just to make sure everything is healthy and then we go into some pretty intense muscle and focusing testing but we never want to push it too hard. When you push too hard even with the treatment it can cause a lot of issues as far as even reverting back to getting worse and worse, so we really need to be careful with how much we push the treatment.

The treatment can range from glasses with prism which is a very specific prescription catered to you and how your eye muscles work together. Or possibly getting your eye muscles to work kind of like physical therapy for your muscles which is called vision therapy. Please reach out if you have any questions to our Newport or Ft. Mitchell offices.

Newport Office Update: Congratulations to Jan on her Retirement

We want to extend a great deal of gratitude and congratulations to Jan from our Newport office.

Jan is retiring after 20 amazing years of service as our Administrative Assistant. At the front desk, she was the first person everyone met, and she greeted every patient and their family members with a warm smile.

She will be dearly missed by all of our staff and patients who came to know her over the years. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank Jan for her professionalism, high level of customer service, and of course, for her friendship.

We wish Jan a healthy, happy, fun, and meaningful retirement!

VIDEO: How to Stop Your Glasses from Fogging

Dr. Josiah Young and Opticare Vision have the ideal solution to prevent your glasses from fogging while you wear your mask. Contact the northern Kentucky locations in Newport and Fort Mitchell go pick up your kit.

COVID-19 Update for Newport & Ft. Mitchell Locations: Re-opening May 4th

COVID-19 UPDATE – REOPENING MAY 4th – from Opticare Vision Centers

Dear Patients,

With Governor Beshear’s announcement of “Healthy at Work” phased reopening of the economy starting with healthcare facilities, we will begin seeing patients for routine care on Monday, May 4th. We will be following the Governor’s guidelines to continue safe practices for patients in our office. *NOTE* The guidelines require patients to wear their own mask to their appointment.

We expect the demand for routine appointments to be high, so please call the office to make your appointment as soon as possible to reserve your spot.

Here are some of the accommodations that we are making to keep you and your family safe:

  • Limiting the number of patients in the office or any area at one time
    • We kindly ask for only the person with the appointment to enter the office
  • Coming out to your car to dispense glasses and contact lenses (curbside pickup)
  • Decreasing physical touch-points in the office
    • No paperwork – Appointments now require pre-registration on our website
    • No signatures on credit card receipts – touchless transactions when possible
  • Disinfection of glasses and sunglasses between patients
  • Staff wearing PPE (masks, etc.) for close patient encounters
  • We may ask you to leave the office if you show flu-like signs, cold/fever, or coughing

In addition to these steps, we also have telehealth appointments for those who cannot physically come into the office.

We will continue to do some things that we have always done for the safety of our guests:

  • Disinfection of areas in the office after patient encounters
  • Disinfection of all equipment used for examination, glasses, or contact lenses

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. We are looking forward to serving you again!

Sincerely,

Dr. Keith Sellers, Dr. Josiah Young, Dr. Kristin Gunn,

and the Team at Opticare Vision Centers in Northern Kentucky

Opticare Vision Centers – COVID-19 Updates and Information

Updated: May 12, 2020

Dear Patients,

We are happy to announce that several of our offices are beginning to reopen for routine as well as urgent and emergency care.

Click here to learn more about what steps we are taking in our offices to protect the health and safety of our patients and staff during the COVID-19 crisis.

Please note the following for each of our 6 locations:

  • Harrison and Cherry Grove: Effective May 1, both locations are open for routine eye care as well as urgent care and emergencies. We will also be returning to our normal hours for Harrison and Cherry Grove.     
  • Milford : Effective May 11, is open for routine eye care as well as urgent care and emergencies. Click for hours for Milford.
  • Northern Kentucky Locations: Effective May 4, both locations are open for routine and emergency eye care. Click for hours for Ft. MitchellFort Mitchell and Newport.
  • To order contacts online, click here, or contact your particular office.

Please call ahead to the Opticare location nearest you to set up an appointment before you come in. If you need to come in to pick up your previously-placed eyeglass or contact lens order, please arrange with us in advance and we will provide curbside pickup in front of our office. We can also send it to you by mail. Since this is a constantly changing situation, stay in here, check your email or call the office for additional information.

Please know that we are here for you during this difficult time. We are very sorry for the inconvenience this will cause you and your family. We truly appreciate your understanding and patience. We wish you and your family the best of health and safety.

The Team at Opticare Vision Centers

COVID-19 Update: Office Hours Changes for Harrison, Cherry Grove, and Milford

Updated: May 10, 2020

Harrison: We have returned to our normal hours as of Friday, May 1 to see patients for routine care, urgent care and emergencies.

Cherry Grove: We have returned to our normal hours as of Friday, May 1 to see patients for routine care, urgent care and emergencies. Until then, our hours are as follows:

    Milford:

    • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
    • For non-routine eye care, please call us at 513- 248-1212

    Safe Contact Lens & Eyeglass Wear During the Coronavirus

    By Dr. Josiah Young. O.D.

    With the Coronavirus around, everybody’s been asking about good hygiene and I wanted to talk to you about contact lens wear and eyeglasses wear.

    Contact lenses are totally safe to wear during this time, you just have to make sure you use common sense. Good handwashing, just like prevention of the virus being spread in all other cases, is essential for contact lens wear as well. So you need to make sure you wash your hands. Wash for 20 seconds, use a clean or unused towel to dry your hands and then handle your lenses.

    Daily contact lens wearers disposables are going to be your best option during this time. If you don’t have dailies, just make sure you are using a good multipurpose solution or disinfectant solution for the night time soaking of your contact lenses – that could be the peroxide-based solutions or the there are several varieties of the multipurpose solution.

    Don’t use just regular saline solution. And if you’re in doubt, throw your lenses away or don’t wear them. It’s also been advised not to wear your lenses if you are currently sick, so stick with eyeglasses.

    if you’re wearing your glasses and you’re touching your glasses with your hands, make sure you also clean your glasses. Wipe off the temples and the parts that touch your face with rubbing alcohol and kind of let it dry. Those tips will help keep your glasses and contact lens wear wearing safe and comfortable for you during this time.

    If you have any questions, please contact us.

    Opticare Vision Helps an Albinism Project in Africa

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    Opticare Vision is very proud to support a program to provide sunglasses to an Albinism project in Lome, Togo – located in Africa. We recently shipped 100 pairs of sunglasses, to help members of their community to properly protect their eyes.

    Those with albinism tend to be very sensitive to light because the iris doesn’t have enough color to shield the retina properly. Wearing sunglasses or tinted contact lenses can help make them more comfortable out in the sun and to spend more time outside.

    The above photo shows leaders of the community opening our package.

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