COA Vision Blog

January 31, 2018 Uncategorized

For thousands of years, people have been expressing themselves through art. Although the forms may be different, it serves as a reminder of our ability as human beings to create an infinite amount of possibilities. Art is a creative outlet and is so powerful it can be used as a form of therapy which allows people the freedom of self-expression. Today is National Inspire Your Heart with Art Day, which is near and dear to our hearts. In and around both of our offices hang masterpiece works of art from our Dr. Orlando. He’s been painting beautiful scenes for years and we love showing off his artwork in our offices to our patients.

Dr. Orlando attended Gannon University as an undergraduate and is now a member of their Board of Trustees. One of Gannon’s key parts of their mission statement is to prepare students to become global citizens through programs grounded in the liberal arts and sciences. Though he was a chemistry major, he was required to take classes in drawing, music, drama, and other creative and artistic programs; this is where he first learned to appreciate the freedom of expression that comes from painting.

With Gannon University being located on the shores of Lake Erie, and many of his painting classes located on the Presque Island Peninsula, he and his classmates were able to experience and appreciate how colors and light are influenced by nature. “Being outdoors in such a setting also helps to increase our creative problem solving, something that is imperative for a physician and scientists, so painting has helped me in my professional career,” said Dr. Orlando.

His work has varied over the years and he uses a variety of mediums from the bright, textured features of acrylic paint to the more ethereal serenity of water colors. Dr. Orlando is sure to carry a sketch pad and camera with him when he travels. “You never know when you will come across a unique landscape or sunset,” he says. “Those photos and drawings are scattered around my art studio, which I built many years ago in our home with wonderful light from the western sky. There are literally hundreds of these just waiting to be put on canvas or paper and I usually have a dozen or so in various stages of completion.” Alongside his photography and painting, Dr. Orlando also completes a calendar every year for charity and this year’s theme is The Sun and The Sea, which features 12 water color abstract designs that are based on sunsets along the New England and Florida coasts. Dr. Orlando comments, “I have always found the colors just before and for thirty minutes after sunset to be the most glorious and a time to just reflect and look inward.” He adds, “Painting is a very life affirming passion and I enjoy sharing my creations with my patients in our office as well as the many friends and clients that have donated to the various charities I have completed work for. It has become a way for me to share this gift that I have continued to nurture since my days on the Gannon campus. I hope you enjoy them.”

Aspen Sunset

Aspen Sunset by Dr. Richard Orlando


Cape Elizabet

Cape Elizabeth by Dr. Richard Orlando


January 25, 2018 Uncategorized

Maybe you have it or perhaps a loved one has been affected by it. Perhaps you’ve only heard of it by name but don’t understand what it really is. We’re talking about glaucoma. And it’s important for adults of all ages to understand what it is, how you can detect if you have it, and what your treatment options are. January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month and we’re here to help educate you about this eye disease.

Glaucoma is a disease that causes progressive damage to the eye’s optic nerve. Typically, fluid builds up  in the front of the eye which causes the damage to the optic nerve.


The most common type of Glaucoma is open-angle glaucoma, which has no symptoms. People with open-angle glaucoma experience gradual increases in their intraocular pressure that does not immediately affect their vision.

One way to know if you have glaucoma is to have an annual comprehensive exam. During a comprehensive eye exam, your doctor will check your eye pressure as well as dilate your eyes. This will allow them to more clearly examine your retina and optic nerve for any damage. Glaucoma cannot be cured, but if it is diagnosed early and immediately treated, your chances of delaying or stopping its progression greatly increases. We recommend having a comprehensive eye exam at least once a year, but speak with your ophthalmologist to ensure your frequency is fit for your personal eye health and condition.

Some other considerations:

People who are most likely at high risk for glaucoma include those with diabetes, with a family history of glaucoma, or African Americans over the age of 40, and Hispanic/Latino people over the ago of 60.

If you begin to have blurry vision, don’t wait. Call us today! Your vision may depend on it.

For more information, watch the video below:

January 19, 2018 Uncategorized

January. It’s the beginning of a new year but it’s so much more. New Year’s resolutions, dieting, exercising, better habits, and overall health and wellness goals. It truly is a unique time. A time to reset yourself, your goals and expectations, and set yourself up for a successful and fulfilling year ahead. In all of your planning, don’t forget your eye health!

We’re here to help you through these chilly months so your eyes can serve you through all of your tasks and daily rituals. Here are our January Eye Care Tips. Stay warm and keep your eyes protected!

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We hope you and your family have a happy and prosperous 2018!

December 8, 2017 Uncategorized

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” – William Arthur Ward

You can tell a lot about a person by how they treat others. At Columbus Ophthalmology Associates, we are fortunate to work in an environment where our doctors put the care of our patients as their top priority. That simple, but most important, action trickles down to each of our staff members. We are a family at COA and we always work with one purpose & one vision: to provide the highest quality care for all of our patients. This holiday season, through the hustle and bustle of deadlines, shopping, gifting, and holiday celebrations, we still like to take moments to breathe in and remember what matters most. Our gratitude is overflowing! We also work for a company that believes in giving back to our community. Out of the gratitude for all we have and for another wonderful year, we are ending 2017 giving back to those in central Ohio. For a number of years, during the month of December, we give back to different initiatives in central Ohio for the holiday season. This year, we have chosen Megan’s Mission as one of those initiatives. Megan was a Dublin graduate who was an aspiring NICU nurse attending college. Sadly, last year Megan was involved in a plane crash around Lake Erie where there were no survivors. Megan’s Mission provides new or knitted blankets to Nationwide Children’s Hospital NICU; her family began Megan’s Mission to keep her dream alive.  We also want to do our part to make sure as many children in our community, no matter their economic status, have a Christmas. In both of our offices, we have a Giving Tree with “ornaments” on them. Each ornament has one gift item for a child written on it. Our staff get to chose which “ornament” they would like to get for the children in our community. We truly love expressing our gratitude in this way during the holiday season. And we couldn’t do it without the doctors and staff who operate their days out of gratitude for all they have with the desire to make sure others can have as well. You won’t see our Giving Trees in the waiting rooms in our offices but know we are doing our part to make sure other families in the central Ohio area have a wonderful holiday season!


The Giving Tree

November 21, 2017 Uncategorized

diabetes-eye-disease-monthDid you know that diabetes is the leading cause of blindness and very rarely has early warning signs? With November being Diabetic Eye Disease Month, we wanted to give our patients some insight on diabetic eye disease.

Diabetes is a chronic disease that is reaching epidemic proportions in the United States. By 2030, it is estimated that 11 million people will have diabetic retinopathy. Patients’ understanding of the many factors that influence control as well as knowledge of long term complications is vital to reducing the side effects from what can be devastating to vision. Education is vital. The first thing to understand is that insulin, which is created by the pancreas, is what controls the blood sugar in our bodies. An average blood sugar should be under 100 and when it consistently is above that range, it is due to cells in the pancreas losing their ability to produce insulin. Physicians can treat this with oral medications, especially in adult onset diabetes, or injections of insulin which is most often necessary when diabetes occurs in children. The goal is to keep the blood sugars at a safe level in order to prevent damage to the delicate blood vessels in the body.

Diabetes affects the eye by causing leakage of the vessels in the retina, the part of the eye that receives the visual image and creates the “picture”. These vessels provide nutrients and oxygen to the cells of the retina and if they start to leak fluid and blood, those cells become damaged. This is called diabetic retinopathy and leads to loss of vision that can be permanent. Treatment includes laser to help seal the leaking vessels and, in severe cases, surgery called vitrectomy where the blood has to be removed from the back of the eye. It is smart to schedule a yearly comprehensive dilated eye exam as that will increase the likeliness of early detection. Even after a diabetic diagnosis, a yearly eye exam is part of the comprehensive management of the disease to ensure any changes are detected early. Diabetic patients are prone to developing cataracts at an earlier age so these yearly exams are extremely important to maintaining good health.

The most important thing a patient can do to help control their blood sugar is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. One of the biggest changes a patient can make is to stop smoking as smoking can accelerate damage to the blood vessels. Most hospitals, community centers, and other agencies offer diabetic classes where patients can learn how to eat and cook foods that are low in simple sugars and carbohydrates while being high in protein. In addition, these classes can provide information on exercises such as walking and biking to help burn off calories and reduce body fat which further helps control blood sugar. Education and “being part of the process” are vital to avoiding complications with diabetes.

Now is the time to speak with your ophthalmologist about your eye health if you have questions about diabetic retinopathy. Early detection is the best way to potentially save your vision if it is jeopardized by diabetes. Nearly 95% of diabetic eye treatment is successful in preventing blindness if detected early. What are you waiting for? Give us a call today and we’ll be happy to help you in your journey of having the best vision for life. Click here for more information on Diabetic Eye Disease.

November 9, 2017 Uncategorized

It’s beginning to look a lot like…the end of the year! Where did 2017 go? We’re beginning our preparation for end-of year holidays and scheduling LOTS of eye exams prior to December 31st! November is the beginning of so many fun activities to do with your families and friends, holiday celebrations, outdoor excursions, and creative indoor festivities. We’re here to bring your November Eye Care Tips top of mind so you can continue to have healthy eyes, no matter the season! As as a reminder, don’t forget to constantly wash your hands. While that is good advice throughout the year, it is especially important right now as we’re in the middle of flu season. Soap and water is your best bet against the spread of bacteria and viruses. You can also carry a small container of hand sanitizer with you for times when you can’t use soap and water. Take advantage of the sanitizing wipes that stores offer and always wipe down your cart. You never know who has touched it or what germs they may have had. Take care of your body and protect it and you will spend more time enjoying the holiday season and less under the weather!


November Eye Care Tips

November 3, 2017 Uncategorized

We are on our final post in this series on cataracts and premium IOL’s. The last IOL we’re going to highlight is the Astigmatism IOL. This IOL isn’t for everyone but a good number of Americans may be eligible for this IOL if they are in need of cataract surgery. Let’s take a look into the reason a patient may need the Astigmatism IOL.

Astigmatism is an imperfection in the curvature of your cornea — the clear, round dome covering the eye’s iris and pupil — or in the shape of the eye’s lens. Under normal circumstances, the cornea and lens are smooth and equally curved in every direction. This helps to focus light rays directly to the back of the retina at the back of the eye. When the cornea or lens is not smooth or evenly curved in every direction, the light rays do not sharply focus on the back of the retina. Instead, they are more scattered. This causes blurry or distorted vision for both near and far objects.

You can see the difference between a normal eye and an astigmatic eye below:

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This where the Astigmatism IOL comes in.

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“The Astigmatism IOL is one of the greatest advances in lens implants,” says Dr. McHale, managing partner and ophthalmologist. Astigmatism is so common that it is present in 25-30% of the population so the creation of this lens has helps hundreds of thousand of Americans to regain their sight. Prior to cataract surgery, patients with astigmatism often have to wear thick glasses or hard contact lenses to treat their astigmatism. With the Astigmatism IOL, there is no need for that. You will have clear vision at a single point and a reduced dependency on glasses or contacts. Your ophthalmologist can set that clear vision point to near or far depending on your interest.

Are you affected by astigmatism and also have a cataract? The Astigmatism IOL may be the solution for you! Give us a call to schedule an appointment with one of our ophthalmologists and we will be happy to help you regain the confidence that comes with restored vision!

October 27, 2017 Uncategorized

You may be considering having cataract surgery. Or perhaps you just went for your annual eye exam and for the first time are hearing that you will soon have to have a cataract removed. Whatever stage you are in, we are here to help. We’ve been reviewing what cataract surgery is and what your premium IOL options are for the past couple of weeks. And today we’re going to introduce you to another option: the HD Digital IOL.

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The HD Digital IOL is a very functional IOL option for people who are looking to have good vision with less dependency on glasses.This IOL option will allow you to see from multiple distances. It give you great distance vision and extends your range of focus.

“The HD Digital IOL is great for intermediate vision; for people who need to have clear sight for computer work, viewing the gauges in your car or your dashboard while driving,” said Dr. James McHale.

For most patients, the HD Digital IOL will limit the need to use glasses to reading and gives them freedom to be active in sports and other activities. This is an optimal option for patients who are active in the digital age that we are living in, who need to or enjoy being connected through their cell phones and tablets.

Would you like to learn more about the HD Digital IOL? Give us a call and schedule a time to meet with one of our highty skilled ophthalmologists!

October 25, 2017 Uncategorized

The seasons are changing and as we say good-bye to warm summer nights and hot days, we welcome cool fall breezes and outdoor activities for the family. Be sure you are enjoying your autumn adventures while keeping your eyes safe by following these fall eye care tips!

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October 20, 2017 Uncategorized

Last week, we introduced you to what is a cataract and cataract surgery. When you have cataract surgery, an ophthalmologist removes the clouded, natural lens in your eye and replaces it with an Intra-Ocular Lens, or IOL. When you talk with your doctor prior to your cataract surgery, they will discuss your vision goals and ask you about what is most important to you.

Do you enjoy reading books? How often do you drive? What type of tasks do you complete on a daily basis? Do you work on a computer frequently?

As you share your habits and goals with your ophthalmologist, they will get an understanding of your vision goals and together you both will make a decision on the best IOL for you and your lifestyle.

We will begin looking into the three Premium IOL options that you will get to chose from starting with the Near & Far (Multifocal) IOL.
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Is your goal to wear glasses as little as possible? The Near & Far IOL may be the IOL for you. “The Near & Far IOL gives you the greatest freedom from glasses out of all of the lens implants,” says Dr. James McHale.  He continues by saying, “You will have well-focused distance vision and it will provide you with the best ability to bring focus as close to you as possible.” So, this IOL is great for reading and seeing from a further distance. It will provide you with a reduced dependency on glasses and clearer vision for all types of activities – near & far.

Do you have questions about the Near & Far IOL? We’d be more than happy to answer any questions you have. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to see one of our experienced ophthalmologists about cataract surgery and what we can do to help you have great vision!

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