COA Vision Blog

February 27, 2018 Uncategorized

We would like to welcome Dr. Kelli Mulhern to Columbus Ophthalmology Associates!
If you’ve been to one of our offices in the past couple of months, you may have noticed a new face wearing a white lab coat. Dr. Kelli Mulhern started with Columbus Ophthalmology Associates at the East office and as of this month is serving our Dublin patients full-time. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, cheering on her boys at their sporting events, working out and practicing yoga. You can read more about her professional accomplishments below.


If you see Dr. Mulhern, be sure to say hi. She’s eager to get to know our patients!

More about Dr. Mulhern –

Dr. Kelli Mulhern was raised in Lancaster, Ohio where she graduated from Lancaster High School, Cum Laude.

Receiving a Full Tuition scholarship to play Tennis at Wright State University, she moved to Dayton, Ohio.

She finished her undergraduate studies at Ohio University receiving a Bachelor of Science degree, Cum Laude, in Biology with a minor in Psychology.

Continuing her Education further, she received her Doctorate in Optometry from The Ohio State University in 1999.

Dr. Mulhern has 18+ years of experience in Optometry which includes not only Private Practice, Commercial practice, but Ophthalmological practices as well.

Dr. Mulhern joined Columbus Ophthalmology in February 2018.

She provides full scope Optometry including Comprehensive Eye Health Examinations for Glasses and Contact Lenses, Management of systemic and ocular disease, as well as Pre- and Post-operative surgical care.

Board Certification

1999- The Ohio State Board of Optometry; 1999- The National Board and Association of Optometry; 1999- Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease; 2017- Assistant Professor of Clinical Practice for The Ohio State University College of Optometry

Welcome Dr. Mulhern!

February 12, 2018 Uncategorized

Once upon a time… circa 1980, there was a man named Richard Orlando. He wanted to become a sport medicine doctor. But one day, a specific life incident altered the course of his life and ultimately led to the beginning of Columbus Ophthalmology Associates.

Now, the real story is a little more involved. But as we celebrate our 35th year serving patients, we are looking back to the beginning of how we gained our roots in Dublin, Ohio and have grown to have so many wonderful professionals working to help Central Ohio have their best vision.

But for now, lets get back to the story… from Dr. Orlando himself…

“First of all, I will tell you I came to Columbus in 1976 to attend medical school at The Ohio State University after graduation from Gannon College in Erie Pa. I was a basketball player at Gannon and originally intended to become an orthopedic and sports medicine surgeon. My medical interview was in January 1976 and was my first time on campus in the medical center. The day of my interview I was at breakfast and sitting across from me was the legendary Ohio State Football coach Woody Hayes. I went over to introduce myself and told him I was hoping to go to medical  school at Ohio State and one day be part of the medical staff. He sat me down and asked me about my academic background, my collegiate career and why I wanted to attend Ohio State. We talked about an hour and not once was it about football but instead he told me what a great institution Ohio State was, how hard I would have to work and the benefits of being among some of the best doctors in the world. He told me about the history of the Ohio State Medical Center, how he would visit patients over there and about the two great orthopedic surgeons that were on his medical staff taking care of the players. He offered to introduce me to Dr. Bob Murphy, the head team physician once I was on campus so I could spend time with him and get some insight to sports medicine. I left that breakfast in awe and my interview went very well as I was accepted that weekend to attend medical school at Ohio State.

Because of my undergraduate training as a chemistry and biology major, I was able to complete my first two years of medical school in 15 months and was on track to enter an orthopedic/sports medicine residency after graduating in three years. During the 1978 season, I became a student extern with the football team and athletic department. I spent time in the locker room and on the sidelines at games, worked in the sports medicine clinic during the day and that entire senior year worked covering various sports like hockey, gymnastics, wrestling and volleyball along with various team physicians.


I was prepared to become one of them after medical school until I suffered a sudden loss of vision in my left eye. It happened after a strenuous work out lifting weights one afternoon and I immediately went to the team doctor who was next door at the time and he sent me to the Department of Ophthalmology at Ohio State to see Dr. William Havener, the chairman. He told me I had a condition known as Valsalva Retinopathy and it would clear up in about a month. I was fascinated by the various tests and screenings he did and the way he talked to me about my condition.

I followed up with him for the next month or two and we talked about my future and what I wanted to do. I became very curious and interested in the eye and he offered me a chance to spend a month on his service so I could see first hand the various surgical techniques he performed and the wide variety of pathology that his department took care of. This experience changed my life as I began to understand how devastating losing your vision could be and while I had not permanent damage, that one month of not having central vision pointed me in a different direction. I changed my focus from sports medicine and orthopedics and was able to be accepted into the residency program at Ohio State under Dr. Havener. He became my mentor and influenced the way I care for patients, prepare for surgery and the influence he had not just on my life, but each and every student he came in contact with was profound. The Department of Ophthalmology at Ohio State is now named the Havener Eye Institute and his legacy of outstanding clinical care continues in the many students and residents he trained.”

So as you see, an eye injury sparked fascination which lead to our founder, Dr. Orlando choosing Ophthalmology over sports medicine. Follow along with our next blog to learn how we ended up planting roots in the city of Dublin!

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:

LASIK Astigmatism_1

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!

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