Winter 2003

ANNOUNCING BOTOX - THE non-surgical treatment for wrinkles!

We are now pleased to provide Botox injections for our patients. This safe and effective procedure is done in the office, and takes just 5 to 10 minutes. BOTOX is a highly successful treatment for removing wrinkles between the eyebrows, on the forehead, and in the “crowsfeet” area. BOTOX works by blocking nerve impulses to the facial muscles responsible for the skin creases we call wrinkles. It has been used already for many years to treat certain medical conditions.

BOTOX injections are becoming an increasingly popular way to obtain younger, smoother looking skin, without the risks and expense of actual plastic surgery. Dr. Tabas had Botox recently herself, and was amazed at the results.

The risks and benefits of BOTOX will be discussed with you in detail prior to your treatment. Please call Derrick at (610) 667-6760 for more information, or to schedule an appointment.

Winter Eye Care - Dry eyes

Many people notice an exacerbation of their dry eye problems during the winter months. This is due to the colder air, wind, and lower humidity. Once indoors, the dry heat aggravates the condition even more. The low humidity inside airplanes can be particularly troublesome as well. Symptoms of dry eyes include burning, tearing, redness, contact lens intolerance, and a gritty, scratchy sensation.

What can you do about it?

The most common treatment for dry eyes are over-the-counter artificial tear supplements, and lubricating gels. Make sure you are getting a true lubricating product, and not one which just says “gets the red out”. Having a humidifier in the house can help. It is also helpful to avoid windy, smoky, or dusty environments. There are also oral medications and herbal supplements which can be of benefit in certain situations as well.

Many people benefit from punctal plugs, which is a quick and simple procedure done in the office to dramatically increase tear quantity. f you look at the inside corner of your eyes, you'll see a tiny hole (punctum) that is the opening to the tear ducts. Punctal plugs are soft plastic plugs that stop the outflow of tears creating a reservoir effect . The plugs are very safe and can be removed at a later date if needed.

Whatever the cause of dry eyes, there is no need to suffer. Your eye physician can help formulate a plan which best suits your eye condition and lifestyle.

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