Major Drainage Construction In Front Of Our Story Avenue Offices

Drainage Construction In Front of The Eye Care InstituteThe Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD), after nearly two years of planning, recently began a 3 month long construction project along Story Avenue in front of our main office, and continuing through several streets in our neighborhood.

The sewer system is currently designed to carry rainwater and sewage. Due to neighborhood growth, and the danger of flooding, MSD has designed a new system to divert rainwater to foliage and nature and away from the sewer system.

This is what is happening now:

  • Sections of asphalt along Story Avenue, from Frankfort Avenue to Main Street, are being removed. Permeable pavers are replacing the asphalt. These are designed to look like interlocking cobblestones. They will allow rainwater to seep beneath them and into the earth below.
  • Butchertown area downspouts or gutters that tie into the sewer system will be changed so rainwater is diverted toward watering plants, grass and trees.
  • Directly in front of The Eye Care Institute, the old street trees have been removed. Much large planter boxes with rainwater storage areas beneath new highly rain absorbent shrubs and plantings are being installed. Rainwater monitoring devices, powered by solar panels, are being installed. Wrought iron tree grates and benches are designed to enhance the new street foliage.

This is a first for any roadway project design in Kentucky. After construction is complete we should have a very handsome streetscape and an innovative system for a better environment.

While traffic has been slow along Story Avenue during the past few weeks, true problems have not emerged. It is estimated that all of this construction is adding about 5 minutes of drive time along Story Avenue.

Thanks for bearing with this us as MSD enhances our drainage system and we become first in Kentucky to use this green method of rainwater reclamation.

New All Laser LASIK Technology at The Eye Care Institute

Last month The Eye Care Institute became the 7th practice in the nation to take delivery of a new Alcon Wavelight all laser suite for the most precise form of LASIK laser vision correction.

In a future edition of the newsletter our LASIK surgeon, John C. Meyer, MD, will write about the benefits of the new laser.  In the meantime, here is a link to the new TV spot we are running featuring our new laser.

The speaker is well respected comedian Mark Klein.  He is not paid to say these things about us.  He did, in fact, have a LASIK evaluation with Dr John Meyer but Dr Meyer did turn him down as being a poor vision improvement choice based on Mark Klein’s personal eye health profile.  Dr Meyer, and all of the doctors of The Eye Care Institute, treat your eyes seriously and know that not every procedure is right for everyone.  At The Eye Care Institute, just because we have a laser to perform LASIK, that doesn’t mean we want to perform LASIK on anyone who wants it.

To request a LASIK info kit featuring our new laser, or to schedule an evaluation, please call us at 1-877-KY-VISION.

Story Avenue Park to Expand and Improve

Story Avenue Park by Eye Care InstituteStory Avenue Park, a small city park, at the corner of Story Avenue and I-64 will be expanded and improved thanks to the generosity of many interested Butchertown residents and businesses, including The Eye Care Institute.

The park sits on a few acres of land facing The Eye Care Institute.  With limited use, and a limited parks department budget, the parks department had not made this park a high priority.

The abandoned former Boys and Girls Club sits within the boundaries of Story Avenue Park.  Funds have been donated to Louisville Metro Parks Foundation to tear down the vacant, deteriorating building and return the land to open space within the park.  Demolition began on April 12, 2013 and the land should be clear within two weeks.  This is known as Phase 1.

Funding is also in place for a landscape architect to design a park renovation, and to fund the first small portion of the park improvements.  Further, MSD has committed to planting new trees that are appropriate for the park.  All of this work, known as Phase II, should happen before the end of 2013.

A community open meeting showing options for Phase II of Story Avenue Park will be held at The Eye Care Institute during June 2013.

The Eye Care Institute has attempted to make exterior improvements each year since moving to Butchertown in 2005.  Removal of the vacant building, coupled with the opportunity to partner with neighbors to invigorate an old park appears to management to be a vital improvement to this neighborhood.

Respected Cornea Specialist Relocates to The Eye Care Institute

Eye Doctor, Dr. George John, MDDr. George John, MD will be moving out of state later this year and has transferred his patient medical records to The Eye Care Institute.

Dr John is a well regarded former professor of ophthalmology at the University Of Louisville School Of Medicine and has been in solo practice for the past dozen years.

Dr. John determined that it would be best for his patients to continue their care with The Eye Care Institute as he, like our own Dr. John C. Meyer, MD, both have specialized fellowship training in cornea and external eye diseases.

Further, with our full service approach to eye care for healthy eyes and those persons needing all forms of specialized medical, laser and surgical eye care, Dr John recognized our practice as the best source of care for his current patients and their family members.

Dr John will be providing care at our Story Avenue location until he moves out of state to start a new position at the end of July. If you know any of his patients, we hope you will join us in welcoming them to them to The Eye Care Institute.

Why Choose Your Local Doctor for Laser Vision Correction

Dr. MeyerWe realize you have many choices when selecting a surgeon for your LASIK procedure. Here are ten reasons our patients choose John C. Meyer, MD and the doctors at The Eye Care Institute for their vision correction needs:

  • A well established, locally owned eye institute, in practice since 1984
  • Eye physicians and surgeons in Louisville dedicated to vision correction, as well as providing care for you and your family through every step of life
  • You will meet with your LASIK surgeon at each visit
  • A clear pricing approach, free of hidden charges or mixed messages
  • The latest in LASIK technology with complete, comprehensive exams to match
  • A complimentary LASIK consultation, without pushy sales tactics
  • Several payment plan options
  • Lifetime guarantee with our LASIK for Life assurance plan
  • State of the art facility, providing a comfortable and relaxing environment
  • The experience and dedication of a local LASIK surgeon, and his partners, who provide eye care in Louisville every day of the year
  • Friendly and knowledgeable staff to guide you through the LASIK process

See Better, Look Better, Feel Better

How? By choosing anti-reflective (no-glare) lenses for your next glasses.
Anti-reflective lenses

  • Optical ShopReduce glare and halos from overhead light, headlights and streetlights at night.
  • Help eliminate reflections from computer screens.
  • Reduce eye fatigue and strain.
  • Include industry leading scratch resistance and durability.
  • Have anti-static technology, keeping dust and dirt from sticking to the lenses.
  • Lenses appear virtually invisible.
  • Allow your vision to be as sharp and bright as the Doctor has intended it to be.

See better, Look better, Feel better with anti- reflective lenses for the clearest vision possible.

Celebrating our Employee Anniversaries

Look out for Poison Ivy

While we are still in the season for picnicking, hiking and camping, keep your eyes open for outdoor dangers. One of these is poison ivy, a plant that can cause painful, itching blisters on any part of the body, including eyelids. Twenty-five million to 40 million Americans require medical attention each year after being exposed to poison ivy or one of its cousins, poison oak and poison sumac.Skin irritation around the eye?  Call us at 589-1500

The culprit in these plants is a resin or oil called Urushiol. The reaction to Urushiol is a form of allergic contact dermatitis, called Rhus dermatitis for the genus of that plant family. Over half the population is sensitive with 10 percent to 15 percent being highly sensitive. A mild case lasts from five to 12 days but a severe case can last up to 30 days.

As with many problems, the best remedy is prevention. “Leaves of three, let it be,” is a good adage to remember to help you identify the plant with leaves in groups of three. If you do come in contact with the plant, wash with soap and cool water to remove the oil. Warm water can open the pores of the skin, allowing the oil to get into the skin. Also wash your clothes and any tools or camping gear. Don’t forget to wipe your shoes. If your pet has run through poison ivy, bathe him. The oil can remain active for up to three weeks after exposure and cause a new outbreak in anyone who touches it.

If despite your precautions, you get a poison ivy rash, you can use an over-the-counter lotion such as calamine, use cool compresses or take cool baths. If it is more severe, your doctor can prescribe topical and oral steroids. If you have a rash near your eyes, call us immediately. Whether our most convenient location for you is Story Avenue or Audubon Medical Plaza, all our doctors are able to prescribe treatment to alleviate a poison ivy outbreak and let you get back to enjoying your summer and fall.

Help Us Fight Diabetes

The annual Step Out Walk To Fight Diabetes fundraising event will be held on Saturday October 20, 2012 at Louisville’s Great Lawn Waterfront Park. As always, The Eye Care Institute will have a walk team. We take great pride in our annual effort to raise funds to help increase diabetic education efforts and to fund research to find a cure for diabetes.

Diabetes hurts everyone; especially our patients. So, in an effort to find a cure, we invite you, our patients and families to Walk With Us. All the funds you donate go directly to the American Diabetes Association. Please contact us by phone or by email to join our walk team. We will even give you our team apparel if you walk with our team.

At the walk, anyone with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes is known as a Red Strider. Please let us know if you want to be registered as a Red Strider so you can receive access to Step Outspecial VIP areas on Walk Day.

We hope you will say yes and walk with us to support a truly worthy cause.

Dr. Brennan Greene, M.D. helps with FDA Approval of New Surgical Glaucoma Treatment

Glaukos iStent

Glaukos iStent

The Glaukos iStent – the first FDA-approved trabecular micro-bypass technology that improves your eye’s natural fluid outflow to safely lower eye pressure by creating a permanent opening in the trabecular meshwork is now available from Dr. Brennan Greene at The Eye Care Institute.

Patients suffering from moderate to serious open angle glaucoma may find relief as this Micro Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS) procedure provides important new options in glaucoma therapy. That is because MIGS procedures are designed to reduce intraocular eye pressure by improving aqueous outflow through the natural physiologic pathway. In addition, MIGS procedures preserve important eye tissue and future treatment options that could help maintain long-term vision.

Brennan P. Greene, MD was a principal investigator of this surgical procedure when data was being collected for submission to the FDA to have this surgical procedure become approved for use in the United States. Dr. Greene performed the procedure at the time of cataract surgery on several of our own patients and submitted the findings to the study sponsor for inclusion in the clinical trial findings. As such, from 2005 to 2010, Dr Greene helped develop the data and create the results that Glaukos needed to submit to the federal government so that the FDA would approve this revolutionary new treatment.

A few weeks ago the treatment was approved by the FDA. Dr. Greene is already scheduling certain of his glaucoma patients to have this procedure in conjunction with their cataract surgery. If you have moderate to serious open angle glaucoma be sure to ask Dr. Greene if this treatment is right for you.