Montgomery Eye Care is using technology to improve patient care and convenience, including electronic record keeping and transmitting prescription medications.

“Part is convenience,” said owner Dr. Mary Boname. “Prescriptions go right to the pharmacy which means only one trip to the store for patients. But it’s also a superior way to monitor patient care.

For example, a patient with a complicated diagnosis who needs to be extremely compliant with medications benefits from electronic record keeping. Dr. Boname describes how an issue like tear film may require more than one prescription. Since the problem is a dry eye and eyelid issue, where oil glands aren’t functioning properly, being able to monitor for other prescriptions, like antidepressants, that increase drying is critical.

“These types of problems require more than annual care, and prescriptions that are renewed several times each year. Our electronic systems help us stay in touch and make sure patients are getting the right prescriptions at the right time,” Dr. Boname added.

Getting an annual check-up is critically important to eye health. It enables Dr. Boname to spot changes and keep each patient’s record up-to-date. This time of year, she’s dispensing a lot of advice about protecting eyes from the sun.

“Summer is coming, and there are real risks if you don’t take good care of your eyes,” Dr. Boname said. “Those with light eyes and fair skin are at the highest risk for sight-threatening diseases. Proper sunglasses are a must to avoid eye cancers and other sun-related diseases.”

Bright sunlight can also be a safety issue for those with sensitive eyes. Using quality sunglasses can make it safer when driving in the glare. That’s true regardless of eye and skin color.

“The beach offers its own set of concerns,” Dr. Boname added. “If you wear contact lenses, be sure to clean them properly and change them frequently. Contact lenses are medical devices and can be harmed by chlorine and ocean water. Dirty or over-used contact lenses can cause serious eye problems.”

Those taking part in competitive outdoor sports such as golf, biking or tennis, and serious athletes, may consider prescription goggles. They’re comfortable and lightweight, and don’t interfere with their game.

Montgomery Eye Care offers patients comprehensive eye care, plus a large variety of glasses, sunglasses and contact lenses. The office is open Monday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hours may vary near holidays, so call or check out the front door, where any changes also will be posted.

Montgomery Eye Care. Montgomery Center, 1325 Route 206, Suite 24, Skillman. 609-279-0005. www.mecnj.com. info@mecnj.com

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