Healthy Eyes are Beautiful Eyes

Many of us women will be checking out the retail shops and boutiques soon to see what’s new in this year’s fall fashion. While you’re at it, its also a good time to refresh your makeup.

Beware of Bacteria

You should throw eye makeup away after three months and use only fresh applicators when sampling makeup in the store. In fact, why chance it? I’d recommend against using store samples completely!

Apply it Correctly

Make sure your face and eyelids are clean before you apply your makeup and apply all makeup outside the lash line. For example, if you line the inside of your lash line you might actually block the oil glands of your upper and lower eyelid. And even if you end up with that tarantula look, never separate mascara clumps with sharp items! Always remove your makeup each evening by using a gentle cleanser.

Avoid Irritation and Allergic Reactions

If you are prone to allergies, introduce only one new eye product or brand at a time. If you have dry eyes, metallic or glittery eye shadow might flake off and cause irritation or infections.

What About Using Lash Lengthening Drugs Like Lattice?

There is a growing trend toward using lash-lengthening drugs like Latisse. Are they safe? Yes, but just like any drug, there are things to remember:

  • Latisse is not approved for people under the age of 18
  • It is not recommended for pregnant or nursing women
  • Contact lenses must be removed before using
  • Check with your doctor first if you have an eye condition

Latisse was actually discovered when glaucoma patients were using a drug with similar ingredients. These patients found the drug lengthened and thickened their lashes. Now it’s available by prescription for cosmetic reasons. I recommend if you choose to use Latisse, do so under the supervision of your physician, so if you do experience any problems, your doctor can treat you in a timely manner.

Dr. Lane Offers Tips on Keeping Eyes Healthy and Beautiful on Today’s THV

Dr. Lydia Lane, a Little Rock Eye Clinic physician, appeared on This Morning on Today’s THV Monday, September 17, offering tips for keeping eyes safe and healthy, as well as beautiful. She recommends throwing eye makeup away after three months, and staying away from store samples completely. Dr. Lane also answered questions about the use of lash lengthening drugs like Latisse.

Dr. Baltz Presents Macular Degeneration Seminar

Age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of vision loss, is a common eye condition that affects adults age 50 and older. Dr. Tracy Baltz, a Little Rock Eye Clinic physician, was the keynote speaker at a Macular Degeneraion Seminar hosted September 15 by the World Services for the Blind as part of the organization’s Community Education Series. Dr. Baltz discussed the symptoms, causes, risk factors and treatment options for age-related macular degeneration.

Dr. Tracy Baltz, M.D.

Dr. Baltz is a native of Pocahontas in Northeast Arkansas. He attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agriculture. Dr. Baltz considered going to veterinary school but found he was drawn to “people” medicine.

He earned his Doctor of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, where he completed a transitional internship and ophthalmology residency. Dr. Baltz is board certified in ophthalmology by the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Baltz practices comprehensive ophthalmology, performing routine exams for glasses and contacts, and complete medical and surgical management of conditions such as cataract, glaucoma, diabetes, eyelid disorders and strabismus.

Tracy and his wife Kathy live in Little Rock and have two children, Nathan and Isaac. They are members of Our Lady of the Holy Souls Church. The couple enjoys outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, fishing and many sports.

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Dr. Monica Hall, M.D.

Dr. Hall was born and raised in Little Rock, Ark. She graduated co-valedictorian from Joe T. Robinson High School and went on to complete a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Duke University. She attended medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).

During her medical school training, she became a recipient of the National Medical Association Ophthalmology Research Award and published in Archives of Ophthalmology. After earning her Doctorate of Medicine, she completed an internal medicine internship at UAMS. 

Following her internship, she began her residency in ophthalmology at UAMS and was the recipient of the Raymond and Mary Morris Annual Ophthalmology Resident Award in 2005. During her residency, which she completed in 2007, she was involved in research that resulted in publication.

Dr. Hall specializes in comprehensive ophthalmology and is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.  She has served as president of the Pulaski County Medical Society and is a member of the Arkansas Medical Society and Arkansas Ophthalmological Society.

In her free time, she enjoys vegetable gardening, running, and spending time with her two boys, Aiden and Eli.

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Dr. Michael Roberson, M.D. – Retired February 2018

Dr. Roberson grew up in Searcy, Ark. He received his bachelor’s degree from Hendrix College in Conway and a master’s degree from the University of Arkansas. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Arkansas School of Medicine and completed his internship at University Hospital. He completed an Ophthalmology Basic Science Course at New York University Medical School in 1970 during his residency. He served his ophthalmology residency at Baylor College of Medicine, finishing in 1972.

He served in the USAF Medical Corps from 1972 to 1975. In 1975 he completed a fellowship in corneal and external eye disease at Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Roberson is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, a member of the Arkansas Ophthalmological Society, and a member on the Board of the Arkansas Eye Bank and Laboratory. He and his wife, Sara, have two daughters and one son.

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Dr. Lydia Lane, M.D.

Dr. Lane is board certified in ophthalmology by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of glaucoma. She completed her subspecialty fellowship training in glaucoma at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., in 2004, and has been practicing ophthalmology in Arkansas since then.

Dr. Lane attended Vanderbilt University where she received a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Washington University in St. Louis. After medical school, she remained at Washington University to complete a residency in ophthalmology and fellowship training in glaucoma.

During her residency she was the 2003 recipient of the Pepose Young Investigator Award and the DUAG (Deutsche Uveitis-Arbeitsgemeinschaft) International Award in Clinical Uveitis in Berlin, Germany, for her research on inflammation in the eye. She received the Golden Apple Award for residency training during her fellowship..

Lydia enjoys spending time with her twin sons, Caleb and Taylor, as well as boating, hiking and making candles.

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Dr. Jennifer Doyle, M.D.

After graduating from UAMS in 2010, Dr. Doyle completed a residency in ophthalmology in 2014 and a neuro-ophthalmology fellowship in 2015, both at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

She returned to Arkansas and joined the Little Rock Eye Clinic on November 16, 2015.  As a neuro-ophthalmologist, she sees and treats patients that have visual problems related to the optic nerve and brain.  Some of these disorders include optic nerve inflammation, double vision, eye movement disorders, visual loss of unknown etiology, strokes, visual field defects, and unequal pupils.

Dr. Doyle performs various surgeries and in office procedures to address some of these neurological disorders. These include eye muscle surgery, biopsies to evaluate for giant cell arteritis, optic nerve sheath fenestrations for pseudotumor cerebri, and Botox injection for chronic migraines and facial spasms.

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