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Press Release Category Health - Medicine - Medial Management Services Group Release Date: April 08, 2012

Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month in Maine

By Medial Management Services Group
April 08, 2012
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Eyecare Medical Group recommends that recreational, as well as competitive athletes, need to choose and wear proper protective eyewear.

PR9.NET April 08, 2012 - Portland, Maine - The American Academy of Ophthalmology estimates that 40,000 sports eye injuries occur every year. "We see our fair share of devastating, not just career ending, but life changing eye injuries each year," said Retina Specialist Scott Steidl, M.D. of Eyecare Medical Group in Portland. "Unfortunately a great number of those being affected by sports eye injuries are teenagers and young adults, too many of whom suffer permanent visual impairment," said Dr. Steidl . "Patients can end up with injuries ranging from abrasions of the cornea and bruises of the eyelids to internal eye injuries such as retinal detachments and internal bleeding," commented Maine Retina Specialist Jackie Nguyen, M.D.

Recreational as well as competitive athletes need to choose and wear proper protective eyewear because eye injuries can be devastating. Athletes can now choose from various types of sturdy, lightweight, effective and fashionable eyewear. By incorporating polycarbonate lenses that have been properly fitted by an eye care professional, protective eyewear does not hinder performance and can prevent 90 percent of sports eye injuries. Basketball, football, hockey and baseball aren't the only sports that contribute to the thousands of eye injuries suffered each year. Soccer, tennis, golf and water sports also are dangerous to the eyes. Each of these sports requires a different type of protective eyewear, so see your eye care professional to select protective eyewear appropriate for your sport.

"We would be pleased to recommend qualified Optometrists and Opticians throughout Maine who are able to provide the proper counseling and fitting of protective eyewear for sports. These eye care professionals can offer the range of options that will protect your eye health and vision and allow you to maintain your sports performance," said Clement Berry, Chief Executive Officer of Eyecare Medical Group.

Eyecare Medical Group is a leading ophthalmology practice in Portland, Maine staffed by a team of eye care specialists including eye doctors who are fellowship trained glaucoma specialists, retina specialists, cornea specialists and cataract and lens implant specialists-all board certified Ophthalmologists-as well as Optometrists, Opticians, technical and administrative staff who provide eye examinations for adults and children, cataract surgery and intraocular lens implants, (IOL), laser vision correction such as LASIK, diagnosis and treatment of cornea disease including cornea transplants, care for diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration and diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma.

To learn more about Eyecare Medical Group in Portland Maine you may visit or

For additional information, contact:
Kathy Brackett, Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland, Maine 04102,, 1-888-374-2020

SOURCE: Medical Management Services Group, L.L.C.

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About Eyecare Medical Group

Welcome to Eyecare Medical Group, a Center of Excellence and Maine eye center for vision care in Maine and Northern New England. Located in Portland, Maine, EMG provides specialized medical, surgical and laser eye care to enhance, protect and preserve eyesight for patients throughout Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and other areas in New England.

Because sight is precious, Eyecare Medical Group is dedicated to the best in specialized care for your eyes. From our state-of-the-art, nationally AAAHC (Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care) accredited Maine eye surgery center to our highly skilled eye physicians and staff, we are committed to bringing you the latest advances in medicine, technology and surgical procedures. As part of that commitment, our eye surgeons — each one a board-certified ophthalmologist — are truly among the most experienced in their field.

About Medial Management Services Group

In 2000 the Medical Management Services Group, L.L.C., a physician practice management company, introduced in order to provide eye care consumers with access to commercially unbiased patient education information in the area of vision surgery, including but not limited to laser eye surgery for the correction of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. The site is intended to offer eye care consumers information to be used in conjunction with examination and consultation provided by an eye care specialist, in order to help patients have a greater understanding of their condition and treatment options so that they can make informed choices. To that end, the site is intended to help patients identify practioners offering various services and treatments and an opportunity to learn about their experience, interests and credentials.

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