Not A Dry Eye at Tumwater Eye Center

Many of us share a common, elusive problem—Dry Eye Disease (DED), a condition caused by poor tear production. Over 16 million Americans were diagnosed with the syndrome in 2020 alone. For the last 26 years, the doctors at Tumwater Eye Center have been providing quality eye care and treating patients for this irritating condition. Dr. Douglas Jeske and Dr. Devin Finch assured us that, “We strive to get to the root cause for each patient’s DED. We utilize technology to image the oil glands and assess oil gland function.”

Several factors contribute to the development of DED, such as environment, medications, outside health issues and contact lens use. The most frequent cause of DED is the progressive loss of oil-producing glands in the eyelids that may come with aging; this helps explain why 50% of Tumwater Eye Center’s patients over the age of 50 experience symptoms. Be forewarned, though, while aging is a significant factor in DED, younger people are susceptible, as exorbitant use of mobile and computer devices is a guilty agent.

Burning, scratchy sensations, blurred vision, redness, and watery eyes are a few symptoms of DED, and, if it goes untreated, complications with corneal surface damage and infection can occur. Take proactive and preventative measures and look to Tumwater Eye Center’s expertise. Tumwater Eye Center’s treatment for patients is based on the cause of DED and may include prescription medications, nutritional supplements, lid hygiene, and advanced procedures like LIPIFLOW® to reset the oil glands.

Tumwater Eye Center has experienced, dedicated staff. For the last three years in a row, the Center won the Outstanding Dry Eye Practice Award, 1 of 27 awards out of over a thousand practices. If you suspect you may be suffering from DED, don’t hesitate; schedule a visit at Tumwater Eye Center today. The Center follows CDC protocol and staff members received the COVID-19 vaccine to ensure patient safety.

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NATALIE BENSON

YMCA Opens Shelton Branch

What started out over 20 years ago as the vision of volunteers and community members to create positive youth and family activities in Shelton is now a reality.  On March 1, 2021, the Shelton Family YMCA opened its doors.

Creating a “Place for all to Belong” for the Shelton community during a pandemic was not ideal, but the local team persevered and overcame.  Local autonomy within a massive organization like the YMCA allowed them to set goals and plan the design for the new YMCA facility located on North Shelton Springs Road.

According to Jake Grater, Executive Director of Branch Operations, “Our design goals were simple.  Build something that brings the entire community together and creates a sense of belonging.”   Layer that on top of the local and national organization’s goals of diversity and inclusion, and the team created a space that is welcoming and engaging.

“We were fortunate to have the experience of 2,700 other YMCA’s across the country.  We created a space that is an open concept, yet an intimate space,” said Grater.  The design utilizes lots of imagery to make people feel like the space was built for them.

Since it was founded in 1844, the Y has constantly evolved to meet the unique needs in each of the communities it serves.  “This commitment to serving all people is core to who we are and our mission,” added Grater.

The new Shelton YMCA is an efficient building designed to minimize operating expenses.  This approach allows the team to deploy resources towards mission work instead of maintenance work.  For example, there is no carpeting in the building, which allows for better hygiene, easier cleaning, and no long-term replacement expense.

As the first YMCA in the area, the Shelton Family YMCA joins three other Y branches within the South Sound Association, which includes the Plum Street Y, the Briggs Community Y, and the Youth & Community Development Branch, which is affectionately referred to as ‘the Y without walls.’

Everyone is invited to come visit the new Shelton Family YMCA.  For more information about the new facility and its vast amenities, visit southsoundymca.org. By Lynn Castle

Yoga and meditation in your workday

Right now, working and studying from home and managing through a pandemic is stressful. It’s more important now than ever to take care of your mental and physical health in these trying times. Yoga is growing in popularity as people experience the benefits of the practice, meditation and breathwork. Benefits include:

• Managing stress and promoting clarity and improved focus and attention span. If you are feeling overwhelmed by your task list, sometimes a time-out is just what the mind needs to regroup and get back on track.

• Promoting an awareness around the important mind/body relationship so you can pay closer attention to the signals your body is giving you. For example, are your shoulders up by your ears as you are talking to your boss? Try to relax by softening your shoulders and jaw, and take 3 to 5 slow deep breaths.

• Yoga creates strength and flexibility while fostering relaxation to reduce injury and improve well-being. Tension in the body can lead to tension in the mind.

• Yoga improves balance, energy, vitality and circulation. Feeling sluggish? Get up for a few minutes and move and stretch your body. Your mind and body will thank you!

Here are some tips to get you started:

• Start small. Studies show that just 5 to 10 minutes of quiet conscious breathing can help reduce your stress response.

• Go easy on the java! Our morning cup of joe can help get us started, but overdoing it can actually cause a stress response in the body and get our mind going too fast. Some warm lemon water or tea is a great substitute.

• Get some movement in and keep your blood flowing. Make sure to stretch your neck, shoulders, and chest for suppleness.

• Silence your phone for 5 or 10 minutes and enjoy the quiet whisper of your own breath.

For Additional Information
Tuladhara Yoga
tuladharayoga.com/classes/mobile-yoga
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Put the right foot forward

Yearning to get outdoors for a short hike? Slip on the flip-flops and head out, right?

Wrong, says Dr. Thomas Burghardt, who is an expert in foot and ankle care. He recommends “proper shoes for the environment you’re in.” 

In May, Dr. Burghardt came to Foot and Ankle Surgical Associates (FASA) at 1901 South Union Avenue from almost two decades at the Tumwater clinic. He is a board-certified physician and surgeon specializing in foot and ankle reconstructive surgery and diabetic foot care.

Common foot problems include bunions, plantar fasciitis, peripheral artery disease and foot-related complications from diabetes. In addition, nice weather invites sprained ankles from sports activities such as basketball and hiking.

“For hiking trips, wear proper boots with support, pack moleskin and bandages and consider taking an extra pair of boots,” Dr. Burghardt said. “For casual wear, sandals are fine, but be sure they have an arch support.”

Another tip for foot care is proper hygiene, he said. Toenails should be cut straight across. The clinic does a lot of diabetic foot care, he added.

“Those with diabetes who have bad circulation don’t have good feeling in their feet and can injure themselves caring for their feet,” Dr. Burghardt said. “We treat patients for sores and wound care.”

Another area of concern is peripheral artery disease, which is caused by narrowed and hardened arteries that can reduce blood flow to the foot and ankle, he explained. People who smoke, are diabetic, have high blood pressure or high cholesterol may be at higher risk and need professional care.

Other patients need help for plantar fasciitis, which is inflammation of a thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes and causes pain near the heel. 

“A lot of foot pain comes from tight Achilles tendons,” Dr. Burghardt said. He cautioned ‘weekend warriors’ to be sure to stretch before they run and to start slowly with low mileage workouts and low impact running. 

Dr. Burghardt, a resident of Tacoma, says he is excited about a shorter commute and a chance to “meet new patients, work with a new team of colleagues and serve the Tacoma area.”

by:  EMILY HAPPY

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Caring for families impacted by age or illness

It can be hard to see our parents struggle as they get older. It can be difficult to take the time to be there for their needs. This is why a home care agency, such as Synergy HomeCare, has become an essential part of daily lives for many seniors.

When their own home is made into a safe place, the seniors themselves can be in charge. They believe their opinion is heard and their preferences are recognized. There is an easier transition to accepting and understanding why in-home care is the best option for them. They need to feel and agree that they need a little support, but they are “the boss.”

When it’s time for this topic to be addressed with your parents, it’s important to remember that first, you may need to plant the idea or seed and then revisit the topic a number of times. Do not give up. Change takes time to adjust to and is harder for seniors in particular. Follow these three steps:

  1. Decide the care your loved one needs.

Whether the need is for a few hours a week or constant care, it’s important to understand the need and establish this expectation with the individual.

  1. Use a soft approach to bring up the idea.

Gently tell your loved one how this care will enhance their life and that you are their advocate, that you desire their independence. Synergy HomeCare can also provide a safety home assessment to help you and your loved one to better understand their needs for safety devices.

  1. Give it a try.

There are no contracts with Synergy HomeCare, so trying the service and support is a perfectly workable plan. Perhaps your loved one would agree to try home care for a few weeks or a month. To stop service, you simply call the office.

Change can be difficult, so Synergy HomeCare is available to talk if you need help. Call 360-338-0837 to find out about all of the services available, including help with bringing up the subject with your loved one. Synergy HomeCare can give you peace of mind and the tools you need to help your parents. Kate Redmond

 

Summer Synergy: Run/Walk + Yoga

People doing yoga outdoors

Have you been interested in launching your meditation practice, but don’t know quite how to get started? Have you been curious about group meditation? These topics have been on the cover of Newsweek and Time magazines, so come see why they’re trending! Join us for the South Sound’s biggest group mediation in a beautiful outdoor setting.

This is a chance for our own community to come together around peace, compassion and healing in a group setting to positively influence the community in which we live. On a personal level, the practice of mindfulness and meditation helps you manage stress and bring about positive outcomes in your life. Experts in the field of mindfulness and mediation will guide you every step of the way.

Start the morning with coffee from our coffee truck or frozen yogurt drinks from JoeFroyo, and then go for a peaceful walk or run around Waughop Lake. Robyn Beckman, an expert in mindfulness, will lead a trail walk for those interested in “mindfulness in nature.” Those interested in staying at the main stage will experience aerial yoga demonstrations, Buti Yoga, MixxedFit and Zumba.

Then hop on your mat for a 75-minute yoga flow class set to upbeat music and led by Alicia Barrett from Tuladhara Yoga Studio. This is for all levels, so don’t worry if it is your first time or your hundredth.

At this point you will be ready for the relaxing 25 minutes of soul-reviving meditation led by Erin Josse from Source Yoga. Register today—the cost is $20 all-inclusive!

July 15, 8:30am – 12:30pm

Fort Steilacoom Park 8714 87th Ave SW, Lakewood WA 98499

Register today: http://www.tuladharayoga.com/event/summersynergy/

Schedule:
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Check In, Drop Your Bag & Grab Coffee
Arrive early to sign in, drop your bag. Set up your yoga mat, and head to the  1.5 mile run/walk starting line. Or stay at the main stage for some upbeat MixxedFit and Demos!
8:30 AM – 8:45 AM
Pre-Run Stretch at the Main Stage
Start with a dynamic warm-up at the main stage led by our enthusiastic run leader Marc Chung.
8:45 AM – 10:00 AM OR Stay at the Main Stage for MixxedFit, as well as other FUN activities to move your body!
1.5 mile run or walk
Start with a dynamic warm-up lead by our run leader.
10:00 AM – 11:15 PM
Yoga:
Hop on your mat for a yoga flow class led by amazing Alicia from Tuladhara Yoga set to upbeat music.
11:15am – 11:45 pm
Meditation:
25 minutes of soul reviving meditation led by professional instructors to teach you the fundamentals of a great meditation practice and to lead you through a guided meditation
11:45 PM – 12:30 PM
Drop Grab Lunch or Chill. Dance at the main stage, get a massage, explore vendors.
Cost for the event is $20 if you register by July 13!
Cost for the event after July 13th is $25

Summer Synergy At Fort Steilacoom Park

Questions contact: Sally Martinez smartinez@cityoflakewood.us

Meet Clarus Eye Centre’s Executive Director

When you meet Marta De La Torre, the new executive director at Clarus Eye Centre, you will be impressed by how genuine, courteous, collected and engaging she is. She says with a smile that she has been interested in health care “since she was almost 2”! The New England native has traveled around the world and now calls Tumwater home.

De La Torre says one of the most interesting positions she has held in her career was as a third-party health care administrator for the government of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Health care in that country, she says, was different because of gender inequality. “A male doctor can only work on males and female doctors only on females,” De La Torre explains. She said they also have different entrances to medical facilities.

Perhaps inspired by that experience, De La Torre, a mother of three and grandmother of eight, is interested in mentoring young women. She thinks it is important to build up all people to foster strong community.

What attracted De La Torre to Clarus Eye were the long-term employees at the location. She says employees of such long tenure provide an unparalleled level of expertise. She was also impressed that the practice is celebrating its 50th anniversary. “There is a lot to celebrate!” she says.

One of De La Torre’s working goals is to offer a tuition program for employees who want to go back to school. She also wants to cultivate an optical training program at the local colleges. She aims to help Clarus engage with schools and continue to build its relationship with families and the community.

“This job comes as a welcome challenge and a responsibility,” says De La Torre. She looks forward to giving back to the community and carrying into the next 50 years the legacy of compassionate service that Clarus Eye Centre has become known for.

Clarus Eye Centre

345 College St SE, Lacey, WA 98503

360.456.3200

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Synergy HomeCare: Independence for Aging

Kind one. Smiling senior woman with her home caregiver

“I work with people because I love people and it brings me joy,” says John, a caregiver at Synergy HomeCare.

Synergy HomeCare offers in-home care to help seniors maintain their independence and give their family members peace of mind. Synergy has flexible options such as around-the-clock care for seniors who need it, or just a few hours a week for minor needs.

When a client is first interested in Synergy HomeCare services, an office member greets potential clients and their family members for a free in-home assessment. The staff takes the time to learn about the senior’s routine and individual needs, and analyzes the home to identify potential solutions to make the senior’s life easier.

If the client’s family decides that Synergy HomeCare is the right fit for them, the staff works to match the personality of the client to a caregiver. With a full background check having been done, a Synergy care coordinator introduces the two parties to each other.

Synergy offers more than just nursing care inside the home. As Samantha, a Synergy caregiver, notes, “We are not there just as a certified nursing assistant. We offer cooking, cleaning, companionship, running errands, and taking clients to the doctor. We don’t tell them what to do, as expected in a nursing home. I always ask, ‘How can I help you?’”

Maintaining independence can be very important to seniors, and Synergy wants to help make that possible. Moving into an unfamiliar facility with lots of different caregivers can be overwhelming. Synergy HomeCare offers peace of mind, independence and personal relationships with each client.

For more information or a free home assessment, call the Olympia office of Synergy HomeCare at 360-338-0837.

Katie Redmond

synergyhomecare.com

 

At one-year anniversary, Aurora LASIK

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In June, Rhodes had LASIK eye surgery at Aurora LASIK in Lacey.  “My vision is now 20/15. Even as a teenager my vision was never this good. I can actually see the textures on trees.”

As Aurora LASIK has it’s first anniversary in November, its founder, Dr. Jay Rudd, has been impressed by the results seen by his patients over the past year.

“We were the first LASIK surgery center in Washington to invest in the WaveLight Refractive Suite, and it has paid huge dividends to our patients,” said Rudd. “Over 95% are seeing 20/20 vision or better. And more than half are seeing 20/15 or better.”

Rudd said the outcomes of today’s LASIK exceed what many people enjoy with contact lens correction, without the ongoing costs and inconvenience.  “I’ve performed more than 3,700 LASIK procedures,” notes Rudd. “But I’ve never tired of seeing the excitement in people’s faces when they are able to see so clearly without glasses or contacts. It’s a very rewarding procedure for both me and the patient.”

“The WaveLight Refractive Suite bladeless technology provides the most precise mapping and quickest recovery possible, says Rudd. “The entire procedure takes less than 15 minutes. And most patients are able to return to work the following day, with much clearer vision.”

A fellowship-trained cornea, cataract, and refractive surgeon, Dr. Rudd has performed more than 15,000 vision correction surgeries since 2000. “Because of our experience with vision correction, we feel confident in also backing our LASIK procedure with our signature Lifetime Enhancement Policy. It’s extra peace of mind for our patients.”

Visit AuroraLASIK.com to learn more about LASIK eye surgery.

 

blade-free laser cataract surgery in lacey

 

Cataracts are the leading cause of reversible vision loss in the United States.  Over three million cataract procedures are performed each year in this country.  While the surgery has come a long way, new technologies continue to make the procedure more precise, with even better outcomes.

Until recently, surgeons have been limited to handheld instruments and blades to access the cataract and correct astigmatism.  With the traditional bladed cataract surgery, we are able to improve vision and often help patients see more clearly.  However, less than 50% of patients with traditional surgery see well enough to retire their glasses.

Clarus Eye Centre, announce the arrival of the femtosecond laser designed to enhance an already successful cataract procedure. The Catalys Precision Laser System helps reduce the need for the hand-held instruments.  With unparalleled precision, the laser can create very accurate incisions in the cornea, correcting astigmatism to a degree not seen with hand-held instruments.  In addition, the laser can open the cataract and then pre-soften the lens prior to its removal.  The softening allows for a more gentle removal of the cataract, speeding recovery and enhancing the patient experience and outcomes.

To learn more, please visit:  ClarusLaserCataractSurgery.com Rudd