Welcome To Northwestern Ophthalmology
Meet Our Provider
To learn more about Dr. Brophey, click on his image to the left, or watch Dr. Brophey as he discusses his role at Northwestern Ophthalmology in our short introductory video.
Topical Anesthesia for Eye Surgery
Northwestern Ophthalmology recognizes the anxieties eye surgery patients may have regarding anesthetic needle injections near the eye. Dr. Brophey is one of only a few ophthalmologists in the state of VT to offer topical anesthesia for eye surgery patients. Unlike injections, topical anesthesia is non-invasive and avoids unsightly, post-operative physical effects.
Guide to Healthy Eyes
Maintaining healthy eyes and eyesight is an important factor in maintaining a high quality of life as you age. Every year, countless individuals experience complications with their vision. Many of these issues can be corrected or even avoided if treated in a timely manner. However, leaving them untreated or undiagnosed can lead to partial vision loss or even permanent blindness.
Many eye conditions, such as glaucoma, are hereditary, so it's important to know your medical history. Be aware of potential issues you face by knowing if your family has a history of eye health complications. Other eye conditions, such as macular degeneration have no warning signs, so it is important to have routine eye exams. Have your eyesight reviewed by an eye care specialist, such as a local optometrist, to address issues before they become serious. In most cases, an eye exam will simply result in prescription glasses or contact lenses for vision correction. The following tips help support healthy vision and can protect you against vision loss and disease:
Protect Your Eyes
From skiing to woodworking, it is important to wear the protective eyewear certain activities call for. Eyes that are not properly shielded are subject to dryness, irritation and redness. It is also important to be weary of damaging UVA and UVB rays in the summer and winter months. Wearing sunglasses with polarized lenses will help deflect harmful sun rays and protect your eyesight.
Take a Break
Like the rest of your body, your eyes can tire and need regular breaks. If your job requires you to view a computer monitor for multiple hours, you will want to give your eyes a rest if they become dry or your vision becomes blurry. If you have trouble focusing on elements on the screen, try improving your immediate environment by increasing text size or adding additional light - avoid squinting.
Maintaining a healthy diet and weight are essential to good eye health. Foods containing rich amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids (such as fish and leafy greens) support vision and help thwart diabetes. Weight issues such as obesity have been associated with the development of age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy - all of which can lead to blindness.
Smoking is harmful to all areas of the body, especially your eyes! If you are a smoker looking for help quitting, visit our Wellness Calendar to look for our next smoking cessation workshop.
Avoid the transfer of bacteria to your eyes by keeping hands clean and away from your face. If you have contact lenses, always make sure to properly clean your hands and lenses prior to inserting them into your eyes. Proper sanitation can prevent eye infections such as pink eye or eyelid inflammation.