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DAVID A. EWING-CHOW, MD, PLLC

Welcome to David A. Ewing-Chow, MD, PLLC, an Ophthalmology practice located in Watertown, New York.  At Dr. Ewing-Chow's practice we strive to offer our patients convenient, high-quality eye care.  One of the ways we do this is by offering our patients online health services through our website.These services include

NEW PATIENTS

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a patient with our practice, or you are a new patient wanting to fill out your paperwork online, please click on the Register link at the top of this page and follow the instructions for new patient registration, or you can contact David A. Ewing-Chow, MD, PLLC at 315-681-6379.  Once you "Verify My Identity" by entering your issued PIN Number you can access your medical information.  Stop by our office to receive your PIN Number.  We can only issue PIN Numbers in person.

RETURNING PATIENTS

If you are currently a patient of Dr. Ewing-Chow's and interested in signing up for these services, simply click on the Register link at the top of this page and follow the instructions to sign-up.  This will allow you partial access to the website.  To access your medical information, please visit our office and you will be issued a PIN number to access you medical information.  Once you have your PIN number you can log in to "Verify My Identity" and view your medical information.

EDUCATION

March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month & Eye Donor Awareness Month

Workplace Eye Wellness

If you think about it, you spend a lot of time at work. You spend a lot of time with your coworkers. You should also spend this time being safe about your eyes and protecting them. If you work in a place with hazards to your eyes, you should always make sure to wear eye protection. More than 2,000 workers injure their eyes at work every day. Injuring your eye at work could lead to lost pay, medical expenses, and worker’s comp. It is estimated that 90% of work-related eye injuries could be avoided if safety eyewear were to be worn properly. You can also protect your eyes by getting regular eye exams to monitor eye health.

"EyeMed Vision Care Members - Vision Wellness." EyeMed Vision Care Members - Vision Wellness. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Feb. 2015.

Eye Donor Awareness

Do you have “Organ Donor” on your Driver’s License? If you do, then you could one day end up being an eye donor. It’s not exactly what you think, though. An eye bank receives a call from the hospital and makes plans to arrange for the donation. They have about 12 hours to make all the arrangements. A medical-social history and physical assessment is performed to determine eligibility of the match. Once everything has been properly assessed, the donor is prepared for the procedure to recover the cornea, which is the transparent part of the eye that covers the iris, pupil and anterior chamber. It’s the eye’s main focusing element. The cornea is further evaluated by a specially trained technician and then shipped to a surgeon. Eye Banks may provide support programs to the extremely generous donors and their families. Corneal Transplant recipients will never know the names of their donors, but often choose to write thank you letters to express their gratitude.

A corneal transplant helps restore some vision loss (due to damaged cornea), and to relieve pain or other symptoms of corneal diseases. You may need a corneal transplant if you have a cornea that bulges outward (Keratoconus), Fuchs' dystrophy, thinning of the cornea, cornea scarring, caused by infection or injury, clouding of the cornea, swelling of the cornea, corneal ulcers, including those caused by infection, or complications caused by previous eye surgery.      

"Cornea Transplant." Why It's Done. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Feb. 2015.

"Understanding Donation." Eye Bank Association of America. N.p., 07 Apr. 2011. Web. 27 Feb. 2015.

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