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National Sunglasses Day is June 27

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Brought to you by The Vision Council, National Sunglasses Day is a commemorative date held annually on June 27 celebrating the importance of wearing shades to protect the eyes from the sun’s harsh ultraviolet (UV) rays.

For this day only, Grene Vision Group will offer 30 percent off all Prescription and Non-Prescription sunglasses at all 22 of its optical locations.

Practice sun-safe behavior by wearing your sunglasses throughout the year, as the sun’s UV rays are always at play. 

We want you to enjoy your summer with UV-protection and style!  
Enter to Win the Ultimate Ray-Ban Camping Gift Set!  

From now through June 27, enter our #Selfie4Sunnies contest for a chance to win a $100 sunglasses gift certificate and Ray-Ban camping prizes (sleeping bag, windbreaker, sweatshirt, hat, tech device charger and more!).

To enter, simply take a selfie in a pair of sunglasses and post it to Instagram with tags #Selfie4Sunnies and #GreneVisionGroup.  The winner will be selected on June 28.

Why is UV-protective sunwear important?

Every day millions of Americans make the conscious decision to not wear sunglasses or other UV-protective eyewear, says The Vision Council. While seemingly harmless, this habit carries serious vision risks, many of which are not known or understood by those who fail to wear protective frames.

UV radiation is often recognized as the culprit for sunburns and skin cancer, but most people don’t realize the damaging impact the wavelengths inflict on their vision. The problem originates with the sun’s unfiltered UV rays. Just as these rays can burn skin cells, they can also harm unprotected eyes. A full day outside without protection can cause immediate, temporary issues, such as swollen or red eyes, and hypersensitivity to light. Years of cumulative exposure can cause cancer of the eye or eyelid, and accelerate conditions like cataracts and age-regulated macular degeneration.

National Sunglasses Day serves as a reminder that sunglasses are a major health necessity – regardless of whether it’s sunny or cloudy, warm or cold – and spread the word that sunglasses and other UV-protective eyewear are key to protecting long-term eye health.

GVG Headlining Uptown Douglas 2nd Saturday Event

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Mark your calendar for the “Uptown Douglas 2nd Saturday” event on June 9 from 10 am - 2 pm! This free block-party style shopping event will feature 15 locally owned merchaUptown Douglas 2nd Saturdaynts on Douglas between Hillside and Rutan Street. Shop local and enjoy discounts, giveaways, food and fun within the Douglas Design District! Grene Vision Group will be offering a one-day, 30% savings on all eyeglasses and sunglasses! Restrictions apply, and discount valid at GVG's 3236 East Douglas Optical only.

GVG a V1P Sponsor for JDRF "One Walk"

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Grene Vision Group is teaming up with Envision once again as the V1P Sponsors for the annual JDRF One Walk, scheduled for Saturday, April 14 at Wichita's Exploration Place, 300 North McLean Boulevard. Check-in is at 9 am, and the two-mile walk begins at 10 am. It's a great event with so much to do, see and a great even to support! 

JDRF One Walk has one goal: to create a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D). We know you want to make a cure a reality too—and we can't wait for you to join us!

When you participate in your local JDRF One Walk, the money you raise supports life–changing breakthroughs that give hope to everyone impacted by this disease. And, you'll have a great time doing it! That's because you'll walk with a committed community that is passionate about doing whatever it takes to help turn Type One into Type None.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly. It has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle—and it's serious and stressful to manage. There is nothing you can do to prevent T1D and there is currently no cure. But there is something you can do to help. Please register to walk with us today. We can't do it without you.

For more information, contact De White at (316) 755-5984 or email at dwhite@jdrf.org. You can register online and visit the website by clicking here.

 

GVG to Sponsor ADA Tour de Cure for 10th Consecutive Year

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Grene Vision Group is a major sponsor once again for this year's American Diabetes Association Wichita Tour de Cure. The event, which includes several cycling events, a 5K and walk, is scheduled for Saturday, April 28 at the Aloft Hotel, 3642 North Oliver, Wichita.

Each rider who raises $200, and each walker/runner who raises $100 to fund diabetes research, education and advocacy, will receive the 2018 Tour de Cure commemorative T-shirt. But don't stop there! Raise $500 or more and choose a special thank you gift in recognition of your fundraising achievement. You can also become a Champion to Stop Diabetes by raising $1000 or more and receive a champion pin, access to the champion tent, and choice of a champion gift.

This is Grene Vision Group's 10th straight year of supporting the event and especially those participants who have diabetes: Our Red Riders and Red Striders! This year's goal is $375,000, and we look forward to seeing you!

For more information, contact the Wichita ADA at (316) 684-6091, Ext. 6093. You can register online and find more information at www.diabetes/org/toursedgwickco.com.

 

 

Dr. Campbell, GVG Glaucoma Services Featured in MD News Magazine

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January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. With modern procedures -- two of which have received FDA approval within the past 18 months -- Anita Campbell, MD, ophthalmologist and fellowship-trained glaucoma specialist at Grene Vision Group, can often help preserve patients' vision with little or no change to their lifestyle. Learn more about Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS) in the December-January issue of MD News of Greater Kansas.

Glaucoma Surgeries Now Available at Grene Vision Group

MD News of Greater Kansas December 2017-January 2018 Issue

 

GVG Employees and Doctors Donate Money, Food to Kansas Food Bank

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As part of its annual Holiday Party and Service Awards Ceremony, Grene Vision Group employees and doctors donated $3,055 and 570 pounds of food to the Kansas Food Bank. This was the seventh consecutive year that GVG has made the food bank its primary Christmas charity.

The Kansas Food Bank has the mission of providing hunger-relief whenever and wherever it is needed throughout its 85-county service area. The organization is committed to safeguarding the health, well-being and productivity of food-insecure Kansas families and their children, as well as senior citizens, the homeless and the chronically ill, and all who live in poverty.

Grene Vision Group administrative staff also spent a morning assembling food bags for the Food 4 Kids program, operated by the Kansas Food Bank.

To learn more about the Kansas Food Bank, visit http://www.kansasfoodbank.org/.

 

GVG Cover Story in MD News of Greater Kansas magazine

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Grene Vision Group's 12 ophthalmologists were the cover photo and story for the October/November issue of MD News of Greater Kansas. The issue also included a feature article on Dasa V. Gangadhar, MD and David T. Truong, MD, Grene Vision Group's cornea and external disease subspecialists.

To read the feature on Grene Vision Group, click here. To read the entire issue, click here.

Grene Vision Group to Open New Optical January 15

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Grene Vision Group is pleased to announce that it has purchased Doolin-Shaw Optical at 3236 East Douglas in Wichita's College Hill area. The optical store has been in business since 1947 and will become Grene Vision Group Optical on Monday, January 15. It will be GVG's first optical-only office and will offer a wide arrange of frames for the entire family. The telephone number is (316) 683-7221. To read more, click here.

GVG Ophthalmologists Named Best Doctors®

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Dasa V. Gangadhar, MD, and Samuel W. Amstutz, MD, Grene Vision Group ophthalmologists, once again were named Best Doctors®. The award was announced by the Wichita Business Journal. Dr. Gangadhar's subspecialties include Corneal Transplantation, Cataract and Lens Implant Surgery, and Cornea and External Disease. Dr. Amstutz's subspecialties include Cosmetic and Functional Eyelid Surgery, Tear Duct and Orbital Disorders, and Cataract and Lens Implant Surgery. 

Best Doctors serves more than 30 million members in countries across the world.  For 26 years, Best Doctors has asked physicians to identify the doctors they consider the leaders in their field. Today, their peer-selected network has more than 53,000 medical experts in over 450 specialties and subspecialties.

To learn more about Best Doctors, click here.

Congratulations Dr. Gangadhar and Dr. Amstutz!

Dasa V. Gangadhar, MD  Samuel W. Amstutz, MD

 

Wellington Office Celebrates 20 Years

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Congratulations to Grene Vision Group optometrist Wendy Walker and staff on the 20-year celebration of the GVG office in Wellington. Wellington provides optical and primary care services with Dr. Walker and Justin Burden, OD. Ophthalmology services are provided by Terria Winn, MD.

 

GVG-Wellington celebrates 20 years

New Ridge Road Office Opens

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Grene Vision Group is proud to open its new location at 3910 North Ridge Road. The office, which opened Monday, August 28, replaces the former location at 3607 North Ridge Road.

The new office offers 23 exam rooms and a major expansion to the optical department. Watch for our open house!

Ridge Road Doctors:

Misha A. Anderson, OD
Trevor R. Askew, OD
Suzanne Buchanan, OD
Dasa V. Gangadhar, MD
Christopher B. Means, OD
R. Michael Murphy, OD
Donald B. Scrafford, MD
Jennifer E. Taylor, OD
David T. Truong, MD

3910 North Ridge Road

Cornea and External Disease Specialist Joins GVG Ophthalmologists

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Grene Vision Group welcomes ophthalmologist David T. Truong, MD. Dr. Truong is a fellowship-trained ophthalmologist specializing in cataract, cornea, and refractive surgery. He performs the full spectrum of corneal transplant surgery and is one of the first surgeons in Wichita to offer DMEK, the latest form of corneal transplantation. He has been formally trained since residency in the latest cataract surgical techniques, and he implants the most advanced lenses available. He also offers LASIK and PRK to help his patients achieve the best vision possible.

Dr. Truong graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine and earned his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. He completed his residency in ophthalmology at the largest and busiest ophthalmology training program in the country, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Following residency, he obtained further training in Cornea and Refractive Surgery at the world-renowned Jules Stein Eye Institute as the Klara Fleming Fellow and Abe Meyer Memorial Fellow where he routinely managed the most complex corneal disease referrals from all over the world. He has published extensively and has been honored to serve as Faculty at the American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting and presented a best resident poster at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

In their free time, Dr. Truong and his wife enjoy traveling, skiing, snowboarding and exploring local culture and food. They look forward to starting their new family in Kansas.

Dr. Truong will see patients at the Grene Vision Group offices at 655 North Woodlawn and the new 3910 North Ridge Road in Wichita. He will also provide services in Arkansas City and the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita.

To learn more about Dr. Truong, click here.

Dr. Cassidy Kesler Joins Grene Laser, Grene Vision Group

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Cassidy J. Kesler, ODGrene Vision Group welcomes optometrist Cassidy J. Kesler to our practice. Dr. Kesler is the new Director of Refractive Surgery for Grene Laser in Wichita and provides family optometry services at our East Hutchinson office.

She was born and raised in Sabetha, a small town in northeast Kansas. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Kansas State University, she attended optometry school at Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry in Tahlequah, OK. Whi...le in school, Dr. Kesler was a member of the honor society Beta Sigma Kappa, as well as the American Optometric Association and the Kansas Optometric Association.

After completing optometry school, Dr. Kesler moved back to Kansas to be closer to her family. Dr. Kesler and her husband, Caleb, are expecting their first child in November.

Dr. Kesler's clinical interests include family practice optometry, contact lenses, ocular disease, and surgical and disease comanagement. To make an appointment with Dr. Kesler in Hutchinson, call (620) 663-7187.

To learn more about Dr. Kesler, click here.

GVG Welcomes Dr. Justin Burden in Winfield and Wellington

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Justin L. Burden, ODGrene Vision Group welcomes Justin L. Burden, OD to our Winfield and Wellington offices! Dr. Burden provides eye care for the entire family. His special interests include family practice optometry, dry eye therapy and glaucoma. He looks forward to seeing you at our new office in Winfield at 1401 Main (620) 221-0740 and in Wellington at 313 North Washington (620) 326-3431.

To learn more about Dr. Burden, click here.

 

GVG a Premier Sponsor for ADA Tour de Cure

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Grene Vision Group, a longtime sponsor and supporter of the American Diabetes Association, was proud to be a Premier Sponsor again for the 2017 Tour de Cure at Spirit AeroSystems. GVG joined Envision to serve as the VIP hosts for the Red Riders, Red Striders and Team Red. The event raised nearly $517,000.

When you register for the Tour de Cure you become a part of the American Diabetes Association’s largest fundraising event. Joining you will be thousands of participants from around the country who come together to directly impact the lives of people facing the daily challenges of diabetes and their loved ones.

When you register:  

  • You’re raising awareness in your community about diabetes
  • You’re supporting life-saving research
  • You’re helping people who are discriminated against because they have diabetes

For more information, click here.

 

GVG a V1P Sponsor for JDRF OneWalk in Wichita

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Grene Vision Group was proud to partner with Envision as the V1P sponsors for the annual JDRF Wichita OneWalk April 1 at Exploration Place in Wichita. There were hundreds of wonderful and dedicated people in attendance. GVG is also a longtime sponsor for the Miss Kansas Organization and was pleased to have Miss Kansas Kendall Schoenekase sing the national anthem and greet V1Ps. The event raised more than $170,000.

JDRF One Walk has one goal: to create a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D). We know you want to make a cure a reality too—and we can't wait for you to join us!

When you participate in your local JDRF One Walk, the money you raise supports life–changing breakthroughs that give hope to everyone impacted by this disease. And, you'll have a great time doing it! That's because you'll walk with a committed community that is passionate about doing whatever it takes to help turn Type One into Type None.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly. It has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle—and it's serious and stressful to manage. There is nothing you can do to prevent T1D and there is currently no cure. But there is something you can do to help. Please register to walk with us today. We can't do it without you.

Next year's event is scheduled for Saturday, April 14 at Wichita's Exploration Place. We hope to see you there!

For more information, click here.

Winfield Office Named Best Optometrist in Cowley County

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The Grene Vision Group office in Winfield was named this year's "Best Optometrist Winner" in The Courier Traveler Readers Choice contest. Thank you to the community and our patients who took the time to vote for Grene Vision Group. The doctors and staff are grateful and humbled by the support.

New Office Opens in Winfield

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Grene Vision Group in Winfield has relocated to its brand new location at 1401 Main. The new location offers a much larger office with expanded optical, exam rooms, waiting room and testing area. The large off-street parking lot is also a major improvement. Doctors include Gail L. Burden, OD, Jill M. Huelskamp, OD and Mark L. Wellemeyer, MD.

Winfield Office Chamber Ribbon CuttingThe Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for the opening of the new building. During the ribbon cutting, the chamber presented Grene Vision Group with the December Chamber Champion Award for its continued investment in the Winfield community. Cutting the ribbon in center is Dr. Burden and Winfield employees. To her left are Matt Utech and Emily Fraley. To her right are Karen Thomas and Emily Anderson, who is holding the Chamber Champion Award. Surrounding them are chamber members and community members

Dr. Gangadhar Offering FDA-Approved Corneal Crosslinking for Keratoconus Patients

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Dasa V. Gangadhar, MDAbout Keratoconus: Keratoconus is a sight-threatening progressive eye condition in which the clear tissue on the front of the eye (the cornea) thins and bulges outward into a cone shape. The resulting symptoms are blurred vision, glare and halos at night, and streaking of lights.

In most people who have keratoconus, both eyes are eventually affected, although not always to the same extent. It usually develops in one eye first and then later in the other eye.

Who is at risk for developing Keratoconus? Keratoconus usually manifests in the late teens to early twenties and progressively worsens into middle age, when it typically stabilizes.  It's possible it can occur in people 40 and older, but that is less common. The changes in the shape of the cornea can happen quickly or may occur over several years.

Keratoconus appears to run in families. If you have it and have children, it’s a good idea to have their eyes checked for it starting at age 10. The condition progresses more rapidly in people with certain medical problems, including allergic conditions. It could be related to chronic eye rubbing.

Treatment Options: Some individuals with keratoconus simply need glasses to see their best.  Others require a hard contact lens to optimize their vision.  For severe conditions, a corneal transplant may be required. 

However, now there is an exciting FDA-approved therapy available: corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL). The minimally invasive procedure involves applying liquid riboflavin (vitamin B2) to the surface of the eye, followed by treatment with a controlled application of ultraviolet light, to strengthen the cornea. Dasa V. Gangadhar, MD, cornea specialist at Grene Vision Group, has been involved in clinical studies of CXL and plans to initiate treatments near the end of December 2016.

“This is truly an exciting treatment option and a game-changer for the management of keratoconus. Our ability to offer corneal transplants and now CXL will allow for the full gamut of treatment options for this disease afflicting an especially young population,” Dr. Gangadhar said.

The Exciting News: CXL appears to stabilize the cornea in 95 percent of patients for up to 10 years.

“We hope that timely treatment of keratoconus with CXL will ultimately eliminate the need for corneal transplantation (PK) in the next 15 to 20 years,” Dr. Gangadhar said.

Who is a Candidate?

  • Patients with keratoconus and post-LASIK ectasia may be candidates.
  • Ages 15 – 65. Young patients are the most ideal candidates.
  • Not recommended for pregnant females or patients with corneas thinner than 400 microns.

Reasonable Expectations:

  • Insurance does not currently cover this treatment and the cost is around $2,500 per eye.
  • The primary goal of CXL is to stabilize the cornea and reduce the chance of progression and the need for a cornea transplant.

“We are very excited that Dr. Gangadhar will be offering corneal crosslinking as a relatively non-invasive option for patients with keratoconus. His dedication to patients is evident through his continued involvement with clinical trials and training in the most current corneal procedures,” said Collin Hermreck, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Grene Vision Group.

You can learn more about Corneal Crosslinking by viewing an educational video on the Video Library link on our homepage.

Grene Vision Group in Anthony Moves to New Location

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The Grene Vision Group office in Anthony has moved to its brand new downtown location at 115 West Main. Optometrist Daniel M. Marchant, OD and Ophthalmologist Terria L. Winn, MD have provided primary and medical eye care in GVG's Anthony office for many years. The new office provides larger, state-of-the art exam rooms, testing and a much larger Optical area.

Join us for our Open House from 5 to 7 pm on Thursday, January 5!

 Grene Vision Group Anthony