140 East Main St.  •   Norton, MA 02766   •   (508) 285 2015

Dr Ted F Bukowski & Associates, PC
Family Eye Care Optometrists

Ted F Bukowski, OD
Beth B Chenier, OD

2021: LONGING FOR THE DAWNING OF A NEW DAY!

TO OUR PATIENTS: 

I apologize for being negligent with regularly updating our website. And, if the flowers are 

growing and the trees are budding as you read this, I apologize again. We are extremely busy

taking care of our patients, and keeping us all safe at the office. As "The Beatles" once sang,

"...it's been a long, cold, lonely Winter". This figurative Covid-19 Winter will likely last into

the Summer or even the Autumn, but Spring will come and we will all finally be free to be

regular people again. Hang in there.

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Meanwhile, we are extremely confident in our ability to keep everyone safe at our office during

this pandemic. We have perfected our sanitizing routine and have rearranged things to keep 

everyone properly distanced and safe. Please be prepared to have your pupils dilated, and

allow 60-90 minutes to be at the office for a full exam. We respect everyone's time as best as we

can, however there are days where patients are added to the schedule for urgent care, or a

certain patient needs extra time that puts  us behind schedule. Feel free to text the office number

on the day of your appointment to see if the doctor is running on-time. Earlier appointments

usually go faster. 

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Texting is our preferred media. If you cannot communicate by text, let us know and we 

will arrange to communicate with you in your preferred media. We cannot easily

accommodate walk-in visitors as the office needs to be a locked facility for now. If you don't

have an appointment and need to visit the office, please text if you can or call before to give

us a heads-up. Very often we cannot pick up the phone when we are busy with patients so if

you call please leave a detailed voicemail and someone will get back to you.

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WHEN YOU ARRIVE AT OUR OFFICE:

Please stay in your car and text or call 508-285-2015. The office  door will be locked. A staff

member will call or text you when we are ready to meet you at the door. We may take your

history over the phone. Wearing a mask in the office is required, and you are responsible for

bringing your own. You will be asked to use hand sanitizer at the entrance and led to a safe

place in the office where you can safely distance and comfortably wait for your appointment.

Please avoid touching things in the office. Doors will be opened and closed for you.

Stay safe and positive. See you soon.

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Ted F Bukowski, OD 

OFFICE HOURS

(may vary)

MONDAY: 9AM-4PM

TUES & THURS 12PM-7PM

FRI 9AM-2PM

SAT 9AM-1PM

Eye Tips

DRY EYE BASICS

Dry eye is one of the most common eye problems. It can be caused by a variety of conditions and is one of the most difficult things to treat effectively. However, a simple daily routine can greatly reduce or eliminate symptoms in most people. The key is to take the time to do it every day, and to be consistent.

At least twice a day, take a washcloth and soak it with very warm water. Ring it out and put the washcloth directly against your eyelid margins, holding it there for at least one minute. Be sure to move any extra eyelid skin out of the way and to put the washcloth directly against the eyelid margins, where the skin is thicker and from which the lashes come out. Then, put the washcloth over the tip of your index finger and gently rub right along your eyelid margins, starting from the inside corner and moving to the outside corner, using quick brushing strokes. Be sure to get the outside part of the lid margins and the outside corner of the eye as the skin is looser there, making it harder to contact. Finally, rub all of the skin on the outside of the eyelids, making sure to get into any folds of skin to clean out any debris that may be trapped there.

There are oil glands throughout the insides of both eyelids, called Meibomian glands. These oil glands have several small openings along the eyelid margins, on the skin between the lashes and the eyeball itself, where the oil comes out. The oil gets into your tears and prevents the tear film from evaporating too quickly. Unfortunately for many of us, however, this oil turns to solid at only a few degrees colder than body temperature. When the oil glands are clogged, the tear film becomes unstable and evaporates too quickly, causing dryness. Small white bumps might be visible along your eyelids, on the skin between the lashes and the eyeball itself, when the glands are clogged. A hordeolum, or “stye”, occurs when one of these oil glands clogs and gets infected. The warm washcloth turns the oil back into a liquid and the rub along the lid margins breaks the oil caps, keeping the tear film stable and preventing infection.

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