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: JOURNEY TO A NEW NORMAL

TO OUR PATIENTS: 

We are winning this war against Covid-19. We still have to be careful, however, moving forward

as it is not over yet. One of the silver linings of this dark pandemic cloud is that we have learned

a lot about infection control. We have gotten better at preventing not only Covid-19, but the

common cold, the flu, and many infectious diseases. Although I look forward to a time when we

don't have to wear masks full-time in the office, we will continue to do most of our now perfected

sanitization routine indefinitely. 

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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, and you can text our office number to request an appointment or

for any other business. If you cannot communicate by text, let us know and we will arrange to

communicate with you in your preferred media. Phone calls are fine, however very often we

cannot pick up the phone during business hours 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:

You may come right in, however MASKS ARE STILL REQUIRED IN THE OFFICE AND YOU ARE

RESPONSIBLE FOR BRINGING YOUR OWN. Mask wearing in medical facilities is still state law. I

look forward to seeing everyone's smiles inside the office soon, but not just yet. Please use hand

sanitizer available at the reception area when you enter the office. The door will usually be open,

but if it is locked please wait in the hallway or go back to your vehicle and text or call 508-285-2015.

We will text or call you back when we are ready to bring you inside. Have a fun and safe Summer!

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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