National Sunglasses Day – June 27

Everything has its day and June 27 is National Sunglasses Day!

To celebrate we’ve tracked down some fun sunglasses facts for your enjoyment!

  1. Polar bears have built in sunglasses! They have a third eye that helps them filter UV light!
  2. Every 14 seconds in the United States someone loses, breaks or sits on a pair of sunglasses.
  3. Elton John is rumored to have more than 1,000 pairs of sunglasses – that’s a lot of eyewear!
  4. Ray Ban created the wayfarer and aviator styles in the 1950s – these are still the two most popular styles over 60 years later.
  5. Ray Ban originally created aviators for pilots to cut down on glare at high altitudes.
  6. Every 90 seconds someone buys a pair of sunglasses on ebay.
  7. The first pair of sunglasses was sold in 1929 by Foster Grants on the Atlantic City Boardwalk
  8. The most expensive pair of sunglasses to be sold in an online auction were non other than The King’s shades – Elvis Presley’s sunglasses, worn at the Madison Square Garden performance in 1972, sold on ebay for a whopping $250,000.
  9. In 1936, the first pair of polarized sunglasses was designed by Edwin H. Land who used his Polaroid filter to help him create lenses.
  10. Most importantly, sunglasses protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun and reduce eyestrain in bright conditions.

What kind of sunglasses will you flaunt tomorrow?

Get Checked – Protect your Peeps!

When you hear the word melanoma is the first thing to come to mind skin cancer?

That’s the case for most people, but do you know about the dangers of Ocular Melanoma?

With Summer come the numerous warnings to protect our skin from the sun, so why not talk about Ocular Melanoma? After all, your eyes are pretty important!

So What is Ocular Melanoma?

Ocular Melanoma is a cancer of the melanin producing cells of the eye similar to that of the skin. In the eye ocular melanoma is a type of cancer that develops in pigment producing cells — the same cells that gives your skin, hair and eyes color. Just as you can develop melanoma on your skin, you can also develop it in your eye, however, it is not associated with UV exposure as it is in the skin.

Due to the fact that many ocular melanomas present in the back of the eye and are not readily visible, early detection is the key to a positive outcome.   Melanomas diagnosed and treated with less than 2mm thickness have a much better prognosis than those diagnosed at a later stage. Ocular melanomas are usually not detected until a latter date due to the lack of visual symptoms. When they do produce symptoms, they may include:

  • flashes of light
  • blurry vision
  • loss of peripheral vision
  • distortion of pupil size
  • a growing spot on the iris

In any case the best way to catch ocular melanomas early is with regular comprehensive eye exams.

From the eye doctors, opticians and staff at Rinkov Eyecare Centers. We’ve provided comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, eyeglasses, sunglasses and medical treatment of eye disease, such as cataract treatment, in Columbus, Ohio for over 35 years. Come see an optometrist at one of our Columbus locations – Downtown, West, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley, Worthington and Nationwide Plaza.

Eye Health Promoting Nutrients & Foods

We have all heard that carrots are beneficial to eye health.  While carrots do provide an important vitamin A called Betacarotene, there are other foods important to your vision and ocular health.

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Here are 6 eye-healthy nutrients and the foods that will supply you with them

1-2. Nutrients – Lutein & Zeaxanthin

What They Do – Reduce the risk of chronic eye diseases, including age-related         macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts.

What To Eat – Green leafy veggies and bright red & yellow foods are chock full! Try spinach, broccoli, kale, tomatoes, mangos or EVEN EGG YOLKS! Yep it’s not just all about those trendy egg whites anymore!

3.    Nutrients - Omega-3 Fatty Acids

What They Do – Help support proper visual development and retinal function.

What To Eat – Try eating salmon, tuna and mackerel.

4.    Nutrient – Vitamin C

What It Does - Lowers the risk of developing cataracts, and when taken in combination with other essential eye-healthy nutrients can reduce the risk of macular degeneration (AMD) and visual acuity loss.

What To Eat – Grapefruit, brussels sprouts, strawberries, papaya, oranges, or green peppers.

5.    Nutrient – Vitamin E

What It Does - Protect cells of the eyes from damage caused by unstable molecules called free radicals, Which break down healthy tissue. It also reduces age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and the formation of cataracts.

What To Eat – Sunflower seeds, wheat germ, almonds, or pecans.

6.    Nutrient - Zinc

What It Does - Plays a vital role in bringing Vitamin A from the liver to the retina in order to produce melanin, a protective pigment in the eyes.

What To Eat – Turkey, oysters, crab, eggs, peanuts, or whole grains.

In addition to benefitting eye health, these nutrients also support overall systemic health. So make sure to eat your greens and you err…mackerel!

 

 

From the eye doctors, opticians and staff at Rinkov Eyecare Centers. We’ve provided comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, eyeglasses, sunglasses and medical treatment of eye disease, such as cataract treatment, in Columbus, Ohio for over 35 years. Come see an optometrist at one of our Columbus locations – Downtown, West, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley, Worthington and Nationwide Plaza.

 

 

Happy Healthy Vision Month!

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May is a busy month.  May includes the Kentucky Derby, Mother’s Day, the last day of school, the Indianapolis 500, and even International Tuba Day.

It is also Healthy Vision Month!

This is the perfect time to make your eye health a priority.  The National Eye Institute advises 5 things to protect your eyes:

1.  Get a dilated eye exam.

  • This thorough evaluation of your retinal health allows early detection of conditions such as glaucoma and macular degeneration.
  • It can also reveal ocular damage from systemic conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes.

2.  Live a healthy lifestyle:

  • Eat healthy foods.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Manage any chronic health issues like diabetes and high blood pressure.
  • Don’t smoke.

3.  Learn your family history and share that information with your eye doctor.

  • Many eye diseases are inherited.
  • Is there glaucoma, macular degeneration, or blindness in your family?

4.  Use protective eye wear:

  • Protective eye wear can prevent 90% of all eye injuries.
  • Use goggles, face shields, safety glasses, or full-face respirators when needed for work or hobbies.
  • Wear sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses for sports such as baseball/softball and basketball.

5.  Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the damage of UV rays.

  • UV radiation is linked to the development of cataracts, macular degeneration, and pterygium.
  • Sunglasses should block 100% of UV-A and UV-B rays.
  • A hat with a brim will provide further protection.

Rinkov Eyecare is here to help you make your eye health the priority it should be.

 

From the eye doctors, opticians and staff at Rinkov Eyecare Centers. We’ve provided comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, eyeglasses, sunglasses and medical treatment of eye disease, such as cataract treatment, in Columbus, Ohio for over 35 years. Come see an optometrist at one of our Columbus locations – Downtown, West, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley, Worthington and Nationwide Plaza.

My Eyes Are Swelling! Could It Be Vernal Conjunctivitis!?

Vernal conjunctivitis is a chronic allergic reaction involving the eyes in which the outer lining of the eyes swell.

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It is most common in the spring and summer and among young men and those with a strong history of allergies.

Symptoms include:

  • Strong itching and burning sensation
  • Swollen eyes
  • Sensitivity to bright

If you experience these symptoms please consult your eye care provider. Your eye care provider can diagnose vernal conjunctivitis with an eye exam. If left untreated possible complications include continued discomfort, reduced vision,  or scarring of the cornea.

Treatments include:

  • Cool compresses placed over the eyes
  • Allergy eye drops
  • Steroids in severe cases.

From the eye doctors, opticians and staff at Rinkov Eyecare Centers. We’ve provided comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, eyeglasses, sunglasses and medical treatment of eye disease, such as cataract treatment, in Columbus, Ohio for over 35 years. Come see an optometrist at one of our Columbus locations – Downtown, West, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley, Worthington and Nationwide Plaza.

Why won’t my eyes stop watering?

dry eyesOur tears function to lubricate, protect and keep our eyes comfortable. There are a number of reasons for our eyes to create what seems to be too many tears causing our eyes to water.

  1. Dry Eye Syndrome (DES) yes, dry eyes can water! This is often a reflex tear or a “thin” poor quality tear film.
  2. Allergies: itching burning watery eyes in response to environmental allergens (pet dander, pollens, dust, etc.).
  3. Irritants: dry air (increased evaporation), bright lights, computer eyes strain, wind, chopping onions, chemical vapors or fumes, cigarette smoke.
  4. Tear duct blockage, yes just like a sink drain, our eyes have drains. These can become clogged and not allow our tears to properly drain.
  5. Infection, bacterial or viral.
  6. And of course an emotional movie, but you already knew that ;-)

Treatments can be as simple as using a artificial lubricating tear drops to thicken the tear film and reduce the eyes reaction to the causative agent. Daily lid hygiene, warm compresses and gentle lid margin cleaning with Ocusoft foam, can improve the quality of our natural tear film. Treatments can also be more involved, requiring medical treatments such as Restasis for treating inflammation that reduces the eyes ability to create it’s own tears.

 

From the eye doctors, opticians and staff at Rinkov Eyecare Centers. We’ve provided comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, eyeglasses, sunglasses and medical treatment of eye disease, such as cataract treatment, in Columbus, Ohio for over 35 years. Come see an optometrist at one of our Columbus locations – Downtown, West, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley, Worthington and Nationwide Plaza.

Exposure Keratitis and Sleeping with Your Eyes Open

We’ve all heard about people who sleep with their eyes open, but did you know that this can cause serious issues with your eyes?

Sleeping with the eyes open, either partially or fully, is actually a medical condition known as nocturnal lagophthalmos. This is a relatively common condition is a form of partial facial paralysis, and it can cause many eye issues.

When you cannot fully close your eyes during sleep, your eye is left exposed to air. Tears then evaporate, leaving the eye without the moisture it requires. When the eyes don’t have adequate moisture, patients are at a higher risk for eye infections and blurred vision. Many common symptoms include dryness, scratchiness, and a foreign body sensation, particularly upon waking. Patients who experience nocturnal lagophthalmos often notice that the symptoms worsen in the winter, due to the low humidity, both indoors and out.

The green specks are unhealthy cells that are at risk for infection.

The green specks are unhealthy cells that are at risk for infection.

The patient above has dry eye syndrome complicated by exposure keratitis. Her family members have confirmed that she doesn’t close her eyes when she sleeps. Her condition has also caused her to experience blurry vision that is not remedied by prescription eyeglasses. The external ocular photograph above is a popular method for monitoring treatment. The unhealthy cells that are at risk for infection appear as green spots and specks, while the blueish color is the light from the microscope.

Treatment for nocturnal lagophthalmos and resulting exposure keratitis and dry eye syndrome can include wearing a sleep mask, lubricating eye drops and ointments, and, in more serious cases, surgery. Because a number of underlying conditions can cause nocturnal lagophthalmos, it is important to speak with your eye care professional to determine the best course of treatment.

 From the eye doctors, opticians and staff at Rinkov Eyecare Centers. We’ve provided comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, eyeglasses, sunglasses and medical treatment of eye disease, such as cataract treatment, in Columbus, Ohio for over 35 years. Come see an optometrist at one of our Columbus locations – Downtown, West, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley, Worthington and Nationwide Plaza.

Tint Matters

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The tint of your sunglasses may seem like just a fashion preference, but did you know the tint you choose can also cater to your visual needs? The lens tint color you choose can determine how much visible light reaches your eyes.  Some tint colors improve contrast and color, while other tints may reduce both.  Quality prescription sun wear also protects your eyes from 99-100% of harmful ultraviolet radiation (UV-A and UV-B).

Generally, a gray or smoke lens tint is the most popular.  This shade reduces glare and does not distort colors. Gray is considered a general-purpose tint, and it best used when true color perception is most important. However, depending on your visual needs, other lens tints can offer benefits that are more specific.

Brown or amber tints provide contrast and minimize eyestrain.  These colors are ideal for high-glare sports like boating, skiing and snowboarding. For everyday use, brown or amber tints are excellent for driving.

For improved contrast in low-light conditions, a green tint is a good choice. This shade also reduces eyestrain in bright light, making it a popular multipurpose tint for daily wear.

Yellow and orange tints also provide excellent contrast in low-light conditions and are great to wear on overcast days. Additionally, this tint improves depth perception, making it an excellent choice for specialty lenses for sports like shooting.

You can enhance your lens tints by choosing polarized lenses. Polarization reduces reflected glare and protects your eyes from UV light, making it ideal for bright, sunny days. Check out Oakley’s guide to lens tints below before purchasing your next pair of sunglasses.

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 From the eye doctors, opticians and staff at Rinkov Eyecare Centers. We’ve provided comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, eyeglasses, sunglasses and medical treatment of eye disease, such as cataract treatment, in Columbus, Ohio for over 35 years. Come see an optometrist at one of our Columbus locations – Downtown, West, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley, Worthington and Nationwide Plaza.

You have a pterygium…now what?

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A pterygium is a growth of fibro-vascular tissue that develops on the conjunctiva, or white of the eye, and extends into the cornea, which is the clear covering over the colored part of the eye.  This type of tissue growth causes symptoms similar to dry eye, such as burning, redness, or a foreign body sensation.

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Over-the-counter lubricating eye drops or a short course of steroid eye drops commonly treat and manage these symptoms. However, if the tissue grows into a patient’s line of sight, surgical methods are needed to preserve vision.

Exposure to UV light causes many occurrences of pterygium, so wearing proper sun protection is key to preventing this tissue growth. Be sure to ask your eye care professional about polarized sunglasses, which block damaging UV rays. Foreign bodies also cause tissue growth, because the objects continuously rub across the surface of the eye. Make sure that you wear the proper safety glasses when exposure to foreign bodies is a risk.

From the eye doctors, opticians and staff at Rinkov Eyecare Centers. We’ve provided comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, eyeglasses, sunglasses and medical treatment of eye disease, such as cataract treatment, in Columbus, Ohio for over 35 years. Come see an optometrist at one of our Columbus locations – Downtown, West, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley, Worthington and Nationwide Plaza.

Why is my contact lens prescription a different strength than my glasses prescription?

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Many contact wearers notice that the numbers on their contact lens prescription are different from the numbers on their glasses prescriptions. While some patients may think this is a mistake, there is a very simple explanation: distance.

The distance at which a corrective lens sits from the eye causes a notable difference in the strength of the prescription. This can easily be demonstrated by taking one’s glasses and extending them further away from the surface of the eye. If you have a nearsighted prescription, you will notice the power of the lens becomes weaker as you move it further away, and a farsighted prescription becomes stronger as you move it further away. Because of this, it is important that glasses prescriptions be tested at a similar distance to where a frame sits from a patient’s eye. During an eye exam, your doctor uses a phoropter to present multiple lens options at approximately 12 millimeters from the surface of the eyes.

When fitting contact lenses, the prescription must be adjusted, because contacts are placed directly on the eye, which is 12 millimeters closer than eyeglass lenses.  For nearsighted prescriptions, this means that the minus power of the contact will need to be weaker than in a glasses prescription. For farsighted prescriptions, it means the plus power of the contact will need to be stronger than in a glasses prescription. This difference varies depending on the strength of the prescription and only affects prescriptions over four diopters.

From the eye doctors, opticians and staff at Rinkov Eyecare Centers. We’ve provided comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, eyeglasses, sunglasses and medical treatment of eye disease such as cataract treatment in Columbus, Ohio, for over 35 years. Come see an optometrist at one of our Columbus locations – Downtown, West, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley, Worthington and Nationwide Plaza.