Halos and Starbursts!

Many people have trouble with Christmas lights looking like they have a halo around them or are star bursts. Our patients often notice similar issues with headlights at night. We see this all the time and it is typically due to uncorrected near- sightedness, far-sightedness, or astigmatism. Updating your glasses prescription can help as does a high quality anti-reflective treatment for your lenses. There is also something called higher order aberrations, which requires special equipment to diagnose (we have such equipment available at Rinkov Eyecare Center!).

Near-sightedness, far-sightedness, and astigmatism are lower order aberrations. Lower order aberrations are all that are corrected in typical glasses. Your eye doctor and his/her technicians can also perform tests to determine whether or not you have high order aberrations. If so, there are premium lenses available that do a wonderful job of correcting higher order aberrations (these lenses are especially great for eliminating glare at night).

Want to learn more about high order aberrations? Give your eye doctor a call (or call any of our offices!)

From the Optometrists, Opticians and Staff of Rinkov Eyecare Center. Providing quality comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, glasses, sunglasses and medical treatment of eye disease. Serving Columbus, Ohio for over 30 years. Downtown Columbus, West Columbus, Dublin, Westerville and Reynoldsburg.

www.rinkoveyecare.com

Downtown – 614-224-2414 West – 614-878-7771

East – 614-861-7771 Westerville – 614-890-3577

Dublin – 614-978-9940

*this advice is general in nature and does not constitute an exam. For specific advice, see your eye doctor.

Swimming with Contact Lenses

Contact lens wearers should not swim or use hot tubs while wearing their contact lenses. This is due to a specific type of infection to which contact lens wearing swimmers are particularly susceptible. The organism is called Acanthameoba, and is found especially in pond and lake water, but can also be in the chlorinated water of swimming pools and hot tubs. It can more rarely be found in tap water, which is why it is advised not to get water in the eyes while showering.

Acanthameoba is a single celled protozoa that has two life stages, active and cyst. Once in the contact lens from swimming, it gets into the cornea.

The infection is extremely painful, often more painful than what the eye looks like it should be. Because of its multiple life stages, it is very difficult to cure. Treatment can take a long time and multiple medications.

In severe cases, corneal transplant can be necessary.

The best way to avoid infection is to not swim in contact lenses. At the very least, wear swimming goggles to avoid getting water into the eyes. If water does get into the eyes, the contact lenses should be thrown away immediately after swimming. For this reason, daily disposable contact lenses can be the most convenient and economical option.

From the Optometrists, Opticians and Staff of Rinkov Eyecare Center. Providing quality comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, glasses, sunglasses and medical treatment of eye disease. Serving Columbus, Ohio for over 30 years. Downtown Columbus, West Columbus, Dublin, Westerville and Reynoldsburg.

www.rinkoveyecare.com

*this advice is general in nature and does not constitute an exam. For specific advice, see your eye doctor.

Cold Weather – Lots of Tears

A common complaint at the eye doctor’s office this time of year is excessive tearing. Although it may seem counter-intuitive, this is actually due to dry eye. The air outside is cold and has low humidity levels. Once inside the house the air is warm or in the car warm air is blowing at your face. This dries the eyes out and irritates them. The eyes then react as if there were something in the eyes by tearing. One way to combat this is to use frequent artificial tears. It is important to check with your Optometrist and make sure that you are getting a high quality artificial tear. These help to re- moisten the eyes and prevent them from drying out, causing the excessive tearing. You should never us contact lens solution in place of artificial tears.

From the Optometrists, Opticians and Staff of Rinkov Eyecare Center. Providing quality comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, glasses, sunglasses and medical treatment of eye disease.  Serving Columbus, Ohio for over 30 years. Downtown Columbus, West Columbus, Dublin, Westerville and Reynoldsburg.

www.rinkoveyecare.com

*this advice is general in nature and does not constitute an exam. For specific advice, see your eye doctor.