What is a cataract?

Many people have heard the term cataract before, but are unsure as to what exactly it is. A cataract is a clouding of the natural crystalline lens of the eye. This lens sits right behind the iris, the colored part of the eye. It is used to help focus when reading at near. Due to ageing, ultra-violet light exposure, injury, or certain medications, it can start to yellow and become opaque. This clouded lens, or cataract, can cause a glasses prescription change, glare, blur, and washing out of colors. Once the visual symptoms become bothersome enough, your optometrist will refer you to an eye surgeon to have it removed. An artificial lens is then inserted into the eye to help maintain the optical power of the eye.
One of the best ways to slow down the progression of cataracts or delay their onset is to protect your eyes from UV light. This can be achieved by wearing sunglasses when outdoors. This is important year round, not just in the summer months. Your optometrist will monitor for any cataract changes at your yearly eye exam.

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. Eye Doctor serving Columbus, Ohio for over 30 years. Downtown Columbus, West Columbus, Dublin, Westerville and Reynoldsburg.

When a stye doesn’t cooperate?

 

Many of us are a familiar with the stye, also called internal or external hordeolum. All of moms remedies that use heat apply, right? Hot washcloth compresses, hot tea bag, microwaved potato in a paper towel? Can you then eat this potato? I’ll take mine loaded, thank you.

I recently had a stye resistant to compresses, and then resistant to topical and oral antibiotics. Two weeks later I was left with a pebble like bump in the lid called chalazion. Unsightly and at risk for repeated difficulties, I opted for excision; surgeon speak for cut and drain. All better now, but I’m not anxious to hear scalpel , “slight” burn, or cautery any time soon.

Bottom line. If your stye doesn’t show nice progress within 24 hours by your favorite home remedy, visit your eye care practitioner early on to help avoid excision.

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. Eye Doctor serving Columbus, Ohio for over 30 years. Downtown Columbus, West Columbus, Dublin, Westerville and Reynoldsburg.

Changing Eye Color

I have seen a number of patients over the past few weeks who have noticed their dark brown eyes turning a whitish blue color. This is known as Arcus Senilis. The change in color is due to a build of lipids and cholesterol in the corneas stroma. The deposits usually form in a ring like shape around the outer edge of the cornea which lies on top of the iris, or colored part of the eye. This whitish blue ring covers the iris’s natural color. The appearance of this ring can be an indication of hypercholesterolemia if occurring at a young age but can also be seen in some patients over 60 who have normal lipid levels. If you begin to notices changes in the appearance of your eye color it is best to follow up with your optometrist for a full evaulation.

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. Eye Doctors serving Columbus, Ohio for over 30 years. Downtown Columbus, West Columbus, Dublin, Westerville and Reynoldsburg.

Medications with Glaucoma

Have you ever seen as a warning on any of your medications that they should not be taken if you have glaucoma? The reason for this is that these medications can cause a slight dilation of the eyes. Glaucoma is a condition in which the pressure of the fluid in the eye is too high. This fluid, known as aqueous, is produced behind the iris, flows forward through the pupil and drains out in the angle formed by the back of the cornea and the front of the iris. When the pupil dilates, this drainage angle narrows, thus impeding some of the outflow of the aqueous. This can cause the aqueous to backup and therefore fluid pressure in the eye to elevate. This can be especially dangerous in someone who has a form of glaucoma in which the angle is already narrow or whose pressure is already elevated. When in doubt, it is best to consult your eye doctor before taking any of these medications with such warnings.

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. Eye Doctors serving Columbus, Ohio for over 30 years. Downtown Columbus, West Columbus, Dublin, Westerville and Reynoldsburg.