Eye pain and watering upon awakening

Eye Pain Upon Awakening

Some people experience episodes of eye pain and watering upon awakening in the middle of the night or morning. One thing that can cause this is a condition called recurrent corneal erosions. Usually the patient has previously had an initial corneal abrasion or scratch, which usually heals without any problems. However, as the scratch is healing, the new surface cells of the cornea can take a few months to completely adhere to the cell layers below them. During the night, the eye dries out and the under side of the eyelid will stick to the new cells. When the eye is opened upon waking, the eyelid then rips off these new fresh corneal cells and reopens the abrasion, causing the symptoms of pain and watering. After seeking medical treatment, your eye doctor may recommend an over-the-counter artificial tear ointment before going to bed. This ointment will prevent the eye from drying out and the lid from adhering to the new corneal cells. This ointment should be used every night for a few months after any corneal abrasion.

If you’re experiencing similar eye pain and watering upon awakening, it’s important to schedule an appointment with your eye doctor immediately. Contact Rinkov Eyecare Centers today or request an appointment online. We’re here to help.

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 Columbus, Dublin, Westerville and Reynoldsburg.

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

Is something constantly rubbing your eye?

trichiasis

Many patients will report to the eye doctor’s office that they feel as though something is in their eye. While there may be something actually in their eye, other things can cause the feeling. One of the most common causes is dry eye. However, something that can occasionally cause this foreign body sensation is a condition known as trichiasis. Trichiasis is a condition where the eyelashes grow inward toward the eye instead of outward. This causes the lashes to continually rub against the cornea, severely irritating the eye. The remedy for trichiasis is for your eye doctor to pull the lashes with tweezers to stop the irritation. Unfortunately, this often has to be repeatedly done on a regular basis as the lashes grow back.

If your eyes are irritated or you continually feel like there’s something in your eye, contact Rinkov Eyecare Centers, and we can help you figure out what’s happening!

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 Columbus, Dublin, Westerville and Reynoldsburg.

CARE : 20|20 : LIFE

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

Why it’s necessary to dilate your eyes for an eye exam

Dilated pupil

Many patients ask during their eye exam if it’s really necessary to dilate their eyes. The answer is “Yes.” Looking into the eye through an undilated pupil is like trying to look into a dark room through a key hole with a flash light. Only very small areas of the retina can be seen at a time. When looking through a dilated pupil, it is like looking into the room through an open door. More areas of the retina can be seen at once and a view of the peripheral edges of the retina can be seen.

Optomap eye exam

Another option that rivals a dilated exam, and may even be better, is an Optomap® photo of the retina. This has the advantage of allowing a view of the entire retina at once. It also photographs it, so it can be referred back to in the future for comparison, looking for any changes. Either the Optomap® or a dilated examination of the eyes is very important, and it is the only way to detect the presence of bleeding in the eyes due to diabetes, high blood pressure, and a number of other diseases. They can also detect retinal holes, tears, detachments and tumors.

Contact your local Rinkov Eyecare Centers to schedule your eye exam today! You can also request an appointment online.

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 Columbus, Dublin, Westerville and Reynoldsburg.

CARE : 20|20 : LIFE

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

Rinkov Eyecare Centers on NBC4i: New Test Could Diagnose Diabetes Years Earlier

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Rinkov Eyecare Centers appeared on NBC4i news last night (November 5, 2013) to talk about our new test that can diagnose diabetes years earlier!

Watch the video here or read the script on NBC4i.

This groundbreaking technology that is only available at Rinkov Eyecare Centers. We are at the cutting edge of eye care and diabetes detection in Columbus, Ohio! Early detection can help prevent blinding retinopathy from developing. We recommend that patients who suffer from diabetes have regular eye check-ups and monitor for the signs of retinopathy.

If you’d like to learn more, feel free to give our office a call.