Dry eyes and the long winter

Dry Eye

The further we go into winter, the more patients we see with dry eye. The usual symptoms include the following: foreign body sensation, irritation, redness, tearing, sties, flaky eyelid skin, contact lens intolerance and blurred vision. Environmental factors include low humidity, circulated air in offices, smoking and an increase in time spent on the computer or reading. Medications can also play a role. Depending on the type of dry eye, tear deficient or evaporative, patients report great success with a “pulse” of therapy. None of us prefer long-term medication as an initial treatment plan, and pulses of treatment for four to six weeks can be very effective. These pulses can also limit chances of it progressing into a more chronic/inflammatory dry eye. Add in a little nutrition support and some home therapy, and you won’t have to “live with it!”

If you’re experiencing symptoms of dry eye, see your eye care practitioner soon for evaluation and 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 and Nationwide Plaza. 

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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.*

Can your eyes change color?

Eye Colors

Many people are under the impression that their eye color can change with their mood or the weather. This is impossible. What causes the eye to be a certain color is the type and amount of pigment that is in the iris. This iris pigment is typically permanent by six months of age. The pigment cannot change day to day, just as the pigment in our hair or skin cannot change from day to day. Any day to day variations in eye color are most likely due to differences in light brightness and type of lighting (i.e. sunlight, incandescent, or fluorescent) in the current surroundings.

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 and Nationwide Plaza. 

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.*

Diabetes melitus and your eyes

Diabetes affects your eyes

Diabetes Melitus is a leading cause of blindness and may have devastating effects on the retina. To help prevent and control diabetic eye disease, the National Institutes of Health recommends that anyone over the age of 45 should be tested for diabetes or prediabetes, especially if they are overweight or obese. Individuals under 45 should also consider testing if they are overweight or have a history of hypertension or high triglyceride levels.  Other risk factors for diabetes that may warrant testing include physical inactivity or a close relative with diabetes. Individuals of African American, Hispanic, Alaska Native, American Indian or Pacific Island decent are also of increased risk and should consider testing. Women with a history of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, gestational diabetes or giving birth to a child weighing over 9 lbs also have an increased risk.

Diabetes is a serious disease that affects many organs of the body, including your eyes. If you’re concerned that diabetes may be affecting your eyes, schedule an appointment with your eye doctor today.

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 and Nationwide Plaza. 

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.*