How Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome can affect the eyes

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome is a variety of genetic disorders that affect the body’s ability to correctly produce collagen. Collagen is important in the production of connective tissue because it gives it stretch and strength. Since connective tissue is present in many different and important parts of the body, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome can affect many of the body’s important organs including but not limited to the skin, joints, lungs, eyes, cardiovascular system and gastrointestinal system. Some individuals may experience severe and even life threatening symptoms, while others tend to be mild. In the eye, Ehlers-Danlos may first be noted in children due to the appearance of extra folds of skin near the inner corner of the eyes. Patients may also have a thin sclera, or in rare cases, a hole in the sclera. Nearsightedness has also been associated with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.

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. 

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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.*

The truth about over-the-counter reading glasses

reading glasses

Around age forty, many people begin to have trouble seeing to read. Many people are tempted to try over-the-counter reading glasses. While these glasses may work for some people, they have their limitations. Over-the-counter reading glasses provide the exact same prescription in both lenses, which most people do not have. Also, they provide no correction for astigmatism, which is very common. Prescription reading glasses from your eye doctor are able to correct your prescription precisely. They can also give you multiple focal distances all in one pair. Therefore, you would be able to focus on your computer monitor and focus to read a book all with one pair of glasses. Over-the-counter reading glasses, on the other hand can only focus at one point, causing you to have to carry multiple pairs of glasses.

For proper reading glasses that fit your exact prescription, visit your eye doctor or schedule 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, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley, Worthington 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.*