National Sunglasses Day – June 27

Everything has its day and June 27 is National Sunglasses Day!

To celebrate we’ve tracked down some fun sunglasses facts for your enjoyment!

  1. Polar bears have built in sunglasses! They have a third eye that helps them filter UV light!
  2. Every 14 seconds in the United States someone loses, breaks or sits on a pair of sunglasses.
  3. Elton John is rumored to have more than 1,000 pairs of sunglasses – that’s a lot of eyewear!
  4. Ray Ban created the wayfarer and aviator styles in the 1950s – these are still the two most popular styles over 60 years later.
  5. Ray Ban originally created aviators for pilots to cut down on glare at high altitudes.
  6. Every 90 seconds someone buys a pair of sunglasses on ebay.
  7. The first pair of sunglasses was sold in 1929 by Foster Grants on the Atlantic City Boardwalk
  8. The most expensive pair of sunglasses to be sold in an online auction were non other than The King’s shades – Elvis Presley’s sunglasses, worn at the Madison Square Garden performance in 1972, sold on ebay for a whopping $250,000.
  9. In 1936, the first pair of polarized sunglasses was designed by Edwin H. Land who used his Polaroid filter to help him create lenses.
  10. Most importantly, sunglasses protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun and reduce eyestrain in bright conditions.

What kind of sunglasses will you flaunt tomorrow?

Get Checked – Protect your Peeps!

When you hear the word melanoma is the first thing to come to mind skin cancer?

That’s the case for most people, but do you know about the dangers of Ocular Melanoma?

With Summer come the numerous warnings to protect our skin from the sun, so why not talk about Ocular Melanoma? After all, your eyes are pretty important!

So What is Ocular Melanoma?

Ocular Melanoma is a cancer of the melanin producing cells of the eye similar to that of the skin. In the eye ocular melanoma is a type of cancer that develops in pigment producing cells — the same cells that gives your skin, hair and eyes color. Just as you can develop melanoma on your skin, you can also develop it in your eye, however, it is not associated with UV exposure as it is in the skin.

Due to the fact that many ocular melanomas present in the back of the eye and are not readily visible, early detection is the key to a positive outcome.   Melanomas diagnosed and treated with less than 2mm thickness have a much better prognosis than those diagnosed at a later stage. Ocular melanomas are usually not detected until a latter date due to the lack of visual symptoms. When they do produce symptoms, they may include:

  • flashes of light
  • blurry vision
  • loss of peripheral vision
  • distortion of pupil size
  • a growing spot on the iris

In any case the best way to catch ocular melanomas early is with regular comprehensive eye exams.

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.

Eye Health Promoting Nutrients & Foods

We have all heard that carrots are beneficial to eye health.  While carrots do provide an important vitamin A called Betacarotene, there are other foods important to your vision and ocular health.

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Here are 6 eye-healthy nutrients and the foods that will supply you with them

1-2. Nutrients – Lutein & Zeaxanthin

What They Do – Reduce the risk of chronic eye diseases, including age-related         macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts.

What To Eat – Green leafy veggies and bright red & yellow foods are chock full! Try spinach, broccoli, kale, tomatoes, mangos or EVEN EGG YOLKS! Yep it’s not just all about those trendy egg whites anymore!

3.    Nutrients - Omega-3 Fatty Acids

What They Do – Help support proper visual development and retinal function.

What To Eat – Try eating salmon, tuna and mackerel.

4.    Nutrient – Vitamin C

What It Does - Lowers the risk of developing cataracts, and when taken in combination with other essential eye-healthy nutrients can reduce the risk of macular degeneration (AMD) and visual acuity loss.

What To Eat – Grapefruit, brussels sprouts, strawberries, papaya, oranges, or green peppers.

5.    Nutrient – Vitamin E

What It Does - Protect cells of the eyes from damage caused by unstable molecules called free radicals, Which break down healthy tissue. It also reduces age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and the formation of cataracts.

What To Eat – Sunflower seeds, wheat germ, almonds, or pecans.

6.    Nutrient - Zinc

What It Does - Plays a vital role in bringing Vitamin A from the liver to the retina in order to produce melanin, a protective pigment in the eyes.

What To Eat – Turkey, oysters, crab, eggs, peanuts, or whole grains.

In addition to benefitting eye health, these nutrients also support overall systemic health. So make sure to eat your greens and you err…mackerel!

 

 

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.

 

 

Happy Healthy Vision Month!

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May is a busy month.  May includes the Kentucky Derby, Mother’s Day, the last day of school, the Indianapolis 500, and even International Tuba Day.

It is also Healthy Vision Month!

This is the perfect time to make your eye health a priority.  The National Eye Institute advises 5 things to protect your eyes:

1.  Get a dilated eye exam.

  • This thorough evaluation of your retinal health allows early detection of conditions such as glaucoma and macular degeneration.
  • It can also reveal ocular damage from systemic conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes.

2.  Live a healthy lifestyle:

  • Eat healthy foods.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Manage any chronic health issues like diabetes and high blood pressure.
  • Don’t smoke.

3.  Learn your family history and share that information with your eye doctor.

  • Many eye diseases are inherited.
  • Is there glaucoma, macular degeneration, or blindness in your family?

4.  Use protective eye wear:

  • Protective eye wear can prevent 90% of all eye injuries.
  • Use goggles, face shields, safety glasses, or full-face respirators when needed for work or hobbies.
  • Wear sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses for sports such as baseball/softball and basketball.

5.  Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the damage of UV rays.

  • UV radiation is linked to the development of cataracts, macular degeneration, and pterygium.
  • Sunglasses should block 100% of UV-A and UV-B rays.
  • A hat with a brim will provide further protection.

Rinkov Eyecare is here to help you make your eye health the priority it should be.

 

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.

My Eyes Are Swelling! Could It Be Vernal Conjunctivitis!?

Vernal conjunctivitis is a chronic allergic reaction involving the eyes in which the outer lining of the eyes swell.

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It is most common in the spring and summer and among young men and those with a strong history of allergies.

Symptoms include:

  • Strong itching and burning sensation
  • Swollen eyes
  • Sensitivity to bright

If you experience these symptoms please consult your eye care provider. Your eye care provider can diagnose vernal conjunctivitis with an eye exam. If left untreated possible complications include continued discomfort, reduced vision,  or scarring of the cornea.

Treatments include:

  • Cool compresses placed over the eyes
  • Allergy eye drops
  • Steroids in severe cases.

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.

Why won’t my eyes stop watering?

dry eyesOur tears function to lubricate, protect and keep our eyes comfortable. There are a number of reasons for our eyes to create what seems to be too many tears causing our eyes to water.

  1. Dry Eye Syndrome (DES) yes, dry eyes can water! This is often a reflex tear or a “thin” poor quality tear film.
  2. Allergies: itching burning watery eyes in response to environmental allergens (pet dander, pollens, dust, etc.).
  3. Irritants: dry air (increased evaporation), bright lights, computer eyes strain, wind, chopping onions, chemical vapors or fumes, cigarette smoke.
  4. Tear duct blockage, yes just like a sink drain, our eyes have drains. These can become clogged and not allow our tears to properly drain.
  5. Infection, bacterial or viral.
  6. And of course an emotional movie, but you already knew that ;-)

Treatments can be as simple as using a artificial lubricating tear drops to thicken the tear film and reduce the eyes reaction to the causative agent. Daily lid hygiene, warm compresses and gentle lid margin cleaning with Ocusoft foam, can improve the quality of our natural tear film. Treatments can also be more involved, requiring medical treatments such as Restasis for treating inflammation that reduces the eyes ability to create it’s own tears.

 

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.

Ocular side effects of amiodarone

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Amiodarone is a systemic medication that is used to treat cardiac arrhythmias. It can have many side effects, but a common effect on the eye is a condition called vortex keratopathy. In vortex keratopathy, deposits are formed in the cornea that can commonly cause glare and irritation. This glare and irritation tends to increase with continued use. The best way to treat the keratopathy is to decrease the dosage, but this is not always an option. In those cases, the keratopathy can be treated with lubricants and glare protection, but this solution may not always work. Amiodarone may also lead to optic neuropathy, retinopathy and caratacts, as well as mask many other underlying eye disorders. It is important to maintain regular evaluations to monitor the progression of the keratopathy, as well as monitor for development of more serious complications.

If you are taking Amiodarone, be sure to schedule regular visits with your eye doctor to maintain optimal eye health.

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.*

Preventing nearsightedness in children

Preventing Nearsightedness in Children

Peripheral defocus is a hot topic in the prevention of myopia (nearsightedness) in children. Peripheral defocus comes from the concept that the entire back surface of the eye is not in focus at any one time for someone to see. Even if the central retina is in focus, the peripheral retina may be under or over corrected. Research is being conducted to see if controlling the peripheral defocus may control myopia and aid in nearsightedness control. Researchers are also trying to detect if hyperopic defocus or myopic defocus may be a marker for future development of myopia. Many studies have been designed to test if altering the peripheral defocus with different types of lenses or contact lenses may have an impact on peripheral defocus and in slowing myopic progression. Previous studies involving single vision lenses, soft contacts and RGPs have shown varied results. In 2013 a study by Berntsen found that progressive lenses caused a superior myopic shift in peripheral defocus and less central myopic progression in children. Further studies have found that soft multifocal contact lenses may also have the ability to slow myopia progression. If further research continues to show a decrease in myopia, progressive lenses, anti-fatigue lenses and soft multifocal contact lenses may be a useful tool in slowing myopia progression in at-risk children.

Stay proactive with your child’s eye health. Contact your child’s eye doctor to schedule his or her next annual eye exam.

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.*

My eyes are twitching and I’m stressed!

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Stress can have many effects on the eye. It can manifest as blurry vision, distorted vision, tunnel vision, tension and headaches. Eye twitching, or blepharospasms, may also be common in times of increased stress. The increased adrenaline released by prolonged anxiety is a common cause. In cases of central serous retinopathy, which is common in individuals of high stress jobs, there is swelling in the central macular area of the retina.  This leads to a sudden onset distortion or blur to the central vision. It may resolve under close observation or may require laser treatment to control the swelling. Lid twitching will commonly resolve with resolution of the stress. In extreme cases, botox may be needed to control the twitching.

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.*

Is ocular rosacea caused by eye mites?

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Demodex are a group of mites that have been known to live on the skin of up to 80% of the population. They are usually thought to be harmless, but new research from Ireland has closely linked the bacteria in the mites to Rosacea. Ocular Rosacea is a common skin condition that, when left untreated, may lead to increased dry eye symptoms and blepharitis. Rosacea is currently known to be worsened by stress, heat and humidity, but the research from Ireland believes the bacteria in the Demodex may worsen the Rosacea. More research is needed in this area, but it has lead many eye care practitioners to prescribe eyelid cleansers that target Demodex in the treatment of blepharitis and dry eye 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. 

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.*