Is online shopping affecting your eyes?

Now that holiday shopping is in full force, online shopping can be good for your wallet but bad for your eyes. Excessive near vision tasks, such as working on a computer, can cause strain on the focusing system of the eyes, causing eye fatigue, blurred vision and headaches. Electronic devices, such as computer monitors, mobile phones and tablets, emit high-frequency UV rays known as blue light. Studies show blue light can irritate the eye, cause damage to the retina, and disrupt sleep cycles.

If you spend time in front of a digital device, your eye doctor can help combat the effects of blue light. Glasses with specially manufactured lens coatings that help block blue light and reduce glare can significantly improve computer vision. With the proper eyewear, you can have healthier, more comfortable eyes. Talk to your eye care professional about how computer glasses can improve and protect your vision. Call any of our eight locations to schedule your 20-Point Comprehensive Examination™ 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, 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.*

 

Customization: Clubs and glasses

By Dr. Christopher Jordan

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Soon my teenager will be custom fitted for golf clubs. His game is coming along nicely and off-the-shelf clubs now limit his performance. The clubs will be fitted for his height, lie angle, swing speed and flex. The weight of his driver will be fitted to the nearest five-gram increment. And there will be custom degrees of loft to maximize distance. Even the golf ball will be selected for blend of distance, feel and workability. All of this will be done to maximize performance.

Certainly off-the-shelf glasses, like golf clubs, can be serviceable. However, serviceable is far from maximum performance. Consider online glasses, for example. While Rx and PD are considered, A dimension, B dimension, ED, face form, geometric center, lens material, lens craftsmanship, pantoscopic tilt, and well-fit frames are left wanting.

Consider distance through near progressives at a typical desktop computer work station. These will likely require head tilting, head turning, and will generally have focusing issues and digital eye strain (see previous blogs on blue light). A computer progressive with blue blocking glare free yields the better performance.

Soon my son will be on to better golf shots and better scores through custom fit technology. And I will inherit his off-the-shelf clubs. But not for long! This cost-to-benefit analysis is a no-brainer. Our patients testify the same when they customize their glasses. Visit your eye care professional soon to inquire.

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.*

7 Tips for First-Time Bifocal Lens Wearers

Bifocal Lenses

Is it time for you to start wearing bifocal lenses? We understand they can take some getting used to, so we’ve compiled a list of tips that will help ease your transition to bifocal lenses:

  1. Understand what situations you want to use your glasses for and express this during your eye exam. There are many different types of bifocal lenses and knowing what you will use them for allows us to prescribe the best lens for you.
  2. Choosing the right frame can make all the difference. You want to make sure your frame allows enough room for you to comfortably look through the different focal points of the lens.
  3. Be sure your frames stay properly adjusted. If the lenses become misaligned with your eyes, your vision will vary greatly.
  4. Always point your nose toward what you want to focus on. Looking out of the side of your lens will often cause distortion.
  5. Keep your lenses clean and scratch free. Imperfections in the lens can cause significant blur.
  6. Realize that using a bifocal will be different than a single vision lens. Your eyes and brain will need time to adapt.
  7. Stick with your new glasses. Switching between different prescriptions can cause your eyes to have a much harder time adapting.

If you have any questions about your bifocal lenses, call or visit your nearest Rinkov Eyecare Centers location, and our eye doctors or opticians will be more than happy 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, 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.*

What’s all this I hear about blue light?

Blue light UV-C

Blue light is in the UV-C spectrum.

Blue light (UV-C) is any light with a wavelength between 380-500nm. Today we are exposed to more of this type of light than ever before due to our use of cell phones, tablets, computers, television screens and energy efficient LED light bulbs. Prolonged exposure to this light has been shown to cause change to the macula of the eye which may lead to possible macular degeneration. It has also been shown to suppress the secretion of melatonin in the body which can cause effects on a person’s circadian rhythms and may lead to an increased risk of depression.

gunnar computer glassesThere are currently lenses available that can help to block or reduce the amount of blue light transmission to the eye. These lens and coatings should be considered for anyone who is at risk of excessive exposure to blue light. This will have a soothing, less stress, less fatiguing effect on the eyes.

Stop by your nearest Rinkov Eyecare Centers location to learn more about blue light and what you can do to protect your eyes from its harmful effects.

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.*

Protect Your Eyes with New Computer Lenses

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Most people know about the damage that UV-A and UV-B light can have on their skin and eyes. But have you heard of UV-C light, or blue light? Blue light, one of the shortest light wavelengths, is virtually absent from sunlight and ordinary lamps. However, florescent light and the light from computer screens emit blue light. Elongated exposure to blue light can damage a person’s retina and macula.  Simply reading this post from a computer can begin the damage. Fortunately, eye wear manufacturers have produced new computer lenses that filter out blue light and protect the eyes. You can find this innovative new computer eye wear at Rinkov Eyecare Centers today!

Throughout the month of October, receive 30% off computer eye wear frames and lenses. This offer may not be combined with insurance or other offers. Call or stop by! Offer expires October 31, 2013.

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.*

Computer eye strain: Do your eyes ever feel tired or sore after working on the computer?

Most of us spend a good part of our work day staring at a computer screen and it is only natural that our eyes get tired.  Computer eye strain occurs due to a number of factors.  First of all when focusing on any object at a close distance our eyes must accommodate in order for the object to appear clear.  Accommodation is achieved when the ciliary body changes the form of the elastic lens within our eyes.

Prolonged accommodation causes our eyes to feel tired.  Another major contributor to computer eye strain is dryness.  Studies have shown when we focus on a screen our eyes tend to blink less then normal.  Decreased blinking leads to evaporation of the tear film which normally coats and protects the eyes surface.  Eliminating computer work would certainly fix these issues but for most of us that is not an option.  So instead it can be helpful to take ‘vision breaks’ throughout our work day.  Every 30-60 minutes try to look away from the computer screen and focus your eyes on a distance target or out a window.  This will allow your accommodation to relax and your eyes to blink more naturally. You should also speak with your eye doctor about specialty eyeglasses for the computer. Your eyes will thank you!

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.  Serving Columbus, Ohio for over 30 years. Downtown Columbus, 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.