Don’t dismiss eye pain or redness

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In our annual exams, we’ve noticed that many contact lens wearers have scarred corneas. They report that their contact lenses were uncomfortable in the past and that their eye was red for a few days but symptoms eventually went away. These symptoms are often the sign of an infection in the cornea from over-wearing contact lenses. These infections can cause ulcers on the cornea, which eventually scar. It is very important to stop wearing your contact lenses and see your eye doctor right away with any pain, redness or decreased vision in your contact lenses. If one of these scars forms over your pupil in your line of sight, permanent vision damage can result.

If you experience any of these symptoms, contact us immediately or request an appointment online. We care about your 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 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.*

The proper way to instill eye drops

How to properly use eye drops

Instilling eye drops can be challenging for some people. Remember that it’s your eyes’ natural defense mechanism that causes you to blink when something is coming towards them.  Knowing a proper technique can allow for easier and safer insertion.

Step 1: Wash your hands.

Step 2: While looking up, pull down your lower eye lid using your non-dominant hand.

Step 3: Using your dominant hand, hold the eye drop bottle approximately half an inch away from your eye and squeeze the bottle to dispense one drop. Be careful not to allow the tip of the bottle to touch any part of your eye or eyelid, as this can cause a bacterial contamination.

Step 4: Release your lower lid and blink your eyes as needed.  Refrain from rubbing your eyes or wiping them with a tissue; this may cause less than optimal absorption of the eye drop.

Let us know if you have any questions!

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 Ohio 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.*

Make Disposable Contacts your Summer Solution

Disposable Contact Lens

With summer in full swing, many people are active outside and on vacation. These are perfect opportunities to try a daily disposable contact lenses for three reasons.

  1. They’re much more convenient when you’re on-the-go because you won’t have any contact lens cases and solutions to pack.
  2. You can throw away daily disposable contact lenses after swimming. Contact lenses should not be worn while swimming, but if they are, they should be thrown away immediately after swimming.
  3. You can carry multiple disposable contact lenses. If one gets lost, you won’t be in a bind being away from home with a contact lens for only one eye or forced to wear your back-up glasses the whole vacation.

Take advantage of our August CONTACT LENS SPECIAL! $20 off annual supply of contact lenses (plus all manufacture rebates) through August 31.

Discover the ease and convenience of traveling and playing outside with disposable contact lenses today! Learn more about our contact lenses here or by visiting any of our five Columbus locations.

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 Ohio 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.*

Can a glasses prescription be used to get contact lenses?

vision wearOur patients sometimes ask us if a they can use their glasses prescription to purchase contact lenses. The short answer is no and if you see an eyecare professional that is using a glasses prescription for contact lenses, we strongly recommend that you RUN as fast as you can out of that office. A competent eyecare professional understands that taking shortcut can result in permanent vision loss for his/her patient. That said, there are several reasons why a glasses prescription cannot be used for contact lenses.

First, the strength of glasses and contact lenses are often different. This is because contact lenses sit closer to the eye and therefore don’t have to be as strong in near-sighted patients, and must be stronger in far-sighted patients. Also any amount of astigmatism is corrected in glasses, whereas astigmatism is only corrected precisely once it reaches a certain level in contact lenses, otherwise the near-sighted or far-sighted power is adjusted to account for this small amount of astigmatism.

Second, and most importantly, is that contact lenses must be matched to the measurements of the cornea that were obtained in the contact lens fitting. On a contact lens prescription the curvature and diameter of the contact lens are specified. The precise brand and material of contact lens must also be specified on the contact lens prescription. This is because all brands of contact lenses will fit, feel, and behave differently on the eye.

Most of our patients are unaware that contact lenses are a regulated medical device. Make you have a reputable eyecare professional perform a contact lens evaluation and fit. This process should take at least 2 visits to make sure that the contact lenses prescribed are right for your eye. Equally as important is to make sure you follow the doctors instructions as to how long you can wear the prescribed contact lenses and what type of solutions to use. Remember, your sense of sight is so important. Don’t risk damaging one of your most precious senses. See an professional and follow the instructions. Anyone is willing to sell you contact lenses without a proper contact lens prescription  is putting their profits ahead of your health.

To learn more about our contact lens evaluation, please click here: Contact Lenses in Columbus, Ohio.

From the Eye Doctor, Opticians and Staff of Rinkov Eyecare Centers. Providing quality comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, glasses, sunglasses and medical treatment of eye disease. Eye exams and eyeglasses in Columbus, Ohio for over 35 years. Come see an Optometrist at one of our Columbus Ohio 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.*

 

Reasons you should not sleep while wearing your contact lenses!

Traditionally there have been two main reasons why sleeping in contact lenses can be dangerous. The first is that the cornea becomes starved of oxygen and new blood vessels will grow into the cornea. The blood vessels are not transparent like the cornea and will block your vision. With the arrival of the newer silicone based contact lenses that are oxygen permeable, this problem has been greatly minimized. However the other reason for not sleeping in contact lenses still exists. That is that metabolic waste products from the cells of the cornea get trapped under the contact lens while sleeping and cause an inflammatory reaction. This can lead to infections, ulcers, and scarring, all of which can lead to permanent vision loss.

You only have two eyes… vision is so important. Don’t risk harm to one of you most important senses. If you are interested in special contact lenses which are approved for overnight wear, please give us a call.

From the Eye Doctor, Opticians and Staff of Rinkov Eyecare Centers. Providing quality comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, glasses, sunglasses and medical treatment of eye disease. Eye exams and eyeglasses in Columbus, Ohio for over 35 years. Come see an Optometrist at one of our Columbus Ohio 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.*

 

 

The Solution may be the Culprit

.A common complaint among contact lens wearers is dryness, especially toward the end of the day. While contact lenses can make pre-existing dry eye worse, the disinfecting solution being used can be a culprit too. Many of the store brand solutions are generics of the older versions of name brands. These older technology solutions tend not to disinfect as well and cause more eye irritation due to the preservatives in them. The name brand solutions are constantly improving their disinfecting ability and improving upon comfort of the preservatives in them. Some name brand solutions, once neutralized, are totally preservative free. It is best not to change cleaning solutions without first consulting your eye doctor.

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. Eye Doctors serving Columbus, Ohio for over 30 years. Downtown Columbus, West Columbus, Dublin, Westerville and Reynoldsburg.

www.rinkoveyecare.com

Multifocal Contact Lenses

For contact lens wearers over the age of forty, an excellent option for vision correction is multifocal contact lenses. One has to go into a multifocal fitting with the right expectations, however. Unlike a glasses multifocal which has distinct areas for distance and near, a multifocal contact lens blends distance and near simultaneously.This results in very good vision, however it will not be as good as distance only contact lenses or glasses. Many people will get some glare and haloes with nighttime driving. Also a pair of readers may be necessary for very small print, especially in low lighting.

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. Eye Doctors serving Columbus, Ohio for over 30 years. Downtown Columbus, West Columbus, Dublin, Westerville and Reynoldsburg.

www.rinkoveyecare.com

Why is it important to monitor the corneal endothelial cells?

Many people have asked me recently why it is important to monitor the corneal endothelial cells with a specular microscope, so I thought it would be a good topic to address.  The corneal endothelial cells have many important functions.  The most important are that they form a tight barrier to keep fluid from crossing from the aqueous (fluid in the front chamber of the eye) into the cornea and they pump excess fluid from the cornea.  This is important in allowing someone to see clearly because excess fluid can cause hazy or fluctuating vision.  Endothelial cells do not regenerate and due to the normal aging process the central cornea can lose 100 to 500 cells per year.   This number may be increased due to disease processes, contact lens overwear, surgery or trauma.   As these cells die they fall off into the anterior chamber of the eye and the remaining cells must change to accommodate the gap.  They do this by stretching or sliding into the empty position to fill the missing gap.  As they do this they change shape which is normal to a certain level, but when pushed to extremes can result in a breakdown of the cornea’s normal functions.   The specular microscope allows us to assess the health of the cells with pictures and also a numerical analysis so we may make appropriate changes to protect someone’s cornea.

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.

www.rinkoveyecare.com

Downtown – 614-224-2414 West – 614-878-7771

East – 614-861-7771 Westerville – 614-890-3577

Dublin – 614-978-9940

Contact Lenses for BiFocals!

Many people feel that once they need a bifocal, they are unable to wear contact lenses. This is not true. In fact there are several options available. A person can wear two contact lenses for distance vision and then wear over-the-counter reading glasses over the contact lenses when reading. Another option is called monovision. In this method, a person wears a contact lenses that focuses them at distance in one eye and another contact lens that focuses them at near in the other eye. The brain learns to ignore the blurry eye not being used. The third option is multifocal contact lenses. At one point these were not very successful, however they are much better now and have a high success rate. These contact lenses let the patient view distance and near out of both eyes without any glasses.

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.

www.rinkoveyecare.com

Downtown – 614-224-2414 West – 614-878-7771

East – 614-861-7771 Westerville – 614-890-3577

Dublin – 614-978-9940

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

Swimming with Contact Lenses

Contact lens wearers should not swim or use hot tubs while wearing their contact lenses. This is due to a specific type of infection to which contact lens wearing swimmers are particularly susceptible. The organism is called Acanthameoba, and is found especially in pond and lake water, but can also be in the chlorinated water of swimming pools and hot tubs. It can more rarely be found in tap water, which is why it is advised not to get water in the eyes while showering.

Acanthameoba is a single celled protozoa that has two life stages, active and cyst. Once in the contact lens from swimming, it gets into the cornea.

The infection is extremely painful, often more painful than what the eye looks like it should be. Because of its multiple life stages, it is very difficult to cure. Treatment can take a long time and multiple medications.

In severe cases, corneal transplant can be necessary.

The best way to avoid infection is to not swim in contact lenses. At the very least, wear swimming goggles to avoid getting water into the eyes. If water does get into the eyes, the contact lenses should be thrown away immediately after swimming. For this reason, daily disposable contact lenses can be the most convenient and economical option.

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.

www.rinkoveyecare.com

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