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.

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Eye Drops are Meant to Drop in Your Eyes

Many people have trouble putting eye drops in their eyes when their optometrist prescribes them for them. Besides the obvious of dropping it right in the eye, there are a few tricks to getting eye drops in the eyes. One is to pull down on the lower lid while looking up slightly. The lower lid forms a little pouch, which the drops can be dropped into. The lower lid would be released and a few blinks would distribute the drop across the eye. Another trick is to tip the head back so that the eyes are pointed at the ceiling. With the eyes closed, the drop can be placed in the corner of the eye nearest the nose. Opening the eyes and tilting the head toward the ear on the same side will allow the eye drop to run into the eye. This would then be repeated for the other eye.

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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Morning Eye Irritation is Irritating!

Often patients will report waking in the morning with severe eye irritation, watering, blur, and light sensitivity. These symptoms will often dissipate after a few hours of being awake. One thing this can be due to is a condition called #lagophthalmos. This is a condition in which the patient sleeps with their eyes partially open. Therefore during the night the eyes dry out and the patient awakens to severe discomfort. A few ways to combat this problem are to tape the eyelids shut with medical tape before bed, or use a thick artificial tear ointment immediately before going to bed. This ointment protects the eye’s surface from drying out due to environmental exposure. The only real way to tell if you suffer from this condition is to have someone look at your eyes while you are sleeping. The first step is to call your Optometrist to see if lagophthalmos may be the cause of your morning eye irritation.

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.

Cold Weather – Lots of Tears

A common complaint at the eye doctor’s office this time of year is excessive tearing. Although it may seem counter-intuitive, this is actually due to dry eye. The air outside is cold and has low humidity levels. Once inside the house the air is warm or in the car warm air is blowing at your face. This dries the eyes out and irritates them. The eyes then react as if there were something in the eyes by tearing. One way to combat this is to use frequent artificial tears. It is important to check with your Optometrist and make sure that you are getting a high quality artificial tear. These help to re- moisten the eyes and prevent them from drying out, causing the excessive tearing. You should never us contact lens solution in place of artificial tears.

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.

Meibomitis

This is an inflammation of the meibomian glands which often causes the glands to be obstructed. The glands can also be infected by bacterial.. This is usually characterized by dry, burning eyes, or redness along the lid margins ( blepharitis ). Warm compresses may help reduce this problem. However, often prescription medication prescribed by your eye care professional is used to treat this.

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.

Meibomian Glands

The meibomian glands are found on the rim of the eyelids. If you look closely, you can see what looks like little holes on the lids. Your eye doctor can them with a biomicroscope which has a high degree of magnification . There are approximately 50 on the upper lid and 30 on the lower lid. These glands produce lipids and proteins which help the tear film from evaporating. If these are not working correctly, either by being clogged or by not producing properly,  vision can be affected . Vision could be intermittently blurred . One could also develop symptoms such as dryness.  You should consult  your vision care professional for treatment.

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.