Why does my vision get blurry as I age?

bifocals, blurry vision and presbyopia

A frequent complaint at the eye doctor’s office is that reading material is blurry, especially in patients after the age of forty. Why is this? The short answer: It’s a natural condition of the eye called presbyopia. The long answer: The eye has a flexible crystalline lens that sits behind the iris and is surrounded by muscles. These muscles cause the crystalline lens to flex and change focus to nearby objects. During presbyopia, the lens starts to stiffen and cannot flex to focus. This is a slow process that progressively worsens over 15 to 20 years. As the crystalline lens hardens, reading glasses or bifocals are needed to make up for the lost focusing ability.

It’s important to have your eyes checked annually in order to make sure you have the proper prescription as your eyes continue to change. Contact a Rinkov Eyecare Centers location near you or request an appointment online. We care about your eye health for life.

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.*

What is lazy eye?

Lazy eye | Amblyopia

Lazy eye, or amblyopia, is a common eye condition found in childhood. Lazy eye can develop anytime when one eye isn’t seeing as well as the other eye. There are three main causes:

  1. When one eye is significantly more far-sighted than the other eye.
  2. When one eye turns in, out, up or down while the fellow eye is looking straight ahead.
  3. When the  vision is blocked  in one eye, either from a congenital cataract or drooping eyelid.

Lazy eye can usually be prevented from becoming permanent if treated in early childhood. Not a lot can be done to improve the vision in the lazy eye after that time. It is very important to have children see an eye doctor when they start grade school (at the latest) to screen for such problems.

We care about your child’s vision. Contact us to schedule a children’s eye exam for your child, or request 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 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.*

Diabetes and Your Eyes

Diabetic Retinopathy

An annual eye exam is important for everyone, but especially for people with diabetes. Diabetes can severely affect a person’s eyes and vision if the damage goes undetected and untreated. Diabetes affects the back inside surface of the eye called the retina. Diabetes decreases the blood flow to the retinal tissue, which results in an insufficient amount of oxygen to the retinal cells. There may be areas with bleeding, and new blood vessel growth can be damaging. All of these are much easier to treat and have a better prognosis when found and treated early. People with no history of diabetic retinopathy are recommended to have yearly dilated exams, and those with mild retinopathy may be required to have more frequent exams.

It’s important to take care of your eye health. Request an appointment for your comprehensive eye exam 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 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.*

Wide-field imaging helps detect retinal holes

The formation of retinal holes is not completely understood, but it likely involves areas of retinal thinning and/or traction from age-related changes to the vitreous (the jelly-like sac that fills the center of the eye). Many atrophic retinal holes aren’t associated with any symptoms, but some present flashes or floaters out of the corner of the eye. Retinal holes, or breaks, in limited cases can progress to retinal detachment.

Retinal Hole

Retinal Hole

This patient (on the left) had no symptoms, but had elected for a wide-field retinal image as part of her annual comprehensive eye exam, upon which an incidental diagnosis was made. Imaging is quick, painless and inexpensive. Because she was asymptomatic, not highly nearsighted and had no family history of retinal detachment, no treatment was indicated. Imaging will be used on an annual basis to track her retina.

Ask for a wide-field image for your next annual comprehensive eye exam to check for retinal holes.

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.

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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.*

Depth Perception – Explained by an Optometrist

Depth PerceptionWhile depth perception can be obtained by context cues such as size difference between near and distant objects, true depth perception, or stereopsis, is obtained by viewing an object with both eyes simultaneously from slightly different viewing angles. This difference in viewing angles between the two eyes is known as parallax. The greater the difference in parallax between the two eyes, the greater the depth perception. Therefore, someone with wide-set eyes has slightly better depth perception than someone with close-set eyes. Further, people who only have one eye (or one eye that turns properly) are not able to focus two eyes at the same object at the same time. These people will typically have very poor depth perception.

Want to learn more about depth perception or think your eyes may not be working well together? Contact our offices for a 20-Point Eye Exam™ and all your questions will be answered!

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.

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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.*

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Cloudy Crystalline Lens – the Cataract!

sim-cataractCataracts are one of the leading causes of blindness in the world. Cataracts are formed when the natural crystalline lens in the eye becomes clouded or opaque. Cataracts can be removed surgically once they become significant enough. Cataract progression can be minimized by wearing sunglasses to block harmful UV light from entering the eye. Nutrition has also been found to play a role in minimizing cataract progression. Many studies have shown that the vitamins C and E are helpful in delaying cataract formation. Studies have also shown that the daily intake of the carotenoid antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, the only carotenoids found in the lens, can be beneficial as well. These nutrients can be obtained through a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables, or through vitamin supplementation. Many eye doctors carry supplements in potencies stronger than that which can be obtained over-the-counter, as these nutrients have also been found to benefit the area of the retina called the macula.

For more information on cataracts, including some excellent educational videos on cataracts, CLICK HERE

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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 is a Pinguecula?

A pinguecula is an area of degeneration of the deep conjunctival layers.  In other words, it is an area of disrupted tissue on the white part of one’s eye.  Usually located at the 3- or 9-oclock position near the cornea the tissue may appear slightly yellowed or red due to an increase of blood vessels in the area.  The tissue may be raised or flat.  Pingueculas arise from over exposure to UV light or chronic irritation of the tissue caused by dust or wind.  It is important to protect one’s eyes from such elements with sun or safety glasses depending on the environment.  If the tissue is continually subjected to irritation it can expand into the cornea and cause dryness, discomfort and eventually decreased vision.  Once this occurs surgery is often needed to remove the tissue.  It is important for people of all ages to protect their eyes from sun light and other irritants to prevent pingueculas from forming.

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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.*

I’m seeing shapes and colors! What does it mean?

Many people will report to the eye doctor complaining of seeing strange shapes and colors in their vision. One cause of this can be a phenomenon called ocular migraines. In an ocular migraine, patients will often see zigzag lines in the shape of an arc. Some people describe it as looking like a kaleidoscope. It is usually just off of their central vision and then enlarges until it disappears. The patient may or may not then experience a headache. The whole episode usually lasts 5 to 30 minutes.It is thought that the cause is similar to that of migraine headaches and can be triggered by similar things,such as stress, caffeine, MSG, some antibiotics, sulfites, and hormones, just to name a few.

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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.*

Becoming an Eye Donor

More than 40,000 U.S.residents were in need of a corneal transplant just last year.  With a 95% success rate a corneal transplant can restore a patient’s sight and greatly improve their quality of life.  Any one can be a donor regardless of age, blood type, or refractive error.  Corneal tissue must be donated within 12 hours after death and be transplanted within seven days.  The Central Ohio Lions Eye Bank facilitates the retrieval of donated tissue and the transplantation to the recipient.  They are also involved in educating physicians and furthering eye research.  To become an organ donor simple go to www.bmv.ohio.gov and click on the donate life tab.  From there you can specify to be a donor of all organs, tissues, and eyes or you click individually on which areas you which to donate and for what purpose they may be used.  The need is great and donations are limited so please considering giving someone the gift of sight.

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When a stye doesn’t cooperate?

 

Many of us are a familiar with the stye, also called internal or external hordeolum. All of moms remedies that use heat apply, right? Hot washcloth compresses, hot tea bag, microwaved potato in a paper towel? Can you then eat this potato? I’ll take mine loaded, thank you.

I recently had a stye resistant to compresses, and then resistant to topical and oral antibiotics. Two weeks later I was left with a pebble like bump in the lid called chalazion. Unsightly and at risk for repeated difficulties, I opted for excision; surgeon speak for cut and drain. All better now, but I’m not anxious to hear scalpel , “slight” burn, or cautery any time soon.

Bottom line. If your stye doesn’t show nice progress within 24 hours by your favorite home remedy, visit your eye care practitioner early on to help avoid excision.

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