What is Fuchs’ endothelial dystrophy?

Fuch's endothelial dystrophy

Fuchs’ endothelial dystrophy is a genetic condition that affects the back layer of cells on the cornea called the endothelium. When a person has Fuchs’ endothelial dystrophy, small proteins called guttae begin to form on the endothelium, and the proteins interrupt endothelial cell function. Endothelial cells are responsible for regulating the amount of fluid in the cornea and maintaining crisp vision.  As guttae progress, they lead to decreased vision, light sensitivity and pain from the resulting swelling and small blisters that may develop on the cornea.  Luckily guttae may be detected early during a comprehensive eye exam and may be closely monitored by specialized testing, such as with a specular microscope.

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.*

Eye discomfort: Old contacts or something more serious?

Image of eye discomfort

Often when performing a yearly exam on a contact lens wearer, we may find small circular scars on the cornea. Patients often say they’ve experienced contact lens discomfort, redness and light sensitivity that lasted a few days to a week. They assumed they were wearing the contact lens too long or it was dirty and needed replaced. While it is true that an old or dirty contact lens can cause discomfort, the discomfort should stop upon removal of the contact lens. Scars that are seen on the cornea are a sign that the patient was developing an ulcer on the cornea. An ulcer is an area where bacteria start to eat into the surface of the cornea. This is dangerous because scarring over your line of sight can lead to worsening eye damage or even permanent vision loss.

Any time a contact lens wearer experiences pain, redness or decreased vision, he or she should remove the contact lens immediately and visit their eye doctor to catch any problems early. Call 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, 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.*

Many children have anisometropia. What is it?

childhood anisometropia

Anisometropia. This unusual word refers to a common visual condition. Anisometropia is where the prescription of each eye is different. A small difference is very common and has no symptoms, but a large difference in the prescriptions has noticeable symptoms. These symptoms may include double vision, headaches and visual discomfort. In very young children, anisometropia frequently causes amblyopia, or lazy eye. In the developing child, there is a failure to use the eye with the greater  prescription, as it becomes “lazy” or amblyopic. It is critical to detect and treat this condition as early as possible. At Rinkov Eyecare Centers, we encourage all children have regular vision exams beginning at age four.

Schedule a children’s eye exam today at one of our seven convenient 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 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.*

Dr. Rinkov on Daytime Columbus

Dr. Mark Rinkov appeared on Daytime Columbus with Gail Hogan this past Wednesday, as the show highlights businesses that have won the Consumer’s Choice Award. In fact, Rinkov Eyecare Centers has won the prestigious award every year since 2002!

In his interview, Dr. Rinkov explains the negative effects that harmful blue light can have on your eyes, and he also touches on dry eye diseasediabetes and macular degeneration.

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Dry eyes and the long winter

Dry Eye

The further we go into winter, the more patients we see with dry eye. The usual symptoms include the following: foreign body sensation, irritation, redness, tearing, sties, flaky eyelid skin, contact lens intolerance and blurred vision. Environmental factors include low humidity, circulated air in offices, smoking and an increase in time spent on the computer or reading. Medications can also play a role. Depending on the type of dry eye, tear deficient or evaporative, patients report great success with a “pulse” of therapy. None of us prefer long-term medication as an initial treatment plan, and pulses of treatment for four to six weeks can be very effective. These pulses can also limit chances of it progressing into a more chronic/inflammatory dry eye. Add in a little nutrition support and some home therapy, and you won’t have to “live with it!”

If you’re experiencing symptoms of dry eye, see your eye care practitioner soon for evaluation and treatment.

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.*

Diabetes melitus and your eyes

Diabetes affects your eyes

Diabetes Melitus is a leading cause of blindness and may have devastating effects on the retina. To help prevent and control diabetic eye disease, the National Institutes of Health recommends that anyone over the age of 45 should be tested for diabetes or prediabetes, especially if they are overweight or obese. Individuals under 45 should also consider testing if they are overweight or have a history of hypertension or high triglyceride levels.  Other risk factors for diabetes that may warrant testing include physical inactivity or a close relative with diabetes. Individuals of African American, Hispanic, Alaska Native, American Indian or Pacific Island decent are also of increased risk and should consider testing. Women with a history of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, gestational diabetes or giving birth to a child weighing over 9 lbs also have an increased risk.

Diabetes is a serious disease that affects many organs of the body, including your eyes. If you’re concerned that diabetes may be affecting your eyes, schedule an appointment with your eye doctor 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 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.*

Asteroid Hyalosis: A common condition in patients over 60

asteroid hyalosis eye

Asteroid Hyalosis is a vitreal disorder that is usually discovered during an annual comprehensive exam.  It is a benign condition that usually does not express any symptoms to the patient, but the examining doctor may see a vitreous full of bright yellow or white refractile particles.  The particles could be the collagen beginning to age, or it could be changes to the hyaluronic acid in the vitreous.  This is why it is most common in patients over 60.  Although the condition tends to progress with time, it usually does not require treatment and may be monitored with annual eye exams.  In rare cases where the retina is unable to be properly monitored and the individual has retinal disease, such as diabetic retinopathy or retinal defects, corrective action with surgery may be required.

As you can see, the 20-Point Comprehensive Eye Exam® at Rinkov Eyecare Centers is extremely important not only for your vision, but for your eye health. It can detect problems that many eye exams cannot. Contact Rinkov Eyecare Centers today, 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.*

Sudden blurry vision

central serous retinopathy

Central serous retinopathy is a condition characterized by sudden onset central blurry or distorted vision.  It is caused by fluid that accumulates in the back of the eye, at the central macula.  No one really is sure of the cause, but it is most common in males in their 30′s to 40′s under higher amounts of stress.  Your eye doctor can diagnose this with an OCT or using fluorescein angiography.  Many cases resolve under close supervision or, in some instances, with laser treatment.  In many cases, 20/20 acuity is restored but some individuals may report a mild decrease in vision for many months after the fluid has decreased.

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.*

Is something constantly rubbing your eye?

trichiasis

Many patients will report to the eye doctor’s office that they feel as though something is in their eye. While there may be something actually in their eye, other things can cause the feeling. One of the most common causes is dry eye. However, something that can occasionally cause this foreign body sensation is a condition known as trichiasis. Trichiasis is a condition where the eyelashes grow inward toward the eye instead of outward. This causes the lashes to continually rub against the cornea, severely irritating the eye. The remedy for trichiasis is for your eye doctor to pull the lashes with tweezers to stop the irritation. Unfortunately, this often has to be repeatedly done on a regular basis as the lashes grow back.

If your eyes are irritated or you continually feel like there’s something in your eye, contact Rinkov Eyecare Centers, and we can help you figure out what’s happening!

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.*