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.*

How to prevent an eye disease

Rinkov Eyecare Centers 20-Point Eye Exam

Many people only go to the eye doctor when they are having trouble with their eye sight. While this is a valid reason to see the eye doctor, everyone should have an annual eye exam whether they are seeing well or not. Many medical conditions of the eye are painless or have no symptoms until irreversible harm has occurred to the eye. Glaucoma is a painless condition that slowly damages the optic nerve, the nerve that connects the eye to the brain, until blindness results. Retinal holes and tears can often have no symptoms but can easily progress to retinal detachment which can cause blindness. Tumors of the retina can be both vision threatening and life threatening, but they will often have no symptoms until too late. All of these conditions can be detected in a routine eye exam and can be treated before they result in permanent vision loss.

If you haven’t yet done so, schedule your 2014 eye exam today! You can contact one of our seven locations 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.*

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.*

Why it’s necessary to dilate your eyes for an eye exam

Dilated pupil

Many patients ask during their eye exam if it’s really necessary to dilate their eyes. The answer is “Yes.” Looking into the eye through an undilated pupil is like trying to look into a dark room through a key hole with a flash light. Only very small areas of the retina can be seen at a time. When looking through a dilated pupil, it is like looking into the room through an open door. More areas of the retina can be seen at once and a view of the peripheral edges of the retina can be seen.

Optomap eye exam

Another option that rivals a dilated exam, and may even be better, is an Optomap® photo of the retina. This has the advantage of allowing a view of the entire retina at once. It also photographs it, so it can be referred back to in the future for comparison, looking for any changes. Either the Optomap® or a dilated examination of the eyes is very important, and it is the only way to detect the presence of bleeding in the eyes due to diabetes, high blood pressure, and a number of other diseases. They can also detect retinal holes, tears, detachments and tumors.

Contact your local Rinkov Eyecare Centers to schedule your eye exam today! You can also 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.*

Rinkov Eyecare Centers on NBC4i: New Test Could Diagnose Diabetes Years Earlier

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Rinkov Eyecare Centers appeared on NBC4i news last night (November 5, 2013) to talk about our new test that can diagnose diabetes years earlier!

Watch the video here or read the script on NBC4i.

This groundbreaking technology that is only available at Rinkov Eyecare Centers. We are at the cutting edge of eye care and diabetes detection in Columbus, Ohio! Early detection can help prevent blinding retinopathy from developing. We recommend that patients who suffer from diabetes have regular eye check-ups and monitor for the signs of retinopathy.

If you’d like to learn more, feel free to give our office a call.

 

The eyes have it (or is that the “aye’s”?)

Eye Doctor and Patient

One night I was watching a news program, and they were discussing a contestant from Wheel of Fortune who mispronounced the phrase “curio cabinet” as he solved the puzzle. His answer was judged as incorrect. It got me to think about commonly mispronounced words and phrases I’ve heard in the office over the years. Enjoy!

1. “My grandmother has immaculate degeneration.” We think you mean macular degeneration. I am old enough to remember Franco Harris’ immaculate reception. I’m not sure that is relevant.

2. “I’m farsighted. You know, I can’t see the things far away. Or did I get that backwards?” We think you mean nearsighted= you can’t see far away= short sighted= myopia

3. “I’m tired of wearing glasses. Do you think i can have LASIX?” We think you mean LASIK (laser assisted in situ keratomileusis). LASIX is a prescription drug used for cardiovascular problems.

4. “I have bleary vision.” We think you mean blurry vision, unless your exceptionally fatigued and mentally off your A-game.

5. “So I was putting on my makeup and I think I scratched my retina.” We think you mean your cornea, the clear front lens of the eye. If you have indeed scratched the retina, or the back interior of the eye, you will be immediately referred. :)

6.” I soak my contacts in Renuzit.” We think you mean ReNu. Incidentally, if your contacts smell, consider a fresh pair- not an air freshener. Yep, I’ve heard about smelly contacts in exam.

7. ” I have a stigma.” We think you mean astigmatism, one of several refractive errors. And we’re rooting for your reputation to be restored!

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.*

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.*

How rheumatoid arthritis can affect your eyes

RA Hands

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), which primarily affects the lining of the small joints of the body, may also have significant eye implications. RA is a result of an overreaction to the immune system.  This can lead to many eye conditions including cataracts, glaucoma, uveitis, scleritits, iritis and dry eye syndrome.  Some of the conditions are directly caused by the inflammation and can sometimes be worsened by the steroids used to treat the RA.  Many RA complications and symptoms can easily be diagnosed and treated or monitored with a comprehensive eye exam.

Always be proactive with your eye health, especially if you have other ailments. Our 20-Point Eye Exam allows us to catch many eye problems that other eye exams cannot. That means we can detect and treat a problem before it becomes worse. Contact your nearest Rinkov Eyecare Centers location to schedule your annual appointment, 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.

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.*

Struck by Lightning: How it Affects the Eyes

Struck by Lightning

Lightning injuries are uncommon but require an evaluation by an eye care professional if they occur.  According to the National Lightning Safety Institute in a paper written by Richard Kithi, the lightning strike is thought to cause thermal damage, electrical damage and a contusion from the shock wave.  Cooper et al  (Wilderness Medicine, Auerback P ed., Mosby 1995) found that 55 percent of lightning victims suffer eye effects. Mr. Kithi  also stated that although some of the symptoms may occur early, some may appear years later.  Cataracts are the most common, but lightning may also cause hemorrhages, inflammations, decreased muscle function and decreased color vision.   This emphasizes the need for immediate evaluation, as well as the importance of longer term follow-up care.

Everyone should stay up-to-date on their eye health. Contact us to schedule your annual comprehensive eye exam 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.

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.*

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.

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.*