Watch for the Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis!!

Giant papillary conjunctivitis is a common condition in which large bumps form under an individuals eyelid.  It is an allergic response that is most common in soft contact lenses that have a longer planned replacement time frame.  The residual proteins on the lens incite the allergic reaction, which can lead to irritation and excess movement with contact lens wear.  The prevalence of GPC has decreased since disposable contact lenses have become popular.  In addition to prescribing medications and/or discontinuing contact lens wear an eye doctor may switch someone with mild to moderate GPC to daily disposable contact lenses as a viable 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

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

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

Dublin – 614-978-9940

What do Preservatives have to do with my eyes?

Preservatives are a common chemical preparation used in most ocular medications and contact lens solutions. These chemicals prevent bacterial growth within the bottle once it has been opened , thus preventing the spread of possible infections. These preservatives, however, can occasionally irritate and damage the eyes outer surface. There are several groups of preservatives that are tolerated quite well by our eyes without any adverse reactions. One group , the mercurials which includes thimerosal, was once a main stay in early contact lens solutions. Many patients though the use of these thimerosal based products developed an allergic sensitivity and were forced to discontinue not only the contact lens solution but even the contact lens. Today thimerosal is not a common preservative in name brand contact lens products instead there is a broad selection of excellent solutions the patient can safely use. The doctors at Rinkov Eyecare Center always consider the patients allergy history in prescribing the proper products for the care of their eyes and contact lens.

 

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.

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.