You have a pterygium…now what?

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A pterygium is a growth of fibro-vascular tissue that develops on the conjunctiva, or white of the eye, and extends into the cornea, which is the clear covering over the colored part of the eye.  This type of tissue growth causes symptoms similar to dry eye, such as burning, redness, or a foreign body sensation.

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Over-the-counter lubricating eye drops or a short course of steroid eye drops commonly treat and manage these symptoms. However, if the tissue grows into a patient’s line of sight, surgical methods are needed to preserve vision.

Exposure to UV light causes many occurrences of pterygium, so wearing proper sun protection is key to preventing this tissue growth. Be sure to ask your eye care professional about polarized sunglasses, which block damaging UV rays. Foreign bodies also cause tissue growth, because the objects continuously rub across the surface of the eye. Make sure that you wear the proper safety glasses when exposure to foreign bodies is a risk.

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, Worthington and Nationwide Plaza.

What you should know about LASIK

Many people have had their vision permanently improved through LASIK, or laser eye surgery. This can be a wonderful option for those who don’t like dealing with glasses or contact lenses. Anyone who is contemplating having LASIK performed on their eyes, however, must keep a few things in mind.
Most people will at some point still have to wear reading glasses for near vision. LASIK corrects your distance vision and not near vision. This is true even if you can currently remove your glasses to read at near, as this will not be possible after having LASIK. One option for getting around this is monovision, or leaving one eye near-sighted to keep the ability to read at near. This can affect depth perception due to the fact that the eyes won’t work together as a team as well because you will always have one clear eye and one blurry eye.
Commonly after LASIK, patients will complain of nighttime glare and dryness. These symptoms usually improve or resolve after approximately six months, but can however last longer or be permanent.
One of the main things to remember is that there is no guarantee that you will be perfect 20/20 after the surgery. Because everyone heals differently, many people are left with a slight prescription afterwards. If the residual prescription is too great, an enhancement surgery can be performed. However, many people will have a very thin pair of glasses to wear occasionally to see their very best.

For more information, please visit our website’s LASIK page, found here: http://rinkoveyecare.com/lasik.html

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 exams and eyeglasses in Columbus, Ohio for over 30 years. Come see an Eye Doctor at one of our Columbus Ohio locations – Downtown Columbus, West Columbus, Dublin, Westerville and Reynoldsburg.

FAQ: LASIK

Many people come into the eye doctor’s office with questions regarding laser eye surgery. LASIK surgery is a good alternative to glasses and contact lenses, however, it does have some potential negatives. Afterward, many people suffer from glare and haloes, especially at night. New or worsening dry eye can be a side effect as well. These often dissipate after six months, but not always.There is no guarantee that your end result will be perfect 20/20 vision. While 20/20 vision is the goal, everybody heals differently and a mild prescription may still be needed to see your very best. Also, after the age of forty, everyone starts to need reading glasses or a bifocal for near tasks. This will still be true even after LASIK, so you won’t be out of glasses completely forever. As long as LASIK surgery is approached with the right expectations, it can be a very rewarding method of vision correction.

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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What to do with Metal in the Eye?

Unfortunately, something that is seen in the optometrist’s office not infrequently is metallic foreign bodies in the front of the eye. The small pieces of metal become embedded in the cornea due to grinding or cutting metal while not wearing safety glasses. These metal pieces are removable from the eye with a rotating burr while the eye is numbed. However, besides being unpleasant to have and to have removed, these foreign bodies leave scars in the cornea, the severity of which depends upon how deep they are embedded.These scars will at best cause glare and at worst cause permanent decreased visual acuity or blindness. This can all be avoided by simply wearing safety glasses to protect the eyes from flying debris. Safety glasses can even be made by your eye doctor with your eyeglass prescription in them.

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

How long will LASIK vision correction last?

Lasik should ideally provide a permanent vision correction.  Once the cornea is modified it should never revert back to its original shape and should only change slightly as a person ages.  While the cornea should remain stable, there are other parts of our eyes that will continue to change as we age.  The most significant vision change people notice after Lasik is due to the lens changes that occur around the age of 40.  The lens of our eyes slowly stops being able to accommodate, or focus, as we age. This causes near vision to become blurred and brings on the need for reading glasses. This process happens to all of us whether we have had Lasik or not.  So  while a patient’s distance vision should remain clear permanently, even post-Lasik patients will  eventually need glasses again for  reading and near work.  It is importance after any corrective vision surgery to continue to have yearly eye exams.  Your doctor will be able to monitor the health of your eyes and prescribe the proper reading correction when the time comes.

 

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.