Dry Eyes and Winter Weather

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Winter is officially here, and some individuals may already be plagued by dry eyes. In fact, many people with dry eye will find that the symptoms get worse this time of year. The cold, low humidity air dries the eyes out when going outdoors, and inside, heaters trap us in a dry environment day and night. Even our car heaters can exacerbate dry eyes. Contact lens wearers generally experience more discomfort than those without contacts.

Symptoms of dryness include watering, burning, irritation and redness. While these symptoms can be resolved, if left untreated, they can turn into a chronic condition known as dry eye syndrome.

There are multiple things you can do to combat dry eyes in the winter. Using artificial tears prior to going into conditions that will dry out your eyes can greatly reduce symptoms. However, exercise caution when using over-the-counter tears: some only mask the symptoms and can lead to more irritation issues later. Check with your eye care professional to find out which artificial tear works best for you. In addition to artificial tears, humidifiers can help restore moisture in the air inside your home and work. By combating dryness in the air, you will give your eyes some relief. Finally, sun protection or googles can prevent cold air, snow and other particles from irritating the eyes.

If these tips don’t adequately control the dryness, your eye doctor can discuss other treatment options that may be available to you. You don’t have to suffer with dry eye this winter—come see your Rinkov Eyecare optometrists 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, Worthington 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.*

Ocular side effects of amiodarone

ocular side effects of amiodarone

Amiodarone is a systemic medication that is used to treat cardiac arrhythmias. It can have many side effects, but a common effect on the eye is a condition called vortex keratopathy. In vortex keratopathy, deposits are formed in the cornea that can commonly cause glare and irritation. This glare and irritation tends to increase with continued use. The best way to treat the keratopathy is to decrease the dosage, but this is not always an option. In those cases, the keratopathy can be treated with lubricants and glare protection, but this solution may not always work. Amiodarone may also lead to optic neuropathy, retinopathy and caratacts, as well as mask many other underlying eye disorders. It is important to maintain regular evaluations to monitor the progression of the keratopathy, as well as monitor for development of more serious complications.

If you are taking Amiodarone, be sure to schedule regular visits with your eye doctor to maintain optimal eye health.

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. 

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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.*

Take control of your spring eye allergies!

spring eye allergies

Now that spring is officially here, seasonal allergies will soon be in full force. So will red, itchy and watery eyes! While over the counter medications work well for some people, they often don’t provide enough relief. If this is the case, your eye doctor may be able to help. Prescription medications are often able to control your allergy symptoms better with only one dose per day. Many of these medications can also control symptoms immediately and in the long term.

Contact Rinkov Eyecare Centers to schedule an appointment for prescription allergy medicine 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.*

Dangers of over-the-counter eye drops

How to properly use eye drops

Many people attempt to treat eye redness and irritation with over-the-counter eye drops. However, over-the-counter eye drops can lead to more problems than they solve.

Eye Redness

Most drops that claim to “get the red out” contain ingredients that will constrict the blood vessels of the eye for a short time but can lead to more redness as they wear off. These drops can be effective in masking the symptoms of redness, but they don’t do anything to alleviate the original cause of the redness.

Dry Eyes

Artificial tear drops can be helpful in treating dry eye, although most contain preservatives. Using a drop with preservatives more than 2-3 times per day can lead to more dryness and irritation of the eye’s surface. If your eyes become red, irritated or itchy, it is always best to visit an eye doctor first to determine the cause of the discomfort in order to properly treat the issue.

Contact Rinkov Eyecare Centers to learn more about how red, dry or irritated eyes can be treated.

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. 

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.*

Medications with Glaucoma

Have you ever seen as a warning on any of your medications that they should not be taken if you have glaucoma? The reason for this is that these medications can cause a slight dilation of the eyes. Glaucoma is a condition in which the pressure of the fluid in the eye is too high. This fluid, known as aqueous, is produced behind the iris, flows forward through the pupil and drains out in the angle formed by the back of the cornea and the front of the iris. When the pupil dilates, this drainage angle narrows, thus impeding some of the outflow of the aqueous. This can cause the aqueous to backup and therefore fluid pressure in the eye to elevate. This can be especially dangerous in someone who has a form of glaucoma in which the angle is already narrow or whose pressure is already elevated. When in doubt, it is best to consult your eye doctor before taking any of these medications with such warnings.

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.

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

Diabetes and Eye Exams

It is very important for everyone to have a yearly dilated eye exam, especially if you are diabetic. Diabetes affects blood vessels throughout the body. Two of the most common parts of the body affected are the eyes and feet. Diabetes can cause bleeding and decreased oxygen supply to the retinal tissues. This can cause new blood vessels to grow into the retina, which damage the surrounding healthy tissue. If not found and treated, blindness can result. Yearly dilated eye exams can detect changes early when treatment is easier and often more successful.

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.

Your Eyes on Steroids! (Hint: it won’t make your eyes bulky)

Many of our patients have been placed on medications by their family doctor that have adverse reactions upon our eyes. One group of these medications, steroids, are often used in treating conditions as arthritis, some autoimmune diseases such as systemic lupus, and respiratory conditions as asthma. The two most common side effects are cataracts and increased intraocular pressure.

The ocular side effects of steroids are related to the method or route of administration. There is a strong association between inhaled steroids and a type of cataract called posterior subcapsular cataract or PSC. Patients on long-term rather than short term use of steroids such as prednisone, are at higher risk for this type of cataract formation. Increased intraocular pressures provides the patient with a risk factor for possible glaucoma development. Due to these two adverse effects of steroids, the patient should have a dilated and slit lamp examination of the eyes every 6 to 12 months. Both of these important tests are part of a comprehensive eye exam at any of our Rinkov Eyecare locations.

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.