How to Have Healthier Eyes in 2015

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We promise this resolution is easy!

We promise this resolution is easy!

Now that the New Year is under way, many people are working on their New Year’s resolutions. You may be working on getting fit, getting organized or getting your finances in order, but there is one easy resolution you probably forgot about: taking better care of your eyes. By making a few minor changes, you will be crossing this resolution off your list in no time.

 

  1. Schedule a yearly eye exam

A yearly eye exam is the first step to better eye health and it is essential to catching any early signs of eye disease. Many feel if they are seeing well, an eye exam is not necessary. This is not true, because many eye diseases do not show symptoms until it is too late. In addition, annual eye exams can alert your doctor to changes in your overall health.

  1. Wear your sunglasses

Sunglasses are not just a fashion statement, nor are they just for people who need prescription sunglasses. Your shades help to shield your eyes from UV radiation, which can contribute to cataracts, macular degeneration, and cancers of the eye. They can also protect your eyes from particles in the air.

  1. Follow your contact lenses’ directions

For those who wear contact lenses, you can drastically improve your eye health by simply following the directions for your contact lenses. Most people wear their contact lenses longer than what is recommended by their eye doctor every day. By following your optometrist’s recommendations, you can drastically reduce discomfort and risk of infections from over-wearing your contact lenses. Many contact lens wearers fail to replace their contacts on the schedule prescribed. Wearing your contact lenses past the replacement date makes you much more vulnerable to eye infections and permanent scarring of the cornea. If you’re running low on your contacts, make sure you have a current prescription and order new ones ASAP. 

By following these three simple steps, you will be able to cross this resolution off your list. These minor changes will not only lead to healthier eyes, but a healthier you.

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. 

Customization: Clubs and glasses

By Dr. Christopher Jordan

customized eye glasses

Soon my teenager will be custom fitted for golf clubs. His game is coming along nicely and off-the-shelf clubs now limit his performance. The clubs will be fitted for his height, lie angle, swing speed and flex. The weight of his driver will be fitted to the nearest five-gram increment. And there will be custom degrees of loft to maximize distance. Even the golf ball will be selected for blend of distance, feel and workability. All of this will be done to maximize performance.

Certainly off-the-shelf glasses, like golf clubs, can be serviceable. However, serviceable is far from maximum performance. Consider online glasses, for example. While Rx and PD are considered, A dimension, B dimension, ED, face form, geometric center, lens material, lens craftsmanship, pantoscopic tilt, and well-fit frames are left wanting.

Consider distance through near progressives at a typical desktop computer work station. These will likely require head tilting, head turning, and will generally have focusing issues and digital eye strain (see previous blogs on blue light). A computer progressive with blue blocking glare free yields the better performance.

Soon my son will be on to better golf shots and better scores through custom fit technology. And I will inherit his off-the-shelf clubs. But not for long! This cost-to-benefit analysis is a no-brainer. Our patients testify the same when they customize their glasses. Visit your eye care professional soon to inquire.

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.*

Warning: Beware of costume contact lenses

halloween contact lenses

It’s Halloween and many people are tempted to accentuate their costumes with cosmetic contact lenses. With a quick online search, a person can find many websites offering cosmetic contact lenses for sale, and many of them claim that no prescription is needed. This is untrue and unsafe. All contact lenses, whether vision correcting or cosmetic, are labeled as medical devices by the FDA and therefore require a doctor’s prescription. A prescription is required to ensure that the contact lens fits your eye correctly. An improperly fitting contact lens can cause injury and scarring of the cornea, which can result in permanently reduced vision or even blindness. Having “cool” contact lenses to go along with your costume is not worth the risk to your eyes and vision.

If you have any questions or think your contacts have scratched or scarred your eye, please call your closest Rinkov Eyecare Center immediately for attention.

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.*

Top Ten Reasons NOT to Wear Prescription Sunglasses

The Doctors and Staff of Rinkov Eyecare Centers firmly believe that sunglasses are necessary for nearly every patient we see. The sun’s rays are extremely harsh on the eyes and can lead to terrible vision and health related-issues down the road. Plus sunglasses are cool and look good!

Even though we feel very strongly about sunwear, we often hear objections from our patients. Some are, on the surface, valid. Whereas some are a bit humorous. Below are the top 10 reasons we hear from patients why they should not get sunglasses, followed by our reasoning why every patient is better off making an investment in quality sunwear. Almost without exception, our patients are thrilled with their prescription sunglasses and are actually aggravated they waited so long!  Our hope is that you won’t wait too much longer either.

1.  Sunglasses are too expensive! 

Did you know that sunglasses reduce or delay a number of eye diseases? It is true! Cataracts, macular degeneration, corneal disease, and lid lesions are all reduced greatly or delayed by simply wearing a quality pair of sunglasses. A pair of good sunglasses are MUCH less expensive than medical intervention to save your sight!

2.  I’m not light sensitive.

Patients will tell us that the bright sun does not bother them… BUT, it does bother your retinas!  Everyone’s retinas are incredibly sensitive to light. If you are diabetic, hypertensive, have lighter eyes and/or are taking any number of medications, this also increases the sensitivity of your retinas. Ask any Dermatologist whether UV rays are harmful for your skin and they will tell you that over a lifetime, UV exposure greatly increases your risk for denatured skin and cancers. Your eyes are no different and can be easily protected with quality sunglasses. And unlike putting zinc on your nose, you will look good too!

3.  I’m never outside :)

Really? I mean… really? You never walk outside? Never drive in a car? Never?  Try a pair of quality prescription sunglasses while driving and you will be amazed at what you have been missing!

4. I wear Transitions or other self-tinting lenses.

Transitions are a great product. Our patients love them. But ask any transitions wearer if they prefer Transitions over a pair of sunglasses and nearly all of them prefer the sunglasses. Transitions and other self-tinting lenses cannot match the performance that a quality pair of sunglasses provides. Sunglasses provide superior UV protection, are darker, come in a variety of tints, are polarized and typically have a larger frame (which provides protection to the sensitive skin around your eyes).

We think of Transitions and other self-tinting lenses as a convenient comfort filter for on the run occasions. They are better than nothing, but are not a substitute for sunglasses.

5. I wear a clip or a shield over my glasses.

As doctors and vision professionals, we want you to have the best vision possible. Looking through multiple surfaces simply is not as good as looking through one. In fact, light through multiple optical surfaces is degraded, causing your vision to suffer. And let’s face it, a good looking pair of sunglasses looks so much better than one of those bulky shields or a imperfect clip that is all bent out of shape!

6. I’ll lose them!

Generally, people do not lose what we value. And trust us, once you put on a pair of quality prescription sunglasses, you will value them!

7. My insurance won’t cover prescription sunglasses.

Actually, most vision plans have benefits for prescription sunglasses. If not, we always offer a discount on a second pair!

8. They give me headaches.

Our Eye Doctors have found that most of the time the sunglasses are not the real reason for your headaches. You should visit your eyecare provider to find the real root of your headache. It could be the poor optics from over-the-counter or cheap sunglasses. It could also be that you suffer from dry eyes or even cataracts. There is also the possibility that the prescription is wrong or the lenses are too different from your regular glasses. All these factors are taken into account with our patients, which is why they love their prescription sunglasses so much!

9. They’ll make my eyes dependent.

There is no physiological dependence developed. You will, however, enjoy the benefits of clear vision, less glare, no squinting, and eye protection. Plus, you will look great!

10. I wear contacts

Ok, so you do not require prescription sunglasses over your contact lenses. However, if you are like the majority of our patients, you are seeking the best visual performance out of you contact lenses. If that is the case, then what is the logic in putting a cheap pair of drugstore sunglasses on top of your perfectly fitted contact lenses? Plus the optics on these cheap sunglasses are terrible!  Trust us… there is a HUGE noticeable visual difference with a quality pair of ophthalmic sunglasses compared to a sunglasses picked off the rack at a drugstore or in line at the checkout counter elsewhere.

We hope that this article has persuaded you non-believers to give prescription sunglasses a try. We know you will love them. If you would like to learn more, feel free to call one of our offices or check out our website (www.rinkoveyecare.com).

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

Reynoldsburg 614-861-7771   Westerville 614-890-3577

Dublin 614-798-9940

From the Optometrists, Opticians and Staff of Rinkov Eyecare Centers. Providing quality comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, glasses, sunglasses and medical treatment of eye disease. Eye Doctor serving Columbus, Ohio for over 30 years. Downtown Columbus, West Columbus, Dublin, Westerville and Reynoldsburg. Sunglasses to protect your eye and make you look good!

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Winter Sunglasses are Must Have!

Now that we are in the winter months, many people don’t think about sunglasses. They consider them summertime eyewear. However, sunglasses may be even more important in the winter. When snow is on the ground, sunlight and therefore UV radiation reflects off of it into our eyes.This can be worse than in the summer, when sunlight only comes from above. What can be particularly helpful, is a polarized sunglass lens, as these will help cut the blinding glare off the snow’s surface.

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 – 614-868-7771                                        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.

Attention Parents – You can help your kids feel GREAT about their glasses!

In honor of back to school we have some advise for parents and teachers to help kids feel more comfortable about wearing their glasses.  Sometimes parents and teachers will tell us they need help getting kids to wear their new glasses.  This can be the case, especially for older teenagers who are nervous about standing out, but young children are usually excited to wear glasses.   If kids are use to seeing their parents and teachers look good and want to wear their glasses, the kids are usually excited too.  If they have parents at home with old glasses they feel ugly in and don’t want to wear, the children will probably adopt their preferences.  Glasses have come a long way from the old thick, BCG’s of the past.  People can express their fun, cool personalities now with all the fun styles that are available.  We love to hear how cool a child thinks their new glasses are.  How they love the pink and purple fade with the peace signs.  Glasses can differentiate you and that is very cool no matter your age.  A quiet complement on how good someone looks in their new glasses goes a long way.  The child will be one of many wearing glasses, so don’t worry about them standing out, they won’t.  Try not to make a big fuss about them having to wear the glasses and instead focus on how cool they look in them.  It might even work with the teenagers.

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.