Tint Matters

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The tint of your sunglasses may seem like just a fashion preference, but did you know the tint you choose can also cater to your visual needs? The lens tint color you choose can determine how much visible light reaches your eyes.  Some tint colors improve contrast and color, while other tints may reduce both.  Quality prescription sun wear also protects your eyes from 99-100% of harmful ultraviolet radiation (UV-A and UV-B).

Generally, a gray or smoke lens tint is the most popular.  This shade reduces glare and does not distort colors. Gray is considered a general-purpose tint, and it best used when true color perception is most important. However, depending on your visual needs, other lens tints can offer benefits that are more specific.

Brown or amber tints provide contrast and minimize eyestrain.  These colors are ideal for high-glare sports like boating, skiing and snowboarding. For everyday use, brown or amber tints are excellent for driving.

For improved contrast in low-light conditions, a green tint is a good choice. This shade also reduces eyestrain in bright light, making it a popular multipurpose tint for daily wear.

Yellow and orange tints also provide excellent contrast in low-light conditions and are great to wear on overcast days. Additionally, this tint improves depth perception, making it an excellent choice for specialty lenses for sports like shooting.

You can enhance your lens tints by choosing polarized lenses. Polarization reduces reflected glare and protects your eyes from UV light, making it ideal for bright, sunny days. Check out Oakley’s guide to lens tints below before purchasing your next pair of sunglasses.

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 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 is Snow Blindness?

Snow blindness is like sunburn for your eyes.

Snow blindness is like sunburn for your eyes.

Did you know that spending a day outside in winter could be worse on your eyes than a day at the beach?  Snow can reflect up to 85% of UV rays from the sun.  UV reflection from snow, streets and vehicles can cause glare, impair vision and damage the eyes.  Studies show that UV exposure contributes to cataracts and increases the risk of macular degeneration.  Excessive exposure to reflected light on the snow can also damage the cornea and conjunctiva and cause photokeratitis, more commonly known as snow “blindness.”

Think of photokeratitis like a sunburn to the eyes.  Symptoms include increased watering, pain, light sensitivity and the feeling like there is sand in your eyes.  Treatment includes artificial tears, cool compresses and pain medication.  Typically, symptoms resolve anywhere within a few days to a week.

UV protection, specifically polarized sunglasses, is the best preventative measure to combat glare and prevent UV damage to the eyes.  Polarized sunglasses are better than regular sunglasses because they contain a special filter that blocks reflected light, which, in turn, reduces glare.  Ask your eye doctor about prescription polarized sunglasses or non-prescription polarized sunglasses if you wear contact lenses.

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. 

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. 

Increase comfort with polarized sunglasses

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Polarized sunglass lenses are created by incorporating a special filter in the lens that blocks horizontally polarized light. The horizontally polarized light is created when light is reflected off of flat surfaces such as water or a flat road. This type of light or glare can be intense and distracting. Polarized sunglasses greatly improve comfort by reducing this type of light and are considered a necessity by those who drive for a living or are outdoor enthusiasts. The ultraviolet protection is not impacted by the polarization process.

Customization: Clubs and glasses

By Dr. Christopher Jordan

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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.*

Summer is Here! Who need Sunglasses? (the answer is everyone)

SunglassesAs we are approaching summer, sunglasses are as important as ever. Ultraviolet radiation from the sun can increase the risk of macular degeneration, cataracts, and cancers in and around the eye.Sunglasses help to block this radiation from reaching the eyes. Besides having a protective benefit, sunglasses also make outside activities more visually comfortable by decreasing the light level entering the eyes. In the case of polarized sunglasses, they actually improve vision by blocking sunlight reflecting glare.

From the Eye Doctor, Opticians and Staff of Rinkov Eyecare Centers. Providing quality comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, glasses, sunglasses and medical treatment of eye disease. Eye exams and eyeglasses in Columbus, Ohio for over 35 years. Come see an Optometrist at one of our Columbus Ohio locations – Downtown, West Columbus, Dublin, Westerville and Reynoldsburg. www.rinkoveyecare.com

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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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Eyes in the Sun

Exposure to the sun may be damaging to the eyes just as it is to the skin.  The sun emits UV-A and UV-B radiation that is absorbed by the tissues in the front and back of the eye.  This can result in an increased risk of cancers in all the different areas of the eye.  It may also increase the risk of certain types of cataracts and macular degeneration.  Although cataracts may be improved with surgery, macular degeneration is a leading cause of blindness as we age.  It is very important to wear good sun protection that covers the eyes well and has adequate UV-A and UV-B protection.  Also most of us remember to wear our sunglasses in the summer, but it is just as important to wear them in the winter when UV radiation may be just as intense.  Finally, remember to continue annual eye exams with your eye doctor to diagnose and monitor any problems that may result.

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

Summerlike Weather – Watch those Corneas!

With the summerlike weather we have been having, one need to be diligent in wearing their sunglasses. One particular reason for this is pterygium. This is a growth of tissue that starts covering over the cornea. It is seen
primarily in people who are exposed to high UV levels. If the tissue grows far enough across the cornea, it can block vision and cause blindness. The tissue can be removed surgically, but often scars afterward and can return.
The best treatment is prevention, by blocking UV rays with sunglasses.

 

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

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.