National Sunglasses Day – June 27

Everything has its day and June 27 is National Sunglasses Day!

To celebrate we’ve tracked down some fun sunglasses facts for your enjoyment!

  1. Polar bears have built in sunglasses! They have a third eye that helps them filter UV light!
  2. Every 14 seconds in the United States someone loses, breaks or sits on a pair of sunglasses.
  3. Elton John is rumored to have more than 1,000 pairs of sunglasses – that’s a lot of eyewear!
  4. Ray Ban created the wayfarer and aviator styles in the 1950s – these are still the two most popular styles over 60 years later.
  5. Ray Ban originally created aviators for pilots to cut down on glare at high altitudes.
  6. Every 90 seconds someone buys a pair of sunglasses on ebay.
  7. The first pair of sunglasses was sold in 1929 by Foster Grants on the Atlantic City Boardwalk
  8. The most expensive pair of sunglasses to be sold in an online auction were non other than The King’s shades – Elvis Presley’s sunglasses, worn at the Madison Square Garden performance in 1972, sold on ebay for a whopping $250,000.
  9. In 1936, the first pair of polarized sunglasses was designed by Edwin H. Land who used his Polaroid filter to help him create lenses.
  10. Most importantly, sunglasses protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun and reduce eyestrain in bright conditions.

What kind of sunglasses will you flaunt tomorrow?

Why won’t my eyes stop watering?

dry eyesOur tears function to lubricate, protect and keep our eyes comfortable. There are a number of reasons for our eyes to create what seems to be too many tears causing our eyes to water.

  1. Dry Eye Syndrome (DES) yes, dry eyes can water! This is often a reflex tear or a “thin” poor quality tear film.
  2. Allergies: itching burning watery eyes in response to environmental allergens (pet dander, pollens, dust, etc.).
  3. Irritants: dry air (increased evaporation), bright lights, computer eyes strain, wind, chopping onions, chemical vapors or fumes, cigarette smoke.
  4. Tear duct blockage, yes just like a sink drain, our eyes have drains. These can become clogged and not allow our tears to properly drain.
  5. Infection, bacterial or viral.
  6. And of course an emotional movie, but you already knew that ;-)

Treatments can be as simple as using a artificial lubricating tear drops to thicken the tear film and reduce the eyes reaction to the causative agent. Daily lid hygiene, warm compresses and gentle lid margin cleaning with Ocusoft foam, can improve the quality of our natural tear film. Treatments can also be more involved, requiring medical treatments such as Restasis for treating inflammation that reduces the eyes ability to create it’s own tears.

 

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.

Eye boogers!

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You know that stuff you wake up with in the corners of your eyes? Some might call it sleep, eye boogers, mattering, or just plain old crusty stuff. Whatever you call it, most of us have it in the morning, so what is it exactly?

This discharge, known as rheum, is nothing more than a combination of mucus, oil, dead skin cells and other debris such as makeup or dust that accumulates in the corners of the eyes and lash lines while you sleep. Normally we remove excess mucus, oil and debris after each blink, preventing them from accumulating. However, we aren’t blinking while we sleep, which means that the debris forms the eye boogers we find in the morning.

Sometimes people mistake this crusty stuff as discharge from an infection. While a little mucus in the morning is normal, there may be something else going on if the consistency or amount changes. There are different types of discharge with different causes. Conditions like conjunctivitis (pink eye), blepharitis, sties and dry eye can all produce discharge along with other symptoms. You should schedule an appointment with your eye care professional if you experience any out-of-the-ordinary symptoms.

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.

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. 

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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.*

Are holiday lights telling you something about your eyes?

Holiday Lights

At this time of year, you may enjoy looking at all of the beautiful holiday lights. However, if the lights appear to have halos around them or look like star bursts, it may be time to see your eye doctor. This can be caused by a number of things including uncorrected near sightedness or astigmatism. Dirty contact lenses will cause visual distortions as well, either due to the deposits on the lenses or due to corneal swelling from the old lenses. So, if your holiday lights look especially radiant this year, it may be time to make an appointment with the eye doctor.

You can schedule an appointment by contacting your nearest Rinkov Eyecare Centers location or request an appointment online. We look forward to taking care of your 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 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.*

Diabetes and Your Eyes

Diabetic Retinopathy

An annual eye exam is important for everyone, but especially for people with diabetes. Diabetes can severely affect a person’s eyes and vision if the damage goes undetected and untreated. Diabetes affects the back inside surface of the eye called the retina. Diabetes decreases the blood flow to the retinal tissue, which results in an insufficient amount of oxygen to the retinal cells. There may be areas with bleeding, and new blood vessel growth can be damaging. All of these are much easier to treat and have a better prognosis when found and treated early. People with no history of diabetic retinopathy are recommended to have yearly dilated exams, and those with mild retinopathy may be required to have more frequent exams.

It’s important to take care of your eye health. Request an appointment for your comprehensive eye exam 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 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.*

What does Legally Blind mean?

I can’t see past the end of my nose, does that mean I am legally blind?  Not necessarily.  Legal blindness is defined by best corrected visual acuity.  This means what you are able to see through your glasses or contact lens.  If your central vision is measured to be 20/200 or less in your better seeing eye you would be considered legally blind. (Not sure what 20/200 means? Read about it here).  Legal blindness can also be defined by a restricted peripheral visual field.  The normal eye has a visual field that extends 60 degrees nasally, 100 degrees temporally, 60 superiorly, and 75 degrees inferiorly.  If a persons visual field is found to be 20 degrees or less they also would be considered legally blind.

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.

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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.*

 

What to do with a Chemical Burn on the Eye!

Preparation is very important when faced with a chemical burn involving an eye.  An immediate appointment should be made with an eye care professional to assess any damage that may result.  The first step however should be continuous irrigation of the eye for at least 30 minutes.  Because chemical burns may be caused by acids, alkalis, mace or other eye irritants, sterile saline or eyewash is the best option for irrigation.  In a non clinical setting saline may not be available in which clean water is an alternate option.   Chemicals may cause extensive damage to ocular tissues in a very quick time frame emphasizing the the need for a quick reaction and treatment. If you are in doubt of what to do or if you cannot immediately see an eye care professional, you should seek immediate medical attention.

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.

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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.

 

What does 20/20 really mean?

The expression ’20/20 vision’ is stating that a person is able to separate lines that are one minute of arc or 1.75 mm apart from a distance of 20 feet.  Therefore the person is able to read letters at 20 feet equal to what the ‘normal eye’ is able to see at 20 feet.  If an individual is found to have 20/40 vision that would mean at 20 feet the person is able to read what the ‘normal eye’ would see at 40 feet, thus having less then ‘normal vision’.  Someone who has 20/15 vision is able to see at 20 feet what the ‘normal eye’ can only see from 15 feet away, therefore having better then ‘normal vision’.  These measurements of  visual acuity are normally found by having an individual read letters from an eye chart that have been spaced out according to the distance of the testing room.

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.

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Progressive Lens Designs

There are many progressive lens designs on the market. Your optometrist and optician can recommend the best design for your lifestyle and wallet!

As we age the muscles in our eyes have a harder time focusing on objects up close.  By the time most of us are in our forties we become bothered enough with the inability to see upclose that we seek options to aid us in focusing from distance to near activities.  One good option is a progressive lens, which is also known as a no-line bifocal.  With a progressive lens the upper portion of the lens is designed to allow a person to see distance while it slowly changes to a more near prescription as you look down in the lens.  This is done in a seemless fashion.  The progressive lens doesn’t have a line in it, but it does change slowly through the different prescriptions with a channel in the center.  This channel has improved over the years and is now available in the new digital freeform progressives, that have much wider zones than previous progressive lenses.  It still however takes adjustment to learn to use the lens.  This can be aided by pointing your nose at what you are looking at and not using the periphery of the lens.  The adjustment period does pass for most people and the progressive lens works very well as a multipurpose pair of lenses.

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.

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