Don’t forget your sunglasses!

 

With spring break fast approaching, many people will be heading to sunnier locations. Just as you should pack sunscreen for your skin, you should also pack it for your eyes. Sunglasses are extremely important to protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. UV rays can increase the risk of cataracts, macular degeneration, and cancer around the eyes. Wearing sunglasses is of the utmost importance when around water, as the UV rays reflect off of the water surface and into the eyes. For this reason, wearing only a hat to give sun shading is not enough, as the UV rays are coming from below rather than above.

 

From the Optometrist, 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 Eye Doctor at one of our Columbus Ohio locations – Downtown Columbus, West Columbus, Dublin, Westerville and Reynoldsburg.

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What is a Visual Fields Test?

One test that is performed at during a comprehensive annual eye exam is the visual field test. This is a extremely important test because it tests the neurological function of your eye and visual system. After images are focused on the back of your eye, or retina, they are sent through the optic nerve as electrical impulses to the occipital lobe of the brain. The occipital lobe is located in the back of the head near the base of the skull.

If anything, such as a tumor or aneurysm, is affecting the optic nerve as it travels through the brain, it will show up on the visual field test as a blind spot. The visual field test will also pick up loss due to inflammation in the optic nerve from some conditions such as multiple sclerosis and damage to the optic nerve from high eye pressures in glaucoma. Typically all of these causes of visual field defects have a specific pattern of loss that lead your optometrist to the diagnosis of what may be affecting your optic nerve.

Never had a Visual Fields test as part of your comprehensive annual eye exam? Or are you looking for more information? Please visit our website www.rinkoveyecare.com, or give any of our offices a call.

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 exams and eyeglasses in Columbus, Ohio for over 35 years. Come see an Eye Doctor at one of our Columbus Ohio locations – Downtown Columbus, West Columbus, Dublin, Westerville and Reynoldsburg.

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Do you ever have blood in the whites of your eyes?

Often patients will come into the optometrist’s office in a panic because they awoke with the white of their eye completely bloody. While looking very serious, this is actually no more serious than a bruise. This is called a subconjunctival hemorrhage, and is due to a broken blood vessel lying between the white of the eye and the clear conjunctiva that lies over top of it. These blood vessels can often break due to getting bumped in the eye, or more commonly from anything that temporarily spikes your blood pressure. These are commonly seen in people who have coughing fits, a history of vomiting, or any kind of straining, whether it be due to heavy lifting, pushing during child birth, or straining using the bathroom.The bloody appearance usually has very few other symptoms. There is typically no pain, discharge, or change in vision. The blood will be reabsorbed by the body in approximately a week. Because other more serious conditions can cause redness in the eye, it is always best to see your eye doctor with any new onset of redness.
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.

Sleeping with Contact Lenses

Many people want a contact lens in which they can sleep overnight for multiple nights. There are even some contact lenses that are FDA approved for 30 days of continuous wear. These contact lenses gained this FDA approval because they are very permeable to oxygen and let the cornea “breathe”. However, sleeping in contact lenses, whether it be traditional contact lenses or the newer breathable ones, still greatly increases the risk of eye infections. These eye infections, besides being uncomfortable, can be potentially vision threatening. They can lead to corneal ulcers, which have the potential to permanently scar the cornea. This can lead to permanent decrease in visual acuity or blindness. To greatly minimize this risk, it is recommended that all contact lenses be removed and disinfected nightly. As always, at the first sign of any redness, pain, or change in vision, it is advised that your contact lenses should be removed immediately and you should contact your eye doctor.

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 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!

Diabetic retinopathy is on the rise!

Data was published recently stating that Diabetic retinopathy had increased in incidence 89% from 2000 to 2010.   Diabetes affects 8.3 percent of the U.S. population according to the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse.   In addition, approximately 1.9 million people over the age of 20 were newly diagnosed with the disease in the U.S. in 2010.  It is the leading cause of new cases of blindness in adults in the U.S. and the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.  With these staggering statistics it is imperative that all individuals diagnosed with Diabetes or pre-Diabetes continue with annual eye exams to monitor the health of their eyes.

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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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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Just because summer is over, doesn’t mean you don’t need sunglasses!

Now that summer is over many people feel sunglasses are not as important  However, sunglasses are just as important, if not more, in the winter. Sunglasses not only provide shading to the eyes for visual comfort, but they more importantly act as sunscreen for the eyes blocking out harmful UV radiation. This UV radiation can increase the risk of macular degeneration, cataracts, pinguecula (yellow bumps on the white of the eye), and perhaps most dangerously malignant melanomas of the eyelid. While the sun may not be as bright in the winter, we are exposed to high levels of UV radiation because it reflects off the snow on the ground. Therefore wearing hats that block the sun are ineffective because the UV light is hitting our faces from a different direction.

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 Doctor serving Columbus, Ohio for over 30 years. Downtown Columbus, West Columbus, Dublin, Westerville and Reynoldsburg.

Blinking

 

Normally the act of blinking is both a voluntary or involuntary action. This blinking process has several functions  including the spreading of tears over the surface of the eye, protecting the eye in infants and is decreased in certain diseases as Parkinson nd limiting the amount of light entering the eye. This type of involuntary blinking is absent disease. Normally we blink once every 5 seconds or approximately 13,000 blinks during the course of a day. Bright lights or a sudden loud noise may also cause us to blink.

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 Doctor serving Columbus, Ohio for over 30 years. Downtown Columbus, West Columbus, Dublin, Westerville and Reynoldsburg.

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What is a cataract?

Many people have heard the term cataract before, but are unsure as to what exactly it is. A cataract is a clouding of the natural crystalline lens of the eye. This lens sits right behind the iris, the colored part of the eye. It is used to help focus when reading at near. Due to ageing, ultra-violet light exposure, injury, or certain medications, it can start to yellow and become opaque. This clouded lens, or cataract, can cause a glasses prescription change, glare, blur, and washing out of colors. Once the visual symptoms become bothersome enough, your optometrist will refer you to an eye surgeon to have it removed. An artificial lens is then inserted into the eye to help maintain the optical power of the eye.
One of the best ways to slow down the progression of cataracts or delay their onset is to protect your eyes from UV light. This can be achieved by wearing sunglasses when outdoors. This is important year round, not just in the summer months. Your optometrist will monitor for any cataract changes at your yearly eye exam.

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 Doctor serving Columbus, Ohio for over 30 years. Downtown Columbus, West Columbus, Dublin, Westerville and Reynoldsburg.

Changing Eye Color

I have seen a number of patients over the past few weeks who have noticed their dark brown eyes turning a whitish blue color. This is known as Arcus Senilis. The change in color is due to a build of lipids and cholesterol in the corneas stroma. The deposits usually form in a ring like shape around the outer edge of the cornea which lies on top of the iris, or colored part of the eye. This whitish blue ring covers the iris’s natural color. The appearance of this ring can be an indication of hypercholesterolemia if occurring at a young age but can also be seen in some patients over 60 who have normal lipid levels. If you begin to notices changes in the appearance of your eye color it is best to follow up with your optometrist for a full evaulation.

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.