Cloudy Crystalline Lens – the Cataract!

sim-cataractCataracts are one of the leading causes of blindness in the world. Cataracts are formed when the natural crystalline lens in the eye becomes clouded or opaque. Cataracts can be removed surgically once they become significant enough. Cataract progression can be minimized by wearing sunglasses to block harmful UV light from entering the eye. Nutrition has also been found to play a role in minimizing cataract progression. Many studies have shown that the vitamins C and E are helpful in delaying cataract formation. Studies have also shown that the daily intake of the carotenoid antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, the only carotenoids found in the lens, can be beneficial as well. These nutrients can be obtained through a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables, or through vitamin supplementation. Many eye doctors carry supplements in potencies stronger than that which can be obtained over-the-counter, as these nutrients have also been found to benefit the area of the retina called the macula.

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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.*

 

Can a glasses prescription be used to get contact lenses?

vision wearOur patients sometimes ask us if a they can use their glasses prescription to purchase contact lenses. The short answer is no and if you see an eyecare professional that is using a glasses prescription for contact lenses, we strongly recommend that you RUN as fast as you can out of that office. A competent eyecare professional understands that taking shortcut can result in permanent vision loss for his/her patient. That said, there are several reasons why a glasses prescription cannot be used for contact lenses.

First, the strength of glasses and contact lenses are often different. This is because contact lenses sit closer to the eye and therefore don’t have to be as strong in near-sighted patients, and must be stronger in far-sighted patients. Also any amount of astigmatism is corrected in glasses, whereas astigmatism is only corrected precisely once it reaches a certain level in contact lenses, otherwise the near-sighted or far-sighted power is adjusted to account for this small amount of astigmatism.

Second, and most importantly, is that contact lenses must be matched to the measurements of the cornea that were obtained in the contact lens fitting. On a contact lens prescription the curvature and diameter of the contact lens are specified. The precise brand and material of contact lens must also be specified on the contact lens prescription. This is because all brands of contact lenses will fit, feel, and behave differently on the eye.

Most of our patients are unaware that contact lenses are a regulated medical device. Make you have a reputable eyecare professional perform a contact lens evaluation and fit. This process should take at least 2 visits to make sure that the contact lenses prescribed are right for your eye. Equally as important is to make sure you follow the doctors instructions as to how long you can wear the prescribed contact lenses and what type of solutions to use. Remember, your sense of sight is so important. Don’t risk damaging one of your most precious senses. See an professional and follow the instructions. Anyone is willing to sell you contact lenses without a proper contact lens prescription  is putting their profits ahead of your health.

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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 is a Pinguecula?

A pinguecula is an area of degeneration of the deep conjunctival layers.  In other words, it is an area of disrupted tissue on the white part of one’s eye.  Usually located at the 3- or 9-oclock position near the cornea the tissue may appear slightly yellowed or red due to an increase of blood vessels in the area.  The tissue may be raised or flat.  Pingueculas arise from over exposure to UV light or chronic irritation of the tissue caused by dust or wind.  It is important to protect one’s eyes from such elements with sun or safety glasses depending on the environment.  If the tissue is continually subjected to irritation it can expand into the cornea and cause dryness, discomfort and eventually decreased vision.  Once this occurs surgery is often needed to remove the tissue.  It is important for people of all ages to protect their eyes from sun light and other irritants to prevent pingueculas from forming.

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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 is astigmatism?

Understanding AstigmatismA lot of our patients ask us what astigmatism is. We find that most think it is a disease or growth in the eye. It is actually just a refractive condition similar to near-sightedness or far-sightedness. It is caused when the cornea or lens of the eye is not perfectly spherical like a baseball, but instead has two curvatures like a football. The curvature is one of the main things to give power to the cornea or lens. Therefore if they have two different curvatures, they have two different powers, and they bend light rays to two different points in the back of the eye. This causes distortion or blur. This can be accommodated for by prescribing glasses or contact lenses with two different curvatures to counteract that of the eye. What to learn more? Check out our website www.rinkoveyecare.com for more information.

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.*

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.*

I’m seeing shapes and colors! What does it mean?

Many people will report to the eye doctor complaining of seeing strange shapes and colors in their vision. One cause of this can be a phenomenon called ocular migraines. In an ocular migraine, patients will often see zigzag lines in the shape of an arc. Some people describe it as looking like a kaleidoscope. It is usually just off of their central vision and then enlarges until it disappears. The patient may or may not then experience a headache. The whole episode usually lasts 5 to 30 minutes.It is thought that the cause is similar to that of migraine headaches and can be triggered by similar things,such as stress, caffeine, MSG, some antibiotics, sulfites, and hormones, just to name a few.

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.*

What you should know about LASIK

Many people have had their vision permanently improved through LASIK, or laser eye surgery. This can be a wonderful option for those who don’t like dealing with glasses or contact lenses. Anyone who is contemplating having LASIK performed on their eyes, however, must keep a few things in mind.
Most people will at some point still have to wear reading glasses for near vision. LASIK corrects your distance vision and not near vision. This is true even if you can currently remove your glasses to read at near, as this will not be possible after having LASIK. One option for getting around this is monovision, or leaving one eye near-sighted to keep the ability to read at near. This can affect depth perception due to the fact that the eyes won’t work together as a team as well because you will always have one clear eye and one blurry eye.
Commonly after LASIK, patients will complain of nighttime glare and dryness. These symptoms usually improve or resolve after approximately six months, but can however last longer or be permanent.
One of the main things to remember is that there is no guarantee that you will be perfect 20/20 after the surgery. Because everyone heals differently, many people are left with a slight prescription afterwards. If the residual prescription is too great, an enhancement surgery can be performed. However, many people will have a very thin pair of glasses to wear occasionally to see their very best.

For more information, please visit our website’s LASIK page, found here: http://rinkoveyecare.com/lasik.html

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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.

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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.

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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.