Is online shopping affecting your eyes?

Now that holiday shopping is in full force, online shopping can be good for your wallet but bad for your eyes. Excessive near vision tasks, such as working on a computer, can cause strain on the focusing system of the eyes, causing eye fatigue, blurred vision and headaches. Electronic devices, such as computer monitors, mobile phones and tablets, emit high-frequency UV rays known as blue light. Studies show blue light can irritate the eye, cause damage to the retina, and disrupt sleep cycles.

If you spend time in front of a digital device, your eye doctor can help combat the effects of blue light. Glasses with specially manufactured lens coatings that help block blue light and reduce glare can significantly improve computer vision. With the proper eyewear, you can have healthier, more comfortable eyes. Talk to your eye care professional about how computer glasses can improve and protect your vision. Call any of our eight locations to schedule your 20-Point Comprehensive Examination™ 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, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley, Worthington 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.*

 

How to prevent an eye disease

Rinkov Eyecare Centers 20-Point Eye Exam

Many people only go to the eye doctor when they are having trouble with their eye sight. While this is a valid reason to see the eye doctor, everyone should have an annual eye exam whether they are seeing well or not. Many medical conditions of the eye are painless or have no symptoms until irreversible harm has occurred to the eye. Glaucoma is a painless condition that slowly damages the optic nerve, the nerve that connects the eye to the brain, until blindness results. Retinal holes and tears can often have no symptoms but can easily progress to retinal detachment which can cause blindness. Tumors of the retina can be both vision threatening and life threatening, but they will often have no symptoms until too late. All of these conditions can be detected in a routine eye exam and can be treated before they result in permanent vision loss.

If you haven’t yet done so, schedule your 2014 eye exam today! You can contact one of our seven locations or request an appointment online.

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. 

CARE : 20|20 : LIFE

*this advice is general in nature and does not constitute an exam. For specific advice, see your eye doctor or healthcare professional.*

Wide-field imaging helps detect retinal holes

The formation of retinal holes is not completely understood, but it likely involves areas of retinal thinning and/or traction from age-related changes to the vitreous (the jelly-like sac that fills the center of the eye). Many atrophic retinal holes aren’t associated with any symptoms, but some present flashes or floaters out of the corner of the eye. Retinal holes, or breaks, in limited cases can progress to retinal detachment.

Retinal Hole

Retinal Hole

This patient (on the left) had no symptoms, but had elected for a wide-field retinal image as part of her annual comprehensive eye exam, upon which an incidental diagnosis was made. Imaging is quick, painless and inexpensive. Because she was asymptomatic, not highly nearsighted and had no family history of retinal detachment, no treatment was indicated. Imaging will be used on an annual basis to track her retina.

Ask for a wide-field image for your next annual comprehensive eye exam to check for retinal holes.

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 Ohio locations – Downtown, West Columbus, Dublin, Westerville and Reynoldsburg.

CARE : 20|20 : LIFE

*this advice is general in nature and does not constitute an exam. For specific advice, see your eye doctor or healthcare professional.*

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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Nutrition and Your Eyes

Nutrition is a growing topic of discussion in optometric practice today. There is increasing evidence of it’s impact on eye health. Many studies have shown vitamins C, D, E, Zinc and Omega-3 fatty acids to be protective against macular degeneration and possibly cataract formation as we age.  The newest research is centered around macular pigment density.  Studies have shown that macular pigment density decreases as we age, in smokers and in individuals with a family history of macular degeneration.  Studies have also shown a correlation between macular pigment density and the development and progression of macular degeneration. Macular pigment is composed of the dietary carotinoids Lutein and Zeaxanthin.  Studies have shown that a higher dietary intake of Lutein and Zeaxanthin was independently associated with a decreased risk of progression to wet macular degeneration.  For those at risk for macular degeneration, a supplement containing the appropriate levels of Lutein, Zeaxanthin, Vitamins C, D, E, Zinc and Omega-3 fatty acids may help preserve vision.

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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