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.

Prevent an eye infection from your cat’s litter box

Toxoplasmosis: eye infection from litter box

Many people have pets. If you have a cat, it’s very important to wash your hands thoroughly after cleaning out the litter box. There is a protozoa called toxoplasmosis that can be found in cat feces that can cause infections in the eye. This infection can cause retinal scars, inflammation of the optic nerve, and inflammation in the fluid in the eye. It is difficult to treat, but treatment usually includes antibiotics and steroids. Perhaps even more importantly, pregnant women should avoid cleaning litter boxes entirely, as the protozoa can cross the blood-placenta barrier and cause anything from stillbirth to neurologic birth defects in the baby, depending upon which stage in pregnancy the infection was acquired.

Rinkov Eyecare Centers cares for your health. We can diagnose and treat many eye problems. If you detect an infection, immediately call one of our locations to schedule an appointment. Note that we now have two new locations in Bexley and Nationwide Plaza for your convenience!

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.*

How often should you replace eye makeup?

replace eye makeup often

You should replace eye makeup more often than you think!  Eye makeup can be a breeding ground for many varieties of bacteria including staphylococcus, streptococcus, micrococcus and bacillus.  Mascara, eyeliner and eye shadow should be replaced every three months due to the growth of these organisms.

It is also important to practice clean habits while using makeup:

  • Always keep makeup lids tightly closed.
  • Sharpen eye pencils regularly to remove the outer layer, which may contain bacteria.
  • Be sure to store makeup in a cool, dry area.
  • If you experience any symptoms or signs of an eye infection immediately dispose of all eye makeup and refrain from the use of new products until you have been cleared by an eye doctor.

If your eyes are dry, red, swollen or uncomfortable, please contact our offices so we can get you on the path to healthy eyes!

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.

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.*

What do Preservatives have to do with my eyes?

Preservatives are a common chemical preparation used in most ocular medications and contact lens solutions. These chemicals prevent bacterial growth within the bottle once it has been opened , thus preventing the spread of possible infections. These preservatives, however, can occasionally irritate and damage the eyes outer surface. There are several groups of preservatives that are tolerated quite well by our eyes without any adverse reactions. One group , the mercurials which includes thimerosal, was once a main stay in early contact lens solutions. Many patients though the use of these thimerosal based products developed an allergic sensitivity and were forced to discontinue not only the contact lens solution but even the contact lens. Today thimerosal is not a common preservative in name brand contact lens products instead there is a broad selection of excellent solutions the patient can safely use. The doctors at Rinkov Eyecare Center always consider the patients allergy history in prescribing the proper products for the care of their eyes and contact lens.

 

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

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

Swimming with Contact Lenses

Contact lens wearers should not swim or use hot tubs while wearing their contact lenses. This is due to a specific type of infection to which contact lens wearing swimmers are particularly susceptible. The organism is called Acanthameoba, and is found especially in pond and lake water, but can also be in the chlorinated water of swimming pools and hot tubs. It can more rarely be found in tap water, which is why it is advised not to get water in the eyes while showering.

Acanthameoba is a single celled protozoa that has two life stages, active and cyst. Once in the contact lens from swimming, it gets into the cornea.

The infection is extremely painful, often more painful than what the eye looks like it should be. Because of its multiple life stages, it is very difficult to cure. Treatment can take a long time and multiple medications.

In severe cases, corneal transplant can be necessary.

The best way to avoid infection is to not swim in contact lenses. At the very least, wear swimming goggles to avoid getting water into the eyes. If water does get into the eyes, the contact lenses should be thrown away immediately after swimming. For this reason, daily disposable contact lenses can be the most convenient and economical option.

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

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