What to do with Metal in the Eye?

Unfortunately, something that is seen in the optometrist’s office not infrequently is metallic foreign bodies in the front of the eye. The small pieces of metal become embedded in the cornea due to grinding or cutting metal while not wearing safety glasses. These metal pieces are removable from the eye with a rotating burr while the eye is numbed. However, besides being unpleasant to have and to have removed, these foreign bodies leave scars in the cornea, the severity of which depends upon how deep they are embedded.These scars will at best cause glare and at worst cause permanent decreased visual acuity or blindness. This can all be avoided by simply wearing safety glasses to protect the eyes from flying debris. Safety glasses can even be made by your eye doctor with your eyeglass prescription in them.

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Will eating carrots really improve my vision?

Carrots contain a high level of beta carotene which the body converts to Vitamin A.  Our eyes depend on certain amounts of Vitamin A to maintain the health of the eyes surface as well as the proper function of the eyes retina.  Excessive amounts of Vitamin A will not increase the eyes function but too little Vitamin A can be detrimental to our vision.  Vitamin A deficiency is the leading cause of blindness in third world countries where malnutrition often leads to dehydrated corneas and retinal eye disease.  Proper diet can have a significant impact on our vision.  Eating a health balance of fruits, vegetables, fish, and nuts will provide the nutrients needed for our eyes to work to their best ability.

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

Diabetes and Eye Exams

 

For the many people who suffer from diabetes, it is of utmost importance to have a yearly dilated eye exam. Diabetes is a disease that affects the blood vessels of the body, particularly the eyes and feet. Having a yearly dilated eye exam will allow your optometrist to directly view the blood vessels in your retina, checking for any bleeding or leaking. In severe cases of diabetic retinopathy, new blood vessels can start to grow into the retina. This is especially dangerous because these new blood vessels destroy healthy retinal tissue. If this occurs, retinal laser surgery or other treatments are necessary to stop them before blindness results. A yearly dilated exam with your optometrist will help to catch any problems earlier, when they are much easier to treat and less irreversible damage has occurred.

 

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

Watch for the Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis!!

Giant papillary conjunctivitis is a common condition in which large bumps form under an individuals eyelid.  It is an allergic response that is most common in soft contact lenses that have a longer planned replacement time frame.  The residual proteins on the lens incite the allergic reaction, which can lead to irritation and excess movement with contact lens wear.  The prevalence of GPC has decreased since disposable contact lenses have become popular.  In addition to prescribing medications and/or discontinuing contact lens wear an eye doctor may switch someone with mild to moderate GPC to daily disposable contact lenses as a viable 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

Downtown – 614-224-2414 West – 614-878-7771

East – 614-861-7771 Westerville – 614-890-3577

Dublin – 614-978-9940

Why do my eyelids twitch sometimes?

An involuntary eyelid twitch is most likely what we refer to as a Blepharospasm.  This is a neurological condition involving the contraction of the muscles around the eye.  It normally lasts only a few seconds and often affects just one eye.  The condition is usually brought on by increased stress to the body.  It may happen more often while someone is overly tired or stressed due to a situation in  here everyday life.  Unfortunately there is not a lot that can be done with medication or treatment to stop the twitching.  For most  people the best advised is to try to get more sleep and do whatever possible to reduce their daily stress.  Normally the condition will resolve on it’s own within a few days time.  If the condition is persistent and severe enough to interfere with patient’s daily activities, Botox injections have been used to temporally paralyze the muscle.

 

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

Bloody Red Eyes!

Many people come into their optometrist’s office in a panic because they have a blood red eye. This is called a subconjunctival hemorrhage (SCH).

This is similar to a bruise elsewhere on the body, but because the conjunctiva overlying the blood is clear, it looks bloody. This condition is usually no more harmful than a bruise and will resolve uneventfully with time. They are caused by trauma to the eye, anything that affects blood clotting, such as use of blood thinners, and straining, such as with lifting, vomiting, pushing during childbirth, and straining using the restroom.

 

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