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.*

 

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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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.

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Do you have trouble reading with or without glasses?

Many patients report to their optometrist’s office reporting that they are having trouble seeing to read. This is a natural aging change called presbyopia. The crystalline lens within the eye that changes shape to focus at near starts to stiffen around age forty. As this happens, the patients will find they have to push their reading material farther and farther away from them. This process continues slowly from approximately age 40 to age 55. During this time patients will usually get their first bifocal or reading glasses,and find they have to be strengthened every few years as it progresses.

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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

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Summerlike Weather – Watch those Corneas!

With the summerlike weather we have been having, one need to be diligent in wearing their sunglasses. One particular reason for this is pterygium. This is a growth of tissue that starts covering over the cornea. It is seen
primarily in people who are exposed to high UV levels. If the tissue grows far enough across the cornea, it can block vision and cause blindness. The tissue can be removed surgically, but often scars afterward and can return.
The best treatment is prevention, by blocking UV rays with sunglasses.

 

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

Diabetes and Eye Exams

It is very important for everyone to have a yearly dilated eye exam, especially if you are diabetic. Diabetes affects blood vessels throughout the body. Two of the most common parts of the body affected are the eyes and feet. Diabetes can cause bleeding and decreased oxygen supply to the retinal tissues. This can cause new blood vessels to grow into the retina, which damage the surrounding healthy tissue. If not found and treated, blindness can result. Yearly dilated eye exams can detect changes early when treatment is easier and often more successful.

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