Monday, December 19, 2011

Halos and Starbursts!

Many people have trouble with Christmas lights looking like they have a halo around them or are star bursts. Our patients often notice similar issues with headlights at night. We see this all the time and it is typically due to uncorrected near- sightedness, far-sightedness, or astigmatism. Updating your glasses prescription can help as does a high quality anti-reflective treatment for your lenses. There is also something called higher order aberrations, which requires special equipment to diagnose (we have such equipment available at Rinkov Eyecare Center!).

Near-sightedness, far-sightedness, and astigmatism are lower order aberrations. Lower order aberrations are all that are corrected in typical glasses. Your eye doctor and his/her technicians can also perform tests to determine whether or not you have high order aberrations. If so, there are premium lenses available that do a wonderful job of correcting higher order aberrations (these lenses are especially great for eliminating glare at night).

Want to learn more about high order aberrations? Give your eye doctor a call (or call any of our offices!)

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.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

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.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Cold Weather - Lots of Tears

A common complaint at the eye doctor's office this time of year is excessive tearing. Although it may seem counter-intuitive, this is actually due to dry eye. The air outside is cold and has low humidity levels. Once inside the house the air is warm or in the car warm air is blowing at your face. This dries the eyes out and irritates them. The eyes then react as if there were something in the eyes by tearing. One way to combat this is to use frequent artificial tears. It is important to check with your Optometrist and make sure that you are getting a high quality artificial tear. These help to re- moisten the eyes and prevent them from drying out, causing the excessive tearing. You should never us contact lens solution in place of artificial tears.

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.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Importance of a Valid Contact Lens Prescription



Many people have found they can find plano colored contacts in different places without a valid prescription.  Just like the circle contacts, these contacts have not been fitted to the person's eyes and may lead to corneal abrasions, various types of infections and potentially blindness.  The circle contact lenses are not approved for sale in the U.S., but colored contacts in various prescriptions and even in no prescription can be obtained safely and monitored safely by your eye care professional.   The next time you are interested in changing your eye color or trying something new, please call your eye doctor first.  Your eyes will thank you for it.


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.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Meibomitis

This is an inflammation of the meibomian glands which often causes the glands to be obstructed. The glands can also be infected by bacterial.. This is usually characterized by dry, burning eyes, or redness along the lid margins ( blepharitis ). Warm compresses may help reduce this problem. However, often prescription medication prescribed by your eye care professional is used to treat this.

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.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Keratoconus

Keratoconus is an irreversible corneal degeneration. Symptoms include blurred vision , even with glasses or contacts, glare, halos,.and someone double vision with one eye only. Your eyecare professional can accurate measure the curvature of your corneas by a corneal topographer. The cornea loses its normal shape and becomes like a cone. It is usually bilateral and progressive. Due to the irregular shape of the cornea, your eye doctor’s initial choice to help the patient see better is a special shaped gas permeable lens which vaults the cone shape of the eye. If the cornea continues to thin, surgical intervention by an ophthalmologist is required. The newest method of surgery is DALK. There are ongoing studies about cornea cross linking to improve the Keratoconus cornea.

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.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

How to Clean Contact Lenses

The proper way to clean your contacts: Contact lens solution companies may market their product by offering a ‘no rub’ regiment, but is this really ok? Depending on the type of material your contact lens is made from it might be, but in most cases rubbing is the only way to properly clean and disinfect a lens. Most of today’s lens are made from a material called Silicone Hydrogel which offers increased oxygen permeability but may also allow more debris to stick to the lens. The best and safest way to clean your lens involves the following steps:

  1. Wash your hands

  2. Remove lens and place it in the palm of your hand

  3. Squirt fresh solution onto the lens and gently rub the lens with your index finger for a least 20 seconds per side

  4. Rinse each side of lens for 10 seconds with a steady stream of solution.

  5. Place the lens in a clean case with fresh solution that completely covers the lens for at least 6 hours or overnight.




The lens is then ready to remove from it's case and insert into your eye the next morning!


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.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Polarized Sunglasses

Polarized sunglasses have been popular for years with boaters and fishermen who need to reduce reflected glare from the water surrounding them. However, they are equally as effective in reducing glare from the hood  of a car or the glare off of the road when driving a car or truck. They work by filtering the horizontal reflected glare that is so bothersome to the human eye. They are extremely comfortable and soothing to the eye.. As well as the filtering capability, they also block the harmful ultraviolet rays which can cause damage to the eyes.  One negative is that these lenses do reduce the visibility of any device which uses liquid crystal displays such as cell phones and some car radios.


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.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Pinguecula

A pinguecula is a slightly raised yellowish area seen on the white part ( sclera ) of the eye. It is thought to be caused by excessive exposure to sunlight.  It is benign. Occasionally , a pinguecula may become inflamed . It can be treated with anti inflammatory drops.  The best prevention is to wear quality sun protection which filters out ultraviolet radiation from the sun.

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.

Pterygium

A pterygium is often confused with a pinguecula. However, it is quite different as if actually invades the cornea by crossing over the limbus area. Causing scarring. It is raised and wedge shaped. Usually, a pterygium contains blood vessels. If inflamed, it is usually treated with steroid eye drops and artificial tears. If the pterygium grows too much towards the pupil, it can affect sight. At this point, a surgeon will try to redirect the path of growth to save the individual’s vision. As with a pinguecula, sunlight exposure is the cause of this.


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.

Meibomian Glands

The meibomian glands are found on the rim of the eyelids. If you look closely, you can see what looks like little holes on the lids. Your eye doctor can them with a biomicroscope which has a high degree of magnification . There are approximately 50 on the upper lid and 30 on the lower lid. These glands produce lipids and proteins which help the tear film from evaporating. If these are not working correctly, either by being clogged or by not producing properly,  vision can be affected . Vision could be intermittently blurred . One could also develop symptoms such as dryness.  You should consult  your vision care professional for treatment.

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.

Computer eye strain: Do your eyes ever feel tired or sore after working on the computer?

Most of us spend a good part of our work day staring at a computer screen and it is only natural that our eyes get tired.  Computer eye strain occurs due to a number of factors.  First of all when focusing on any object at a close distance our eyes must accommodate in order for the object to appear clear.  Accommodation is achieved when the ciliary body changes the form of the elastic lens within our eyes.

Prolonged accommodation causes our eyes to feel tired.  Another major contributor to computer eye strain is dryness.  Studies have shown when we focus on a screen our eyes tend to blink less then normal.  Decreased blinking leads to evaporation of the tear film which normally coats and protects the eyes surface.  Eliminating computer work would certainly fix these issues but for most of us that is not an option.  So instead it can be helpful to take 'vision breaks' throughout our work day.  Every 30-60 minutes try to look away from the computer screen and focus your eyes on a distance target or out a window.  This will allow your accommodation to relax and your eyes to blink more naturally. You should also speak with your eye doctor about specialty eyeglasses for the computer. Your eyes will thank you!

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.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Attention Parents - You can help your kids feel GREAT about their glasses!



In honor of back to school we have some advise for parents and teachers to help kids feel more comfortable about wearing their glasses.  Sometimes parents and teachers will tell us they need help getting kids to wear their new glasses.  This can be the case, especially for older teenagers who are nervous about standing out, but young children are usually excited to wear glasses.   If kids are use to seeing their parents and teachers look good and want to wear their glasses, the kids are usually excited too.  If they have parents at home with old glasses they feel ugly in and don't want to wear, the children will probably adopt their preferences.  Glasses have come a long way from the old thick, BCG's of the past.  People can express their fun, cool personalities now with all the fun styles that are available.  We love to hear how cool a child thinks their new glasses are.  How they love the pink and purple fade with the peace signs.  Glasses can differentiate you and that is very cool no matter your age.  A quiet complement on how good someone looks in their new glasses goes a long way.  The child will be one of many wearing glasses, so don't worry about them standing out, they won't.  Try not to make a big fuss about them having to wear the glasses and instead focus on how cool they look in them.  It might even work with the teenagers.

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.