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.