Tuesday, December 31, 2013

What's all this I hear about blue light?

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Blue light (UV-C) is any light with a wavelength between 380-500nm. Today we are exposed to more of this type of light than ever before due to our use of cell phones, tablets, computers, television screens and energy efficient LED light bulbs. Prolonged exposure to this light has been shown to cause change to the macula of the eye which may lead to possible macular degeneration. It has also been shown to suppress the secretion of melatonin in the body which can cause effects on a person's circadian rhythms and may lead to an increased risk of depression.

gunnar computer glassesThere are currently lenses available that can help to block or reduce the amount of blue light transmission to the eye. These lens and coatings should be considered for anyone who is at risk of excessive exposure to blue light. This will have a soothing, less stress, less fatiguing effect on the eyes.

Stop by your nearest Rinkov Eyecare Centers location to learn more about blue light and what you can do to protect your eyes from its harmful effects.

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.*

Monday, December 23, 2013

Reduce childhood nearsightedness by 50%

Reduce childhood nearsightedness

A new study that took place over a two year period of time shows promise for reducing the progression of myopia (nearsightedness) in kids by up to 50%. The technique used involves the fitting of a multifocal contact lens instead of the more traditional single vision lenses. Apparently with traditional contact lenses, the peripheral retinal receives a relative defocused image and sends a signal to the eye not to get longer (axial length). Multifocal contacts helps prevent this. Multifocal contacts, available in popular brands and materials, are well-tolerated by children. Visit your nearest Rinkov Eyecare Centers eye doctor for a consultation and details.

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.*

Monday, December 16, 2013

Are holiday lights telling you something about your eyes?

Holiday Lights

At this time of year, you may enjoy looking at all of the beautiful holiday lights. However, if the lights appear to have halos around them or look like star bursts, it may be time to see your eye doctor. This can be caused by a number of things including uncorrected near sightedness or astigmatism. Dirty contact lenses will cause visual distortions as well, either due to the deposits on the lenses or due to corneal swelling from the old lenses. So, if your holiday lights look especially radiant this year, it may be time to make an appointment with the eye doctor.

You can schedule an appointment by contacting your nearest Rinkov Eyecare Centers location or request an appointment online. We look forward to taking care of your eye health.

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.*

Monday, December 9, 2013

Asteroid Hyalosis: A common condition in patients over 60

asteroid hyalosis eye

Asteroid Hyalosis is a vitreal disorder that is usually discovered during an annual comprehensive exam.  It is a benign condition that usually does not express any symptoms to the patient, but the examining doctor may see a vitreous full of bright yellow or white refractile particles.  The particles could be the collagen beginning to age, or it could be changes to the hyaluronic acid in the vitreous.  This is why it is most common in patients over 60.  Although the condition tends to progress with time, it usually does not require treatment and may be monitored with annual eye exams.  In rare cases where the retina is unable to be properly monitored and the individual has retinal disease, such as diabetic retinopathy or retinal defects, corrective action with surgery may be required.

As you can see, the 20-Point Comprehensive Eye Exam® at Rinkov Eyecare Centers is extremely important not only for your vision, but for your eye health. It can detect problems that many eye exams cannot. Contact Rinkov Eyecare Centers today, or request an appointment online!

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.*

Monday, December 2, 2013

Sudden blurry vision

central serous retinopathy

Central serous retinopathy is a condition characterized by sudden onset central blurry or distorted vision.  It is caused by fluid that accumulates in the back of the eye, at the central macula.  No one really is sure of the cause, but it is most common in males in their 30's to 40's under higher amounts of stress.  Your eye doctor can diagnose this with an OCT or using fluorescein angiography.  Many cases resolve under close supervision or, in some instances, with laser treatment.  In many cases, 20/20 acuity is restored but some individuals may report a mild decrease in vision for many months after the fluid has decreased.

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.*

Monday, November 25, 2013

Eye pain and watering upon awakening



Some people experience episodes of eye pain and watering upon awakening in the middle of the night or morning. One thing that can cause this is a condition called recurrent corneal erosions. Usually the patient has previously had an initial corneal abrasion or scratch, which usually heals without any problems. However, as the scratch is healing, the new surface cells of the cornea can take a few months to completely adhere to the cell layers below them. During the night, the eye dries out and the under side of the eyelid will stick to the new cells. When the eye is opened upon waking, the eyelid then rips off these new fresh corneal cells and reopens the abrasion, causing the symptoms of pain and watering. After seeking medical treatment, your eye doctor may recommend an over-the-counter artificial tear ointment before going to bed. This ointment will prevent the eye from drying out and the lid from adhering to the new corneal cells. This ointment should be used every night for a few months after any corneal abrasion.

If you're experiencing similar eye pain and watering upon awakening, it's important to schedule an appointment with your eye doctor immediately. Contact Rinkov Eyecare Centers today or request an appointment online. We're here to help.

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.*

Monday, November 18, 2013

Is something constantly rubbing your eye?

trichiasis

Many patients will report to the eye doctor's office that they feel as though something is in their eye. While there may be something actually in their eye, other things can cause the feeling. One of the most common causes is dry eye. However, something that can occasionally cause this foreign body sensation is a condition known as trichiasis. Trichiasis is a condition where the eyelashes grow inward toward the eye instead of outward. This causes the lashes to continually rub against the cornea, severely irritating the eye. The remedy for trichiasis is for your eye doctor to pull the lashes with tweezers to stop the irritation. Unfortunately, this often has to be repeatedly done on a regular basis as the lashes grow back.

If your eyes are irritated or you continually feel like there's something in your eye, contact Rinkov Eyecare Centers, and we can help you figure out what's happening!

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.*

Monday, November 11, 2013

Why it's necessary to dilate your eyes for an eye exam

Dilated pupil

Many patients ask during their eye exam if it's really necessary to dilate their eyes. The answer is "Yes." Looking into the eye through an undilated pupil is like trying to look into a dark room through a key hole with a flash light. Only very small areas of the retina can be seen at a time. When looking through a dilated pupil, it is like looking into the room through an open door. More areas of the retina can be seen at once and a view of the peripheral edges of the retina can be seen.

Optomap eye exam

Another option that rivals a dilated exam, and may even be better, is an Optomap® photo of the retina. This has the advantage of allowing a view of the entire retina at once. It also photographs it, so it can be referred back to in the future for comparison, looking for any changes. Either the Optomap® or a dilated examination of the eyes is very important, and it is the only way to detect the presence of bleeding in the eyes due to diabetes, high blood pressure, and a number of other diseases. They can also detect retinal holes, tears, detachments and tumors.

Contact your local Rinkov Eyecare Centers to schedule your eye exam today! You can also request an appointment online.

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.*

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Rinkov Eyecare Centers on NBC4i: New Test Could Diagnose Diabetes Years Earlier

WCMH: News, Weather, and Sports for Columbus, Ohio

Rinkov Eyecare Centers appeared on NBC4i news last night (November 5, 2013) to talk about our new test that can diagnose diabetes years earlier!

Watch the video here or read the script on NBC4i.

This groundbreaking technology that is only available at Rinkov Eyecare Centers. We are at the cutting edge of eye care and diabetes detection in Columbus, Ohio! Early detection can help prevent blinding retinopathy from developing. We recommend that patients who suffer from diabetes have regular eye check-ups and monitor for the signs of retinopathy.

If you'd like to learn more, feel free to give our office a call.

 

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Warning: Beware of costume contact lenses

halloween contact lenses

It's Halloween and many people are tempted to accentuate their costumes with cosmetic contact lenses. With a quick online search, a person can find many websites offering cosmetic contact lenses for sale, and many of them claim that no prescription is needed. This is untrue and unsafe. All contact lenses, whether vision correcting or cosmetic, are labeled as medical devices by the FDA and therefore require a doctor's prescription. A prescription is required to ensure that the contact lens fits your eye correctly. An improperly fitting contact lens can cause injury and scarring of the cornea, which can result in permanently reduced vision or even blindness. Having "cool" contact lenses to go along with your costume is not worth the risk to your eyes and vision.

If you have any questions or think your contacts have scratched or scarred your eye, please call your closest Rinkov Eyecare Center immediately for attention.

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.*

Monday, October 28, 2013

BB guns and airsoft guns: A common cause of blindness

BB gun

Unfortunately there is a very common cause of blindness in children that could be easily prevented. Children report to emergency rooms quite frequently with BB gun injuries to their eyes. A BB will very easily destroy the eye and cause permanent blindness in that eye. This can be prevented  by parental supervision and by wearing protective shooting glasses made from impact-resistant polycarbonate lenses. Another common injury seen in resent times is eye injuries from airsoft guns. People are under the false impression that because airsoft pellets are made of plastic, they are safer. This is not true. The plastic projectile is travelling at such high velocity, that it can easily destroy an eye. Whether playing with a BB gun or an airsoft gun, a person should never point the gun at another person or animal. The shooter should select his or her target carefully, to avoid the projectile from ricocheting back at the shooter or toward others.

Your local Rinkov Eyecare Centers office can almost always accommodate eye emergencies, should you have an eye injury or infection that requires immediate attention. We care about your eye health for life.

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.*

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The eyes have it (or is that the "aye's"?)

Eye Doctor and Patient

One night I was watching a news program, and they were discussing a contestant from Wheel of Fortune who mispronounced the phrase "curio cabinet" as he solved the puzzle. His answer was judged as incorrect. It got me to think about commonly mispronounced words and phrases I've heard in the office over the years. Enjoy!

1. "My grandmother has immaculate degeneration." We think you mean macular degeneration. I am old enough to remember Franco Harris' immaculate reception. I'm not sure that is relevant.

2. "I'm farsighted. You know, I can't see the things far away. Or did I get that backwards?" We think you mean nearsighted= you can't see far away= short sighted= myopia

3. "I'm tired of wearing glasses. Do you think i can have LASIX?" We think you mean LASIK (laser assisted in situ keratomileusis). LASIX is a prescription drug used for cardiovascular problems.

4. "I have bleary vision." We think you mean blurry vision, unless your exceptionally fatigued and mentally off your A-game.

5. "So I was putting on my makeup and I think I scratched my retina." We think you mean your cornea, the clear front lens of the eye. If you have indeed scratched the retina, or the back interior of the eye, you will be immediately referred. :)

6." I soak my contacts in Renuzit." We think you mean ReNu. Incidentally, if your contacts smell, consider a fresh pair- not an air freshener. Yep, I've heard about smelly contacts in exam.

7. " I have a stigma." We think you mean astigmatism, one of several refractive errors. And we're rooting for your reputation to be restored!

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.*

Monday, October 14, 2013

Why does my vision get blurry as I age?

bifocals, blurry vision and presbyopia

A frequent complaint at the eye doctor's office is that reading material is blurry, especially in patients after the age of forty. Why is this? The short answer: It's a natural condition of the eye called presbyopia. The long answer: The eye has a flexible crystalline lens that sits behind the iris and is surrounded by muscles. These muscles cause the crystalline lens to flex and change focus to nearby objects. During presbyopia, the lens starts to stiffen and cannot flex to focus. This is a slow process that progressively worsens over 15 to 20 years. As the crystalline lens hardens, reading glasses or bifocals are needed to make up for the lost focusing ability.

It's important to have your eyes checked annually in order to make sure you have the proper prescription as your eyes continue to change. Contact a Rinkov Eyecare Centers location near you or request an appointment online. We care about your eye health for life.

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.*

Monday, October 7, 2013

Protect Your Eyes with New Computer Lenses

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Most people know about the damage that UV-A and UV-B light can have on their skin and eyes. But have you heard of UV-C light, or blue light? Blue light, one of the shortest light wavelengths, is virtually absent from sunlight and ordinary lamps. However, florescent light and the light from computer screens emit blue light. Elongated exposure to blue light can damage a person’s retina and macula.  Simply reading this post from a computer can begin the damage. Fortunately, eye wear manufacturers have produced new computer lenses that filter out blue light and protect the eyes. You can find this innovative new computer eye wear at Rinkov Eyecare Centers today!

Throughout the month of October, receive 30% off computer eye wear frames and lenses. This offer may not be combined with insurance or other offers. Call or stop by! Offer expires October 31, 2013.

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.*

Monday, September 30, 2013

How rheumatoid arthritis can affect your eyes

RA Hands

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), which primarily affects the lining of the small joints of the body, may also have significant eye implications. RA is a result of an overreaction to the immune system.  This can lead to many eye conditions including cataracts, glaucoma, uveitis, scleritits, iritis and dry eye syndrome.  Some of the conditions are directly caused by the inflammation and can sometimes be worsened by the steroids used to treat the RA.  Many RA complications and symptoms can easily be diagnosed and treated or monitored with a comprehensive eye exam.

Always be proactive with your eye health, especially if you have other ailments. Our 20-Point Eye Exam allows us to catch many eye problems that other eye exams cannot. That means we can detect and treat a problem before it becomes worse. Contact your nearest Rinkov Eyecare Centers location to schedule your annual appointment, or request an appointment online.

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.*

Monday, September 23, 2013

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.

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.*

Monday, September 16, 2013

Struck by Lightning: How it Affects the Eyes

Struck by Lightning

Lightning injuries are uncommon but require an evaluation by an eye care professional if they occur.  According to the National Lightning Safety Institute in a paper written by Richard Kithi, the lightning strike is thought to cause thermal damage, electrical damage and a contusion from the shock wave.  Cooper et al  (Wilderness Medicine, Auerback P ed., Mosby 1995) found that 55 percent of lightning victims suffer eye effects. Mr. Kithi  also stated that although some of the symptoms may occur early, some may appear years later.  Cataracts are the most common, but lightning may also cause hemorrhages, inflammations, decreased muscle function and decreased color vision.   This emphasizes the need for immediate evaluation, as well as the importance of longer term follow-up care.

Everyone should stay up-to-date on their eye health. Contact us to schedule your annual comprehensive eye exam or request an appointment online.

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.*

Monday, September 9, 2013

What is lazy eye?

Lazy eye | Amblyopia

Lazy eye, or amblyopia, is a common eye condition found in childhood. Lazy eye can develop anytime when one eye isn't seeing as well as the other eye. There are three main causes:

  1. When one eye is significantly more far-sighted than the other eye.

  2. When one eye turns in, out, up or down while the fellow eye is looking straight ahead.

  3. When the  vision is blocked  in one eye, either from a congenital cataract or drooping eyelid.


Lazy eye can usually be prevented from becoming permanent if treated in early childhood. Not a lot can be done to improve the vision in the lazy eye after that time. It is very important to have children see an eye doctor when they start grade school (at the latest) to screen for such problems.

We care about your child's vision. Contact us to schedule a children's eye exam for your child, or request an appointment online.

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.*

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

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.*

Monday, August 26, 2013

Don't dismiss eye pain or redness

contact

In our annual exams, we've noticed that many contact lens wearers have scarred corneas. They report that their contact lenses were uncomfortable in the past and that their eye was red for a few days but symptoms eventually went away. These symptoms are often the sign of an infection in the cornea from over-wearing contact lenses. These infections can cause ulcers on the cornea, which eventually scar. It is very important to stop wearing your contact lenses and see your eye doctor right away with any pain, redness or decreased vision in your contact lenses. If one of these scars forms over your pupil in your line of sight, permanent vision damage can result.

If you experience any of these symptoms, contact us immediately or request an appointment online. We care about your eye health.

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.*

Monday, August 19, 2013

Diabetes and Your Eyes

Diabetic Retinopathy

An annual eye exam is important for everyone, but especially for people with diabetes. Diabetes can severely affect a person's eyes and vision if the damage goes undetected and untreated. Diabetes affects the back inside surface of the eye called the retina. Diabetes decreases the blood flow to the retinal tissue, which results in an insufficient amount of oxygen to the retinal cells. There may be areas with bleeding, and new blood vessel growth can be damaging. All of these are much easier to treat and have a better prognosis when found and treated early. People with no history of diabetic retinopathy are recommended to have yearly dilated exams, and those with mild retinopathy may be required to have more frequent exams.

It's important to take care of your eye health. Request an appointment for your comprehensive eye exam today.

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.*

Monday, August 12, 2013

Wide-field imaging helps detect retinal holes

The formation of retinal holes is not completely understood, but it likely involves areas of retinal thinning and/or traction from age-related changes to the vitreous (the jelly-like sac that fills the center of the eye). Many atrophic retinal holes aren't associated with any symptoms, but some present flashes or floaters out of the corner of the eye. Retinal holes, or breaks, in limited cases can progress to retinal detachment.

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This patient (on the left) had no symptoms, but had elected for a wide-field retinal image as part of her annual comprehensive eye exam, upon which an incidental diagnosis was made. Imaging is quick, painless and inexpensive. Because she was asymptomatic, not highly nearsighted and had no family history of retinal detachment, no treatment was indicated. Imaging will be used on an annual basis to track her retina.

Ask for a wide-field image for your next annual comprehensive eye exam to check for retinal holes.

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 Ohio 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.*

Monday, August 5, 2013

Pediatrician or school vision screenings aren't enough for children's eye health

children eye exam

The start of the new school year will soon be here, and it's very important to remember to have your children's eyes checked by an optometrist.

The vision screener done at the pediatrician's office or by the school nurse is inadequate and is not a substitute for a comprehensive eye exam. These screenings can miss eye coordination problems and far-sightedness. Uncorrected far-sightedness will cause your child to have to work the focusing muscles of the eyes much harder than somebody without far-sightedness. This can lead to headaches, eye strain, avoidance of reading, and poor grades in school. Uncorrected far-sightedness is often missed in a vision screening done at the pediatrician's office, but it would be discovered at an eye doctor's office.

Whether your child has been wearing contacts for a while or you soon discover he or she needs them, August is the perfect month to stock up! Throughout the month of August, receive $20 off a year supply of contact lenses plus manufacturer rebates! Then protect your eyes with a $40 Rinkov Care Certificate good towards the purchase of any pair of sunglasses.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please give Rinkov Eyecare Center a call or request an appointment today!

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 Ohio 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.*

Monday, July 29, 2013

The proper way to instill eye drops

How to properly use eye drops

Instilling eye drops can be challenging for some people. Remember that it's your eyes' natural defense mechanism that causes you to blink when something is coming towards them.  Knowing a proper technique can allow for easier and safer insertion.

Step 1: Wash your hands.

Step 2: While looking up, pull down your lower eye lid using your non-dominant hand.

Step 3: Using your dominant hand, hold the eye drop bottle approximately half an inch away from your eye and squeeze the bottle to dispense one drop. Be careful not to allow the tip of the bottle to touch any part of your eye or eyelid, as this can cause a bacterial contamination.

Step 4: Release your lower lid and blink your eyes as needed.  Refrain from rubbing your eyes or wiping them with a tissue; this may cause less than optimal absorption of the eye drop.

Let us know if you have any questions!

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 Ohio 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.*

Monday, July 22, 2013

Make Disposable Contacts your Summer Solution

Disposable Contact Lens

With summer in full swing, many people are active outside and on vacation. These are perfect opportunities to try a daily disposable contact lenses for three reasons.

  1. They're much more convenient when you're on-the-go because you won't have any contact lens cases and solutions to pack.

  2. You can throw away daily disposable contact lenses after swimming. Contact lenses should not be worn while swimming, but if they are, they should be thrown away immediately after swimming.

  3. You can carry multiple disposable contact lenses. If one gets lost, you won't be in a bind being away from home with a contact lens for only one eye or forced to wear your back-up glasses the whole vacation.


Take advantage of our August CONTACT LENS SPECIAL! $20 off annual supply of contact lenses (plus all manufacture rebates) through August 31.

Discover the ease and convenience of traveling and playing outside with disposable contact lenses today! Learn more about our contact lenses here or by visiting any of our five Columbus locations.

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 Ohio 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.*

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Depth Perception – Explained by an Optometrist

Depth PerceptionWhile depth perception can be obtained by context cues such as size difference between near and distant objects, true depth perception, or stereopsis, is obtained by viewing an object with both eyes simultaneously from slightly different viewing angles. This difference in viewing angles between the two eyes is known as parallax. The greater the difference in parallax between the two eyes, the greater the depth perception. Therefore, someone with wide-set eyes has slightly better depth perception than someone with close-set eyes. Further, people who only have one eye (or one eye that turns properly) are not able to focus two eyes at the same object at the same time. These people will typically have very poor depth perception.

Want to learn more about depth perception or think your eyes may not be working well together? Contact our offices for a 20-Point Eye Exam™ and all your questions will be answered!

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 Ohio 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.*

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

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.

For more information on cataracts, including some excellent educational videos on cataracts, CLICK HERE

From the Eye Doctor, Opticians and Staff of Rinkov Eyecare Centers. Providing quality comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, glasses, sunglasses and medical treatment of eye disease. Cataract Treatment, Eye exams and eyeglasses in Columbus, Ohio for over 35 years. Come see an Optometrist at one of our Columbus Ohio 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.*

 

Monday, June 17, 2013

Can a glasses prescription be used to get contact lenses?

vision wearOur patients sometimes ask us if a they can use their glasses prescription to purchase contact lenses. The short answer is no and if you see an eyecare professional that is using a glasses prescription for contact lenses, we strongly recommend that you RUN as fast as you can out of that office. A competent eyecare professional understands that taking shortcut can result in permanent vision loss for his/her patient. That said, there are several reasons why a glasses prescription cannot be used for contact lenses.

First, the strength of glasses and contact lenses are often different. This is because contact lenses sit closer to the eye and therefore don't have to be as strong in near-sighted patients, and must be stronger in far-sighted patients. Also any amount of astigmatism is corrected in glasses, whereas astigmatism is only corrected precisely once it reaches a certain level in contact lenses, otherwise the near-sighted or far-sighted power is adjusted to account for this small amount of astigmatism.


Second, and most importantly, is that contact lenses must be matched to the measurements of the cornea that were obtained in the contact lens fitting. On a contact lens prescription the curvature and diameter of the contact lens are specified. The precise brand and material of contact lens must also be specified on the contact lens prescription. This is because all brands of contact lenses will fit, feel, and behave differently on the eye.

Most of our patients are unaware that contact lenses are a regulated medical device. Make you have a reputable eyecare professional perform a contact lens evaluation and fit. This process should take at least 2 visits to make sure that the contact lenses prescribed are right for your eye. Equally as important is to make sure you follow the doctors instructions as to how long you can wear the prescribed contact lenses and what type of solutions to use. Remember, your sense of sight is so important. Don't risk damaging one of your most precious senses. See an professional and follow the instructions. Anyone is willing to sell you contact lenses without a proper contact lens prescription  is putting their profits ahead of your health.

To learn more about our contact lens evaluation, please click here: Contact Lenses in Columbus, Ohio.

From the Eye Doctor, Opticians and Staff of Rinkov Eyecare Centers. Providing quality comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, glasses, sunglasses and medical treatment of eye disease. Eye exams and eyeglasses in Columbus, Ohio for over 35 years. Come see an Optometrist at one of our Columbus Ohio 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.*

 

Friday, June 14, 2013

What is a Pinguecula?

A pinguecula is an area of degeneration of the deep conjunctival layers.  In other words, it is an area of disrupted tissue on the white part of one’s eye.  Usually located at the 3- or 9-oclock position near the cornea the tissue may appear slightly yellowed or red due to an increase of blood vessels in the area.  The tissue may be raised or flat.  Pingueculas arise from over exposure to UV light or chronic irritation of the tissue caused by dust or wind.  It is important to protect one’s eyes from such elements with sun or safety glasses depending on the environment.  If the tissue is continually subjected to irritation it can expand into the cornea and cause dryness, discomfort and eventually decreased vision.  Once this occurs surgery is often needed to remove the tissue.  It is important for people of all ages to protect their eyes from sun light and other irritants to prevent pingueculas from forming.

From the Eye Doctor, Opticians and Staff of Rinkov Eyecare Centers. Providing quality comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, glasses, sunglasses and medical treatment of eye disease. Eye exams and eyeglasses in Columbus, Ohio for over 35 years. Come see an Optometrist at one of our Columbus Ohio locations – Downtown, West Columbus, Dublin, Westerville and Reynoldsburg. Click here for more information about eye exams in Columbus, Ohio.

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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.*

Monday, June 10, 2013

What is astigmatism?

Understanding AstigmatismA lot of our patients ask us what astigmatism is. We find that most think it is a disease or growth in the eye. It is actually just a refractive condition similar to near-sightedness or far-sightedness. It is caused when the cornea or lens of the eye is not perfectly spherical like a baseball, but instead has two curvatures like a football. The curvature is one of the main things to give power to the cornea or lens. Therefore if they have two different curvatures, they have two different powers, and they bend light rays to two different points in the back of the eye. This causes distortion or blur. This can be accommodated for by prescribing glasses or contact lenses with two different curvatures to counteract that of the eye. What to learn more? Check out our website www.rinkoveyecare.com for more information.

From the Eye Doctor, Opticians and Staff of Rinkov Eyecare Centers. Providing quality comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, glasses, sunglasses and medical treatment of eye disease. Eye exams and eyeglasses in Columbus, Ohio for over 35 years. Come see an Optometrist at one of our Columbus Ohio locations – Downtown, West Columbus, Dublin, Westerville and Reynoldsburg. www.rinkoveyecare.com

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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.*

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Summer is Here! Who need Sunglasses? (the answer is everyone)

SunglassesAs we are approaching summer, sunglasses are as important as ever. Ultraviolet radiation from the sun can increase the risk of macular degeneration, cataracts, and cancers in and around the eye.Sunglasses help to block this radiation from reaching the eyes. Besides having a protective benefit, sunglasses also make outside activities more visually comfortable by decreasing the light level entering the eyes. In the case of polarized sunglasses, they actually improve vision by blocking sunlight reflecting glare.

From the Eye Doctor, Opticians and Staff of Rinkov Eyecare Centers. Providing quality comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, glasses, sunglasses and medical treatment of eye disease. Eye exams and eyeglasses in Columbus, Ohio for over 35 years. Come see an Optometrist at one of our Columbus Ohio locations – Downtown, West Columbus, Dublin, Westerville and Reynoldsburg. www.rinkoveyecare.com

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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.*

Monday, June 3, 2013

I'm seeing shapes and colors! What does it mean?

Many people will report to the eye doctor complaining of seeing strange shapes and colors in their vision. One cause of this can be a phenomenon called ocular migraines. In an ocular migraine, patients will often see zigzag lines in the shape of an arc. Some people describe it as looking like a kaleidoscope. It is usually just off of their central vision and then enlarges until it disappears. The patient may or may not then experience a headache. The whole episode usually lasts 5 to 30 minutes.It is thought that the cause is similar to that of migraine headaches and can be triggered by similar things,such as stress, caffeine, MSG, some antibiotics, sulfites, and hormones, just to name a few.

From the Eye Doctor, Opticians and Staff of Rinkov Eyecare Centers. Providing quality comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, glasses, sunglasses and medical treatment of eye disease. Eye exams and eyeglasses in Columbus, Ohio for over 35 years. Come see an Optometrist at one of our Columbus Ohio locations – Downtown, West Columbus, Dublin, Westerville and Reynoldsburg. www.rinkoveyecare.com

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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.*

Friday, May 31, 2013

Reasons you should not sleep while wearing your contact lenses!

Traditionally there have been two main reasons why sleeping in contact lenses can be dangerous. The first is that the cornea becomes starved of oxygen and new blood vessels will grow into the cornea. The blood vessels are not transparent like the cornea and will block your vision. With the arrival of the newer silicone based contact lenses that are oxygen permeable, this problem has been greatly minimized. However the other reason for not sleeping in contact lenses still exists. That is that metabolic waste products from the cells of the cornea get trapped under the contact lens while sleeping and cause an inflammatory reaction. This can lead to infections, ulcers, and scarring, all of which can lead to permanent vision loss.

You only have two eyes... vision is so important. Don't risk harm to one of you most important senses. If you are interested in special contact lenses which are approved for overnight wear, please give us a call.

From the Eye Doctor, Opticians and Staff of Rinkov Eyecare Centers. Providing quality comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, glasses, sunglasses and medical treatment of eye disease. Eye exams and eyeglasses in Columbus, Ohio for over 35 years. Come see an Optometrist at one of our Columbus Ohio 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.*

 

 

Thursday, May 30, 2013

What does Legally Blind mean?

I can't see past the end of my nose, does that mean I am legally blind?  Not necessarily.  Legal blindness is defined by best corrected visual acuity.  This means what you are able to see through your glasses or contact lens.  If your central vision is measured to be 20/200 or less in your better seeing eye you would be considered legally blind. (Not sure what 20/200 means? Read about it here).  Legal blindness can also be defined by a restricted peripheral visual field.  The normal eye has a visual field that extends 60 degrees nasally, 100 degrees temporally, 60 superiorly, and 75 degrees inferiorly.  If a persons visual field is found to be 20 degrees or less they also would be considered legally blind.

From the Eye Doctor, Opticians and Staff of Rinkov Eyecare Centers. Providing quality comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, glasses, sunglasses and medical treatment of eye disease. Eye exams and eyeglasses in Columbus, Ohio for over 35 years. Come see an Optometrist at one of our Columbus Ohio 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.*

 

Monday, May 20, 2013

What to do with a Chemical Burn on the Eye!

Preparation is very important when faced with a chemical burn involving an eye.  An immediate appointment should be made with an eye care professional to assess any damage that may result.  The first step however should be continuous irrigation of the eye for at least 30 minutes.  Because chemical burns may be caused by acids, alkalis, mace or other eye irritants, sterile saline or eyewash is the best option for irrigation.  In a non clinical setting saline may not be available in which clean water is an alternate option.   Chemicals may cause extensive damage to ocular tissues in a very quick time frame emphasizing the the need for a quick reaction and treatment. If you are in doubt of what to do or if you cannot immediately see an eye care professional, you should seek immediate medical attention.

From the Eye Doctor, Opticians and Staff of Rinkov Eyecare Centers. Providing quality comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, glasses, sunglasses and medical treatment of eye disease. Eye exams and eyeglasses in Columbus, Ohio for over 35 years. Come see an Optometrist at one of our Columbus Ohio 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.

 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

What does 20/20 really mean?



The expression '20/20 vision' is stating that a person is able to separate lines that are one minute of arc or 1.75 mm apart from a distance of 20 feet.  Therefore the person is able to read letters at 20 feet equal to what the 'normal eye' is able to see at 20 feet.  If an individual is found to have 20/40 vision that would mean at 20 feet the person is able to read what the 'normal eye' would see at 40 feet, thus having less then 'normal vision'.  Someone who has 20/15 vision is able to see at 20 feet what the 'normal eye' can only see from 15 feet away, therefore having better then 'normal vision'.  These measurements of  visual acuity are normally found by having an individual read letters from an eye chart that have been spaced out according to the distance of the testing room.

From the Eye Doctor, Opticians and Staff of Rinkov Eyecare Centers. Providing quality comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, glasses, sunglasses and medical treatment of eye disease. Eye exams and eyeglasses in Columbus, Ohio for over 35 years. Come see an Optometrist at one of our Columbus Ohio locations – Downtown, West Columbus, Dublin, Westerville and Reynoldsburg.

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Progressive Lens Designs

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As we age the muscles in our eyes have a harder time focusing on objects up close.  By the time most of us are in our forties we become bothered enough with the inability to see upclose that we seek options to aid us in focusing from distance to near activities.  One good option is a progressive lens, which is also known as a no-line bifocal.  With a progressive lens the upper portion of the lens is designed to allow a person to see distance while it slowly changes to a more near prescription as you look down in the lens.  This is done in a seemless fashion.  The progressive lens doesn't have a line in it, but it does change slowly through the different prescriptions with a channel in the center.  This channel has improved over the years and is now available in the new digital freeform progressives, that have much wider zones than previous progressive lenses.  It still however takes adjustment to learn to use the lens.  This can be aided by pointing your nose at what you are looking at and not using the periphery of the lens.  The adjustment period does pass for most people and the progressive lens works very well as a multipurpose pair of lenses.

From the Eye Doctor, Opticians and Staff of Rinkov Eyecare Centers. Providing quality comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, glasses, sunglasses and medical treatment of eye disease. Eye exams and eyeglasses in Columbus, Ohio for over 35 years. Come see an Optometrist at one of our Columbus Ohio locations – Downtown, West Columbus, Dublin, Westerville and Reynoldsburg.

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Don't forget your sunglasses!

 

With spring break fast approaching, many people will be heading to sunnier locations. Just as you should pack sunscreen for your skin, you should also pack it for your eyes. Sunglasses are extremely important to protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. UV rays can increase the risk of cataracts, macular degeneration, and cancer around the eyes. Wearing sunglasses is of the utmost importance when around water, as the UV rays reflect off of the water surface and into the eyes. For this reason, wearing only a hat to give sun shading is not enough, as the UV rays are coming from below rather than above.

 

From the Optometrist, Opticians and Staff of Rinkov Eyecare Centers. Providing quality comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, glasses, sunglasses and medical treatment of eye disease. Eye exams and eyeglasses in Columbus, Ohio for over 35 years. Come see an Eye Doctor at one of our Columbus Ohio locations – Downtown Columbus, West Columbus, Dublin, Westerville and Reynoldsburg.

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Monday, February 4, 2013

What is a Visual Fields Test?

One test that is performed at during a comprehensive annual eye exam is the visual field test. This is a extremely important test because it tests the neurological function of your eye and visual system. After images are focused on the back of your eye, or retina, they are sent through the optic nerve as electrical impulses to the occipital lobe of the brain. The occipital lobe is located in the back of the head near the base of the skull.



If anything, such as a tumor or aneurysm, is affecting the optic nerve as it travels through the brain, it will show up on the visual field test as a blind spot. The visual field test will also pick up loss due to inflammation in the optic nerve from some conditions such as multiple sclerosis and damage to the optic nerve from high eye pressures in glaucoma. Typically all of these causes of visual field defects have a specific pattern of loss that lead your optometrist to the diagnosis of what may be affecting your optic nerve.


Never had a Visual Fields test as part of your comprehensive annual eye exam? Or are you looking for more information? Please visit our website www.rinkoveyecare.com, or give any of our offices a call.

From the Optometrists, Opticians and Staff of Rinkov Eyecare Centers. Providing quality comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, glasses, sunglasses and medical treatment of eye disease. Eye exams and eyeglasses in Columbus, Ohio for over 35 years. Come see an Eye Doctor at one of our Columbus Ohio locations – Downtown Columbus, West Columbus, Dublin, Westerville and Reynoldsburg.

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