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.*