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.*