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.

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 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.

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 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.*