Thursday, December 11, 2014

Is online shopping affecting your eyes?



Now that holiday shopping is in full force, online shopping can be good for your wallet but bad for your eyes. Excessive near vision tasks, such as working on a computer, can cause strain on the focusing system of the eyes, causing eye fatigue, blurred vision and headaches. Electronic devices, such as computer monitors, mobile phones and tablets, emit high-frequency UV rays known as blue light. Studies show blue light can irritate the eye, cause damage to the retina, and disrupt sleep cycles.

If you spend time in front of a digital device, your eye doctor can help combat the effects of blue light. Glasses with specially manufactured lens coatings that help block blue light and reduce glare can significantly improve computer vision. With the proper eyewear, you can have healthier, more comfortable eyes. Talk to your eye care professional about how computer glasses can improve and protect your vision. Call any of our eight locations to schedule your 20-Point Comprehensive Examination™ 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, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley, Worthington and Nationwide Plaza. 


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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.*


 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Ocular side effects of amiodarone

ocular side effects of amiodarone

Amiodarone is a systemic medication that is used to treat cardiac arrhythmias. It can have many side effects, but a common effect on the eye is a condition called vortex keratopathy. In vortex keratopathy, deposits are formed in the cornea that can commonly cause glare and irritation. This glare and irritation tends to increase with continued use. The best way to treat the keratopathy is to decrease the dosage, but this is not always an option. In those cases, the keratopathy can be treated with lubricants and glare protection, but this solution may not always work. Amiodarone may also lead to optic neuropathy, retinopathy and caratacts, as well as mask many other underlying eye disorders. It is important to maintain regular evaluations to monitor the progression of the keratopathy, as well as monitor for development of more serious complications.

If you are taking Amiodarone, be sure to schedule regular visits with your eye doctor to maintain optimal 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, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley, Worthington and Nationwide Plaza. 

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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.*

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Preventing nearsightedness in children

Preventing Nearsightedness in Children

Peripheral defocus is a hot topic in the prevention of myopia (nearsightedness) in children. Peripheral defocus comes from the concept that the entire back surface of the eye is not in focus at any one time for someone to see. Even if the central retina is in focus, the peripheral retina may be under or over corrected. Research is being conducted to see if controlling the peripheral defocus may control myopia and aid in nearsightedness control. Researchers are also trying to detect if hyperopic defocus or myopic defocus may be a marker for future development of myopia. Many studies have been designed to test if altering the peripheral defocus with different types of lenses or contact lenses may have an impact on peripheral defocus and in slowing myopic progression. Previous studies involving single vision lenses, soft contacts and RGPs have shown varied results. In 2013 a study by Berntsen found that progressive lenses caused a superior myopic shift in peripheral defocus and less central myopic progression in children. Further studies have found that soft multifocal contact lenses may also have the ability to slow myopia progression. If further research continues to show a decrease in myopia, progressive lenses, anti-fatigue lenses and soft multifocal contact lenses may be a useful tool in slowing myopia progression in at-risk children.

Stay proactive with your child's eye health. Contact your child's eye doctor to schedule his or her next annual eye exam.

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, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley, Worthington and Nationwide Plaza. 

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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, October 27, 2014

My eyes are twitching and I'm stressed!

stress and eye twitching

Stress can have many effects on the eye. It can manifest as blurry vision, distorted vision, tunnel vision, tension and headaches. Eye twitching, or blepharospasms, may also be common in times of increased stress. The increased adrenaline released by prolonged anxiety is a common cause. In cases of central serous retinopathy, which is common in individuals of high stress jobs, there is swelling in the central macular area of the retina.  This leads to a sudden onset distortion or blur to the central vision. It may resolve under close observation or may require laser treatment to control the swelling. Lid twitching will commonly resolve with resolution of the stress. In extreme cases, botox may be needed to control the twitching.

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, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley, Worthington and Nationwide Plaza. 

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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, October 13, 2014

Is ocular rosacea caused by eye mites?

demodex mites and ocular rosacea

Demodex are a group of mites that have been known to live on the skin of up to 80% of the population. They are usually thought to be harmless, but new research from Ireland has closely linked the bacteria in the mites to Rosacea. Ocular Rosacea is a common skin condition that, when left untreated, may lead to increased dry eye symptoms and blepharitis. Rosacea is currently known to be worsened by stress, heat and humidity, but the research from Ireland believes the bacteria in the Demodex may worsen the Rosacea. More research is needed in this area, but it has lead many eye care practitioners to prescribe eyelid cleansers that target Demodex in the treatment of blepharitis and dry eye syndrome.

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, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley, Worthington and Nationwide Plaza. 

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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, October 6, 2014

Will Evelyn keep her baby blues?

By Dr. Allyson Kowaleski

Keeping Those Baby Blues

The color of a baby's eyes is determined by how much melanin is created by their melanocytes. Melanocytes located within the baby's iris begin to secrete melanin in response to light exposure once the baby is born. This is why most Caucasian babies are born with blue eyes. Over time, if very little melanin is secreted, they will stay blue. If a moderate amount is secreted, they will turn green or hazel, and a large amount will lead to brown eyes. The amount of melanin secreted is linked to genetics, so a baby's eye color is determined by his or her parents' eye colors. Babies' eye colors will usually change most in their first six months, but it may continue to change subtly over their first three years. A small percentage of people, less than 10%, may experience eye color change throughout life.

Evelyn's dad has blue eyes and I have brown so it would seem she has about a 50/50 chance of keeping her baby blues. Here's hoping!

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, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley, Worthington and Nationwide Plaza. 

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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, September 29, 2014

How Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome can affect the eyes

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome is a variety of genetic disorders that affect the body's ability to correctly produce collagen. Collagen is important in the production of connective tissue because it gives it stretch and strength. Since connective tissue is present in many different and important parts of the body, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome can affect many of the body's important organs including but not limited to the skin, joints, lungs, eyes, cardiovascular system and gastrointestinal system. Some individuals may experience severe and even life threatening symptoms, while others tend to be mild. In the eye, Ehlers-Danlos may first be noted in children due to the appearance of extra folds of skin near the inner corner of the eyes. Patients may also have a thin sclera, or in rare cases, a hole in the sclera. Nearsightedness has also been associated with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.

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, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley, Worthington and Nationwide Plaza. 

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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.*

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The truth about over-the-counter reading glasses

reading glasses

Around age forty, many people begin to have trouble seeing to read. Many people are tempted to try over-the-counter reading glasses. While these glasses may work for some people, they have their limitations. Over-the-counter reading glasses provide the exact same prescription in both lenses, which most people do not have. Also, they provide no correction for astigmatism, which is very common. Prescription reading glasses from your eye doctor are able to correct your prescription precisely. They can also give you multiple focal distances all in one pair. Therefore, you would be able to focus on your computer monitor and focus to read a book all with one pair of glasses. Over-the-counter reading glasses, on the other hand can only focus at one point, causing you to have to carry multiple pairs of glasses.

For proper reading glasses that fit your exact prescription, visit your eye doctor or schedule 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, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley, Worthington and Nationwide Plaza. 

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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, August 25, 2014

Improve dry eye with a warm compress

warm compress on eyes

How a warm compress helps dry eye


Warm compresses are an important part of dry eye therapy. In many cases of dry eye, the meibomian glands along the eyelid margin often become clogged with hardened oil and surface debris. This leads to an inability to produce the thick protective outer layer of the tear film and results in excess tear evaporation. Warm compresses help to loosen the hardened oil and debris that are clogging the oil-producing glands, and warm compresses aid in the body's natural ability to maintain an appropriate tear film.


How to use a warm compress on eyes


A warm compress may be performed in many ways. The most common type is to take a warm clean wash cloth, heat it as warm as possible (but not too hot to cause damage) and lay it across the closed eyes for 10-15 minutes, rewarming as needed. This method works well but can become bothersome to rewarm the cloth repeatedly.



Other options include microwaving the wet washcloth for about 5 minutes or microwaving a rice sack or other commercially available products. Place the warm washcloth over the eyes then lay the heat source over the washcloth and relax for 10-15 minutes.



Be careful not to overheat the cloth or the heat source, and never use it if it's hot enough to cause damage. Warm compresses are usually performed two times a day until improvement is noted and then tapered accordingly.



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, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley and Nationwide Plaza. 



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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, August 20, 2014

Back to school contact lenses

Back to school contact lenses

As many children are seeing their eye doctor for their annual eye exams before school starts, many are considering contact lenses in addition to their glasses. Contact lenses have several benefits over glasses.

Better peripheral vision is attained with contact lenses. It is not possible to look out beyond the edge of the lens with contact lenses as it is with glasses. This can be very helpful when playing sports like football and basketball.

Glasses lenses tend to fog when going from cold to warm environments or when the wearer is hot and sweating. This does not happen with contact lenses. Contact lenses also won't slide down the end of your nose when sweating, like glasses can.

Better vision is attainable with strong prescriptions with contact lenses. Glasses lenses will magnify or minimize the image seen when the prescription is high, while true image size is attained with contact lenses.

While contact lenses may not be for everybody, they do have benefits beyond just cosmetic advantages.

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, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley and Nationwide Plaza. 

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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, August 11, 2014

Safety glasses and tool time: Prevent power tool eye injuries

safety glasses prevent power tool eye injury

Although warnings are often written all over power tools, it can never be stated too often how important it is to wear safety glasses while using them. It is all too common to see injuries in the eye doctor's office from power tool accidents. We often find metallic foreign bodies in the cornea as a result of cutting or grinding metal without safety glasses. If pieces of metal or wood penetrate the eye, the eye can be lost. If they are just embedded in the cornea, they can be removed at the eye doctor's office. However, they most often scar and can permanently affect vision.

Stop by one of Rinkov Eyecare Centers' eight convenient locations to check out the latest safety glasses.

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, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley and Nationwide Plaza. 

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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 28, 2014

Increase comfort with polarized sunglasses

polarized sunglasses

Polarized sunglass lenses are created by incorporating a special filter in the lens that blocks horizontally polarized light. The horizontally polarized light is created when light is reflected off of flat surfaces such as water or a flat road. This type of light or glare can be intense and distracting. Polarized sunglasses greatly improve comfort by reducing this type of light and are considered a necessity by those who drive for a living or are outdoor enthusiasts. The ultraviolet protection is not impacted by the polarization process.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Rinkov Eyecare Centers now in Worthington!

Dr. Kamer Rinkov Eyecare Centers Worthington

Rinkov Eyecare Centers is now serving patients in Worthington, Ohio, after acquiring Clear Image Eyecare on June 1.

Dr. Donald J. Kamer, optometrist at Clear Image Eyecare, will continue to serve patients at the Worthington office. A 2002 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Optometry, he joins Rinkov Eyecare Centers’ team of seven optometrists and Rinkov Eyecare Centers’ seven locations in Westerville, Dublin, Reynoldsburg, Hilliard, Bexley, Nationwide Plaza and Gay Street in downtown Columbus.

“Dr. Kamer is an award-winning optometrist, and he runs a phenomenal practice,” said Dr. Mark Rinkov, optometrist and CEO of Rinkov Eyecare Centers. “His staff is friendly and courteous, and he has earned a high level of trust and respect with his patients. We are honored to have Dr. Kamer join our team of highly skilled optometrists.”

Rinkov Eyecare Centers will upgrade the new Worthington office with minor renovations, install additional advanced diagnostic equipment, expand its frame lines and provide electronic medical records that are linked to all Rinkov Eyecare Centers offices. Dr. Kamer will also use Rinkov Eyecare Centers’ innovative 20-Point Eye Exam®, which includes many important assessments that most patients haven’t previously received elsewhere, at no extra charge. This comprehensive exam can uncover early signs of health risks as well as eye conditions that need immediate attention.

In addition to the Worthington acquisition, Rinkov Eyecare Centers hired an additional optometrist, Dr. Jordan T. Bierman, for its expanding West Broad Street office. Dr. Bierman graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry in 2013 and will be coming to Rinkov Eyecare Centers from his residency at the Huntington VA Medical Center in Huntington, W. Va.

“We are continuing to invest in our support center and focus on new systems as part of our growth strategy. We have grown our staff by 40% since 2011, and we are continuing to pursue other acquisitions,” said Jeff Rinkov, President of Rinkov Eyecare Centers. “We are committed to continued growth, making investments, hiring the right people, adopting innovative technology and ensuring that every patient receives the absolute, best quality eye care.”

Monday, June 30, 2014

Fireworks and Eye Safety

fireworks eye safety eye injury

As the 4th of July approaches, eye safety should be at the top of all fireworks users mind. According to some recent statistics from Prevent Blindness America, injuries to the eye accounted for 16% of fireworks injuries in 2013, with 40% of injuries occurring in children under 15 years of age. These injuries often occur to people who are only watching the fireworks display. Many erroneously believe that sparklers are safe and even give them to their small children. Sparklers accounted for 31% of injuries in children under five. Because sparklers burn at 1200F, they are not a safe firework for children. To prevent eye injuries, it is best to avoid fireworks altogether, and at a minimum wear safety glasses. If an injury does occur, medical treatment should be sought immediately.

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, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley and Nationwide Plaza. 

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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 9, 2014

Contact lenses and allergies

Contact Lenses and Allergies

Many patients come in this time of year complaining of contact lens intolerance.  Sensitivity to changes in the environment can cause inflammation and dryness of the eyes, but this doesn't always mean you have to give up your contact lenses. For some patients, switching to a different cleaning solution can help rid the lens of irritating particles. Other patients may find relief by using prescription or over-the-counter allergy eye drops before or after lens wear. Daily disposable lenses can also provide increased comfort since they ensure a clean, fresh lens with each wear.

If you are having comfort or vision issues with your current lenses it is best to schedule an appointment with your eye doctor to see which of these solutions may work best for you.

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, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley and Nationwide Plaza. 

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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 19, 2014

Eye problems and diabetes

eye problems and diabetes

With the rising obesity rate in the United States, more and more Americans are becoming diabetic. A person can have diabetes and not even realize it. While blood sugar testing at the primary care physician is the best method for diagnosis, signs can be found during an annual eye exam.

As a diabetic's blood sugar rises and fluctuates, we may see large and frequent changes in their spectacle prescription. Changes to the retina are seen with prolonged unstable blood sugar levels. Diabetic retinopathy can cause bleeding, oxygen deprivation, and fluid leakage in the retina. These can all be very harmful to the retina and—if left untreated—can result in blindness.

Everyone should have an annual physical to have their blood sugar tested and an annual eye exam. to have a dilated retinal evaluation. Diagnosing diabetes and diabetic retinopathy early can lead to much better prognosis with the disease and its effects on the 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, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley and Nationwide Plaza. 

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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 5, 2014

What is Fuchs' endothelial dystrophy?

Fuch's endothelial dystrophy

Fuchs' endothelial dystrophy is a genetic condition that affects the back layer of cells on the cornea called the endothelium. When a person has Fuchs' endothelial dystrophy, small proteins called guttae begin to form on the endothelium, and the proteins interrupt endothelial cell function. Endothelial cells are responsible for regulating the amount of fluid in the cornea and maintaining crisp vision.  As guttae progress, they lead to decreased vision, light sensitivity and pain from the resulting swelling and small blisters that may develop on the cornea.  Luckily guttae may be detected early during a comprehensive eye exam and may be closely monitored by specialized testing, such as with a specular microscope.



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, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley and Nationwide Plaza. 

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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, April 28, 2014

Take control of your spring eye allergies!

spring eye allergies

Now that spring is officially here, seasonal allergies will soon be in full force. So will red, itchy and watery eyes! While over the counter medications work well for some people, they often don't provide enough relief. If this is the case, your eye doctor may be able to help. Prescription medications are often able to control your allergy symptoms better with only one dose per day. Many of these medications can also control symptoms immediately and in the long term.

Contact Rinkov Eyecare Centers to schedule an appointment for prescription allergy medicine 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, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley and Nationwide Plaza. 

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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, April 21, 2014

Eye discomfort: Old contacts or something more serious?

Image of eye discomfort

Often when performing a yearly exam on a contact lens wearer, we may find small circular scars on the cornea. Patients often say they've experienced contact lens discomfort, redness and light sensitivity that lasted a few days to a week. They assumed they were wearing the contact lens too long or it was dirty and needed replaced. While it is true that an old or dirty contact lens can cause discomfort, the discomfort should stop upon removal of the contact lens. Scars that are seen on the cornea are a sign that the patient was developing an ulcer on the cornea. An ulcer is an area where bacteria start to eat into the surface of the cornea. This is dangerous because scarring over your line of sight can lead to worsening eye damage or even permanent vision loss.

Any time a contact lens wearer experiences pain, redness or decreased vision, he or she should remove the contact lens immediately and visit their eye doctor to catch any problems early. Call 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, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley and Nationwide Plaza. 


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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, April 14, 2014

Don't worry, astigmatism is not a disease!

Astigmatism Diagram

Many times people hear that they have astigmatism and think it's some sort of eye disease. This is not the case. Astigmatism is an optical or refractive disorder, similar to near sightedness and far sightedness. Astigmatism occurs when the cornea or lens of the eye has two different curvatures, similar to a football rather than a baseball. Having two different curvatures causes it to have two different powers, and it bends light through the eye differently. This causes a distortion that can be corrected by wearing glasses or contact lenses with two different curvatures that counteract the curvatures of the eye.

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, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley and Nationwide Plaza. 

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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, April 7, 2014

The truth about your contact lens case

Contact Lens Case

While many contact lens wearers neglect to clean and replace their contact lenses as directed, many do follow the proper care instructions. However, one aspect of contact lens hygiene that is often overlooked doesn't involve the contact lenses at all. It is the contact lens case. Some contact lens cases are brought to the eye doctor's office looking like they are decades old, and in many cases they may be. Even if the inside wells of the case look clean, a clear biofilm from microbes builds up on the inside. This can contaminate your clean contact lenses. After applying your contact lenses to your eyes, the contact lens case should be dumped, rinsed with clean contact lens solution, and let to air dry. Perhaps most importantly, the case should be replaced every three months, just as you would replace your toothbrush.

Click here to see more tips on contact lens care.

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, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley and Nationwide Plaza. 

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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, March 31, 2014

Many children have anisometropia. What is it?

childhood anisometropia

Anisometropia. This unusual word refers to a common visual condition. Anisometropia is where the prescription of each eye is different. A small difference is very common and has no symptoms, but a large difference in the prescriptions has noticeable symptoms. These symptoms may include double vision, headaches and visual discomfort. In very young children, anisometropia frequently causes amblyopia, or lazy eye. In the developing child, there is a failure to use the eye with the greater  prescription, as it becomes "lazy" or amblyopic. It is critical to detect and treat this condition as early as possible. At Rinkov Eyecare Centers, we encourage all children have regular vision exams beginning at age four.

Schedule a children's eye exam today at one of our seven convenient 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 locations – Downtown, West, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley and Nationwide Plaza. 

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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, March 24, 2014

Advantages of daily disposable contact lenses

Daily Disposable Contact Lenses

Daily disposable contacts are becoming increasingly popular because they are one of the healthiest options available to patients—and one of the most comfortable.

Healthier Eyes


Frequently replacing your daily contact lenses reduces the amount of time they spend in contact solution and reduces the chance of contamination from an old dirty contact lens case. This has been shown to reduce the rate of eye infections compared to other types of contacts.

Increased Comfort


It's also more comfortable to start with clean contact lenses everyday. This is especially important with allergy sufferers, whose eyes tend to deposit more proteins and can be more reactive to allergens that remain with longer wear contacts.

Fortunately contact lens companies have been able to manufacture the lenses in a cost effective manner to help manage costs and keep increasing options available for daily disposable contact lenses. They've also developed a new, cost-effective daily disposable multifocal lens and expanded options with astigmatism patients with a new toric lens.

Call or visit your Rinkov Eyecare Centers location to see if daily disposable contact lenses will work for you!

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, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley and Nationwide Plaza. 

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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, March 17, 2014

Customization: Clubs and glasses

By Dr. Christopher Jordan

customized eye glasses

Soon my teenager will be custom fitted for golf clubs. His game is coming along nicely and off-the-shelf clubs now limit his performance. The clubs will be fitted for his height, lie angle, swing speed and flex. The weight of his driver will be fitted to the nearest five-gram increment. And there will be custom degrees of loft to maximize distance. Even the golf ball will be selected for blend of distance, feel and workability. All of this will be done to maximize performance.

Certainly off-the-shelf glasses, like golf clubs, can be serviceable. However, serviceable is far from maximum performance. Consider online glasses, for example. While Rx and PD are considered, A dimension, B dimension, ED, face form, geometric center, lens material, lens craftsmanship, pantoscopic tilt, and well-fit frames are left wanting.

Consider distance through near progressives at a typical desktop computer work station. These will likely require head tilting, head turning, and will generally have focusing issues and digital eye strain (see previous blogs on blue light). A computer progressive with blue blocking glare free yields the better performance.

Soon my son will be on to better golf shots and better scores through custom fit technology. And I will inherit his off-the-shelf clubs. But not for long! This cost-to-benefit analysis is a no-brainer. Our patients testify the same when they customize their glasses. Visit your eye care professional soon to inquire.

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, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley and Nationwide Plaza. 

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, March 10, 2014

Are Trivex lenses for you?

Photo of Trivex lenses


Trivex®  is a relatively new lens material that's been available to the optical industry for a few years now. It's an excellent choice because it's clearer than a polycarbonate lens. It allows the eyes to see with more definition and less optical aberrations. Trivex®  is also a harder material and is incredibly light. This strength provides more structural integrity for the glasses, especially for thinner or nonexistent frames, and more impact resistance for eye safety. The lightweight nature allows for more comfort.

If you have questions about Trivex® or other lens options, call or visit your nearest Rinkov Eyecare Centers location.

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, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley and Nationwide Plaza. 

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, March 3, 2014

What is exactly is your cornea?

Image of cornea

Have you ever heard the term "cornea" and weren't sure what it meant? The cornea is the clear tissue on the very front of your eye. Contact lenses are placed directly onto the cornea. Over-wearing contact lenses can cause changes to the cornea. Some changes such as new blood vessels, scarring, and infections can be seen during routine examination. Some changes occur on the cellular level and can only be seen with a specular microscope. Having annual eye exams ensures that your corneas stay healthy.

Find proper contact lens insertion and removal tips here!

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, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley and Nationwide Plaza. 

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, February 24, 2014

Dangers of over-the-counter eye drops

How to properly use eye drops

Many people attempt to treat eye redness and irritation with over-the-counter eye drops. However, over-the-counter eye drops can lead to more problems than they solve.

Eye Redness


Most drops that claim to "get the red out" contain ingredients that will constrict the blood vessels of the eye for a short time but can lead to more redness as they wear off. These drops can be effective in masking the symptoms of redness, but they don't do anything to alleviate the original cause of the redness.

Dry Eyes


Artificial tear drops can be helpful in treating dry eye, although most contain preservatives. Using a drop with preservatives more than 2-3 times per day can lead to more dryness and irritation of the eye's surface. If your eyes become red, irritated or itchy, it is always best to visit an eye doctor first to determine the cause of the discomfort in order to properly treat the issue.

Contact Rinkov Eyecare Centers to learn more about how red, dry or irritated eyes can be treated.

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, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley and Nationwide Plaza. 

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.*

Friday, February 21, 2014

Dr. Rinkov on Daytime Columbus

Dr. Mark Rinkov appeared on Daytime Columbus with Gail Hogan this past Wednesday, as the show highlights businesses that have won the Consumer's Choice Award. In fact, Rinkov Eyecare Centers has won the prestigious award every year since 2002!

In his interview, Dr. Rinkov explains the negative effects that harmful blue light can have on your eyes, and he also touches on dry eye diseasediabetes and macular degeneration.

Watch the video here!
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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

How to prevent an eye disease

Rinkov Eyecare Centers 20-Point Eye Exam

Many people only go to the eye doctor when they are having trouble with their eye sight. While this is a valid reason to see the eye doctor, everyone should have an annual eye exam whether they are seeing well or not. Many medical conditions of the eye are painless or have no symptoms until irreversible harm has occurred to the eye. Glaucoma is a painless condition that slowly damages the optic nerve, the nerve that connects the eye to the brain, until blindness results. Retinal holes and tears can often have no symptoms but can easily progress to retinal detachment which can cause blindness. Tumors of the retina can be both vision threatening and life threatening, but they will often have no symptoms until too late. All of these conditions can be detected in a routine eye exam and can be treated before they result in permanent vision loss.

If you haven't yet done so, schedule your 2014 eye exam today! You can contact one of our seven locations 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, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley and Nationwide Plaza. 

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, February 3, 2014

7 Tips for First-Time Bifocal Lens Wearers

Bifocal Lenses

Is it time for you to start wearing bifocal lenses? We understand they can take some getting used to, so we've compiled a list of tips that will help ease your transition to bifocal lenses:

  1. Understand what situations you want to use your glasses for and express this during your eye exam. There are many different types of bifocal lenses and knowing what you will use them for allows us to prescribe the best lens for you.

  2. Choosing the right frame can make all the difference. You want to make sure your frame allows enough room for you to comfortably look through the different focal points of the lens.

  3. Be sure your frames stay properly adjusted. If the lenses become misaligned with your eyes, your vision will vary greatly.

  4. Always point your nose toward what you want to focus on. Looking out of the side of your lens will often cause distortion.

  5. Keep your lenses clean and scratch free. Imperfections in the lens can cause significant blur.

  6. Realize that using a bifocal will be different than a single vision lens. Your eyes and brain will need time to adapt.

  7. Stick with your new glasses. Switching between different prescriptions can cause your eyes to have a much harder time adapting.


If you have any questions about your bifocal lenses, call or visit your nearest Rinkov Eyecare Centers location, and our eye doctors or opticians will be more than happy 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, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley and Nationwide Plaza. 

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, January 27, 2014

Dry eyes and the long winter



Dry Eye

The further we go into winter, the more patients we see with dry eye. The usual symptoms include the following: foreign body sensation, irritation, redness, tearing, sties, flaky eyelid skin, contact lens intolerance and blurred vision. Environmental factors include low humidity, circulated air in offices, smoking and an increase in time spent on the computer or reading. Medications can also play a role. Depending on the type of dry eye, tear deficient or evaporative, patients report great success with a “pulse” of therapy. None of us prefer long-term medication as an initial treatment plan, and pulses of treatment for four to six weeks can be very effective. These pulses can also limit chances of it progressing into a more chronic/inflammatory dry eye. Add in a little nutrition support and some home therapy, and you won’t have to “live with it!"

If you're experiencing symptoms of dry eye, see your eye care practitioner soon for evaluation and treatment.


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, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley and Nationwide Plaza. 

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, January 13, 2014

Can your eyes change color?

Eye Colors

Many people are under the impression that their eye color can change with their mood or the weather. This is impossible. What causes the eye to be a certain color is the type and amount of pigment that is in the iris. This iris pigment is typically permanent by six months of age. The pigment cannot change day to day, just as the pigment in our hair or skin cannot change from day to day. Any day to day variations in eye color are most likely due to differences in light brightness and type of lighting (i.e. sunlight, incandescent, or fluorescent) in the current surroundings.

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, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley and Nationwide Plaza. 

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, January 6, 2014

Diabetes melitus and your eyes

Diabetes affects your eyes

Diabetes Melitus is a leading cause of blindness and may have devastating effects on the retina. To help prevent and control diabetic eye disease, the National Institutes of Health recommends that anyone over the age of 45 should be tested for diabetes or prediabetes, especially if they are overweight or obese. Individuals under 45 should also consider testing if they are overweight or have a history of hypertension or high triglyceride levels.  Other risk factors for diabetes that may warrant testing include physical inactivity or a close relative with diabetes. Individuals of African American, Hispanic, Alaska Native, American Indian or Pacific Island decent are also of increased risk and should consider testing. Women with a history of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, gestational diabetes or giving birth to a child weighing over 9 lbs also have an increased risk.

Diabetes is a serious disease that affects many organs of the body, including your eyes. If you're concerned that diabetes may be affecting your eyes, schedule an appointment with your eye doctor 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, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley and Nationwide Plaza. 

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.*