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.*