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. 

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, 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. 


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, 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. 

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, 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. 

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.*