Tuesday, December 29, 2015

6 Tips For Healthy Eyes In 2016

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We all know about the resolutions to improve how we look and feel in the New Year, but what about how we SEE? Your eyes are an important part of your health that is often overlooked. We’ve compiled a list of eye care tips to keep you seeing your best in 2016!

1. Schedule an eye exam for you and your family.


Rinkov Eyecare Centers have nine offices located around Columbus for your convenience. Click here to schedule your check-up today!

2. Stay hydrated.


Staying hydrated helps with tear production and improves eye nutrition.

3. Eat your veggies (especially the green ones).


Eating lots of leafy greens can help reduce the risk f eye related diseases and complications.

4. Give your eyes a break.


Looking at screens too much, without giving your eyes a rest can have a negative impact on your eye health. For a good rule of thumb, follow the 20-20-20 eye rule: for every 20 minutes you look at a screen you should look away for 20 seconds at something approximately 20 feet away.

5. Stay active.


As if this wasn’t on everyone’s New Year’s resolution list, here’s another reason to stay active: staying active can help to prevent or delay the onset of age-related vision loss later in life!

6. Keep Calm and Wear Your Shades


Wearing sunglasses even when it’s cloudy can help protect your eyes from vision damaging UV rays. Choose sunglasses that protect against both UV-A and UV-B radiation.

 

Follow these tips in 2016 and your eyes will thank 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 convenient Columbus locations – Downtown, West, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley, Worthington, Nationwide Plaza, and now open in Hilliard!

 

Friday, December 18, 2015

Give The Gift of Vision

This Holiday Season, give your loved ones the gift of vision.

For patients struggling with Macular Degeneration it can mean the end to freedom and independence.

Dr. Mark H. Rinkov from the Rinkov Eyecare Centers Downtown location, and Dr. Jordan Bierman of the Worthington Location, are Low Vision Doctors in the Central Ohio region. They are committed to assisting those with Low Vision and are passionate about helping appropriate candidates see clearly again!

What is Low Vision?


Vision corrected using glasses, contact lenses or refractive surgery, which is insufficient to do what you want to do.

What Causes Low Vision?


Vision loss occurs from a variety of causes. Some conditions are medical, while other causes can be congenital or traumatic. Low vision doctors focus on the amount of remaining vision, not the cause of the loss itself.

Our services can help if you have lost vision from one of the following conditions*:

  • Macular Degeneration—wet or dry

  • Diabetic Retinopathy

  • Retinitis Pigmentosa

  • Stargardt’s Disease

  • Albinism

  • Glaucoma and other vision limiting conditions


For a free telephone appointment, call (614) 400-3950 and see if you are a prime candidate!

*If you have had Lasik or other eye surgery, you may not be a candidate. We will offer an appointment only if we believe we can help.

 

 

This post has been sponsored by, Low Vision Doctors of Ohio, an affiliate of Rinkov Eyecare Centers.

 

Low Vision Doctors of Ohio

6877 North High St., Suite 100

Worthington, OH 43085

http://lowvisiondoctorsofohio.com/

Friday, December 11, 2015

The Truth About Sleeping in Contacts

There are many people who prefer wearing contact lenses over glasses. With advancing technologies and newer materials, contacts are comfortable, thin, and even hydrating. But what about wearing them too long, or overnight? What are the risks involved, and is it actually a serious issue?

The concern with sleeping in contacts is that wearing contacts already restricts the amount of oxygen that your eye can get. Therefore, no matter how “hydrating” your contacts may be, it’s not a good idea to sleep in them. During waking hours, every blink slightly adjusts your contacts allowing your tears to continue to circulate underneath the lenses. By keeping your eyes closed with them in, you are totally restricting your eyes from being able to breathe. The longer the eyes are closed, the more suffocating it can be for your eyes. In fact, every time contacts are slept in, you are 10 times more likely to get an infection.

contacts_eyesAlthough there are contacts that exist that are made to be kept in the eyes for extended periods of time, it is still a good idea to take them out every once in a while, roughly every 7 days. There are only a couple of options for extended wear contacts in the US, with the maximum wear between one week and one month. However, most people can’t comfortably wear contacts for the maximum intended use directed by these brands. The lenses are typically made of a material that allows more oxygen to access the cornea, however it can still harbor bacteria and cause irritation to the eye.

A little irritation doesn’t sound too bad, but be careful of infection. Eye infections ranging from pink eye to serious fungal infections can occur when contacts are mishandled. There have, been reported cases of people losing their vision due to abuse and extended wear of their contact lenses. It’s extremely important to cleanse and rinse contacts properly, and remove them before sleeping to keep the eyes clean and less irritated. There are also eye drops for contacts available to keep eyes hydrated and clear throughout the day. If you are suffering from eye irritation or if you sleep in your contacts often, it is best to check with your eye care provider to make sure you do not have an infection or other contact lens related issues.

 

 

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 convenient Columbus locations – Downtown, West, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley, Worthington, Nationwide Plaza, and now open in Hilliard!

 

Friday, December 4, 2015

Are You Being Affected By Sjögren’s Syndrome?

Sjögren’s Syndrome is an autoimmune disorder that is often accompanied by very dry eyes, and appears most commonly in women, those that are already dealing with another autoimmune disease, and people over forty.

Sjögren’s Syndrome typically begins in the eyes. Glands and membranes are affected and decreased tear production causes a gritty, dry feeling in the eyes. Unfortunately, these effects don’t just cause that irritating sandpaper feeling, but it can also mean decreased accuracy in vision, and even cause great friction and irritation to the cornea. This can also increase the risk of infections.
eye-743409_1920Other symptoms may arise in coordination with dry eyes, including dry mouth and dryness in the nasal passages. Although there is no cure for Sjögren’s Syndrome, all the symptoms pertaining to your diagnosis can be treated with artificial tears, diet changes, and prescription medications. Other recommendations for treatment include avoiding heaters and dryers, nighttime eye ointments, drinking plenty of fluids, and vitamin D supplements depending on your diagnosis.

The condition can be diagnosed with a simple blood test, but many people assume they just have dry eyes and therefore don’t seek medical care. If you are experiencing dry eyes, or a combination of the above symptoms and it has been going on for some time, it’s important to make an appointment with your eye care provider to have your eyes examined. The sooner you know, the sooner you can treat the condition!

 

 


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 convenient Columbus locations – Downtown, West, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley, Worthington, Nationwide Plaza, and now open in Hilliard!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Are Eye Floaters a Sign of a More Serious Problem?

Eye floaters may not be noticeable unless you are looking at something bright such as your computer screen or at a bright sunny sky. Eye floaters are small stringy substances that begin to appear as the vitreous shrinks in the eye. The vitreous fills roughly 80% of the center of the eye, helping it maintain its round shape. As it shrinks, strings come off the center of the eye creating the "floaters" you see when you look at something bright.

eye_floatersContrary to popular belief, you cannot actually see the floaters in your eye, but instead they become noticeable when you look towards something bright because the shadows from the floaters are cast on the retina as light is passing through your eye. The shadows are actually what you see “floating”.

Floaters also move when your eye moves, therefore it's hard to try and focus on them. As your eye shifts to see it, the floaters move with the eye, making it appear that they are drifting around your eye.

Floaters are harmless unless you are seeing a large amount of floaters, or if they are accompanied by light flashes. If these symptoms appear out of nowhere, it could mean that there are more complicated issues at hand. For the most part, eye floaters are harmless, but if any additional symptoms occur, you may want to make an appointment with your optometrist!

 

 

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 convenient Columbus locations – Downtown, West, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley, Worthington, Nationwide Plaza, and now open in Hilliard!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Brand Spotlight: Calvin Klein

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Calvin Klein attended the Fashion Institute of Technology and graduated in 1962. He worked several jobs designing for other stores until he established his own business, Calvin Klein, Inc. in 1968. His friend, Barry Schwartz took on the role of the businessman, while Calvin designed all the garments. The company started out offering just a line of women’s outerwear, but eventually added sportswear as well. By the 70s, his clothing had gained so much popularity, the company expanded to a women’s ready-to-wear line. From that point on, Calvin Klein has expanded to include pretty much any item one can think of, and remains one of the top fashion lines in the world.

Calvin Klein, over the years, has been expanded to a global lifestyle brand, offering everything from women’s ready-to-wear lines, menswear, denim, underwear, eyewear, fragrances, footwear, and more. The brand is known as being clean and modern, as well as sophisticated yet minimal. Much like the pure and simple aesthetic of the rest of the Calvin Klein lines, the eyewear collection follows the same design characteristics and is very demonstrative of the Calvin Klein look and feel.

Much like the rest of the brand design, Calvin Klein eyewear is known for being modern in construction, featuring clean lines and bold shapes that are current yet classic. The eyewear lines and shapes combine both minimal looks with modern, complex designs through fine, sophisticated details with subtle accents and embellishments. With some styles featuring more discreet styles, there are others that are bold in their details of CK embellishments, appealing to those who prefer to make a statement and perhaps push the envelope. The Calvin Klein eyewear line, whether you like bold or elegant styles, features easy-to-wear frames that have subtle details and an elegant, timeless feel. The line has something for everyone, and come in a variety of colors and patterns that are popular and appealing, no matter your style preference. Rinkov Eyecare Centers is proud to carry the Calvin Klein brand at our 9 convenient Columbus 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 convenient Columbus locations – Downtown, West, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley, Worthington and Nationwide Plaza, and Hilliard.

 

Friday, November 13, 2015

Tips to Manage Wintertime Dry Eyes

It’s hard to believe we’re already about halfway through November! Before we know it, we’ll have the heat on, we’ll be braving the dry winter air and exposing ourselves to colder temperatures. With Winter just around the corner and the concern of exposure to the elements, we have compiled a list of helpful tips to manage the inevitable wintertime dry eye. If you happen to experience dryer eyes regularly, make sure you pay attention to what particular situations could be making your symptoms worse!


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  • Try to avoid car heaters, fans at the office, and vents around your house. Don’t direct any air towards your eyes and face as the dry, warm air will harm your eyes.

  • It’s good to give eyes a break from contacts. Swap them out for your glasses to allow more oxygen into your eyes. On top of that, you may even want to consider wearing wraparound sunglasses to block the wind and heat.

  • Use over-the-counter moisturizing drops or even an eye gel at night to help the surface of the cornea re-hydrate while you sleep. You can also use artificial tear drops during the day on a regular basis to help your eyes stay hydrated. If you have chronic dry eyes, use eye drops even when your eyes feel fine to stay ahead of the dryness that could eventually hit.

  • If you work at a computer or are focusing on something closely, take breaks every hour and look further away so your eyes can readjust and blink more naturally. If you’re reading or doing an activity that used focused concentration from your eyes, try closing your eyes for a minute or two periodically to give them a break. You may also want to blink several times in a row to help spread lubrication across your eyes.

  • Position your computer screen below your natural eye level. By lowering your screen, your eyes aren’t constantly wide open and won’t be strained as much. Doing this may help with the evaporation of moisture in your eyes between blinks.

  • Try adding moisture into the air in environments where you spend a lot of time. Your workplace, your living room, and your bedroom are great places to use a humidifier during the dry winter months. Your eyes will thank you!

  • Use a warm compress over eyes for 5 minutes each night before bed. By doing this, you’re working to revitalize your eyes and help the glands in your eyes continue to produce good quality tears throughout the following day!

  • Avoid smoke! Whether you’re around people who smoke, or it’s just cool enough to get bundled up and have a bonfire, it isn’t good for your eyes! The smoke can irritate your eyes further—especially if they’re already feeling dry and irritated.


 

 


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 convenient Columbus locations – Downtown, West, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley, Worthington, Nationwide Plaza, and now open in Hilliard!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Getting to Know the Doctors: Dr. Allyson Kowaleski

Dr. Allyson Kowaleski is originally from Sandusky, Ohio. She attended The Illinois College of Optometry in downtown Chicago and graduated cum laude in May 2009. She and her husband currently reside in the Brewery District neighborhood of Columbus. In her free-time she enjoys cooking and spending time with family. Dr. Kowaleski developed our iWellness Program and maintains a general full scope optometry practice at our Reynoldsburg office.


What is your most important tip for taking care of eyes?
Wear good sun protection whenever outdoors, summer or winter.

What's your favorite part about eye exams?
When you tell kids you're going to look inside their eyes and they think you have super powers or x-ray vision.

What's your favorite eye accessory?
Good contact lens solution, specifically a hydrogen peroxide based solution.

What's the strangest thing that's ever happened to you as an eye doctor?
When a patient came in wearing multiple contacts in one eye complaining of blurred vision.  Pretty easy fix once we made sure the patient was only wearing one lens per eye.

What's your favorite part of working with Rinkov Eyecare Centers?
Providing a child's first eye exam and getting to see their reaction to seeing clearly for the first time.

What's your favorite thing to look at?
Asteroid Hyalosis, a common degenerative process, which can occur in a patients' vitreous that causes little to no visual disturbance.  It looks like gold glitter filling the inside of a patients’ eye.

Do you wear contacts, glasses, or nothing?
I got my first pair of glasses at age 3, wore contact lens from age 12-24, and had LASIK at age 24.

What's a fun eye fact?
The perfectly shaped eye is 24mm in length, if the eye is too long it causes us to be nearsighted, if it's too short we end up farsighted.

To read her full bio, click 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, Worthington and Nationwide Plaza, and Hilliard.

Friday, October 30, 2015

15 SPOOKY Facts About Your Eyes

This Halloween, we've compiled a list of interesting and SPOOKY facts about the human eye. Some of them may seem familiar, but others are sure to give you the creeps!



  • Your eyes are always working their best, while other parts of the human body typically need to warm up before they can perform their best.

  • 80% of our memories are determined by what we see. Also, 80% of what we learn is through our eyes.

  • Newborn's don't actually produce any tears. They make "crying" sounds, but no tears start developing or flowing until they reach 4-13 weeks of age.

  • Doctors, although now able to transplant many things, are still unable to transplant eyeballs. The optic nerve is too complicated and sensitive to reconstruct successfully.

  • Seeing is so complex that it requires roughly half of the brain to get involved to do so.

  • The eyes heal so quickly that if you were to scratch your cornea, it would only take about 48 hours for it to heal. (Talk about super powers!)

  • 80% of vision problems are usually avoidable and even curable.

  • The average blink only lasts for 1/10th of a second.

  • Of all the muscles in our bodies, the ones controlling the eyeball are the most active muscles.

  • Some people have two different eye colors. This is called heterochromia.

  • Each eyeball has a "blind spot" in the back of the retina. You've never noticed it before, because the other eye compensates for the hole in your vision. (Pretty neat, huh?)

  • Blue and green eyes are recessive traits, so even if no one in your family has had those colored eyes in several generations, you could still be born with blue or green eyes!

  • On average, you will blink only 12 times every minute.

  • Only 1/6 of the human eye is exposed and visible.

  • "Red eye" occurs in photographs because the light from the camera flash bounces off the back of our eyes, illuminating them. (And also makes them look super creepy!)


 

 

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, and Hilliard.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Brand Spotlight: Coach

Coach is one of the most popular luxury brands available featuring classic and beautiful accessories ranging from handbags and small leather goods, to fragrance and lifestyle products—and almost everywhere in between. Founded in 1941, Coach was originally a family-run workshop. Six talented artisans worked to handcraft each leather good in the collection using traditional skills handed down from generation to generation. Soon, customers were seeking out these goods because of how exquisitely and beautifully crafted each piece was. The Coach craftsmanship soon grew a strong and large following.

COACHOf course, a lot has changed since the beginning of the company in 1941. Coach is now known worldwide, with their products becoming a part of many peoples lives. Coach continues to craft and design products with the highest standards. Now expanded to hundreds of products, Coach designs eyewear, fragrances, jewelry and more.

Coach eyewear is recognized, just like the brand, as classic and simple. It has an appeal that is traditional, timeless, and vintage-inspired, which draws people to the line. They offer prescription eyewear options as well as sun wear, with the most popular models exhibiting clean lines and bold, yet simple frames. They aren’t known for being extremely over-sized, which is a feature that attracts the traditional, classic, and timeless woman. With many different options in the line, Coach has something for everyone. Rinkov Eyecare Centers is proud to carry the Coach brand at our 9 convenient Columbus 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 convenient Columbus locations – Downtown, West, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley, Worthington, Nationwide Plaza, and now open in Hilliard!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Getting to Know the Doctors: Dr. Jeffrey Gardner

Dr. Jeffrey Gardner attended Youngstown State University and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1996. Dr. Gardner then received his Doctor of Optometry degree from The Ohio State University in 2000. Dr. Gardner joined Rinkov Eyecare Center in 2007. He currently resides in Sunbury, Ohio, with his wife and three children.


To get to know Dr. Gardner better, we asked him a couple of questions:


What is your most important tip for taking care of eyes?
Do not sleep in your contact lenses. We see AT LEAST one infection or corneal ulcer a week from sleeping in contact lenses.

What is your favorite part about eye exams?
My favorite part of the exam would have to be the medical part of it. The complexity of the eye is fascinating.

What’s your favorite eyewear brand?
I don't know that I have a favorite, but I like Oliver Peoples.

What’s your favorite eye accessory?
I prefer contact lenses to glasses personally. However, glasses are better for the health of the eye.

What’s your favorite part of working at Rinkov Eyecare Centers?
My favorite part of working at Rinkov Eyecare Centers would have to be the fact that we have just about every piece of testing equipment at our disposal. Almost any further testing that needs to be done can be done in house.

What’s your favorite thing to look at?
My favorite thing to look at in the eye exam would have to be the retina and optic nerve. A lot can be learn about the systemic health of the patient by looking at the retina and optic nerve.

Do you wear contacts, glasses, or nothing?
I wear both glasses and contact lenses. I much prefer contact lenses and only wear glasses in the evenings. I started wearing glasses in third grade and contact lenses in fifth grade.

What’s a fun eye fact?
Most children, and many adults, don't realize that the pupil is not really a structure in the eye. It is just a hole in the center of the iris that looks black because the inside of the eye is dark.

What’s a bit of advice for your patients?
The best way to prevent diseases of the eye that occur later in life like cataracts and macular degeneration is to take precautions now. Wear sunglasses, don't smoke, and get proper nutrition.

 

To read his full bio on our website, click 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, Worthington and Nationwide Plaza, and Hilliard.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Dry Eyes: Could It Be Something Serious?

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD)


Meibomian Gland Dysfunction may be the most significant cause of dry eyes. Patients are often asymptomatic in the early stages, but if left untreated it can cause dry eye symptoms and/or eyelid inflammation. Common symptoms include:

  • Dryness

  • Grittiness

  • Burning/itching

  • Foreign body sensation

  • Light sensitivity

  • Blurred vision

  • Contact lens dryness and intolerance

  • Red eyes

  • Frequent sties


Meibomian glands are glands that lie vertically within the eyelid, near the eyelashes, and produce oil. When the tear film is deficient of it's oily layer, the tears evaporate quickly. In a patient with MGD, there is too much or too little oil produced, causing their vision to be affected.

[caption id="attachment_981" align="aligncenter" width="640"]MGD w drop out 1 Notice the white-yellow circle. This patient's gland oil is cheesy-appearing and stagnant.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_982" align="aligncenter" width="640"]MGD w drop out 2 The divot--or triangle shaped wedge--along the margin of the lower lid represents MGD dropout. In this case, the gland will quit working after a while if not treated.[/caption]

Today's microscopes equipped with digital cameras are excellent for diagnosis and follow up comparisons. Treatments are many, and relief is considerable. Visit your eye care practitioner for assessment of your Meibomian glands if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms.

 

 


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 convenient Columbus locations – Downtown, West, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley, Worthington, Nationwide Plaza, and now open in Hilliard!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Getting to Know the Doctors: Dr. Jana Rhodes

Rinkov Eyecare Centers Worthington welcomes Dr. Jana Rhodes to the family! Dr. Rhodes joins the Rinkov Eyecare Centers' family with eight years of private practice experience. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband and young son.


To get to know Dr. Rhodes a little better, we asked her a few questions:



What's your most important tip for taking care of eyes?
Always remember to wear safety glasses while doing yard work. I have seen numerous sight-threatening injuries from patients forgetting to protect their eyes.

What's your favorite part about eye exams?
Getting to know my patients and their families.

What's your favorite eyewear brand?
Oliver Peoples.

What's your favorite eye accessory?
My Ray-Ban sunglasses.

What's the strangest thing that you have ever diagnosed during an eye exam?
I had a patient present with a star shaped pattern in her retina which is a classic sign for cat scratch fever. Her general doctor went on to confirm the diagnosis.

What's your favorite part of working with Rinkov Eyecare Centers?
The wonderful patients and amazing staff!

Do you wear contacts, glasses, or neither?
Glasses, occasionally.

What's a fun eye fact?
The eye is the only place in the body that you can observe blood vessels without having to break skin. Many diseases affect the eyes and are first diagnosed during routine eye exams.

Do you have any advice for patients?
Always wear sunglasses when you are outside. Doing so helps to protect your eyes from age related changes.

 

To read her full bio on our website, click 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, Worthington and Nationwide Plaza.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Your Eye Color & Your Health

What Does Your Eye Color Say About Your Health?


Although everyone has an eye color that is uniquely him or her, did you know your eye color can also be an indicator of certain health traits? Below are some characteristics that can be associated with your eye color. Please note, that while eye color can be an indicator of the mentioned health traits, your susceptibility to develop certain conditions depends on countless other factors.

 

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Brown eyes:



  • More likely to have cataracts

  • May be more sensitive to alcohol

  • Lower risk of melanoma

  • Prone to anxiety

  • Higher risk of the autoimmune skin disease vitiligo


 

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Hazel eyes:



  • Low pain tolerance

  • Prone to anxiety


 

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Green eyes:



  • Higher pain tolerance

  • Lower risk of both anxiety and depression

  • Higher risk of melanoma


 

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Blue eyes:



  • Vitiligo, an autoimmune skin disease, is less common

  • Higher risk of melanoma

  • Prone to alcohol dependency

  • Lower risk of anxiety and depression

  • Higher pain tolerance


 

 

 


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 convenient Columbus locations – Downtown, West, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley, Worthington, Nationwide Plaza, and now open in Hilliard!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

A Look Back At 9/11

September 11, we have gathered a handful of inspiring and moving quotes reflecting on the attacks of September 11, 2001.


 

“Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.”

George W. Bush Address to the Nation on the Terrorist Attacks

 

“Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honor those we lost, a way to reclaim that spirit of unity that followed 9/11.”

President Obama in a 2011 radio address

 

“If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.”

Sandy Dahl, wife of Flight 93 pilot Jason Dahl, in Shanksville, Pa., in 2002

 

“With almost no time to decide, [your loved ones] gave the entire country an incalculable gift. They saved the Capitol from attack. They saved God knows how many lives. They saved the terrorists from claiming the symbolic victory of smashing the center of American government. … They allowed us to survive as a country that could fight terror and still maintain liberty and still welcome people from all over the world from every religion and race and culture as long as they shared our values, because ­ordinary people given no time at all to decide did the right thing.”

President Bill Clinton in Shanksville, Pa., in 2011

 

"Commending the victims to almighty God's mercy, I implore his strength upon all involved in rescue efforts and in caring for the survivors."

—Pope John Paul II

 

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.

Friday, September 4, 2015

The Quintessential Cool Accessory

Brand Spotlight: Ray-Ban


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Many people are familiar with Ray-Ban as being at the forefront of stylish and high-end designs for both glasses and sunglasses. A quintessential cool accessory, the brand has become extremely recognizable and loved. But do you know the true history of Ray-Ban?

Ray-Ban was originally designed in the 1930s for US Air Force pilots. Many pilots were experiencing eye pain and nausea from the glare of the sun while flying. Technicians created a green lens that cut the glare from the sun, becoming the first Ray-Ban model. Originally designed with a plastic frame, they were redesigned with a metal frame and named the Ray-Ban Aviator.

Soon, the Ray-Ban was everywhere. After being released for sale to the public in 1937, anyone who spent time outdoors at all was interested in Ray-Ban glasses. Celebrities such as James Dean and Audrey Hepburn helped create a massive and adoring following.

Today, Ray-Ban still carries the classic Aviator style, as well as hundreds of other models. Check out their new arrivals and entire model offering at www.ray-ban.com

 


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 convenient Columbus locations – Downtown, West, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley, Worthington, Nationwide Plaza, and now open in Hilliard!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Uncomfortable Contacts, We Need To Talk

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Remember learning about magnets as a kid in school? Put the positive end of one magnet and the negative end of another together and they attract each other immediately. But try positive-to-positive or negative-to-negative and no matter how much you try, they want nothing to do with each other.

Some days, it can seem like putting in your contact lenses is like trying to shove together a couple of magnets at the wrong ends. You might get them together for a while, but then one has a change of heart and suddenly they want nothing to do with each other.

While it’s not uncommon to have days when your contacts and eyes don’t get along, you shouldn’t take it lightly. This is a long-term relationship after all, so do yourself a favor and seek professional help.

Uncomfortable contacts can be caused by something as mild as the dryness of the lens, but it can also be a sign of something more serious. All too often during annual eye exams, we see patients who have no idea that they have scars on their corneas from ulcers. When we begin to investigate the problem, patients typically tell us that their contacts had been bothering them but they did nothing about it. This is dangerous because this can cause ulcers, which can cause permanent vision loss if not treated immediately.

Like any bad relationship, the worst thing you can do is put up with it. If you’re experiencing pain, redness, or decreased vision, take your contacts out and schedule an appointment with your eye doctor.

 

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.




 

Friday, June 26, 2015

National Sunglasses Day - June 27

Everything has its day and June 27 is National Sunglasses Day!

To celebrate we've tracked down some fun sunglasses facts for your enjoyment!

  • Polar bears have built in sunglasses! They have a third eye that helps them filter UV light!

  • Every 14 seconds in the United States someone loses, breaks or sits on a pair of sunglasses.

  • Elton John is rumored to have more than 1,000 pairs of sunglasses - that's a lot of eyewear!

  • Ray Ban created the wayfarer and aviator styles in the 1950s - these are still the two most popular styles over 60 years later.

  • Ray Ban originally created aviators for pilots to cut down on glare at high altitudes.

  • Every 90 seconds someone buys a pair of sunglasses on ebay.

  • The first pair of sunglasses was sold in 1929 by Foster Grants on the Atlantic City Boardwalk

  • The most expensive pair of sunglasses to be sold in an online auction were non other than The King's shades - Elvis Presley's sunglasses, worn at the Madison Square Garden performance in 1972, sold on ebay for a whopping $250,000.

  • In 1936, the first pair of polarized sunglasses was designed by Edwin H. Land who used his Polaroid filter to help him create lenses.

  • Most importantly, sunglasses protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun and reduce eyestrain in bright conditions.


What kind of sunglasses will you flaunt tomorrow?

 


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 convenient Columbus locations – Downtown, West, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley, Worthington, Nationwide Plaza, and now open in Hilliard!


 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Get Checked - Protect your Peeps!

When you hear the word melanoma is the first thing to come to mind skin cancer?


That's the case for most people, but do you know about the dangers of Ocular Melanoma?

With Summer come the numerous warnings to protect our skin from the sun, so why not talk about Ocular Melanoma? After all, your eyes are pretty important!


So What is Ocular Melanoma?


Ocular Melanoma is a cancer of the melanin producing cells of the eye similar to that of the skin. In the eye ocular melanoma is a type of cancer that develops in pigment producing cells — the same cells that gives your skin, hair and eyes color. Just as you can develop melanoma on your skin, you can also develop it in your eye, however, it is not associated with UV exposure as it is in the skin.


Due to the fact that many ocular melanomas present in the back of the eye and are not readily visible, early detection is the key to a positive outcome.   Melanomas diagnosed and treated with less than 2mm thickness have a much better prognosis than those diagnosed at a later stage. Ocular melanomas are usually not detected until a latter date due to the lack of visual symptoms. When they do produce symptoms, they may include:




  • flashes of light

  • blurry vision

  • loss of peripheral vision

  • distortion of pupil size

  • a growing spot on the iris


In any case the best way to catch ocular melanomas early is with regular comprehensive eye exams.


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.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Eye Health Promoting Nutrients & Foods

We have all heard that carrots are beneficial to eye health.  While carrots do provide an important vitamin A called Betacarotene, there are other foods important to your vision and ocular health.

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Here are 6 eye-healthy nutrients and the foods that will supply you with them


1-2. Nutrients - Lutein & Zeaxanthin

What They Do - Reduce the risk of chronic eye diseases, including age-related         macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts.


What To Eat - Green leafy veggies and bright red & yellow foods are chock full! Try spinach, broccoli, kale, tomatoes, mangos or EVEN EGG YOLKS! Yep it's not just all about those trendy egg whites anymore!


3.    Nutrients - Omega-3 Fatty Acids

What They Do - Help support proper visual development and retinal function.


What To Eat - Try eating salmon, tuna and mackerel.


4.    Nutrient - Vitamin C

What It Does - Lowers the risk of developing cataracts, and when taken in combination with other essential eye-healthy nutrients can reduce the risk of macular degeneration (AMD) and visual acuity loss.


What To Eat - Grapefruit, brussels sprouts, strawberries, papaya, oranges, or green peppers.


5.    Nutrient - Vitamin E

What It Does - Protect cells of the eyes from damage caused by unstable molecules called free radicals, Which break down healthy tissue. It also reduces age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and the formation of cataracts.


What To Eat - Sunflower seeds, wheat germ, almonds, or pecans.


6.    Nutrient - Zinc

What It Does - Plays a vital role in bringing Vitamin A from the liver to the retina in order to produce melanin, a protective pigment in the eyes.


What To Eat - Turkey, oysters, crab, eggs, peanuts, or whole grains.


In addition to benefitting eye health, these nutrients also support overall systemic health. So make sure to eat your greens and you err...mackerel!

 

 

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.

 

 

Friday, May 1, 2015

Happy Healthy Vision Month!

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May is a busy month.  May includes the Kentucky Derby, Mother's Day, the last day of school, the Indianapolis 500, and even International Tuba Day.

It is also Healthy Vision Month!

This is the perfect time to make your eye health a priority.  The National Eye Institute advises 5 things to protect your eyes:

1.  Get a dilated eye exam.

  • This thorough evaluation of your retinal health allows early detection of conditions such as glaucoma and macular degeneration.

  • It can also reveal ocular damage from systemic conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes.


2.  Live a healthy lifestyle:

  • Eat healthy foods.

  • Maintain a healthy weight.

  • Manage any chronic health issues like diabetes and high blood pressure.

  • Don't smoke.


3.  Learn your family history and share that information with your eye doctor.

  • Many eye diseases are inherited.

  • Is there glaucoma, macular degeneration, or blindness in your family?


4.  Use protective eye wear:

  • Protective eye wear can prevent 90% of all eye injuries.

  • Use goggles, face shields, safety glasses, or full-face respirators when needed for work or hobbies.

  • Wear sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses for sports such as baseball/softball and basketball.


5.  Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the damage of UV rays.

  • UV radiation is linked to the development of cataracts, macular degeneration, and pterygium.

  • Sunglasses should block 100% of UV-A and UV-B rays.

  • A hat with a brim will provide further protection.


Rinkov Eyecare is here to help you make your eye health the priority it should be.

 

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.

Friday, April 24, 2015

My Eyes Are Swelling! Could It Be Vernal Conjunctivitis!?

Vernal conjunctivitis is a chronic allergic reaction involving the eyes in which the outer lining of the eyes swell.

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It is most common in the spring and summer and among young men and those with a strong history of allergies.

Symptoms include:

  • Strong itching and burning sensation

  • Swollen eyes

  • Sensitivity to bright


If you experience these symptoms please consult your eye care provider. Your eye care provider can diagnose vernal conjunctivitis with an eye exam. If left untreated possible complications include continued discomfort, reduced vision,  or scarring of the cornea.

Treatments include:

  • Cool compresses placed over the eyes

  • Allergy eye drops

  • Steroids in severe cases.


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.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Why won't my eyes stop watering?

dry eyesOur tears function to lubricate, protect and keep our eyes comfortable. There are a number of reasons for our eyes to create what seems to be too many tears causing our eyes to water.

  1. Dry Eye Syndrome (DES) yes, dry eyes can water! This is often a reflex tear or a “thin” poor quality tear film.

  2. Allergies: itching burning watery eyes in response to environmental allergens (pet dander, pollens, dust, etc.).

  3. Irritants: dry air (increased evaporation), bright lights, computer eyes strain, wind, chopping onions, chemical vapors or fumes, cigarette smoke.

  4. Tear duct blockage, yes just like a sink drain, our eyes have drains. These can become clogged and not allow our tears to properly drain.

  5. Infection, bacterial or viral.

  6. And of course an emotional movie, but you already knew that ;-)


Treatments can be as simple as using a artificial lubricating tear drops to thicken the tear film and reduce the eyes reaction to the causative agent. Daily lid hygiene, warm compresses and gentle lid margin cleaning with Ocusoft foam, can improve the quality of our natural tear film. Treatments can also be more involved, requiring medical treatments such as Restasis for treating inflammation that reduces the eyes ability to create it's own tears.

 

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.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Exposure Keratitis and Sleeping with Your Eyes Open

We’ve all heard about people who sleep with their eyes open, but did you know that this can cause serious issues with your eyes?

Sleeping with the eyes open, either partially or fully, is actually a medical condition known as nocturnal lagophthalmos. This is a relatively common condition is a form of partial facial paralysis, and it can cause many eye issues.

When you cannot fully close your eyes during sleep, your eye is left exposed to air. Tears then evaporate, leaving the eye without the moisture it requires. When the eyes don’t have adequate moisture, patients are at a higher risk for eye infections and blurred vision. Many common symptoms include dryness, scratchiness, and a foreign body sensation, particularly upon waking. Patients who experience nocturnal lagophthalmos often notice that the symptoms worsen in the winter, due to the low humidity, both indoors and out.

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The patient above has dry eye syndrome complicated by exposure keratitis. Her family members have confirmed that she doesn’t close her eyes when she sleeps. Her condition has also caused her to experience blurry vision that is not remedied by prescription eyeglasses. The external ocular photograph above is a popular method for monitoring treatment. The unhealthy cells that are at risk for infection appear as green spots and specks, while the blueish color is the light from the microscope.

Treatment for nocturnal lagophthalmos and resulting exposure keratitis and dry eye syndrome can include wearing a sleep mask, lubricating eye drops and ointments, and, in more serious cases, surgery. Because a number of underlying conditions can cause nocturnal lagophthalmos, it is important to speak with your eye care professional to determine the best course of 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, Worthington and Nationwide Plaza.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Tint Matters

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The tint of your sunglasses may seem like just a fashion preference, but did you know the tint you choose can also cater to your visual needs? The lens tint color you choose can determine how much visible light reaches your eyes.  Some tint colors improve contrast and color, while other tints may reduce both.  Quality prescription sun wear also protects your eyes from 99-100% of harmful ultraviolet radiation (UV-A and UV-B).

Generally, a gray or smoke lens tint is the most popular.  This shade reduces glare and does not distort colors. Gray is considered a general-purpose tint, and it best used when true color perception is most important. However, depending on your visual needs, other lens tints can offer benefits that are more specific.

Brown or amber tints provide contrast and minimize eyestrain.  These colors are ideal for high-glare sports like boating, skiing and snowboarding. For everyday use, brown or amber tints are excellent for driving.

For improved contrast in low-light conditions, a green tint is a good choice. This shade also reduces eyestrain in bright light, making it a popular multipurpose tint for daily wear.

Yellow and orange tints also provide excellent contrast in low-light conditions and are great to wear on overcast days. Additionally, this tint improves depth perception, making it an excellent choice for specialty lenses for sports like shooting.

You can enhance your lens tints by choosing polarized lenses. Polarization reduces reflected glare and protects your eyes from UV light, making it ideal for bright, sunny days. Check out Oakley’s guide to lens tints below before purchasing your next pair of sunglasses.

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 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.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

You have a pterygium...now what?

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A pterygium is a growth of fibro-vascular tissue that develops on the conjunctiva, or white of the eye, and extends into the cornea, which is the clear covering over the colored part of the eye.  This type of tissue growth causes symptoms similar to dry eye, such as burning, redness, or a foreign body sensation.

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Over-the-counter lubricating eye drops or a short course of steroid eye drops commonly treat and manage these symptoms. However, if the tissue grows into a patient’s line of sight, surgical methods are needed to preserve vision.

Exposure to UV light causes many occurrences of pterygium, so wearing proper sun protection is key to preventing this tissue growth. Be sure to ask your eye care professional about polarized sunglasses, which block damaging UV rays. Foreign bodies also cause tissue growth, because the objects continuously rub across the surface of the eye. Make sure that you wear the proper safety glasses when exposure to foreign bodies is a risk.

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.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Why is my contact lens prescription a different strength than my glasses prescription?

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Many contact wearers notice that the numbers on their contact lens prescription are different from the numbers on their glasses prescriptions. While some patients may think this is a mistake, there is a very simple explanation: distance.

The distance at which a corrective lens sits from the eye causes a notable difference in the strength of the prescription. This can easily be demonstrated by taking one’s glasses and extending them further away from the surface of the eye. If you have a nearsighted prescription, you will notice the power of the lens becomes weaker as you move it further away, and a farsighted prescription becomes stronger as you move it further away. Because of this, it is important that glasses prescriptions be tested at a similar distance to where a frame sits from a patient’s eye. During an eye exam, your doctor uses a phoropter to present multiple lens options at approximately 12 millimeters from the surface of the eyes.

When fitting contact lenses, the prescription must be adjusted, because contacts are placed directly on the eye, which is 12 millimeters closer than eyeglass lenses.  For nearsighted prescriptions, this means that the minus power of the contact will need to be weaker than in a glasses prescription. For farsighted prescriptions, it means the plus power of the contact will need to be stronger than in a glasses prescription. This difference varies depending on the strength of the prescription and only affects prescriptions over four diopters.

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.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Stereo Acuity and Summation: The Advantage of Two Eyes

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Frequently during eye exams, patients will notice they see better on the eye chart with two eyes open, and will try to sneak around the cover paddle to get to two eyes ASAP. We are well familiar with the mathematical rule, the whole is not greater than the sum of its parts, but eyes are an exception to this rule. Summation describes the brain’s ability to add the vision from each eye in order to produce better visual acuity than one eye provides alone. As a result, the exam chart may read something like this:

20/20 Right(OD), 20/20 Left(OS), 20/15 Both(OU)


Stereo acuity, or 3-D vision, is another binocular (when two eyes work together) visionprocess. Because the eyes are physically separated by space, they view object from a different angle, and the brain can then interpret depth. For example, those of you without stereo cannot appreciate 3-D puzzles and movies.

Eye conditions that can limit summation and stereo acuity include refractive error, amblyopia, monovision, esotropia, exotropia and a host of possible medical eye concerns.

We advise all minions, one and two-eyed, to have regular eye exams.

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.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Eye boogers!

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You know that stuff you wake up with in the corners of your eyes? Some might call it sleep, eye boogers, mattering, or just plain old crusty stuff. Whatever you call it, most of us have it in the morning, so what is it exactly?


This discharge, known as rheum, is nothing more than a combination of mucus, oil, dead skin cells and other debris such as makeup or dust that accumulates in the corners of the eyes and lash lines while you sleep. Normally we remove excess mucus, oil and debris after each blink, preventing them from accumulating. However, we aren't blinking while we sleep, which means that the debris forms the eye boogers we find in the morning.


Sometimes people mistake this crusty stuff as discharge from an infection. While a little mucus in the morning is normal, there may be something else going on if the consistency or amount changes. There are different types of discharge with different causes. Conditions like conjunctivitis (pink eye), blepharitis, sties and dry eye can all produce discharge along with other symptoms. You should schedule an appointment with your eye care professional if you experience any out-of-the-ordinary symptoms.


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.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

What is Snow Blindness?

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Did you know that spending a day outside in winter could be worse on your eyes than a day at the beach?  Snow can reflect up to 85% of UV rays from the sun.  UV reflection from snow, streets and vehicles can cause glare, impair vision and damage the eyes.  Studies show that UV exposure contributes to cataracts and increases the risk of macular degeneration.  Excessive exposure to reflected light on the snow can also damage the cornea and conjunctiva and cause photokeratitis, more commonly known as snow “blindness.”

Think of photokeratitis like a sunburn to the eyes.  Symptoms include increased watering, pain, light sensitivity and the feeling like there is sand in your eyes.  Treatment includes artificial tears, cool compresses and pain medication.  Typically, symptoms resolve anywhere within a few days to a week.

UV protection, specifically polarized sunglasses, is the best preventative measure to combat glare and prevent UV damage to the eyes.  Polarized sunglasses are better than regular sunglasses because they contain a special filter that blocks reflected light, which, in turn, reduces glare.  Ask your eye doctor about prescription polarized sunglasses or non-prescription polarized sunglasses if you wear contact lenses.

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. 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Juvenile Xanthogranuloma and Eye Health

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Juvenile xanthogranuloma is a relatively uncommon dermatological condition that appears in early childhood. Typically, these skin legions are firm and dome-shaped. While the legions may appear red at first, they usually progress to an orange-ish brown shade later on.

While juvenile xanthogranuloma is benign, it is possible to develop the legions on or near the eye, affecting the iris, retina and eyelid. It is important that patients with this condition be monitored once every three months, up to the age of three, in order to detect any ocular involvement. In fact, most eye-related symptoms occur before patients are two-years-old.

If your child has been diagnosed with juvenile xanthogranuloma, it is important to speak with your child’s eye care professional to understand the complications this condition may cause. Ocular legions will need to be addressed if they lead to visual problems. Typically, only one eye is affected, but if left untreated, ocular juvenile xanthogranuloma can cause glaucoma, corneal blood staining, hyphema, cataract development, vascular occlusion and retinal detachment. It is possible that complications can lead to amblyopia and eventual blindness.

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. 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Aging Eyes and Drooping Eye Lids

Many years ago, as my dad entered middle-age, my brother and I often teased him about his growing waistline. My dad would always defend himself, naming Dunlap’s Disease as the culprit.

“It’s Dunlap’s Disease! My belly has done lapped over my belt!” he explained.

My dad said many strange things that have stuck with me through the years, and now, as I enter middle-age, it appears he has stuck me with something else: Dunlap’s Disease must be genetic, because I am starting to show signs and symptoms.

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In the picture above, you can see the upper eyelid has done lapped over the lashes. Dermatochalasis—or blepharochalasis when referring specifically to the eye—is an age-related condition that causes folds of skin to lap over and weigh the eyelid down. It is a common cause of ptosis, which is the medical term for drooping eyelids.

Patients who have this condition will experience blurred vision, visual interference from the eyelashes, and/or “blocked” vision, which results in visual field defects. This condition typically requires surgery to build up the muscles of the eye, effectively lifting the skin to clear the visual field.

There are many other causes of ptosis, which can be much more sinister. These causes are usually due to systemic difficulties such as a stroke or trauma to the eye, among others. If you are experiencing symptoms of ptosis, you should have a discussion with your eye care practitioner to find the cause and the appropriate remedy.

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. 


 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

How to Have Healthier Eyes in 2015

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Now that the New Year is under way, many people are working on their New Year’s resolutions. You may be working on getting fit, getting organized or getting your finances in order, but there is one easy resolution you probably forgot about: taking better care of your eyes. By making a few minor changes, you will be crossing this resolution off your list in no time.

 

  1. Schedule a yearly eye exam


A yearly eye exam is the first step to better eye health and it is essential to catching any early signs of eye disease. Many feel if they are seeing well, an eye exam is not necessary. This is not true, because many eye diseases do not show symptoms until it is too late. In addition, annual eye exams can alert your doctor to changes in your overall health.

  1. Wear your sunglasses


Sunglasses are not just a fashion statement, nor are they just for people who need prescription sunglasses. Your shades help to shield your eyes from UV radiation, which can contribute to cataracts, macular degeneration, and cancers of the eye. They can also protect your eyes from particles in the air.

  1. Follow your contact lenses’ directions


For those who wear contact lenses, you can drastically improve your eye health by simply following the directions for your contact lenses. Most people wear their contact lenses longer than what is recommended by their eye doctor every day. By following your optometrist’s recommendations, you can drastically reduce discomfort and risk of infections from over-wearing your contact lenses. Many contact lens wearers fail to replace their contacts on the schedule prescribed. Wearing your contact lenses past the replacement date makes you much more vulnerable to eye infections and permanent scarring of the cornea. If you're running low on your contacts, make sure you have a current prescription and order new ones ASAP. 

By following these three simple steps, you will be able to cross this resolution off your list. These minor changes will not only lead to healthier eyes, but a healthier 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, Worthington and Nationwide Plaza. 

Friday, January 2, 2015

Dry Eyes and Winter Weather

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Winter is officially here, and some individuals may already be plagued by dry eyes. In fact, many people with dry eye will find that the symptoms get worse this time of year. The cold, low humidity air dries the eyes out when going outdoors, and inside, heaters trap us in a dry environment day and night. Even our car heaters can exacerbate dry eyes. Contact lens wearers generally experience more discomfort than those without contacts.

Symptoms of dryness include watering, burning, irritation and redness. While these symptoms can be resolved, if left untreated, they can turn into a chronic condition known as dry eye syndrome.

There are multiple things you can do to combat dry eyes in the winter. Using artificial tears prior to going into conditions that will dry out your eyes can greatly reduce symptoms. However, exercise caution when using over-the-counter tears: some only mask the symptoms and can lead to more irritation issues later. Check with your eye care professional to find out which artificial tear works best for you. In addition to artificial tears, humidifiers can help restore moisture in the air inside your home and work. By combating dryness in the air, you will give your eyes some relief. Finally, sun protection or googles can prevent cold air, snow and other particles from irritating the eyes.

If these tips don’t adequately control the dryness, your eye doctor can discuss other treatment options that may be available to you. You don’t have to suffer with dry eye this winter—come see your Rinkov Eyecare optometrists 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.*