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!