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.