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!