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Three Questions Seniors Might Have About Low Vision Exams

Posted by on May 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Questions Seniors Might Have About Low Vision Exams

Seniors are at especially high risk for vision impairment. In fact, 6.5 million Americans over the age of 65 have some sort of severe vision loss, with this number expecting to double by the year 2030. Common eye disorders suffered by seniors include age-related macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma, and cataracts. All of these conditions are known to cause some sort of vision impairment. Low vision exams are crucial for seniors who have decreased vision. Here are three questions they might have about this type of exam. What Is a Low Vision Exam? The first thing seniors need to realize is that low vision exams are different than regular eye exams. This is why they should see an eye care professional who specializes in ophthalmology. These types of eye doctors have more training for diagnosing and treating eye disorders. Some of the tests included in a low vision exam include:  The Amsler Grid test, which can help diagnose macular degeneration Reading a specialized low vision chart to determine clarity of near and distant vision Visual field testing to determine the amount of peripheral vision Pupil dilation and an optical coherence tomography The eye doctor will ask when the vision problems began and how their poor vision affects daily activities such as reading, driving, and watching television. What Preparations Should Be Made Prior to a Low Vision Exam? There is no right way to prepare for a low vision exam. It does help, however, to be aware of when vision problems began. It is also very helpful for seniors to write down any questions they might have and bring it with them to their appointment. Some good questions to ask include: Does this eye disease have a name? Are there ways to protect the remaining vision? Are there special services available due to vision loss? It’s important for seniors to understand the answers to these questions to help them make the most out of their treatment options. What Treatment Options Are Available for Decreased Vision? In many cases, decreased vision is treatable. Following a low vision exam, treatment options will be addressed. Some examples of different types of treatment for decreased vision include: Eye surgery Prescription medicine Low vision aids including magnifiers and telescopic systems Low vision rehabilitation Reading materials with larger print Some seniors get scared when their vision decreases because they fear the worst. The earlier their low vision gets diagnosed, however, the earlier they can begin treatment. This will also give them the best chance for longer lasting vision. Click here to learn more about...

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When Your Child Won’t Wear An Eyepatch After A Cataract Surgery

Posted by on Apr 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on When Your Child Won’t Wear An Eyepatch After A Cataract Surgery

While cataracts are often associated with old age, children can also get cataracts. Some children are born with them while others get them later on in life. When a child gets cataracts, it may be necessary to have the cataract surgically removed (by professionals such as those from Midwest Eye Care PC). After a cataract surgery, your child will be required to wear an eyepatch for a few days. If your child refuses to do so, there are several solutions.   Convincing Your Child To Wear An Eyepatch If your child is the one who has undergone the surgery and must now wear an eyepatch, getting your child to comply can be very challenging since some children may not enjoy wearing them. It is essential to make your child understand that there are no options, just like how he or she is not allowed to wear a seatbelt. Your child must understand that only an adult is allowed to remove the seatbelt.  Getting Your Child To Like The Patch Your child might be resistant to patching because it will be difficult for him or her to see with the patch on. One solution is to have your child engage in fun activities so he or she is distracted from the discomfort of the patch. Have a second patch available to put on if your child pulls the old patch off and distract your child with a new activity. Trying Different Patches Experiment with different types of patches. Patches can often come with different comfort levels. After you have discovered a brand that sits comfortably, you should order a large number of them since you can go through quite a few. However, they can be reused if they are not crumpled up when it comes time to put one on again. You’ll want to find a brand that stays on relatively well and that does not cause irritation. Handling Skin Sensitivity Sometimes, the patch over the eye causes skin sensitivity. Under these circumstances, you should remove the patch and lubricate the skin. Also, consider choosing different eyepatches because each eyepatch product comes with a different type of adhesive and certain adhesive brands might not cause skin sensitivity concerns. Wearing It With Glasses If your child wears glasses, the patch should not be placed over the glasses because it will not adequately protect the eye. Instead, the patch should always be placed on the eye, with the glasses placed over the...

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3 Common Treatment Options For Glaucoma

Posted by on Mar 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Common Treatment Options For Glaucoma

Glaucoma is an eye disease that progressively damages the optic nerve and can lead to blindness if not detected early and treated properly. The symptoms of glaucoma are not always easy to detect, but people with glaucoma typically have high intraocular pressure; eye pressure is typically measured during routine eye exams. If you have been diagnosed with glaucoma, you will need to see an ophthalmologist and carefully follow the prescribed treatment plan in order to protect your vision. Common treatments for glaucoma include: Eye Drops After being diagnosed with glaucoma, you will most likely be prescribed eye drops to help control the condition. Since the eye drops used to treat glaucoma are eventually absorbed into the blood stream, it is important to tell your ophthalmologist about any other prescription medications that you take to ensure that there are no adverse effects. Upon placing the drops in your eye there may be some discomfort and stinging, but these uncomfortable feelings should be very short lived. If you experience an extended period of pain or discomfort after administering your eye drops, consult your ophthalmologist. Medication in Pill Form If you administer your eye drops on schedule exactly as prescribed but still have high intraocular pressure, your ophthalmologist may determine that your treatment requires both drops and pills to get your eye pressure under control. After you begin taking the oral medication for glaucoma, you may notice that your eye is very dry since the medications used tend to decrease the amount of eye fluid produced. Your ophthalmologist will be able to tell you what you can use to combat eye dryness without affecting your prescription eye drops. Laser Surgery While eye drops and pills are the first line of defense for managing glaucoma, laser surgery may be required when medication is not enough to keep intraocular pressure at the proper level. Laser surgery for glaucoma is a short, painless procedure that typically takes on an outpatient basis at an eye surgery center or in an ophthalmologist’s office if he or she has the necessary equipment. There are several laser surgery techniques used to treat glaucoma– the type you will need will depend on whether you have open-angle glaucoma or closed-angle glaucoma. The goal of each type of laser surgery for glaucoma is to subtly alter the drainage system of the eye so fluid can flow out easier, thus effectively reducing the level of intraocular pressure. For more information, contact California Eye Specialists Medical Group Inc. or a similar...

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Types of Contact Lenses for Astigmatism

Posted by on Feb 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Types of Contact Lenses for Astigmatism

Many people prefer contact lenses over traditional glasses for many different reasons. However, fitting people with astigmatism is a difficult process, but it can be done. There are several different types of contact lenses that will cater to those with astigmatism. Toric Contact lenses Toric lenses are specially designed soft contact lenses that are built to correct astigmatism. These are different from the normal spherical contact lenses in two ways. First of all, toric lenses will have different powers in different places around the lens according to the astigmatism, as opposed to spherical lenses, which have the same power all the way across the lens. Secondly, because the toric lenses are not uniform and will not work unless they are oriented in the correct direction, they are weighted at the bottom of the lens. This allows the lens to sit in the orientation it needs to in order to function and work as it should. These lenses take some time to get used to, as the weight is noticeable for the first little while you wear them. Gas Permeable Lenses Gas permeable lenses are rigid lenses, unlike spherical and toric lenses. These lenses do not conform to the irregular shape of the cornea, so they do not need the extra weight the toric lenses do. These lenses work by creating its own perfect surface on the eye, fixing the refraction problems caused by astigmatism. This, in effect, corrects the astigmatism without the concern of the lens shifting. Getting used to these lenses takes less time because there is no orientation. However, they may become uncomfortable due to their rigidity. Hybrid Contact lenses Hybrid contact lenses are lenses that combine the best of both worlds. They have a rigid viewing area surrounded by a soft, flexible fitting area. The combination of these two means that the extra weight is not required to keep the lens in the orientation that it needs to be, but with the fitted region, it is not likely to slide and shift as much as the plain rigid lens. Wearing these lenses will take some time to get used to. While they do not have the extra weight the toric lenses do, they still have some of the same feel as the toric lenses due to the fitted area. They also will have similarities to the gas permeable contacts because of their rigidity. Fitting them the first few times will take some time, but it will all be worth it in the end. If you have any questions about what contact lenses to wear with astigmatism, consider contacting a local specialist, such as EyeCare About Vegas: Dr. R Dougal Morrison & Dr. Christopher...

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Online Eye Exams: A Closer Look For Busy Patients

Posted by on Jan 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Online Eye Exams: A Closer Look For Busy Patients

Your optometrist likely tells you that you should have your eyes checked out about every year, but between all of the other demands on your schedule, you may find it hard to make it to your annual appointment on time. The fact is, an annual eye exam is one of those things that tends to get put off, but what if getting a checkup was just a little more convenient? You may be a little surprised to learn that you can now actually get your annual eye exam online with some optometrists. Even though this is a convenient option, there are a few things that you will want to know. Online eye exams are a convenient take on a traditional optometrist service. Online eye exams are fitting for those who are way too busy to get to their annual eye exam in a timely manner. You can take the test right on your home computer in your own time, and the test usually only takes about 20 or 25 minutes to complete. Once the testing is complete, you will be informed of your vision needs and will be given the chance to order prescription lenses. The glasses will be shipped right to your mailbox and will not involve a great deal of wait time in most cases. This is not an eye exam for those with visual health concerns. Online eye exams are definitely a service that will make common eye exams convenient, but these exams are not designed to detect or monitor visual health issues. During the online eye exam, the only thing that will be measured is how well you can see and if you need prescription lenses to help you see better. This is accomplished with a series of tests that involve looking at diagrams, letters, numbers, and shapes from a distance. If you have other vision problems or you are at risk for certain conditions, such as glaucoma or retinopathy, you should go for a more comprehensive exam at the office of an optometrist. In order to complete the exam, you must have a computer and a smart phone. If there is one inconvenience of taking an online eye exam, it is that you must have both a computer with internet connection and a smart phone. Through the test, you will be asked to stand at different distances from your computer screen, and your phone will be used to record what you see on the screen.  For more information, contact Monroe Optical, Inc. or a similar...

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2 Options For Dealing With Cataracts

Posted by on Dec 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Options For Dealing With Cataracts

When you head to visit your optometrist for a regular checkup and update to your corrective lens prescription, you may find yourself disconcerted to learn that you have cataracts in one or both of your eyes. While you may not be happy to have cataracts, the good news is that there are ways that you can manage and treat your cataracts so that they do not cause a great deal of trouble in your life. So, before you get too upset about having cataracts, you should get to know some of the treatment options available to you so that you can start taking better care of your eyes as soon as possible. Lifestyle Changes for Cataract Management Cataracts do not just all of a sudden appear fully formed in your eyes. They develop over time, and the condition is considered to be degenerative. One of the ways that you can manage cataracts that are still in their early stages is to begin wearing protective eyewear anytime you are outside in the sun. Sunglasses with UV protection will help keep the lenses of your eyes from being directly affected by the sunlight. Direct UV exposure can worsen the progression of your cataracts and the damage to your lenses. You will also want to ensure that your home and office have proper lighting. Dim or inadequate lighting can contribute to your vision troubles and your frustrations with your cataracts. Traditional and Laser Cataract Surgery Options The only way to completely get rid of cataracts is to have them surgically removed. There are two different ways to go about doing this. The traditional type of cataract surgery is very common procedure that many doctors still use. Traditional cataract surgery involves an eye doctor making a small incision in the eye. The lens will be removed through that incision and a new artificial replacement lens is implanted to take its place. The procedure is quick and generally has minimal complications. However, many people worry about having a surgeon us a scalpel to perform surgery on their eye. As such, they may opt for an advanced cataract surgery. This procedure uses a laser rather than a scalpel. The laser performs the same job as the scalpel and is far more precise. It also reduces bleeding and can make the healing process far easier. Now that you know some of the ways that you can deal with cataracts, you can get started in your treatments and overcome your cataracts as soon as possible. Visit Northwest Ophthalmology for more...

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Strategies to Keep Eyes Comfortable during the Winter

Posted by on Nov 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Strategies to Keep Eyes Comfortable during the Winter

As winter approaches, dry and uncomfortable eyes become a concern for many people. If you can relate to that concern, use these effective strategies to avoid optical discomfort throughout the winter months. Managing Glare Glare can be a problem at all times of the year, caused by sunshine reflected from vehicles and other shiny surfaces. Snow on the ground can make the problem worse because it’s highly reflective—and sometimes it’s everywhere. Snow glare is especially troublesome if it’s developed a sheen due to thawing and refreezing or from being covered in sleet. Prescription Sunglasses High-quality sunglasses can prevent eyestrain due to glare. If you already wear prescription eyeglasses, consult an optometrist about getting a pair of prescription sunglasses, too. Carry them in your car’s glove box for easy access or keep them in your purse whenever you go out. Over-the-Counter Sunglasses If you don’t wear prescription eyeglasses, choose over-the-counter sunglasses with polarized lenses. Polarized lenses filter the sunlight that reflects off shiny surfaces. Try on mirrored lenses as well as lenses of different colors. Do your shopping on a sunny day and look out of a window to see which product appears to work best for you. Preventing and Relieving Dry Eyes Sunglasses Wearing your sunglasses when you’re outdoors will also help prevent dry eyes to a certain extent since they’ll shield your eyes from the cold wind. This is especially important if you wear contact lenses, which contribute to problems with dry eyes. Artificial Tears However, winter air tends to be dry even when there’s no wind. Apply artificial tears when your eyes start to feel a bit gritty so they stay lubricated. Avoid products designed to resolve bloodshot eyes since their main effect is to constrict blood vessels. An optometrist can recommend the best products or write you a prescription for a higher-quality solution if you don’t have much luck with over-the-counter items.  Humidifier Add moisture to your home with a portable humidifier if the humidity levels are too low. This is especially common when running forced-air furnace systems. You can determine the humidity level with an inexpensive hygrometer, but assume the air is too dry if you’re getting static electricity shocks. Water Intake In addition, add moisture to your body by drinking plenty of water every day. That replaces some of your body’s normal exterior moisture that evaporates due to dry air.  Punctal Plugs If you have dry eyes all year round, talk with an optometrist about semi-permanent and permanent punctal plugs. These tiny devices fit into the tear ducts and prevent tears from draining away too quickly. If you’d like further information or advice, speak with a representative from an establishment like Vision Eyeland Super Optical...

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Choosing Between Contacts And Glasses

Posted by on Oct 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Choosing Between Contacts And Glasses

Choosing to go with contacts or glasses will depend on your own preferences. However, if you are in the position of choosing one or the other and you have no experience with wearing either, then you may want to consider the information in this article. It will explain the different benefits and drawbacks both contacts and glasses offer. Benefits of glasses Glasses are maintenance free and this makes them a good choice if you want something to help you see without worrying about any work being involved. The only thing you need to do is clean your glasses when you notice they are dirty and store them so they don’t get broken. When you order your glasses, you can order extra options such as anti-glare and tint. Having a tint added will make your prescription glasses more like sunglasses. This tint can also get lighter indoors and darker outdoors, making the glasses good for both indoor and outdoor vision correction. You can choose a design that suits your needs and preferences the best. Some people go with designer frames that help add to their appearance, making their glasses one of their accessories. Drawbacks of glasses One of the drawbacks of wearing glasses is there may be times when you would still like to have your vision corrected, but it isn’t comfortable for you to wear your glasses. A few examples of these times can include when you are wearing protective headgear, when you are laying down or when it’s raining. Benefits of contacts Contacts can offer you a lot more freedom since you can wear them with protective headgear, when you are laying down, when it’s raining, or many other times when glasses wouldn’t be feasible or comfortable. Once you get used to wearing contacts you won’t even think about having them in. You will be able to wear the sunglasses you want while still being able to enjoy corrected vision. You will also be able to put on makeup without it being hidden behind glasses. If you are interested in changing the appearance of your eyes, then you can order colored contact lenses. Drawbacks of contacts Wearing contact lenses means you have to get comfortable with the idea of sticking your finger in your eye, as well as having something in your eye. Some people have a big problem with this part and it can cause you to avoid wearing them which means going around with uncorrected vision. You can lose a contact while you have them out caring for them or they can come out of your eye when you rub your eye or blink. If you don’t have an extra set with you, then you will have to go around with one good eye until you can replace the one you lost. Now that you know more about what each has to offer, you should have an easier time choosing the right corrective lenses for you needs. As soon as you can, it may be a good idea to invest in both so you have options. To learn more, contact a company like  Bass River...

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Getting Your Children The Most Comprehensive Eye Care Available

Posted by on Oct 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Getting Your Children The Most Comprehensive Eye Care Available

Your children’s health is of primary concern for you, which is why it is so important to take them in for regular medical checkups. For example, you ensure that they receive the best optical care. The optometrist you visit probably does the traditional exam to ascertain whether your children need a new eyeglass or contacts prescription. Yet, more can be done. For parents who want their children to receive some of the most comprehensive optical care possible, there is the ophthalmoscope retinal exam. This procedure will provide the attending eye doctor with more information to help your child than what is possible through the regular checkup techniques. What is the Traditional Exam? Regular exams focus on the front of the eye. Optometrists conduct them to establish the right eyewear prescription, for example. This level of observation proves sufficient in some cases. However, there are children who have underlying conditions that require a more thorough look. It is these children for whom the retinal exam would prove most beneficial. The problem is that it is impossible to know if there are latent conditions without first using this sort of more involved procedure; consequently, for parents who want assurance that their children are free of latent eye diseases, the retinal option is a wise choice. How Does an Ophthalmoscope Procedure Differ? The ophthalmoscope exam is a full retinal screen, done using laser technology. Doctors receive a view of around 80% of the retina in each scan. Thus, this examination provides optometrists with the ability to diagnose eye diseases before they fully form, which is an obvious prevention advantage. Types of eye diseases often detected by a retinal exam include: cancer diabetes glaucoma Quick, effective and painless, the ophthalmoscope exam is virtually without any problems. Of course, any parent can understand the benefits of a hassle-free exam. Even children of a young age will sit still through the retinal screening process. Find an Optometrist Today When it comes to your child’s eye care needs, sparing no resources is the best course of action. Relying on the standard examination may be enough if obtaining prescription eyewear information is the main objective. However, to find those unseen complications that can cause havoc in the future, an ophthalmoscopic retinal exam comes recommended. Locating an optometrist experienced in performing retinal exams is easy, because most list their practices on the Internet. Contact a center like Bergh-White Opticians, Inc. for more information. ...

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Three Ways An Ophthalmologist Can Help If You’re Experiencing Chronic Eye Strain

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Ways An Ophthalmologist Can Help If You’re Experiencing Chronic Eye Strain

Eye strain is a fairly common experience to have while using computers, driving, or doing another activity that puts stress on your eyes. However, if you’re experiencing eye strain frequently, you should see your ophthalmologist right away for a checkup. In addition to helping to reduce your eye strain, they can also determine if there’s a more serious cause to your eye problems. Common Causes If your eyes are experiencing strain, fatigue, or blurriness after using the computer or driving, it’s possible that your glasses may be causing the problem. While glasses are great for helping you to see things up close and far away, the strong light that is emitted by your computer monitor can reflect off of your lenses, creating a glare. This same type of glare is also possible when you’re driving, either from exposure to sunlight or other cars’ headlights. If your glasses are the problem, your ophthalmologist can set you up with a prescription for lenses with a glare-resistant coating. In addition, if you haven’t gotten a new prescription recently, your eyes may be experiencing strain because the prescription on your glasses is no longer appropriate for your eyes. Moderate, Less-Common Causes While a great deal of eye strain can be blamed on reflected light, it’s not always to blame. Believe it or not, having allergies may actually increase your risk of eye strain. Allergies can affect your eyes by making them itchy, inflamed, and even reduce or increase the amount of tears your eyes naturally produce, which can make your vision blurry or out of focus. In addition, if you’re frequently rubbing your eyes because they itch, that may worsen the blurriness. If you think that allergies aren’t the culprit because you don’t normally suffer from allergies, keep in mind that 2015 is the worst year for pollen yet. Even people with little to no allergic symptoms are experiencing higher allergy symptoms due to the extreme levels of pollen. An ophthalmologist can prescribe a medication to you to help with the allergy symptoms, which may improve your levels of eye strain. Extreme Causes It’s also a good idea to see an ophthalmologist to make sure that your eye strain isn’t being caused by something else. While it’s reasonable to believe that if your vision is blurry that eye strain is to blame, a wide variety of diseases can cause blurry vision. Diabetes, cataracts, eye infections, and many other ailments can cause blurry vision and need immediate treatment in order to reverse the symptoms and prevent serious, permanent damage. If your eye strain only happens once in a while, you probably have nothing to worry about. However, if you’re developing a pattern of eye strain symptoms, or regularly experience eye strain, an ophthalmologist can not only treat the problem, but give you peace of mind. To learn more, visit a website...

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