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4 Myths about Scleral Lenses Debunked

eye-technology-femaleScleral lenses are rigid gas permeable lenses that have an extra-wide diameter that covers the white part of your eye (the sclera). For almost a century, scleral lenses were regarded as having limited use – yet that viewpoint has changed drastically in the past ten years. Nowadays, sclerals are the fastest growing part of the gas permeable contact lens market.

In addition to providing a smooth cornea and clear vision for keratoconus and other corneal irregularities, many people praise their newfound visual comfort of wearing scleral lenses for dry eye. At , our , eye doctor fits more and more hard-to-fit patients with these specialty contacts.

If scleral lenses are so helpful – why are so many people scared of them? It is because a number of old myths still circulate about these contacts. For example, our patients often express concern about scleral lenses care and scleral lenses side effects. And rumors have been spread about the impossible trickiness of how to insert scleral lenses. Dr. , your , , optometrist, debunks these misconceptions:

1. Scleral lenses are a last resort

Yes, many people turn to sclerals only after other contact lenses were uncomfortable or ineffective. Yet, that isn’t the case for everyone. Scleral lenses can correct many common refractive errors and are more stable than many conventional lenses, often making them the most suitable solution for an active lifestyle. Also, there is a new trend to use scleral lenses for dry eye. Because of how sclerals vault over the cornea, they create a pocket between your corneal surface and the lens. This pocket fills with moist tears that soothe dry eye.

2. Scleral lenses side effects

There is very little scientific evidence that indicates complications arise due to wearing scleral lenses over the long term. For more details, schedule a consultation in our eye care clinic. Our eye doctor keeps up with medical developments and can answer all your questions about the latest advances in scleral contact lenses.

3. The cost of scleral lenses

The initial price of scleral lenses may be slightly higher than standard conventional contact lenses. Yet, their superior value justifies the cost. You will benefit from better vision clarity and enhanced comfort. Also, if you suffer from a corneal disorder, your insurance plan may cover scleral lenses.

4. Scleral lens care is too complex

When it comes to scleral lens care, you must clean and store them in a recommended disinfectant – in the same way as regular contact lenses. And if you’re worried about how to insert scleral lenses, our optometrist will provide clear instructions and plenty of trial time. We won’t send you home with your new scleral lenses until you are comfortable handling them.

Eye Fatigue: What Is It & What Causes It?

Eye fatigue is a relatively common condition that is becoming increasingly more common each day. Officially called asthenopia, it refers to a set of symptoms that you may experience after intense eye use. Modern, high-tech living and our dependence upon computers have contributed to the rising occurrence of this condition.

What causes eye strain?

Any time you must focus for a long period of time, you risk eye fatigue. Typical actions that lead to this condition include reading, writing, driving, or using a computer. Exposure to glaring light or the need to see in extremely dim lighting are also known causes.

Staring at a digital device for extended periods may lead to computer vision syndrome, familiar to many people as digital eye strain. It makes no difference whether you are gazing at a computer screen, smartphone, or game console – all of these tech gadgets depend upon intense eye use and make your visual system work harder.

If you have untreated astigmatism, it is easier to develop eye fatigue. Astigmatism is when the cornea is not curved properly, which leads to fuzzy vision. To compensate, your eyes may strain to see. A thorough eye exam and vision testing by your optometrist can detect or rule out astigmatism. And if you have it, eyeglasses or contact lenses work well as treatment.

What are common symptoms of tired eyes?

One obvious and natural outcome of having tired eyes is tired-looking eyes. It is hard to keep your peepers looking bright and alert when they are worn out. Other symptoms include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Double vision
  • Headaches
  • Dry eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Increased sensitivity to light

Symptoms vary between individuals. If you have any of the above problems (or any other vision complaints, such as red eyes), it is best to visit your eye doctor for a professional diagnosis, as these symptoms could also point to a different condition.

How can you prevent eye fatigue?

You need a fully functional and active visual system to perform at your optimum. Also, it’s hard to put on your best face when you have tired-looking eyes. Fortunately, there are some simple ways to prevent eye strain.

  1. Place your computer screen about 20-26 inches from your eyes and slightly beneath eye level
  2. Use a glare filter for all digital screens
  3. Eliminate glare and harsh reflections in your work space
  4. No matter what you are viewing, practice the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look towards an object about 20 feet away, don’t look back for 20 seconds
  5. Take breaks from all tasks that require intense eye use
  6. Hold a wet, warm washcloth against your tired eyes to soothe and refresh them
  7. Get enough sleep; to operate at maximum, eyes need zzz’s just as much as your body

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Pink, Stinging Eyes?

Conjunctivitis, also called pink eye, is one of the most frequently seen eye diseases, especially in kids. It can be caused by viruses, bacteria or even allergies to pollen, chlorine in swimming pools, and ingredients in cosmetics, or other irritants, which touch the eyes. Some forms of conjunctivitis might be quite transmittable and quickly spread in school and at the office.

Conjunctivitis is seen when the conjunctiva, or thin transparent layer of tissue covering the white part of the eye, becomes inflamed. You can identify conjunctivitis if you notice eye redness, discharge, itching or swollen eyelids and a crusty discharge surrounding the eyes early in the day. Pink eye infections can be divided into three main types: viral, allergic and bacterial conjunctivitis.

The viral type is usually a result of a similar virus to that which produces the recognizable red, watery eyes, sore throat and runny nose of the common cold. The red, itchy, watery eyes caused by viral pink eye are likely to last from a week to two and then will clear up on their own. You may however, be able to reduce some of the discomfort by using soothing drops or compresses. Viral pink eye is transmittable until it is completely cleared up, so in the meantime maintain excellent hygiene, remove eye discharge and try to avoid using communal pillowcases or towels. If your son or daughter has viral conjunctivitis, he or she will have to be kept home from school for three days to a week until symptoms disappear.

A bacterial infection such as Staphylococcus or Streptococcus is usually treated with antibiotic eye drops or cream. One should notice an improvement within just a few days of antibiotic drops, but be sure to adhere to the full prescription dosage to prevent pink eye from recurring.

Allergic pink eye is not contagious. It is usually a result of a known allergy such as hay fever or pet allergies that sets off an allergic reaction in their eyes. First of all, to treat allergic pink eye, you should eliminate the irritant. Use cool compresses and artificial tears to relieve discomfort in mild cases. When the infection is more severe, your eye doctor might prescribe a medication such as an anti-inflammatory or antihistamine. In cases of chronic allergic pink eye, topical steroid eye drops could be used.

Pink eye should always be diagnosed by a qualified eye doctor in order to identify the type and best course of treatment. Never treat yourself! Keep in mind the sooner you begin treatment, the lower chance you have of giving pink eye to loved ones or prolonging your discomfort.

 

How to Choose the Right Sunglasses

Do your sunglasses have what it takes to protect your eyes? As the summer heats up and people spend more time outdoors, it is very important to wear UV blocking eyewear to protect against exposure to ultraviolet rays that can cause damage to your eyes.

Damage caused by UV from the sun can occur without you even being aware of it, as often symptoms are delayed. Intense, short-term exposure to UV rays can lead to sunburn of the eye, or photokeratitis, while long term exposure can lead to and intensify ocular damage which can result in the development of cataracts and macular degeneration.

Although it is convenient to grab a cheap pair of sunglasses from the drugstore, they often won't do the trick. Always look for a sticker that says they have 100% UV filtration, but unfortunately even sometimes that is not enough. Depending on the lens material there can be degradation in UV protection over time. In some cases the UV protection can begin to wear off your sunglasses as a result of extensive cleaning or from contact with certain substances such as sunscreen.

In order to really protect your eyes from the sun, you should look for a good quality lens that will block 100 percent of UV rays. Polarized lenses are an added feature on some glasses. They block glare coming directly into your eyes or reflected off surfaces such as water, roads, and buildings. Often polarization and UV protection will come together, and some polarized lenses manufacturers guarantee that they will retain their protection for the life of your sunglasses.

The shape of your sunglasses also plays a role in protecting your eyes from the sun. Try to find a pair of sunglasses with large lenses or a wraparound style to protect as much of the skin around your eye as possible and to prevent the sun from creeping in along the sides. You can also explore the option of performance sunglasses or sport sunglasses if you spend a good deal of time outdoors, or engage in activities that may require more durable shades. Sports sunglasses are made to address the particular light conditions that you may encounter during different activities in addition to providing stability and durability to enhance performance.

It's important to pick the right sunglasses to prevent damage to your eyes. Speak to your eye doctor to discuss your options and to make sure that you are doing all you can to protect your eyes from harmful UV.

Women’s Eye Health Month: An Eye on Cosmetics

Women’s eyes are regularly exposed to potential irritants through the use of cosmetics. As eye shadow, mascara and eye liner can breed unseen dirt and bacteria, it is vital to ensure that the products you use to apply and remove your makeup are hygienic to prevent irritation that can cause redness, discomfort and the potential development of an eye infection.

Here are a few tips to help ensure that your beauty routine is safe and hygienic:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water before you start and make sure that any applicator you use near your eyes is clean.
  • Make sure that the containers housing your products are dirt free and that you don’t leave brushes or applicators on a surface where they can pick up germs.
  • Avoid dampening or adding saliva to your makeup as this can introduce bacteria and reduce its shelf life.
  • Discard any product that you know was exposed to germs or dirty surfaces.
  • Steer clear of sharing eye cosmetics, whether it is with family or friends. It is likely to transfer bacteria to your eyes.
  • Stay away from testers in stores unless they use single-use applicators or brushes.
  • If you wear contact lenses, insert the lenses before applying eye makeup to avoid getting makeup underneath the lens.

It’s also important to be aware of injuries that can be caused by applying and removing eye makeup.

  • Never apply mascara or eye shadow in a moving vehicle or in a location where a sudden bump will cause the applicator or cosmetic brush to jab your eye and scratch the eye surface. In addition to scratching or injuring your eye, this could allow chemicals to enter the eye and can cause burning and inflammation.
  • Don’t use your fingers to put on eye makeup as they might accidentally touch the surface of your eye in the process, leading to irritation.

As many cosmetics contain chemicals, it is likely that they will cause irritation if they come into close contact with your eye. This is especially true if a product you use is not intended for use on your eyes (make sure to use your lip liner on your lips and not on your eyes)!

If you do experience redness, irritation, discharge or itching of your eyes, speak to your eye doctor to find out the best way to get relief from your symptoms. Do not apply makeup if your eyes are infected as this will only make the infection worse. If you were diagnosed with an eye infection, dispose the eye makeup previously used as it is contaminated and the infection could recur.

Lastly, follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for discarding products such as mascara (which should be changed every few months) and throw away any dried up products. Even though cosmetics can be expensive, it is not worth risking damage to your eyes.

Welcome to our New Website

Welcome to our new website!

We invite you to take a look around our new site to get to know our practice and learn about eye and vision health. You will find a wealth of information about our optometrists, our staff and our services, as well as facts and advice about how to take care of your eyes and protect your vision.

Learn about our Practice specialties including comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings and the treatment of eye diseases. Our website also offers you a convenient way to find our hours, address and map, schedule an appointment online, order contact lenses or contact us to ask us any questions you have about eye care and our Practice.

Have a look around our online office and schedule a visit to meet us in person. We are here to partner with you and your family for a lifetime of healthy eyes and vision. We look forward to seeing you!