The hustle and bustle of the holidays can make gift shopping an intimidating and hectic task! After all, how can you choose the perfect gift for your loved one, when you feel that they deserve the world? Why not give them the gift of clear vision at Precision Vision! LASIK, refractive lens exchange, and laser cataract surgery are all incredible gifts that can last a lifetime! Just imagine your loved one no longer having to rely on their glasses for everyday tasks. To learn more about these procedures, please call our Midwest City office at (405) 733-4545, our Oklahoma City office at (405) 636-1508, or our Shawnee office at (405) 3275-2900.
There are also several charitable ways to give the gift of sight this season. One way is to donate your glasses to help give the gift of sight to those who are less fortunate. If you no longer need glasses after a vision correction procedure or if you have gotten a new pair, your old glasses can be cleaned up and repaired. They are then given to those with the same or close prescription that are not be able to afford glasses. If you want to learn more about glasses donation, visit www.lionsclub.org or www.onesight.org.
Another way to give the gift of sight is through organ donation. Eye donation involves just the cornea, which is the front protective layer that allows us to see, and not the actual iris. Whenever you sign up to be an organ donor, you can also opt to be a tissue donor as well which has less restrictions than standard organ donation. By becoming a donor, you can leave behind the gift of sight for someone else in need. To learn more about cornea donation, visit www.organdonor.gov.
Dry Eye is a condition that occurs when there is a decrease in the quantity and/or quality of tear film. Symptoms include a feeling of sand, grit, or burning in the eye, excessive tearing, and blurred vision. This is often caused by a blockage or obstruction of the eyelids meibomian glands.Precision Vision offers the some of the latest treatments to help you find relief from dry eye and they include:
Manual expression of your eyelid glands by your doctor
Warm compress therapy and eyelid hygiene using scrubs and manual massage
Topical prescription medications
Over-the-counter tear replacements and lubricants
If you still notice symptoms of dry eye after trying the options above, Precision Vision also offers Punctual plugs or LipiFlow® Treatment.
Punctual plugs that are made of silicone or collagen are inserted in the tear ducts, increases the eye’s tear film and surface moisture.
LipiFlow® Treatment: only FDA-cleared medical device for removing gland blockage and restoring gland function. This device applies heat to the inner eyelids and massages to remove the obstructions in your meibomian glands. This is an in office procedure and the complete dual treatment takes less than 20 min.
Some popular skin products contain micro beads that are used for exfoliating dead skin and dirt from the body and face, but have you ever thought about the danger that they present for your eyes? These tiny pieces of plastic can accidently become lodged in your eye if you aren’t being carful about where you are placing the exfoliating scrub. There are other active exfoliating ingredients that poise just as much of a threat as micro beads in face and body scrubs including coffee grounds, sugar, and even pumice stones. Accidently getting one of these ingredients in your eye can scratch the cornea, which covers the front of your eye, or worse.
Your Precision Vision Ophthalmologist would be happy to remove any micro beads or other gritty exfoliating fragments that may become lodged in your eye. If not removed immediately, lodged micro beads can lead to corneal abrasions, deep scratches on the cornea, or even a corneal ulcer, which can permanently damage vision.
To keep your eyes free of gritty exfoliates, consider these tips below:
Use self-care products free of micro beads and gritty exfoliates.
Wash your hands before you wash your face. This will keep dirt from getting into your eye.
Pat—don’t rub- your face dry to avoid brushing any remaining grit into your eyes. Rubbing can may also scratch your cornea.
If a skin care product gets into the eye, rinse it out with clean cold water immediately.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 60. There are often no noticeable symptoms in the early stages of AMD, but if left untreated, it may gradually result in blurred or loss central vision; in one or both eyes. While it does not cause complete blindness, loss of central vision can make it hard to recognize faces, drive, read, or perform other daily activities.
Reduce your risk and protect your eyes from Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) by following these four tips:
Maintain a normal blood pressure and cholesterol
Make sure to exercise regularly
Start each day with a healthy diet composed of fish, vegetables, and leafy greens.
Visual symptoms of AMD may not appear until late in the disease, so it is important for all adults over the age of 50 receive annual dilated eye exams to screen for “age spots” known as drusen in the macula, which is the central portion of the retina.
Blepharitis is a common eye infection that causes red, irritated, itchy eyelids along with the development of dandruff-like “scales” on the eyelashes. Irregular oil production, bacteria, or skin conditions, like rosacea and scalp dandruff, can cause the infection to appear. Even though Blepharitis is very uncomfortable, it does not cause permanent damage to your vision and it is not contagious.
There are many symptoms that materialize with this infection, including redness, watery eyes, a gritty sensation, and crusting of the eyelids. Some people may only experience minor irritation and itching, while others can experience more sever symptoms, such as misdirected eyelashes, inflammation of other eye tissue, and blurry vision. However, if left untreated, can be a pre-cursor for dry-eye and meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD).
A minor case of blepharitis can be treated with home remedies, like warm compressions or a gentle eyelid scrub. If the disease is linked to an underlying condition, such as allergies or dandruff, treating that condition will help blepharitis go away naturally. If nothing seems to be working, ask your Precision Vision doctor about a device that is offered called BelphEX that can help more serious symptoms, when the home remedies fail. BelphEX stands for blepharoexfoliation, which is a quick 5-minute in-office procedure where the doctor exfoliates and cleans the eyelid with a patented handheld device, removing bacterial debris and other irritants. The patient needs to have the procedure repeated in 4-6 month intervals to make sure the disease doesn’t return. The patient is given numbing drops by a Precision Vision specialist, to make sure they are comfortable during the procedure. BelphEX can save patients from spending hundreds of dollars on prescription drops and artificial tears.
December is the time of year that families and friends get together before the start of the New Year, however, have you noticed that someone in your family might not be seeing as well as they used to? Well help them out this holiday season by giving them the gift of LASIK! It can also make a great gift for you, if you are someone who also suffers from poor eyesight, so spoil yourself this year and start the New Year with 20/20 vision.
LASIK, which stands for Laser-in-situ Keratomileusis, is the most common type of laser vision correction. By using bladeless technology, LASIK is a safe and effective procedure that helps correct myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. Precision Vision is fully committed to using the safest and most advanced LASIK technology available. By using a blade-less laser, we have raised the standards of LASIK surgery, providing a quick and easy procedure that gives our patients the eyesight they deserve.
Within weeks, our patients are able to view the wonders life has to offer through their own eyes, without the assistance of glasses or contacts. If you or someone you love is not qualified to be a LASIK candidate, Precision Vision also offers PRK to help you guide a loved one a step closer to having 20/20 vision. Remember not every gift lies under the Christmas tree this year, so schedule a consultation today and allow Precision Vision help you give the gift of LASIK!
November is the designated month for Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness. This month helps remind and motivate those living with diabetes to make sure to take the proactive steps, to monitor their eye health and protect their vision.
Diabetes inhibits the body from using or storing sugar properly, damaging the retinal blood vessels in the eye, causing them to bleed and swell, ultimately distorting vision. These damaged blood vessels can cause diabetic eye disease, also known as diabetic retinopathy, becoming the one of the leading causes of blindness in diabetic adults. Populations including African Americans, American Indians, and Hispanics are at a greater risk than others for developing diabetic eye disease. There are little to no symptoms when diabetic retinopathy is in its early stages, however with a comprehensive dilated eye exam, these problems can be easily detected and treated. Because diabetics have 25 times the usual risk for blindness, studies have shown that diabetics are more likely to keep their vision if treatment is started before vision loss has actually occurred. The best treatment for diabetic retinopathy is to keep your diabetes and blood pressure under control. You should have your eyes examined every year, even if you are seeing well, to screen for any retinal changes. The goal of diabetic eye care is to PREVENT vision loss before it occurs. Although you might be seeing well, it is not uncommon to have a vision-threatening problem with your retina. If it is determined that treatment is necessary, the doctors at Precision Vision can perform a number of state-of-the-art therapies designed to prevent vision loss. You will know more about your diabetic retinopathy treatment options during your initial consultation with us.
Fall has officially arrived, and excitement for the holiday season rolls in with the cool breeze. Soon, adults and children alike will be dressing up in extravagant Halloween costumes, but an unknown horror lies within the October mist. Each year, hundreds of Americans find themselves in the hospital due to eye injuries from their Halloween costumes and accessories. Even with the many horrors of Halloween, nothing compares to the horror of going blind, when it could have easily been prevented. Halloween costumes and accessories have the potential to inflict permanent damage to your eyes if not used safely. People running around at night with sharp objects and wearing off-market costume contacts could be the cause of many vision related eye injuries to be reported around Halloween.
October is Halloween Eye Safety Month and by educating yourself on costume safety, you have a better chance at preventing blindness from happening to you or your children as they are out trick-or-treating. Here are a few eye safety tips:
Avoid costumes that either fully or partially block vision, such as masks, eye patches, wigs, floppy hats, or fake gore on or around the eye.
Try to avoid sharp or pointed costume props such as swords, wands, knives, and sticks that may harm other’s eyes.
Avoid costumes that are extra long and drag across the ground to prevent tripping and falling. Do not ride scooters, bikes, or skateboards if your costume is long.
Some people take their costumes one step further by enhancing or changing their eye color with costume contacts that cover the pupil or even the whole eye. Without the proper precautions, this popular costume accessory can cause various eye conditions such as bacterial infections, conjunctivitis, corneal scratches and even vision loss. At the very least, Precision Vision asks you to make sure to never wear costume contacts without a prescription! Also be sure to never share these contacts with others or use someone else’s.
Halloween should be a time for magic and fun, so don’t let vision loss keep you from seeing the horrors of Halloween! Remember to carry a flashlight or lantern when trick-or-treating to prevent falling or running into potentially harmful objects in the dark.
Spring has sprung and the time for outdoor sports is quickly approaching! You might pack up your kid’s sporting gear, the sunscreen, the water bottle – are you forgetting their protective eyewear though? Just like sunscreen protects their skin from potential damage from the sun, the right eye protection protects them from the leading cause of blindness in children in the United States – eye injuries.
Each year, there are nearly 100,000 cases of sports-related eye injuries, with associated costs topping $175 million. In 9 out of 10 cases, the injury could have been prevented had the child worn protective eyewear. It is important to note that vision correction eyewear, such as contact lenses and eyeglasses – or even sunglasses – are not sufficient protection. Eye guards, goggles, safety glasses or shields must be worn in order to protect against injury.
If your child’s sporting activity does not require the use of protective eyewear, insisting it be implemented might make all the difference for your child or someone else’s. Anytime your child is faced with an object moving directly towards their face, there is an inherent risk of significant eye injury.
Keeping our children active is great for their health and development – just as we would protect them with helmets and elbow or knee guards, we must also protect them with wraparound eye protection. They have one pair of eyes, and a lifetime of sights to see!
Dr. Darrell Pickard is a member of the the Memorial Road Church of Christ. He recently donated his time and skills as an ophthalmologist to help give Luz the gift of sight. Click here to read the article.