COVID-19 and Foggy Glasses

Q: I’m 49, nearsighted and my glasses keep fogging up with wearing a mask during COVID. I can’t wear contacts and want to get LASIK. Is that the best surgical vision correction option for my age?

 

A: Yes, wearing a mask and glasses can be a problem as they fog up. At 49 years of age, it’s likely you also have presbyopia, which almost everyone gets around 40-45 years old. Presbyopia is the loss of near vision/reading vision and can only be treated by wearing reading glasses or bifocals. If you are OK with readers, LASIK will most likely be the best surgical vision correction option for you. If you don’t want to wear readers, then a procedure called refractive lens exchange might be best. Refractive Lens Exchange or RLE is basically the same procedure as cataract surgery, as where the surgeon removes your eyes natural lens and replaces it with a new lens. These days, surgeons have options such as multifocal and trifocal lenses that may allow patients to see at all distances, even up close, with little or no dependence on glasses. Patients that get RLE, never have to get cataract surgery in the future, as the surgeon is removing the lens that will most likely turn into a cataract after the age of 65. Schedule a consultation today to find out which option would be best for you!

 


Blepharitis

Q: My eyelids are always swollen and crusty when I wake up. What could this be?

 

A: You most likely have a condition called blepharitis, an inflammation of the eyelid. It can cause sore, red eyelids and crusty eyelashes. This condition can also occur at any age. Blepharitis can be caused by a bacterial eyelid infection, dry eyes, a fungal eyelid infection or even little parasites called demodex eyelash mites! Many times patients that have blepharitis also have dry eye. Common treatments include eyelid scrubs, warm compresses, medicated drops or ointments and in-office treatments such as BlephEx and Intense pulsed light or IPL. Blepharitis typically is a chronic condition, meaning it can come back frequently and be a recurring problem. The best way to keep it from returning is to practice proper lid hygiene, such as non-prescription lid scrubs.


Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Q: My grandmother is 82, and started to have issues seeing details such as letters and faces. She had cataract surgery years ago. What could this be?

A: It could be a serious condition called age-related macular degeneration — or AMD or ARMD. It’s caused by a deterioration of the macula, which is the small central area of the retina of the eye that controls central vision and visual acuity.

The health of the macula determines our ability to see details such as the ability to read, recognize faces, watch television, and use a computer or phone.  Common risk factors include smoking, obesity, high blood pressure, inactivity and having a family history of the disease. Currently, there is no cure for age-related macular degeneration.  There are treatments for the wet form of AMD that involves an injection called anti-VEGF into the eye. This reduces the amount of new blood vessels that grow and cause swelling in the retina.


Workplace Eye Safety

This month is Workplace Eye Safety Awareness Month and Precision Vision  would like to take this opportunity to discuss the importance of practicing good eye safety and wellness in the workplace. Eye injuries at work are so common that nearly 2,000 people injure their eye at work every single day. However, the majority of those eye injuries could be prevented if proper eye safety precautions were taken.

If you work in an environment with hazardous materials such as tools, flying or floating material particles, or chemicals, you must take proper precautions and safety measures to prevent injury from a potential incident. Dependent on the work environment, safety glasses, goggles, or shields must be worn to protect the eyes and/or the face.

It is also a good idea to have emergency procedures put in place in the event that an incident does occur. This way, everyone will be prepared and will be able to take the proper steps to deal with an eye injury. If necessary, an eyewash station could be beneficial in environments that contain hazardous chemicals or airborne particles or materials. In these cases, gently flushing the eye can help remove any debris. Also, contrary to a common myth, if a foreign object lands on the eye it cannot get “lost” back behind the eyeball, but it can cause corneal scratches. In the event that a foreign object actually penetrates the eyeball, it would require emergency medical attention.

Even if you do not work in a hazardous setting, there are several ways that you can do to help prevent tired and strained eyes at an office or desk job. Nearly everyone in this day and age spends a considerable amount of time in the computer. Studies have shown that computer use does not result in permanent damage to the eyes or vision. It often does, however, lead to significant eye strain. There are some simple steps that can be taken in order to alleviate some of the stress and strain to your eyes. The key is to remember to look up from your screen every 15-20 minutes. Be sure to look into the distance, across the room, or out of a window. You should also ensure that your workstation is correctly structured and illuminated. Ideally, the center of your computer screen should be about 4 to 5 inches below eye level and 20 to 28 inches away.

For any questions or to learn more about workplace eye safety, please contact Precision Vision at any of our OKC offices today.


Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month

 

February is AMD & Low Vision Awareness Month! Precision Vision wants to bring awareness to Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), its symptoms, and the treatments that can help prevent vision loss from progressing. Age-related Macular Degeneration the leading cause of vision loss in the country for those over the age of 60, affecting over 2 million people in the United States.

AMD is the breakdown of the macula, which is a small spot in the retina that is responsible for our central vision and allows us to have sharp and clear vision. The primary cause of AMD is age. However, the condition can occur at any age, and certain factors can increase the chance of developing AMD. These risk factors include smoking which doubles your risk, genetics, and race in which Caucasians are more susceptible.

The symptoms of AMD are usually gradual, painless, and can vary from person to person. Most of the time, people will not realize they have AMD until vision loss has already begun. This is why it is critical to see your ophthalmologist regularly in order to catch early warning signs of the disease. The visual symptoms of AMD include blurry central vision, distortion of straight lines or objects, difficulty reading, difficulty recognizing faces, and decreased brightness of colors.

Although there is no “cure” to reverse the vision damage caused by AMD, there are a few therapies and treatments that can help stabilize or reduce the rate of vision loss. Antioxidant vitamins and zinc supplementation, and consuming dark leafy greens and colorful fruits and vegetables are beneficial steps than can be taken in your everyday lifestyle. Also, keeping an Amsler-Grid at home will help alert you if your vision might indicate a potential problem. For severe vision loss, there is treatment option available called an Anti-VEGF injection. This injection is designed to block a molecule called Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) which can help those with the wet form of AMD. Another treatment option is called Photodynamic Therapy that utilizes a cold laser to treat areas of the retina, as well as traditional laser therapy that utilizes a hot laser.

Early detection is the key to slowing vision loss associated with AMD. It is important to constantly monitor the symptoms and make sure to see an ophthalmologist regularly. To learn more about AMD treatments, call Precision Vision at any of our Central Oklahoma area locations or click here.

 


Giving The Gift of Sight

Giving The Gift of Sight

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.


How important are yearly eye exams?

Yearly eye exams are extremely important because, on top of the new aches and pains that come with getting older, you are also prone to developing more health problems; the eyes are no exception.

Annual eye exams are an easy and low-stress way to keep tabs on your eyes as well as your overall health. They increase your chances of catching chronic eye disorders and significant health problems early on. For eye conditions, such as glaucoma and diabetes, early detection is critical before it permanently damages your vision. Both of these conditions do not present symptoms until it’s too late. During your eye exam, your doctor at Precision Vision will look for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, and any refractive errors.

Annual eye exams can also reveal health problems such as carotid artery blockages, hypertension, and high cholesterol to which your Precision Vision doctor will refer you to your primary care doctor for diagnosis and treatment. Vision changes and usually worsens with age, so take steps to keep by vision sharp by eating well, wearing protective eyewear, and avoid staring at your phone or computer for too long.

Precision Vision’s locations are convenient for patients across Oklahoma. Our south Oklahoma City location in convenient for people in Moore, Norman, Tuttle, Newcastle, Mustang, and Yukon, while our Shawnee location serves Shawnee, Harrah, Tecumseh, Prague, and Seminole.

Call our office today to schedule your annual eye exam and keep your eyes healthy!


Low Vision & How You Can Prevent It

 

What is “low vision”?

Low vision is when your vision cannot be corrected to 20/70 or better, even with glasses or contacts. Typical causes of low vision include, cataracts, AMD, glaucoma, diabetic eye disease:

  • Age-related Macular Degeneration: 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.
  • Diabetic Eye Disease: Diabetes causes many complications in the body, particularly in the eyes. Diabetic retinopathy is the most frequent cause of new cases of blindness among adults aged 20-74 years old.
  • Glaucoma: The name for a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve by high intraocular pressure in the eye. Known as the “thief of sight, if left untreated, glaucoma can cause blindness.
  • Cataracts:A cataract is the progressive clouding of the eye’s natural lens, which disrupts light passing through the pupil to the back of the eye (retina). Over time a cataract leads to diminished sight in the affected eye and eventually to blindness if untreated. Unlike AMD, Glaucoma, and Diabetic Eye Disease, Cataracts can be removed through Laser Cataract Surgery.

These eye conditions make doing dailyactivities difficult such as cooking, driving, reading, and even recognizing the faces of friends and family.

How Yearly Eye Exams Can Lower the Risk for Low Vision

Just like an annual physical, a yearly eye exam is important for your overall health. Comprehensive eye exams are critical in the prevention and early detection o various eye diseases. Several eye diseases do not show symptoms until vision loss has occurred. However, if a condition is detected early, there is the potential to prevent vision loss.

During an eye exam, your Precision Vision optometrist will evaluate the health of your eyes through a series of comprehensive tests, while checking for the very conditions that cause low vision such as glaucoma, AMD, and diabetic retinopathy.

Call Precision Vision today to schedule an eye exam and learn what you need to do to keep your eyes healthy!


Common Cataract Surgery Questions Answered

Have you been recently diagnosed with a cataract? If you are looking for Oklahoma City cataract removal, then look no further than Precision Vision.

Cataract surgery is one of the safest and most effective procedures performed in modern medicine. It is a life-changing procedure that will improve your ability to do the things you enjoy and, in many cases, allow you to do things you couldn’t do before. Advancements in surgical technology and techniques, including premium intraocular lens implants and laser cataract surgery, allows the surgeons at Precision Vision to provide a more pleasant and predictable Oklahoma city cataract removal procedure.

We understand that undergoing eye surgery can be nerve-wracking. We want you to feel comfortable before, during, and after your Oklahoma City cataract removal.

Q: How is the cataract removed?

A: First, a small incision is made in the front of the eye (the cornea), allowing the surgeon to remove the cataract in tiny pieces. Then an artificial lens implant is gently inserted into the eye in its proper and permanent position.

Q: Is cataract surgery performed under general anesthesia?

A: No, cataract surgery is performed with local anesthesia only. We provide intravenous medications to help patients fully relax. Often there are no stitches and no patch. We also administer anesthetic around the eye so that patients feel or see little during surgery.

Q: How long does the cataract surgery take?

A: All of our cataract surgeries are performed at the Precision Vision Surgery Center. This is a fully accredited out-patient/ambulatory surgery center dedicated totally to eye care. Surgery itself takes about 10 minutes in the operating room. Most people are in the surgery center for about 90 minutes, including pre- and postoperative time.

Q: Are there fees associated with the surgery?

A: Most surgery costs are typically covered by insurance. If a patient chooses to have a blade-free laser-assisted surgery or a premium lens, there will be an additional fee as these premium services are not covered by Medicare or any other insurance.

Q: What restrictions will I have immediately after surgery?

A: During this time, we recommend restful activity. No driving, operating heavy equipment, or physical activities. Most patients are released to drive after their first post-op visit. For the first day vision may be blurry but it usually improves over the first week.

Contact Us Today!

If you are looking for Oklahoma City cataract removal, contact Precision Vision. Our friendly staff will schedule a consultation with our cataract surgeon, Dr. Pickard, where all of your questions will be answered.


Understanding the 3 Types of Intraocular Lenses

Although you may enjoy a cloudy day at the beach, the last thing you will enjoy has cloudy vision. Cataracts cause your vision to become cloudy and skewed— leaving you with the inability to see properly. Luckily, with surgery from Precision Vision, you can remove your cataracts and restore your vision in no time. As part of cataract surgery, your natural lens will be removed and replaced with an artificial intraocular lens. There are three different types of intraocular lenses available including monofocal, toric, and presbyopic-correcting. This article will discuss these three different types of lenses and what they are used for. Read on to learn more.

Monofocal

As long as you don’t have astigmatism, a monofocal lens can be used to correct a single range of vision. For instance, if you are nearsighted, have troubles seeing a computer, or are farsighted, a monofocal lens can be used to treat one of these problems. To help correct the remaining issues, glasses or contact lenses can be used. As an extra benefit of monofocal lenses, they don’t have any glare or halos at night— leaving you feeling more confident while driving in the dark.

Toric

As mentioned previously, monofocal lenses cannot be used for patients who have astigmatism. However, toric lenses can be. Designed specifically for patients who have astigmatism, toric lenses are used to correct near, intermediate, or farsightedness.

Presbyopic-Correcting

Unlike monofocal and toric lenses that can only correct one area of your vision, presbyopic correcting can be used to correct two or more of your vision problems. Depending on your eyesight, there are different brands of presbyopic-correcting lenses that the doctors at Precision Vision may choose to use.

During your initial consultation with the doctors at Precision Vision, they will go through what options you have regarding your intraocular lenses. If you have cataracts and are considering getting surgery, contact our office today to set up your consultation!