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.
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.
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.
For patients that have been diagnosed with glaucoma and are now preparing for cataract surgery, there is a revolutionary new implant that may help to reduce your dependance on glaucoma medications. iStent® is a very tiny implant that has helped thousands of glaucoma patients successfully manage their intraocular pressure. This one-in-a-lifetime surgery is performed during cataract surgery, and helps patients address both of these conditions at once.
What Is the iStent®?
The iStent® is the world’s smallest medical implant that has every been implanted in the human body. It is also the first micro-invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) device that is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This tiny implant has been successfully implanted in over 250,000 glaucoma patients around the world.
The iStent® is designed to:
Restore your eye’s natural ability to drain the fluid that causes the increased pressure inside your eye
Help keep eye pressure at a normal level
As a result of this normalized intraocular pressure, your Precision Vision doctor may be able to reduce or eliminate your need for glaucoma medications
What To Expect With iStent®
The iStent® procedure can only be performed during cataract surgery; this is why this implant is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. After your Precision Vision cataract surgeon removes your cataracts, he or she will implant the iStent device. Following the procedure, you will receive antibiotic and anti-inflammatory eye drops. You will have a follow-up appointment the next day to ensure your eye(s) are healing properly.
Questions? Contact Precision Vision Today!
If you have glaucoma and have been diagnosed with cataracts, contact the talented team at Precision Vision in Midwest City, Shawnee, South Oklahoma City or Edmond. Our highly trained glaucoma and cataract team will perform a detailed eye exam to determine if iStent is right for you. We will also discuss the best lens implant options that best fit your lifestyle.
Prevent Blindness, the nation’s leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight, has declared June as Cataract Awareness Month. Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss in the United States and affect approximately 24 million American adults over the age of 40. Cataracts are a natural part of aging and can happen to anyone. As we get older, the lenses in our eyes can gradually start to become cloudy, reducing the ability to see clearly. Precision Vision wants to help educate patients on understanding the symptoms of a cataract.
Common signs of cataracts:
If you’re 55 or older, and you haven’t had an eye exam in a year, schedule an appointment with one of our eye care specialists at Precision Vision. Your medical doctor may not perform an eye exam during your checkups, so it is important to also schedule an eye exam each year. During the eye exam, your Precision Vision specialist will be able to determine if the changes in your vision are related to the development of a cataract.
If you notice your vision has become blurry or not in focus, you could possibly be developing cataracts. The lens of the eye helps you to focus on what you see – if it is compromised, it will affect your ability to focus.
If you begin to have impaired reading, or skip letters while you read, this is another sign a cataract may be developing. As you lose your ability to focus, the way you see is altogether changed.
Another common symptom of cataracts is the decreased ability to see at night or in dark lighting. Complaints of halos around lights, glare, and decreased vision are all common descriptions. If you have noticed your eyesight has changed during the night and in dark conditions, it could mean you have cataracts.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call Precision Vision today at (405) 733-4545 and schedule a cataract exam today at one of our four locations in Oklahoma. Our experienced laser cataract surgeons can help you determine the best treatment option that fits your lifestyle.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Spring is the perfect time to get off your couch and get moving outside. However, when you have a little one, getting outside isn’t as simple as walking out the door. Not only do you need to pack a diaper bag full of necessities but you also need to make sure their skin and eyes are shielded from the sun. You know that you should put sunscreen on your baby’s skin but how can you care for their eyes? From wearing a UV-proof hat to sunglasses, this article will discuss a few ways you can shield your baby’s eyes from the sun. Read on to learn more.
One of the easiest ways to make sure your baby’s eyes are protected from the sun is to make sure they are wearing a hat, and not just any hat but a UV-proof one. Made from material that is designed with extra layers to keep the sun out, a UV-proof that will not only protect your baby’s skin but it will also protect their eyes.
Another easy and effective way to shield your little one’s eyes from the sun is to make sure that you are using your stroller cover when outside. In fact, many stroller covers now contain a UV lining to help keep the sun out even more.
One of the hardest things to get a baby to wear is sunglasses. Although they are an extremely effective way to protect your little one’s eyes, they are also almost impossible to keep on their faces. When choosing sunglasses for your baby, make sure that they aren’t too tight because they may cause headaches. Additionally, look for a pair that has an elastic back that wraps around their head to help prevent them from falling off.
It’s hard enough to keep your eyes protected from the sun, but it can be even harder to protect your baby’s eyes. Luckily, by using the tips listed above, you can make sure your child stays safe and comfortable for the rest of the warmer months. To learn more about vision care, contact Precision Vision today!