Don’t Allow Glaucoma to Steal Your Sight Away

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a disease that damages the eye’s optic nerve as a result of a build up of pressure within the eye. It is currently the leading cause of blindness, which is why everyone in the ophthalmology world also knows it as the “Thief of Sight”.

Three types of glaucoma can develop within the eye: open-angle, angle-closure, and normal tension glaucoma. Though there is no cure for glaucoma, there are ways to prevent it from getting worse. Think of glaucoma as a fever that never goes away, so you must learn to manage it before it worsens. The most popular treatments to manage glaucoma involve having surgery to lower eye pressure, take prescribed medication to help lower the production of aqueous liquid in the eye, or MIGS.

There are no visible signs that appear when one has glaucoma, which makes your annual eye exams that much more important. If a Precision Vision opthalomologis notices someone has unnatural high eye pressure (ocular hypertension) yet no signs of eye damage, they label these patients as “glaucoma suspects”. These glaucoma suspects have a higher risk of developing glaucoma later on in life and should be carefully monitored by your Precision Vision eye doctor.

Schedule an annual comprehensive dilated eye exam with your Precision Vision Eyecare Specialist today to learn how to protect your eyes from Glaucoma.

 

 

 


Beware of Exfoliating Scrubs!

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.

Contact your Precision Vision ophthalmologist today if you think you have micro beads or a gritty exfoliates in your eye or if you haven’t had your annual eye exam.


What is Blepharitis and How Can it be Treated?

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.

If you find yourself experiencing some of these problems, please contact our office in Midwest City, Oklahoma City, or Shawnee today to schedule an appointment.


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!


Give the Gift of LASIK this Holiday Season!

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!


Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month

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.

If you are interested in scheduling an annual eye exam, please call our office today!


October is Halloween Safety Month!

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.

If you accidently run into one of the problems listed above, please call our office schedule an appointment as soon as possible.


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.


Glaucoma – The Sneak Thief Of Sight

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. It is estimated that approximately three million American adults have this eye disease. Glaucoma is a serious eye condition that shows no early symptoms or warning signs. It is caused when the optic nerve becomes damaged, which can ultimately result in blindness if not diagnosed early. Typically, glaucoma is caused when intraocular pressure (IOP), the pressure in the eye, is elevated; however, there are other causes that can contribute to the continued damage of the optic nerve. The Shawnee glaucoma specialists at Precision Vision can diagnose this disease and develop a treatment plan to preserve your vision.

A patient in the early stages of glaucoma will not see any visible changes in his or her vision. As the condition progresses, blind spots can develop in a patient’s peripheral vision. If left untreated, glaucoma can lead to complete blindness.

Risk Factors of Glaucoma:

  • Age
  • Prior eye injury
  • Elevated Intraocular Pressure (IOP)
  • Family history of glaucoma
  • African- or Spanish-American ancestry
  • Less central corneal thickness
  • Farsightedness or nearsightedness
  • Systemic health problems such as steroid medication, migraines or poor circulation

Glaucoma – Two Types To Understand

There are two types of glaucoma – Narrow-Angle Glaucoma and Open-Angle Glaucoma.

Narrow-Angle Glaucoma –symptoms of narrow-angle glaucoma include eye pain, headaches, halos around lights, dilated pupils, vision loss, red eyes, nausea and vomiting. This form of glaucoma can occur suddenly, when the iris (the colored potion of the eye) is pushed or pulled forward. This movement can cause internal eye structures to be blocked. When this occurs, the eye’s internal pressure may spike, causing damage to the optic nerve.

Open-Angle Glaucoma –Most patients that have open-angle glaucoma feel fine and do not notice any changes in their vision, as this form of glaucoma displays no signs or symptoms. That is why glaucoma is called the “silent thief of sight.” In open-angle glaucoma, the angle in your eye where the iris meets the cornea is as wide and open as it should be, but the eye’s drainage canals become clogged over time, causing an increase in internal eye pressure and subsequent damage to the optic nerve.

Treatments for Glaucoma

There are several different treatment options available at Precision Vision to help manage glaucoma. The most common treatments include laser treatment, surgery, and medications. Each of these treatments will help control glaucoma and lower the IOP in your eyes. Your Shawnee glaucoma specialist will determine the best procedure for the health of your eyes.

As long as you are diagnosed early, glaucoma can be controlled, and you can enjoy the rest of your life without your eye health interfering with your activities of daily living.

Schedule An Eye Exam Today

If you have a family history of glaucoma, contact the Shawnee glaucoma specialists at Precision Vision today. We will schedule a dilated eye exam and measure the pressure in your eyes to determine if you have glaucoma.


iStent Helps Glaucoma Patients With Cataracts

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.