The year 2020 is a special time to emphasize the importance of vision and the health of your eyes. So we’re providing you with some basic information to help you preserve your vision for a lifetime. Also included is information on the latest technology in eye care. We’re glad to be your partner in proper vision care and education so you can See Better... Live Better.
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Your eyes are one of the most sensitive organs in the body and they need proper care to prevent problems and to ensure a lifetime of good vision. Preventive measure should be taken at a young age to maintain healthy eyes.
1. Get a baseline exam. Before you start school. 80% of what you learn is through your eyes.
2. Regular Eye Exams. Have your eyes examined every year or as recommended by your doctor to keep your eyes healthy.
3. Get a Baseline Retinal screening. Get a photo at your first exam to document the health of your eyes and follow up as suggested by your doctor.
4. Don’t Smoke. Smoking has long been known to cause heart disease and lung cancer; it can also lead to vision loss. Studies show smoking increases the risk of age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and dry eyes.
5. Eat Right. There are many foods that help with improving your eye health as well as helping prevent many eye problems such as cataracts and macular degeneration. Great foods for eye health include: spinach, kale, turnip greens, collard greens, and squash.
6. Exercise. Regular exercise increases blood flow to critical areas of the visual system.
7. Wear Sunglasses. Proper sunglasses protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Some of the sun’s effects on the eyes include: Cataracts, Macular degeneration and Pterygium.
8. Eye Vitamins. If you have a history of macular degeneration in your family discuss specific testing and potential vitamin therapy options with your doctor.
9. Follow Doctors Orders. If you have diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol, follow your physicians instructions to keep these well controlled. These all contribute significantly to overall eye health.
10. Wear Safety Glasses. Always protect your eyes with proper safety glasses when there is a possibility of getting something in your eye. i.e.: mowing, weed eating, gardening, carpentry, etc.
11. Call the Office. If you experience redness, pain, blurriness, flashes or spots in your vision, call immediately. We are available for your questions and concerns 24/7 at 913-341-4508.
These devices are part of our lives and put extra stress on our eyes.
12. Wear Computer Glasses. If you’re on a computer or digital screen a lot, wear computer-specific glasses that are customized for your working distances. Computer glasses reduce glare, enhance contrast to reduce eye strain and are positioned to prevent neck strain.
13. Blue Light Lenses. Your lenses should have a blue light filter and anti-glare coating to reduce the effects of blue light which can disrupt sleep patterns, cause dryness and increase eye fatigue.
14. Relax Lens. If you don’t wear a bifocal, consider a Relax lens with anti-fatigue properties and a blue light filter.
15. Follow the 20/20/20 Rule. Every 20 minutes look away from your digital device at something at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. This gives your eyes a much needed break.
16. Ergonomics. Position your computer below eye level if possible.
Here are a few extra tips especially for our contact lens wearers.
17. Only Use Contact Lenses if your Eyes are Healthy. Never wear your lenses if your eyes are red, painful or blurry.
18. Use Contact Solution only. The FDA recommends that contact lenses should not be exposed to any kind of water, including tap water and water in swimming pools, oceans, lakes, hot tubs and showers.
19. Wear Lenses as Directed. Don’t stretch the wearing time of your contacts. Increased time in them creates build up on the lens, resulting in decreased oxygen transmission to the cornea and increased risk of infection.
20. Consult with a Doctor. If your eyes are dry at the end of the day when wearing your lenses, ask your doctor about new technology to improve your comfort.
• Intraocular Lenses – to correct both distance and near vision
• Daily Disposables – available in the new, more oxygen permeable materials and a larger range of prescriptions, including bifocals
• Scleral Lenses – improved technology for difficult fits
• Toric Multifocal – for combined astigmatism/bifocal correction
Dry Eye medications
• Medications – anti-inflammatory and tear stimulants to improve dry eye symptoms
• EZ Tears – vitamin therapy for dry eyes
• Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) – treatment done to reduce inflammation and improve dry eye symptoms
• Lumify –Over the counter drops to safely whiten the eyes
• MIGS / iStent – insertion of a stent in the eye done in conjunction with cataract surgery to reduce need for drops
• Relax Lens – Blue light filtering anti-fatigue lens; great for kids and digital device users.
• Computer Specific Lenses – customized for patients working at a computer
• Blue Light Filter – to prevent damaging light emitted by digital devices from harming the eyes
• XSeries Progressive – most advanced progressive lens with wider intermediate field of view
Macular degeneration (AMD)
• Macular Pigment Density Testing (MPOD) – to help determine one’s potential risk factor for macular degeneration
• Vitamin Therapy – new vitamins options for the support of eye health
• Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT) – detects early macular changes
• Ortho K, Atropine Therapy, Bifocal Soft Lenses – numerous options are available to slow the progression of near-sightedness
See to learn
• Complimentary eye exams — Complete exams for 3 year old children