Archive for February, 2011

3 Contact Lens Options For Presbyopia

Monday, February 28th, 2011

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Tired of your eyeglasses?  Here are three contact lens options for presbyopia. Reaching the age of wisdom does not have to involve giving up wearing contact lenses.  There are more contact lenses for presbyopia than ever before; so if you haven’t tried contacts in the past few years then you may consider trying them again.

1. The most popular bifocal soft lenses are all designed around a concept called simultaneous vision.  This is where both the distance and near prescription is presented in front of the pupil at the same time.  Your brain determines which part of the lens to pay attention to and which part to ignore.

Bottom Line: Best overall satisfaction for maintaining “normal” vision.

2. If multifocal lenses aren’t for you then you can also consider monovision.  Monovision is where your dominant eye is corrected for distance while your non dominant eye is corrected for near.

Bottom Line: A good alternative if not successful with bifocal contact lenses.

3. Another option is correcting distance vision in contacts and relying on over the counter style reading glasses at near when needed.

Bottom Line: Best for those that want the best possible vision at distance.

Interested in learning more?  Call to discuss your contact lens options with us today.

By Dr. Cook, O.D.

Can Acupuncture Treat Amblyopia?

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Crow with Eye Patch

Acupuncture may become a future treatment for amblyopia. Patching can be a difficult challenge for children and parents. Blurred vision and the stigma of wearing a patch makes compliance a real challenge.   A recent study by Dennis Lam, M.D. of Chinese University of Hong Kong and colleagues found that acupuncture may be an effective treatment for amblopia (lazy eye).

Participants received proper eyeglass correction and an hour of near vision activities along with weekly acupuncture or two hours of patching a day.  At the end of 25 weeks, amblopia was resolved in 30% of patching participants and 42.1% of acupucture  participants.

When anisometropia (unequal vision between the two eyes) is determined to be the cause of amblyopia, optimal correction in the form of eyeglasses or contact lenses along with the use of eye drops or patching of the good eye can force the brain to use and develop better vision in the weaker eye.

If proven to be effective, acupuncture may be an alternative to tradional patching for amblyopia in the future.

Interested in having your child tested for amblyopia?  Schedule an appointment with us today.

By Dr. Cook, O.D.

5 Contact Lens Complications and How to Avoid Them

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Contact Lens Complications

Many patients suffer from contact lens complications that are easily avoidable. Here are some of the most common complications that contact lens wearers suffer from, and how you can avoid them.

1. Corneal Edema

If you have ever fallen asleep in your contact lenses and woke up to blurred vision for a few hours then you have experienced corneal edema.

Solution: Change contact lens material to increase oxygen transmission and have a good pair of back up eyeglasses to wear before bedtime to avoid forgetting to remove your contacts.

2. Cornea Neovascularization

Visible only by your eye doctor during your examination; it is caused by over wear of contacts.  Either wearing your lenses for too many hours or by infrequent replacement of your contacts.

Solution: Change contact lens material to increase oxygen transmission, back up eyeglasses to reduce wearing time, and replacing and caring for your contacts as recommended.

3. Contact Lens Related Red Eye

More common in over night wearers, it presents with acute redness and irritation upon waking.

Solution: Change contact lens material to increase oxygen transmission, back up eyeglasses to reduce wearing time, and replacing and caring for your contact as recommended.

4. Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis

Cause by an allergic or mechanical reaction to the tarsal conjunctiva (under the upper eyelid).  More common in over night wear, contact lens over wear, and those with allergies in general.

Solution: Responds best to daily disposable contacts.

5. Infection

Multiple factors can result in infection.  The most common risk factors are over night contact lens wear, smoking, history of previous cornea scarring, and a past episode of contact lens related red eye or giant papillary conjunctivitis.

Solution: Change contact lens material to increase oxygen transmission, back up eyeglasses to reduce wearing time, and replacing and caring for your contacts as recommended.

To learn more about reducing your risk of contact lens related complications, schedule an appointment with us today.

By Dr. Cook

Our First Blog Post

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Welcome and a Big thanks to flyte for helping us navigate the web! We hope you enjoy our new site that is designed to make eye care easier for you. Online appointment scheduling and contact lens ordering, are now available 24/7.

Please consider subscribing to our blog, as we intend to keep you up to date with everything eye care related.  The focus will be a bit medical and include relevant research articles that pertain to both eye care and medical care.  We will also give you updates on new products and services as they first become available.  Awesome!

Comments and questions will be welcome and may even become fodder for future blogs.

By Dr. Cook, O.D.