Summer Eye Care Tips

Summer Eye Care Tips

Yes summer is upon us so how about a few summer eye care tips from your Tulsa Eye Doctor at Optique Professional Eye Care.  My father in law has had numerous lesions removed from a life of working outdoors, so why not share a few thoughts about protection.

  1. Hats are always good especially those with larger brims to prevent intense direct exposure of the face particularly the ears, nose and eyelids.
  2. The easiest is a great pair of large or wrapped sunglasses with UV protection. It is amazing the number of corneal burns that occur each year that could be avoided by using simple shades. Do not let a cloudy day deceive you there are still a lot of UV radiation getting to you through those clouds. Most people don’t even realize the damage they have done until the wake up after and hour or two in extreme pain much like wielders, who experience flash burns. Too much exposure to UV light effects the eyes in a number of ways from cataract formation, macular degeneration, pinguecula to pterygium and solar keratitis.
  3. We are more active with sports and yard work in these warmer months and safety protection should always be priority. Mowing, weed eating, tennis, baseball and basketball are just a few of the activities that you should have eye protection for.
  4. Stay hydrated and you may want to have a good artificial tear with you. The wind, heat and sun all take a toll on your tears.  The tears are the first layer that light hits when it enters the eye even though it is thin it still can help filter out some UV light.
  5. Never swim in contact lenses. If you are not concerned about acanthamoeba which may necessitate a corneal transplant.  Contacts will absorb chemicals and pollutants in the water that will be held against the cornea which may be toxic.
  6. Try to avoid outdoors direct sun from 10 AM to 3 PM when the rays are at their most intensive strength.
  7. Summer makes a great time to schedule your family for eye exams because schedules are usually easier to manage. School age children should have an annual exam prior to classes beginning in August. An annual eye exam can help with prevention and maintain healthy eyes. These exams can allow your eye doctor to detect a problem early and may be sight saving, so you can enjoy vision for summers to follow.

Looking for a good eye doctor in Tulsa check out Optique Professional Eye Care.  Most insurance and vision plans are accepted, and we are accepting new patients.  Our goal is to help you obtain and keep the best sight and eye health possible. Call our friendly staff today at (918)893-3769.

Bye-Bye Dry Eyes

Say bye to dry eyes

Tears serve many purposes from expressing an emotional response, protecting against allergies and foreign matter like dust and eyelashes by rinsing the eyes, and tears are vital to maintaining a healthy ocular surface and vision. When something disrupts the quantity or quality of tears produced the corneas will not be moisturized or lubricated properly leading to  burning, itchy, gritty, sore eyes. We can place special dyes in the eye and observe punctate keratitis or dry eye syndrome.

There are three components to your tears to help them work effectively. They contain distinctive layers: mucous, water and oil.  The mucous layer is produced by goblet cells on the conjunctiva and help the tear spread evenly over the surface of the eyes. This layer is usually most affected by use of antihistamines and other medications. The oil layer helps prevent evaporation of the tear film. We lose roughly 80% of our tears through evaporation. The watery layer is produced by the lacrimal gland and is subject to systemic disease like Sjogren’s syndrome, autoimmune disease and hormone levels.

There are a number of things that can contribute to dry eye syndrome like medications, systemic diseases, age, environmental factors, contact lens use, Refractive surgical patients and anatomical or physiological conditions of the eyelids. Why is this so important? The cornea receives nourishment and immunological protection from the tears. The cornea is the clear dome over the eye and it contains no blood vessels, so tear health is of great importance to corneal health and vision.

Treatments include:

  • Artificial Tears –These over the counter drops can help alleviate short-term symptoms of dry eye like burning. In mild cases this is often adequate especially when the symptoms are brought on by computer use. They do have preservative free options which is more desirable when treating an already irritated eye.
  • Salves, gels and ointments are helpful for overnight protection. There is also a prescription, Lacrisert, that is made for during the day sustained release in severe dry eye.
  • Restasis -Prescription immunomodulator that helps patients with autoimmune diseases effectively produce more tears. It may take three to six months to notice the effects of this medication since it is reducing the deterioration that is caused by an autoimmune disease on the lacrimal gland.
  • Punctal Plugs -This is a procedure where a plug is inserted into the punctum allowing the existing tears to stay in the eye instead of draining into the nose. These plugs can be removed and may even fall out so this is reversible. If the punctal plugs were effective there is a surgical option to close the punctum of the lower lids permanently.
  • Dietary -Studies show that increased omega-3 consumption leads to more quality oils produced by the eyelids meaning the decreased loss of tears through evaporation.

With increased computer use, contact lens use and medication usage there is a growing population dealing with the challenges of dry eye syndrome. Optique Professional Eye Care is there to help you navigate the challenges of coping with dry eyes and after an examination give you a better idea of the underlying cause and give relevant treatment strategies. Give us a call today t see how we can help put you on the right treatment path.

Eye Care through Community Care

Eye Care for Community Care of Oklahoma Members

If you are a Community Care subscriber then Optique Professional Eye Care in Tulsa, OK, is your family’s eye care solution.  Optique and our sister practice BA Eye Site are both full service eye care providers for Community Care of Oklahoma each plan is different so contact our staff to check your benefits today.

Our locations are placed for your convenience at 51st and Harvard in Country Club Plaza and in south Broken Arrow at 101st and 145th (Aspen). While most plans cover routine eye care there are a few that do not, but they all cover medical eye care whether it is a painful eye, loss of vision or spots to allergy eyes. If you are having an eye care emergency click here.