Topcon KR700

This instrument uses waves to determine an approximate refractive error and keratometry readings. Both of these metrics are vital to successful contact lens fitting and vision correction.

Autorefractor and Autokeratometer

On the patient side it is simple just rest your chin in the chin rest and forehead against the forehead rest and look at the pretty farm and house inside the instrument the rest is all automated.

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.

Do you subscribe to eye care myths?

Eye Care Myths

We live with many superstitions and myths about many aspects of life. Eye care and vision is no different some of these old-wives tales have a specter of truth mixed with a healthy dose falsehoods.  this is no wonder due to the fact the eye is composed of 2 million intricately working parts. The complex structure of the eye makes the fact we have vision at all a miracle.

Here are some common myths and facts related to the eyes.

  1. Myth: Eat carrots and enjoy good vision.
    1. Fact: Carrots contain vitamin A which is important to proper functioning of the eye, but the eye needs more the carrots. They won’t ensure 20/20 vision or even improved night vision. Vitamin A is also found in many other foods like milk, cheese, eggs, liver and many many others.
  2. Myth: Artificial sweetener use does not affect your eyes.
    1. Fact: Actually artificial sweeteners that contain cyclamates can cause increased light sensitivity.
    2. Infact many medications like those for blood pressure, diabetes, oral contraceptives and antibiotics can often cause increase light sensitivity and even dryness.
  3. Myth: Wearing my glasses just makes my eyes worse and more dependent on glasses.
    1. Fact: This is not a correct conclusion, as we age the trend if for our eyes to develop more myopia and then the vision degenerates further in our 40s and 50s.
    2. Wearing proper glasses compensates for an anatomic or physiological issue. your eyes will get worse with of without glasses, but at least with glasses you can focus clearly until the vision starts changing again.
  4. Myth: Sitting to close to tv makes your eye worse
    1. Fact: sitting close to the tv is often a symptom of vision needing correction. It is not the cause, although sitting close to the screen can cause eye strain or headaches. If you see this behavior in children they should have an eye exam.
  5. Myth:It is not harmful to look directly at the sun or watch a welder weld.
    1. Fact: Never look directly at the sun or watch a welder weld. Both emit high energy ultraviolet light that permanently damages the cornea, lens and retina. This activity can lead to macular degeneration as an adult and also cause early cataract formation.
  6. Myth: You can wear your eyes out by over using them.
    1. Fact: You eye is not like a light bulb where they are only good for so many hours. We encourage you to enjoy your vision since the majority of our world inputs visually, we encourage you to use them as much as you would like,
  7. Myth: Wearing poorly fit contacts does not harm your eyes.
    1. Fact: Yes they can and often will harm your eyes and impact your vision by disrupting the cornea that can affect the structural integrity. This is why it is important to have your eyes checked regularly and be fitted properly by an eye doctor.
  8. Myth: It is okay to wear contacts while swimming.
    1. Fact: this is NEVER a good idea. There are parasites and bacteria in the water that would love to set up an infection of your eyes. To name one, it would have to be acanthamoeba.
  9. Myth: Safety glasses are more trouble than they are worth.
    1. Fact: There is no end to patients  that would testify that that statement is both stupid and dangerous. It only takes one time to live with a lifetime of regret. Like the old saying goes an ounce of prevention yields … .
  10. Myth: Eyes can be transplanted.
    1. Fact: This is partially true but only about corneas. The eye is connected to the brain by the optic nerve and once that is severed or damaged with the technology we currently have it can not be reattached.
  11. Myth: Computers can damage your eyes.
    1. Fact: Computer can cause strain, headaches and dryness but they in and of themselves are not harmful.
  12. Myth: reading in dim light is harmful to the eyes.
    1. Fact: While no studies show this to be accurate I still encourage proper lighting to do the appropriate task.
  13. Myth: A child can outgrow crossed eyes
    1. Fact: People do not out grow strabismus, which is the technical term for crossed eyes. The earlier it is caught the better the chance it is to correct it. This highlights one of the important aspects of early childhood eye exams done by an eye doctor.  The longer the condition goes untreated the more likely that child will not develop useful vision in that eye.
  14. Myth: Benjamin Franklin invented bifocal lenses.
    1. Fact: There is some controversy and papers written to support both Benjamin Franklin and an English optician named Samuel peirce who was thought to be the actual inventor of bifocals around 1775.
  15. Myth: Night lights are harmful to vision
    1. Fact: There is not enough evidence to support the claim that a nightlight is harmful to a child’s visual development. It was once thought that they may contribute to nearsightedness, but now the is evidence that they make actually help with development.

 

Vision Trends

Optique Professional Eye Care Joins Vision Trends

Optique has join Vision Trends which is professional trade groups of independent optometrists. This group. This allows us more access to great products and services to provide our patients better experiences and products.

We look forward to this new partnership.

Eye Care for Tulsa

Optique provides Eye Care for Tulsa

Conveniently located at 51st and Harvard in Country Club Plaza is a leading provider of Eye Care for Tulsa. With a legacy of over 50yrs of offering Professional Eye Care, Tulsa trusts their families eyes and vision to the doctors and staff of Optique Professional Eye Care.

We are proud to be a part of our community and being blessed enough to help serve the eye care needs of our fellow citizens. We service infants to grandparents, accept most medical and vision plans and new patients. Call or staff at (918)743-9918, and allow them to help get you and your family scheduled for a comprehensive eye examination.

Optique has a full optical dispensary and contact lens options to fit anyone in your family. You will love the way you see and the way you look in your new eye wear.

Advanced imaging and technology is als0o a cornerstone of the practice here at Optique by employing the utilization of the OptoVue iVue OCT (ocular coherence tomography) to view ocular structures on an almost cellular level and iCam to capture retinal and anterior segment digital images. This instrumentation along with visual fields testing allows us to detect, document, treat and monitor a host of ocular conditions.

If you are looking for an eye doctor in Tulsa consider Optique Professional Eye Care to provide that eye care for you and your family.

Color Blind

What does it mean to be color blind?

Usually color deficiency is due to genetics. This gene is on the x chromosome and effects men much more the women. Women are carriers of the color blindness and only about 0.5% of women suffer form color deficiency. In men the rate is about 8% that have some color deficiency.

Most color blind individuals can see some colors but have difficulties with certain hues. The most common problem is with red-green, while it is less common to see problems with blue-yellow. There is a small group who lack all color discrimination and they just see in shade of black and grey.

There are some conditions that can cause color vision disturbances which we call acquired color deficiencies. Diabetes, Glaucoma, Alzheimer’s, macular degeneration, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s all have been know to cause color deficiency. Certain medications have also been known to affect color vision like heart and blood pressure medications, erectile dysfunction, chemotherapy drugs and psychological medications are among this group.

 

It is important that if your see changes in your color vision that you come to your optometrist with an updated list of medications. Or if your have a child whose color vision you are concerned about call (918)743-9918 and make an appointment with your Tulsa Eye Doctor at Optique Professional Eye Care at 51st and Harvard.

Sleeping eyes

What happens behind sleeping eyes

Your head has hit the pillows and you are off to sleep after another hectic day. Your mind is recalling the day and slips off to a dream.

Sleep apnea

You are still getting some visual input from behind those closed lids. The eyelid is thin and can be easily penetrated by light, so if the lights were suddenly switched on the visual system would alert the brain of the change in stimulus.

There are 5 stages of sleep with only one containing Rapid Eye Movements, REM. As you sleep you cycle through these stages. Studies suggest we only spend about 20% of the time in REM sleep. During REM sleep the visual cortex is active and it is theorized that memories are being formed and bolstered and dreaming also happens.

If you have ever watched someone sleep and observed their eyes moving under their lids and wondered what was happening or what level of sleep they are experiencing, hopefully this has helped. Disorders of sleep patterns and REM sleep can lead to poor health and mental wellbeing. Our brains and visual system needs this time to reset and recharge.

School Vision Screening

Has your child had a school vision screening?

According to the “Children’s Vision for Excellence Act”,  children entering kindergarten, first grade, and third grade are required to go through a vision screening in Oklahoma.  These screenings must measure distance acuity and the quality of depth perception.

Vision screenings are an important step to improving children’s eye care in Oklahoma, but these screenings miss nearly one-third of the students who should be referred for a more comprehensive eye examination. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that early detection of vision problems often reduces long-term effects on a students academics. Often difficulties with vision-related activities like reading, writing and arithmetic may be misdiagnosed as a learning disability when it is actually poor vision.

The American Optometric Association recommends that families should watch for symptoms of poor vision in children, these include:

  • Avoidance reading or near work
  • Attempting but not completely comprehending school assignments.
  • Short attention spans
  • Eye rubbing, blinking or headaches
  • Moving their head sideways, head turns and head tilts or covering one eye in order to see
  • Holding reading materials near their faces
  • Eyes appearing to look in different directors or turning in or out

If these behaviors are observed, you are strongly urged to call Optique Professional Eye Care or your Optometrist and schedule your child a comprehensive eye exam. Early detection is key to reducing the effects of poor vision or eye health.

Eye Care midtown Tulsa

Optique Professional Eye Care has been providing first class optometry services to the heart of midtown Tulsa for over 40 years in Country Club Plaza. With Dr Rodgers, Dr Rahme, Dr Fairchild and Dr Ozment, patients have come first in this optometrist practice. We have joined with BA Eye Site in Broken Arrow to have a second location in the metro to better serve and provide more convenience to our patients.

We accept most medical insurance plans like BCBS, medicare and SoonerCare, as well as, prepaid vision plans like VSP, Eyemed and Spectera. Our staff is always happy to answer any questions you may have about you eye and vision coverage on you insurance and prepaid plans. Don’t have insurance that’s not a problem we offer cash discounts which helps make eyecare for you and your family affordable. We offer a family friend atmosphere, and walk-ins are welcome (918)743-9918 but appointments are recommend because we respect your time and want to be efficient and effective.

Emergancy and medical eye exams, vision exams, contact lens exams, pediatric eye exams, LASIK and vision corrections, cataracts and eyelid surgical services, contact lens exams and fitting and an extensive optical are but a few of the services we offer.  We would love to be your eye doctor in Tulsa or Broken Arrow.